SEMINARS and Platinum Luxury Society said its ninth
International Platinum Luxury Society Symposium will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on March 6,
immediately preceding CLIA's Cruise3sixty conference. Platinum
President and CEO William W. Brown said, "We intend to hold up our
end by offering the same quality of speakers and panelists that
make Cruise3sixty a travel agent must-attend event. The only
difference is that our venue will spotlight the luxury travel
experience. It is the perfect segue into CLIA's conference." The
symposium, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be
sponsored by Costa Cruises. Agents can register for themselves and
a companion for $49 by visiting www.platinumseminars.com. They may then register for
CLIA's Cruise3sixty for $159 by visiting www.cruise3sixty.com.
COUNSELLORS, a U.K.-based host agency with 850 home-based
agents worldwide, recognized its top performers during the
company's annual conference in Manchester, England. Diane Hutchins
was named Best Travel Counsellor in the U.S. for the second
consecutive year. She had achieved more than $500,000 in sales
during the past 12 months. Travel Counsellors also rolled out a
customer service award, based on surveys sent to clients. It said
more than 95 percent of its agents received top scores of 9 or 10
from their customers. The counselor with the highest score was a
U.K. retailer, Dorothy Woolnough, who was awarded a new BMW, said
said it is on track to deliver more than 65,000 training events
this year, a 38% increase over 2006. CLIA said that the number sets
a record in training programs delivered to agents, enabling them to
earn CLIA certification credits. "We are extremely happy with the
strong demand for our training programs this year," said Terry
Dale, CLIA president and CEO. CLIA training in the U.S. and Canada
includes classroom training, online courses, video courses, CLIA
textbooks, conference seminars, TrainingFest and Seminars at Sea.
According to CLIA, agents who have earned their CLIA Cruise
Counselor Certification have reported an increase in annual sales
productivity by 261%.
PORTHOLE: Disney Cruise Line will keep the Disney Magic in
the Caribbean in summer 2009, when the ship will offer two new,
seven-day itineraries in the eastern Caribbean. The itineraries
will include two new islands for Disney: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin
Islands, on one route and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, on the
other. The itineraries will add two seven-day options to Disney's
summer cruise offerings in the Caribbean. The Disney Wonder will
continue to operate three- and four-day cruises in the Caribbean at
the same time.
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Lima, Cusco and Machu
Departure: March 14 from New York to Lima
via Taca Airlines.
Length: Five nights.
Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New
Cost: $1,550 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, accommodations, transfers, sightseeing and
Noteworthy: The companion rate is $200
Contact: (800) 355-8025 or (212) 629-3888;
fax: (212) 629-8882; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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