Marion Adair, CTA, ACC
“What is that inherent feeling inside that makes you want to pack your bags and see the world?” For me, it is all in the genetics. Travel is a part of my DNA. I took my first international trip to the Bahamas when I was a year old, and ever since, I have been an avid traveler, developing a true love for travel. New York, Chicago, and the Bahamas have all been home at one point in my life. Currently, I reside in South Florida. Over the years, I have benefited from the wisdom and guidance of diverse leaders in different capacities who have shaped me into the travel professional/expert I am today.
I have over 25 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, first as a Sales Manager, and a certified meeting planner, (CMP), for a major hotel chain, and then as a personal vacation planner at a major cruise line. I have spent the past 18 ½ years planning travel itineraries to the best destinations and exceeding the expectations of my clients.
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I recently earned the distinguished Certified Travel Associate, or CTA, designation from The Travel Institute, the travel industry’s benchmark for educational excellence and the only travel organization offering certification for travel professionals’ varying levels of expertise.
The Certified Travel Associate, CTA®, designation is awarded by The Travel Institute to travel professionals who complete a rigorous training program, including closed-book, proctor-administered testing, to demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience and the highest standards of travel professionalism. In addition, CTAs are required to fulfill stringent continuing education requirements each year.
The CTA curriculum focuses on the essential skills needed to succeed as a frontline travel counselor – selling, customer service, destinations, niche markets and communication.
I have also recently achieved the ACC (Accredited Cruise Counselor) from CLIA, (the Cruise Lines International Association).
To get this designation, I had to complete 40 mandatory credits, 80 elective credits, complete ship inspections on 5 different cruise lines, take 2 cruises on different cruise lines, and sell a given number of cruises within the time specified. The ACC designation gives me the distinction of being my client’s most knowledgeable cruise resource.
This, with my commitment to ongoing education, and along with my years of experience in the travel industry, will ensure that I continue to offer my clients, the best service.