2019 Religious Travel Planning Guide

 

2019 Religious Travel Planning Guide

The 2019 edition of Religious Travel Planning Guide, hot off the press, offers faith leaders a bounty of ideas for church group trips.

“Rock of Ages,” a feature on the Cappadocia region of Turkey, focuses on cave churches and underground cities where early Christians sought refuge during Roman rule and continued to build communities centuries after.

“Religious Retreats in England” looks at centers that may be ideal for your group, while “Cruising with a Mission” explains how to combine a fun-and-sun cruise with volunteer opportunities incorporated into shore excursions in the Caribbean and Central America.

Targeting places closer to home, author Lori Erickson suggests adult camp experiences from West Virginia to Washington State in “Faith, Fellowship and S’mores.”

With junior travelers in mind, the guide includes features on Christian music festivals and how to select hotel accommodations for youth groups.

We hope this ninth annual edition of Religious Travel Planning Guide, along with our online resources, will inspire you to create meaningful travel programs for your community of faith.

To download a free copy of the guide, click here.

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Selling Single Cruises

If you’ve already booked clients on one of our SinglesCruises you know it is super easy.

If you haven’t booked yet, it’s as simple as 1…2 because we give you the choice of two simple and quick options.

Option 1: Book with an experienced agent. Rick, Nancy, Wendy and Suzanne have been arranging SinglesCruises for many years and can answer all your questions and confirm your client bookings in a flash. You can reach them toll free at 1.800.393.5000 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Eastern. Or, shoot them an email at cruises@singlescruise.com

Option 2: Complete Agent Booking Form. You can download the Agent Booking Form from SinglesCruise.com at any time, day or night. Complete the short form and fax it to us at 239.275.8653. If we receive it during our office hours we will be in touch right away to confirm. If it’s after hours we will reach out to you as soon as our offices are open. Remember, completing the booking form constitutes a request, you are not guaranteed the booking until you receive a confirmation from SinglesCruise.

We know how busy you are so we’re here to save you time AND provide the trip of a lifetime for your single clients.

Questions? Call us at 800-393-5000 or send us an email to cruises@singlescruise.com

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How to Become a Rich Travel Agent

Maximize Your Commission

How to Become a Rich Travel Agent. Who wouldn’t want their commission to come with a comma?
While there are many ways to make this happen, one in particular is to sell World Voyages, namely cruises that travel around the world in 100 days or more. There are a handful of cruise lines that specialize in these types of voyages and travel advisors can earn six-figure commissions with just a small pool of clients.

According to Craig Satterfield, self-proclaimed “Cruise Scholar” who has 35 years in the business and has sold four world voyages throughout his tenure, it all comes down to building relationships with your existing clientele, waiting for that right opportunity to drop a hint, and stressing the value.

“World voyages are not the kind of thing you sell every day, but when your existing clientele (who trust you) come to you for new ideas, and are not afraid of exotic locations or longer cruises, that’s when you start dropping that hint little by little. Most say they would love to do it, but they don’t visualize themselves ever doing it. It’s your job to show them there is potential for world cruising in their future.”

Satterfield narrows down who is best suited for these cruises by their past travel history. “If they travel expensively and I’ve already moved them from premium to deluxe cruises, that leads to ‘Where will they go next?’ I try to plant the seed with my regulars in a casual sort of way. I know they have the money and the time, so it makes sense.”

And Satterfield is one to talk. He booked his first world cruise four years ago for an existing client and earned a $15,000 commission. Then he sold her insurance for $5,000 and earned another lucrative commission on top of that. And he said the best part about these sales is that world cruisers actually tend to go more than once. In fact, that same client of Satterfield’s rebooked onboard for a year later and he earned the commission yet again.

Another opportunity to increase commissions is to sell clients on back-to-back voyages. For example, consider convincing your client who booked a seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary to follow it up with the next sailing of seven nights in the Western Caribbean. Not only does this enhance the clients’ vacation experience, but in most cases, it will double your commission.

Book groups
Once you’ve generated a group following, shop around to see which cruise lines will offer you the best group benefits for your clients. Some cruise lines will give you an impressive 1 for 10 Tour Conductor (TC) credit for affinity groups versus the 1 for 15 TC to earn a free berth. Also, research who is offering you the most affinity points when booking your group. This will allow you to provide added values to the group by having various options to choose from like sparkling wine, specialty dining, group photos and more. Shopping around will also find you the cruise line that will pay you additional commission for your group business so be sure to do your research.

