At Signature Travel Network’s 2022 conference, Monika Leuenberger of Avenues of the World Travel, Flagstaff, Arizona, was awarded the Michelle Morgan Leadership Award. In 2013, Signature Travel Network’s board of directors chose to create a Michelle Morgan Leadership Award as a way to honor the memory and work of Morgan and to recognize other travel industry professionals who embody the qualities that made her successful in both her professional and personal life.
Last week, more than 2,100 people attended the annual Signature Travel Network Conference, which took place at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Attendees included about 1,300 travel advisors — with nearly 400 attending the event for the first time — along with more than 800 preferred partner attendees that included representatives from 45 new network partner companies. Attendance well exceeded 2021’s conference.
By KENNETH SHAPIRO
November 9, 2022
Signature Travel Network is celebrating its members and partners at its annual 2022 Conference at The Venetian in Las Vegas, which kicked off yesterday, Nov. 8, and will end on Friday, Nov. 11. The theme for this year’s event is “Together” to celebrate the strong partnerships and collaboration that fueled the industry’s recovery coming out of the pandemic and is contributing to its collective growth into the future.
Michelle and Belinda Crews launched Elevations Travel in 2019. Both had been working at an Atlanta agency for many years; Belinda as the office manager and Michelle as a top-producing luxury travel advisor. Throughout their tenure, the two had the vision that with their combined skills they could create an independent, profitable, boutique-size business together.
Alex Sharpe, president and CEO of Signature Travel Network, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how his travel agency cooperative successfully got through the COVID pandemic and how its helping its agency members meet the new challenges they face as the travel business returns with a vengeance and bookings soar. For more information, visit www.signaturetravelnetwork.com.
Signature Travel Network has brought together 435 agency owners, preferred partners, and travel industry leaders for its annual Owners’ Meeting from September 14-17 at the JW Marriott Nashville. Members attending include 35 of the 39 agencies that joined Signature since the last in-person Owners’ Meeting in 2019.
The three-day conference, which is taking place Sept. 14-17 at JW Marriott Nashville, brought together 435 industry professionals, marking the first in-person Owner’s Meeting since 2019’s event in Austin, Texas. In addition to member-only meetings, the members attended general sessions and were able to network and explore Music City with dinners at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Signature Travel Network has announced that Karryn Christopher, executive vice-president of preferred partnerships and marketing, has been named godmother of Viking Gersemi, one of Viking’s newest river ships. Christopher attended the naming ceremony held recently in Paris. The ceremony was also attended by several women who were named godmothers of other Viking ships. The celebration marked 25 years of sailing for the cruise line.
Signature Travel Network is not an organization, it is a member-owned community of leading travel agencies and supplier partners in the industry. The Network collectively generates $11+ billion in annual sales and has experienced unprecedented growth in the past ten years. This growth is reflective of the commitment to exclusively align with the most esteemed travel agencies and supplier partners, while simultaneously expanding our reach to more than 15,000 travel advisors in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Mexico, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Signature Travel Network® is dedicated to providing the best technology solutions and state-of-the-art marketing to promote your brand. With a robust suite of cruises, hotels and resorts, as well as land privileges second to none, Signature helps you build your sales and retain your clients. We welcome you to join our member-owned community, more than 65-years strong, with an exponential track record of sales growth, integrity and business acumen. Signature Travel Network is reinventing the retail travel landscape.
Signature’s headquarters is in California with a secondary office in New York City.