Travel Agent Appreciation

TLN Is Building A Bridge To The Future

Travel Leaders Network (TLN) welcomed a record number of travel industry professionals to its three-day, virtual Bridge to the Future event being held this week.

The event, featuring workshops, professional development sessions, keynote addresses and more, was a first for TLN and registered 4,000 travel industry professionals from around the world.

John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Group, observed that he was impressed by the “quality and spirit” of the group’s members attending Bridge to the Future, describing those members as “shining examples of resilience, grace and determination.”

Travel Leaders Network president, Roger E. Block explained that: “Bridge to the Future was conceived as an alternative networking and educational event to fill the gap between EDGE 2019 and EDGE 2021 after the pandemic impacted our ability to have EDGE 2020 as an in-person event.”

He continued: “Our agency owners and frontline advisors expressed a desire for an opportunity to come together and learn best practices from each other and industry experts as they seek information and tools on how best to grow and market their business as we deal with a global pandemic impacting the global travel industry. That we have nearly 4,000 attending speaks to the need this virtual conference addresses.”

During the three-day event (which is running from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 this week), travel agency owners and frontline advisors across leisure and corporate specialties will engage in networking and industry information sessions, including four General Sessions, 24 workshops, an Experience Room to learn more about Travel Leaders Network’s programs and services, and an Exhibitor Showcase with suppliers.

Said Lovell: “Our advisors will be able to connect with approximately 100 supplier partners who are participating in the Exhibitor Showcase.”

He continued: “We are grateful that top cruise, hotel, tour, air, insurance and car partners, represented by supplier presidents, vice presidents and other VIPs, will use this virtual forum to meet with our members. It is important that our advisors hear updates directly from the suppliers given how frequently circumstances can change as we all best determine how to meet the needs of the traveling public during a pandemic.”

Robyn Benincasa, CNN Hero and Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker, will be the keynote speaker.

Additionally, some of the workshop topics for attendees, include:

  • Advising in the COVID Environment Today
  • Vendor Risk Management 101 for Travel Management Companies
  • Agency Mergers and Acquisitions in the COVID Era
  • How to Avoid Legal Liability to Clients in the COVID Era
  • Managing Your Business with Radical Change
  • Forecasting Revenue – For Business Owners
  • Corporate Traveler Health and Well-Being

Block pointed out that: “We have packed an incredible amount of learning, professional development and networking opportunities into these three days, but we also look forward to the day that we can network in person.”

And because Bridge to the Future is a virtual event, Travel Leaders Network advisors who have not yet registered for the conference may still do so.

All member registrants will receive access to watch recordings of the workshops and key sessions through Nov. 1, 2020.

Watch for more on Travel Leaders Network’s Bridge to the Future event in upcoming issues of Press Today.

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