Friend your Business Development Manager (BDM)
Most travel advisors will tell you that a good relationship with their business development manager (BDM) is worth its weight in gold. BDMs are not only a great resource for information and marketing dollars, they can be your most trusted advocate. Most BDMs have a co-op budget to offer for marketing and advertising so you can increase your reach. If you ask, they may be willing to fund a percentage of your advertising to help market to your clients. They can also be a huge help when trying to close a sale and particularly with group sales. Additionally, they offer training to help increase your industry knowledge.
Build your social media presence

Follow the Cruise Lines Social Media Pages.
There is usually great content about destinations and itineraries that you can easily share with your social network of clients. Not only will this help generate business, it will also keep you top of mind. Social media is also a great way to get industry news and supplier information hot off the press. For example, cruise lines share details on their latest promotions and selling tips.

Experience the Products
The best way to learn about a cruise line is to sail on their product. Most lines offer travel advisor appreciation fares and familiarization trips. Visit their travel advisor website/portal or ask your BDM to get more information about these opportunities.

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TRAVEL BOUND ENHANCES TRAINING FOR AT-HOME AGENTS

Travel bound offers Worldwide Education Trips

TravelBound.com updated its training model for at-home agents last year with a virtual sales team, which connects travel advisors via webinars, video conferences and other platforms. The company also hosts local functions where home-based agents are invited for presentations.

The company’s online training includes tutorials on how to book Travel Bound products, and webinars on such topics as what to see and do, and where to eat, which they can share with their clients. They can even “white label” the content with their agency brand.

It also offers basic “onboarding” training for new agents, educating them how to use the Travel Bound platform.

Additionally, the company offers a variety of agent incentives, including a year-round Amazon gift card program and destination-based incentives. “Overall, it’s a very comprehensive and valuable commission program,” said Tommy Ryder, head of sales-North America. One big difference with many competitors is that the company pays commission on the total invoice, including tax.

Travel Bound wants to learn what niches its agent partners specialize in to determine how it can help them develop expertise in new categories and destinations. Ryder said, “Our big thing is supporting agents to help them sell to consumers and get them interested and excited about a destination.”

Flexible booking options.

The key to working with Travel Bound is flexibility. For example, some clients may want to experience a luxury five-star hotel for just one night on a trip, but not for the extended stay.

Flexibility also means agents can book a single airport transfer as well as a single sightseeing tour or hotel night. There are no minimum requirements on any purchase, unlike the policies of competitors who require minimum hotel stays, Ryder said. There is instant availability and instant confirmation. And agents can pay directly online. “Agents can book and pay for a hotel within five minutes,” he said.

In many cases, Travel Bound even pre-buys room blocks so that it can control inventory and enjoy exclusivity that enables it to offer rates not available elsewhere. The company offers accommodations in hotels ranging from two- to five-star—and in different room categories within those hotels as well.

Consortia partnerships.

As the integration with Bedsonline develops, Travel Bound will continue to work closely with agents. Ryder said the company is a preferred partner with 17 consortia and does a great deal of its business with them. It also provides 24/7 support so clients can find assistance if they are in a different time zone than their agents. Although virtually all bookings are made online, there is a call center support desk for any challenges or questions that may arise.

And Travel Bound continues to evolve as travel patterns shift. One important trend is that apartment and vacation rentals have become part of the portfolio. In short time, 3,000 apartments have been listed globally, and more will be rapidly added. The apartments are all serviced and are excellent for families who want to have kitchens and more space. Another trend involves pre-and post-cruise bookings in major cruise ports. Ryder said those sales add strong commissions for agents, and value to the cruise for clients.

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Super Bowl Tickets, Hotels and Parties

Super Bowl Tickets, Hotels, Experience Packages & Pregame Parties available.

VIPtix has worked with Travel Agents for over 26 years and we pay commissions. We guarantee the lowest prices!! VIPtix will be on-site during Super Bowl week with an office in downtown Atlanta.

CONTACT US
Super Bowl tickets available on VIPtix.com!
Super Bowl-specific website: VIPSuperBowlTix.com
Sales: 866-505-0573 Email: orders@viptix.com
President & CEO Nick Giammusso: (c) 716-812-6333 (e) nick@viptix.com

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WEBINAR - FRIDAY, 1 FEB
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Take the QUIZ at the end of the presentation and you will be in the running for our monthly Starbucks Prizes.

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Webinar Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12pm Pacific · 1pm Mountain · 2pm Central · 3pm Eastern

Operating from Kigali, Rwanda as our hub at the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest and state of the art fleet on the African continent.

Join our webinar to learn about how you can connect your clients to twenty-six cities in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

From the capital city, Kigali, the airline serves some of the big cities in the world such as Mumbai, Dubai, Brussels, London and Johannesburg AND COMING SOON: RwandAir also plans to enter the American market with flights to New York!

You don't want to miss this webinar!

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From Travel Agent to Travel Adviser

In August 2018, our industry’s national trade association, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), announced to the world that it had re-branded as the American Society of Travel Advisers.

This name change, the Society’s first in almost 75 years, embodies the revitalization of our part of the travel industry that has been taking place for several years and sends a critical message to the traveling public and the broader industry.

