|Ignacio Maza, EVP of Signature Travel Network; Michelle Morgan, president of Signature Travel Network; Carrie Glasscock, director of corporate relations, Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Ruthanne Terrero, VP/editorial director of The Travel + Hospitality Group and Tim Smith, chairman of Signature Travel Network|
Last night, Signature Travel Network kicked off its annual Sales Meeting in Las Vegas. 2,000 people are in attendance, 1,200 of whom are travel advisors, representing 98 percent of the consortia's network. The 700 suppliers hail from 50 countries.
Michelle Morgan, president of Signature, told attendees that sales are tracking strongly for Signature particularly for luxury. Tim Morgan, chairman of Signature, noted that the group's sales in 2011 will total $5 billion; that's up from the $30 million it generated 30 years ago.
Signature's EVP, Ignacio Maza, announced that Signature has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to raise money for breast cancer awareness. As part of the newly launched effort, it has a representative from the foundation here at the conference. At the opening general session, attendees were provided with envelopes to use for to donate money to the foundation during the trade show on Saturday.
Additionally, Travel Agent magazine presented Michelle Morgan of Signature with a check for $10,000 made out to the Susan G. Komen foundation; the donation came from the proceeds of the ads in Travel Agent's recent Pink Issue, in which Morgan shared with our readers the inspiring story of her battle with breast cancer.
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