Inaugural Future Leaders in Travel Retreat Fills Travel Industry Gap

Inaugural Future Leaders in Travel Retreat Fills Travel Industry Gap

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2018

Contact: Alicia Evanko-Lewis 
Senior Vice President of Events, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Group


Inaugural Future Leaders in Travel Retreat Fills Travel Industry Gap

SECAUCUS, NJ - TravelAge West, owned by Northstar Travel Group, launched the first-ever Future Leaders in Travel Retreat (The Retreat) in Aspen, Colo., Sept. 4-6, 2018, at the Aspen Meadows Resort, home of The Aspen Institute. The Retreat is dedicated to connecting the next generation of travel buyers and sellers in order to move the industry forward.

"The travel industry lacked a space for young professionals to connect, develop their leadership skills, and discuss the future of our industry," said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Group. "TravelAge West and Northstar Travel Group saw that hole and developed The Retreat."

"When I first heard about The Retreat, I got really excited because it was something that's missing in the market. I knew I needed to apply immediately," said Scott Largay of Largay Travel, Inc.

The launch event brought together 66 travel industry professionals on both the supplier and the advisor sides between the ages of 22 and 37. The 41 fully hosted travel advisors in attendance were selected through an application process requiring advisors to demonstrate their personal brand, share thoughts on the current state of the industry, and provide professional references.

"My expectations have been completely blown away," continued Largay. "The Retreat is unlike any other event that I've ever been to. What TravelAge West has done here is put together an agenda where you have different opportunities to have authentic conversations."

Over three days, attendees connected through unique, collaborative content sessions; outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and yoga; and social events full of local flare. Education focused on professional development topics specific to future leaders, and provided insights on how this generation will influence the future of the travel industry.

"All of the aspects of The Retreat were not only informative, but they were designed in a way that helped us bond," said Maja Gudelj of Olive Tree Escapes. "We've all taken this opportunity to learn from one another and encourage one another. That doesn't always happen at other conferences."

Supplier participants represented diverse segments of the industry, including airlines, hoteliers, destinations, ocean and river cruise lines and tour operators. What they shared is a desire to better understand how millennial travel advisors work.

"What I've gotten out of this conference is a better understanding of how this generation of travel advisors ticks," said Kyle Hassell of Delta Air Lines. "Through the connections I've made, I learned what our advisor partners need, what they want, and what they expect from a supplier. And now I can take all that back to our team so we can develop products, services, and tools for the next generation of the industry."

The Retreat returns to Aspen Meadows Sept. 3-5, 2019. For more information, and to be notified when advisor applications open, please visit For supplier inquiries, contact Shannon Tiger at or 609-298-7647.

For nearly 50 years, TravelAge West has been the trusted voice of the travel industry in the Western U.S. With award-winning writing and design, the publication brings the best of travel to life for readers. The magazine's first-hand, on-site reports and fresh destination coverage is a valued resource for travel advisors. TravelAge West is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

Northstar Travel Group is the leading provider of business-to-business news, information, data, transactions and custom content solutions for the travel, meetings, and hospitality industries. Brands under the Northstar umbrella include Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Phocuswright, Meetings & Conventions, M&C China, Web in Travel and Inntopia. The company produces more than 52 face-to-face events, taking place in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Northstar is based in Secaucus, NJ, and is a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital.