Applications are now being accepted for Travel Weekly's annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) and Global Travel Marketplace West.
GTM and GTM West are boutique events that give pre-approved travel advisers the opportunity to meet new suppliers, build upon relationships with suppliers they already know and network with peers.
GTM West will be held at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas May 15 through 17; GTM takes place at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla., July 12 through 14.
A limited number of top-performing advisers are invited to participate: 100 to 125 at GTM and 100 at GTM West. Advisers must have $1 million in annual sales to qualify for GTM, and $800,000 in annual sales for GTM West. A participant can also be an owner of a multimillion-dollar agency who actively books travel. All attendees must have the authority to make product and partner decisions.
"The GTM events have had a positive impact on so many travel businesses since their inception," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, senior vice president of events for the Travel Group division of Northstar Travel Group, which produces the conferences. "Those who attend have seen great success from the peer/peer relationships and agency/supplier relationships forged here. We are so excited to open applications and welcome another group of dedicated and motivated travel advisers to the GTM family."
Northstar Travel Group also is the parent company of Travel Weekly.
Each event includes two days of one-on-one, scheduled meetings. Advisers have up to 50 one-on-one meetings, each of which lasts 6 minutes. Advisers also participate in a number of boardroom presentations, in which suppliers meet with roughly a dozen agents in a collaborative and interactive environment. Select advisers are fully hosted and receive roundtrip air, a three-night hotel stay, meals, networking opportunities and invitations to events.
GTM is a national event and accepts agents from across the U.S. and Canada. GTM West, meanwhile, is open to travel advisers from the western half of North America: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Advisers can apply at www.globaltravelmarketplace.com. The next step is a one-on-one telephone interview.
Both agents and suppliers reported tremendous success after last year's events.
"GTM is unparalleled to any travel industry event," said Sally Black of Vacationkids. "It is an honor and a privilege to be able to rub shoulders with the 'best of the best' on both sides of the appointment tables. Attending GTM has probably been the leading reason for our increased sales this past year."
Deciding to take the time away from the office is always a challenge, but GTM attendees say it is worth the effort. "I have been able to implement the most practical and lucrative changes to my business," said Lisa Plan Fussell of Allure Travel. "I gained so many ideas, connections, and networking during GTM's three days. It's the most beneficial event to a go-getter that is truly in love with the travel industry."
Supplier opportunities are selling out. All meal functions and boardrooms are sold out, but a limited number of appointment slots are available for each event. For supplier inquiries, please contact Emmy Morales at [email protected] or (201) 902-1951.