Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
Louise Blazik TDP (SP(c), CTM, RT, CHt, is a member of CSTD (Canadian Society for Training & Development), ASTD (American Society for Training & Development), CITC (Canadian Institute Travel Counsellors) and Association of Independent Consultants.
Recognized worldwide as a travel and tourism expert, I've been interviewed numerous times on television (CBC, City TV & Rogers), radio and print media.
I am the Founder and President of Travel College Canada. (Est. 1980) I've authored several books and created training and development materials for both the private career college and corporate clients.
I have designed and presented training programs, workshops and seminars to thousands over the last twenty-nine years including seminar presenter at The National Consultation on Career Development (NATCON) in Ottawa Canada.
NATCON is the largest bilingual international conference in the world addressing career development and employment-related issues co-sponsored by Career Centre-University of Toronto, The Counselling Foundation of Canada and Human Resource Development Canada.
I've been in the travel and tourism industry for almost thirty years and holds the highest professional designation CTM (Certified Travel Manager).
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
India, Carribean, Mexico, Africa, Hawaii, Austria, Cuba. Topics include, airline tickets and fares, travel industry laws, cultural sensitivity, various accommodations, special needs and Elderly
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Middle Eastern Countries
Do you love travelling and working with people in a fast paced environment? if so, a career in tourism may be just perfect for you...
I would like to start selling travel on the side - become a travel agent - do I need to gain some sort of registration or certificate? If so how do I go about it?
Registration and certification varies by province as well as country. In Ontario, travel agencies must be registered with TICO - Travel Industry Council of Ontario www.tico.on.ca. individuals working as travel agents/travel counsellors do not need to be registered or certified at this time. Formal training is highly recommended as the career of a travel professional is very complex, one may visit our site www.travelcollege.ca.
An individual may choose to sell travel as a home-based agent however one needs to be associated with a registered travel agency to earn commissions from travel suppliers. Proper training is extremely important for home-based agents as they must abide by the governing laws (refer to TICO) and due to the complexity of the business.
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