More than 140 Atlanta-area travel agents and 23 of the travel industry’s top suppliers were in attendance at the premiere PowerSolutions LIVE event of 2018
2017 proved CCRA’s PowerSolutions is the “go-to” event for travel agents looking to grow their skills, network, and expand their education. After holding the event in 11 cities, CCRA enhanced the PowerSolutions format for 2018 to include more educational components, round table sessions for advanced agents, and a marketing workshop hosted by Tammy Levent, CEO of Elite Travel & Founder of TASK, called PowerStrategies. Margie Jordan, CCRA’s Vice President of Agency Education launched a new workshop as well, focused on business strategies for entrepreneurs.
While the focus of the event remained on helping travel agents connect face-to-face with some of CCRA’s leading suppliers, the newer aspects of the show proved to add even more value to the unique PowerSolutions concept. CCRA’s Director of Meetings & Events, Stacey Tarr, had this to say:
“The entire event had great energy, as agents were excited to see our newly expanded agenda and educational components. When we opened our doors at 2 pm, the line filled the lobby right away.” Stacey added, “It’s clear that there is an industry need for more focused, dynamic events like PowerSolutions throughout the year for agents located all over the world.”
The event started with a keynote presentation by Israel Tourism’s Hagar Sides, and was followed by the Supplier and Platinum Agency Round Tables and PowerStrategies Session. Agents at the Round Table sessions got the opportunity to make a personal connection with suppliers and ask questions about working together. Agents at the PowerStrategies session got a marketing workshop for that extra boost in their business.
Rounding out the educational sessions was Margie Jordan’s session, “Making the Leap from Travel Agent to Business Owner,” which focused on developing a niche, strategic supplier partnerships, and setting financial goals.
The event ended with the trade show, where there were 23 of the industry’s top suppliers representing all different services, from hotels, airlines, tourism boards, and technology providers, including:
Israel Ministry of Tourism
Desire – Temptation, Cancun
Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater
Carey International, Inc.
Krystal Hotels and Resorts
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Visit Tampa Bay
Sheraton Vacations and Westin Vacations
Best Western Hotel & Resorts
Viajes Pacifico S.A.C.
70 Park Avenue, Iberostar
Prince Hotels USA Inc.