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Inside the Top Producers Club Mastermind Meeting

This Mastermind meeting is a unique opportunity for our TPC members to come together to work ON their business vs. IN their business. As a result, here are some of the key takeaways our advisors and staff shared from attending this meeting...

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Gifted Travel Network Launches New Partner Resource Guide

Mooresville, NC - February 15, 2024 — Gifted Travel Network (GTN), the premier host agency for luxury travel advisors, is excited to announce the launch of its new Partner Resource Guide.

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The 5 Love Languages Travel Agency Edition

At the heart of every travel agency – whether it is a brick-and-mortar agency, a host agency, or a franchise – is the travel advisor. After all, the travel advisor is the one who serves the clients, making the bookings that bring in the money!

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Gifted Travel Network & Approach Guides Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Travel Advisor Marketing

GTN travel advisors now have best-in-class technology to support their client engagements

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How To Become a Travel Agent in 2024

Everyone who decides to start a career as a travel agent usually shares this common denominator: a love for travel. Close behind that is the desire for entrepreneurship. Most often, you are the go-to person among your friends and family to book all trips and vacations. Then there's a realization...

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Gifted Travel Network Announces 2024 Top Producers Club & Million Dollar Advisors

Mooresville, NC (February 1, 2024) – Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is proud to announce its 2024 Top Producers Club (TPC) while also unveiling a new designation within the network: Million Dollar Advisor (MDA).

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Meet Our Newest Travel Business University Mentors

Discover success in travel entrepreneurship with Gifted Travel Network's Travel Business University's expanded mentor lineup.

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How To "Master Your Message" When Starting Your Travel Business

Embarking on a journey as a travel advisor is exhilarating, but sustainable success hinges on more than just crafting itineraries. Dive into our latest blog, where we show you the transformative power of mastering your message.

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2023 Recap: Gifted Travel Network's Remarkable Year

From Mykonos, Greece, to Mooresville, NC, discover the triumphs and milestones that defined our journey at Gifted Travel Network in 2023.

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The Top Luxury Hotels of 2023 According to Our Advisors

Unveiling the top luxury hotels of 2023! Explore handpicked elite hotels recommended by our advisors for a lavish escape you won't forget!

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Gifted Travel Network Ranked #10 on the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2023 “Fast 50” List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) proudly announces its ranking as #10 on the Charlotte Business Journal's 2023 "Fast 50" List of Fastest Growing Private Companies.

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Everything You Need To Know About Site Inspections

Site inspections allow travel advisors the opportunity to qualify and evaluate a specific hotel, resort, attraction, etc, to ensure it is the perfect fit for their clientele. Chances are you're familiar with the term, but what exactly do they entail?

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The Ultimate Guide to Hassle-Free Holiday Travel

Master holiday travel with ease! Tips for stress-free journeys in our ultimate guide so you can navigate the season smoothly.

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5 Tips For Naming Your Travel Business

Naming your travel business involves more than just brainstorming creative ideas. It's a strategic decision that requires careful consideration. In this article, we'll explore five essential tips to help you choose the perfect name for your travel business.

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GTN Staff Travel: Fall 2023 Recap

From the colorful fall scenery of New England to the charming streets of European cities, this season the GTN staff traveled near and far...

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Chasing Snow or Seeking Sunshine: 12 Must-Visit U.S. Winter Destinations

Are you looking to escape or embrace the cold winter weather ahead? No matter your final choice, we've got you covered with the top 12 must-visit U.S. cities for winter travel in 2023. Starting with...

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Shining Bright: Gifted Travel Network's Double Magellan Award Win

The last month at Gifted Travel Network has been nothing short of spectacular. After celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary Gala just last week, we're back with more thrilling news to share. Drum roll, please...

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Gifted Travel Network's 10-Year Anniversary Gala

If you have been keeping up with "all things" Gifted Travel Network (GTN), then you already know what a memorable day October 11, 2023, was for our host agency. We celebrated our 10-Year Anniversary Gala, where we welcomed staff (both past & present), preferred partners, advisors, and industry colleagues to Mooresville, NC , for an evening filled with celebrations.

