CLIA Opens TrainingFest in 11 Cities

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has opened registration for TrainingFest 2010, the two-day program that travels throughout North America that provides a “Fast Track” for travel agent training and certification.

Between July and September, 11 cities will be visited. TrainingFest offers the opportunity to take four seminars, from a choice of eight, and participate in a CLIA member cruise line trade show while earning up to 70 Cruise Counsellor Credits. Locations are chosen to offer easy access for as many CLIA member agents and agencies as possible.

“By traveling to key cities across the country and in Canada, we are making it easier than ever for agents to further their professional development, an absolute necessity given the realities of doing successful business today," said Bob Sharak, CLIA’s executive vice president.  “Even more important, full participation in TrainingFest completes the mandatory requirement for CLIA’s MCC, or Master Cruise Counsellor Certification, in just two days.”

This year’s TrainingFest features seminars on social networking, group sales, principles of professional selling, time management, building business plans, and public relations techniques, as well as an introduction to selling cruise vacations and a seminar designed to help agents explore their own abilities, skills and strengths.

The two-day program is offered on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays, with a Friday evening trade show. The three-hour seminars are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The TrainingFest 2010 schedule is as follows:

July 8-  Dallas
July 15-  Atlanta/College Park
July 22-  Denver/Greenwood Village
July 29- Los Angeles/San Pedro
August 5- Washington, DC/Arlington VA
August 12- Las Vegas
August 19-  St. Louis
August 26- Fort Lauderdale
September 9- San Francisco/Burlingame
September 16- Philadelphia
September 23-