EDGE Conference Attendees

Travel Leaders Network will hold their annual Conference, Agent Experience and trade show later this week. At this year’s EDGE conference, attendees will have numerous opportunities to meet new people, master new programs, dive into new services, and interact with key corporate travel suppliers. The group will converge at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD.

Travel Leaders Group executive Angeles Yugdar, SVP International Markets, will address the attendees on Customs of Corporate Travel around the World. Successfully fulfilling corporate travel business around the globe requires local contacts who understand the different rules and regulations as well as the important customs and cultural nuances that can often make or break an exceptional traveler experience. She’ll cover the advantages of working with the new Travel Leaders International network and the custom and cultural fundamentals every corporate agency needs to know before taking on an international account.

Kathy Christianson, VP of Organizational Effectiveness & Development at Travel Leaders Corporate, will speak about employee retention and the many actions you can take to keep employees engaged and retain them for the future benefit of your organization. Her workshop will look at four leading factors that contribute to retaining your top talent.

Peter Vlitas, SVP of Airline Relations for Travel Leaders Group, will cover New Distribution Capability (NDC), a new standard of data communication between airlines and travel agents. What does it mean and how does it impact your business? His workshop will take a look at NDC: Exactly what it is, Why the airlines want it and Why your agency & clients should use it.

The keynote speaker is Connie Podesta, expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, life balance all delivered with her specific brand of humor. Additional speakers include Stuart Lloyd Cohen, a 28-year travel industry veteran who held leadership positions with World Travel Holdings, Celebrity Cruises and Insight Vacations; and Mike Marchev, marketing master in the travel industry with a daily column in Travel Research Online. Other sessions include Female Traveler Safety and Growing Your Brand. Exhibitors will populate a trade show where members can interact with top hotel, tour, air, insurance and car partners; supplier executives and the industry’s best niche suppliers.

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