By Emily Peters
Almost a decade ago, MTravel introduced our Annual Educational Conference to our small but growing group of independent travel professionals. We boarded a ship with the intent to learn from each other, bond with our preferred supplier partners, explore a new destination and return home as savvier travel agents.
That fledgling conference has now blossomed into our most popular event of the year, a stand-out program that often represents the turning point for the many travel agency owners who attend. The years have allowed us to suss out what works, what doesn’t, and present a conference completely customized to your needs as a travel professional. With all that experience under our belt, here’s why we think MTravel’s 2017 Annual Educational Conference will be the best one yet:
Bigger than ever
MTravel prides itself on its humble beginnings. We started as a mom-and-pop travel agency and have remained family-operated (in our original location!) even as we’ve grown to a multi-million dollar organization, now part of the Corporate Travel Management family.
As we have grown, so has the sophistication of what we deliver at our conference. We’ve combined that relaxed, hometown flavor with the programs, tools, and relationships from our strong CTM partnerships. Our classroom agenda and reach are now bigger and better than ever—and our 2017 event has garnered the largest number of registrations to date, giving you access to more of the brightest minds in the travel business.
Destination: Timing is Hot
This year’s annual educational conference will feature Los Cabos, Mexico as its spotlight destination,with a 5-night stay at the new adults-only, all-inclusive Secrets Puerto Los Cabos resort and optional post-conference stay to explore more of Cabos San Lucas. The timing is perfect—as a destination, Mexico’s U.S. tourism has seen a 9% jump in 2016, with Cabo San Lucas coming in as Mexico’s second most popular destination in 2017.
Not only that, CNN Money noted that foreign visitors spent 24% more pesos in Mexico the last year—strong proof of exceptional travel experiences. It’s enough to make any savvy travel professional take notice. Nothing beats first-hand experience to capitalize on growing client interest.
Professional Development is Key
You’ve heard us say this before, but that’s because it’ll never stop being true: successful travel agencies are built on professional development.
Agents who fail to actively engage in learning new tips, tricks and best practices from other skilled professionals put themselves at a huge disadvantage. Want those upgrades and special touches for your clients? You need strong supplier relationships. Want to utilize the best tactics for handling your invoicing, taxes and itineraries? You must glean from what fellow agents have tested, tried and approved. This year’s conference will offer all of this and more in a hyper-focused agenda that promises to broaden your client base to ensure long-term stability.
So for those of you who are ready to party at MTravel’s 2017 Annual Educational Conference: we’re delighted to have you along for the ride. And if you missed the window to register—get on the waiting list. Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing you for the best one yet.
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