Where in the world has the GTN staff been?

The summer months hold a reputation for being one of the busiest times of the year. Schools are out, kids are home, and the weather is nice. Not to mention, two major holiday weekends for travel fall during the summer months. Most families use vacation days and take advantage of the time they have together.

Here at Gifted Travel Network, summer is also our busiest time; this summer, in particular, has been one for the books. Now, let us share with you a little glimpse into the past two months:


Top Producers Club Trip to Panama

TPC Trip to Panama

At the beginning of June, ten of our 2021 Top Producers in sales were rewarded with a trip to Panama! Hosted by GTN’s preferred partner, Panama Trails! Jen Cochrane and Vanessa McGovern joined the group on this fantastic eight-day trip.

June Travel MBA Cohort

June Cohort TMBA

Also, at the beginning of June was the Travel MBA June cohort Jumpstart Orientation! This three-day in-person orientation is designed for our new cohort members to learn and ask questions while interacting with other members of their cohort and the GTN team.

2023 GTN Conference Announcement

The highly anticipated 2023 GTN conference location, dates, and theme were announced during the June Network IQ! The 2023 Conference will be held at the Myconian Collection Hotels & Resort in Mykonos, Greece!

ASTA Legislative Day

ASTA Leg Day

Later in the month, Jen Cochrane, Vanessa McGovern, Hannah Reitz, and Shannon Cunningham represented GTN in Washington D.C. for American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) Legislative Day. Vanessa and Shannon hosted a series of Facebook Lives for the third annual Advocacy Awareness Day. They were able to raise over $50,000 for ASTA’s political efforts!

The Palms and Shore Club and 2022 PROUD Experiences

The Shore Club and The PalmsPROUD Experiences








Erica Whitaker and a group of GTN advisors spent a week in Turks and Caicos for an educational trip at The Palms and The Shore Club. Once Erica returned, she was jet-setting again! This time to NYC for the 2022 PROUD Experiences!


Group Travel Symposium Announcement

Group Travel Symposium will take place in March of 2023 onboard AmaWaterways’ AmaVerde from Vienna to Budapest! This exclusive live event is for GTN’s Travel Business University members only. Sandy Saburn said it best, If you want to sell group travel, there is absolutely no way you can miss this! This is a special opportunity for you to become fully immersed & learn all about group travel.

Travel MBA Retreat Announcement

The Travel MBA Retreat will be held this November at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This retreat contains collaborative content, peer masterminding, and on-site visits to neighboring properties.

The Christening Ceremony of the river ship Emerald Luna by Godmother, Vanessa McGovern

Vanessa Godmother christening

Vanessa Godmother








Vanessa McGovern spent time with her family in Canada before jet-setting to Amsterdam. Vanessa was chosen as the godmother of the Scenic & Emerald Waterways, Emerald Luna river ship. Being selected as a godmother is a tremendous honor in the travel industry, and everyone here at GTN is incredibly proud of Vanessa. The christening ceremony took place on July 21st and was live-streamed for viewing. Click here to watch the recording. Caroline Hollar, Erica Whitaker, Lisa Fletcher, Meredith Hill, Sandy Saburn, and Shannon Cunningham attended the christening ceremony live in Amsterdam to support Vanessa on this incredible accomplishment.

GTN Staff Vacations

Meredith in Puerto Los Cabos

View of hotel








Meredith Hill was just in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, with her family staying at Grand Velas Los Cabos, a Virtuoso property. This property was named the 2022 Conde Nast #1 rated resort in all of Mexico!

Jen and Mac Cochrane have been exploring Thailand and we are eager to see photos and hear about their trip!

And that’s a wrap, phew! Stay tuned because August is right around the corner, and we have more travel coming up! From must-attend industry events to more GTN happenings, be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with everything happening in the GTN world!

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