Become a Travel Agent Sheraton Specialist!

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Become a Travel Agent Sheraton & Marriott Specialist!

Now a part of Marriott, Sheraton is continuing to grow and innovate its way into the future. Sheraton welcomes travelers to 447 properties in 75 countries and has the goal of opening more than 150 new hotels worldwide by 2020.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International have joined together to create the world’s largest hotel company. This course will provide you with a snapshot view of our unparalleled collection of 30 hotel brands. Our combined global platform offers more choices in more places, satisfying the diverse needs of all of your clients.

In addition to the brands overview, you’ll find a deeper dive into two of our hotel groups: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Westin Hotels & Resorts. We will also introduce you to our SPG Pro booking rewards program.
Plus:
Gain a snapshot overview of how the joining of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International satisfies the diverse needs of all of your clients with an unparalleled collection of 30 hotel brands.

Learn how the SPG Pro, B2B loyalty rewards program, rewards you personally for things you do professionally.

Find out how Westin Hotels & Resorts, the unique hotel group that has made history by empowering your clients’ well-being, is continuing to drive new ideas and groundbreaking services as a Marriott brand.

Graduate Benefits!

Graduate specialist certificate for each course completed
4 CEU credits from The Travel Institute. Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation

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Become a Travel Agent Los Cabos Specialist!

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Learn About Los Cabos
The Fastest Growing Beach Destination in Mexico!

Travel to Los Cabos is growing by an average of 7% every year. Why? Happy Los Cabos vacationers, and agents educated in its outstanding vacation experiences, are spreading the word about its amazing weather and dramatically beautiful scenery — a combination of beach and desert, Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés — providing the backdrop for its growing number of impressive resort hotels.

Activities in Los Cabos are available to fit every client’s taste, whether they prefer adventurous pursuits, world-class fishing and golf at championship courses, indulgences like spa treatments or luxuries like dinner on the beach or in sumptuous hotel suites. Families find lots of kid-friendly diversions, while shoppers find sophisticated art galleries and night owls enjoy plenty of after-dark fun. Add to the mix a variety of exciting annual events, and there are countless reasons to visit Los Cabos throughout the year.

Find out more, register to become a Los Cabos Specialist today!

Graduate Benefits!

Certificate of graduation as a Travel Agent Los Cabos Specialist

2 CEU credits from The Travel Institute. Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation.

Comprehensive Webinar Series, connecting you with Niche Cabo Opportunities

Access to hotel training programs, offering FREE Los Cabos stays!

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Become a Travel Agent Xcaret Xpert!

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Become a Travel Agent Xcaret Xpert!

If you send clients to Cancun, Isla Mujeres, or the Riviera Maya, chances are they have, or, visit one of our parks. Why not presell the tickets, get your clients the best possible price, earn a commission, and ensure they go to the right park and enjoy the many activities we have to offer?

We want your e-learning experience to be hassle-free and rewarding.

What You'll Learn

1. Increase the ease with which you can sell our parks & tours
2. Understand how to increase commissions by pre-booking our parks and tours
3. Allow you to answer client questions with confidence
4. Describe the benefits of our parks and packages
5. Ask your client relevant questions to determine which park best fits their needs

Graduate Benefits!
Free entrance for two to any one of our Parks or Tours upon graduation (terms apply; instructions available after graduation)**.

Certificate of graduation as an Xcaret Xpert
2 CEU credits from The Travel Institute; 4 credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com or www.acta.ca for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation

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TRAVEL AGENT DISCOUNT OFFERS

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TRAVEL AGENT DISCOUNT OFFERS

May 1 - July 31, 2017

Click here for a list of Las Vegas hotel discounts exclusively offered to travel agents from May 1 to July 31, 2017. The attachment includes participating hotels, type of discount offered, booking instructions and additional information.

Click here to view a listing of travel industry discounts. We are pleased to add these selected discounts and hope that you find them useful.

Please note: Hotel reservations are made through the hotel (not the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority). The same applies for the Travel Industry Discounts as well. Questions or inquiries on discounts should be directed to the hotels and vendors.

 

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Become a Travel Agent Luxury Specialist

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Become a Travel Agent Luxury Specialist

Luxury travel remains the holy grail of travel sales
Big-ticket vacations, with the highest commissions. The Luxury Expo is your opportunity to gain a foothold in the market or improve your luxury sales skills and product knowledge. Upscale travelers have different needs. You can't expect to be successful without understanding the market and gaining the expertise you need with continuing sales and product training.

You'll learn from other successful luxury travel agent specialist.
Along with suppliers and industry experts who will give you details on the latest and greatest in high-end vacation options, and how to optimize your market efforts. Once you have explored all the panel discussions and interviews, you can take your time "virtually walking" through the trade show floors to access the tools you need to sell luxury travel.

