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Sunday,  July 14, 2024 3:32 AM 

The Travel Institute launches Paris specialist course ahead of Olympics, other events

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  •   02-14-2024  9:13 am
  •   Pax Global Media

The Travel Institute launches Paris specialist course ahead of Olympics, other events
Paris, France. (Michael Pihach)
Pax Global Media

The Travel Institute has released a newly-created Paris Destination Specialist Course as demand for the City of Lights and the City of Love is expected to reach record levels in 2024, hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics starting in late summer, as well as other major events throughout the year.

“With more than a million tourists expected to visit the French capital during the Summer Games alone and with 100 million anticipated to visit Paris and France more broadly throughout 2024, this timely course fills the void for travel agents looking for a Paris-specific, comprehensive course to meet traveler demand and exceed their expectations,” said Guida Botelho, CTIE, senior director of education for The Travel Institute, in a news release. 

The new course synthesizes countless hours of research, validated with expert advice and opinions, to enable agents to create “itineraries of a lifetime” for clients, Botelho said. 

The Paris course is the first of many new destination specialist courses the non-profit travel education leader plans to release in 2024, citing results from its 2023 Changing Face of Travel Agents survey in which 70 per cent of agents said destination knowledge tops their list for 2024 training needs and also indicated agents who specialize in destinations average 17.8 per cent more in annual income. 

Well beyond the Eiffel Tower and other iconic attractions, Paris is a 41-square-mile city rich in culture, history, architecture, fashion, arts, cuisine and wine. 

The city is expected to attract even more travelers as it also hosts the 150th anniversary of impressionism art, the Notre Dame Cathedral reopening, and as France celebrates the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. 

Through the course, agents gain insight on the must-see attractions and less-traveled “hidden gems” available for a nuanced Parisian experience. Curriculum includes: 

  • day and evening activities and entertainment options including day trips from Paris; 
  • custom tours for travelers with special interests such as art, food or shopping; 
  • descriptions for various dining categories; 
  • cultural considerations, celebrations and events; and  
  • popular attractions in each of Paris’ 20 arrondissements.

In addition, agents will gain practical knowledge including passport and visa requirements; transportation options within the city and surrounding areas; important distinctions in France’s hotel rating system; geography and climate; contacts and resources for travellers in need and more. 

The Paris course incorporates industry insights, a desk reference guide, along with tips designed to ensure traveler satisfaction. 

Delivered through an interactive, best-practice e-learning platform, this self-paced, online program also includes progress quizzes to affirm learning and further enhance retention. 

Lastly, the Paris course augments The Travel Institute’s Central Europe course, which offers an overview of Paris as well as many other iconic cities in the region as it covers the countries of Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

Students who successfully complete the Paris Destination Specialist Course, pass their online exam and submit either a destination report or an experiential checklist, earn standing as a Certified Paris Travel Specialist and, as applicable, continuing education units, or CEUs, toward maintaining certification from The Travel Institute. 

Both designations are used by agents to further market experience and expertise as a travel professional. 

The new Paris travel specialist course is also available at no charge for The Travel Institute’s Premium Access subscribers, who regularly enjoy advance releases of new curriculum from the global education leader.

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