CCRA PowerSolutions Live Feels the Love in Philadelphia

By Janela Cobian
September 11, 2018

CCRA returned to the Philadelphia area on Friday with a half-day event held at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA, welcoming over 100 travel agents and 20 suppliers for learning, networking, and relationship-building.

Rachel Levy of Israel Ministry of Tourism gives a compelling presentation on the diverse offerings Israel can offer our agent's clients.

We kicked off the event with a presentation from Israel Ministry of Tourism's Rachel Levy, titled "Israel, Beyond Belief," highlighting the myriad of sites and experiences Israel offers.

Following Rachel's presentation, select agents met with our sponsors for the Platinum Agency Roundtable Sessions while others had the option of attending PowerStrategies: The Power of Partnerships with Tammy Levent, Founder of TASK. Tammy is one of the world's most innovative travel agency owners, industry mentors, and daytime TV superstars, and she talked agents through business models, commission negotiation tactics, sales and marketing tips, how to leverage their business with the right partnerships, and so much more.

Agents listen as Michelle Raoult, International Leisure Sales, Corporate Manager of Atelier Hotels presents their incredible properties during the roundtable sessions.

“It amazes me that I can always come and learn something new at PowerSolutions Live. From the speakers to the fantastic suppliers I was able to connect with at the trade show, this was a fantastic event for me. I’m looking forward to more!”

– Cherise Stewart, Owner of Irgo Travel

Before hitting the trade show floor, everyone came back together for one more educational session presented by Brenda O'Neale, Founder of With This Ring Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Travel. Brenda shared her story, her successes, her expertise and how she built the relationships with resorts and vendors that ultimately made her an award-winning travel agent and wedding planner!

Agents of all experience levels and all business models found similar success at the event, with one agent who just started adding:

“This was my first event as I am brand new to the industry. I learned a lot and also came away with several topics that I plan on digging into as soon as I return home. Thank you CCRA!”

– Kelly Winchill, Party of 6 Family Travel
Agents gather to listen to Jeff Wright, Director of Global Sales from Aer Lingus present their latest offerings.

To end the night, suppliers and agents enjoyed food and drinks while networking with peers, developing new relationships, and meeting with CCRA leadership to discuss their travel businesses! Agents won prizes such as free hotel stays, gift cards, travel vouchers, free subscriptions, and more.

The trade show floor is packed as the evening continues with great food, drink, and conversation!

 It's no wonder each event continues to grow each year with more and more agents coming out to experience a day with CCRA.

“After hearing so much about PowerSolutions, I’m glad I finally attended an event. I’m a big fan of meetings that leave me inspired, and this event is now on my list of favorites. Thank you for letting our office be a part of it!”

– Sande Neske, Cruise Planners Luxury Travel

Suppliers that attended this show included:

Israel Ministry of Tourism
Desire - Temptation, Cancun
Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater
Accor Hotels
Rich Media Exchange
Choice Hotels
Aer Lingus
Sheraton Vacations and Westin Vacations
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts
AirlinePros, Inc
Unique Vacations, Inc/Sandals & Beaches Resorts
Atelier de Hoteles

 Six of CCRA's Northeast Regional Chapter Directors were also on hand to help educate the agents on CCRA's offerings and provide guidance on running a successful travel agency business.

CCRA Chapter Directors left to right: Connie Rush of Lehigh Valley Chapter, Hema Khan, Northeast Regional Director, Larissa Parks of the DC Chapter, Margie Jordan, VP of Agency Education at CCRA, Nina Sherman of the Philadelphia Chapter, Robin Savage of the Central NJ Chapter, and Anne Smith, Director of CCRA's Baltimore Area Chapter.

PowerSolutions Live could be coming to your city. Check out our schedule to see where we'll be next!

Interested in attending a PowerSolutions Live event as a supplier? Check out our sponsorship opportunities.


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