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CCRA Announces PowerSolutions National Conference Slated for February 2019 at National Harbor, Maryland

The event builds on the success of CCRA’s PowerSolutons Live regional event series held each year around the globe. This will be CCRA’s first multi-day conference focused on the needs of travel agency business owners.

FORT WORTH – TEXAS – June 15th, 2018


CCRA announced today the launch of a brand new travel industry conference focused on the unique needs of today’s travel agency business owner. With content tailored for travel agency owners who are both in pursuit of their own independent accreditation and those who are well established with TRUE, ARC, IATA or CLIA, attendees will be able to customize their experience and choose from an array of business-focused sessions.

The conference is scheduled for February 7-9, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, at National Harbor, Maryland.

“CCRA serves a diverse set of travel agency businesses with different needs. We wanted to create an environment where all of our agency customers can network, learn from one another and then focus on the specific areas they need training and education on based on where they are in their professional development and strategic plan,” said Dic Marxen, President & CEO of CCRA.

Registration for the event is $149 for travel agents. This includes 3 jam-packed days full of education and networking opportunities, evening receptions, and powerful sessions hosted by industry executives and non-industry celebrities.

Sessions will focus on sales and marketing training, legal and data protection strategies, education on dealing with emergency situations, insurance issues for agents, selling groups, complex itineraries, building supplier partnerships, commission negotiations, and more. Agents will have a choice in educational tracks based on their experience level and business needs. Both tracks require an accreditation.

Kevin Harrington, one of the original Sharks on Shark Tank as well as a reknown entrepreneur and business innovator has signed on to give a keynote address focused on innovation and building a successful business.

“Having Kevin join us and illuminate our agencies on what it takes to build an agency brand and a profitable business will be a phenomenal way to motivate, enlighten and empower our agencies – his expertise and success story are incredible, and we can’t wait to welcome him.” Says CCRA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Maggie Fischer. “We are developing a list of presenters and special guests that I think will really surprise people and show them just how much CCRA can bring to the table.”

Other esteemed guests and speakers include:

Steve Martorano, celebrity chef and motivational speaker, bringing his inspiring story and real world advice on perseverance and building your own brand;

Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour, the first African American fighter pilot and inspirational speaker will bring her groundbreaking program to the stage;

NCAA Basketball Coach Murry Garvin will power up the crowd with his take on what it means to be a leader in today's environment;

Travel influencer and journalist Kelly Blanco of NBC6 South Florida will also be on hand to educate and empower travel agents' communication strategies;

Hospitality expert, former editor-in-chief of Ocean Drive Magazine, and current head of Miami branding agency The Tag Experience Jared Shapiro will host several key sessions on blogging, advertising and marketing your luxury business;

Travvy Award Winner and renown travel agent powerhouse Tammy Levent will speak with agents about selling luxury up against short-term rentals and other industry disruptors;

Former head of Trafalgar and Brendan Vacations and current President of Partner Learning Solutions, Paul Wiseman, will also join PowerSolutions National to bring a wealth of education on knowing your customers, navigating through a changing marketplace, and even a special session for suppliers on building marketing strategies with agents that work.

Matthew David, renown sales coach and CEO of Growology will emcee the event alongside famed corporate entertainer and mentalist Denny Corby.

CCRA has also partnered with several travel industry partners to provide additional opportunities for attendees to grow their businesses.CCRA has invested significantly in a number of scholarships being made available via The Travel Institute, who will be offering 50% off of their CTA or CTC programs, as well as a waived application fee for those registered to attend PowerSolutions National. Interested agents must purchase their scholarship prior to July 31st, 2018.

The event will feature several evening functions, beginning with FirstNight at PS National featuring an array of global culinary and cultural experiences for attendees to enjoy, an 80s night featuring the country’s best 80s cover band and culminating with a black tie gala and awards dinner on Saturday night the 9th.

The event is set to welcome more than 500 travel agencies and 200 suppliers to the Gaylord National with registration now open at


Media Contact:
Maggie Fischer
Chief Marketing Officer
+1 (407)965-2735