From left to right: Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben, Nexion president Jackie Friedman and Travel Leaders Group chairman Michael Batt // © 2012 nexion
Host agency Nexion announced at its recent annual conference, CoNexion 2012, that it is focused on recruiting the next generation of travel agents, referred to by the company as the Nexion Generation. The pool of eligible new recruits ranges from recent college graduates to career changers and experienced agents.
“We’re always looking for qualified individuals who are enthusiastic about traveling and the travel industry,” said Nexion president Jackie Friedman. “At Nexion, we provide a multitude of specialized programs, tools and resources to turn passionate people into successful, profitable travel professionals.”
In a recent survey, Nexion found that a majority of respondents (66.4 percent) made a career change to become travel agency owners. It also found that, while a handful of its agents are recent college graduates and about 7 percent are in their 30s, almost 80 percent of agents surveyed are over age 40. Of those, roughly 27 percent are either retired or semi-retired from another profession.
For its newer travel agents, Nexion has launched a peer mentoring program, Agents Connecting Together. The program’s purpose is to allow travel agents to capitalize on their shared talents and business knowledge with the goal of boosting profits across Nexion’s agent population. The program is open to all Nexion agents who are interested in being either mentors or mentees. www.nexion.com