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What to Know About Flying with a Service Animal

For travelers who need assistance animals, this handy guide will help navigate common airline policies. Read More

What Travel Advisors Need to Know About Virgin Voyages

From no NCFs to ship tours, here's what advisors need to know about one of the industry's newest lines. Read More

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New Webinar on Wellness Travel

Wellness tourism is a growing trend, and bookings in this segment are crucial to help you grow your business. The staff at Recommend knows how important this growing segment is and we're here to help!

We've put together a free webinar featuring experts on wellness travel who can provide you with all the necessary tools on selling this booming market segment.

Click here to save your seat!

Webinar Topic: Tips on Selling Wellness Travel
Date: Thursday, July 25th
Time: 1PM ET | 10AM PT | 12PM CT

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During this webinar agents will learn:
- Wellness trends
- Travelers' expectations when booking a wellness vacation
- Top international destinations & U.S.-based resorts for wellness travel

Bonus: One lucky attendee will win a $100 gift card. All attendees will earn 1 CEU credit from The Travel Institute.

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Travel Agent Webinar on Scandinavia

 

Join Scandinavian Airlines and Travel Weekly to get information about travel opportunities for your clients. Learn about Scandinavian destinations that offer everything from spectacular natural phenomena and outdoor adventures to stylish cities, sustainable living and distinctive design. And how with SAS, the Scandinavian experience starts at take-off. During this event the presenter will explore:

  • What’s unique about Scandinavia
  • SAS’ network from the US and within Scandinavia
  • Sustainability
  • Inflight experience
  • Scandinavian airports
  • Travel agent videos and support

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GET the NEW PROFILER PLUS FOR 1 YEAR FREE!

Get More Free Travel Leads By using Profiler Plus

Profiler Plus is now available to you FREE until July 1, 2020. Take advantage of the enhanced Agent Profiler features to take your profile to the next level. View details on how to enroll.

Note: If you are still enrolled in Profiler Plus on July 1, 2020, your agency will be invoiced $15 per month per agent.

Profiler Plus enhancements include content rich sections that allow the agent to share their experience in a variety of different ways. Profiler Plus allows the agent to create destination/specialty specific bios, add photos of the beautiful sites they’ve seen, write about their unique travel experiences and share the great feedback of previous travelers. All of these enhancements are available to both Associate and Affiliate level agencies.

Additional Bios
Many agents have more than one passion for trips they like to craft. For this reason we’ve created the option for the agent to create additional bios to showcase their unique talents and expertise in the travel that they are most passionate about booking. An additional bio provides the agent benefits in both searches performed on the national website as well as organic searches performed through Google, Bing, etc. The consumer that is looking for a specific type of travel is directed the additional bio that is tailored to that destination/specialty. Agents that take advantage of additional bios receive more leads than those that do not.
Training available in the TLN Training Library
Use the Search bar at the top, and type in "TLN3168" for a Recorded lesson on Additional Bios.

Photo Albums
Photos are a great way to peak interest and inspire an online consumer. The My Photo Book enhancement gives the agent the creativity to share their personal photos from destinations they’ve been to. In addition to the visual benefits, agents with photo albums and captioned photos appear higher in organic search results. These photo albums can show consumers unique places to travel and get them more familiar with the expertise that you have making them more likely to connect with you.
Training available in the TLN Training Library
Use the Search bar at the top, and type in "TLN3176" for a Recorded lesson on Photo Albums.

Experiential Posts
Think of experiential posts as a mini blog, an opportunity to highlight some of the experiences that the agent has had at a specific destination or property. These are meant to give the consumer a more in depth look at your personality and inspire them to connect with you to have similar experiences. An experiential post is what keeps a consumer looking at your profile and makes them more likely to reach out to you, the expert.
Training available in the TLN Training Library
Use the Search bar at the top, and type in "TLN3174" for a Recorded lesson on Experiential Posts.

Customer Testimonials
Share some of your past clients' success stories. Testimonials can be used to share some of the wonderful feedback that the agent has received during their time as a travel agent. Customer testimonials are perfect for adding traveler feedback to your profile that you’ve already received from some of your regular clients. Please be sure to get your client's approval when using their words on your profile. Testimonials are proven to be a trust builder for a consumer shopping for the perfect travel agent.
Training available in the TLN Training Library
Use the Search bar at the top, and type in "TLN3170" for a Recorded lesson on Customer Testimonials.

My Travel Experience Map
The My Travel Experience Map gives you the opportunity to showcase an eye catching, visual representation of your travel experiences. You’ll be able to add destination pins to your map that illustrate where you’ve been and what you’ve booked. Additionally, you’ll be able to provide an image and a must-do tip for each destination selected. To begin building your My Travel Experience Map, visit the My Map page in Agent Profiler under the My Profile tab.
Training coming soon.

Videos
Video continues to have a larger role in our buying decisions. Millions of people watch video content online every day. This is especially true in the travel industry. You now have the ability to load travel videos into your Agent Profile to help showcase your travel experience and expertise. To load your video into Agent Profiler, visit the My Videos page under the My Profile tab.
Training coming soon.

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Luxury Travel gent to Become First Black Woman to Visit Every Country in the World

Jessica Nabongo started her own luxury travel company, Jet Black.
After spending all her nonwork time traveling as much as possible, and she's now "mere months and a few trips away from visiting every country in the world.

She is expecting to be the first black woman to do so," Jennifer Calfas writes.

Nabongo also pads her $1,000-per-country travel budget and reels in new clients with the help of platforms as a freelance writer and Instagram influencer.

The advisor crafts customized, $1,500 to $35,000 trips to destinations in the Caribbean, Africa and South and Central America for her 200-plus clients and even has scored a private viewing at the Vatican Museum for one.

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Plan 8 weeks, not 6, for passports to arrive

US travelers can expect to wait eight weeks instead of six for new and renewed passports, the State Department says, with expedited, two- to three-week service available for an additional $60.

The number of passport applications has increased, while the number of staff members has decreased due to Trump administration cuts, which also have contributed to an understaffed Transportation Security Administration and longer waits in airport security lines this summer.

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Tips on Selling Wellness Travel

Selling Wellness Travel

Wellness tourism is a growing trend, and bookings in this segment are crucial to help you grow your business. The staff at Recommend knows how important this growing segment is and we're here to help!

We've put together a free webinar featuring experts on wellness travel who can provide you with all the necessary tools on selling this booming market segment.

Click here to save your seat!

Webinar Topic: Tips on Selling Wellness Travel
Date: Thursday, July 25th
Time: 1PM ET | 10AM PT | 12PM CT
Register Now!

During this webinar agents will learn:
- Wellness trends
- Travelers' expectations when booking a wellness vacation
- Top international destinations & U.S.-based resorts for wellness travel

Bonus: One lucky attendee will win a $100 gift card. All attendees will earn 1 CEU credit from The Travel Institute.

Register Now!

P.S. Can’t make it? Sign up and we'll send you the recording!

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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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