Travelink News

MEET OUR ALL STAR AGENT AS DESIGNATED BY TRAVEL AGENT CENTRAL

April 13, 2018

Beverly GALLANT 2Our very own vacation travel advisor, Beverly Gallant, made Travel Agent Central‘s list of Top 25 Travel Advisors of 2017! Beverly has 25 years of experience as travel advisor and specializes in cruises, honeymoons, and destination weddings. She is an advocate for hard work, dedication, constant training, and staying on top of what’s happening, as well as staying active to give back to the community and others in need when she can. This past year alone, Beverly coordinated three volunteer events through social media that benefited people and organizations in need. You can read more about all of her extraordinary efforts in Travel Agent Central‘s article here.

 

OUR TRAVEL + LEISURE  & ILTM RISING STAR

April 10, 2018
Jacqueline Morgan - Travelink, American Express Travel

We are proud to say our very own, Jacqueline Morgan, is one of these Rising Stars and is featured multiple times in the report.

ILTM is the largest luxury travel forum in the world. Each year, a select group of emerging travel advisors are invited to attend the Rising Stars Lunch at ILTM in Cannes. These advisors are handpicked from top agencies across the United States for their impressive clientele of affluent young travelers. They are then flown to the Côte d’Azur to share their insights at an exclusive lunch with Nathan Lump, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine, and numerous travel industry executives. The advisors assist these companies in gaining a fresh perspective on staying relevant to a new generation of travelers.

Download your free copy to gain more insight from Jacqueline and her fellow ILTM Rising Stars here. 

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED ONE OF AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL'S 2017 REPRESENTATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

February 28, 2018

TLS-RepExc-Seal-2017 (002).pngFor the 19th consecutive year, Travelink is honored to announce we were named one of American Express Travel's Representative Excellence Award Winners.

The Representative Excellence program was established to recognize the top 25 performing agencies in the Network who have most significantly contributed to its success. These recognized agencies have demonstrated concentrated efforts against Preferred Supplier goals, engagement with American Express products and programs, and a continued commitment to representing the pillars of the American Express brand.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER DAY

December 20, 2017

Today several members of our team donated their time to help fight hunger in Middle Tennessee where 1 in 7 people including 1 in 5 children are at risk for hunger - not knowing when or where they will find their next meal.

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Our team stats for the day:

    • Morning spent sorting & packing 7,818 pounds of food, which translates into 6,515 meals.
    • After lunch we moved to sort through 10,840 pounds of breakfast food and beverage packed boxes searching for bars and special baby supplement water that had been recalled to ensure safety for recipients.

    • Then we packed up 245 Backpack bags of food for kids who have their lunches subsidized by the state so they have meals for the weekends.

We love and support the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and are proud of our team’s participation today! Happy Holidays y’all!!

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TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RANKED ONE OF NASHVILLE’S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

October 24, 2017

photo-1467989977606-1f97f7dc81fb.jpegTravelink, American Express Travel, has been recognized on the Nashville Business Journal’s “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Nashville” list making it the sixth consecutive year the company has charted on the list.

To name the fastest-growing companies in Nashville for The List, Nashville Business Journal first ranked Nashville’s private companies by revenue in 2016 to determine the 100 largest. Of those 100, they then ranked the fastest-growing based on revenue growth from 2013 to 2016 and this year Travelink places at #41 on the list.

“Nashville is experiencing such a great growth market and Travelink is thankful to call it home for more than 20 years,” stated Michael S. Dixon, President of Travelink, American Express Travel. “The Nashville Business Journal’s recognition of our place in the growth of Nashville is a great testament to our fantastic team whose goal is always to deliver extraordinary experiences for our clients.”

WILLIAM HAIRE AWARDED THE BARBARA O’HARA ADVOCACY AWARD

September 7, 2017

JDP_3629-3.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, is pleased to announce Vice President and Managing Partner, William Haire, has been awarded the Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award.

The Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award is awarded to two ASTA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of their support for ASTA’s advocacy initiatives, grassroots campaigns, and ASTAPAC fundraising. Recipients are selected by ASTA staff members in consultation with award sponsor Sabre, and the ASTA Government & Political Affairs Committee

Regarding the award, Haire accounts, "The Travel Advisor is key to helping the consumer navigate the myriad of options and suppliers in the travel industry today. We advocate for all agencies and agents on the federal and local level to make sure the consumer is treated fairly without additional indirect taxes being leveled."

