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Kristina Trowbridge, CTC, MCC, DS

I turn Dreams into Memories
I was born and raised in Sweden, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Latin & the Humanities.
I worked as a governess for the French Consul in Madrid before coming to the USA on my first "cruise",
the Swedish America Line m/s Gripsholm from Gothenburg.
I have cruised on or inspected more than 100 cruise ships.
I have been in the travel business more than 25 years.
I started in the first female class of pursers for TWA on transatlantic routes.

Kristina is your vacation travel expert.
Certified Travel Counselor, Master Cruise Counselor, Destination Specialist
I am certified by The Travel Institute and Cruise Lines International Association.
I have been awarded Destination Specialty certificates & awards
by the national tourist boards of Africa, Aruba, Austria,  Australia, Barbados, Botswana,
Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Egypt, Fiji, Great Britain, Hawaii, Holland,
Japan, Mexico,
Sweden & all of the Scandinavian countries, South Africa, the South Pacific & Tahiti.
I specialize in arranging Personalized Family Vacations and Honeymoons.
I love Family and Friends reunion groups. My Specialty is Your Dream Vacation,
Soft Adventures, Sailing & Small Ship Cruises,
Safaris and Honeymoons
I am a Cruise West Small Ship Cruise Partner and Alaska Specialist,  
a Niche Cruise Specialist, Norwegian Coastal Voyage Specialist,
Crystal Cruises Deluxe Cruise Specialist,
Seabourn and Cunard Deluxe Cruise Specialist,
Celebrity Cruises Consultant, Holland America 5 Star Agent, Norwegian Cruise Line Specialist Plus and a Princess Cruises Expert.  
I have traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii,
South America, the South Pacific, Thailand and Australia.
Customer Service is my primary strength.

I Handle only Happiness Money

I sell Memories

My Specialized Training 

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Certified Travel Counsellor

The Institute of Certified Travel Agents, ICTA, is an educational organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism in the travel industry by providing certification and training programs to travel agents and related industry personnel. ICTA's hallmark program is its Certified Travel Counsellor, the CTC certification program for front-line counsellors, agency owners and managers, and those who work with or sell to travel agents. 

Master Cruise Counsellor

When it comes to cruising, CLIA's  certified Master Cruise Counsellors are the experts. CLIA's most comprehensive training is the Cruise Counsellor Master Certification Program, which requires agents with 5 years experience in the travel industry to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, Management and Sales Institutes, classroom training, and conduct ship inspections. If you're looking for the perfect cruise for you, it pays to talk to an expert. The cruise industry is proud to recognize Master & Accredited Cruise Counsellor graduates as the consumer's most knowledgeable source of cruise vacation information and recommends them highly to prospective cruisers. They have toured numerous ships and have first hand cruise experience on a variety of cruise lines. Working with a knowledgeable travel agent who understands the type of cruise vacation you are looking for is your first step to the most memorable cruise vacation of your life.

Accredited Cruise Counsellor

The ACC, Accredited Cruise Counsellor designation is conferred by Cruise Lines International Association, CLIA upon dedicated travel professionals, who have completed an extensive program of classroom training, cruise experience, ship inspections, and a combination of video training and attendance at industry events. A CLIA Certified Cruise Counsellor is your best resource in choosing a perfect vacation. 

Africa
Alaska
Barbados
Aruba
Tahiti
Fiji

Africa Destination Specialist
Alaska Destination Specialist
Caribbean Destination Specialist
St. Lucia Destination Specialist
South Pacific Destination Specialist
Western Europe Destination Specialist

ICTA's Destination Specialist programs provide travel agents with destination expertise, travel planning information and unique regional highlights and features. Each course is designed to cover a region, country, or topic of expertise.

ICTA endorses many programs designed by tourist boards and travel suppliers. All of the following programs are endorsed by ICTA.

