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AmaAcademy is Now Live!

AmaAcademy is Now Live!

As part of our continued commitment to supporting you in growing your business, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of AmaAcademy, our new travel advisor training program! Within AmaAcademy, you’ll find an updated course to help further educate you on our unparalleled river cruise experience – and we’ll create additional courses in the coming months to enhance your expertise.

All advisors who are not graduates of our previous program, Travel Agent University, must complete our first course to earn reduced FAM rates of $690 for travel advisors and $890 for companions. However, if you have already graduated, we’d like to honor your commitment by extending this reward to AmaAcademy.

Whether you graduated from the Travel Agent University or not, we still strongly encourage you to complete our new course to ensure you have the most updated information on AmaWaterways for your clients. Plus, if you make a booking with a deposit within 90 days of completion, you’ll earn a $50 digital Mastercard reward!

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Limited-Time Offers
Earning your reward has never been easier with our attractive limited time offers. We would love to welcome your clients on board and are thrilled to extend savings for select 2019 and 2020 sailings.

FOR RESERVATIONS
Book your clients’ next river cruise by calling 1.888.626.0996 or visit the Travel Advisor Portal at AmaWaterways.com today

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Become a Travel Agent Luxury Cruise Specialist

Become a Travel Agent Luxury Cruise Specialist. Whether your clients dream of a luxurious voyage with lavish surroundings or a thrilling expedition to the most remote places on the planet, learn how you can offer them the perfect travel experience.

Learn how to become a travel agent and sell luxury. Become a destination expert. Sign up for courses on 'Silversea Cruises', 'Silversea Expedition Cruises' and more to increase your knowledge of our products and services.

Build your knowledge and grow your business with Silversea.

Become a Travel Agent Silversea Specialist  –
There are three comprehensive training programs designed to help travel Agents effectively cultivate new clients and feel confident in selling Silversea’s luxury small-ship products.

These courses including Silversea Cruises, Silversea Expedition Cruises, and Why a Luxury Cruise is the Best Way to Travel to The Galápagos will take you through an overview of Silversea’s nine intimate ships.

You’ll also learn about Silversea’s all-inclusive onboard experience, off-the-beaten-path destinations and shore programs, and tips to help you gain new clientele and close the sale.

So, Become a Travel Agent Luxury Cruise Specialist and start earning much higher commissions.

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How to become a travel agent

The Best Time to Become a Travel Agent Was 20 Years Ago.

The Next Best Time to Become a Travel Agent Is Now!

Becoming a Travel Agent Just Got Easy, with AARC online Travel School.

Investment of your time in gaining knowledge pays the best dividends.

Best Paying Travel Agent Niches are:

1. Europe River Cruise Group Specialist, Commissions $10,000 to $50,000 per group.

2. Cruise Group Specialist, Commissions from $1,000 to $30,000 per group.

3. Luxury Specialist, Commissions from $5,000 to $25,000 per booking.

4. Faith-Based Specialist, Commission from $1,000. to $15,000. per group

5. Destination Wedding Specialist, Commissions from $1,000 to $10,000 per booking.

6. Caribbean Honeymoon Specialist, Commissions from $500 to $1,000 per booking.

7. Caribbean or cruise Specialist, Commissions from $200 to $500 per booking

Note 1: Most luxury clients book direct because they can't find an agent that knows about Luxury Resorts, Hotels and Private jets.

Note 2: 97% of searches are now for Local Travel Agent Specialist.

Want more information on becoming a travel agent?

1. Call 800 516-7891 Ext 1 for a prerecorded explanation of how our travel program works and the benefits you will receive by joining us.

2. Visit our website for more information. https://homebasedtravelagents.org/

3. Call 800-619-8646 and we will answer any questions you may have.

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Become a Travel Agent SilverSea Specialist

 

Become a Travel Agent SilverSea Specialist

Whether your clients dream of a luxurious voyage with lavish surroundings or a thrilling expedition to the most remote places on the planet, learn how you can offer them the perfect travel experience. By Becoming a Travel Agent Silver Seas Specialist.

Learn how to sell luxury. Become a travel agent destination expert. Sign up for courses on 'Silversea Cruises', 'Silversea Expedition Cruises' and more to increase your knowledge of our products and services.

Build your knowledge and grow your business with Silversea.

 

 

Learn How to Become a Successful Travel Agent
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Rush My Passport

Travelers can now avoid the standard to six to eight week waiting time through the FedEx and RushMyPassport partnership.

FedEx Can Now Get You a Passport in as Little as 24 Hours FedEx and RushMyPassport have teamed up to offer travelers expedited U.S. passport services nationwide. Read More

 

 

 

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List of Upcoming Free Webinars for Travel Agents

Here's a list of upcoming free webinars from Recommend!

Every participant will earn 1 CEU credit from The Travel Institute for each live webinar attended plus a chance to win other great prizes.

Can't make the live event? Sign-up anyway and we'll send you a link to the recording. Register today!

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Tips on Selling Wellness Travel
Thursday, July 25th @1PM ET | 10AM PT | 12PM CT
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. One attendee will win a $100 gift card. Click here to register.

Discover Bahia Principe & How to Sell it!
Tuesday, September 17th @ 1PM ET | 10AM PT | 12PM CT
Henry Perez, Director of Sales & Marketing for Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, will help travel advisors discover incredible all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean. You'll learn about Bahia Principe's three segmented experiences, their mega sale, resort updates, and their rewards program.

Giveaway:
One attendee will win a voucher for a 3-night all-inclusive stay for two in a junior suite at the Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine (adults only resort). Click here to register.

The Ins & Outs of Selling Luxury Travel
Tuesday, October 29th @ 1PM ET | 10AM PT | 12PM CT
Join us October 29th at 1PM ET for exclusive tips on selling luxury travel. This webinar will be based on the results of the Luxury Travel Trends Survey, and will feature travel advisors who specialize in this market segment. One attendee will win a $100 gift card. Click here to register.

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What Travel Agents Need Know About…

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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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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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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