MAC Chat: An interview with Chris Parker, Partners In Travel

by Jessica 1/11/2010 12:00:00 PM
     
 

MAC CHAT
A series of 5 minute interviews featuring travel industry leaders. 
Hosted By: Jessica Martinez

 
     
 
This week we are featuring an interview with Chris Parker of Partners in Travel.

   For more information visit: PartnersInTravel.com

You currently offer 2 host programs to choose from. What are they and what is the difference between them? 
We offer our traditional host program called Partners In Travel, and a Luxury Travel Network program designed for agents who specialize in luxury travel. Partners In Travel members focus on selling a wide range of cruise and tour products, and have the opportunity to sell exclusive vacation specials from our host cruise agency All Aboard Travel. Luxury Travel Network members operate through Cruise Specialists, and enjoy the benefits of belonging to a prestigious luxury cruise agency network such as Virtuoso affiliation, high commissions, preferred rates and exclusive amenities for their clients. An agent must be approved to join our Luxury Travel Network by being able to demonstrate a proven luxury sales record. 

What unique services do you offer to your independent contractors? 
Being part of Travel Leaders Group allows Partners In Travel to provide our contractors with the dependability and financial backing of a large company, while offering them personal support from our highly experienced team of travel professionals. Through our size and tremendous buying power, we are able to offer our contractors high commissions, innovative technology and access to sell exclusive cruises and tours. 

Which types of training programs are offered to travel agents that want to join? 
We offer a three day comprehensive overview training for agents who are new to the industry. We also offer ongoing training and education opportunities to help our contractors manage and increase their business such as weekly live webinars, Fam trips, and an annual convention. Recent webinar topics have included product updates from cruise lines and tour operators, as well as training on technology, basic computer skills, customer service, super star selling and marketing techniques.

Agents that join The Luxury Travel Network can take advantage of the Virtuoso Affiliate Program. What benefits are they offered? 
Virtuoso member affiliates benefit from intricate consumer direct-marketing campaigns, specialized training and accreditation programs, added-value arrangements with leading travel providers, unparalleled access to specialized travel experts, and detailed information regarding destinations and travel services. 

Partners In Travel uses a unique system called TravelConnect. Can you tell us a little bit about it? 
TravelConnect allows a busy agent to manage their clients, bookings, commissions, groups, financials and much more in one location. Using our proprietary TravelConnect software, agents can report their bookings, generate invoices and produce sales and commission tracking reports. 

Agents also have access to our Sabre Cruises tool, where they can review and book cruises from 13 cruise lines all in one convenient place. Agents can use this tool to view fares, commissions, negotiated and group rates, itineraries, and special services for each of our participating cruise vendors to help match their clients with the right cruise for them. In addition, we provide all of our agents with their own hosted web site that they can customize to their preferences.

Thank you Chris for sharing all these great details about your programs. Have an excellent day!

 
     

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