The Value a Travel Professional Adds

How does a travel professional add value to the travel experience?A travel consultant can add “good value” to the travel experience by delivering excellent customer service. Wikipedia defines customer service as “the provision of service to customers before, during, and after a purchase.” Customer service involves a series of activities tailored to enhance the level of customer satisfaction, by giving the customer the feeling that the service or product has met their expectations.So how does a travel professional do this? According to a survey by the I.B.M. Institute for Business Value, more than 2,000 travelers worldwide spend more than five hours to search and book travel online. Rather than dallying away in the time-consuming activity of planning on your own, a travel professional can help you gain more “value in time” and much less head spinning.When it comes to booking travel, a common misconception of travelers today is that everything is cheaper on the Internet. What most travelers do not realize is that “cheaper” does not always mean good “value”. There are some who enjoy the activity of researching, but with all the information out there on the World Wide Web, how can you feel confident that you are getting the best value for your money? Ask a travel consultant. A travel professional is specialized in certain destinations, can share their own travel experiences, and offer invaluable insider advice.Travel consultants understand the skepticism new clients may have about whether a travel professional can do any better or find opportunities that excite them. There was a time when they were booking their own travel online too. Travel professionals have working relationships with different suppliers and these connections are just another way their service adds value to the travel experience. They can suggest special experiences that you cannot easily get on your own. This value translates to lower prices, complimentary upgrades, bonus amenities when traveling and other good things down the line, even after booking.The difference between using a travel professional versus booking on an online search engine is the value of personalized attention. A good travel professional is easily accessible before, during, and even after the booking process. When something goes wrong, you have someone to call who can get the problem resolved for you. Whereas if you simply click-and-book online, there is no one to call to help you; you are basically on your own. A travel consultant provides the security of an expert who you can depend on in case of any inconvenience or disaster.A good travel professional has the ability to understand what is important to you, he/she listens, pays attention to the details, and anticipates what you want before you even know you want it. He/she can create a one-of-a-kind vacation plan for you based on your own wants and desires.Although there is a small fee to use an expert, the service a good travel professional delivers is invaluable. As humans we want to feel special; to be taken care of; to feel “good”. A good travel professional connects with the emotional part of us that is excited to travel, and with their expertise, they can draft the vacation of your dreams and exceeding your expectations before, during, and after your trip.Bon Voyage!

Computer Art Education

Computers are being used in various educational fields. People consider them fine mediums to impart knowledge. Computers are successfully applied in art education. There are many art institutes related to fashion, culinary skills, design and media arts that totally depend on the use of computers. Instructors consider them to be convenient, economical and interesting mediums.There are colleges and institutes that offer courses to introduce students to computer applications in the field of art education. They emphasize on the use of the Internet as a communication and learning tool. Internet is also considered a creative art medium and a professional resource. Computer art education helps them to explore the use of digital-imaging hardware and software for individual creative expression. There are courses that teach ways to integrate the Internet and computer technology into school art programs.Computer art education reflects the conviction that the computer is a tool that requires creative thinking and purpose in order to use it effectively. At the completion of the course, pre-service art education students are able to use digital imaging software and hardware, to create 2-D computer art and graphics in their chosen fields.Students learn to incorporate text and graphics in electronic documents, for creative and instructional purposes. They produce computer animation and multimedia documents with the use of application software. The software is used as a communication tool, a creative medium and a professional resource.Students learn applications of digital technologies in the field of art and art education. The technology can also be used for aesthetic, ethical and legal issues related to the use of digital technology in the visual arts and art education. There are a variety of instructional methods including, lectures, demonstrations, mutual learning and projects. Computer art education enables students to get actively involved in the learning process.

Ceramic Art Education Project – Unique Jack-O-Lanterns

When it comes to Halloween, nothing is a more traditional must have decoration than a jack-o-lantern. On Halloween night, those houses that are passing out tricks and treats are most likely going to have a brightly lit jack-o-lantern sitting on their front porch. If you are interested in having a jack-o-lantern that you don’t have to carve every year, consider making your own unique jack-o-lantern out of clay.Making a jack-o-lantern out of a lump of clay is going to take some time and skill. The first thing you will probably need to do is plop your wet clay onto one of your Brent pottery wheels and turn it on. While the clay is spinning, work your magic to turn that lump of shapeless clay into a big bowl. The beauty of making a clay jack-o-lantern is that it does not have to be perfect. Nobody has ever seen a perfect pumpkin, so yours doesn’t have to be the first. If your shape is a little lopsided, too tall or too short, it will make a perfect jack-o-lantern.Once you have your basic bowl shape it is time to start the pumpkin transformation. The easiest thing to do is to try to make a pumpkin and then carve out the face for the jack-o-lantern. Your best bet in transforming your bowl into a pumpkin will be to let the intuition from your ceramic art education takeover. You will probably want to let your clay air dry for a short while, until it is still easily manipulated, but won’t buckle under a slight touch. Work the sides of your bowl to make little indentations that run up and down to form the texture that the side of the pumpkin has.After you are finished with the sides it is time to add a stem on top. Have some fun with this to give your piece some personality. Add a little curve and length to the stem will add a dramatic look. Your next step is to carve out the face of the jack-o-lantern. You might want to draw several different ideas on paper before committing them to your hard work. Use a small knife to cut out whatever shapes you want. When you are finished cutting it is time to add some orange glaze and put your piece in a ceramic kiln. After firing, your unique jack-o-lantern will be something that you can proudly display each and every Halloween night!