From the moment I arrived in the ballroom on the first morning, I could feel that this conference was different. I have attended a lot of travel industry events including CLIA’s Cruise 360, ASTA’s national conference, Signature Travel Network conferences, American Express events, Travel Impressions conferences, and many more. But the energy in this room was definitely different. There was an enthusiasm and positivity that I felt immediately.As the two days unfolded I noticed that this conference was different in several ways.Another thing that struck me was that this was a great looking group of people. What I mean by that is everyone was dressed professionally and looked like they were there for a business meeting. I have been to a lot of travel industry events where there was that group of people that looked like they just took a break from working in the yard to come over to the conference. Why does that matter? It shows that the BMTW workshop participants are professionals who are there for their businesses, not a hobby.Also, while this was hands-down the most professional group of travel agents I had ever seen, it wasn’t too corporate. There were real feelings being expressed. People weren’t afraid to be vulnerable with one another. I heard people saying, “I’m really struggling with” followed by a challenge they were seeking help with. And they got it! People who see each other once each year at this event were thrilled to see one another, but they were also very welcoming to newcomers. I was warmly greeted by so many people.And while a lot of conferences share information that relates to some of the people in the audience, I think everyone could take away practical information from every single speaker. The content was a great mix of motivational and inspirational (some called it “Oprah-esque”), and practical. One of the most powerful things I saw was when Jen Cochrane went through exactly how you could increase your income. It wasn’t just general ideas, but she had real examples of how your income changes if you change specific areas of your operation. It was incredibly motivational and really illustrated how seemingly small things (like earning 16% instead of 14%; or a 80% split instead of 70%) impact the bottom line over the course year.So, I have a suggestion for you. Like millions of other people, you are probably spending lots of time and money buying presents for the people in your life. Buy yourself and your business a present: register for the Book More Travel Workshop. I guarantee you will leave with new tools and information, lots of new friends and colleagues, and an incredible amount of inspiration.And if you are new to the industry or have a business that needs a reboot, join the Travel MBA program and you’ll also get a complimentary one-day workshop the day before the conference starts!Sign up now and reserve your space!