Applications are now being accepted for Travel Weekly and TravelAge West's annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) and Global Travel Marketplace West.
GTM and GTM West are boutique events that give pre-approved travel advisors the opportunity to meet new suppliers, build upon relationships with suppliers they already know and network with peers. Last year, 100% of travel advisors at both events said they would highly recommend attending to a colleague.
GTM West will be held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., May 2 through 4; GTM takes place at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla., July 31 through Aug. 2.
A limited number of top-performing advisors are invited to participate: 100 to 125 for GTM and 100 for GTM West. Advisors must have $1 million in annual sales to qualify for GTM and $800,000 in annual sales for GTM West. Or, a participant can be an owner of a multimillion-dollar agency who actively books travel. All attendees must have the authority to make product and partner decisions.
Advisors are fully hosted, receiving roundtrip air, a three-night hotel stay, meals, networking opportunities and invitations to events.
"GTM continues to attract the best in the business each year. These are serious travel professionals looking to grow, change and build relationships," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, senior vice president of events for the Travel Group at Northstar Travel Group, the parent company of Travel Weekly and TravelAge West.
"We're excited to see what this year brings and the connections that will form as a result of the incomparable networking opportunities at GTM."
Each event includes two days of one-on-one, scheduled meetings. Advisors have up to 50 one-on-one meetings, each of which lasts 6 minutes. Advisors also participate in a number of boardroom presentations, in which suppliers meet with roughly a dozen advisors in a collaborative and interactive environment.
GTM West is for travel advisors 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.
GTM is a national event, accepting advisors from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Advisors can apply at www.globaltravelmarketplace.com. The next step is a one-on-one telephone interview.
Attendees have said they see results almost immediately in their sales, and they gain confidence in selling new types of suppliers. "My goal when attending GTM was to break out of my comfort zone and start selling the world," said Kristy Mosolino of Wishes Travel. "Since the event, I've put together quotes for Costa Rica, Belize, Singapore, Italy, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, St. Lucia, Africa and a large number of cruises.
"And my agency is benefitting from these new supplier contacts and relationships as well, having sold all-inclusives, ski vacations, Hawaii, and more."
Supplier opportunities are selling out. 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.