By Shaun Busuttil @shaunbusuttil07 Dec 2017It’s approaching that special time of the year again agents, that night when a mysterious man visits your home and gives you what you’ve been wishing for the whole year… Of course, I’m talking about old mate Santa Claus here, and word on the reindeer carrot vine is that this year, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, because he’s feeling rather generous. But it’s unlikely he’ll be able to get you what you want, because let’s face it: agents, in general, have pretty specific requests… If you were to hear an agent singing the song All I want for Christmas is You in a drunken slur at your next industry night, odds are high they’d substitute the “is you” part and replace it with the following five things… 1. FOR CLIENTS TO STOP ASKING FOR ‘CHRISTMAS DEALS’ There weren’t any last year, there aren’t any this year and there’ll never be any ever because IT’S THE HOLIDAYS. Holidays equals demand, which equals higher travel prices – what Agents really want this year is for customers to get that through their heads. 2. ALL THE ONLINE COMPETITORS TO MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEAR Not going to name names here, but there are certain online travel agencies that travel agents around the country would prefer to see go out of biz – and some more than others… Such as a certain agency whose name begins with a W that consistently portrayed agents in about as bad a light as you can get. 3. ANTI–HANGOVER PILLS Oh, if only these actually existed? If you think about it, hangovers are the cause of so much suffering in the world, which not only make you feel like curling up in the fetal position and crying, but also negative affect the economy in lost productivity (e.g., sick days, more time spend in the toilet vomiting than at the desk, etc). And as regular consumers of booze, agents know this perhaps more than any other demographic – perhaps bar rock stars and bartenders. 4. AN INBOX FULL OF 20K REFERRAL INQUIRIES It’s the dream, ain’t it? You rock up to work in the first week of January to find an inbox full of 20K referral inquiries from past clients and family/friends. They wanna go on European cruises, fly First Class, take out fully comprehensive insurance and they’ve already done their research and are keen to book it in right away. What a fantastic way to start the year – thanks Santa! 5. TYRE-KICKER DETECTION GOGGLES What if was possible to tell if somebody is a tyre-kicker simply by simply docking a pair of goggles on your nose and looking at them? Would save you a hell of a lot of time, no?! These don’t exist yet, but if there’s one person on this planet that could come up with a pair of tyre-kicker detection goggles, it definitely be the man in red. Him, or Elon Musk… What do you really want for Christmas this year? Go on, tell us in the comments below… Other stories you may like 5 ways to tell whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year What does 2018 predict for agents, numerologically speaking? AGENTS: What’s it like to join a truly independent travel network?