This prestigious networking and destination immersion event is slated for March 17-19, 2017
Toronto, Canada (February 2, 2017) – Today, it was announced that Members of Canada’s largest travel agency organization, TL Network Canada (TLNetwork.ca), have the opportunity to participate in an international destination immersion event: the 2017 International Summit. The VIP event, reserved for agency owners, will convene at The Langham Auckland in New Zealand, this March 17-19, 2017.
The International Summit will immerse its participants in exclusive cultural and culinary experiences, including at the five-star host property and through extensive exploration of the host city. A variety of pre- and post-meeting tours from sponsor Travel2 and In-Country Partner Southern Crossings will take TL Network travel agents across the beautiful North Island and South Island.
“We are very pleased to now offer this exclusive, VIP opportunity to our TL Network Canada Affiliates. By extensively immersing our agency owners in our host destination, they will be able to provide dramatically enhanced guidance and in-depth counsel to their customers, particularly their luxury clientele,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of TL Network. “This is particularly pertinent given our agents’ affluent client interest in visiting New Zealand, according to our Fall 2016 survey. By attending this year’s International Summit, our TL Network Members will enjoy very unique experiences that can greatly enhance their knowledge on New Zealand, which will translate into even more informed customers.”
“The opportunity for TL Network Affiliates in Canada to attend the 2017 International Summit is an example of the type of added, exclusive benefits our Canadian travel agents are receiving as a result of three major agency groups combining together to create North America’s largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry,” said TL Network’s Vice President Christine James, who has long overseen the organization’s operations in Canada when it was known as Vacation.com. “This year’s International Summit in New Zealand will offer countless opportunities for TL Network Canada owners and managers to enjoy networking with their peers, headquarters executives and select supplier partners while experiencing included and optional VIP tours throughout this world-class destination.”
The opening event for the 2017 International Summit will be at Ōrākei Marae in Auckland, where the people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have had a presence for 400 years. The tribe has worked hard to maintain a presence in Auckland and preserve the history of these indigenous people. In this very special and unique evening hosted by Tourism New Zealand and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Members will go through a traditional ceremony on sacred grounds of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, including a ceremonial tree planting.
“Because of the highly exclusive nature of our International Summit, the Marae event is not open to the public for tours, thus making this a most extraordinary opportunity for our TL Network Members to receive a formal welcome in New Zealand,” added James.
Auckland – also known as Tamaki Herenga Waka: the gathering place of canoes – is especially desirable because of its harbors and natural beauty of its landscapes. TL Network Members have several opportunities to explore this great city and the surrounding area through several tour options included, along with optional pre- and post-tour events.
The agenda for the 2017 International Summit offers the following:
“Our sponsors are dedicated partners, who not only want to increase the value of the experience for our TL Network Affiliates, but are also committed to making every adventure a wonderful experience for our agents’ clients,” added Block.
In addition to Tourism New Zealand, ATEED, Travel2 and Southern Crossings, sponsors of the 2017 International Summit include: AIG Travel, Enterprise Holdings, Globus family of brands, Travelport and Viking Cruises.
TL Network Canada Members may register here for the 2017 International Summit in New Zealand. New Zealand joins an impressive roster of enchanting world cities that have hosted the International Summit. Previous Summits have been mounted on every inhabited continent in the following cities: London (2000), Hong Kong (2001), Paris (2002), Barcelona (2003), Budapest (2004), Dublin (2005), Rome (2006), Dubai (2007), Berlin (2008), Santiago (2009), Jerusalem (2010), Sydney (2011), Dubrovnik (2012), Cape Town (2013), Istanbul (2014), Edinburgh (2015), and Shanghai (2016).
Travel agencies interested in learning more about TL Network Canada, which has nearly 7,000 travel agencies and more than CDN $22 billion in annual sales volume throughout North America, and about the award-winning programs it offers agencies in leisure and luxury travel, business travel, destination weddings and honeymoon travel – as well as active and adventure travel – may visit TLNetwork.ca. Potential customers may visit CanadianTravelAgents.ca.
About TL Network
TL Network assists millions of leisure and business travelers, annually, and is the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. TL Network includes nearly 7,000 Associates and Member travel agencies locations in Canada and the United States, and represents more than CDN $22 billion in annual sales volume. TL Network’s award-winning Agent Profiler agent-locator, marketing, technology, supplier partnerships and educational programs are designed around our travel agents’ commitment to our vacation and business travel clients in providing a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. TL Network Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Travel Leaders Network LLC, which is a Travel Leaders Group LLC company.