Pictured left to right: Samantha Brown, Canadian Travel Blogger; Eben Peck, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA); Bill Haire, Vice President, Managing Partner, Travelink, American Express Travel; Michael Hanson, Senior Director / Government  & External Affairs, Sabre.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED TO TRAVEL WEEKLY’S 2017 POWER LIST FOR THE 6TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 13, 2017

TW-logo_red.pngTravelink, American Express Travel, Tennessee’s only appointed American Express Travel Representative, is pleased to announce being named to Travel Weekly’s 2017 Power List for the sixth consecutive year.

The annual Power List, which ranks agencies that report annual travel sales in the previous year of $100 million or more, ranked Travelink number 50 for the third year in a row and it is the company’s sixth consecutive year on this prestigious list.

“Our team at Travelink is focused on extraordinary customer service and a continued commitment to excellence when managing and planning travel for our clients. Our inclusion in Travel Weekly’s Power List over the past six years further validates how strong a team we have assembled over the last 20 years.  We are so appreciative of each and every individual who has been a part of making our continued success possible,” emphasizes Michael S. Dixon, President and Managing Partner of Travelink, American Express Travel.

Travelink also congratulates its partners at American Express Global Business Travel for ranking in the top three and American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services for their top 10 placements. To read more about Travel Weekly’s 2017 Power List click here.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL, MANAGER AWARDED CVENT ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AND COMPLETES CVENT EVENT MANAGEMENT ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

June 22, 2017

19238197_10158806734615048_3144423188981256420_o-1.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce our Manager of Meetings, Association Management, & Groups, Lindsay Buchanan, has been awarded the Cvent Advocate of the Year title and has also completed her Cvent Event Management Advanced certification.

The Cvent Advocate of the Year award is given to the person who most contributed throughout the year to Cvent's product suite innovation through feedback, guest speaking, and participation positively impacting all Cvent users. In addition to this prestigious honor, Lindsay's completion of the Cvent Event Management Advanced certification will improve her department's efficiency within the Cvent tools and elevate Travelink's Meetings, Association Management & Groups business. Cvent Certification provides an opportunity for planners to demonstrate their expertise of the Cvent Event Management planning software. Professional and Advanced levels of certification are offered for Cvent Event Management users.

Cvent Certified Event Management AdvancedThe Cvent Advocate of the Year Award and Cvent Advanced Certification were announced and rolled out, respectively, at the 2017 Cvent CONNNECT event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. A total of 60 individuals registered for the Advanced Certification; 93% of which completed the certification. Cvent certification is designed for the most successful and proficient users who manage one or more events annually.

WILLIAM HAIRE APPOINTED TO AMERICAN EXPRESS AIRLINES AGENCY ADVISORY PANEL

March 7, 2017

Unknown-45.jpegTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce that during the 43rd Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards, William Haire, Vice President and Managing Partner of Travelink, was appointed to the 2017 American Airlines Travel Agency Advisory Panel. The event was held in New York City where American Airlines was named Airline of the Year for 2017 by Air Transport World (ATW). American Airlines was recognized by ATW’s editorial board because of its leadership and employees’ achievements over the past year in integrating American and US Airways. ATW called the integration, “practically flawless despite it being the largest, most complex airline merger in history.”

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL, MANAGER NAMED TO CONNECT CORPORATE MAGAZINE’S 40 UNDER 40 LIST

March 7, 2017

Lindsay-Buchanan-1.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce our Manager of Meetings, Association Management, & Groups, Lindsay Buchanan, has been recognized in the Connect Corporate Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Spring 2017 issue.

Connect Corporate is a national B2B print and digital magazine providing resources and ideas to planners and suppliers in the corporate meetings industry.

Nominations were received from around the world, then reviewed and evaluated by Connect Corporate’s editorial staff based on references, achievements, industry involvement and other attributes.

These individuals represented in our annual 40 Under 40 are the future of the corporate meetings industry,” said Chris Collinson, president and CEO of Connect. “They together with colleagues and industry partners, are elevating the profession and moving it forward.” The full list can be viewed here.

