MSC Cruise Webinar

Hello Travel Partners,

Please join us as we have 2 Exciting upcoming Webinars in May and June, thank you.

1)     The first webinar will be held on May 9 at 2pm EST – “Ken’s Welcome Back Webinar”

a.     Travel Weekly Webinar with Ken

b.     Ken will be talking about the present and future of MSC Cruises

c.      One lucky LIVE attendee will win an MSC Yacht Club stateroom (cruise for 2) on MSC Meraviglia – November 21, 2019.  This cruise will go to Ocean Cay

d.     Link to register: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1242558&tp_key=7054451b40

e.     Share event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/643504149427701/

2)     The second webinar will be held on June 6 from 1-3PM EST – “MSC Book – Groups Training

a.     Hosted by Denise Reichwein

b.     Discussing MSC Book Groups and How-To

c.      Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3822679071750605057

d.     Share event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1340923409381654/

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Classic Vacations Travel Agent Training

Discover The Classic® Difference and grow your travel business!

At Classic Vacations, we have a history of success in helping our Travel Advisor partners plan first-rate vacations for millions of clients. Every product, supplier partnership, and tool we develop is with the Travel Advisor in mind! You can count on us to deliver world-class accommodations, exceptional privileges, and unparalleled service to your clients. That is the Classic® Difference—the difference between a good vacation and a great one.

With our interactive training courses, you’ll discover how our robust product offerings are matched by extensive support—from planning resources to 24/7 customer service to real-time social media strategy—and diverse contemporary selling tools to simplify the process from booking to homecoming, for you and your client.

Graduate from both courses and be entered into a monthly drawing
to win a $50 gift card!

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Important Funjet Vacations Webinar

Town Hall with Funjet Vacations!

 Join us for a brand president webinar to ask the questions on your mind and get the answers you need. Hear directly from Ron Jacobs, President of Funjet Vacations for a candid conversation about where Funjet is headed as we make the learnings greater than the experience.

Enrollment Link:
https://applelg.webex.com/applelg/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb544e3cd7d75ffd6adf7b4c8c349d6e2

**Please note, if you previously signed up for the webinar, there is no need to register again. We look forward to meeting with you tomorrow.**

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Travel Agents Enter to Win a Trip for 2

Enter to win a 7-Day cruise for two with Holland America Line to your choice of Europe, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico or Canada & New England!

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Sign up below for a chance to win a cruise with Holland America Line. For more than 145 years, we've treated our guests to award-winning service, captivating onboard enrichment programs and sophisticated five-star dining. We invite you to travel aboard our elegant, mid-sized ships and discover this world of possibilities for yourself.

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Win a 3-night stay at a Couples Resort

Join Travel Weekly and Couples Resorts Jamaica to learn why your clients should choose Couples. Aprial 15th at 2 pm EST

During this live event you will learn:

Who we are: Company history and details about each resort
What we offer to clients and to our travel agent partners
The Wedding and Honeymoon options
What sets Couples Resorts apart from the competition

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Travel Tagent Training webinar on selling Great Britain

 Travel Tagent Training webinar on selling Great Britain

Live Webinar 2 pm EST on Apr 23, 2019

Travel Tagent Training, Join Avanti Destinations and VisitBritain for a second course of British flavors, this time focused on Wales and the Lake District region in England.

We have new itineraries and experiences, as well as updated resources that you can share with your clients seeking authentic experiences across the pond.

Travel Tagent Training about some first-hand foodie experiences in London, Yorkshire, Cornwall and Edinburgh. Get the latest information on special events for 2019.

One lucky live attendee will win a gourmet “A Little Bit of Britain” gift box to truly taste the flavors of Britain.

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How to Sell Luxury Switzerland

Experience the magic of Switzerland - from the majestic Matterhorn, to wine tasting along the Rhine River, to riding along the iconic Grand Train Tour.

The experts at Switzerland Tourism and Cox & Kings will provide the inside scoop, including the latest hotel openings, new things to do, and how best to sell Switzerland to your luxury.

 

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Become a Travel Agent Grenada Specialist.

Become a Travel Agent Grenada Specialist. Go beyond the fly and flop experience with Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

In less than 20 minutes (just 5 lessons) you'll learn why PURE — Peaceful, Unadulterated, Rustic and Easy-Going — Grenada can boost your Luxury, Romance and Adventure bookings to the Caribbean when you become a travel agent Grenada Specialist.

Plus, when you enter your Grenada bookings into our Loyalty Program you become eligible to win prizes!

Gain more confidence in your Caribbean bookings when you become a travel agent
Pure Grenada Specialist.

Test Your Knowledge
What accommodation is a good choice for romantic getaways?

a) All-inclusive couples-only resorts
b) Private guest houses and villas
c) Boutique hotel
d) All of the above

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How to WOW Your Clients with Destination Guides

There's no better way to give your client the comfortable feeling that you have the expertise to handle their vacation needs than to send them the info they would have to spend hours looking for.

To make that easy. Sceptre Vacations has 189 guiding articles in our Travel Inspiration section that you can share with them just by entering their email address. Each article comes with your name and phone number when the client sees it. And we never store the client's email address as it is our pledge to never communicate with them unless it is through you.

Once you are on the Guides Page, you can filter for the destination you are interested in by selecting it on the left hand side.

After you have found the right article, just click on the share symbol and follow the prompts. The guides cover a wide variety of topics such as:
Hidden Paris: 10 Secret Spots to Discover,
Best Day Trips from Florence,
A Travel Guide to Reykjavik
Essential Stops on the ring of Kerry
And many , many more. Check them out today and start WOWING your clients with all the great content you are giving them.
www.SceptreVacations.com

800-221-0924
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm EST

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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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GROUPS by FUNJET

We have been booking group vacations for over 40 years. We are experts, and we have two group solutions to prove it.

GROUPS YOUR WAY... 

Exclusive promo code discount up to $225 & Custom Even Pages
Book 24/7/365 in VAX Vacation Access
Complimentary hotel stays and inclusions at many bonus properties.
Earn free Charter & Value seats
Maximize your commission with the “Set Your Commission Tool”

CONTRACTED GROUPS...

Groups technology that makes it easier than ever to manage your group
Same price for all travelers with reserved block inventory
Group payments can be made in VAX 24/7
Eligible for complimentary rooms and airfare credits
Flexible policies and deposits starting from must $50 per person

Weddings & more.

We partner with top hotels and resorts to bring your clients amazing bonuses when booking their destination weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties and friend getaways with us. What can they get? Private group check-ins, guaranteed room upgrades, complimentary cocktail receptions, and so much more.

Ready to book their unforgettable group vacation? Visit funjetagent.com/gbf

Benefits of booking groups.

Earn more: Average group commission is $5,000.
Find new clients: Shows dozens of clients your value at one time.

Custom itineraries: Create memorable moments with our group specialists.

Tech tools:

The VAX Agent Dashboard and free Custom Event Pages make your life easier.

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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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