Hundreds of travel agents have already registered for the online luxury event of the year. The Luxury Expo is your opportunity to gain a foothold in the market and improve your luxury sales skills and product knowledge. With an increase in luxury options across many categories of travel, you will come away with the expertise to successfully sell these experiences to your clients…all from the convenience of your desktop.

Experience our NEW and improved next generation platform!
Talk to live representatives from destinations, suppliers, cruise lines, tour operators and more. Participate in LIVE and interactive webinars and watch interviews with luxury agents who will give you tips and trends to succeed in this exciting market!

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Become a Travel Agent USTOA Specialist!

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Become a Travel Agent USTOA Specialist!

USTOA was founded in 1972 to provide a unified voice to protect the traveling public and to represent the interests of tour operators. Today, USTOA Active Members represent some of the top names in travel and tourism. Among its current goals is to ensure the travel industry is kept up-to-date with the changing marketplace of tours, vacation packages and tour operators.
We will introduce you to the USTOA and its membership; give you a primer on the diverse tour and vacation packages available through these tour operators; educate you on the benefits they provide to your clients; assist you to match the tour conversation to each customer’s needs, and more.
Graduate Benefits!
Certificate of graduation as a Travel Agent USTOA Specialist

Listing on the “Find a USTOA Travel Agent Specialist” page under the "Resources" section of the USTOA.com consumer website.
2 CEU credits from The Travel Institute. Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation.

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Become a Travel Agent Tenerife Specialist!

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Become a Travel Agent Tenerife Specialist!

Discover Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. In the Tenerife Specialist course, you’ll find out how this fascinating vacation destination satisfies what your clients crave!

In one small island, they’ll find:

The beaches and volcanic landscape of Maui
The nature of St. John, USVI
The culture of Spain
Incredibly diverse scenery
Endless activities and experiences

Exquisite cuisine
Warm hospitality
An infrastructure very much in-tune with today

Welcome to Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. In this course, you’ll discover how this fascinating vacation destination satisfies what your clients crave.

 
Graduate Benefits!
Certificate of graduation as a Travel Agent Tenerife Specialist
CEU credits from The Travel Institute. Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation.
First priority for Tenerife FAM trips

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Become a Travel Agent Kensington Specialist!​

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Become a Travel Agent  Kensington Specialist!

In this course you’ll discover “The Kensington Advantage” for you and your clients. We’re not in the business of booking tours; we’re in the business of personal discovery. By understanding your clients’ unique travel styles, our experts curate customized itineraries that surprise and delight.

WE CREATE THE EXPERIENCE THAT CHANGES THE LIFE.

In this course you’ll discover “The Kensington Advantage” for you and your clients. We’re not in the business of booking tours; we’re in the business of personal discovery. By understanding your clients’ unique travel styles, our experts curate customized itineraries that surprise and delight.

The Kensington Advantage

Premium and luxury private guided travel, worldwide. Top expert local guides, tours and properties; 24/7 on-ground support. Every itinerary tailor-made by genuine experts.

One-stop resource for the best and latest from around the globe, perfectly matched to your clients’ needs.

Professional white-labeled itineraries prepared fast and bearing your logo. Custom-made itineraries built quickly and with a professional touch. Personalized experiences and privileged access Access to VIP services, exclusive access and “wow” moments that build loyalty.

Unbeatable value for the agent and client alike
Price benchmarked against similar premium and luxury tour operators—up to 20% less
Top customer feedback scores
Graduate Benefits!

Certificate of graduation as a Kensington Tours Specialist
2 CEU credits from The Travel Institute. Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation
All agents who achieve graduate status by July 31, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa Gift Card.*
*Valid for U.S. Travel Agents only

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Become a Travel Agent St. Maarten Specialist

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Become a Travel Agent  St. Maarten Specialist

Experience amazing St. Maarten, a two-nation island that is the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. See where European sophistication and raw island passion have fallen in love, and take our St. Maarten course today.

Graduate Benefits!

Certificate of graduation as a St. Maarten Specialist
3 CEU credits from The Travel Institute; credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Go to www.thetravelinstitute.com or www.acta.ca for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation.

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Travel Agent Training on Kaua‘i

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Join the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau for a snapshot of signature festivals and on-going events to help enhance your client’s visit to the beautiful island of Kaua‘i. Visitors choose Kaua‘i for the beauty, eco and soft adventure as well as the relaxed pace of the island.

In this quick webinar, learn about even more ways your clients can immerse themselves in the culture, history and community by attending one of the many happenings on the Garden Isle.

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How to Focus on Work that Directly Produces Wealth…

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Focus Produces Wealth...

One of the key factors to success is to always be looking for ways to invest less time in work and get more dollars in return.

That means prioritizing the things which make you money and ignoring or delegating the things that don't.

1)  Create a daily plan...

