MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has announced the names of 28 travel professionals that comprise its brand new Travel Advisory Board (TAB), which was created earlier this year to give agents the chance to work directly with senior management on issues that matter most.
Specializing in everything from groups and cruises to international and sun products, members represent a diverse range of independent agencies and chains from across Canada.
Members include: Annie Desjardins, Voyages Synergia Inc.; Caroline Klassen, Transat Travel; Filomena Punzo, Travelmasters; Irene Neustaedter, Around the World in 80 Days; Jason Mills, Escapes.ca; Jean-Michel Gendron, Voyages Gendron; Linda Sharp, TravelPoint; Margaret Barrie, UNIGLOBE Adventure House Travel; Marilyn Shalma, New Wave Travel; Nathalie Duplessis, Voyages Cap Evasion; Patrick Giguere, Voyages Constellation; Robert Townshend, Total Advantage Travel & Tours Inc.; Sarah Griffiths, Flight Centre; Shelley Parry, Tier One Travel; Sonia Gioffre, Voyages Reid; Sue Urie, Vacation.com; Todd Goguen, Maritime Travel Inc.; Tim Morgan, Travel Professionals International; Vikas Malhotra, itravel2000; Joannie Letourneau, Club Voyages Excellence; Greg Currie, Bytowntravel; Rob Blowes, CWT Blowes Travel; Barb McLean, Maritime Travel; Fiona Barclay, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Christine Latremoille, UNIGLOBE Le Centre De Voyages Dorval; Lou Anne Fradsham, Uniglobe Bon Voyage Travel; Christina Hlusko, CAA Travel; and Danielle Sotera, Travel3000.ca.
The group will meet monthly for the first six months before moving into quarterly sessions. Meetings will take place at ACV’s Mississauga and Montreal offices as well as through conference calls. An in-destination conference is also a possibility.
The first meeting will take place on Oct. 18. Members will have the opportunity to influence key strategies, share needs and challenges, and collaborate on existing and new initiatives that will increase sales for all travel agents. According to an official release, members will help ACV understand “what it needs to do to propel its relationship with the trade.”
Travelweek recently interviewed Craig Landry, President of Air Canada Leisure Group (ACLG) about the Travel Advisory Board. Click here to read an excerpt of the interview.
For more information go to vacations.aircanada.com.