SoCal OSSN Hosts Hands-On Training Event

All-day event to be held at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa on Jan. 26, 2010

By: By Lauren Schiff

OSSN training event featuring Happy Vacations and Carnival Cruise Line.

OSSN training event featuring Happy Vacations and Carnival Cruise Line.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) chapters throughout Southern California will be hosting a hands-on agent training event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The Hands-On/On-Line Training Day event is designed to give agents and agency owners the opportunity to network with other professional independent sellers of travel and to learn how to increase sales.

This is OSSN Joint Southern California Chapter event, made possible with the help of chapter directors Paula Mitchell Manning, Mary Ann Mari and Lei Gonzales, also features a Live On-Line Product Training workshop conducted by TravelAge West contributor Marc Mancini and a Cruise Lines International Association- (CLIA) accredited course, “Understanding Groups.” In addition, actor Dorian Harewood will be teaching people how to win at blackjack without counting. Harewood owns the company Strictly Black Jack, and will be sharing his secrets of winning with event attendees.

The Pre-Event Trade Show and registration for the event begins at 8:30 am. The main event begins at 9 a.m. and includes the Trade Show, a workshop by Marc Mancini, a CLIA-accredited course for credit, Live On-Line Vendor Product Trainings, a catered gourmet luncheon and post-event networking activities. The Post-Event Networking component is designed to allow agents to network with peers and local business development managers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Participating product training vendors include Amawaterways, Azamara/Celebrity Cruises, Carey International, Club Med, Crystal Cruises, Funjet Vacations, the Globus Family of Brands, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, iZento, Royal Caribbean International, Sandals, Trafalgar Tours and Travel Safe. Costa Cruises, CCRA, Ticket 2 Travel and Uniglobe Travel will be featured at the Trade Show.

Tickets are available now at an Early Bird Advance RSVP Discount Rate of $15 for OSSN and CLIA members or $20 for non-OSSN members. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25 per person (cash only). Entry into the event includes a gourmet three-course lunch and access to the Post-Event Networking gathering.

Guests wishing to use a laptop at the event must purchase a $5 On-Line Package that includes Internet access, Wi–Fi and an electrical outlet. To reserve agents should e-mail with “On-Line Package RSVP” in the subject line.

The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is also offering a Pre and/or Post Event OSSN group rate of $99 per room, per night. To book, agents can call 888-667-6646 using the promotion code OSSN. The deadline to book this rate is Monday, Dec. 21.

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa

Outside Sales Support Network