A wide-ranging programme of activity is planned for AITO Agents’ annual gathering of independent agents and operators
AITO Specialist Travel Agents is pleased to unveil the programme for its domestic conference 2014 - taking place this weekend (11-12 January 2014) at the prestigious Drayton Manor Hotel in Staffordshire, set amongst acres of lakes and parkland, moments away from Drayton Manor Theme Park, home of Thomasland.
This year’s domestic conference is sponsored jointly by two AITO operators - If Only and Classic Collection Holidays - and will feature Paul Chapman, of Nigel Botterill’s Entrepreneurs Circle, as the guest speaker. Paul will talk to delegates in depth about the secrets behind how businesses often become so successful.
Workshops and numerous important announcements, such as the overall national winner of the AITO All Stars incentive scheme 2013, will also take place.
AITO Agents’ domestic conference 2014 programme:
Paul Chapman, Business Growth Advisor at Nigel Botterill’s Entrepreneurs Circle (pictured), will be sharing his tips with delegates on ‘The 18 things that super successful business owners know and do that most business owners either don’t know or don’t do’. Paul will also be available in the marketplace to expand on his ideas further. The Entrepreneurs Circle is the UK's largest resource dedicated to helping passionate business owners achieve the success they desire. The Entrepreneurs Circle is packed full of practical, usable and easy-to-implement information to help business owners.
Chairman of AITO Specialist Travel Agents, Oliver Broad, says: Our domestic conference is the largest gathering of members of the independent travel sector in the UK. The industry issues panel on Sunday morning is important to ensure we are up to date with the latest concerns of the independent sector. With key members of the industry attending, including ABTA Chairman Noel Josephides, we are excited as to what will be discussed. The theme ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ echoes the feedback we have received from members who are seeing significant signs of improvement. Sales from our members were 15% up in 2013 compared to 2012 and we are all eager to find out what 2014 will bring, as consumer confidence increases.
AITO Agents typically sell holidays offered by AITO - a collection of more than 120 specialist tour operators, covering the world with an unrivalled selection of trips. A ‘speed-dating’ style face-to-face marketplace on the first day of the domestic conference will offer agents the chance to learn more about unique and inspiring trips offered by operators, including the newest members to join the AITO portfolio. This will be in addition to the main marketplace on the following day, which is one of the largest gatherings of independent agents and operators in the travel industry calendar.
During the conference’s All Stars Awards Ceremony - sponsored by the AITO operator, Anatolian Sky Holidays – an array of award wins will be revealed, including the overall national and regional winners of the AITO All Stars incentive scheme 2013, which recognises those AITO Agents who have achieved the best results when selling holidays offered by AITO. Other awards will include ‘best newcomer’ and ‘most improved AITO Agent’, as well as ‘the AITO Shining Star’, for the individual who has shown significant commitment to supporting AITO over the past 12 months.
The winners will receive top prizes courtesy of AITO operators, including complimentary nights in Oman and the Maldives with Lusso Travel, and a free weekend at Kasbah du Toubkal with Discover Ltd. Each winner will also receive a place on the 2014 AITO Familiarisation trip to Monaco, courtesy of Classic Collection Holidays.