Lindsay Buchanan, CMP, is a Certified Meeting Planner and Manager at Travelink, American Express Travel for the past six years. She maintains a close working relationship with Cvent and is the registration site programmer for various associations, as well as the exhibit hall manager. She utilizes technology and social media to enhance communication before, during, or after events. You can find Lindsay's profile page on the 40 Under 40 List here.

About Connect
Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company's brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL PARTNERS WITH TANZANIA BASED TRAVEL COMPANY, ZARA TOURS

March 2, 2017

logo2.pngTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Zara Tours, Tanzania Adventures. Travelink will now operate an International Air Desk focused on supporting clients of Zara Tours from the United States and Canada booking flights to and from Tanzania, Africa.

This new partnership allows Zara Tours to leverage the buying power of American Express Travel and will grant their clients access to unpublished, wholesale ticket options through the Travelink International Air Desk, which offer significant discounts on many international routes.

As a full service travel agency and American Express Travel’s 2016 Agency of the Year, Travelink will also assist Zara Tours clients with pre and post tour travel planning as well as ensuring they have support throughout their journey.

About Zara Tours:
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987 by Mrs. Zainab Ansell, is Tanzania’s unrivalled No 1 Kilimanjaro trekking company and one of the largest safari operators in the region. The company organizes full service travel experiences in Tanzania, where they propose various choices of Safaris, the climbing of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru and expeditions in Zanzibar. Own and operate 2Hotels, 2lodges and 4-tented Camps in the northern circuit of Tanzania. Provide Airport transfer, city to city transfer, VIP and regular tour services, groups and corporations from all over the world. They offer additional experiences in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. The company owns 76 4x4 Land Rovers, 4x4 mini buses, 4x4 land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) and 88 registered Kilimanjaro guides, who speaks English, German, French and Spanish.

Visit Zara Tours Website.

TRAVELINK NAMED AGENCY OF THE YEAR BY AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL

October 24, 2016

AMEX Rep Agency of the Year 2016 Travelink.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, is pleased to announce that during the annual American Express Travel Global Forum, held at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, the company was named Agency of the Year.

Every year, American Express Travel presents a Representative member with the Agency of the Year award. Agencies that receive this recognition exhibit exemplary values, service and performance. The Agency of the Year award is given to an agency that provides exceptional service and value to customers, always upholding the values and standards of the American Express brand.

Contributing to the selection of Travelink for the recognition this year included the company’s unique engagement level for the Gold Card Member travel services program, active participation in several influential industry advisory boards, including American Express Travel, Departures Magazine, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Trump Hotels, Sabre, and ASTA CAC where Michael Dixon, President & Managing Partner of Travelink, was recently appointed to the leadership role of Secretary, serving three successive 2-year terms ending as CAC Chairman.

Michael Dixon accepted the award from American Express EVP & GM, Claire Bennett and Vice President of American Express Travel, Tanuj Suri, Vice President, American Express Travel. “I am grateful for this public acknowledgement recognizing Travelink.  This tremendous honor is a culmination of the collaborative efforts of our entire team.” says Mr. Dixon

Travelink was also recognized as Agency of the Year in 2011.

MICHAEL DIXON, PRESIDENT OF TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL ELECTED TO ASTA'S CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL IN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP POSITION

October 7, 2016

michael-dixon.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, is pleased to announce that during the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Global Convention in Reno-Tahoe on September 27, 2016, the ASTA Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) set its Executive Committee leadership roster and Michael Dixon, President of Travelink was elected by his peers to an Executive Leadership position.

This leadership role is a six-year commitment to the Executive Committee with ascension in role and responsibility every two years leading to the role of Chair.  Michael begins his first two years effective immediately in the role of Secretary. With his appointment, Denise Jackson (Balboa Travel) rises to Vice Chair, and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg (Valerie Wilson Travel) is now Chair, leading the Executive Committee for the CAC for the next two years.

The ASTA CAC is made up of the largest travel agency (corporate and leisure) consortia, franchise, and other members of ASTA with annual travel sales of at least $50 million. The CAC works on issues of common interest to the travel agency community, formulating a strategy to speak with one voice before federal regulators, Members of Congress, state legislators and other travel industry groups.

