Travel Leaders Elite Hosts “Elevate the Journey” Exclusive Trade Shows in LA and New York

October 26, 2017

One of the ways we provide our advisors with opportunities to meet face to face with our preferred supplier partners, is through ‘Elevate the Journey’

Industry’s Leading Luxury Travel Advisors in New York City Gather at Elite Networking Event


New York, NY (November 5, 2019) — Travel Leaders Group’s exclusive East Coast travel trade show, “Elevate The Journey,” in New York City continues to grow year over year with more than 800 attendees. The trade show brought together over 550 top luxury travel advisors and employees with 180 of the industry’s leading supplier exhibitors. This included dozens of 5-star hotel properties from Travel Leaders Group’s SELECT Hotels & Resorts Program with leading hotels. What’s more, there were C-Suite level executives from major airline partners such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, British Airways and United Airlines, which all had large pavilion build outs exhibiting their premium products as well as speaking to their onboard offerings.


Exhibitors included high-end suppliers who shared the latest and greatest about their brands and destinations to the travel advisors present. Key luxury suppliers and partners provided new product developments, innovations and offerings for clientele.


“One of the ways we provide our advisors with opportunities to meet face to face with our preferred supplier partners, is through ‘Elevate the Journey,’” said Travel Leaders Group President J.D. O’Hara. “While in attendance, they learn the latest developments, discuss trends and make plans to work more closely together in the coming year. Previously, we have received great feedback on this specific relationship-building opportunity from our suppliers, destination partners and luxury travel advisors and it gets more popular every year.”


The event was held in New York City where Travel Leaders Group has a major presence. Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group, ALTOUR and Travel Leaders Corporate are headquartered in New York City. The West Coast “Elevate the Journey” trade show took place earlier this month in Beverly Hills.


In attendance were top luxury travel advisors from Travel Leaders Group’s brands including significant participation from ALTOUR, Protravel, Tzell Travel, Andrew Harper Travel, All Star Travel Group. Together they represent the largest selling force for luxury travel in North America. Also in attendance were luxury-focused advisors from sister companies Travel Leaders Network and Nexion Travel Group.


Advisors in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to network.


  • “This tradeshow event was something my colleagues and I had been looking forward to attending for quite some time,” said Steven Bear, Bear & Bear Travel, a Tzell Travel Group affiliate. “It was a true highlight for all advisors and the supplier partners who were present. There were fruitful conversations with many of our supplier partners and we were able to build upon existing relationships as well as make new connections to help benefit and support our clientele this year and into 2020. We especially thought it was impressive to see senior airline executives from Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and British Airways.”


  • “Elevate was the perfect way to meet with vendors after hours in a great space and a comfortable environment,” said Ashley Les of Protravel International. “This tradeshow was exclusive to Travel Leaders Group advisors and employees so all of the benefits that were shared by suppliers were geared towards us. This is a great way to not only talk business but to really create a lasting relationship with our partners.”


  • “I loved the fact that I was able to meet with various tourism boards in one place,” said Rani Cheema, Founder & Culinary Travel Specialist, Cheema’s Travel, an affiliate of Tzell Travel Group. “I became inspired to create two brand new culinary trips for 2021. I’m so excited to start planning!”


“Our goal is to ensure Travel Leaders Group luxury advisors are the most educated in the business and these types of events are essential to their knowledge of top properties and providers around the world,” said O’Hara. “These events help our advisors form lasting relationships that enable them to curate outstanding travel experiences.”




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