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ASTA forum will learn from the youn

A select group of ASTA’s Young Professionals Society (YPS) have been asked to take part in a panel discussion during the society’s upcoming Hawaii Leadership Forum (May 24). Douglas Quinby, senior director of research for PhoCusWright, will lead the discussion that will give the young travel agents an opportunity to share their perspective on the state of the travel agency industry and provide those attending a look at tomorrow’s travel professional. The Hawaii Leadership Forum will highlight some of the issues facing the Hawaii tourism sector and it brings together top tourism leaders, destination marketers, hoteliers, attractions and government officials. The event coincides with the YPS members-only retreat (O’ahu, Hawaii, May 20-25). Beyond the Hawaii Leadership Forum, 24 YPS retreat participants will take part in Hawaii’s O’ahu Master Specialist Program, which provides comprehensive on-island training to ensure that upon their return home these travel agents have the knowledge and tools to sell Oahu as an expert. YPS president, Jason Coleman observed that “these events are tremendous opportunities for today’s young professional to not only learn best practices from industry leaders but to share our unique perspective in the industry and its future.” ASTA CEO, Tony Gonchar said that “ASTA is committed to furthering the growth of the travel agency community through programs such as ASTA Young Professionals Society and other joint-industry initiatives. We want to ensure that today’s new travel agents are positioned to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

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