Small Ship Cruising

Alaska Cruise West Specialist 
Small Ship Cruise Partner

What about cruises that aren't of the typical mass market variety? Small ship cruising offers an attractive alternative. Do you dream of visiting more off-the-beaten-path destinations? See the barnacles on the skin of a whale up close? Touch an iceberg? Small ship cruising provides optimum quality and value for exploration-minded people who want to get up close to nature. Small ship cruises are characterized by the up-close, personal, participatory experience you are looking for. Places where big ships simply can't go.

Alaska

Anchorage Destination Specialist

The beauty of Anchorage is its easy access to Alaska’s wilderness and to some of the state’s best restaurants, brewpubs and nightclubs. You can spend the day trekking through a glacial valley and be back in time for a first class meal and a night out on the town. There’s great public art, Native art, concerts, symphony and galleries in Anchorage.

 

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Crystal Cruise

Crystal Cruises Specialist

6 STARS Crystal Cruises is the world's best large deluxe cruise line. In ships with 425 or more passengers, Crystal Cruises tops in every area. Crystal Cruises places first: Destinations, Itineraries, Staff, Service, Cabins, Ambience, Food,  Restaurants, Recreation,  Activities, Nightlife, and Entertainment. Crystal is the ultimate in luxury on any large ship: every passenger has a perfect cruise. The Harmony and The Symphony have set a new standard for the deluxe cruise market.

Seabourne Cruise
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The Art of Selling Luxury Cruises Specialist

Seabourn Cruise Line is operated by Cunard Line Limited, which also operates Cunard Line. Seabourn's fleet includes the Ultra-Luxury Global Cruiser Seabourn Sun, which carries 758 guests; three, all-suite sister ships Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend, which accommodate 208 guests; and the Casual Luxury Yachts Seabourn Goddess I & II, which carry 116 guests. The Seabourn philosophy was to create nothing less than a totally new concept of cruising - with absolute dedication to the highest level of personal service, equal to that found in celebrated hotels, resorts and restaurants on shore. Spaciousness and elegance is the rule, with an ambiance that allows pampered guests to establish their own pace befitting their own lifestyles. 

Celebrity Cruises Consultant

Celebrity's mission is to stand apart from the vast armada, to give Celebrity guests an experience they wouldn't find anywhere else, to exceed their expectations of what a cruise should be, began even before they launched the first cruise ship, Meridian, more than a decade ago. In the years since, exceeding expectations has become their objective. And today, much more than a poetic phrase to anchor their ads, it keeps the company on course.

 
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Holland America 5 Star Agent

Holland America Academy is a program of advanced industry education designed to support professional travel agents in their quest for continuing education about travel sales, the cruise industry, and Holland America and Windstar products specifically. In addition to top-notch education, travel agents who sign up for the program, will also receive timely information about Holland America products and promotions on an ongoing basis.

Star Clipper

Cruise West

Niche Cruise Specialist

Niche cruise lines are as different from each other as they are from the mega liners. What all of them provide is an intimate experience and the ability to deliver attentive, personalized service and nurture onboard socializing among their like-minded guests. Personal enrichment is important as is a sense of adventure. They focus on the destination and tend to be informal throughout. Member cruise lines are: American Canadian Caribbean Line, American West Steamboat Company, Cruise West, MSC Italian Cruises, Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc./Bergen Line Services, Peter Deilmann Cruises, RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Star Clippers.


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Bergen Line Services

Norwegian Coastal Voyage Specialist

Norwegian Coastal Voyage (NCV) offers one very special solution to the needs of many very special clients like yourself. The NCV experience provides plenty of freedom for the independent-minded, at just the right level of adventure. Experienced travelers who long to get off the beaten track, but in the company of others like themselves, and in a safe, hassle-free environment, love the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. NCV truly is unique, unlike any other in the industry, and provides an alternative to traditional cruising-both in destination-oriented focus, and in on-board cruise experience. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Specialist

This six-part NCL Specialist course is an innovative step taken by NCL. It has been designed to arm the travel agent with the information needed to sell Freestyle Cruising to my clients, and to sell NCL cruises to the destinations they wish to visit: Alaska, Asia, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Holy Land, New England, the Pacific Coast, South America and more. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is introducing the most innovative cruise product since modern-day cruising was invented. Freestyle Cruising 

Princess Cruises Expert

The Princess Cruises' Expert Program is a 6-months series of courses which covers Princess' renowned Grand Class Cruising and the company's many cruise destinations, including Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean. Panama Canal, Bermuda and Exotic Destinations.

