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I am Dianne Tuttle, CTC and the Owner and Qualifier of Academy Travel and Academy Travel School, which I founded in 1989. I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and also hold a Federal Bond with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). I work closely with all cruises lines and tour operators and makes recommendations for vacation packages my clients. I raised $200,000 in private capitol to start my first travel agency. I am the administrator of Academy Travel School founded in 1990 to teach people how to become professional travel agents and start their own home-based travel agency. I also plan, write and produce my own local TV show, “Let’s Talk Travel” on public access channel. I hold positions on the Board of Directors on Commission on the Status of Women, reporting directly to County Board of Supervisors, and secretary on SLOCOPA TV show, a non profit organization, and I am former President of Optimists Club, past Ambassador for the local Chamber of Commerce for 9 years, and I am the founder and director of Travel Connections & Social Club. I am also a travel consultant for Gerson Lerhman Group and Goldman Sacks.
I have been in the travel business since 1979! WOW! That is a long time! I got hired right out of college with American Express and stayed there for 7 years. I have an AA degree from Foothill College and in 1984 received my CTC degree.
Started my agency in 1989 along with my travel school, teaching people to be professional travel agents since 1989 and still teaching today! The travel school is now taught via a virtual website and I can train anyone who can access the internet right from my desktop to their laptop. I believe in the one-to-one hands-on training approach. Once signed up they get the Galileo Icon on their desktop and everything is taught in live time. They learn what a fare rule is and understand what makes them. Along with teaching about tours and cruises and actually calling and making bookings so they are prepared for the real client when they graduate from class.
I was a million + in air ticket sales back in early 90's. Well we all know what happened then. So I closed for a year and was in my bedroom wondering what I was going to do when I grow up! at the tender age of 50. So I restructured and reopened with leisure travel and $5.00 in my pocket.
I started a Travel Club. Using my travel club to run free press releases inviting people to join me for dinner once a month and 10 years later have over 1,000 on my email list. I plan social things to do during the month and plan group cruises and tours. We have been all over the world together. I also offer to help find roommates for those who don't want to pay the single supplement.
I then decided to look into TV. So now I host "Let's Talk Travel" on my local public access TV station in town. I invite my sales reps on to talk about their cruise lines or tour companies or invite someone who has been on a fabulous trip and would like to share it with my audience.
I am now going to start hosting "Let's Talk Travel" on my blog talk radio station once a week for 30 minutes. If anyone out there would like to be a guest on my radio show please send me an email or something.
I would like to share all kinds of topics just like the ones posted here so we have plenty to talk about. I am starting a "grass roots" effort to put the "professional" back in travel and in travel agents! And why the public should look to a professional travel agent to handle their leisure travel.
So join me and my effort!
Read more....click the link below to visit my website!
Dianne Tuttle, CTC
Greetings, Dianne, and welcome to Tripatini! It's great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.
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