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Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) applications are now being accepted. A limited number of top-performing agents will be accepted to participate — 100 to 125 for GTM, and 75 to 100 for GTM West.
“Our team is so excited to once again begin our unique vetting process,” said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, senior vice president of events for Northstar Travel Media. “ These events truly reaffirm and support the brilliant business models that now reflect the travel agency community. We had nearly 1,500 applications last year and anticipate an even stronger response in 2015.”
Agents 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 and has the authority to make product and partner decisions.
GTM West will take place at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., on May 1 to 3. GTM will be at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on June 28 to 30.
GTM West recruits qualifying agents from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. GTM is open to all U.S. and Canadian applicants.
Each event includes two days of one-on-one, pre-scheduled meetings. Agents have a minimum of 50 face-to-face meetings and participate in a number of supplier boardroom presentations, in which suppliers and agents share in a collaborative and interactive environment. Significant time is also included for networking with like-minded peers.
Selected agents will receive complimentary round-trip airfare, three-night hotel accommodations, meals, networking opportunities and invitations to special events.
Agents must apply online at the GTM website, providing supplier references and information about their annual bookings. The next step is a one-on-one telephone interview.