WITIA Networks July 2022

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Welcome to WITIA NETWORKS!, designed to showcase travel and tourism offerings by members of Women in Tourism International Alliance. WITIA NETWORKS! is published at the end of January, March, May, July, September and November, and is distributed free of charge to our large database. These special offerings for both you and your clients are brought to you by member businesses. The information contained in WITIA NETWORKS! is for informational purposes only and must be confirmed/validated by the company cited in the listing. Please contact each advertiser directly – they alone are responsible for the content of these notices. All prices are quoted in applicable currencies. Ads are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  

Beth Ringhofer, Editor

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS

Adventure Engine Inc
Adventure Engine Inc. has affordable software solutions for booking management, created for companies with adventure and experiential tour products. Read more.
Adventure Engine Inc
Adventure Engine Inc. has affordable software solutions for booking management, created for companies with adventure and experiential tour products. Read more.
Selected Tours Italy
SELECTED TOURS ITALY is a comprehensive licensed tour operator based in Rome. Read more.
Selected Tours Italy
SELECTED TOURS ITALY is a comprehensive licensed tour operator based in Rome. Read more.
Lyn Taylors Adventure Travel Caucasus
Join us for an exceptional 20-days of sightseeing and hiking in the Caucasus, starting in Armenia, crossing through Georgia and finishing in Azerbaijan. This is a private tour Read more.
Lyn Taylors Adventure Travel Caucasus
Join us for an exceptional 20-days of sightseeing and hiking in the Caucasus, starting in Armenia, crossing through Georgia and finishing in Azerbaijan. This is a private tour Read more.
Wine Tours Australia & New Zealand
Planning customized vacations for 30+ years for independent travelers and groups. Read more.
Wine Tours Australia & New Zealand
Planning customized vacations for 30+ years for independent travelers and groups. Read more.
Bungarribee Australian Wildlife Experience @ the Sydney Zoo
Bungarribee Australian Wildlife Experience is a major new attraction (opened in December 2019) at the Sydney Zoo.  Read more.
Bungarribee Australian Wildlife Experience @ the Sydney Zoo
Bungarribee Australian Wildlife Experience is a major new attraction (opened in December 2019) at the Sydney Zoo.  Read more.
Travel To Marketing
Travel To Marketing is a worldwide sales and marketing organization based in USA and South America. Read more.
Travel To Marketing
Travel To Marketing is a worldwide sales and marketing organization based in USA and South America. Read more.
Incentive & Leisure Services, South America
Founded in the year 2000 and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ILS Tours is a destination management company specializing in tailor-made FIT, group, cruise-handling and leisure travel programs. Read more.
Incentive & Leisure Services, South America
Founded in the year 2000 and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ILS Tours is a destination management company specializing in tailor-made FIT, group, cruise-handling and leisure travel programs. Read more.
Trans Niugini Tour’s lodge, Rondon Ridge
Rondon Ridge overlooks the Wahgi Valley and Mount Hagen town in the Western Highlands Province. Read more.
Trans Niugini Tour’s lodge, Rondon Ridge
Rondon Ridge overlooks the Wahgi Valley and Mount Hagen town in the Western Highlands Province. Read more.
The Existential Traveller
Join me in Casablanca,  1-15 October 2022!   A special tour for agents, family and friends.  Read more.
The Existential Traveller
Join me in Casablanca,  1-15 October 2022!   A special tour for agents, family and friends.  Read more.

Check out the Current offers on the Website

Learn to create your own Member offers

You will notice that we are trialing a different format for this month’s WITIA Networks. 

Did you realise that you can upload your own member offer or article. You may have a few last minute spaces left on an upcoming tour, or perhaps you are visiting another region and want to connect with local members.

To demonstrate how easy it is, please see the steps below

  1. Log-In
  2. Click on News and choose Article or Offer to Submit
  3. Follow the details (Watch the video, no sound)
  4. Add Title, Upload image, and add content
  5. Submit

If you have your offer or article already prepared, it is easy cut and paste the text straight into the text box, however you can type it directly into the text box if you prefer.

