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Sarah Krafty, owner of Krafty Travel is a travel agent located in Perrysburg, Ohio

Not all Certified Travel Consultants are Created Equally

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I recently met a young ‘travel agent’ in her early 20’s that is a CTC, a certified travel consultant.  This was interesting to me because she stated she had only been in the travel industry 6 months.  Hmm.  A CTC, or certified travel consultant is the designation awarded to individuals by The Travel Institute, which is the standard for training within the travel industry.  To achieve the CTC you must have been in the travel industry for a minimum of 5 years, have already achieved the CTA designation, (certified travel associate,) completed the 10 core modules, with 1 major, submitted a white paper and successfully passed the CTC exam. 

The person I met hadn’t done that.  So guess what?  She is a certified travel consultant within the multilevel marketing association she belongs in which you just pay the higher cost to become a CTC versus the lower, entry level price to be their RTC, referral travel consultant.  You get a website and, BAM you’re a travel agent.

You know, that’s fine really.  I am not opposed to MLM companies.  I am frustrated however, that you can claim the CTC title, put it on your business cards and FB page and present yourself as someone who has done the work.  I personally think this dilutes the title, reducing its value to the consumer.  Maybe it’s because I value the training.  Maybe it’s because I work hard to show my clients that I am worth their consideration.  I invest many hours touring properties, attending trade shows, conferences, trainings and unknown quantity of webinars to be the best resource of information to my clients. I am not a CTC.  I have been in the industry 2 1/2 years.  I am currently working on my CTA after having worked my first 2 years to earn the Accredited Cruise Counselor with the Cruise Line International Association  (CLIA)  which is based on hours of study units, ship inspections, personal cruise experience and actual sales. 

While I was searching the internet about this company of which this young woman belongs, I came across a page that said “if you’re a lover of travel and you want to make money in the travel industry and you don’t want to go through the hassles of becoming a travel agent…”   I’m pretty sure the person you should trust to help you is someone that has
“gone through the hassles of becoming a travel agent.” That is just me.  

Hey, I have a pair of scissors, maybe I’ll become a cosmetologist. Who needs a haircut? 

Sarah Krafty

Agent and Owner of Krafty Travel, Perrysburg, Ohio.




Author: sarahkrafty

Sarah Krafty is a travel advisor, owner of Krafty Travel, specializing in travel for milestone events such as honeymoons, destination weddings and special events. Krafty Travel is an independent affiliate of Nexion, LLC, a California registered seller of travel (2071045-50); located at 5454 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 400, Irving, TX 75039 Telephone 800-949-6410 Certified Travel Associate with The Travel Institute, Accredited Cruise Counselor (CLIA), member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

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