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The New Era of Host Agency Support: GTN's Strategic Reorganization

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is pleased to announce a strategic reorganization with the promotion and expansion of multiple staff members' roles and responsibilities

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Celebrating A Decade of Excellence: Gifted Travel Network's 10-Year Anniversary Gala

Gifted Travel Network is thrilled to announce its 10-Year Anniversary Gala on October 11, 2023, at The Venues at Langtree located in Mooresville, NC. This event will bring together GTN advisors, staff, and preferred partners from across the United States for an evening of camaraderie, celebration, and recognition...

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Inside Scoop: Virtuoso Travel Week 2023

The purpose of this Inside Scoop Presentation was to share our tips and tricks for planning ahead, attending, and following up on a major industry event like this to maximize your experience!

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Advice For Advisors: 9 Travel Destinations To Consider In The Off-Season

We asked our expert travel advisors what cities they would advise their clients to visit during the off-season and why? Here is what they said:

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Jumpstart: An Inside Look at our Travel MBA Orientation

Our most recent August Travel MBA Cohort just completed their three-day in-person Jumpstart Orientation. So we wanted to take the time to tell you what to expect during these three days and why they are so critical to your success as a new GTN travel advisor.

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Breaking down Social Media Platforms for Entrepreneurs

When it comes to social media, there are two types of people; those who just “get it,” and there are those who would rather just steer clear....However, for a modern business, it is important to have a social media presence. So, where do you start?

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Selling Luxury Travel: Overcoming the Most Prevalent Mindset Blocks

Becoming a luxury travel advisor can promise incredible rewards and upsides and lead to tremendous financial satisfaction. It IS possible to establish yourself as a luxury travel advisor even if you don’t have a client base. What you do need is a success mindset which rarely is inherited but can be cultivated.

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Advice for Advisors: Four Types of Client Trips to Book Over a Year In Advance

As you set your sights on that ultimate vacation, the timing of your planning can make all the difference. So, when's the ideal moment to begin? We asked our network of luxury travel advisors what client trips they are currently planning over a year in advance, and why?

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Gifted Travel Network Welcomes Five New Board Members

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is excited to announce the appointment of five distinguished individuals to its Board. As a thriving and rapidly growing host agency, GTN recognizes the value of diverse perspectives to complement the GTN executive team with strategic initiatives.

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Selling Group Travel: What to Consider Before Planning a "Come With Me" Trip

So, you put together a group trip, and although there was a lot of interest when you started planning it, now you can’t get people to commit when the time comes to put a deposit down. What strategies should you use to fill this group trip?

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The Irreplaceable Role of Travel Advisors: Why AI Is Not Enough

Recently there has been a lot of buzz centered around the popular subject of AI (Artificial Intelligence), particularly within the travel industry. The question is, "Will AI replace travel advisors entirely?" Well, we are here to tell you...

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Advice from our Advisors: Five Reasons Why the Modern Travel Advisor Isn't Going Anywhere

Welcome to our new monthly series: Advice from our Advisors. Each month, our network of luxury travel advisors will answer your questions on all things travel, sharing their expertise and personal experiences to help make your travel dreams come true.In this inaugural article, we dive into a topic that often arises: the role of travel advisors in today's digital age.

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How to Speak Travel Advisor: Breaking Down the Most Common Industry Terms

Navigating the travel industry can sometimes feel like deciphering a secret code. With a plethora of abbreviations and jargon floating around, it's easy to get lost in a sea of unfamiliar terms. That's why we've put together this handy glossary of travel industry abbreviations to help demystify the language of the trade.

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Inside Scoop: Travel Advisor Start Ups, Strategies & Success Stories

Welcome to another edition of our Inside Scoop Youtube Live Series! Today you will hear from GTN’s Travel Business University Mentors on their travel advisor start-up strategies and success stories...

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Recognizing Excellence: Gifted Travel Network Members Earn Virtuoso Cruise Icon Status and Award Nominations

Gifted Travel Network is pleased to announce and recognize that two of its members have achieved Virtuoso Cruise Icon Status for 2023. In further highlighting the agency’s commitment to excellence, Gifted Travel Network has been nominated for a prestigious award by Virtuoso as an agency. Additionally, two GTN advisors have been nominated for individual Virtuoso awards representing their outstanding contributions to the industry:

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8 Unexpected Destinations for LGBTQ+ Travelers

We’re officially halfway through Pride month! Last week, a group of our advisors traveled to Los Angeles for PROUD Experiences, a three-day conference centered around how companies and destinations can do their part to not just make LGBTQ+ travelers feel safe, but also accepted and celebrated.

