Tour and activities consolidator Project Expedition is running a Travel Advisor Choice Awards contest after soliciting inspirational stories showcasing how advisors have risen to the occasion during the pandemic. The contest is open for voting now. Winners, who can receive a variety of prizes, will be chosen Dec. 9.
According to Rob Keen, Project Expedition's co-founder, the project's goal is to support the advisor community and end the year on a positive note.
In September, Project Expedition asked its travel advisor partners, numbering more than 10,000 in the U.S. and Canada, to submit their stories. The team chose the top 10, and now, winners will be chosen by popular vote.
The finalists' stories are available to read online.
For instance, Joanne MacDonald, owner of Jomac Travel in Alberta, Canada, wrote about her weekly Zoom session, "We Can Still Dream," started in May. It has provided her clients with an escape from reality, she said; MacDonald has also welcomed other advisors and their clients.
Julie Rodgers, owner of Memory Makers Travel in Odessa, Fla., wrote about her decision to leave the corporate world for travel, then finding herself with zero income when the pandemic hit. She spent time training and promoting other local small businesses on her Facebook page. Slowly, her business has taken off, and she's since brought on her sister as an agent.
Mark Elie, president of K&E Travel in Wellington, Fla., wrote about helping his local community by helping feed more than 1,000 families, and starting a Facebook page for local restaurants, Socially Distanced Supper Club, that now has a reach of more than 50,000.
Prizes vary from commission bonuses to prizes from supplier partners, ranging from a London day trip valued at $100 to a three-day tour of England and Wales or Scotland, valued at around $1,200.