Do you know an accomplished and ambitious young travel agent under 40?  Nominate them for a unique professional development experience at AGC, where they will be matched with an industry leader to provide guidance and support.  Mentees will also be invited to attend the Young Professionals Society event and will be highlighted at the AGC for their accomplishments.

Travel Talent for Tomorrow Mentoring Program will be available to twelve (12) qualified nominees, and will take place in Washington DC, at the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) from August 31, 2015 –September 1, 2015.

Selected travel agents will receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to the ASTA Global Convention in Washington DC
  • Up to $500 travel reimbursement for airfare and ground transportation
  • Accommodation (double occupancy) and meals for the 3 day program
  • Special attendance at the ASTA Advocacy Dinner

Eligibility requirements and selection

  • Nominee must be identified by the head of their agency/direct manager based on their growth potential, strong sales record and exemplary customer service skills.
  • Nominee must currently be a travel agent and have worked at an ASTA member travel agency for a minimum of 2 
  • Nominee must be under the age of 40.
  • Only 1 nominee per agency permitted.

All entries will be reviewed by an Independent evaluation committee of travel agency executives and HR leaders identified by Tourism Cares and ASTA, who will assess and select the mentees based on the strength of their nomination letter and statement of interest.

Nomination Process

The nomination period opens May 29th and closes July 1st, 2015, or once the first 36 qualified applications have been received.

1.      Nomination Letter: a 1-2 page letter from the agency’s head or the nominee’s direct manager should address:

o   Reasons for growth potential and why nominee would benefit from the program

o   Exemplary sales record in comparison with other agents and in relation to total agency revenue.

o   Specific examples of exemplary customer service

2.      Young Professional Statement of Interest, from the nominated mentee: a 1-2 page letter that addresses the applicant’s goals for advancement in the travel industry, why they want to be a part of the program and how they feel they will benefit.

The Travel Talent for Tomorrow program is generously supported by travAlliance Media, ASTA Mid-America/Allegheny Chapter, ASTA,  ASTA Southeast Chapter and Marriott International.