Royal Caribbean Certified Cruise Professional 

“Get Out There” 4 series seminars, sponsored by The Travel Institute. A Royal Caribbean cruise vacation is actually a great value and is a very smart, affordable way to travel. Explore all of the adventures available to you onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship – from rock climbing, to wine tasting, to sitting poolside, we offer a wide variety of activities for you to choose from. Find out what we have in store for you

Botswana
Galapagos
Africa

Adventure Travel Specialist

Education on how to effectively sell adventure travel, develop strong alliances with preferred tour operators and market adventure travel to existing and new clients are all part of this education. Nodland Travel Enterprises offers a wide range of travel-related services and resources to help travel agents expand their expertise as adventure travel specialists. The seminars are part of the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants’ (ICTA) continuing education curriculum.

Fiji

Matai Fiji Islands Specialist

Bula! (Welcome) to the Fiji Islands. A Matai is “One who is all knowing”, a Guide, and a Builder. The Matai program serve to educate travel professionals to be all knowledgeable about Fiji as a travel destination, to be able to guide you to the benefits, values, and correct choices to enhance your Fiji holiday. The hallmark of the program is the personalized service and continuing education for the travel agent. I receive special attention and promotions only available to Matai Specialists.

Tahiti

Tahiti Tiare Specialist

Just 7 1/2 hours from Los Angeles, you'll find the crystal clear turquoise lagoons and pristine beaches of the islands where love lives. Discover more about the 118 breathtaking islands that make up Tahiti and begin a dazzling journey through this exotic Eden. Unspoiled. Exotic. Enchanting. Tahiti is different. But that difference can make planning your own trip a challenge. To help you create the travel experience you want, contact a knowledgeable Tahiti Tiare Expert to help you plan the vacation of your dreams. To become a Tahiti Tiare Expert, the travel agent must
1. Attend a Workshop presentation by Tahiti Tourism
2. Attend a partner seminar, such as a cruise line or tour operator
3. Go on a trip to Tahiti & Her Islands sponsored by Tahiti Tourisme exclusively for the agents enrolled in the Tiare program.
4. Make 4 bookings to Tahiti & Her Islands every year

Dive Travel Specialist

I was certified to sell Dive Travel by PADI's specialist course for travel agents called the Secrets of Selling Dive Travel, co-sponsored by PADI International Resort Association and the Cayman Islands Tourist Board. PADI's mission statement "We Want to Teach the World to Scuba Dive" is consistent with my premise "I can get you there". 

Spa Specialist

I took the Spa Specialist course designed for travel agents by ISPA, the only organization dedicated to spa education. ISPA represents a vast majority of domestic and international spas, geared toward education and services in the spa industry. ISPA is recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing more than 1,800 health and wellness facilities from resort/hotels, destination spas, mineral springs, medical, cruise ship, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. ISPA is committed to forming and maintaining alliances that will educate, set standards, provide resources, influence policy and build coalitions for the industry. ISPA's vision is to revitalize humanity and its mission is to educate the public about the value of the spa experience and engage its participation. ISPA promotes and defines the spa experience as "your time to relax, reflect, revitalize and rejoice."


Colorado Skiing

Certified Ski Specialist

I am your Certified Ski Specialist of The official travel agent training program covering Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. As winter vacation destinations, these ski resorts boast world class mountains for the skiing and snowboarding experience of a lifetime. Add to this a wide variety of non-skiing activities from on-mountain adventure centers to luxurious pampering spas; from ice-skating or snowmobiling to cozy, candle light dinners, and you will complete the vacation of  lifetime.

