Have you heard the news? Across the bridge from Manhattan, Williamsburg was abuzz last week thanks to unseasonably warm weather, pre-marathon energy and – mostly importantly – Fora’s first-ever Live Forum.
The event welcomed more than 40 Fora Advisors from around the globe (from Norway to SoCal) for three days of workshops, inspiration and networking. With the chic Hoxton hotel as their home base, advisors spent their days engaging with industry experts, meeting one-on-one with Fora HQ members and hobnobbing with key travel suppliers. They gained insight on everything from brand-building to sustainable travel – all in the name of leveling up their travel advisor businesses, together. Plus, advisors expanded their network through intimate panel discussions with leading industry voices. Among them: hoteliers like Thomas Carreras, GM of Four Seasons NYC Downtown, DMC leaders like Hicham Mhammedi Alaoui of Experience Morocco (check out this 10-day Morocco itinerary), and marketing extraordinaires like Anders Lindström, Head of PR & Communications, the Americas at Hurtigruten Group.
Although it was a meetings extravaganza (320 meetings, to be exact), worry not: Live Forum wasn’t all work, no play – far from it. Days were punctuated with meals at the Hoxton’s award-winning Israeli restaurant, Laser Wolf. And the event culminated with a festive night of cocktails at the Standard East Village Penthouse.
It was quite a time. But don’t just take it from us: allow our advisors to toot our horn a little bit…
“Live Forum was the perfect crash course on everything travel industry-related! Making personal connections with our partners and suppliers armed me with the resources, knowledge, and confidence to take my business to the next level!”
- Fora Advisor A'Rielle Thomas
“I just came back from Fora’s first Live Forum and I'm still smiling. The energy in this training was palpable. Not only did I walk away with some new friendships, but I felt like I was on the cusp of something big. I can't wait for the next one!”
- Fora Advisor Ronit Margolis
“Travel is really a relationship-based business, and being at Live Forum gave me an opportunity to meet, in person, and learn from the talented HQ staff and some of our preferred providers.”
- Fora Advisor Lissa Caltrider
“It was a truly fabulous few days. Live Forum was incredibly informative, inspiring, and fun! Joining you on this Fora adventure has been a true life changer for me.”
- Fora Advisor Kerry Boyd
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