PATH, the Professional Association of Travel Hosts, celebrated its 10th anniversary on August 28th with suppliers and qualifying Host agencies from around the industry, and I was honored to be part of the celebration. The day-long event in Ft. Lauderdale was a coming together of host agencies to work at determining best practices to better serve each other and benefit travel advisors within those agencies.
As Anita Pagliasso stated when starting the meeting, “Here, we are not competitors; we are unified and collaborating in the desire of identifying and resolving common challenges to better our industry for all concerned.” She named us all “supp-hosts!” It is an ideal setting which allows everyone the opportunity to voice concerns and struggles experienced in the field and work together, brainstorming and using our personal experience to find resolutions to take home. It is always exciting to see the steps taken to instill changes and improvements made from last year’s discussion and know that our industry is filled with passionate, insightful and creative individuals with the common goal of making the travel industry and great place to be employed! The Host agencies meet for an additional half day for an opportunity to work closely together. The overall mood following the meeting was very positive and energized! We all gathered at Taverna Opa for a wonderful networking and relationship building social event. There may have been some dancing on the tables, which is all part of the experience at Taverna Opa, I’m told!
I always leave this event feeling blessed about the relationships this industry has afforded me and excited to continue to grow new ones with the new people I meet!