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Cyber Travel Specialist

The Cyber Travel Specialist curriculum is designed exclusively for travel professionals. It consist of 15 lessons. It teaches travel agents how to use the World Wide Web and Internet based electronic communications. The Internet Travel School is based in Boulder, Colorado, but all training is completed on the Internet. 

Aruba

ACE, Aruba Certified Expert

I am your distinguished and Aruba preferred travel consultant for your travel to Aruba, certified by the Aruba Tourism Authority. Aruba's 82-degree, year-round weather makes Aruba the perfect place to escape winter chills and hurricane winds. Diverse aquatic sports like windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, snuba, kayaking, water skiing, sailing and aqua-robics are available for everyone. The most difficult part about dining in Aruba is finding time to visit all of its great restaurants. Most Arubans speak four different languages: English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento (the native language of Aruba). This is because of the island’s proximity to South America and its Dutch heritage.

 

Barbados

Qualified Barbados Travel Consultant 

The QTC is offered to fulltime actively employed travel agents, who are handpicked by the Barbados Tourism Authority. The course consist of home-study material, a workbook and information, followed by a study tour to the island of Barbados upon successfully completing the test of the material provided. Barbados is elegant and casual, of unspoiled charm and simplicity. It's an island of song and dancing to the rhythms of the Caribbean, calypso, reggae and soka, or resting in the tranquil music of the wind and waves - An Island that's just beyond your imagination.

Belize Travel Specialist

Experience the unspoiled, exotic beauty of Belize. Discover its heritage, the action, the adventure, the ecotourism, the natural wonders and more offered by this unique Central American destination. Experience the underwater magic of the Barrier Reef, a brilliantly colored wonderland for divers, snorkelers and anglers. Culture buffs can explore the ruins and caves along the ancient Route of the Maya. Nature lovers will find pristine environs in which to enjoy rain forests, bird watching and ecotourist experiences. Belize is for romantics, honeymooners, families, and discoverers, who love to tell friends they’ve been someplace rather exotic and done something different.

Cayman Islands Specialist

The beaches are wide, sandy, palm-fringed and beautiful. The diving and snorkeling is world-class. Cayman Islanders are genuinely welcoming, speak English, and combine the highest standard of living in the Caribbean with an engaging informality. The islands are clean and friendly. The infrastructure is sound, the drinking water is pure and hospitals are equipped with the latest in modern medicine. If you cannot relax in the Cayman Islands, chances are you would not be able to relax anywhere. 

Curacao Specialist

From our beautiful beaches and rugged landscapes, to our unique Dutch-influenced culture and friendly inhabitants, Curacao offers a vacation experience like no other. You can soak up the sun, relax by secluded bays or enjoy a myriad of land and water sports. Nature enthusiasts can explore the island’s ecotourism offerings. Architecture buffs will want to visit the many country mansions and the historic capital city, Willemstad. In the evening, you have an array of restaurant choices and nightlife. 

Sandals Certified Specialist

A Sandals Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) specializes in selling Sandals. These agents and their agencies receive recognition not only from Sandals as a loyal partner, but are also recognized by the industry and the consumers as Sandals experts. Certified Sandals Specialists not only benefit from increased Sandals business by utilizing our dynamic program, but are also required to go through an extensive 12 hour educational program containing the most updated information about our resorts.

Trinidad & Tobago Specialist. The place that's going places!

Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost islands of the Caribbean archipelago, separated only by 21 miles and geologically an extension of the South American continent. Tobago is really the last of the “unspoilt Caribbean.” This strip of elongated land just 41 by 14 kilometers abounds with natural allure: palm-lined beaches, lush rain forests and pristine coral reefs. In Trinidad you won’t find your tailor-made tourist destination. Instead, you can chart your own adventure with a choice of festivals, events and a host of other adrenaline-generating activities. This is the birthplace of Calypso and Carnival.

