Travel Edge Network Launches Edge Advantage Program for Travel Advisors

WHY IT IS VALUABLE: The new program includes a host of benefits for travel advisors of all experience levels, from beginners to veteran agents looking to take their business to the next level. – Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior Editor

As part of ongoing efforts to provide training and education to travel advisors, Travel Edge Network has launched Edge Advantage. Tailored to network needs, Edge Advantage is ideal for both advisors new to the business and incumbent advisors who may need training in limited areas.

For example, the Build Your Business website development program has been in high demand by incumbent advisors who have yet to take the plunge to move their business online. There are also quarterly live Bootcamp training programs with Hotel, Airline, Insurance, Cruise, Tour and Activity Executives, during which advisors of all levels can ask questions and receive live demonstrations and answers. There are also Limitless conferences that feature traveling panels with high performance advisors to speak on topics that are timely and relevant to the network.

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For those advisors who are new to the industry and may be looking to evolve their career from a part-time hobby to a profitable full-time business, Travel Edge Network’s 90-day mentorship program provides training, tools and support online and one to one. to speed up that process. “While the industry offers varying levels of training and education, we have truly taken that commitment to the next level with our programs to help our advisors develop their skills to be more efficient, effective and equipped to deliver results for their customers,” says Michelle. Leal, VP of Member Engagement for Travel Edge.

“We know that with the return to travel, advisors are needed now more than ever and are working to keep up with the demand for the services of a professional travel advisor. Since they may not have the ability or desire to take the usual two years to complete a training pathway, we have responded to their needs to be successful on an accelerated timeline.”

The benefits of these programs are already manifesting through organic lead generation and an improved sales pipeline. Additionally, advisors who receive specialized knowledge are better equipped to sell in their respective countries.

Looking ahead to 2023, TEN will continue to enhance its Edge Advantage curriculum and a-la-carte course options for its advisors and will also launch Specialized Certification programs later this year in Cruise, Hotel and Air with other specialized programs coming in 2023.

The Edge Advantage program complements Knowledge Tours, a concept introduced in June 2022 with an inaugural trip for independent advisors to Rwanda. “As a critical tool for advisors to achieve success, these custom-designed and dedicated educational trips allow members to gain critical first-hand knowledge of our preferred partners for hotels, airlines, tour operators and more,” said Nadiya Makarenko, Senior Vice President of Travel Edge. The network.

“Getting to know a destination organically with a network host and peers has proven to be an invaluable educational tool for our advisors at all experience levels creating a sense of community among advisors as well as translating into actual bookings,” he added. Makarenko how as a result of the trip to Rwanda and proof of concept that these trips create a unique opportunity for connection, one of the participants booked a multi-generational family safari for a corporate client with the help of a fellow leisure travel specialist who she met during the trip.

Future study tours are planned in October to Portugal, November to the British Virgin Islands and Kenya in spring 2023.

SOURCE: Travel Edge Network Press Release.

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