All offers created on the website between now and the next Witia Networks newsletter, will automatically be added, no need to submit again. If you submit the same detail each time, you will only need to provide the link to the content and we will add it automatically.

WITIA Extraordinary General Meeting – 16 / 17 SEPTEMBER 2022

WITIA previously announced that WITIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Board elections would be held on Friday 16th / 17th Saturday September 2022 (depending on where you are located). However due to recent legislative changes for all organisations and businesses in Australia, we now need to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to make important changes to WITIA’s constitution. 

Therefore the Board has decided to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting virtually, via zoom on Friday 16th / Saturday 17th September 2022 at 7am Brisbane, Australia time, The zoom meeting link will be emailed to members closer to the date.

WITIA’s AGM has been postponed to Friday 12th / Saturday 13th November 2022, times to be advised.

Request for submissions for WITIA FAMs in 2023 & WITIA Educational in 2024

In late May, due to a lack of tour registrants and the current world climate, the 2022 Vietnam Educational was unfortunately postponed and subsequently Varini DeSilva from Ceylon Express International has advised that she is no longer able to host this tour, which has forced its cancellation. The WITIA Board would like to thank Varini for all of her hard work she has put into organising the Educational, over the past three years.  

The WITIA board invite member submissions for WITIA Access FAMS in 2023 and an Educational in 2024. 

We invite tour operators and other qualified businesses within our membership to propose quality, professionally operated FAM experiences for 2023 trips that they will administer and run. This decision also frees us to potentially offer more than one travel opportunity, thereby gaining additional choices of location and travel experience. 

Educationals are a signature element of WITIA and as such represent the Alliance to the world.  They offer maximum and lasting promotion to the host through WITIA and its channels. Among the main differences between a WITIA Access FAM and an Educational are the direct and on-going amount of WITIA Board cooperation with the host, the larger group size, the level of promotion that is WITIA-generated, and the need to follow a certain format with specific events such as networking opportunities, engagement with local tourism professionals and a final gala event. 

If you or your company is interested in hosting the 2024 WITIA Educational or offering a member FAM in 2023, please request a copy of WITIA’s Educational Terms of Reference or Requirements for FAM proposal, by contacting Carolyn Little WITIA’s Executive Secretary secretary@witia.org  

Due date for FAM and Educational submissions is Friday 30 September 2022. Please email all submissions to WITIA’s Executive secretary Carolyn Little email: secretary@witia.org

Coming Up

MEMBERS CONNECT VIRTUALLY Via ZOOM

Reach out and talk to other members, discuss ideas to help your business or personal life during the current crisis & meet your network!

Hand of Friendship” Zoom session

WITIA has held many successful virtual member meetings since April 2020. Details and Zoom meeting links are emailed to members a week prior to the sessions, and reminders are posted on WITIA’s Members Only Facebook page. If you are not receiving the emails with the meeting link, please email secretary@witia.org or info@witia.org.

What’s New: WITIA is offering our members the opportunity to give a FAM presentation during selected Zoom meetings. Presentations can be up to 15 minutes in duration and should be about a member’s tourism products or a country/ region /city of interest. Members who are interested in participating should contact President Leah Gage president@witia.org for further details. These meetings are a member benefit and restricted to financial members. Invitations will be emailed out a week prior to each meeting and will contain the meeting link with a list of times/dates. Please calendar the appropriate meeting time for your particular time zone.

SAVE THE DATE! 

Hand of Friendship” Zoom sessions for 2022 (Note change in dates)

SEPTEMBER 08/09 – Thursday/Friday

NOVEMBER 10/11 – Thursday/Friday

DECEMBER 08/09 – End of year virtual celebration, Thursday /Friday

VIP MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP

WITIA encourages all members to join our exclusive Members Only Facebook group and be a part of the ongoing conversation. Invitations to join this group have been sent out to all WITIA members. If you have lost yours, or never received one, please contact us via email at admin@witia.net. WITIA’s Global Partners have an additional benefit from this private Facebook page – your online promotions will be shared with members. Take a look!

WITIA GLOBAL PARTNERS