ARC's Upcoming Helix Symposium Gets a Big Upgrade in Savannah

Apr 16, 2013, 11:45 ET from ARC

ARLINGTON, Va., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC's next highly-rated Helix Symposium to take place in Savannah, Ga., May 19-21 (, will feature all new content. A 90-minute workshop by Margie Jordan, travel consultant and tourism expert, will focus on why Helix members need to grow their fan base using posting strategies on Facebook, and how to drive traffic to their websites using Pinterest and other social media tools.

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"ARC is providing a great opportunity for Helix members to obtain practical and easy advice to implement social media tools from industry experts and other Helix community members," Jordan said.

The symposium, open to Helix members as well as anyone wishing to join the program, offers networking opportunities, industry insight, and best business practices to run a home-based or retail travel agency. Symposium attendees will also be treated to a ghost tour from Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours. The popular Supplier speed Dating Roundabout will give attendees a chance to connect one-on-one with each participating Helix preferred supplier.

Additional industry leaders will share their knowledge and experience with attendees. Dave Stockert, CTC, industry author and speaker, will help agents discover their personal sales strategies, and industry leader Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC, principal of Joanie Ogg Marketing Group, will share traits for creating and maintaining customer relationships.

ARC's Director of Marketing and Brand, Maggie Fischer, will uncover the secret weapons ARC agencies have at their disposal in order to elevate their brands and uncover hidden commission opportunities. "So many of our agencies are looking for ways to increase their offerings and broaden their credibility in the market," Fischer said. "I'm so excited I'll be able to introduce this select group to some of the tools they may not even know are right in front of them. And to be able to do it in this environment will really show them that ARC is serious about providing a boutique experience for our Helix agents."

The symposium, which will be held at The Mansion on Forsyth Park, is sponsored by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Information about registering for this event and joining Helix is available at

Helix is an exclusive consortium 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.

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