Africa
Rovos Rail

Africa Specialist

An Affordable African Vacation with the Family... Safari with the Big Five...
A Honeymoon Celebration in a Secluded Tented Camp... The Pursuit of the Ultimate Dream Destination. You’ll Find It All in Southern and East Africa. First-time and returning visitors alike find that this land of improbable beauty and incomparable depths touches their hearts and their souls, leaving them forever changed.

 

Botswana
Chobe Safari 

Botswana Travel Specialist

Discover the beauty of Botswana, the “Jewel of Africa” Botswana Tourism Board’s educational series includes the geography, culture and attractions, a wide range of travel experiences, from rustic to luxury; accommodations, including city hotels and motels and game reserve lodges, and adventure travel opportunities, featuring safaris, bird watching, wildlife and more. The Botswana Tourism Board and its partners helped me to boost my product knowledge by becoming a Botswana Travel Specialist. 

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Egypt

Egypt Specialist

I received my Egypt Specialist Certificate during the Egypt OSSN International Conference 2002 from the Egypt Minister of Tourism, Dr. Mamdouh El Beltagy that designates me as an Egypt Specialist. During the farewell Gala Dinner evening, Dr. Mamdouh El Beltagy's words of welcome also relayed the need of understanding of each others’ culture and the desire to promote peace across international boundaries. Egyptian Press was on hand to cover this finale dinner to highlight the role of US travel agents as Ambassadors to tourism to Egypt.


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Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist (KATS) agent

Safari is a Swahili word that originated in Kenya that means "journey." Of all the countries in Africa, none can rival the sheer range of Kenyan travel safaris for visitors including wildlife, scenic, cultural, beach, adventure, sports and special interest travel. Kenya offers 48 national parks and reserves, including marine parks, combined with hundreds of private sanctuaries and game ranches. Kenya is the original home of the safari. Magical Kenya: Experience a different safari every day.

Master Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist (KATS) agent

A Master KATS specialist must have taken an officially-sanctioned Kenya Tourist Board study tour in Kenya of a minimum seven days. 


CapeTown

Cape Town Specialist

Discover the many wonders of Cape Town, South Africa. Not many destinations can please as many different types of travelers as Cape Town. I learned about Cape Town’s long history and landmarks; top attractions, accommodations, daily activities in and around Cape Town and the benefits of visiting Cape Town during its “special season,” between May and September. I also learned about tour operators who handle travel to and from this unique and growing travel destination. The fact that English is one of the nation’s official languages and thanks to its near-perfect climate (similar to that of southern California), its myriad and varied attractions and the value it offers to foreign travelers, makes Cape Town a perfect destination. The time has never been better to explore the wonders of Cape Town.

South Africa Fundi Expert

 A comprehensively designed destination specialist training course developed by South African Tourism to help travel professionals learn about and sell South Africa more effectively. Fundi means "expert" in the Nguni languages that are widely spoken in  South Africa. As a Fundi expert I have passed this specialist course on South Africa administered by the SAT, which means that I have a very good, in depth and first hand knowledge of travel and tourism in South Africa. I travel to South Africa on a yearly basis to keep up my knowledge. I am confident that you will get sound advice and great service from me.

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Australia

Certified Aussie Specialist

The Australian Tourist Board designed this self-paced correspondence course to train travel agents to become Aussie Specialists. The ATB supports its AUSSIE specialist with a designated 800 phone number and ongoing updated information about Australia, and an annual convention.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Cruise Specialist

Copenhagen is the number 1 cruise destination in Northern Europe. More than 200 vessels call on the friendly Danish capital from May to September. Copenhagen is the only gateway to Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Europe. Copenhagen, a major European capital with small town charm has the oldest continuing monarchy in the world. A cosmopolitan destination, Copenhagen offers excellent shopping, sophisticated nightlife, and a hot new dining scene. The port offers a VIP Cruise Lounge right in the heart of the city

Sweden

Stockholm Specialist

Experience the wonders of water bound Stockholm Sweden, my hometown, where I grew up . When you think Baltic Sea cruising, you think Stockholm, Beauty on Water. Discover Historic Stockholm , Gourmet Stockholm , Musical Stockholm , Sporting Stockholm , Stockholm by design, including fashion and furnishings, and Shopping StockholmTravel to and within this beautiful destination citybook a pre and post-cruise stay in Stockholm .

