first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJet Travelweek Group Share WestJet hands out the hardware at Travel Partner Awards galacenter_img Friday, October 27, 2017 Posted by TORONTO — There were plenty of awards handed out at last night’s WestJet 2017 Travel Partner Awards event, all glittering and all showing off the success WestJet’s partners have seen selling WestJet and WestJet Vacations product to their clients.A total of 13 awards were given out, recognizing everything from Top Growth Consolidator for WestJet to Top Revenue Growth for WestJet Vacations.“Our travel partners play a significant role in the success of WestJet and WestJet Vacations and our annual Travel Partner Awards are just one way of saying we value you,” said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President, Sales and Distribution. “Every day, our TA partners help us deliver unforgettable travel experiences for our mutual guests, and we enjoy recognizing the dedication and support of the travel trade with this special evening.”More than 200 agents attended the event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto last night, where guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a four-course meal. Sponsors included Bahia Principe, Barbados and AMResorts.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHere’s a list of the winners:WestJet, Top Revenue Growth: MeritWestJet, Top Guest Count Growth: Uniglobe WestJane Clementino and Lyell Farquharson with the winners of WestJet Vacations Top Guest Count Growth – TravelSavers (CNW Group:WestJet)WestJet, Top Growth TMC: American Express GBT and HRGJane Clementino (Director, Agency Sales) and Lyell Farquharson with the winners of WestJet Top Plus Sales Growth – American Express Global Business Travel (CNW Group:WestJet)Bahia Principe, Top Growth Sales: Red Tag VacationsWestJet Vacations, Top Revenue Growth: ExpediaWestJet Vacations, Top Guest Count Growth: TRAVELSAVERSAMResorts, Top Growth Sales: ExpediaWestJet, Top PLUS sales growth: American Express GBTWestJet, Top U.S. Agency: Voyages a la CarteBarbados, Top Growth Sales: Ensemble Travel GroupTop Growth, Online Travel Agency: PricelineTop Group, Incentive, Convention Sales: Uniglobe Premiere TravelTop Growth Consolidator: HuntingtonLyell Farquharson (Vice President, Sales and Distribution) and Robert Dungan (Director, Business Development) with the winner of Top Growth Consolidator, Huntington Travel (CNW Group:WestJet)Keynote speaker Ron Tite, Founder and CEO of The Tite Group, said the retail travel industry has seen plenty of upheaval but that travel agents are emerging from the fray stronger than ever. “The disruptors are the ones solving the problems that the establishment can’t or won’t solve – and we’re the establishment,” he said. The revolution started when people realized they could book their own travel: “We love the notion of power to the people, of DIY.”Guest speaker, Ron Tite. (CNW Group:WestJet)But over time all that do-it-yourself travel booking has created a power vacuum. “People want expert advice, they want speed and efficiency, they want expertise. That’s why use of travel agents went up in 2016. People are coming back.” He added to laughs from the travel agents in the crowd: “People [booking their own travel] realized, they don’t actually want your job. They thought they did. They don’t.”last_img

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