Agents Eager to Sell Romantic Getaways Can Use Destination Wedding & Honyemoon Specialists Association’s New Program Tool
U.S. and Canadian travel agents looking to sell destination weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways will have a new tool in September to build strong romance travel businesses: the brand-new online training course developed by the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA).
The eight-module, 55-lesson course will debut on September 9 with content covering all aspects of romance travel – from the basic components of today’s destination wedding and honeymoon bookings and the secrets of working with key client demographics to proven techniques for marketing and promoting oneself as a romance travel specialist and resolving common issues that crop up with these clients.
The DWHSA online course will be video-based, with more than 14 hours of pre-recorded streaming video instruction split into 55 lessons. The lessons will be grouped into eight modules, with homework assignments given for each module. Agents will access the course via a password-protected site. Beyond the eight modules, the course will also include bonus materials, checklists, sample forms, and additional tutorials that will help agents in building their romance travel businesses.
This new course will be available free of charge to current DWHSA members. Non-member agents interested in taking the course may register at www.JoinDWHSA.com for $109 (that fee includes the first year’s dues to join DWHSA as an agent member). The JoinDWHSA.com site also includes a link to the full course curriculum.
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has launched its new travel agent specialist program, A One Love Rewards Program, through Questex Media’s Travel Agent University, the industry’s largest online travel education website. Jamaica’s A One Love Rewards Program serves as a dedicated training platform for the travel agent community to become experts on the destination. In fact, the first 10 travel agents to pass the series’ final exam by February 15th will become eligible to win an all-expense-paid trip to Jamaica.
In addition to learning about the island, travel agents will also earn valuable rewards points as they complete the curriculum. Travel agents can login to the step-by-step instructional website. The JTB is offering a range of benefits to graduates including a monthly award of $300 to the top-booking Jamaica agent of 10 or more bookings, a downloadable graduate diploma from Travel Agent University, on island VIP service for A One Love Rewards Program members, a preferred agent listing on the official website, exclusive consultations with JTB Business Development Managers, VIP familiarization tours, and an A One Love Rewards Program branded gift after the first five bookings.
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Well-Being Travel and The Travel Institute have officially launched the first-ever health, wellness and medical travel specialist course . The course, which is open to the industry, is available exclusively through Well-Being Travel and The Travel Institute, and is comprised of three on-demand modules so travel sellers can work towards their certification at their own pace. Cost for the program is $99; travel professionals who register by the end of August will receive value-added benefits including complimentary membership to Well-Being Travel ($99 value) and an opportunity to participate in Well-Being FAMs hosted by Greater Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council.
The interactive course modules will explore selling health and wellness vacations, selling medical travel as well as a ‘how to’ session on successful marketing tactics for this niche. Participants will earn 10 continuing education credits from The Travel Institute upon completion of the course.