Recommend is inviting travel agents to experience its website edu.recommend.com, the education center, which provides agents with great specialist courses that give them the in-depth knowledge on destinations that is vital to selling more travel.
Agents can access the site and take courses on any device—laptop, smartphone, tablet—providing agents with more mobility. Courses are streamlined and allow agents to track their lessons and progress in full view. Another bonus of the site is that interactive mapping, like Google’s Street View, is built right in, allowing agents to see even more of a destination.
Here we highlight a few of the specialist courses offered on edu.recommend.com:
This 4,700-sq.-mile archipelago of more than 740 islands, located 400 miles from the coast of South America and 850 miles north of the Antarctic Circle, is a wonderland of wildlife and stark natural beauty. With an unspoiled environment, this is experiential travel at its best and one that should be added to outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket lists, as well as vacationers yearning to “discover” a pristine, off-the-beaten-track destination.
After completing the course, agents will receive five continuing education credits from The Travel Institute and 16 credits from the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
Chile: Chile is one of the “newest” and most exciting destinations for travelers heading to South America, and the Chile Specialist Program is the official program from Turismo Chile. It offers stunning variety in its geography—from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia—a bevy of cultural attractions and unparalleled adventure experiences. From top to bottom, this 2,640-mile-long country-for-all-seasons is a place you’re going to enjoy getting to know.
After completing the course, agents will receive four continuing education credits from The Travel Institute and three from the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
Costa Rica: The Costa Rica course is divided into two parts—the first provides destination education, and the second focuses on “green” tourism. The first program deals with Costa Rica’s history, culture and landscape, as well as suggested itineraries. The second course talks about the hotels and transportation that participate in the country’s green programs, and includes information about sustainable tourism opportunities.
Both Costa Rica courses provide three continuing education credits from The Travel Institute or two certification credits towards the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
Panama: The Panama course teaches agents about the destination’s history, culture and beaches, not to mention the renowned Panama Canal. They’ll learn what makes the country a great vacation destination for different types of clients—from honeymooners to families.
Agents who complete the course will receive two continuing education credits from The Travel Institute and two credits from the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
The VISIT FLORIDA Specialist Program provides agents with details of major vacation markets in the Sunshine State. The Official Florida Travel Industry Guide serves as the course materials for the specialist program and contains 12 chapters covering the state’s major selling segments: Beaches, Family, Authentic Florida, Boating & Fishing, Dining & Entertainment, Nature, Arts & Culture, Golf, Sports & Adventure, Luxury & Spa, Shopping, and Pre- and Post-Cruise Activities. Within these chapters, you will find a wealth of information that will not only provide you with an expert view of one of the hottest tourism destinations in the world, but it will also serve as a go-to resource whenever you’re booking a Florida vacation for your client. Agents who complete the course will receive four continuing education credits from The Travel Institute.
In addition, agents can enroll in the Official VISIT FLORIDA Specialist Course: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons course, which highlights everything agents need to know to sell this treasure trove of destination weddings and honeymoons product: from the expansive, award-winning beaches of Destin and Fort Walton Beach in the northwest and the exciting, fun-filled theme parks of Central Florida to the uber cosmopolitan excitement of South Beach. Agents who complete this course will receive continuing education credits from The Travel Institute or from the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
SVG: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Specialist Program highlights one of the Caribbean’s most pristine and diverse island chains. This in-depth program will introduce Caribbean-loving clientele to a multi-island nation that boasts everything they admire about the region, from a rich history and colorful culture to a wide range of soft adventure activities and a myriad of accommodation options.
Aruba: The Aruba Certified Expert (ACE) program is designed from top to bottom to provide North American agents with an interactive learning experience about one of the Caribbean’s most dynamic destinations. Its goal is to provide agents with in-depth knowledge on the full Aruba vacation experience.
Agents who complete this course will receive four continuing education credits from The Travel Institute and three continuing education credits from the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
In addition, the education center also offers programs on Israel, Riviera Nayarit and Saint Lucia.
To register or learn more about the courses, visit edu.recommend.com.