YTP: The Future Of The Travel Industry?
Young Travel Professionals opens Vancouver chapter; HelloWestTravel.com checks it out
12-18-2013 By: Amanda Stutt
Young Travel Professionals (YTP) has officially launched a Vancouver chapter - the first in Canada.
Other YTP chapters are thriving in London, England, New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, and the organization has been featured in several travel magazines in the U.S.
YTP has been gaining notoriety in the social media stratosphere, with a fully integrated website touting the tagline 'We are the future of the travel industry,' in addition to a Facebook page that has garnered nearly 800 likes since its launch this year, which links all five chapters and showcases their events.
Last night YTP hosted its monthly networking event at the OPUS hotel in Vancouver's Yaletown district, the third since the official launch in October that was attended by more than 50 young travel professionals.
HelloWestTravel.com spoke with YTP Vancouver president Jessica Renshaw of Renshaw Travel to hear more about the organization, and plans for growth in Vancouver.
The YTP concept originated in New York, founded by a group of young travel agents who met on a FAM trip in Southeast Asia, she explained.
Renshaw met members of the other YTP chapters at Virtuoso's Travel Week in Las Vegas this year, and that's when she decided to form a Vancouver chapter, with help from her sister Carly Renshaw, Nathan Fischer, formerly of Rocky Mountaineer, and Colin Simpson from Mason Horvath.
"It sparked their interest to create group where young travel professionals could get together and build relationships and network in the city," she said.
The same concept is at play with the newly formed Vancouver chapter.
Renshaw said that YTP doesn't have a set age range criteria that classifies 'young.'
"At YTP, 'young' is a mindset; we are inclusive and we absolutely don't turn anyone away."
"There's people from all stages of their career, we've got people from tourism college who are unsure and don't know what direction to go, and we've got people who are new to the travel industry, and are in the hotel industry, or they are travel advisors or they work for the airlines."
YTP is a non-affiliated organization with no sponsorships or membership fees. It also has a mentorship program that caters to for young professionals starting their careers, and seasoned
travel professionals looking for younger trainees.
"Everyone is welcome and everyone has something to learn," she said. "For those looking to gain insight into the industry, we can pair them with a mentor who has been in for years."
Travel professionals of all ages looking for either a mentor, or a mentee to advise, train or counsel can connect via YTP by filling out an application for either role.
"We pair them up based on what industry they are in and what their passion is," Renshaw said.
"I've had e-mails from people saying, 'Thank you for doing this, Vancouver really needs a community like this,'" she added.
The next YTP networking event will be held Jan. 21. For venue details, visit our events calendar.
For more information, go to youngtravelprofessionals.com.