The Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) has announced a series of webinars that the group says are creating a communications and marketing bridge between preferred suppliers and home-based agents. The one-hour webinars will be offered over a secure server throughout the fourth quarter of this year. Home-based agents participate from their home computers. Suppliers present their product features and benefits, and provide sales and marketing strategies that are designed to increase the agents’ revenue potential.
The sessions have been very well received by suppliers and agents alike. “The virtual trainings provide a tremendous opportunity for not only keeping the NEST agents up-to-date on our products, but also offer us the opportunity to establish stronger relationships with them," said Azamara Cruise’s Regional Sales Manager Marie La Cava Keeling. "Ultimately, our partnership continues to grow and develop into the future.”
“The NEST virtual trainings are valuable tools to me as an agent," said Diane Warner, co-owner of EverAfter Travel. "The most valuable, I believe, is the opportunity to have the most recent information and updates presented in a timely manner, and done so with the atmosphere of a one-on-one training conversation with the experts and a network of agents. The online library of the PowerPoint presentations is also invaluable for re-checking information or illustrations, or to catch up on a missed session. The fact that I can attend the conference call and receive the training in less time than it normally takes for me to drive one-way to the nearest training center is an added bonus.”
Virtual trainings are scheduled throughout the fourth quarter: October 2 (Carnival Cruise Lines), October 3 (Travel Bound), October 7 (Norwegian Cruise Line), October 8 (Travel Impressions), October 10 (Royal Caribbean International), October 14 (Access America), October 15 (Passport Online), October 17 (Pleasant Holidays), October 21 (GOGO Worldwide Vacations), October 22 (Variety Cruises), November 4 (GOGO Worldwide Vacations), November 5 (Oceania Cruises), November 7 (Norwegian Cruise Line), November 19 (Celebrity Cruises), December 5 (Oceania Cruises), December 10 (Thrifty Car Rental/Dollar Rent A Car), December 12 (Holland America Line), December 17 (MSC Cruises), and December 19 (Passport Online).
NEST is holding its fourth annual NEST FEST 2008 2008 “fiesta” conference in Xcaret, Mexico on November 13-16. The event will take place at the Occidental Grand Xcaret, with pre-fam opportunities in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.