Earn Money Selling PADI Travel’s Dive Vacations

In the digital age, the old ways of doing business have been broadsided by a barrage of internet-savvy business models that have turned the world of commerce upside down. Among these are affiliate programs. Simply put, affiliate programs (sometimes called associate programs) are business arrangements in which an online merchant pays affiliates commissions to send them traffic or referrals that result in a sale. There are always three parties in this arrangement: the customer, the affiliate and the merchant. These affiliate sites traditionally post links to the merchant site and are paid according to a particular agreement.

Now, as the all-new PADI Travel™ Affiliate Program rolls out, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are poised to take part in a growing digital marketing presence that stands to significantly raise the bar for how dive travel is sold. PADI® Members who’ve been on board with their own dive travel agencies get the concept. If selling dive travel is relatively new for you, look at the PADI Travel Affiliate Program and learn more about how it could transform your business and give you access to a brand new marketplace for your divers.

Key Benefits of the PADI Travel Affiliate Program

  • Commission: As a PADI Travel Affiliate, you can sell anything offered by PADI Travel and earn a commission. You even earn a commission for directly referring clients – if they book a trip, you get a commission.
  • Instore Sales: Once a diver you refer to PADI Travel books, PADI Travel will send them back to your store so you can provide further training or fulfill equipment needs.
  • Group Trips and Charters: receive unbeatable service, expert advice, group discounts, extra spots, dive show specials and free diver protection insurance when you book your group trips through PADI Travel. With a 24/7 customer support team, PADI Travel ensures your groups come back to you next time to book their vacation. The upcoming PADI Travel marketplace will even allow you to fill unbooked spots on your group trips.

You get full marketing support from the PADI Travel team. This includes training guides, webinars and POS (point of sale) materials including posters and business cards that really gear you up to maximize the revenue you can earn through the PADI Travel Affiliate Program. All your POS material is personalized with your unique tracking codes. If one of your customers takes a business card, logs on at home and makes a booking, you earn your commission.

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PADI Travel Can Boost Your Business – Whether You Already Sell Travel or Not

  • Already Succesfully Selling Travel?

For those with in-house travel agencies, you now have access to the largest inventory of bookable scuba diving properties in the world – 400 and growing. Access new markets, new territories and new locations – all backed by incredible PADI Travel customer service – and earn new revenue.

  • Not Yet Selling Travel?

If you don’t already sell travel, now is the time to bolster your revenue – start today. You earn attractive commission on every diver you point towards PADI Travel. You don’t even need to organize a trip – just connect your customers with PADI Travel. All affiliates are provided tracking codes to automatically associate your customers with your account. This triggers a commission payment once the customer has made an independent booking.

Ready to take advantage of the PADI Travel Affiliate program? You can register here.

Successful Promotion of Group Dive Travel

Want some tips on how to plan, organize and market the best group trips for your divers? Here’s the first of eight tips to help. Keep an eye out for more here shortly:

Destination

Where do your customers want to go? Somewhere far-flung and exotic or closer to home? Are they into marine life or are they more interested in wreck diving?

Distant, exotic destinations may require higher budgets. So, you’ll want to determine if your divers are willing to pay a premium for an unforgettable experience. If not, you may have to consider a closer or more affordable destination.

Keep in mind that the seasons strongly influence dive conditions and marine life sightings, so a suitable destination in June may not be so suitable in September.

You should consider all these questions when choosing your destination to make sure the trip is a good fit and your divers are excited about it.

One of the best ways to determine what your divers are interested in, where they want to go and even how much they’re willing to spend is to ask them. Survey your diver database to make sure you’re putting trips on the calendar that cater to their needs and interests.

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Not a PADI Travel™ Affiliate yet? You can learn about the benefits and how to grow your business leveraging travel or activate your Affiliate account now.

Leveraging PADI Travel™ for Your Group Trips

You already know that travel and scuba diving go hand in hand. You probably also know that the majority of scuba divers will take multiple international dive trips during their lifetimes. Using this fact to your advantage and offering group travel opportunities to your customers can spell success for your business.

Benefits of Organizing Group Trips

Embedding travel into your business is a proven way to engage new divers and to keep certified divers active. The promise of getting to use new skills and explore new places encourages divers to enroll in more courses and buy more equipment. Successful PADI Dive Centers sell group trips to fascinating scuba diving destinations to leverage their customers’ desire for adventure. Group trips fuel engagement by building a community of travelers who are loyal to your business. This makes dive travel a win-win for everyone involved.

Why Organize Group Trips Through PADI Travel?

Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to booking group travel. Partner with PADI Travel for your trips and get access to:

• Unbeatable group discounts – PADI Travel offers the best prices and terms around. As a global, wholesale travel agency with significant reach and purchasing power, PADI Travel is able to pass on competitive rates and terms to you when you book group trips. You have access to unbeatable group discounts (a.k.a. commissions) through PADI Travel that you can decide to pass on to your customers or to increase your margins.

• Special deals – The PADI Travel team negotiates special deals that may include anything from free enriched air nitrox fills to significant overall discounts. You can save big by securing available special offers on your next trip.

• Extra spots – One of our most popular promotions for group trips booked through PADI Travel is extra spots. Sometimes there are free cabins, rooms, equipment or other special terms for large group bookings. Again, you can decide how to manage these extras – increase your margins or pass spots on to your customers or staff.

• Diver medical insurance – Every diver in your group will benefit from the complementary diver medical insurance offered with each booking. This means reduced extra costs and more savings for your group.

Additional Benefits

If you end up with unfilled spots on your trip, PADI Travel can help you fill them. The future PADI Travel Marketplace will have global reach and help divers connect with you in order to fill your trips.

As an added benefit, PADI Travel acts as your personal tour operator. If any problems should arise prior to departure or after your customers are on the ground, the PADI Travel team will be in charge of handling issues. The 24/7 world-class customer support team is on hand not only to help you organize and fine tune your group trip, but also to deal with any problems or questions that may occur at any point. This essentially removes many of the hassles associated with organizing travel and reduces your personal workload.

You also can take advantage of the PADI Travel team of scuba travel experts to improve your knowledge of the world’s top dive destinations. Use this information to advise customers and increase your bookings. PADI Travel can help you organize, market and run successful group trips across the globe. Simply ask for a nonbinding quote the next time you organize a trip and discover new ways to thrill your customers.

Grow Your Business with the New PADI Travel Affiliate Program for PADI Dive Centers

The PADI Travel™ Affiliate Program – a benefit for all PADI Dive Centers – is now available.

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Divers want to swim with beautiful fish, see colorful reefs and explore unique underwater environments. Travel is a proven way to keep them engaged, active and, ultimately, have them continue their education and invest in dive equipment.

In January, PADI Travel™ launched with the goals of growing the dive industry and keeping divers more engaged and active. Today marks the launch of the new PADI Travel Affiliate Program as a powerful new service for you to grow your business.

The Travel Affiliate Program enables you to earn generous commissions by referring divers to PADI Travel. It increases your in-store sales by driving more divers to your store and helps you become even more successful with group trips.

Learn more about the program and activate your account today on affiliates.padi.com.