More than 2,000 travel industry professionals from across the U.S. and Canada have gathered at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the annual international conference hosted by Travel Leaders Network.
The five-day EDGE (Educate, Discover, Gather, Evolve) conference runs from June 12-16 and features scores of educational workshops and professional development sessions, technology showcases and captivating guest speakers.
"We are thrilled that nearly 200 of our TL Network Canada Members and suppliers will be attending our 2018 EDGE conference for four days of productive and enjoyable travel industry networking and education,” said Christine James, VP of TL Network Canada. “There will be many opportunities to meet with exceptional agents, a lot of learning and professional development into the next several days, along with some exciting entertainment and thought-provoking guest speakers.”
“2018 has been dubbed the Year of the Travel Agent and the vibrancy of the agency industry will be highlighted throughout this exceptional annual event.”
New this year is a Luxury Forum, where travel agents who are luxury specialists have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with luxury suppliers. Also new is the Hotel Marketplace, a specialty trade show where agents can interact with a huge array of hotel properties and gain in-depth knowledge on their features and latest offerings. More than 200 workshops during the conference range from topics such as marketing honeymoons and destination weddings, selling active and adventure travel, and making money selling air travel, to targeted advertising strategies for social media, effective management and leadership, and organizing successful consumer events. Among the guest speakers is Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, who will deliver the conference keynote, as well as motivational guru Stuart L. Cohen, and sales, marketing and business author Mike Marchev.
Several supplier forums during the conference will focus on topics ranging from evolving group sales throughmulti-generational/family travel, selling within the romance market, and tools for business and corporate travel sales, among many others.
Forum panelists will feature executives from tour operator companies, travel insurance providers, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and others. The sold-out trade show will feature nearly 200 exhibitors spanning a wide array of companies ranging from cruise lines, hotels, rental car and transportation companies to tourism boards, visitors bureaus and tour operators
“Our annual conference is a unique opportunity for our agents to network with the most prestigious suppliers, tour operators and companies serving the travel industry as well as share best practices in one can’t miss event,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, president of Travel Leaders Network, which has approximately 6,800 travel agency locations in North America. “EDGE is one of the many advantages of being a member of Travel Leaders Network and the participation we receive from supplier partners and others speaks volumes to the scale of business our travel agents generate and the vitality of the travel agency profession.”