ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC's next highly-rated Helix™ Symposium will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nov. 5-6, and will feature Jeffrey Miller, Attorney at Law and legal columnist for Agent@Home magazine. During his 90-minute workshop, Miller will cover risk management and best practices for travel agents, outlining – among other topics – various corporate structures for agencies, including liability and tax implications, state licensing and contracts. The symposium, open to Helix members as well as those wishing to join the program, offers networking opportunities, industry insight, and best business practices to run a home-based or retail travel agency.
Additional industry leaders will share their knowledge and experience with attendees. Geoff Millar, co-owner of Ultimate All-Inclusive Travel, will discuss how agents can apply methods of Fortune 500 companies, and industry leader Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC, and principal of Joanie Ogg Marketing Group, will emphasize the importance of travel professionals understanding their own selling personas and their buyers' personas.
Symposium attendees will also be treated to a full day of fun and learning at Carnival Cruise Lines' corporate headquarters in nearby Doral, Fla. Product updates, sales training, lunch, and a tour of the company's headquarters are part of the agenda during the visit. And the popular "Supplier Speed Dating Roundabout" will give attendees a chance to connect one-on-one with each of the 14 Helix preferred suppliers.
Funjet Vacations is the Platinum Sponsor and Norwegian Cruise Lines the Gold Sponsor of the event, which will be held at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. Information about registering for this Helix Symposium and joining Helix is available at http://www.joinhelix.com.
ARC is also excited to announce that the next Helix Symposium, exclusively for Helix members, will be held at sea, setting sail on December 8. The symposium will cruise the Eastern Caribbean for seven days aboard the Norwegian Epic, which was named by Travel Weekly as the "Best Cruise Ship" in 2011. More information about this unique event will be sent to current Helix members.
Helix is an exclusive members-only program for home-based and retail travel agencies. It offers a preferred supplier portfolio covering all segments of travel, multiple business services, and the professional education and training opportunities to assist agencies in operating more efficiently and becoming more profitable. Helix currently features more than 40 preferred suppliers in its portfolio.
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data and analytics. Nearly 16,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2011 totaled more than $82 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit www.arccorp.com.
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