Today begins a journey I've been looking forward to for over a year. If you're interested or have clients interested in the Viking Heart of Germany tour, or as I refer to it - the Christmas markets tour, you have to reserve early because it sells out fast. We left Chicago on Wednesday late afternoon and arrived in Frankfurt, Germany around 7:30 a.m. Thursday local time. If you or your clients have mobility issues here's a warning...Frankfurt has the third largest airport in Germany. Be prepared to walk. According to the Fitbit, our gate was a mile and from Customs and baggage was another half mile from there. Getting our luggage was the easy. Absolutely no problems.
Once we had our luggage, we placed our red Viking stickers on our jackets and left the area to meet our guides. Then we found out even more walking awaited us. Viking's buses do not pick you up at the terminal/baggage area. We had to walk about another mile to the bus toting our own luggage. I did travel with my elderly aunt and this was not an easy task for her. There were other elderly travelers also have difficulty navigating the airport and the walk to the bus. I highly suggest you notify Viking beforehand if you will need assistance. Because they are on tight schedules, the guides move very quickly.
After everyone had boarded the bus, we began the ride to meet the ship. The ride normally takes a half hour, but there was an accident, so we arrived roughly an hour later. Check in with Viking was a breeze. The rooms would not be ready until 3, so we decided to go explore Frankfurt's Christmas market located just across the street from the ship.
Amazing is an understatement when it comes to describing the market. Read more and see more tomorrow!
Our advisor Valerie is off today to Germany to experience a Viking Cruise. Learn more about it by following her adventure on our Facebook page or by following our blog here. She'll be posting pictures and videos daily. You'll experience the voyage and city tours along with Val. You'll get valuable experience to help you sell this kind of travel and perhaps even decide to go on your own Viking adventure. Stay tuned.
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Congratulations! If you’ve decided to begin your career as a home-based travel agent. You’ve made a great decision. Career Quest Travel Training Center will be with you to help guide and support you as you complete your online travel training.
Now is a time to do more than just study your lessons. Read up on travel news. Subscribe to trade magazines and save articles that you believe will help you be a successful home-based travel agent. Start to think of what your clients’ needs may be. Collect articles on destinations that you think might interest those clients. Consider making some help and planning sheets for your clients. For instance, say you decide to specialize in selling cruises. Make a list of what first-time cruisers should pack or what additional expenses they may encounter on their journey (bar packages, excursions, etc.). Your clients will appreciate the time you took to help them plan and prepare for their vacations.
Perhaps you’ve taken some great vacations of your own that you’d highly recommend to others. Put together an album that can include things such as lists of places to visit, photos or brochures that will attract your clients.
Taking these extra steps to prepare now can help you be a success later.
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If you’re specializing in selling cruises, some exciting new shows are on the horizon that can spark interest in clients, as well as provide you with some great travel information. Carnival Corporation announced the creation of three new TV programs that will air on ABC, NBC, and The CW beginning October 1. Ships from all 10 of the company’s cruise line brands will be featured. These shows will engage viewers by showcasing “exciting adventures, exotic cultures, and popular global destinations.” You can learn more by reading the article here.
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One way to ensure that you are on the right path when starting your home-based travel agency is having a business plan. This plan will allow you to set your objects. It will be your map to follow for the next 3 to 5 years. This plan will allow you to explore your goals, objectives, sales plans, expenses, etc.
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Dan Chapelle, author of The Wealthy Travel Agent, says, “In my experience, the primary reason most independent agents don’t live up to their full potential is simple – they don’t have a sales plan.” With Career Quest Training Center, part of your online travel agent training program will include lessons on how to operate your own successful home based travel agency. Two units will focus just on the areas of sales and marketing. CQTC will teach you how to identify your ideal customer, use tried and true sales techniques, and create a marketing plan. The combination of a strong sales plan and a strong marketing plan will help you outsell the competition. Prospecting is key. You must stay proactive. Pick up the phone or send a personal note to stay in touch. Your network may start out small, but eventually people will hear of your sales efforts and seek your services.
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It’s Testimonial Tuesday and recent graduate Zita L. states, “Thank you so much for offering that class online. It made it a lot easier to "go to school" in the convenience of my home. The course is very detailed, and just what I was looking for to be able to jump start my business, working from home focusing on selling cruises and tours. I'm looking forward to be part of the travel industry, I'm hoping to keep in contact with Career Quest Training in the future as well.”
Career Quest Travel Training strives to ensure that our online
curriculum provides students with the most current travel information and
training needed to be a successful home-based travel agent. Not only do
students learn travel, they also complete lessons in how to operate a
successful at home business.
If you want to be a successful agent, education is key. Travel Agent Central's editor Ruthanne Terrero gives great advice in her article New Agents: How to Start Your Education. With Career Quest Travel Training Center, you'll get the education you need to launch your career as a successful travel agent, you'll also learn how to operate a homebased travel agency. Your training includes hands-on practice in planning travel, including planning tours and cruises. You'll learn marketing strategies that will help you grow your business.
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It’s another round of Testimonial Tuesday. Ed S. from New Hampshire writes, "Resources within the travel industry are vast and can be overwhelming for those just starting a career. The Home-based Travel Agent/Leisure course focused on the most essential elements within the industry so that at the course's conclusion, I felt more than adequately prepared to set up my business and to confidently advise new clients."
Career Quest’s online travel training programs provide each student with the entry-level training needed to launch a travel career with full student services and support. Not only will students learn about travel, training also includes lessons in business, marketing, public relations and social media. Our graduates are well equipped to launch their careers as homebased travel agents.