Contiki plans webinars to educate agents on the needs of young travellers

Contiki plans webinars to educate agents on the needs of young travellersTORONTO — Contiki Holidays, the original youth travel brand, is continuing its Youth Travel Specialist (YTS) program into the 2014-2015 season.

Upon completing a series of webinars hosted by Contiki sales managers, agents will have a solid understanding of the youth client and feel confident in recommending the right Contiki product to 18-35s, said the operator.

On Oct. 9 and Oct. 30, Contiki will be running 30-minute webinars for the 2014 Europe product, with sessions held three times a day: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (all EDT). Contiki’s sales managers will lead agents through the new Europe itineraries for 2014, plus discuss the brand’s Backstage Pass with exclusive experiences and accommodations, and talk about the best-selling trips.

By the end of the webinar, agents will be better skilled to sell the brand’s lineup of Europe trips and inclusions, and encourage clients to take advantage of 10% savings on 2014 trips booked and paid by Jan. 15, 2014.

“We’re currently running our 10% Early Payment Discount for Europe, so this is the perfect time for agents to get better acquainted with our 2014 product and see why Contiki is the best way for young travellers to get the most value out of a European vacation,” says Brad Ford, President of Contiki Canada. “Our agent partners are incredibly important to us, and the Youth Travel Specialist program gives them the opportunity to reap rewards not only for their clients, but for themselves as well, with personal discount rates and other great incentives.”

Agents have to complete all seven topics to receive their certificate plaque declaring them a Youth Travel Specialist (topics include Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, USA & Canada, Selling to Gifters & Groups and Business Development Strategies). In addition, upon completing the webinars, agents also receive exclusive benefits like fam consideration, discount rates for themselves and their clients and other incentives and prize considerations.

Contiki also takes into account YTS certification when allotting marketing funds amongst agencies. For more information about Contiki’s YTS program and to join the upcoming Europe webinars, e-mail or contact your local Contiki sales manager.

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