Tzell Travel Group hosted more than 100 Tzell Branch leaders for its Annual Branch Meeting on April 19 at the Conrad New York.
With annual sales approaching $1.6 billion, Tzell Travel Group, part of Travel Leaders Group, is headquartered in New York City and has offices in 20 states. Every year, Tzell brings each of its 50-plus branch presidents and respective teams to New York.
The branch leaders have the opportunity to network with staff from other Tzell branches, learn about industry trends from top luxury suppliers, and hear first-hand about Tzell's latest initiatives.
One exciting event for the visiting attendees? Prior to this year's meeting, the Tzell team was feted at an April 18 welcome cocktail reception at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.
“Year after year, Tzell’s Branch Meeting has been an enormous success and this year was no exception," said Barry Liben, Tzell CEO. "Our branch leadership looks forward to this annual opportunity to hear our insights, discuss industry initiatives, learn about our suppliers’ latest luxury offerings and enhancements, and connect face-to-face."
Among the travel industry executives who spoke to attendees were: Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Steve Sear, senior vice president, global sales, Delta Air Lines; Vicki Freed, senior vice president, Royal Caribbean International; Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior vice president, Sales, Celebrity Cruises; Edie Bornstein, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Azamara Club Cruises; Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and Ron Cerko, vice president, Enterprise Holdings.
In addition to the industry speakers, the branch leadership heard from Liben and members of Tzell’s headquarters team regarding the state of its airline partnerships, luxury hotel product offerings, the importance of attracting new talent to Tzell, and best practices for Tzell’s legal and accounting procedures.
“I can’t imagine not attending Tzell’s Branch Meeting," said Kathryn Anschutz, managing director for Tzell New England, one of three Boston-area branches, who's attended the meetings for the past several years.
“With Tzell, we have the best of both worlds – we are given the freedom to operate our businesses locally as we see fit, and yet we are also given the tools that are unparalleled in the industry, and most of all, we get unwavering support when we need it," she said.
At the conclusion of the full-day meeting, the Conrad New York offered a site inspection of its new five-star venue to all Tzell participants. The tour concluded atop the property’s rooftop bar, offering views of the Statue of Liberty.
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