OTN and Family Travel Association Offer Engaging and Insightful Events Virtually
Boca Raton, FL (December 8, 2020) — OASIS Travel Network (OTN)—an award-winning host travel agency, recently held its well-attended annual conference on November 30 and December 1. To accommodate members during the pandemic, the conference shifted to a dynamic virtual format for the first time.
The two-day event saw participants gain insight and deepen their industry knowledge through a general session, supplier lightning rounds, and panels focusing on the reopening of cruising and information on talking to clients about traveling now and in 2021. There were also breakout sessions, special guests, and a virtual tradeshow utilizing Zoom.
Conference participants who registered for OTN’s event were also invited to attend the Family Travel Spotlight preceding OTN’s event on November 30, where they had the opportunity to network with FTA members and industry executives, hear from FTA leadership, and learn industry research shaping trends in family travel sector.
To allow for members and suppliers to get the maximum benefits from the complimentary event, OTN has partnered with the Family Travel Association (FTA), with conference participants also being invited to attend the Family Travel Summit preceding OTN’s event on November 30. Event participants will have the opportunity to network with FTA members and industry executives, hear from FTA leadership, and learn industry research shaping trends in family travel sector.
To add to the excitement, OTN shared its 2020 award recipients and prize winners, including naming its Rising Star of the Year, Kellyn Reed, and the 2020 Chairman’s Club Top 10 members.
OTN awarded CHUBB with Insurance Supplier of the Year, a newly added category for 2020.
“I’m honored and as everyone from your office knows, touched,” said Bonnie Raschka, Head of Leisure Travel, CHUBB. “You guys are a great team to be partnered with. We are here to support you in any way that we can! Thank you so much, we’re so proud to be partnered with you.”
For the second year running, Norwegian Cruise Line was awarded Cruise Supplier of the Year.
“What an honor! It feels like everything was 100 times more difficult to do this year,” said Frank Medina, Vice President Strategic Accounts, Norwegian Cruise Line. “This recognition is proof it’s worth doing the right thing. This makes it all worthwhile. The future is bright! We’re all peers, and we can’t do what we do and grow the way we grow without you.”
Delta Vacations scored the award for Land Supplier of the Year, also for the second year in a row.
“Thank you so much for this wonderful honor. We really try to make you proud,” said Michelle Scales, Business Development Manager, Delta Vacations. “When all of this hit, the first thing was ‘how can we protect our travel advisors?’ On behalf of the Delta Vacations Family, I cannot thank you enough.”
As the event winded down, Lee Smolinski, founder and chairman, OTN, shared some words of optimism and positivity for the year ahead.
“Soon enough, we’ll all be together again,” said Smolinski. “Thank you for sticking with us. We’re here for you always.”
About OASIS Travel Network:
OASIS Travel Network, formed in 2009, hosts more than 850 independent advisors located in all 50 states. OASIS Travel Network has received two Travel Weekly Magellan Awards and has won accolades from numerous cruise lines and tour operators and a proud member of Signature Travel Network. OASIS Travel Network is the only host agency offering complimentary ASTA membership when becoming a member. OASIS Travel Network offers its advisors a variety of options based upon their own business goals, including commission plans of up to 100%, and a suite of technology and marketing solutions either free or at substantial discounts. OASIS Travel Network is proud to have added over 400 new advisors to the travel industry with its award winning New2Travel program. For more information on OASIS Travel Network, visit www.oasistravelnetwork.com.