Entrepreneurs-turned-agents rise at GTM West

By Emma Weissmann /
The Global Travel Marketplace West kicked off Thursday at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, where 100 top-producing advisers and 102 suppliers convened for the fourth annual event. Here, John Diorio of the Mark Travel Corporation and a colleague have a little fun during their meeting with Samarah Meil of Amarillo Travel Network.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>Val Day of International House of Travel, Yolanda Trujillo of Melia Hotels International, Sarah Perez of Melia Hotels International and Lisa Brasgalla of Vows of Paradise - Travel at the welcome reception, which was sponsored by Marriott International.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>From left: Wayne Peyreau of MSC Cruises, Robert Papkin of Bob's Ultimate Travel and Joe Jiffo of MSC Cruises at GTM West's welcome reception.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>Patty Donovon, director of sales for the Chateau at Lake La Quinta in La Quinta, Calif., chats with Heather Dudick, senior account executive for passenger sales for Alaska Railroad, at the welcome reception.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>One hundred top-producing advisers from the western U.S. and Canada and 102 suppliers convened at the Westin Lake Las Vegas.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>A server at the GTM West cocktail party.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>Mary Pat Sullivan and Alicia Evanko-Lewis lead an orientation session on May 18.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>GTM West advisors attend an orientation session at the Westin Lake Las Vegas on May 18.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Emma Weissmann</strong>Attendees check in to GTM West at the Welcome Parlor, sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>Sarah Perez of Melia Hotels International presents to a small group of agents during one of GTM West's signature Boardroom sessions.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>Marco Franco of Visitflanders meets with Jill Smith of Moonlight Travel during a 6-minute, one-on-one appointment.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>Tourism Ireland and its partners educate and entertain GTM West attendees during Friday's lunch.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>GTM West attendees and staff enjoy cocktail hour on the High Roller followed by dinner and entertainment at Virgil's BBQ during an evening sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.<br /><br /><strong>Photo Credit: Jim Harris</strong>