Home-Based Travel Agent Forum, October 17 -19

Home-Based Travel Agent Forum is coming up


I’m heading to Boston in October to participate in the Home-Based Travel
 Agent Forum, sponsored by OSSN and managed by the Travel Show Marketing
 Group. If you’ve never been to one of these events, why not make this one
 your first? Not only would I love to have the chance to meet you, but you’ll
 get a whole lot more out of the experience than just my hearty handshake.

Those of you who have my course know how pumped I am about the many
 continuing education and networking opportunities that are available to 
home-based travel agents. Many of them are small-scale and local, usually 
sponsored by a supplier. Then there are the regular meetings, sometimes
 monthly, sometimes farther apart, that are organized by local OSSN 
chapters around the country (there are more than 80).

But the Home-Based Travel Agent Forum is the granddaddy of them all. You
 will seldom have the opportunity to rub shoulders with so many heavy 
hitters, starting with OSSN stalwarts like OSSN founder and president Gary
 Fee and Anita Pagliasso, who has made it her mission to help home-based
 travel agents achieve the level of success that she has enjoyed.

You’ll also meet in Boston folks like Richard Earls of Travel Research Online
 and James Shillinglaw of Travel Pulse. And, of course, you’ll have a chance
 to meet key executives from industry suppliers.

One of my hottest tips to home-basers is to meet key players in the
 supplier community, get to know them, and make sure they get to know
 you. The dividends paid by making this effort are considerable and the 
Home-Based Travel Agent Forum is a great place to make these contacts
 and reinforce them year after year.

My publishing company, The Intrepid Traveler, will have a booth at the
 trade show that accompanies the conference and I may be participating in 
some of the panel discussions. But the real value I expect to get from the
 Forum is participating in the presentations and seminars. I have yet to
 attend one of these events without coming home with a notebook full of 
terrific ideas and new strategies.

You can register for the entire three full days of seminars, ship inspections
 (yes, ship inspections!), and the trade show for just $80. If you’re on a 
budget, you can attend the trade show portion for free and still get to
 schmooze with suppliers on the floor. Full registration info is here:


And if Boston is inconvenient for you, fear not. The Forum is a bi-annual
 event that is held in different major cities around the country. Recent
 Forums have been held in Miamai, Las Vegas, and San Diego. If you’re
 a member of OSSN, you’ll get plenty of advance notice (and cheaper 
registration rates) for future Forums.

And if you’re not already a member,
 you can download a discounted membership form here:



See you in Beantown!

Home-Based Travel Agent Forum, October 17 -19 was last modified: October 26th, 2015 by Kelly Monaghan