What is the Travel Agent Forum Owners Edition?

The debut Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition (TAFOE) is an exclusive program designed to foster conversations and business opportunities amongst global travel suppliers and business solution providers with a hand-selected audience of leisure travel agency owners with decision-making power. TAFOE will serve as a collaborative platform conducive to building critical business relationships to maximize ROI.

Where and when will the Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition take place?

TAFOE will take place
Sunday - Wednesday
November 14-17, 2021.

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun - Cancun, Mexico

Who produces Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

TAFOE is produced by Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to global travel suppliers and North American travel sellers mutually interested in conducting business with one another. TravelSMG offers a growing portfolio of large-scale tradeshows as well as boutique niche and destination focused programs. For more information on TravelSMG, visit www.TravelSMG.com.

Who attends the Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

TAFOE will bring a fully vetted audience of leisure travel agency owners from across North America

How many travel advisors will attend?

Space is limited to 200 leisure travel agency owners. Because space is limited, owners interested in participating will be required to take part in a stringent application process, providing details on their business for consideration of participation.

How is travel advisor eligibility determined?

Agency owners interested in participating must first complete a formal application for review and consideration of participation. Our travel advisor acquisitions team will review each application and will notify the applicant for additional details and/or next steps to determine eligibility. While a number of factors will be taken into consideration, candidates must have a minimum of 3 full-time, independent contractors or employees reporting to them; a minimum of three years’ experience as an agency owner; the decision-making powers to create business plans with participating supplier partners; along with a verifiable agency bookings/revenue of $3 Million or more.

Applications must be complete, and the applicant must provide requested details about their business for additional consideration. Applicants are not guaranteed participation, however, will be notified in a timely manner.

I attended other TravelSMG events, am I automatically eligible to attend?

TravelSMG is committed to the success of our travel advisor partners and has created a robust offering of events for sellers at all stages in their career and/or specializations. Participation at any event is handled on an event-by-event basis, therefore previous participation at any of our events will not play into eligibility.

How do I apply to attend?

If you would like to fill out an online inquiry form when available, we will notify you once the application process commences. The inquiry form can be found on the events’ official website.

How do I register for the Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

Applicants may only register after they have been notified of their eligibility by our travel advisors acquisitions team. Details will be provided at that time.

If I am not an agency owner, but would still like to attend, should I apply?

While our goal is to support travel advisors at all levels in their career, TAFOE is exclusively designed for leisure travel agency owners. Feel free to visit www.TravelSMG.com. for details on other events TravelSMG produces that might be a better fit for your professional growth.

What is included in the registration package?

If selected to attend, in addition to access to the entire event, you will receive complimentary single-occupancy all-inclusive three-night stay at our host property; roundtrip airport transfers; and an air travel allowance.

Will there be additional opportunities for travel advisors?

The Event Management team will work with area hotelier partners for optional pre/post familiarization itineraries and site inspections. Details will be shared once available.

How can I book accommodations for the Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

The Event Management team will manage all reservations with our host partner and will make all arrangements direct. Details will be provided once registered. If you elect to stay off-property, you will be responsible for your own accommodations, airport transfers and any additional fees to gain access to the host property.

Who Exhibits at Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

TAFOE will feature a diverse representation of supplier types, both categorically and geographically. Supplier company types include: All-inclusive resort chains and independent properties; hotel representation companies; destinations/tourism boards; wholesalers/packaged vacation providers; transportation and destination management companies; and key business solutions and resources.

Can I bring my spouse/guest to the Travel Agent Forum: Owners Edition?

Only bonafide travel agency owners who have been selected to participate and registered supplier personnel are eligible to attend TAFOE. Spouses and guests are not permitted to participate unless they qualify under those terms. If you plan to travel with a companion, your companion will not be permitted to attend any portion of the Forum. Please note, additional fees will apply for guests.