The Travel Institute Continues Support of Agents with Tuition Assistance and Additional Learning Opportunities FRAMINGHAM, MA, January 8, 2019 – The Travel Institute is kicking off 2019 with its New Year New Career focus on new agent training and specialization in continued support of the influx of new agents entering the travel industry and for experienced advisors looking to continue their education. “Our educational materials offer a lifetime of value to those wanting a successful travel career,” explained Diane Petras, CTIE, president, The Travel Institute. Citing a remarkable 48% year-over-year increase from 2017 to 2018 in registrations for new agent training, she continued, “The unprecedented enrollment in TRIPKit1 last year further demonstrated individual interest in, and industry demand for, well-educated travel counselors.” Growing interest in agent education was also substantiated by The Travel Institute’s 2018 The Changing Face of Travel Agents study, indicating explosive growth in the number of independent contractors over the past decade—growth fueled by a number of factors including: 1) young students looking for a professional career option without a 4-year degree, 2) an increase in working professionals looking for a career change, and 3) stay-at-home parents looking for a home-based, flexible income. Petras also pointed to the study’s correlation between better educated agent “advisors” and their career success, along with respondents’ overall positive outlook for the profession. “Not only does The Travel Institute continue to see more students entering the industry, but we continue to see them striving to be true professionals who deftly navigate today’s complicated and unpredictable travel environment,” she explained. “The Travel Institute coursework, whether introductory, specialized or certification-related, offers travel advisors the opportunity to start their own ‘TRIP of a Lifetime’ career, elevating their knowledge and, therefore, the level of service they are able to provide, while setting themselves apart.” Industry veterans agree. “I have been a big fan of the programs offered by The Travel Institute from the day I started in the industry,” reflected Margie Jordan, CTA, vice president of membership, CCRA Travel Commerce Network. “Their courses have provided the knowledge I needed to be successful and also gave me a certification recognized throughout the industry. It’s the one place I keep coming back to for travel education.” The Travel Institute’s training programs are further boosted by support from its Professional Educators Program, PEP, with instructors who share their time and expertise on a variety of topics related to a travel professional’s success, along with countless suppliers, agencies, vocational institutions and others who use The Travel Institute’s curriculum and count on it for their own organization’s success. Wendy Burk, CTA, chief executive officer of Cadence®, A World of Travel, In Sync With You®, explained, “We believe travel careers stem from a passion for travel, but relevancy and education are an individual advisor’s passport to success. We promote TRIPKit with our new team members because we see the results firsthand: TRIPKit enables our new advisors to be immediately relevant in our business and then customize their individual business strategy. To put it simply: the more they know, the more they grow!” During the New Year New Career campaign in Q1 2019, individuals can take advantage of significant savings on TRIPKit1, participate in complimentary training webinars, or sign up for free access to the “Hot Tip Tuesday” newsletter to receive a new business idea every week. There is also a members-only webinar series, including tax saving strategies as well as information on choosing the best business structure for a new travel business. Visit New Year New Career to learn more. TRIPKit has long been recognized as the industry’s gold standard for new agent training. It is a self-guided course with online and print components used by individuals studying independently, agency owners and managers training new staff, and post-secondary vocational institutions teaching travel-related curriculum. A turn-key, affordable and flexible educational tool, TRIPKit helps create the career path for potential travel advisors by providing a comprehensive overview of booking air, ground, accommodations, cruises, tours and packages while also exposing potential new agents to numerous other nuances in booking travel today. Often, TRIPKit is the first step toward industry certification. About The Travel InstituteSince 1964, The Travel Institute has been the global leader in travel industry education and certification. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advancing travel agents, The Travel Institute has certified more than 25,000 Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) graduates, while additionally training hundreds of thousands more through its new agent, destination, niche and lifestyle courses and webinars. A trusted partner to industry stakeholders and educational institutions alike, The Travel Institute holds its graduates to the highest standards of expertise and service as members progress through increasingly rigorous coursework and challenging exams to continue their education and verify their expertise. The Travel Institute also offers unlimited learning online in its Premium Member Lounge, which serves as a 24/7 classroom across all mobile platforms and delivers college-level courses in business, finance, sales, marketing, social media, and more. Learn more at www.thetravelinstitute.com.
These figures are far lower than the same week last year, when there were 53.1 per 100,000 in England, but health officials said that younger people were less likely to go to the GP about flu.Throughout the last week, there were 237 admissions to intensive care or high dependency units for flu. This compares with 198 cases this time last year, with the same rate of 0.5 per 100,000 people seen in both years.Richard Pebody, head of flu at PHE, said: “We are currently seeing mainly A(H1N1)pdm09 circulating, which is well matched to the strains in this year’s flu vaccines.”Previous flu seasons suggest this strain particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long-term conditions – so if you’re eligible, it’s not too late to get your free jab to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.”Last month PHE officials pleaded with these groups to come forward for jabs.The failure of last year’s jabs fuelled the highest winter death toll for more than 40 years.This year, new types of vaccines are being offered, but the scramble to get hold of stocks meant GPs were asked to delay offering the jabs to some patients. Flu pressures on intensive care are as bad now as at the height of last year’s winter crisis, amid warnings that it may be linked to too few young people failing to have their jabs. A report from Public Health England reveals that levels of influenza are now having a high impact on intensive care and high-dependency units, amid rises in flu across the country.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In the last fortnight, the number of cases seen by GPs has more than doubled.But a far greater impact has been seen in hospital intensive care units, with just as many cases as seen this time last year – when the NHS had the worst winter crisis on record.Last year winter deaths hit a 42-year high, after the flu jab failed to work in the vast majority of cases.Officials say this year’s vaccination is a good match – but warn that too few people are taking it.They say the pressures on intensive care units may be fuelled by low take-up of the jabs among pregnant women, and adults below the age of 65 with long-term conditions.These groups are particularly susceptible to the main strain in circulation – A (H1N1), also known as swine flu – which pensioners are more likely to have built immunity to.And they are also at increased risk of more severe consequences of the condition, experts warned.Just 43.6 per cent of pregnant women have had the jab so far this year, compared with 46 per cent this time last year. And only 44.7 per cent of adults with a chronic health condition have had the jab, compared with 47.5 per cent this time last year.The data shows that GP consultations for flu-like illness rose from 8.4 per 100,000 at the start of the year to 19.2 per 100,000 people in the last week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.