Connecting travel directors with meeting planners


I just recently learned about the International Network of Travel Directors' new Web site, and thought it sounded like a great resource for both TDs and meeting planners who want to hire them. Generally hired to handle the on-site logistics, TDs are an essential component of many meetings, particularly those where the planner can't be there in person, so I thought this would be of interest to both the planners and TDs among us.

INTD's Web site, on a brief skip through, allows planners to connect directly with freelance travel directors, and gives TDs their own networking and career center. In an e-mail introducing the INTD site, executive director Alison Ray, CMP, said, "As a business owner and planner for over 10 years I found it extremely challenging that it took so long for me to locate experienced and qualified staff when I was hosting meetings and events across the world. After spending several years interviewing travel directors and discussing this issue with other meeting planners, I realized there was a definite gap in the industry. This became my motivation for founding an organization that would bridge the gap between planners and freelance staff."

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