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Scandinavia

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STAR, Scandinavian Travel Agent Registry Specialist

The Scandinavian Tourist Boards of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, including the main suppliers of travel to these countries, such as SAS Airlines conduct STAR seminars annually to update and educate specialist travel agents on the latest travel related information to the Scandinavian countries. Agents who completes the course and the exam become STAR Agents. I am number 33.

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Austrian Certified Travel Specialist

The A.C.T.S is a certified program of the Austrian National Tourist Office, and many Austrian partners in the travel industry. To become an ACTS, the qualified professional travel agent completes a study course followed by a study tour to Austria, including a day-long seminar at Klessheim Palace. The individual programs in Austria are organized in cooperation with the local and state tourist boards. After taking part in the seminar and the study trip, the participants complete a theses on a specific subject to become a qualified Austrian Certified Travel Specialist.

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Britain Bound

British Travel Counsellors Guild Certificate

Designed by the British Tourist Authority conducted at a day long seminar once yearly, and an optional study tour to Great Britain focusing on a different area every year.

Britain Bound Travel Club Specialist

Kristina is selected by the Britain Bound Travel Club of America as the exclusive agent in the Seattle area to arrange travel for its membership.

Forte London Hotel Specialist

The Forte hotel group consists of London Signature Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, Heritage Hotels, and Posthouse Hotels, voted the Best UK hotel group for 22 years by the travel industry. Forte hotels range from luxurious 5 star to affordable 2 star accommodations with 20 properties in London. There is a Forte Hotel to match the needs of every traveler.

Club Med Specialist

Club Med is not just a vacation or an all-inclusive getaway. It's an experience. A feeling. A place where you can lose yourself or find yourself at the same time. A chance to re-connect with the people that matter most to you. Like family. Friends. And most importantly… yourself.

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Disney

Disney Specialist

Walt Disney Company developed an extensive, self-paced correspondence course, the College of Disney Knowledge, designed to educate travel agents in all Disney products. Graduates earn the designation Disney Specialist. Updates are made annually to the program.



Hawaii

Ke Kula 'O Hawai'i Specialist

To become a Hawai‘i Destination Specialist, I received special training on the culture, geography, and unique attractions of each of the six major Hawaiian islands. I also now have access to a wealth of information on the best deals currently being offered by hotels, resorts, and tour companies throughout Hawai‘i.

Hawaii

Prince Resorts Hawaii Expert

Prince Resorts Hawaii is part of Prince Hotels with more than 80 hotels and resorts worldwide. 7 million people travel to Hawaii each year seeking it's special mana, or spirit. At Prince Resorts Hawaii, the Aloha Spirit is everywhere. The staff caters to families and to romance, to luxury and golf experiences, plus the ideal year round weather. Prince Resorts operate 4 properties on 3 islands: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki on Oahu, the Maui Prince Hotel on Maui, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

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Holland

Holland Travel Professional

The Netherlands Board of Tourism bestows the title of Holland Travel Professional to qualified Travel Agents who complete an extensive Holland Study Program, followed by a 6 day study tour to Holland including Amsterdam, The Hague, and Maastricht. The NBT supports the HTP with ongoing material and a designated sales manual, updated yearly.

Hotel Sales Specialist

HSS, certified by J.W. Marriott, Jr. The "Hotel Excellence!" workbook is a 10-chapter, self-paced, home-study-training workshop. This program will teach agents how to sell hotels effectively, which, in turn, will financially benefit the hotel industry, the travel agency and the customer. After travel agents have read the chapters and performed the activities in the book, they complete a course examination provided with the workbook. Upon successful completion of Marriott International's "Hotel Excellence!" program, travel agents are accredited as a Hotel Sales Specialist Certified by Marriott (HSS).