PRESIDENT, VACATION TRAVEL AND VP, MARKETING ADDED TO TRAVEL + LEISURE'S 15TH ANNUAL A-LIST

September 29, 2016

A-List_logo_blue.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, ranked #50 on the Travel Weekly 2016 Power List, is pleased to
announce that Linda Raymer, President, Vacation Travel and Sandy Schadler, Vice President, Marketing made Travel + Leisure's 15th Annual A-List.

The T+L A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—destination authorities, honeymoon planners, family-reunion whizzes, cruise experts—helping take client trips to the next level. This year the A-List featured 137 individuals, two coming from the Travelink, American Express Travel's Nashville headquarters.

Linda Raymer Headshot.jpgRaymer is featured in the Europe Experts portion of the A-List for her creative approach to must-see destinations and tried-and-true itineraries, like touring London in a Mini Cooper or taking a personalized walking tour through the city's up-and-coming neighborhoods.


As President of the Vacation Division of Travelink, Linda has developed the luxury division of our leisure business, Privileged Journeys, which enjoys continued growth ahead of plan. Linda formerly owned her own agency, WorldClass Travel, which was acquired by Travelink, American Express Travel in 2000. During her time as an agency owner and now in her current role at Travelink, Linda has served on the American Express CTN Advisory board as well as the American Express Vacations Advisory Board and the Departures Luxury Council. 

sandy-schadler.jpgSandy Schadler, Vice President, Marketing is featured in the Travel + Leisure Advisory Board portion of the A-List. The Travel + Leisure Advisory Board is a select group of owners and operators of the country's most important travel agencies. They share with T+L editors and advertisers their expert opinions on the latest developments in the travel industry and their read on ever-evolving consumer trends.

Sandy is responsible for executing a digital, social, mobile, CRM, traditional media and regional advertising strategy for Travelink and its sub-brands, Employee Vacation Programs and Privileged Journeys, across a national network of retail and virtual offices. In addition to her advisory board position for Travel + Leisure magazine she is also sits on the advisory board for the German National Tourism Office in the USA.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE NOMINATED FOR NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL CFO AWARDS

August 30, 2016

Tim_Barton-Leadership.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, Tennessee’s only appointed American Express Travel Representative, is pleased to announce Tim Barton, Vice President, Finance has been nominated for Nashville Business Journal’s CFO Awards.

The CFO Awards, presented by Vaco, honor Middle Tennessee’s top financial professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. The public submitted nominations and a panel of independent judges comprised of past CFO Award winners selected a group of based on outstanding performance for their companies based on financial information submitted.

Tim leads the finance, HR, and administrative areas of Travelink. He brings a broad range of progressive senior finance management experience with successful organizations in several industries, including 'big four" public accounting, media & entertainment, publishing, global manufacturing, sports entertainment, and higher education. Tim has worked with familiar iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Southern Living at Time Inc., Gibson Guitars, and most recently, as the Senior Finance Director for Technicolor, a manufacturer and distributor of DVD/blue-ray discs for 20th Century Fox and other movie studios.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting as well as an MBA from Auburn University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a dynamic leader for Travelink’s finance, HR, and administrative departments.

The CFO Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place October 4, 2016. Finalists will be honored at the awards dinner, and one winner in each category will be revealed live. In addition, the finalists will be highlighted in a special Nashville Business Journal printed publication and on NashvilleBusinessJournal.com. Nashville Business Journal will also honor the Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Anthony Crudele - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Tractor Supply Co.

MIKE VIARS TO ASSUME NEW ROLE AS PRESIDENT, TRAVELINK GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL

August 30, 2016

mike-viars.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, ranked #50 on the Travel Weekly 2016 Power List, is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Mike Viars has been promoted to the new role of President, Travelink Global Business Travel, reporting to company President & Managing Partner, Michael S. Dixon.

This new role within Travelink combines the management of Business Travel Services, Employee Vacation Program sales, and Client Management. Mike will also continue to serve as the primary relationship manager for American Express Global Business Travel.

