Further to last week’s announcement that Vacation.com and United States-based Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel are formally combining to become TL Network, the travel organization announced today that Canadian operations will be led by longtime Vacation.com vice-president Christine James.
James now reports directly to its president Roger Block, CTC, formerly president of US-based Travel Leaders Franchise Group, who in turn reports directly to John Lovell, CTC, president of US-based Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group.
“In Canada, our overriding focus is always based on delivering an even greater return on our Vacation.com members’ changing and evolving needs,” said James. “While we are joining forces with two other brands that have not been part of the Canadian landscape, the incredible might that they offer – including innovative business travel solutions, education and training, technology and so much more – will ultimately make our offering to the growing number of existing Vacation.com Canada members more attractive. With a stronger value proposition as TL Network, we are confident that the agencies we serve can more effectively compete both within and beyond the traditional travel agency space.”
With more than $22 billion in annual sales volume, TL Network is comprised of more than one third of North America’s leading travel agencies and is now the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. TL Network Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Travel Leaders Network LLC, which is a Travel Leaders Group LLC company. All of the participating agencies that previously belonged to either Travel Leaders Franchise Group (Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel) or Vacation.com were notified on Aug. 16 that they continue to be members within TL Network.
The new TL Network will continue to offer varying levels of participation. Apart from the combined organization’s new name, participating agencies will see few changes before 2017.