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Business Briefs...Travel agent participates in Global Travel Marketplace

Cloquet resident and Divine Destinations travel agent Jennifer Maki was selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the inaugural Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 24-26. GTM is a three-day appointment-only event for travel agents and suppliers seeking to conduct business face-to-face.

Out of more than 500 applications, 113 North American travel professionals met the strict requirements, which included booking a minimum of $1 million in annual sales and maintaining a global book of business. More than 13,000 appointments were requested, 5,000 face-to-face meetings were conducted and 144 presentation sessions were hosted during the three-day event.

Maki herself attended more than 44 meetings in the two days she was there.

"GTM provided the platform for key travel industry professionals to network with and be part of a collaborative and like-minded community of agents and suppliers who all have the same goal: To build and grow their business," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, vice president of Events, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Media. "The agents who attended this event were the cream of the crop. The expertise and experience they offer their clients is second to none."

For more on Maki's experience, check out Kate Rice's blog at