A Gold Certification is for CTEs who meet our standards and show they have been planning successful trips for a minimum of a year. It’s a balance of time in business vs. number of trips, but in every case they are proven experts who have planned many trips for many travelers with great, verified, results.
Gold Certification Assessments:
All Silver Certification Assessents
Engagement Assessment: Have they been doing it for years? Do they have a track record of at least a year successful trips planned in the location? Can they share itineraries, details of the trips, customer reviews?
What does this mean to travelers?
When travelers see a Travel Beyond the Obvious certification badge next to a travel expert’s name anywhere on the web, it really says something about the Certified Travel Expert:
CTEs are real people. Our Silver and Gold assessments include over three hours of face-to-face videoconferencing. We’ve met every one of our CTEs personally. They are in our community and contribute and participate in events every month.
CTEs are legit. We take a close look at how they do business, reviewing their business practices, web site and customer data handling. Before we certify anyone we ask ourselves Would we refer business to them? Will they deliver fantastic custom trips to travelers?
CTEs are experts. We’re talking months or years spent living in a destination, traveling, exploring, finding the best out-of-the-way sites as well as smart ways to do the big tourist items.
CTEs use their expertise for every client. They craft a trip that fits the needs of each client, from solo wanderers to multi-generational reunions. They choose from a wide range of activities based on whether it fits.
CTEs do not sell travel services on commission. Many travelers have never taken a trip that was not priced based on commissions. CTEs charge fees typically by day or by traveler, and send their clients to the perfect places for them, rather than to the places that pay higher commissions back down the supply chain. Which means CTEs can create the perfect trip for each client without any conflict.