Global Travel Marketplace West (GTM West) includes two days of one-on-one, prescheduled meetings between agents and suppliers. // © 2017 Jim Harris
Feature image (above): Last year’s welcome reception for GTM West attendees at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Ariz. // © 2017 Jim Harris
Global Travel Marketplace West (GTM West) is making its Las Vegas debut this year, with the signature event moving to the Westin Lake Las Vegas, May 18 to 20. Applications for GTM West close at midnight on Friday, March 31. Interested travel advisors are urged to complete their applications prior to the deadline to be considered for this appointment-based event for top-producers.
“The GTM West team is very pleased with the tremendous interest in this year’s event,” said Jacqueline Hurst, Director, Trade Recruitment & Engagement for TravelAge West and Travel Weekly events. "An overwhelming amount of applications have been received through referrals from past attendees, which speaks volumes about the event experience and impact it has had on advisors’ businesses. We want to encourage any top travel advisors who might be considering this event to apply this week. Selections from the final qualified applicant pool will be made to assure the best representation from throughout the western states for this year’s event.”
GTM West, an award-winning business networking event, gives pre-approved travel advisors the opportunity to meet new suppliers; to build upon relationships with suppliers they already know; and to network with peers. Selected advisors will attend as VIP guests and will be fully hosted, including roundtrip air, a three-night hotel stay, meals, networking opportunities and invitations to events.
To qualify, advisors must have a minimum of $800,000 in individual annual sales or be an owner of a multimillion-dollar agency. In addition, all candidates must have the authority to make product and partner decisions. GTM West is for advisors from 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.
“The diversity of the supplier portfolio is a true hallmark of the success of GTM West,” said Alicia Evanko Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events for Northstar Travel Group. “We spend as much time and effort building our supplier portfolio as we do vetting and qualifying our advisor portfolio. GTM is truly the only event of its size and caliber with such a diverse and unique gathering of suppliers.”
Attendees will have a chance to meet one-on-one with a selection of 100 of the industry’s top and most unique suppliers — from individual properties, such as Conrad Bora Bora Nui or Vail Corporation, to diverse destinations, such as Barbados, Napa Valley, Korea, SouthWest Germany, Flanders and many more. Top mainstream tour wholesalers include Apple Vacations and Avanti Destinations, and boutique region specialists — such as Alluring Asia, Black Forest Highlands, insight Cuba, and Select Italy and Select Croatia — will also be in attendance.
Supplier participant spots are also limited, and all but five of those spots are now confirmed. For a complete list of participating suppliers, visit www.gtmwest.com/supplierlist.
GTM West includes two days of one-on-one, pre-scheduled meetings. All travel advisors and suppliers will have up to 50 one-on-one meetings, and each of these meetings lasts six minutes. Advisors will also participate in boardroom presentations, in which suppliers meet with advisors in a collaborative and interactive environment.
To apply, visit www.gtmwest.com, and provide supplier references and information about your business.