Nexion Travel Group Expands “Veterans in Travel” Program

Nexion Travel Group has revised and expanded access to its “Veterans in Travel” program. Launched in 2017, “Veterans in Travel” has provided a path to entrepreneurship for military veterans who wish to become travel advisors. Now, the scholarship program is open to spouses of active-duty military members.

“We have found that military spouses are an untapped resource for the travel industry. They are intelligent, resourceful people who want a career that can bear the demands of a spouse’s military service, including regular moves around the country and the world,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, president of Nexion Travel Group, in a press statement. "Becoming a travel advisor makes perfect sense, and I am thrilled that ‘Veterans in Travel’ is now offering scholarships to them as well.”

Veterans and active-duty military spouses accepted into the program will receive 50 percent off Travel Leaders of Tomorrow Virtual Campus travel advisor training modules; activation fee for Nexion Travel Group membership (a value of $199); and monthly group coaching.

Participants become members of Nexion Travel Group and upon completion of the program, can participate in group coaching and have the opportunity to meet other “Veterans in Travel” travel advisors.

To date, “Veterans in Travel” has awarded 196 scholarships to military veterans and spouses. The scholarship is available in both the United States and Canada.

Katie MacQueen, who served in the Army as a Medical Laboratory Technician, running a field laboratory to support the doctors and medics treating both Service Members and local civilians, is the owner of Better Kate Than Never Adventures and entered “Veterans in Travel” in 2020. Elaborating about her experience in a press release, she said, “Serving in combat in Iraq was one of the first times I had been overseas. Although that definitely isn’t what we think of as typical travel, my experiences in the Army made me want to continue to see the world. After some other jobs in civilian life, I decided to become a travel advisor, and Veterans in Travel gave me the background, training and support I needed to launch my agency.”

“Veterans and their families have made incredible sacrifices,” Friedman noted. “‘Veterans in Travel’ is the least we can do to show our appreciation. Whether a veteran or a military spouse, these individuals have to be nimble, adaptable, and have often been able to travel and experience the world in a different way. Their rich experiences lend well to the travel advisor profession, and ‘Veterans in Travel’ is the first step to a successful entrepreneurial career in this industry.”

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