TL Network is hailing some of those of those who have deservedly taken on the travel agent hero mantra during these months of travel disruptions.
The network is paying tribute to agents throughout May, saluting the “silent heroes”who have been working tirelessly to help those who suddenly found themselves stranded because of the coronavirus pandemic.
” Imagine being a 17-year-old exchange student in Croatia recovering from an emergency appendectomy when a global pandemic arises, and you just want to see your mom,” TL Network asks? “Or perhaps you were about to leave for your destination wedding as borders were being closed. Perhaps you were celebrating your 20th wedding anniversary in Ireland as a travel ban took effect, or your employees had just landed in India when visas were recalled. As travel throughout the world shut down, travel advisors were on duty to get their clients home, while simultaneously moving first responders to pandemic hot spots, allowing them to save lives.
The network proudly observes that nearly 65,000 travel agents affiliated with Travel Leaders Group, parent company of TL Network, are continuing to serve travellers in what it labels “extremely confusing, volatile, and unpredictable situations, just as they do throughout the year during hurricanes, health concerns and times of wedded bliss.”
TL Network is posting the stories of some of the agents on social media, as well as videos from supplier partners who express gratitude “for these everyday heroes.”
“In the entire history of our industry there has never been a more fitting time to celebrate and thank travel advisors for going above and beyond caring for their clients every single day,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO J.D. O’Hara. “Travel advisors are the calm to the fears of a worried public, guiding clients all while facing extreme challenges to their own businesses as they sought assistance to keep their employees working so they can continue to be a lifeline to travellers all over the world.”
TL Network and such affiliated agencies as Pace Setter Travel & Tours, Centre Holidays, Bonaventure Travel, Glenny Travel and Travel Trends, are saluting agents by retelling some of the heartwarming stories of how “these talented individuals saved the day” for clients.
Here are some of those stories: