Local Travel Professional Earns Certification from The Travel Institute

Staff Report

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Michael Graham, CTIE®, of MGA Travel in Myrtle Beach, recently earned the distinguished Certified Travel Industry Executive, or CTIE, designation from The Travel Institute, the travel industry’s benchmark for educational excellence and the only travel organization offering certification for travel professionals’ varying levels of expertise. 

“Earning my elite certification status not only demonstrates my commitment to life-long learning, but also a commitment to my clients who will be better served because of my increased knowledge and skills,” said Graham.

The Certified Travel Industry Executive, CTIE®, designation is awarded by The Travel Institute to travel professionals who complete a rigorous training program, including closed-book, proctor-administered testing, to demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience and the highest standards of travel professionalism. In addition, CTIEs are required to fulfill stringent continuing education requirements each year.

The CTIE course focuses on the critical skills that today’s leaders need to succeed, including emotional intelligence, teambuilding, negotiating, and coping with change.

Michael Graham has been a Travel Investment Advisor for 7 years and has sent more than 3200 clients on vacation experiences around the world. He specializes in luxury and groups, and is a nationally known top producer with many travel brands.   Graham's other professional recognitions include the VTA certification from ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors, of which he is also a long standing member. 

MGA Travel has been located in Myrtle Beach for 7 years and employs 6 professional travel counselors. MGA Travel is also the producer of the annual Cruise & Travel Expo at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

To learn more about MGA Travel and how Michael can help with travel plans, call 843-279-0310 or visit www.mgatravel.com.  Digital credentials: www.thetravelinstitute.com/agent/38674/