AITO Agents and AITO operators gathered at the start of this year for the AITO Specialist Travel Agents’ domestic conference - held at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel.

With 170 delegates in attendance (90 agents, 61 tour operators and 19 affiliates), the programme included networking opportunities, business sessions and workshops, and also celebrated the achievements of AITO Agents, who were rewarded at an annual All Stars Awards Ceremony.

Chairman of AITO Agents, Gemma Antrobus, said: “We are thrilled to report that £58.7m (+4.8%) was recorded in sales with just 42 AITO member holidays by AITO Agents in 2016 (£56m in 2015, £53m in 2014). This is a fantastic result and we are confident that this figure will continue to grow in years to come.

“Additionally, the introduction of a computerised appointment system for our Sunday morning market place is something the Panel has been working on for some time and we hope that it will greatly enhance the valuable conference experience.

“In our snappy 24 hours together, we cover an immense amount of ground – from rewarding our top performing agents, to introducing new initiatives to encourage greater engagement in 2017. It really is an exciting time to be an independent travel company and such great attendance at this conference shows that all sides of AITO are committed to working closely together to enhance our valuable sector.”

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