Being a part of vendor events puts us in front of many people. The people we speak to may have different loves of travel, different passions for different places, but there is always one thing in common for everyone, they want someone they can trust with building the ideal dream vacation for them.
I hear from many other agencies that they are surprised we are doing the vendor events since we are a web-based company. Even yesterday an agent from a brick and mortor shop stopped by tochat and told us how she admired us for being out there talking to people. I am always a bit taken back by that. Specially since we are a web-based company, it is that much more important for us to get out into the community and reach out to potential clients and let them know we are more than just an email or a phone call. Each one of us has a passion for what we do and what we specialize in. That passion can easily be lost between the lines of an email without a human interaction sometimes. It is so nice for someone to put a face to a web based company. It is much easier to see how much we adore what we do for a living when you can see our faces light up when we are talking to you in person!
I remember taking a compliance course for an old employer about losing the meaning when writing and reading emails or texts messages and how the meaning can be different to whoever is reading the message. It is so true and so hard to sometimes relay the message of how much we really are vested into making someone's dreams come true on their travels.
The home based travel agent industry is booming and has a lot to offer not only us agents but to consumers as well. However, it is also nice to be able to meet your agent when you can just to get that personal connection if you are working locally with someone. We love the ability to reach out to people when we can. We have many events planned for the near future, so if you are local come by and say hello.