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Virtuoso brings its high-level recruitment program to Australia

The program, already successfully in operation in the U.S., is designed to help member agencies fill staffing shortages.

Australia is the second region to adopt the Virtuoso Advisor Recruitment Program.

At a time when finding quality staff is at a premium, a new recruitment program could help travel agencies source the talent they need.

Virtuoso has announced it is bringing its Advisor Recruitment Program (ARP) to Australia following a successful debut in the United States. Some 22 regional members have already confirmed their participation in the program.

“Early participation from nearly two dozen of our regional members is a great indicator that the program will mirror the successful outcome seen in the U.S. thus far and aid agencies in growing their businesses by bringing in quality talent,” said Virtuoso General Manager, Australia, Fiona Dalton.

The ARP is designed to assist member agencies that are experiencing talent shortages to connect with and hire qualified luxury travel advisors from outside the Virtuoso network.

This includes those who are newer to the industry or small agencies looking for a host.

Virtuoso agents recently gathered with Preferred suppliers at a local On Tour event.

Applications go into Virtuoso’s database, where technology matches participating member agencies with aspiring applicants based on respective needs, niches and available job openings.

“We’re thrilled to launch Virtuoso’s Advisor Recruitment Program in Australia as a resource for our members to recruit talent at a time when the demand for professional travel advisors is ever-increasing,” Dalton added.

All advisors hired via the initiative are required to complete the Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor (VCTA) course, a qualification designed to fast-track the development of those who are new to the travel advising profession.

VCTA also serves as a resource for experienced advisors who recently joined the Virtuoso network, as it lays the groundwork for establishing a solid career path in the luxury travel market segment. VCTA graduates sell an average of 83 percent more than their peers.

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Written by: Jon Underwood

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