Educational Sessions to Aid the Agent

Friends call me the constant learner. I am always hungry for education and the benefits that come from it. A personal investment in yourself allows you to become more knowledgeable about the world around you and continually keep yourself fresh. It is even more important as a home-based entrepreneur to stay aware of the changing world and how it affects your business, both day-to-day and long term. What can you do? Sit in on webinars, become a destination specialist, subscribe to newsletters or attend an industry trade show—such as the Home-Based Travel Agent Expo & Conference.Bernadette Mari

At the heart of the Home-Based Travel Agent Expo & Conference is a dynamic educational program created for the home-based agent. We have put a fresh spin on providing relevant information introducing new educational tracks for sales, marketing and best business practices. You will be able to walk away with real, down-to-earth, practical tips to further your home-based travel business. Plus, more agent involvement in sessions gives you the opportunity for increased peer-to-peer interaction.

What's Lined Up

Leading travel suppliers will present more hands-on training and in-depth knowledge of products that will enhance your business and commissions. You will receive step-by-step training on the latest products available to you, the home-based travel agent. Add product demonstrations from Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International to your education plans for a well-rounded program.

Here are some sessions that might interest you:

A great session for those wanting to leverage a diverse portfolio of quality travel brands is "Strong Profitability in Selling Tours & River Cruises," by TravCorpUSA: Brendan Worldwide Vacations, Insight Vacations, Red Carnation Hotels, Trafalgar Tours and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In this session, you will hear from the brand's executive team as they unveil "inside information" for agents about hot, new sales techniques to help you close the sale; new products, programs and features; practical tips for selling tours and river cruises; and ways to earn high commission.

Those looking to learn more about fostering a relationship with a host agency should attend "Exploring the Benefits of Top-Notch Hosting," by Travel Counsellors. If you're seeking a host partner, this session will explore Travel Counsellors' hosting model. Experts will address customer service, agent training, back-end support and the company's innovative technology that allows you to do what's important—focus on selling and servicing your clients.

Plus, CLIA's "Self Assessment" debuts at the show. Explore your abilities, skills and strengths during this session. This unique new CLIA seminar will guide you through a series of exercises to assess your professional skills. Gain valuable insight about how to excel in all you do.

A Special Guest

Back by popular demand, we also welcome back Nolan Burris, president and chief visioneer of Future Proof Travel Solutions. He will give presentations on "What If You Built a Terrific Web Site, But No One Came?" and "Google Gone Wild! Learn How to Really Harness It."

Our conference program is live on our website, and our printed brochure will be arriving on your desks soon. This is the perfect time for you to begin making your plans for December. If you have yet to receive it, visit our website, and while you are there, be sure to register. There is no better time than today to make an investment in yourself, your business and your future.

For more information, please contact: Bernadette Mari Marketing Manager Phone: 212-895-8264 E-mail: [email protected]