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CCRA Launches New Travel Advisor StartUp Program

CCRA Launches New Travel Advisor StartUp Program

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – August 23, 2022 – CCRA today announced the launch of its new Travel Advisor Startup program designed as the go-to guide for prospective new travel advisors on how to start a successful travel business. The company is kicking off the new Travel Advisor StartUp program with FREE seminars held in conjunction with CCRA's PowerSolutions LIVE in-person events. These full-day seminars present prospects new to the travel industry with the A-B-C’s of becoming a professional and profitable travel planner…and participants can attend for FREE!

For 2022, CCRA is pleased to offer four of our complimentary Travel Advisor Startup program seminars to choose from:

  • • September 8, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA: Loews Philadelphia Hotel
  • • September 20, 2022 – Tampa, FL: Doubletree by Hilton
  • • December 1, 2022 – Atlanta, GA: Hilton Atlanta
  • • December 7, 2022 – Scottsdale, AZ: The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

During these full-day in-person Travel Advisor StartUp seminars CCRA's team of experienced travel professionals will teach participants about: how to set up a travel business; tools they’ll need; how to earn money, building relationships with travel suppliers, avoiding fraud and why this is important; travel styles and niches; plus much more. Beyond all of that, prospective new travel advisors will also get to join in presentations from travel suppliers, enjoy lunch where they can mix and mingle with mentors, create new contacts directly with suppliers at round table sessions, and learn more about the travel industry in an afternoon tradeshow where they can meet new suppliers and experienced travel advisors.

To participate in one of CCRA's new free Travel Advisor StartUp program seminars, prospective new advisors can visit https://www.ccra.com/travel-advisor-startup/ref/149/ for full details and event registration.

For those who cannot attend an in-person Travel Advisor StartUp program seminar, CCRA will be providing an online option that starts with a training course designed to provide the foundational education one needs to start a career as a travel advisor. The self-paced course covers cruises, tours, airfare, industry terminology, marketing, working with clients and much more. After the training and successful assessment completion, participants will earn their Recognized Travel Advisor certification. From there, participants will get training on how to use CCRA's CRM that travel advisors use to manage their travel business and clients, learn about the industry with preferred supplier trainings, and get support to get their new agency portal set-up to start booking travel.

About CCRA:
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network is a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation, and education. For nearly fifty years, CCRA has connected travel professionals and suppliers with the products and services they need to drive revenue, relationships, and brand recognition in the travel marketplace. CCRA features a robust Global Air Division, 24/7 Call-Center Division, and a comprehensive Global Leisure Division that includes: its host agency called CCRA Travel Advisor Global Network (TAGN), the TRUE code platform for individual agency accreditation and identification, CCRA Global Supplier Network, PowerSolutions LIVE travel advisor training and networking events, and CCRA Travel Advisor StartUp (TAS) program for those looking to become new travel advisors. Through its partnership with Etherio Group, CCRA provides a full complement of meetings and incentive services. For more information, visit www.ccra.com.

Media Contact:
Marlene Oliver, APR
NJC Communications
Email: moliver@njccorp.com
Direct: 305-491-0512

CCRA Announces Expanded TRUE Accreditation Offerings as Travel Recovery Gains Momentum

CCRA Announces Expanded TRUE Accreditation Offerings as Travel Recovery Gains Momentum

-- 100 Percent Commissions Paid Directly from Even More Suppliers, as well as More In-Person Events, and Enhanced Educational Opportunities --

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – May 4, 2022 – As travel recovery continues to gain momentum, CCRA is pleased to announce updates to the TRUE accreditation, featuring the TRUE code used to identify travel agencies independently with suppliers for 100 percent direct commission payments and sales volume tracking. The company has been hard at work making TRUE agency accreditation even more powerful by enhancing global connections and support, adding more educational opportunities, and expanding live events and supplier partnerships.

In 2022, accredited agencies with a TRUE code have access to an unprecedented 100+ in-person meetings, networking events, and mentoring opportunities via CCRA's PowerSolutions LIVE as well as its dedicated Chapter events. Further, expanded partnerships and relationships are showcased by the tens of thousands of suppliers now honoring the TRUE code and paying commissions directly to agencies, including more than 30,000 branded and independent hotels, cruise lines, car rental companies, air consolidators, amusement parks, and tour operators. TRUE suppliers also include specialty providers, such as Destination Management Companies and boutique or niche tour operators that help travel advisors build their businesses in distinctive ways.

"It's the ideal time for agencies to tap into the soaring bounce-back in travel demand and to pair that with 100 percent commissions paid directly to them that TRUE accreditation provides,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA. “With TRUE, agencies get Independent Accreditation that is not contingent upon a host agency or tied to preferred agreements. This flexibility gives them the opportunity work directly with suppliers to access net rates. Of course, TRUE also enables travel agency owners running their businesses independently to be part of any host agency that they choose and take advantage of those preferred supplier relationships too. It is an unparalleled win-win and an unrivaled accreditation option for both veteran agencies and travel advisors looking to start their own agencies."

TRUE offers two accreditation models to help agencies grow their businesses at their own pace. Once vetted and approved, the travel agency receives a unique TRUE code. With their TRUE code travel agency owners can immediately bring up to four sub-agents under their accreditation code. The next tier model, TRUE Host, enables agency owners to bring up to 24 agents under their TRUE Host accreditation code.