Today’s travel agents are no longer mere booking intermediaries. They have become trusted advisers akin to financial planners and CPA's — who make the overall travel experience better and provide both leisure and business travelers maximum value for their travel dollar.

The term “adviser” not only more accurately describes the value our members provide to consumers but also serves as a distinct declaration of who we work for: the traveling public.

What’s more exciting is that the consumer media and, more importantly, travelers themselves are embracing this shift from agent to an adviser.

In order to fully realize the benefits of this change, however, it is critical that all industry speaks with one voice when it comes to describing our business.

To that end, we are encouraging our member companies, supplier partners and anyone doing
meaningful business through the travel adviser channel to add their name to the growing list of organizations that have made or are in the process of making the switch from “travel agent” to “travel adviser” in their consumer and trade communications.

We are experiencing a true renaissance in our industry, with consumers increasingly coming back to our members for the comparison shopping, unbiased advice, destination expertise and personal support that only a trusted travel adviser can provide.

That said, terminology still matters and we hope you will join us as we move from agent to adviser.

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Explore Peru & Win a Stay!

 

Explore Peru & Win a Stay!
Explore the treasures of Peru from world-famous Machu Picchu, to the picturesque salt flats of Maras, to the mysterious floating islands of Lake Titicaca, with the experts at PromPerú and Cox & Kings.

Learn about Cox & Kings' new luxury small-group journeys, the best luxury hotel properties, how to immerse your clients in the local culture, plus tips for successfully selling Peru.

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Get 10 X More Honeymoon Clients

Bridal shows are FUN and can be extremely lucrative!

However, if you do bridal shows and you don’t have an effective follow-up system in place – you're wasting your time and money.

The fortune is in the follow-up.

Don’t believe me? Check out these stats from the National Sales Executive Association.

2% of sales are made on the first contact
3% of sales are made on the second contact
5% of sales are made on the third contact
10% of sales are made on the fourth contact
80% of sales are made on the fifth to twelfth contact

Staggering right!? So when you spend a bunch of time and money doing a bridal expo, if you don’t follow-up with your leads 5-12 times, you are missing out on a HUGE amount of new clients.

I realize that setting up an effective follow-up system can be a daunting task, so how about we help you out!

We have a proven and tested bridal expo follow-up system. All you have to do is follow our simple instructions and set it up in your Email Management System.

If you got just ONE new client from this proven automated follow-up system, it would WAY more than pay for itself.

And based on the statistics, this system will get you a whole lot more than just one extra client. Plus, once this system is all set up, you can use it for every expo you do.

Let’s have some fun and run the numbers...

If you work a bridal expo and get 50 leads, and you don’t follow-up, based on the statistics you’ll get ONE new client. If you follow-up three times, you’ll get 2-3 clients, but if you follow up 5-12 times, you could get as many as 40 new clients!!

Now the reality is you probably wouldn’t know what to do with 40 new clients!! But, if you have 40 people who want to hire you, you can be very picky and only accept the people who are your DREAM clients.

Bridal Expo + An Effective Follow-Up System = New DREAM Clients

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Cheers to making this a lucrative year!

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Become A Travel Agent China Specialist

Become A Travel Agent China Specialist

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
12pm Pacific · 1pm Mountain · 12pm Central · 1pm Eastern

Become A Travel Agent China Specialist by joining Travel Research Online and Chinatour.com and let us introduce you to new luxury products in China and Asia. The word of luxury (it may be cliche) has always been widely used in our industry.... Here's a definition of luxury that sounds much better according to Merriam- Webster Dictionary: a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth.

It depends on a destination, going luxury in Asia doesn't necessarily means you're going for broke to taste the high-life. Your valued clients will worship you when they enjoyed a luxurious stay without breaking the bank. In Asia, only Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and maybe Singapore can be costly for a luxurious arrangement. Other countries such as China, Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, your clients will be able to taste a condition or situation with great comfort, ease and wealth.

This webinar will be presented by Ricko Tindage, Wholesale Accounts Manager. He'll be presenting Asia. Amy Lin, Senior Travel Adviser, will be presenting our China products.

Chinatour.com has generous travel agent commission on our tour series dates at 10%. Travel agents will earn as much as 14% commission and a bonus of $100.00 Visa or M. Card Gift Card on customized tour programs.

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Learn to sell Viking

Learn More About Viking River Cruises

Viking is the world’s most recognized and best-loved
European river cruise line. Find out why.

In this webinar, learn about:
• Our destination-focused approach to European river cruising
• Why we are the Europe experts
• The distinctive features of our award-winning Viking Longships®
• The Viking Difference: how we provide The Thinking Person’s Cruise®
• Our most popular Europe itineraries
• Viking Inclusive Value

The more you know about Europe with Viking, the more your clients
will value your expertise—and come back for more.

PRESENTER: Laurie Smith
DATE: Thursday, November 29, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM EST/ 11:00 AM PST

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