The Millennials of Travel

New career development and networking organization focuses on young professionals By: Skye Mayring
The leadership team of Millennials in Travel // © 2013
The leadership team of Millennials in Travel // © 2013

On Feb. 21, Millennials in Travel (MIT) — a career development and networking organization for young professionals in the travel industry — officially launched with an event at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif. In attendance were approximately 75 representatives from travel agencies, tour operators, cruise lines, hotels, tourism boards, consortia, airlines, travel publications and travel marketing/representation companies.

The national organization plans to offer an exclusive job board, provide a mentoring program to further the careers of members and create networking opportunities for millennials in all sectors of the travel industry.

“While we are starting in Los Angeles, we’ve already had interest from millennials in other cities who want to start chapters of their own,” said Joshua Smith, director of strategic development. “Our prospective cities for 2013 are Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York.”

During the event, MIT also announced its advisory board of travel veterans and awarded  two roundtrip tickets to anywhere in South America courtesy of LAN Airlines. Ceara Sadler of Andaz West Hollywood won the prize.