AITO Specialist Travel Agents and AITO operators will be combining their Overseas Conferences for the first time this year, to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania.The move marks the 15th anniversary of AITO Agents, 35 years of AITO and is set to offer multiple benefits for each association and their members. Sponsored by the Lithuanian National Tourism Office and taking place June 16-19, the conference will include speakers and joint business sessions of interest to all delegates, along with sessions of specific interest to either agents or operators.
The new format offers opportunities for agent-operator networking which it is hoped will lead to more direct-sell operators learning about the opportunities and benefits of working with the UK’s leading agents.
Oliver Broad, AITO Agents’ Chairman, comments: “This combined conference is a real first and we’re expecting a record attendance. More AITO operators have been turning to AITO agents for support in recent years and the figures speak for themselves. More than two thirds of AITO operators now sell through our membership so it makes sense to bring agents and operators together to celebrate this anniversary conference. There are many topics of discussion that affect both associations and agents and operators will be able to draw upon each other’s support, share problems and experiences enabling them to strengthen their position, as we all still face challenging economic times.”
During the conference delegates will have the chance to explore the picturesque city of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. The city is this year easier to reach with the start of new flights with Wizz Air from Luton starting in April, and airBaltic from Gatwick starting in October.
For more information about Vilnius and Lithuania go to www.lithuaniatourism.co.uk.
For more information on the 130 AITO Specialist Travel Agents, their specialities and their locations, visit www.aitoagents.com or call 020 8744 9271.