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Cheers to you! Today is Happy Travel Agent's Day!

We know how wonderful you are EVERY day of the year, but CT would like to take the opportunity today to say Happy Travel Agent’s Day to you!

They do it once a year for mothers, once a year for fathers, once a year for teachers and once a year for secretaries... Heck, they even hold a 'National Frozen Food Day’ for lovers of frozen produce. (It's March 6, just in case you want to stock up.)

But today—May 6—is the fourth annual Travel Agent’s Day and it’s dedicated purely to the appreciation of all the wonderful things that you travel agents do to ensure that your clients have the most incredible vacations.

The idea was the brainchild of Colleen Lorenzen, operations manager at Uniglobe Carefree Travel Group in Saskatoon, who was looking for a way to thank the company’s agents for their hard work and long hours.

And this year the idea seems to have really sprouted wings, with ACTA and a whole host of industry suppliers getting actively involved.

ACTA chose today to launch its consumer facing website, http://bookwithatravelagent.ca. The site is part of ACTA's marketing toolkit initiative to promote the value of booking with an agent, and those who visit this website learn why ‘Without a Travel Agent... You're on Your own!’

With prizes provided by WestJet and the objective of promoting the value of the travel agent, ACTA is encouraging its members to participate in the ‘Why I use a Travel Agent’ contest. To participate, ACTA members must solicit their clients to share why they use a travel agent. Each entry will be eligible to win a pair of air-only tickets anywhere WestJet flies—a pair for the participating agent and a pair for their client who wrote the testimonial. Testimonials will be shared with visitors on the website. To enter simply email the testimonials with details of your agency to contest@acta.ca.

Also on board is Air Canada, which is offering 20 percent off select Air Canada flights for you and one companion, as well as 20 percent off select Air Canada Vacations Sun Packages for you and up to three companions until May 13. Simply book at http://www.aircanada.com/splash/agents/ and use the promo code: VBWAJMW2.

Intrepid Travel is asking agents to share what their ultimate trip would be. Send in the info at http://www.intrepidtravel.com/agentday and you’ll be entered to win that trip, Intrepid style. Plus, secure any Intrepid booking today and you will receive an Urban Adventure of your choice.

And Trafalgar is recognizing its travel agents not just for one day, but for the entire month of May. Each week an agent can win a gift basket, valued at $500, that’s filled with travel goodies, gift cards and bonus commission coupons. Agents are entered to win a gift basket each week for every passenger they book on a Trafalgar trip.

And to realize just how awesome you are, check out the messages at www.facebook.com/TravelAgentDay/timeline.

WIN WIN WIN: Happy Travel Agent Day from the team at CT! As a hard working travel agent, your name will be automatically entered into a My Passion Media prize pack when you sign up for our weekly newsletter today. The goodie bag includes three gift subscriptions to one or all of our publications, a British Columbia messenger bag, an Explore hat and a pair of Canadian Traveller luggage tags. Simply sign up here by the end of the day and you'll be included in the draw. Good luck and have a fabulous day!




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