Uniglobe West Tells Members To Reach For The Top

with B.A.

Hank Oostveen, V.P. - Supplier & Agency Relations & Irv Wight, President, Uniglobe Travel Western Canada

Julie Connaghan, Uniglobe Sunburst Travel; Mavis Lau, MSC Cruises; Diana Di Leta, Uniglobe Sunburst Travel; Suzanne Whyte & Eileen Henderson, Uniglobe Alliance Travel; Tina Perison, Uniglobe Sunburst Travel & Christina Peterson, Uniglobe Alliance Travel

The Mexico Tourism Board's Rodrigo Acosta Gomez & Rodrigo Esponda flank Elizabeth Obodzinski & Marlene McGinnis, Uniglobe One Travel, Calgary

Delegates took the opportunity to sample the wine offerings from Signorello Estate

Walking into the 2015 Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada) Spring Conference, it was apparent that everyone was in jolly spirits. Perhaps it was due to the beautiful sunny weather. But I reckon that it was possibly Irv Wight, President, Uniglobe Travel (Western Canada)'s keynote address that resulted in the positive atmosphere.

During his breakfast speech, Wight, encouraged delegates to reach for the top (which is the theme of this year's conference), telling them that they can do anything as long as they motivate themselves, continue to provide the human experience and pay attention to details. “Reaching for the top is the name of the game," he said.

Held at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, this year's edition saw 210 members in attendance. At the over-subscribed trade show segment, delegates got up to speed on supplier news. A new exhibitor this year was Signorello Estate from Napa Valley, making it the first time a winery has participated here. And of course, they brought along their wines which delegates were only too happy to test.

The conference is also the time of the year to fete top Uniglobe performers. Among them, Linda Duffy-Cook, Uniglobe One Travel (Calgary) who was named “Agent of the Year." The “Franchise Owner of the Year" award went to Doug & Diane Revell from Uniglobe Specialty in Vancouver.

For something different this year, organizers created the “Passport Challenge", their own version of the popular reality show, “The Amazing Race". On a warm Saturday afternoon, about 180 participants in teams of 7 or 8, set out to solve challenges and answer participating supplier-based questions. Travelling via the Canada Line train, the clues led to various sites in Vancouver and Richmond. Besides having fun, it's a good opportunity to educate participants on supplier content, explained Uniglobe's Hank Oostveen, V.P. -Supplier & Agency Relations. Plus, it allowed members to learn about and see the new developments at YVR such as the new concourses and even check out the Plaza Premium Lounge. This app-based challenge was managed by Canadian Outback Adventures who also were behind the previous evening's game and learning experience on Mexico.

Amid the festivities, members shopped the Silent Auction raising donations to the Laurie Radloff Foundation in support of projects with Plan Canada.

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