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A Leap of Faith: How Lisa Fletcher Became GTN's First-Ever Independent Contractor Over 10 Years Ago

Some call her mama bear, and others call her the Georgia Bulldogs' football team's biggest fan. Meet Lisa Fletcher, Gifted Travel Networks' first-ever Independent Contractor.

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Global Gratuities: Tipping Do’s and Don’ts for International Travelers

To tip or not to tip, that does seem to be the question. More and more businesses are offering the option for customers to add gratuity to their bill, and while most Americans seem to agree that it’s getting out of hand, this isn’t something that will be cleared up anytime in the near future.

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What Is Your Dream For Your Travel Business?

We recently wrapped up the 2023 GTN Elevate Conference in Mykonos, Greece! This was an extraordinary event that left our advisors inspired and motivated to continue pursuing their travel business dreams. Don't worry, we will have a full conference recap coming your way in the next couple of weeks. As we carry forward the momentum of inspiration and motivation, we are eager to delve deeper into the topic that fuels the entrepreneurial spirit. Today, we pose a question to you: What is your dream for your travel business?

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Three Misconceptions About Scaling Your Travel Business by Hiring Help

You are a successful travel advisor who has worked hard, built up your client list by providing exceptional service, and are continuously getting repeat business and new referrals. However, as your business continues to flourish, you are starting to feel like you’re reaching your limit and can no longer balance your existing clients, new inquiries, and your own travels (both business and personal). So what do you do now? The answer, hire help.

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Gifted Travel Network Named One of ASTA's Host Partners of The Year

Gifted Travel Network is excited to announce its recent achievement as one of ASTA's Host Partners of the Year. This recognition is a testament to GTN's unwavering commitment to...

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Beyond The Screen, Part II: Why In-Person Events Are Essential For Building Strong Connections

In this article, we will focus on the criticality of attending FAMs and hosted experiences in fostering strong connections. So lets begin!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Own Travel Business

We asked our network of expert travel advisors: If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice when starting your own business, what would you say?

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Gifted Travel Network Earns Forbes Travel Guide Endorsement and Announces Exciting Partnership for Symposium 2024

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is excited to announce that it has been named one of the first Forbes Travel Guide endorsed agencies. Through this endorsement, Forbes Travel Guide will partner with GTN for their upcoming 2024 Symposium: The Business of Selling Luxury Travel.

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Building Strong Relationships: A Look Inside Our Partner Relations Team

Meet GTN's Partner Relations Coordinator, Ashlyn Treadaway. Today, we had the chance to ask Ashlyn a few questions about her role, experience in the industry thus far, and how exactly the partner relations team supports GTN and its members.

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Becoming a Successful Luxury Travel Advisor: The Inside Scoop

Are you entrepreneurial-minded? Do you have a passion for travel? Well, it's time for you to hear the inside scoop on becoming a successful luxury travel advisor! Join Chief Visionary Officer, Meredith Calloway for this exclusive presentation designed to focus on the key principals to building and growing a successful luxury travel business.

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Group Travel Symposium: An Inside Look At Our Innovative Member Exclusive Event

Group Travel Symposium is the first event of its kind in the travel industry. Learn more about this GTN-exclusive event designed to educate advisors on the business of group travel.

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Condé Nast Traveler Names 9 GTN Advisors as Top Travel Specialists for 2023

The Condé Nast Travelers annual list of Top Travel Specialists is a highly coveted accolade that recognizes the best luxury travel advisors across the globe. These advisors pull off the impossible and spare you the logistics by providing unparalleled luxury travel experiences through their extensive knowledge, passion for travel, and dedication to the travel industry.

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Breaking into Travel: How Transferable Skills Can Help You Excel as a Travel Advisor

This article discusses the top transferable skills that can help individuals transition into a successful career as a travel advisor. You may be surprised that you already possess most of these skills from your previous or current career and that it may be time for you to explore your next career as a travel advisor!

