|September 23, 2011|
Signature's Sales Meeting and Trade Show Concludes
|Signature's annual Sales Meeting and Trade Show successfully concluded over the weekend with exceptional feedback -- here are a number of testimonials from several key members, suppliers and partners represented at the event.|
"As new members of Signature Travel Network, this was our first sales meeting and trade show. We brought a team of 20 who all left overwhelmed and energized with the quality of the participating suppliers, the sophistication of the technology and marketing tools, and the overall support and camaraderie that this network delivers. The path to Merit's future success is absolutely with Signature. The challenge now is to implement and fully utilize the programs and tools available to us. We are fully engaged, and look forward to coming back next year with an even bigger group!"
Mike Dawson, President of Merit Leisure Group
"Signature's Sales Meeting is one of the most important events FROSCH attends each year. It is an invaluable resource of training and networking for my team, as indicative of the 130 top travel consultants we have brought to the meeting this year. The several workshops and networking opportunities were both great for me as an owner, as well as my front line agents."
Bryan Leibman, President and CEO of FROSCH
"The Signature Sales Meeting and Trade Show continues to impress me. The meeting is a perfect example of the network's continuous effort to listen to their members and suppliers and improve the program year after year. Signature is clearly in tune with the pulse of the marketplace and the membership - as seen with the changes in the meeting, as well as the new resources - The Travel Experience, Pocket Travel Consultant, and Food Network offers included. The reason I send agents is very fundamental: I want my agents to have a better understanding of all of the amazing tools Signature offers and come back and use them to help their customers."
Don Walker, President of WMPH Vacations
"It was brilliant meeting all the Signature members this week in Vegas to say thank you for the successful year we shared together in Ireland in 2011. Wonderful also to have the opportunity as Signature's Ireland Specialists to showcase all the exciting opportunities we at Brendan Vacations Ireland have for Signature members to significantly grow their Ireland business for 2012. Happy Holidays and Slainte from Ireland."
Catherine Reilly, Managing Director of Brendan Vacations Ireland Ltd
"Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has enjoyed a long and valuable partnership with the members of Signature Travel Network. The 200 plus members create a powerful, professional and focused network driving significant revenues to our luxury and resort hotels worldwide demonstrating year over year positive revenue gains. Signature is a key partner in driving results."
Chris J. Austin, Vice President of Global Retail Leisure & Luxury Sales, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
"Signature's Sales Meeting and Trade Show was my first partner conference since rejoining Prestige. I was truly impressed by their commitment to staying ahead of the technology curve, and delivering the tools and resources that consumers want in a way that travel consultants can really leverage. Signature is a strong partner for us, and I'm confident that both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas will benefit from their consultative approach to assisting consumers design their dream vacation."
Kunal S. Kamlani, President & COO of Prestige Cruise Holdings
"In my years coming to the Signature conference, I have seen the growth and continuous, meaningful impact Signature has had on its members, which has translated into continued mutual success. Signature's tremendous sales growth with Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2011 has led the way and certainly helped make this the best year ever for RSSC."
Mark Conroy, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises
"Recently, Tourism Australia made the decision to increase its partnership and make a significant investment with Signature Travel Network. After attending the conference, we can adamantly say this was the right investment based on the strategy of growing incremental traffic to Australia. With the level of engagement of the Signature agents and the professional manner in which Signature conducts itself in the marketplace, our partnership is already paying dividends."
Daryl Hudson, Vice President, The Americas, Tourism Australia
"Signature has the highest standards in the industry - both in sales volume and technology requirements - and the results are there to see. Because our members are shareholders, the dedication to our preferred suppliers, tourist office partners, and to the organization is unparalleled. We heard it all week...it's a great time to be a part of the Signature family."
Alex Sharpe, Executive Vice President of Signature Travel Network
The 2011 Signature Sales Meeting and Trade Show welcomed a record 2,000 attendees: more than 1200 travel consultants - representing 98% of Signature's membership - as well as over 700 supplier partners from 52 countries. Exhibitors included hotels, cruise lines, tourist offices, tour operators, airlines, and more. The event was held November 17 - 19, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Signature Travel Network:
Signature Travel Network is a member-owned, travel cooperative, headquartered in Marina del Rey, California, with a regional office in New York City. The network was established in 1956 and today includes 205 member agencies with 385 retail locations throughout USA and Canada. Collectively, Signature members generate over $5 billion in annual travel sales.