- Find young talent,
- Provide an accredited global perspective to travel buyers and suppliers, and
- Implement a consultant’s certification program.
Two weeks earlier, ACTE announced its intent to form an angel investor network geared to funding new travel industry innovations.
Looks like Ron DiLeo, ACTE’s new Executive Director, is wasting little time trying to put ACTE on a “wake up and shake up the industry” course. Gotta agree that our industry needs new thinking and fresh talent. Can’t argue with expanding the global perspectives of most anyone in a global industry.
But I’m somewhere between skeptical and really annoyed at ACTE, or any other group, trying to certify consultants. I’ve asked Ron to provide his thinking behind this initiative, and will write again on Friday about this.
What’s your opinion on ACTE’s new initiatives? Are these the most important issues for a global travel industry association to tackle? Or is ACTE straying too far from its core values of providing timely education and excellent networking?
Is this deep thinking about what the industry needs, or just “throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks”?
How do these efforts complement, or compete, with those from NBTA?
Most importantly, what do buyers and suppliers really need that they are not getting – but could – from their industry associations?
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