Many leisure travel agencies are saying that expanding opportunities for skilled travel agents are making it more difficult to fill their ranks at the office. Independent contractors today are finding a wealth of options among competing host agencies, which have grown in number in recent years. "There's more movement going on in leisure travel than there's been in awhile, with more opportunities for agents who have built up a strong clientele that they can take with them," said Shirley Caserta, president of Travel Employment Agency.

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