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PowerSolutions Atlanta Kicks Off CCRA’s
2018 Event Schedule with a Big Win
Fort Worth, TX – March 2018 / Newsmaker Alert / More than 140 Atlanta-area travel agents and 23 of the travel industry’s top suppliers were in attendance at the premiere PowerSolutions LIVE event of 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead, Wednesday, February 21st.

2017 proved CCRA’s PowerSolutions is the “go-to” event for travel agents looking to grow their skills, network, and expand their education. After holding the event in 11 cities, CCRA Travel Commerce Network (CCRA) enhanced the PowerSolutions format for 2018 to include more educational components, round table sessions for advanced agents, and a marketing workshop hosted by Tammy Levent, CEO of Elite Travel & Founder of TASK, called PowerStrategies. Margie Jordan, CCRA’s Vice President of Agent Education launched a new workshop as well, focused on business strategies for entrepreneurs.

While the focus of the event remained on helping travel agents connect face-to-face with some of CCRA’s leading suppliers, the newer aspects of the show proved to add even more value to the unique PowerSolutions concept. CCRA’s Director of Meetings & Events, Stacey Tarr, had this to say, “The entire event had great energy, as agents were excited to see our newly expanded agenda and educational components. When we opened our doors at 2 pm, the line filled the lobby right away.” Stacey added, “It’s clear that there is an industry need for more focused, dynamic events like PowerSolutions throughout the year for agents located all over the world.”

The event started with a keynote presentation by Israel Tourism’s Hagar Sides. She shared inside tips on traveling to Israel, booking travel and activities, and discussed why agents should work more closely with tourism boards. Agents leaving the keynote session were abuzz about how much they learned, and how they were going to follow up with Hagar at her booth during the trade show.

New for 2018, the Supplier and Platinum Agency Round Tables and PowerStrategies Session followed the keynote. Agents who qualified for the round tables could sit down in groups of 10 with Gold sponsors for intimate 10-minute meetings. This gave them the opportunity to make a personal connection with suppliers and ask questions about working together. For agents who are newer to the industry, or work in smaller volumes, Tammy Levent of Elite Travel hosted PowerStrategies, a marketing workshop for agents who needed a little extra boost in their business. Tammy is a powerhouse in the travel industry, and her session is something that agents will be able to look forward to at all PowerSolutions events this year.

Rounding out the educational sessions was Margie Jordan’s session, “Making the Leap from Travel Agent to Business Owner,” which focused on developing a niche, strategic supplier partnerships, and setting financial goals. Margie also showed agents how to create a marketing plan and a content/lead generation strategy that they can use throughout the year.

Leonie Senior from Bountiful Travels had this to say about the event, “A great big thank you to the CCRA staff for a wonderful, informative event in Atlanta. There was such great information shared by CCRA and the other presenters and thanks to all the suppliers for spending the time with us. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

When the trade show floor opened, agents filled the room. There were 23 of the industry’s top suppliers representing all different services, from hotels, airlines, tourism boards, and technology providers, including:

  • Israel Ministry of Tourism
  • Travefy
  • Desire - Temptation, Cancun
  • Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater
  • Vivo Resorts
  • Carey International, Inc.
  • Krystal Hotels and Resorts
  • Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
  • Qatar Airways
  • Posadas
  • Hilton
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
  • Wyndham Hotels
  • Visit Tampa Bay
  • IHG
  • Sheraton Vacations and Westin Vacations
  • Best Western Hotel & Resorts
  • MeliaPRO
  • Viajes Pacifico S.A.C.
  • 70 Park Avenue, Iberostar
  • Allianz
  • AirlinePros, Inc
  • Prince Hotels USA Inc.
Betsy Riggs, Business Development Manager at Allianz Global Assistance, shared her thoughts from Atlanta, “The enthusiasm was contagious in Atlanta! All of the agents showed great interest and had specific questions about travel insurance. CCRA knows how to create a perfect environment where we as suppliers are able to engage with knowledgeable agents who care about the industry and want to know more about our products and services!”

CCRA’s next PowerSolutions event will be held on March 28th at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Additional dates include:

  • March 28 | San Francisco
  • June 22 | New York City
  • August 7 | Chicago
  • September | Philadelphia
  • October 5 | Mexico City
  • December 18 | Orlando
Travel agents and suppliers with questions about the event and sponsorship opportunities should contact Stacey Tarr, Director of Meetings and Events at

About CCRA
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network is a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation and education. For over forty years, CCRA has connected travel professionals and suppliers with the products and services they need to drive revenue, relationships and brand recognition in the travel marketplace. From the TRUE accreditation and coding system to hotels, air, call center services and more, CCRA is truly where the travel industry connects. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:
Maggie Fischer
Vice President, Marketing
CCRA Travel Commerce Network

Publishing Dates: 03/08/18 – 05/08/18
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