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Travel Institute Launches a New Villa Specialist Course

July 28, 2011 By: George Dooley Travel Agent


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Travel Institute Launches a New Villa Specialist Course

The Travel Institute reports the released of a new course in their Lifestyle Specialist series: Villa Travel. Sponsored by Private Trade Winds, Inc., a leading and innovative villa rental company specializing in Five Star Villa Vacations, the course is available online or on CD and is also one of the new elective courses in The Travel Institute’s Certified Travel Associate (CTA) program.

“It’s an important time in the travel industry as we strive to clearly define villa travel and differentiate luxury villa rentals from vacation rentals," said Irene Aviles, owner of Private Trade Winds. "Villa travel opens up a whole new market for luxury travel agents, and in turn presents a bounty of options and experiences for their clients. Once agents are properly educated in villa travel they can look forward to adding an entirely new dimension to their business. Private Trade Winds is proud to be the sponsor of this educational opportunity for the travel agent community, as well as the consumer.”

“This is a great opportunity for travel counselors to learn more about this highly profitable and sometimes misunderstood specialty market. Enrollees will discover the nature of villa travel, gain insight into the villa traveler, and identify best practices for selling and marketing,” says Patty Noonan, The Travel Institute's director of sales.

Travel professionals who complete the program will earn 10 Continuing Education Units (CEU). The Villa Travel Specialist course includes online testing for only $49 (Travel Institute members save an additional 10 percent).

Villa Travel Specialist joins The Travel Institute’s other Lifestyle Specialist courses: Accessible Travel, Adventure Travel, Gay and Lesbian, Golf, Honeymoons and Destination Weddings, Luxury Travel, Skiing, Spas and Sustainable Travel.


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By George Dooley | July 28, 2011
The new course, sponsored by Private Trade Winds, Inc., offers travel counselors a chance to learn more about a highly profitable and misunderstood specialty market.
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