Viars’ Business Travel Division accounts for 80% of the gross sales for the entire Travelink organization and he has been in leadership at Travelink for the past 10 years. Prior to Travelink, Mike spent 15 years in the Aircraft Manufacturing and Hi Temp Metals Processing Industry. He held Director Level positions in Sales, Marketing and OEM Client Contract Management in the United States and Europe.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED TO TRAVEL WEEKLY’S 2016 POWER LIST

July 20, 2016

TW-logo_red.pngTravelink, American Express Travel, Tennessee’s only appointed American Express Travel Representative, is pleased to announce being named to Travel Weekly’s 2016 Power List.

The annual Power List, which ranks agencies that report annual travel sales in the previous year of $100 million or more, ranked Travelink number 50 for the second year in a row and it is the company’s fourth consecutive year on this prestigious list.

 “Our team at Travelink is focused on extraordinary customer service and a continued commitment to excellence when managing and planning travel for our clients. Our inclusion in Travel Weekly’s Power List over the past four years further validates how strong a team we have assembled over the last 20 years.  We are so appreciative of each and every individual who has been a part of making our continued success possible,” emphasizes Michael S. Dixon, President and Managing Partner of Travelink, American Express Travel.

Travelink also congratulates its partners at American Express Global Business Travel for ranking in the top three and American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services for their top 10 placement. To read more about Travel Weekly’s 2016 Power List click here.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE LINDSAY BUCHANAN IS NOW A CERTIFIED CVENT EVENT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL

June 23, 2016

cvent_planner_certification_logo.pngTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce Lindsay Buchanan, Meeting Planner/Group Manager, is now a Certified Cvent Event Management Professional.  Lindsay successfully passed the certification exam, which is only earned by elite level event professionals who use the Cvent Event Management software tools to maximize event effectiveness.  She has been using the Cvent software for the past eight years.

For Travelink clients, Lindsay uses Cvent's event management, supplier network, and membership management tools for about 25 groups and meetings each year. Utilizing Cvent, Lindsay is able to modernize the methods Travelink handles our event management and as a result we are more efficient in finding venues, planning the events, engaging attendees, measuring the impact of our events, and much more.  Contact us today for help planning your next major conference or meeting and put our expertise to work for you.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED ONE OF AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL'S 2015 REPRESENTATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

March 11, 2016

2015 Representative Excellence AwardFor the 17th consecutive year, Travelink is honored to announce we were named one of American Express Travel's Representative Excellence Award Winners! The Representative Excellence program was established to recognize the top 17 performing agencies in the Network who have most significantly contributed to its success. These recognized agencies have demonstrated concentrated efforts against Preferred Supplier goals, engagement with American Express products and programs, and a continued commitment to representing the pillars of the American Express brand.

HELPING TO GRANT DANIELLA'S WISH, A GERM FREE, SAFE, & FUN BACKYARD PLAYGROUND

March 9, 2015

content_daniella_s_wish.pngTravelink's very own Vacation Travel Advisor, Bev Gallant, is helping celebrity landscaper, Ahmed Hassan, build a germ-free playground for a 2 year old cancer patient.  Daniella Collazo has been battling neuroblastoma stage III cancer, a type of cancer that develops in the nerve tissue with a high relapse rate, for almost a year.  For the past 10 months, she went through six chemotherapy cycles, multiple blood and platelet transfusions, a bone marrow transplant and many hospitalizations.  Once Daniella was released from the hospital, she soon realized everywhere was a dangerous environment due to her weak immune system – including her neighborhood playground.  As a result, the Mystic Force Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research to find safer and less toxic therapies specific for children, reached out to celebrity landscaper Ahmed Hassan and asked him to help build Daniella a germ-free playground.  After Ahmed said yes, he quickly contacted Bev Gallant to help coordinate all of the travel logistics involved with doing a two-day landscaping make-over in Miami.  Bev commented, "This has been the most inspiring project I've EVER been a part of.  It's so wonderful to see everyone collaborate from all over the USA to help spread childhood cancer awareness and help Team Daniella. In my 23+ years as a Travel Advisor, I've been involved in many projects but this one has touched my heart and so many others."  To find our more about how you can help, please visit Daniella's website

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RANKED #2772 IN 2014  INC. 5000  FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES

March 1, 2014

inc5000.pngInc. magazine ranked Travelink, American Express Travel NO. 2772 on its 33rd annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs.

For more information on Travelink, American Express Travel and the Inc. 5000 please visit the following link.