I’ve travelled over 15,200km in the last week to London and back to bring you the following news….
We did not win a Star Award (wipes a tear from eye)
Although its true and slightly disappointing not to win, we are very honoured to have been nominated for best North American agency, and also best work experience provider. The competitive filed was full of amazing names of some great companies. The well deserved winners where; Education and Training Network (ETN) International, for Work Experience Provider and Language International for the USA. A massive congratulations to both companies who are well deserving of the prestigious award. We look forward to coming back to fight the categories out next year!
So what else did I learn whilst over the pond? I was fortunate enough to speak to different people from all over the globe in many different industries. From homestays in Tokyo to Language programs in Malaga there was a massive array of different businesses.
As exciting as it was to speak to all these different people about their courses, from someone who’s new to the industry it was majorly inspiring to hear success story’s and the growth of some of the programs.
The event itself was extremely well ran. The hotel was beautiful and had an excellent breakfast (which I was personally hyped about) The main event on the Saturday; the Gala awards ball was a incredible sight. The guys where suited and booted in tux’s and the ladies in some beautiful dresses and formal wear. We where served a delicious 3 course meal with wine and drinks. This was followed by the awards ceremony itself with music and dancing late into the night with a live band, they killed it on the stage.
I would like to think that I learned a lot from this conference (my first attending this kind of event) even if it was just more to perfect what questions to ask and learning more about other programs in our field. It was great to hear how enthusiastic other agents where about getting more Canadians to travel abroad, and how well received our programs are. We will continually work hard to encourage them to see the world.
We are working hard now to put together more programs from links made at the conference to offer to the Canadian market. They’ll soon be spoilt for choice.
Other noticeable aspects of the trip: I lost count of the number of free cups of tea I had; as a Brit this is pretty standard feat in just a day, we do love tea. As a lover of British sausage and mash the total count of sausages consumed was 12 in 3 days…including 2 meals of sausage and mash in one day. I think I got my 6 month fix!