Japan Travel Specialist

Japan has long fascinated Westerners, being a country of unique cultural refinement, rich traditions and exciting contemporary style. The whole country of Japan is roughly the size of California; three-quarters of it is mountainous and covered with forests. The highest peak is majestic Mt. Fuji, at 12,388 feet. The Japan National Tourist Organization is pleased to announce me as their Japan Travel Specialist! 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Specialist

Costa Rica is characterized by impressive scenic beauty, sun, adventure, eco-tourism, a consolidated system of protected areas, biodiversity, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services. All of this offered in a territory of only 51 thousand square kilometers, surrounded by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, at a distance from each other of only three to four hours by land or 45 minutes by air. Covering only 0.03% of the surface of our planet, Costa Rica has approximately 6% of the world's biodiversity.

Mexico

Mexico Travel Specialist

Discover the Many Moods of Mexico: Beginning with an overview of Mexico as a country, this annual seminar by the Mexican Tourist Board gets down to concrete trip planning guidance and "insider tips" on making the most of a Mexico visit. I learned to sell Mexico like an expert by accessing resources and boosting my knowledge of Mexico's diversity and value. I discovered Mexico's special interest travel options with in-depth information about sports, eco-tourism, spas, honeymoons, weddings, cruising and cultural touring. I have visited Mexico many times.

Sol Melia Spain Specialist with Tourespana

Sol Melia is the leading hotel chain in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, consisting of  4 major brands: Melia Hotels, Sol Hotels, Tryp Hotels and Paradisus Resorts and 2 sub-brands: Gran Melia and Melia Boutique. As a Spain Specialist, I am privy to all the latest news first, an important benefit associated with my Specialist status.


Selling Pacific Asia

Selling Pacific Asia

Golden temple spires shimmering in the sun, craggy mountains shrouded in billowy clouds, and teeming markets, fragrant with the scents of exotic spices and flowers--these are all part of the armchair traveler's Pacific Asian fantasy. Once you have decided on an Asia trip, you'll have your pick of travel options--multi- or single-destination packages; custom-designed special interest programs; tours that combine a cruise and land itinerary, packages available in all price categories. A trip to Pacific Asia is no longer "the impossible dream" for most travelers.

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Switzerland

Switzerland Network Specialist

The Swiss Tourist Board and Switzerland Network, requires an in depth home study course, followed by a convention in Switzerland and an educational tour before graduating a Switzerland Network Specialist. The program is designed to promote tourism to Switzerland by providing  information about Switzerland to travel agents. The Annual convention is held at different locations in Switzerland every year, such as in St. Moritz, where I attended.

USTOA Specialist

A professional association for the nation’s leading tour operators, USTOA has more than 150 tour brands represented. Its members include the top names in travel and represent the entire spectrum of tours and vacation packages available today. In fact, its member companies are responsible for the majority of tours and vacation packages sold by travel agents in the U.S. USTOA members have the experience and products to provide agents and travelers with financially secure, reliable and reputable vacations that meet the highest expectations. Members must adhere to stringent membership requirements, uphold its motto “Integrity in Tourism” in all aspects of operations, and participate in a $1 million Consumer Protection Plan. A win-win situation.

British Virgin Isalnds Specialist

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), a destination of more than 60 islands, cays, islets, rocks and many natural secrets, is an ideal locale for clients seeking a low-key Caribbean lifestyle. The BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) launched its BVI Specialist program an effort to educate travel agents on this beautiful destination.


Falkland Islands Xpert


Falkland Island Expert

Kristina has earned the designation of "FIXpert - Falklands Islands Xpert" by successfully completing the requirements of the FIXpert - Falkland Islands Xpert program.

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