Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
CCRA Travel Solutions – a leading provider of business-related solutions for the travel professional – has expanded its online travel agent tools and training resources by introducing CCRA University’s The Center for Ongoing Travel Industry Education. A variety of ‘learn and earn’ hotel educational opportunities are currently featured on this new CCRA website, which will expand to provide a comprehensive list of travel industry education, training and certification opportunities that are available exclusively to travel agents.
“CCRA University is just the next step in our ongoing commitment to support the growth and profitability of travel professionals, as we continue to invest in online travel agent tools and resources to meet a variety of travel planning needs, ” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions. “CCRA University is an additional way that we can help our travel agent partners stay well informed of industry happenings, hotel training programs, and travel agent education and certification opportunities to improve their product knowledge and increase their bottom line.”
Added Tiffany Topcik, VP of CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions, “We speak daily with hotels that truly value travel professionals and are seeking new ways to inform the travel agent community about their unique products and service offerings. Additionally, we hear from travel agents who are hungry for more product knowledge so they can recommend the very best hotel experiences to meet their client's needs. For these reasons we created CCRA University, a useful online resource for both travel agents and suppliers, where agents can go to discover what hotel chains are offering travel professionals to make their jobs easier and their client’s travel experiences more ideal.”
In addition to the new “CCRA University” site, the following complimentary travel agent tools and online resources are also available through CCRA University:
-- The CCRA Online Hotel Directory offers a one-stop destination for travel agents to search for hotels around the world that offer competitive rates and/or commissions through participation in the CCRA Preferred Rate Hotel Program in the GDS. This searchable hotel directory can be filtered, based on a selected city, hotel amenities offered, star ratings, specialty listings or specific chains, to provide “at-a-glance” hotel details.
-- The CCRA Reference Guide provides travel agents with a useful site for all things travel related, including currency conversion charts, international tipping guidelines, travel supplier information, airline codes, and much more.
-- The CCRA Travel Agent Blog maintains an ongoing dialogue for professional travel planners. and features travel tips, industry insight, and advice for becoming more successful. The blog also features a contest with opportunities for travel agents to win prizes each month, courtesy of CCRA and its hotel partners.
-- CCRA Weekly Training Webinars provide agents with information on the benefits of using the CCRAtravel.comsm online hotel booking engine that features over 180,000 hotels worldwide with up to five rate categories on a single search.
Travel agents are encouraged to start visiting CCRA University’s The Center for Ongoing Travel Industry Education regularly as CCRA continues to build the curriculum of participating hotel partners and featured programs on this site. Hotel chains interested in promoting their travel agent programs through this new CCRA online resource, may contact Tiffany Topcik at tiffany.topcik (at) ccra.com.
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Solutions is a global solutions provider in the Travel Industry bringing together professional travel agencies and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, the CCRA Global Network Division and CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions.CCRAtravel.com is CCRA’s proprietary hotel reservation booking engine that provides real-time rates and availability at over 180,000 hotels worldwide and allows travel agents to choose from up to five rate categories on a single search including: GDS rates, CCRA Preferred rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. Additionally, CCRA offers a variety of marketing opportunities to suppliers interested in reaching over 30,000 professional travel planners. For more information, please visit CCRA.com or contact Mary Wiley at mary.wiley(at)ccra(dot)com.