TL Network’s Conference Underway, Top Agencies In Canada Honoured
Kerry Sharpe, Open Jaw
Travel Leaders (TL) Network kicked off its annual five-day EDGE conference on 12JUN at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with more than 2,000 travel industry professionals from across Canada and the U.S. in attendance.
Featuring more than 200 educational workshops, professional development sessions, technology showcases and a variety of guest speakers, new to the conference this year is a ‘Luxury Forum,’ where agents who are luxury specialists have the opportunity to meet directly with luxury suppliers. Also new this year is the Hotel Marketplace, a specialty trade show where agents can interact with an array of hotel properties.
“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 TL Network. “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.”
Approximately 200 Canadian members and suppliers are in attendance at the conference, where TL Network Canada honoured its top agencies during the 12th annual “Power of the Partnership” (POP) Awards.
“By continually putting their clients’ needs first – while also taking advantage of TL Network’s technology, tools, and valuable supplier partnerships – these Canadian travel agencies have achieved tremendous success over the past year,” said TL Network Canada vice president Christine James. “These agencies can feel extremely proud of what they have accomplished and to be singled out for this very exciting, well-deserved honour.”
The Chairman’s Awards were presented to member agencies with the highest supplier sales in 2017, while recipients of the President’s Award are member agencies with the largest supplier sales growth in 2017. The winners included:
2018 Chairman’s Award
Chairman’s Pinnacle Award – Robert Q Travel; Nancy Woodworth (London, ON)
Chairman’s Elite Award – The Destination Experts; Deanna Byrne (Windsor, NS)
Chairman’s Host Award – Centre Holidays; Carlton Montaut (Mississauga, ON)
2018 President’s Award
Sahara Travel; Dunia Alsaigh (Toronto, ON)
All In One Travel & Services Ltd; Diana Plihtiak (Edmonton, AB)
Newwest Travel; Dennis Laliberte (Edmonton, AB)
TL Network Canada also recognized the member agency with the most sales using the organization’s exclusive cruise booking tool, CruisePRO: KVI Travel; Kyle Oram (Kelowna, BC)
In addition, TL Network Canada honoured the member agency with the highest level of bookings in the Worldwide Hotel program: Custom Travel Solutions Company; Beth Gardner (Calgary, AB)
Other awards included:
2018 Top Newcomer Member of the Year: Canadian Grand Holidays; Karen Chen (Richmond, BC)
2018 Distinctive Voyager Award: Phil Doyle, KVI Travel (Kelowna, BC)
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.