First Group of Veterans Set To Complete “Veterans in Travel” Training Program From Nexion Travel Group

November 9, 2018

The men and women who serve in our armed forces are deserving not only of our thanks but also support from the business community to help them succeed professionally in civilian life

Program provides scholarships for training through award-winning Travel Leaders of Tomorrow


IRVING, TX (November 9, 2018) – On November 14, 30 veterans are set to become the first to complete the new Veterans in Travel program, a partnership between Nexion Travel Group and Travel Leaders of Tomorrow that provides a path to careers in the travel industry and business ownership for military veterans. In 2019, the Veterans in Travel program expects to train at least an additional 35 veterans interested in launching a career as a professional travel advisor.


“The men and women who serve in our armed forces are deserving not only of our thanks but also support from the business community to help them succeed professionally in civilian life,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion Travel Group, a division of Travel Leaders Group. “The scholarships we are providing veterans to receive professional travel advisor training, along with a number of other benefits, through our Veterans in Travel program, is something of which we are immensely proud. A career in travel provides veterans the opportunity to own their own business, if they so choose, and to succeed as entrepreneurs in an industry that is extremely fun and rewarding.”


Training is provided through Travel Leaders of Tomorrow, a virtual learning community that trains prospective travel advisors. Each participant joins a team for weekly online study halls, lessons, lectures from faculty throughout the travel industry and one-on-one coaching from Travel Leaders of Tomorrow’s staff. At the end of the course, each person chooses a travel sales niche and presents a business plan for their future travel agency.


Qualified Veterans in Travel scholarship recipients receive:


• Complete Travel Leaders of Tomorrow program access
• A waived activation fee upon joining Nexion Travel Group as a member
• Two years of free membership for Nexion Travel Group’s Nexion80 plan
• Coaching from Nexion Travel Group’s business coaches
• Mentorship from current Nexion Travel Group members who have served in the military


Navy veteran Dennis McClelland, a Nexion Travel Group member and co-owner of McClelland Travel, has been working as a travel advisor for seven years. “I always recommend to my friends, including my military friends, to either join us in the travel business or at least start traveling and see if it piques their interest,” said McClelland, who added that his work as a travel agent has brought him great satisfaction because it allows him to also apply his military training. “The military is designed to train you in many aspects of life — respect for others, respect for authority, appreciation, listening skills, and attention to detail. These are all relevant in the travel industry and critical for planning customized, complex trips for my clients.”


March Davenport agrees. As a participant in the Veterans in Travel cohort that is completing in January 2019, he says, “Veterans in Travel is an incredibly worthwhile program. I’ve traveled extensively and always loved travel but until recently, never thought of making it a second career. Veterans in Travel is giving me the skills and knowledge to launch my own travel agency, with valuable connections and support from suppliers, faculty, and my fellow students. I’m excited about my future as a travel advisor.”


All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion Travel Group’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email



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