Crystal Cruises has added more than a dozen sailings to the 2018 voyages roster, allowing cruisers to explore virtually every region of the globe. Travel agents can become a Crystal Specialist by completing one (or all) of three Crystal Cruises courses – All-Inclusive, The Crystal Specialist and World’s Best Destinations. Specialist enjoy exclusive perks like bonus rewards, sales tools, dedicated support and more. Plus, now through March 31, 2017, take advantage of the Crystal Clear Choices promotion to save up to $1,000 per person and receive an air credit of up to $1,100 per person or shipboard credit of up to $1,250 per person.
In addition to upgrading several of its Caribbean properties, Palladium Hotels & Resorts is looking to enhance their relationship with agents. The Palladium Connect learning and loyalty program features targeted training, including a romance, spa and family course, with an emphasis on rewarding specialists. Become a Palladium Specialist to earn money simply by: graduating from three courses; booking one of Palladium’s 48 properties; inviting other agents to register with the program; and providing Palladium hotel reviews.
It's a good time for Velas Resorts. The group is adding another luxury resort to its portfolio (the soon-to-open Grand Velas Los Cabos, Velas) and its Riviera Maya property was named to Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the fifth year in a row. More importantly, they just launched the Velas Experts education and rewards program. Become a certified expert to earn points towards comp nights, suite upgrades, cash and more.
Travel agents who become an AmaWaterways Specialist and book an AmaWaterways cruise within three months of graduation will receive a $50 reloadable prepaid MasterCard. Plus, Specialists can earn a $50 bonus for each new booking made through April 29, 2017, for travel in March or April 2017, as well as a $75 reward for every Mekong cruise or Paris/Normandy cruise.
Specialists are also eligible to win a seven-night AmaWaterways cruise for two in 2017 or 2018 when they make a total of five new FIT bookings for travel in 2017. Become an AmaWaterways Specialist to qualify for ongoing rewards, exclusive promotions and robust sales support.
Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) must really care about making travel agents smarter. Becoming a GHA Specialist means gaining a wealth of knowledge on 500-plus leading hotels worldwide.
From six-course degustation experiences to butler service to onboard cooking schools, Scenic Cruises, in particular, is making its mark. Looking to make your mark with clients? Become a Scenic Specialist to earn yourself a $100 gift card (per passenger) on your first booking and step up your sales game.
White sand beaches, azure waters and a laid back vibe - three demands you can easily deliver upon for clients headed to the Caribbean. While knowing the basics can help you suggest the islands with gusto, it's specialized expertise that will make the sale. Remind clients why paradise isn't always found in a couple of clicks by becoming a USVI Specialist. You'll easily sell the Caribbean and earn up to $200 with every USVI booking.
Despite the recent call for “authentic” experiences in travel, the all-inclusive sector continues to grow and innovate. Become a Club Med Expert Agent to sell the all-inclusive resort pioneer and its over 70 properties on five continents. And for every client, who books a ski trip in China or a private villa in Maldives, you’ll earn a comp night.
Your clients want to head to Asia and you want to send them there, but does your expertise match your enthusiasm? Start by specializing in one of Asia’s most exotic destinations – Macao – in under 30 minutes. A short 15-lesson course, the Macao Specialist program provides targeted insights, like “Top 20 Selling Points” and sample itineraries, for in-depth knowledge into the destination’s unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures.
A country steeped in history, culture, cuisine and architecture, Spain offers something for even the most discerning clients. The Tourist Office of Spain launched the Spain 360 Expert eLearning platform to provide travel professionals with an in-depth understanding of top tourism sites, attractions and selling points. Plus, Spain 360 Experts qualify for exclusive benefits and a chance to partake in a FAM trip.