Shannon Smith has been named TravelOnly’s Director of Training, providing additional depth and experience to a robust team of travel executives, PAX has learned.
As a previous Director of Sales with TravelBrands, Shannon is a well recognized industry professional with more than a decade of retail travel sales experience.
With a strong understanding of the travel environment, systems and supplier relations, Smith has the "perfect combination of supplier partner and retail skills to help new and existing travel advisors develop into successful sellers and entrepreneurs," TravelOnly said in a company statement. .
“I have had the pleasure of working with TravelOnly for many years and I have always felt like I was ‘part of the family’ and now I am. I am thrilled to be working alongside the leadership team as their Director of Training," said Smith. “I believe my extensive history in the travel industry brings a unique understanding of both the retail and wholesale industry which will be key to bringing a fresh new perspective.”
Smith will be one of the first staff members that new advisors will meet when first joining TravelOnly and will spearhead all training programs and development initiatives throughout the corporation.
The year has been devastating to the industry, but the next twelve months will require "significant support for all home-based travel advisors as they manage a surge in travel demand and post-pandemic enquiries," the company said. "With Shannon at the helm of their training programs, TravelOnly is well positioned for success."
Gregory Luciani, president and CEO of TravelOnly, said "we couldn’t think of a better fit for our team."
“We needed the best-of-the-best to support our travel advisors and when there was an opportunity to bring Shannon into the TravelOnly family we didn’t hesitate," he said. "We can’t wait to get started and look forward to a very bright and successful future.”
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