The Travel Institute Releases Fifth Edition of “Exploring The World”

The Travel Institute has released the fifth edition of “Exploring the World,” (ETW) a tourism geography reference guide for frontline travel advisors. This recent update includes new destinations; hundreds of sights, attractions and local cuisine details; and extensive updates for Canada, Bermuda, South America, Antarctica, U.K. and Ireland.

First published in 2001, the interactive, online version was launched in early 2021 as an option to the printed textbook. The guide supports new advisors and industry veterans alike with fingertip access to synthesized, nuanced information and anecdotes that create manageable but meaningful destination overviews. The guide also provides advisors with trip-planning specifics, such as documentation required, peak travel dates, safety and security information and transportation. To support agent learning and retention throughout more than 400 pages and 15 chapters, ETW utilizes maps, photography, graphics, chapter objectives and summaries, along with search capabilities, a companion workbook to reinforce learning and retention and agent progress tracking as they go through the material.

Other special features in the ETW fifth edition include:

  • Increased visual aids with more photos, figures and tables, maps providing visual summaries of the cities, attractions and physical features covered in text
  • Close-ups providing sample itineraries, potential traveler objections and questions/responses and FAQs
  • “Profiles” and “What’s Special” sections highlighting the destination’s cuisine, shopping lures, sports attractions and activities of special interest
  • Tips and notes with trivia facts and anecdotes for advisors
  • “On the Spot” true-to-life scenarios presenting face-to-face, challenging situations and tips on dealing with traveler concerns
  • Potluck featuring food and dining specialties unique to a destination
  • Key terms at the end of every chapter

The ETW textbook is also bundled with “TRIPKIT,” The Travel Institute’s flagship introductory training course and the industry’s leading entry-level education program, which is used by individuals, agencies and schools for new agent training. A self-guided course with online and print components, “TRIPKIT” has long been recognized as the industry’s gold standard for new agent training. Turnkey and affordable, “TRIPKIT” is often the first step toward industry certification, creating a career path for potential travel advisors by providing a comprehensive overview of booking air, ground, accommodations, cruises, tours and packages while also exposing potential new agents to numerous other nuances in booking travel today.

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