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don't get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2)  Peg a time limit to each task...

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm and Z task by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3)  Use a calendar...

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use Outlook or Lotus Notes, calendar comes as part of your mailing software. Google Calendar is great - I use it. It's even better if you can sync it to your mobile phone and other hardware you use - that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.

4)  Use an organizer...

The organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It's your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

5)  Know your deadlines...

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

6)  Learn to say "NO"...

Don't take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you're doing other things, give a firm NO or defer it to a later period.

7)  Target to be early...

When you target to be on time, you'll either be on time or late. Most of the times you'll be late. However, if you target to be early, you'll most likely be on time. For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

8)  Time box your activities...

This means restricting your work to X amount of time.

9)  Have a clock visibly placed before you...

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10) Set reminders 15 minutes before...

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you've an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

11) Focus...

Are you multitasking so much that you're just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Close off all the applications you aren't using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you're doing. You'll be more efficient that way.

12) Block out distractions...

What's distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in? I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I'm not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting. When I'm doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it's something important. This helps me concentrate better.

13) Track your time spent...

Egg Timer is a simple online countdown timer. You key in the amount of time you want it to track (example: "30 minutes", "1 hour") and it'll count down in the background. When the time is up, the timer will beep. Great way to be aware of your time spent.

14) Don't fuss about unimportant details...

You'll never get everything done exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

15) Prioritize...

Since you can't do everything, learn to prioritize the important things and let go of the rest. Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization.

16) Delegate...

If there are things that can be better done by others that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

17) Batch similar tasks together...

For related work, batch them together. For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups: 

1) writing (articles, my upcoming book),

2) coaching,

3) workshop development,

4) business development

5) administrative.

I batch all the related tasks together so ther's synergy (the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects). If I need t make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18) Eliminate your time wasters...

What takes your time away from work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often. One thing you can do is make it hard to check them - remove them from your browser quick links/bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmark folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work - related sites. While you'll still check Facebook/Twitter no doubt, you'll find it's a lower frequency than before.

19) Cut off when you need to...

The number 1 reason why things overrun is because you don't cut off when you have to. Don't be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there's never going to be an end and you'll just eat into the time for later.

20) Leave buffer time in-between...

Don't pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each task. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start on the next one.

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Tell Your Clients about these Travel Tips

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Planning a Vacation or Trip Overseas?  

Travel Tips, these apps make excellent travel companions and are free on iOS and Android.

XE Currency

This app has up-to the-minute conversion reates for virtually every world currency, so at least you'll know whether the exchange rate you are quoted is realistic or a ripoff. The app works offline, using rates automatically downloaded the last time you were online.

Tango Messenger

Like it's rival Skype, Tango allows users to make free voice and video calls from anywhere in the world if they have an internet connection and the people they call also have Tango installed on the mobile device or PC. It is recommended that you are on a free Wi-Fi network when using this service.

Smart Traveler

This official app from the U.S. State Dept has continually updated travel warnings and alerts for more than 100 countries. The lists of addresses and phone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world can be a potential lifesaver if you find yourself in trouble or simply lose your passport.

Google Translate

This popular app, translates more than 70 languages. Type or speak a word or phrase, and the app yoelds a written translation. It also offers an audio translation, so you can pass the device to the person you are talking with and have a bacl-and-forth conversation. Snap a picture of a document, road sign or menu, and the app can translate that too. App works offline.

Send this to clients 2 weeks before they travel. With a personal note from you explaining how these apps may help them. They will LOVE you for the advice.

Travel Agent Tips

1. Call clients when they come back from their trip, to see how everything went. This is a great way to get incites about destinations on what is good or bad.

2. Don't forget to ask where they want to go next. Also ask for 2 referrals. This is a great way to DOUBLE your business every year.

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Become a Travel Agent Jordan Travel Specialist!

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Become a Travel Agent Jordan Travel Specialist!

Finding the “right” customers for travel to Jordan is essential to your success as a Jordan Travel Specialist. The diverse landscape and attractions that Jordan offers draw an equally diverse base of potential customers, but Jordan is not a mass-market destination. You must consider how you are going to efficiently target your marketing efforts to the right client and not to your entire client base. Who exactly is the “right” client for travel to Jordan? The answer, of course, depends upon how you decide to market the destination.

In this program you will learn how to market and sell Jordan to both individuals and groups. Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism has identified a list of priority niche markets that serves as an excellent guide for how you might develop your Jordan specialty.
Graduate Benefits!

Certificate of graduation as a Jordan Travel Specialist

Promotion and listing of your company on the Jordan Tourism Board North America website and in all promotional activities

Qualify for Tour Operator led FAM Trips

4 credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Go to www.acta.ca for details on the certification programs, eligibility for continuing education credits and how to receive these credits following graduation.

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