Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

The next few months are traditionally a key booking time in the travel industry. Agents are maximising on the lates market, and it’s also the perfect excuse to make time to head to warmer climates ourselves. Summer in Glasgow is not to be relied on for a Corona in the sun on a summer afternoon, not unless you own a cagoule. The first May bank holiday also tends to marks the start of conference season. A brilliant opportunity to network, make new contacts and attend industry talks about the latest travel trends and industry updates.

For us at Travel 2 it’s a great chance to meet with agents, to update them on new products, discuss plans for 2016 and most importantly, take onboard their feedback. My biggest bug bear is agents and suppliers not making the most of their time at a conference. It’s important to set out objectives for your time there and the key people that you would like to meet and know exactly what you want to get out of attending. I always make sure my team to get out there and network to ensure they get as much as possible out of conferences.

With ITT, Advantage and even the Travel Convention not too far off, now is the time to start planning. So, with this in mind, below are a few of my top tips for making the most of this year’s conference season:

Whilst conferences are a great opportunity to let your hair down with friends and colleagues (admittedly, myself and Mr. Freeth can occasionally be found enjoying a drink or two at the bar in the wee hours), it is important to make the most of the networking opportunities available. I often find that coffee breaks between speaker sessions, inviting agents for lunch or arranging to meet for drinks are the perfect time to meet new retailers or suppliers, catch up with existing partners and exchange tips and insight with your agents.

Break out of your comfort zone
As well as catching up with existing contacts, don’t be afraid to make new ones. If you spot someone that you have wanted to chat with for some time or are keen to pick their brains then make the first move. A direct and confident approach always makes a good impression and ensures that you get the most out of an initial meeting. It’s a great way to line up a one-to-ones back in the UK and to get yourself on someone’s radar for future opportunities.

Suss out the schedule
Every conference that I’ve ever been to has had some fantastic speakers. Industry panels offer insight into upcoming trends as well as tackling issues that are having an effect on travel. Headline speakers tend to be inspirational and provide plenty of food for thought of new strategies you could adopt to implement in your business and importantly, good talking points for dinner that evening.

Sharing best practice
Conferences are always a brilliant opportunity to catch up with our peers. A quick chat is a great way to learn from others and share your own recent experiences. For example, what destinations performed well for the turn-of-year period and what new trends are you both noticing? Or perhaps you are a homeworker and could learn from an OTA and vice versa. Plus sussing out where the best after party is likely to be is always worth its weight in gold!

This year, the Travel 2 sales team and I will be heading to the big industry conferences and really hope to see you there – not least because we may have a few surprises up our sleeves involving dubious choreography and pink blazers to make sure you are entertained... Please do collar us for a coffee or a catch up over dinner, or if in doubt, boss man Freeth and I are always happy to buy you a beer. Cheers to a great summer of conferences!

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