Expand your professional knowledge at CruiseWorld

The programming for Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld is now live.

CruiseWorld will be held Nov. 7 to 9 in Fort Lauderdale, with ship inspection opportunities available at both Fort Lauderdale and Miami ports on Nov. 10 and 11. The full event features C-suite keynote speakers, supplier workshops, peer-to-peer training, a one-day Exhibitor Showcase, sponsored meal functions, ship inspections and significant networking opportunities.

Professional development is critical to growth and success for any business. Travel sellers who are seeking new skills, expert supplier training, industry certifications or lessons from some of their successful peers can accomplish all of these goals with the more than 30 workshops available at CruiseWorld.

Training opportunities will begin a day early this year, on Nov. 6, with an immersion course in selling all the brands of The Travel Corporation. This new four-hour session will feature Travel Corporation brands such as African Travel, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The workshop will also include roundtable discussion opportunities with the brand leaders. 

On the first official day of CruiseWorld, Nov. 7, attendees will have an opportunity to learn from the industry's leading certification organizations with two classes and 25 credits offered by CLIA; and a Travel Institute class on writing in the internet age and an opportunity to earn ten continuing education credits. Also offered is in-depth VAX training, Hawaii Tourism USA certification, Special Needs Group certification training and an introduction to the brand new Family Travel Association certification program.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, workshop options include one-hour supplier training classes from supplier partners including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, and Riviera River Cruises, and destination training from Visit Anchorage and the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

On Friday, Nov. 9, successful travel agency owners will share their secrets to success in a dozen peer-to-peer workshops focusing on growth strategies, business operations, client development and sales and marketing. Learning options will be available to satisfy the needs of beginners, developing agencies and long-time sellers in need of new ideas and energy. 

Growth Strategy topics will include:

  • Developing business and marketing plans
  • Making the million-dollar leap from $1 million to $2 million in sales
  • Thinking bigger and filling the ship 

Sales and Marketing topics will include:

  • How to make the phone ring
  • Picking the best social media platforms
  • What should your website do?

Business Operations topics will include:

  • The Host Agency Conundrum -- How do you make the right choice
  • Travel Advisers and Fees -- This Isn't Volunteer Work
  • Are independent contractors right for your business?

Client Development sessions will include:

  • Qualifying Your Clients
  • Profitable Custom Land Tours for Groups
  • Autism Travel/Special Needs Travel 101

CruiseWorld will include three days of general sessions during which attendees will hear from the top leadership in the cruise and tour community, with updates, insights and trends from industry leaders.

The signature one-day Exhibitor Showcase will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8. Companies in attendance represent diverse segments of the travel industry, including airlines, attractions, business tools, car rental, cruise, destinations, hotels and resorts, professional services, tour operators and packaged vacations. Suppliers interested in joining the Exhibitor Showcase should contact Emmy Morales.

CruiseWorld's robust programming provides value for all types of travel advisers, from the home-based professional to the cruise-centered advisers, the seasoned veterans and those new to the industry.

For more information on Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld, including the ship inspection and the complete program, visit www.cruiseworldshow.com

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