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10 Trending Destinations To Add To Your Bucket List

Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or simply seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, here are 10 trending destinations that will make you want to start planning your next adventure now!

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Gifted Travel Network Kicks Off 10-Year Anniversary Celebrations

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) announced the tenth anniversary of the company's founding during its celebratory network-wide Zoom call onFriday, February 24. GTN plans to celebrate this decade-long milestone all yearlong, culminating in their Gala event on October 11 in Mooresville, NC.

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Beyond the Screen: Why In-Person Events Are Essential for Building Strong Connections

Your Host Agency Conference and education-based learning events are crucial to your overall success and the success of your business! Why? Well, here at GTN...

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10 Reasons Why Our Members Love Gifted Travel Network

Here at GTN we are approaching a major business milestone, our 10-year anniversary! With more to come on our anniversary, we decided to begin this celebration by asking our members and partners to share the reasons why they love GTN. There was no shortage of overwhelming support and appreciation for our host agency, partners, and industry as a whole, so let's get into it.

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How Do You Know it’s Time to Break Up With Your Host Agency?

When it comes to your travel business, how do you really know when the time is right to breakup with your host agency? In most cases, you hear advisors say something like “it was just the right time, I knew it was coming and there were so many instances that lead up to this point.” There are many factors that come into play when making this decision, and it is important to recognize what exactly those factors are,

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Ask a Travel Agent: What is Your Number One Carry-On Essential?

This week, we asked our expert travel advisors what they “must have” in their carry-on bags when they travel. And trust me, their answers did not disappoint! So, let's get into it. What is really worth packing in your carry-on, and what should you skip and leave behind?

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Gifted Travel Network Announces 2023 Top Producers Club Members

Gifted Travel Network is pleased to announce that its 2023 Top Producers Club consists of 40 GTN advisors, all of whom had over $1 million dollars in sales in the 12 month period ending December 31, 2022.

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Speaking From Experience: What to Keep in Mind When Creating a Logo For Your New Travel Business

One of the most essential parts of starting a luxury travel business (or any business, for that matter) is creating a unique and professional logo to represent your brand. To ensure your logo is strong, original, and something you won’t have to worry about rebranding in a year or two, we have provided several important do’s and don'ts to keep in mind...

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What I've learned (In The First Three Months) About Being a Travel Agent: A Series Through The Lens of Travel MBA Member, Mallory Cline

It has been three months since Mallory Cline decided to join the Travel MBA program here at Gifted Travel Network. We took time to speak with her regarding her experience in the program thus far, what she has learned, and accomplished, and what the future holds for her and her business.

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How To Set Yourself (and Your Business) Up For a Successful 2023!

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2023! As you take the time to reflect on 2022 and establish new goals for 2023, we want to help! Our network of GTN advisors shared their tips, tricks and best practices to setting themselves (and their businesses) up for success in the new year.‍

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GTN Hosted Experience in Africa - Recap from Botswana

The second leg of this trip, Botswana, is complete. Below we want to share Membership Development Coordinator, Heather Kuhlman's journal entries from the second part of her adventure.

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Gifted Travel Network to Attend ILTM’s Flagship Event in Cannes, France.

This is the second year, Gifted Travel Network has been invited to attend ILTM. The presence from GTN is strong, with 12 advisors, GTN’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Vanessa McGovern, and Director of Partner Relations, Erica Whitaker, in attendance.

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Travel MBA Alum Opens Door to Big Opportunity While Honing in on her Niche

Gifted Travel Network's Travel MBA Alumn, Bianka Salvador was one of 85 U.S. travel advisors invited to attend the K-Contents Travel Fair in Seoul, South Korea. So how did this amazing opportunity transpire? We spoke directly with Salvador to hear her story.

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GTN Hosted Experience in Africa - Update from Tanzania: Surrounded by the Circle of Life

Gifted Travel Network's Membership Development Coordinator, Heather Kuhlman, shares her journal entries from the first leg of this Hosted Experience to Tanzania.

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GTN Elevates its Hosting Experience: A Brand Refresh, Gold Magellan Award and a New Director

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) officially announced the launch of their company's strategic rebrand. This rebrand was based on two major factors. The first is the growth Gifted Travel Network has seen post-pandemic. Growth in advisors, overall sales, and staff.

