Private Trade Winds, Inc. Sets Industry Standard for Luxury Villa Rentals

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New Certification Program, “Villa Specialist,” was Developed for the Travel Institute to Provide Travel Agents the Insight they Need to Serve the 5-star Villa Traveler

As new villa rental companies emerge, it’s important that fundamental guidelines are in place, and this begins with appropriate education.

Villa travel specialist Private Trade Winds, Inc. in conjunction with The Travel Institute today announced the introduction of the Villa Specialist course, the first villa certification program for travel agents. The course was designed to equip agents with the knowledge and tools they need to assist clients who prefer spacious accommodations, yet value the service and amenities typically found in 5-star resorts.

“Private Trade Winds, Inc. knows villa travel, and we're highly motivated and eager to share our knowledge with the travel community at large,” said Irene Aviles, Founder and President of Private Trade Winds, Inc. “Villa travel is a distinct sector of the industry, and it is important to differentiate between villa vacations and vacation rentals. As new villa rental companies emerge, it’s important that fundamental guidelines are in place, and this begins with appropriate education.”

The Villa Specialist course covers such subject matter as villa history, classic vs. modern villas, villa options, sales & marketing, accommodations, amenities & inclusions, and more. Upon completion of this comprehensive course, travel agents will be able to clearly differentiate a villa vacation from a vacation rental, and open doors to a whole new world of recommendations and experiences for their clients.

“This is a great opportunity for travel counselors to learn more about this highly profitable and sometimes misunderstood specialty market,” says Patty Noonan, CTC, The Travel Institute's director of sales.

Travel professionals who complete the program will earn 10 Continuing Education Units (CEU). The Villa Travel Specialist course includes online testing for only $49 (Travel Institute members save an additional 10%). A webinar will be conducted by The Travel Institute on 9/14/2011 giving listeners the opportunity to learn more about the course. Those interested in receiving an invitation to the webinar can email Judy Sweetland at jsweetland(at)privatetradewinds(dot)com.

About Private Trade Winds, Inc.
Based in Newport Beach, Private Trade Winds, Inc. is the nation’s leading villa travel specialist and the creator of the 5-star villa vacation, with over 400 luxury villas worldwide. To learn more and register email aminnehan(at)privatetradewinds(dot)com or call 949-246-0177.

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