Global Connections’ Mariela Villa Chosen for Future Leader in Travel Event

OVERLAND PARK, KS – August 21, 2018 Global Connections Inc. (GCI), the highly-respected resort developer, travel club fulfillment and service provider of Global Discovery Vacations (GDV), operates a full-service travel agency ( GCI proudly announces that professional travel advisor Mariela Villa was selected to attend The Future Leaders in Travel Retreat sponsored by TravelAge West. Travel advisor participants must have a passion for professionalism, show enthusiasm for impacting the future of travel, and be inspired to find new and better ways to sell travel.

Those selected have completed a thorough application process that includes demonstrating their personal brand, sharing insights on the current state of the industry, and providing professional references.

The Retreat is the only event in the industry dedicated to connecting the next generation of travel buyers and sellers in order to move the industry forward.

The Retreat takes place at Aspen Meadows Resort, home of the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO, September 4-6, 2018. The event is powered by TravelAge West, a valued resource for travel advisors that is dedicated to delivering dynamic content that explores the latest destinations, trends and products.

According to Tom Lyons, President and CEO of GCI, “Mariela is a rising star. At Global, we’ve known of her strengths and capabilities during her tenure here and now she is receiving broader recognition from a nationally respected organization. We are extremely proud of her and all she contributes to our Global Connections’ travel agency.”

At The Retreat, qualified travel advisors and suppliers will get to know each other through unique, collaborative content sessions; outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and yoga; and social events full of local flavor. Education will focus on professional development topics specific to future leaders and will provide insight on how this generation will influence the future of the travel industry.

“Advisors selected to attend The Retreat are those who will be shaping the future of the travel industry. They’ve shown their passion and commitment to the industry and are excited to move the industry forward,” said Jacqueline Hurst, Director, Trade Recruitment and Engagement, Events, Northstar Travel Group. “The event will spark innovation and creativity, develop leadership skills and help form valuable relationships.”

About Global Connections Full-Service Travel Agency

Global Connections Travel Agency has been a leading provider of travel, including cruises and tours, for more than 20 years. Its buying power allows the full-service agency to secure all types of vacation travel including transportation at affordable rates. Travelers may call 888-999-7654 to speak with a professional travel consultant or visit

About Global Connections, Inc.

Global Connections, Inc. is based in Overland Park, KS, opening in 1996 as a travel club fulfillment and service provider.  Considered a leader in the travel club industry, GCI offers the members of its Global Discovery Vacations club program a wide variety of leisure benefits and vacation options at more than 700 North American resorts.  GCI is the developer and owner of resorts in California, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as well as owning and leasing numerous resort condominium units throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. For more information about GCI visit

About Global Discovery Vacations

Global Discovery Vacations is a respected membership based travel club offering its members access to condominium accommodations, cruise and tour vacations, a full-service travel agency, a concierge program, and other leisure benefits. For more information about Global Discovery Vacations visit

About TravelAge West:

For more than 46 years, TravelAge West has been the trusted voice of the travel industry in the Western U.S. With award-winning writing and design, the publication brings the best of travel to life for readers. The magazine's first-hand, on-site reports and fresh destination coverage is a valued resource for travel advisors. TravelAge West is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

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