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Discover Africa with a Professional Photographer

Discover Botswana and Tanzania with a professional photographer. Gifted Travel Network’s (GTN) Membership Development Coordinator Heather Kuhlman will co-lead this 27 day trip with...

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Marketing Funnel for your Travel Business

This is not the first article about marketing funnels, nor the last. So, let’s do a quick recap...

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Bonjour, DUCO France

DUCO France is an invitation-only boutique travel summit in Paris. This exclusive event focuses on one destination itself to promote comprehensive networking surrounding the best of France

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Gifted Travel Network secures 12 invitation-only spots to ILTM North America

This invitation-only event consists of highly curated meetings and incredible networking opportunities with some of the world’s finest luxury hospitality brands. This amazing event will be held at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, from September 19-22, 2022

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The 5 Love Languages, Travel Agency Version

We talk about showing love to clients in business, but how often do we think about how a travel agency’s owners and leaders show how much they love YOU? At the heart of every travel agency – whether it is a brick-and-mortar agency, a host agency, or a franchise – is the travel advisor.

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Why is Community so Critical to Success?

Travel advisors are often in "problem-solving" or "research" modes. Are you supported by a group of travel advisors – large or small – who regularly exchange information and ideas? Do you have people who can help and support you on various topics?

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7 Reasons To Be Thankful You Work In Travel

There are many reasons to be thankful for working in the travel industry. These are our top 7 reasons to be thankful you work in travel:

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5 Ways You are Sabotaging Your Travel Business

Let’s face it: We are a society that judges. We judge businesses based on the elements of their brand. From their website to social media, the way your brand reflects your business is extremely important.

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The End of an Era

Pioneering education organization the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) is shutting its doors after nearly 11 years spent helping travel advisors achieve their business and life goals. The GIFTE leadership team—and all of its employees—will now solely focus on serving advisors through GIFTE’s sister company Gifted Travel Network (GTN), an award-winning host agency.

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2022 PROUD Experiences

The 2022 PROUD Experiences are a travel industry event like no other. Director of Partner Relations , Erica Whitaker said, "The opportunity to network and have meaningful conversations with destinations and properties on how they are supporting the LGBTQ+ community was so enlightening."

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3 Gifted Travel Network Advisors nominated for Virtuoso Travel Week Awards

Gifted Travel Network is pleased to announce that three of its own have been nominated for the distinguished 2022 Virtuoso Travel Week Luminaries, Legends, and Leaders Awards.

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Big Changes for Big Momentum

Gifted Travel Network is excited to announce the promotion and expansion of new roles and responsibilities to seven team members.

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Gifted Travel Network is now a Member of the Belmond Bellini Club

Gifted Travel Network is officially a member of the Belmond Bellini Club. This exclusive hotel program only accepts less than 200 travel agencies globally annually.

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Gifted Travel Network is now a member of Hilton Impresario Program

Gifted Travel Network is excited to announce they are now a member of the Hilton Impresario program. Hilton Impresario is the elite travel industry recognition program that offers exclusive amenities and benefits to its top partners globally.

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Gifted Travel Network’s Financial Accounts Manager, Lorin Tooley to attend the Young Leaders in Travel Council

Tooley has always possessed a love for travel. She officially joined the travel industry at Gifted Travel Network in 2019 as a commission analyst. In three short years, Tooley is now managing all financial accounts at Gifted Travel Network.

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Gifted Travel Network is now a Marriott STARS & LUMINOUS Member

Marriott STARS & LUMINOUS is Marriott’s proprietary travel agency program designed to present the highest level of service, experience, and amenities to drive loyalty for the most engaged travel agencies and their valued customers.

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Gifted Travel Network is now a Four Seasons Preferred Partner

Gifted Travel Network is excited to officially announce its membership in the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program! The Four Seasons Preferred Partner program is an exclusive, invitation-only program comprised of high-end travel consultants worldwide.

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Director of Marketing, Caroline Hollar, to attend the Future Leaders in Travel Retreat

Hollar, at the time, was the sixth member to join the Gifted Travel Network team. Starting as a Marketing Associate, her creativity, dedication, and willingness to learn promoted her to Digital Marketing Manager. Now, she is the youngest director at Gifted Travel Network and oversees the entire marketing department.

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