Educational seminars, tours offered for agents

MIAMI -- The Organization of American States and Continental Airlines are jointly sponsoring a series of travel agent educational seminars on Central and South America, hosted on various dates during September, October and November by the countries of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

Tourism boards and private-sector members will join in the sponsorship at their respective destinations.

Continental's director of product development for Mexico and Latin America, Roberto Girotti, will conduct a one-day seminar in each country, complete with a take-home manual and up-to-date reference materials.

The following seminars, which come with a choice of optional post-meeting tours and are limited to 30 participants, are now open for registration:

  • Sept. 12 to 18 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Tours available to Monteverde Cloud Forest/
  • Poas Volcano/Sarchi oxcart factory; Tortuguero National Park, or Guanacaste Nicoya Peninsula beaches.

  • Sept. 24 to Oct. l in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Post tours to Salvador da Bahia or Iguassu Falls.
  • Oct. 9 to 14 in Caracas, Venezuela. Post tours to Canaima/Angel Falls fly-by; Isla Margarita/Los Roques, or Bocas del Toro/Orinoco.
  • Oct. 19 to 25 in Guatemala City. Post tours to Antigua, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan and Tikal.
  • Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 in Lima, Peru. Post tours to Cuzco/
  • Machu Picchu; Ica/Nazca/Paracas and Isla Ballestras, or Puerto Maldonado/Iquitos and the Amazon jungle.

  • Nov. 29 to Dec. 5 in Ecuador. Post tours to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle, or Markets and the Highlands.
  • Each program costs $350, including air fare, lodging, seminar, city tour and meals as specified in the program; optional tours will be offered at a discounted rate.

    For information or registration request, call (800) 757-0017 or (305) 854-1544; fax (305) 854-4589.

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