“We are thrilled to see the industry taking-off and are very pleased to provide two options that give agencies the power to grow their businesses in their timeframe,” said Marxen. “Based on the model selected, you can bring agents in at the pace you wish. TRUE supports the entrepreneurial spirit and gives you total control to focus on your business of selling travel while being recognized directly - not as part of a pool of other agents.”

Beyond all of that, TRUE features a robust dashboard that offers a comprehensive range of business resources and tools for agencies including TRUE logos, TRUE certificate, and ID cards to showcase that they are a vetted and accredited seller of travel; images to market their business on social channels; a growing range of legal forms templates; a Travel Agent Survival Kit section, and Worldwide Travel Tips. The dashboard also presents TRUE University with an ever-growing range of training and educations webinars about Marketing, destinations, supplier trainings, and more.

TRUE offers easy steps for registration, while ensuring the vetting process is kept to highest level. For additional information, visit www.ccra.com/join/true-options

About CCRA:
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network is a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation, and education. For nearly fifty years, CCRA has connected travel professionals and suppliers with the products and services they need to drive revenue, relationships, and brand recognition in the travel marketplace. CCRA features a robust Global Air Division, 24/7 Call-Center Division, and a comprehensive Global Leisure Division that includes: its host agency called CCRA Travel Advisor Global Network (TAGN), the TRUE code platform for individual agency accreditation and identification, CCRA Global Supplier Network, PowerSolutions LIVE travel advisor training and networking events, and CCRA Travel Agent StartUp (TAS) program for those looking to become new travel advisors. Through its partnership with Etherio Group, CCRA provides a full complement of meetings and incentive services. For more information, visit www.ccra.com.

Media Contact:
Marlene Oliver, APR
NJC Communications
Email: moliver@njccorp.com
Direct: 305-491-0512

CCRA Announces Full Agenda for Upcoming Regional PowerSolutions LIVE Advisor Training & Networking Events

CCRA Announces Full Agenda for Upcoming Regional PowerSolutions LIVE Advisor Training & Networking Events

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – July 25, 2022 – CCRA Travel Commerce Network today announced the full agenda for its regional 2022 PowerSolutions LIVE events. These highly anticipated events include valuable education and training sessions by industry experts and business development specialists, empowering speakers, face-to-face round table meetings between advisors and suppliers, and an interactive trade show for building key supplier relationships and networking with industry colleagues.

“Virtually everyone is ready to get out and travel, making our PowerSolutions LIVE the perfectly timed events to help travel advisors learn how to make the most of these opportunities through training and to help them create the valuable in-person relationships with suppliers that are so essential to success,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA.

Designed to get travel advisors connected with the products and solutions they need to power up their travel agency business, CCRA's Regional PowerSolutions LIVE events gives travel advisors the opportunity to establish real relationships to help them grow their travel business, get face-to-face training from suppliers, and build new contacts at the supplier trade show. From social media and business training to top suppliers presenting the best of what they have to offer, participants will walk away with a refreshed strategy, new business relationships, and a roadmap to: navigate the travel industry now, benefit from pent-up demand, and boost earnings. Travel Advisors will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from acclaimed suppliers including Presenting Sponsors: Puerto Rico and Green My Experience; Gold sponsors: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture, Bookolis.com, Bermuda Tourism Authority, Hilton, Israel, Mayan Cruise Expeditions, Melia Hotels & Resorts, Posadas, Travel Safe Insurance, Visit Tampa Bay, and Visit Anchorage Alaska; and Silver Sponsors: Asuaire Travel, Antigua and Barbuda, Carey International, Celestyal Cruises, IMG, Los Cabos, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sandals, Sixt, St. Petersburg Clearwater, Titanium Tours, Travefy, and more.

CCRA’s PowerSolutions LIVE events are offered on a complimentary basis for travel advisors of all experience levels who are members of TRUE, ARC, IATA, CLIA, and ASTA. Travel advisors are encouraged to register early to guarantee their spot at these popular events. The event calendar, full agenda for each event, and more information can be found via the following link: https://www.ccra.com/powersolutions/ref/149. Further, for travel advisors who would like to stay overnight, CCRA has negotiated a special rate with each of the host hotels of $69/per night, offered for a limited time.

Full agenda and registration are currently available for travel advisors to attend the following PowerSolutions events:

About CCRA:
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network is a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation, and education. For nearly fifty years, CCRA has connected travel professionals and suppliers with the products and services they need to drive revenue, relationships, and brand recognition in the travel marketplace. CCRA features a robust Global Air Division, 24/7 Call-Center Division, and a comprehensive Global Leisure Division that includes: its host agency called CCRA Travel Advisor Global Network (TAGN), the TRUE code platform for individual agency accreditation and identification, CCRA Global Supplier Network, PowerSolutions LIVE travel advisor training and networking events, and CCRA Travel Agent StartUp (TAS) program for those looking to become new travel advisors. Through its partnership with Etherio Group, CCRA provides a full complement of meetings and incentive services. For more information, visit www.ccra.com.

Media Contact:
Marlene Oliver, APR
NJC Communications
Email: moliver@njccorp.com
Direct: 305-491-0512