ETC Professional Development & Exchange


Returning by popular request, a Jumpstart Seminar be featured at ETC’s Signature Conference 2018 as a pre-conference offering.  The objective of this Seminar is twofold:

  • Help travel planners begin a travel program and/or resurrect a dormant program.
  • Guide new travel planners joining an established travel program.

Led by seasoned Travel Planner colleagues, this seminar will offer essential takeaways and highly targeted and relevant information to set the stage for success…as well as a solid introduction to the online Jumpstart resources.

Plus – Travel Planner Exclusives offer the Jumpstart Manual and the Jumpstart Webinar Tutorials – a virtual treasure trove of webinars and documents generously shared by fellow travel planners. The Jumpstart Manual is a great resource for newcomers and for veteran travel planners that may want to update their program’s materials.

Documents are continually being updated and many new versions will be available soon!


Glean the best in current practices and details on current risk protocols with ETC’s Risk Management continuing education program.

Designed and instructed in collaboration with the industry’s leading risk management experts, this program is the most in-depth and hands on professional development training program offered by ETC.

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Educationals are two-way professional exchanges, whereby experienced nonprofit travel planners are officially invited by in-country Tourism Ministries to experience and evaluate the host destination. Planners provide specific feedback on tourism development options as well as innovative product ideas to appeal to the Educational Travel Community.

Differing from commercial industry FAM trips, the purpose of Educationals is to stimulate discussion of a host destination’s cultural and natural resources, affinity travel programming potential, and people-to-people exchanges.  Educational participants share candid feedback and impressions on all aspects of a country/region, from the level of guiding and interpretation to the standards of cultural and educational venues, as well as the quality of cuisine, hotels, and transportation.

Recommendations and conclusions are compiled into a report and submitted to the host destination. The reports are also made available to all ETC members and archived on the ETC site. These reports detail the travel planners’ experiences and visually document their touring itinerary in each country.

For more information, email us.