WHY IT RATES: New enhancements will maximize educational opportunities for Travel Institute students. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
The Travel Institute announces migration of its current online educational courses format to a best-practice, interactive, e-Learning platform to improve both the student experience as well as student retention rates.
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“Continuing our primary focus on delivering the high-quality, industry-leading content our students have come to expect, our move to this new platform further demonstrates our focus on supporting student success,” shared Diane Petras, CTIE, president, The Travel Institute. “With interactive exercises, increased use of images, enhanced navigation, mapping capabilities, progress quizzes and much more, we’re blending the capabilities and content we see as most beneficial to travel professionals who want to maximize educational opportunities and advance their career,” Petras said.
In addition to an improved learning experience, students using the new platform are also expected to benefit from improved retention of their newly found expertise in a variety of subjects including business and interpersonal skills development, destination information, niche marketing, and other categories.
“It’s widely understood today that students best engage and learn in a variety of ways including visual, auditory, and experiential,” said Guida Botelho, CTIE, director of training, The Travel Institute. “Taking advantage of today’s best-practice Web technologies, The Travel Institute is ensuring our content connects most broadly with various students’ learning styles and, ultimately, that our students experience increased retention of what they’ve learned and are able to then use it in their careers each day,” Botelho explained.
The new platform automatically adapts to various screen sizes and orientation, enabling easy transition between desktop, tablet and mobile phone access. This flexible accessibility allows students additional momentum in completing coursework anywhere, anytime they have Internet access.
—Luxury: Ready to be a luxury travel “designer?” Capitalize on this growing market by learning how luxury travel bookings are about providing clients with customized, unique, and authentic experience rather than simply about cost. Creating these itineraries, and attracting the customer who will ask for them, is the focus of this multi-lesson course featuring expert insights, trends, products, and, of course, effective selling strategies.
—Golf: Golfers take their passion seriously and want a travel professional who does too. Understanding specific golf “talk,” the Golf Travel Specialist program demystifies destinations and needs of golf travelers, allowing you to grow your business or bring your passion to work too! Identify and qualify the right clients, suggest the right areas and attractions that match their lifestyle, interests, and experience. Upon completion of the course, take the closed-book exam and earn “Specialist” standing.
—Northern Europe: Available May 1, the Northern Europe course is the first in a new 3-part series for Europe and includes both Scandinavia and The British Isles, both popular destinations for novices and seasoned travelers alike. Featuring new and updated content from sample itineraries, key landmarks and attractions, tips for traveling in the region, cultural nuances, language, seasons, dress, customs, currency and much more for both urban and remote areas. Available now for pre-order, travel professionals will also gain specific sales tips and niche market advice.
—Certified Travel Associate, CTA: Available July 1 with newly refreshed curriculum, the CTA course was written by subject matter experts and covers 15 critical areas of study designed to teach travel agents to become travel professionals. The online learning experience is in-depth, thought-provoking, and delivered in a variety of blended learning formats. The new CTA program is a practical, real-life approach to your on-the-job success. Further supplement the CTA and ensure your success with “After Hours” study groups and certification test prep options, including student mentoring.
Additional courses including Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico and North America are in queue with all courses scheduled for migration to the new platform by the end of 2019. In the meantime, students are encouraged to continue utilizing all available online courses from The Travel Institute based on their specific career/learning needs.
“One of the most common comments from our graduates is the confidence they gain from learning. Research shows people who continue learning are more happy, productive and successful while also being less stressed,” Petras said. “With a complex and ever-changing industry, learning travel should be a career-long mindset. We support continual advancement, and we have options from bite-sized, micro-learning opportunities to certification and everything in between to help our travel professionals do just that.”