TL Network’s EDGE conference underway in Washington

Travel Leaders Network’s sold out International EDGE Conference is now underway at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in the greater Washington, DC.

Travel Leaders Network’s Leaders Alliances program continues to experience a high rate of popularity among members, with applications surging and a new Alliance being unveiled in 2024.

Leaders Alliances are specialty groups of like-minded travel advisors and agency owners, strategically constructed with revenue growth in mind. And right now, more than 500 top TLN members are part of a Leaders Alliance. Currently, there are four Leaders Alliances: Luxury Leaders Alliance and the Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Leaders Alliance. TLN also features two
communities with membership available at the agency owner level: theIndependent Advisor Networks (IAN) Leaders Alliance — for agencies that feature a minimum of 40 independent contractors; and the Technology Leaders Alliance, which provides additional peer-to-peer networking opportunities for technology-minded agency owners.

“In a network as large as ours, there is a need for smaller, curated groups,” said Roger E. Block, president, Travel Leaders Network. “Although our acceptance rate into a Leaders Alliance is based on various criteria and experience, the members of the Leaders Alliances make valuable connections with supplier partners, TLN staff and their fellow Leaders Alliance members. One of the best parts of the Leaders Alliances is the camaraderie and watching members eagerly share their knowledge and support each other.”

New for 2024

In Q4 2024, Travel Leaders Network will launch a new Leaders Alliance based on the interest in TLN’s Specialist Certifications and overall sales among members: the Active & Adventure Leaders Alliance.

Agency owners will be able to nominate prospective members later this year, and a full range of programming will become available at that time.

On the heels of TLN’s most successful year, the company continues to fuel revenue growth across leisure cruise and land partnerships. Contemporary cruise leads in growth, given the capacity increases offered by the remarkable new ship builds inspiring fresh demand. This is closely followed by river and luxury cruise segments, both of which continue to yield double digit revenue growth and lucrative advisor commissions. Land business, particularly all-inclusive and FIT Europe, is performing nicely with close-in summer and fall vacation inquiries.

International partnerships underway

On the destinations side, TLN continues to forge new partnerships, establishing and expanding agreements with Australia (the winner of TLN’s Destination Partner of the Year POP Award), Germany, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Great Britain, South Africa, Korea, Costa Rica, Belize, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Jordan, Qatar, AlUla in Saudi Arabia, and more to come. These destinations offer exclusive education and fam opportunities to TLN members.

Training, sales support and marketing are three key pillars within each of the preferred supplier partnerships. This has led Travel Leaders Network to introduce TLN Academy, a multi-year program giving carefully chosen participants the chance to become true experts in particular destinations.

The hotel division provides valuable support to members through exclusive value-added amenity programs and offers, including SELECT Hotels & Resorts, CURATED Hotels & Resorts and Worldwide Hotels & Resorts. These programs reward clients with bonus services and experiences, and they reward TLN members by enhancing both commissions and client loyalty.

While TLN members have access to the new SNAP tool to book air, there are also several other air programs available to them. Associates can become an air branch of Travel Leaders Group and Affiliate members have several options for air
programs to gain access to preferred supplier agreements. All TLN members have access to air consolidator programs and the private jet service ALTOUR Air.

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