Hickory Global Partners' Conference Survey Results Yield High Marks Again

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2015 event participant survey results deliver top ratings, confirm HICKORY’s conference as a significant and valuable experience

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"Our 2015 conference received high marks all around – with 100% of survey respondents rating the event as Excellent/Very Good/Good, combined." Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners

HICKORY GLOBAL PARTNERS ("HICKORY"; http://www.HickoryTravel.com), a travel management services company providing innovative service, distribution and technology to its network of travel agency and supplier partners, is pleased to announce the overwhelmingly positive participant survey results and feedback for its 2015 Conference. The event was held April 30 – May 1, 2015 at the new and gleaming Wyndham Grand™ Jupiter at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, FL.

HICKORY’s conference is designed to be a memorable, informative, interesting, and stimulating experience for all in attendance. This year’s gathering of the company’s agency membership, supplier partners, industry thought leaders, guest speakers, and additional industry experts has further established the conference as one of the most highly rated events of its kind in the business travel industry.

High caliber speakers, wide ranging topics, ample networking opportunities

Attendees enjoy the opportunity to interact openly with speakers, to hear about all-things HICKORY (including the company’s vision for the future), and to learn new information and meet new contacts that can help them grow their businesses.

Guest speakers and additional presenters came together in three interactive and moderated panel discussions to share industry knowledge, explore trends, and preview new opportunities emerging. Panelists and other speakers included experts and senior executives from hotels, airlines, and travel technology companies, among others.

The high caliber of speakers and wide ranging topics were duly noted by attendees.

Smith Travel Research (STR) gave a presentation covering hotel trends and a market forecast, while the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) offered a detailed look into policies impacting the travel industry. Additional topics included “today’s travel consumer” and “the traveler of the future,” and a presentation was dedicated to the ever-growing importance of corporate Reputation Management.

Q&A sessions followed all presentations, while a supplier tradeshow, meal periods, social activities, and additional events provided ample networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Participant survey results, testimonials point to another highly successful HICKORY conference

HICKORY received all-around exceptionally high marks for its 2015 conference – just as it did for its inaugural conference in 2014. Attendees agree: HICKORY’s conference is an industry-leading and “must-do” event – “one not to be missed.”

"I am extremely pleased with the outstanding amount of positive feedback that we received and am eager to share a summary of our 2015 conference participant survey results,” stated Chris Dane, President of HICKORY. “Our 2015 conference received high marks all around – with 100% of survey respondents rating the event as Excellent/Very Good/Good, combined. We simply couldn’t be where we are today without our valued agency and supplier partners and industry supporters,” continued Dane.

Survey results yielded high marks in all categories:

  •     100% of survey respondents appreciated the good balance of topics covered, which ranged from practical advice, to information about HICKORY, to insightful and interesting forward-looking trends, research, and insights.
  •     All survey respondents expressed appreciation for the many opportunities to meet, interact with, and personally get to know each member of HICKORY’s staff.
  •     Over 97% of attendees would recommend HICKORY’s annual conference to others.

In addition to the quantitative feedback, the qualitative feedback received reveals that HICKORY’s intimate gathering and welcoming approach to its conference were once again well-received by all in attendance. Those who attended the company’s inaugural conference in 2014 noted the warm and pleasant atmosphere as a reason for returning, while many of those who attended the conference for the first time in 2015 shared that it’s one of the reasons why they plan to attend again.

Participant testimonials and additional written feedback further confirm HICKORY’s conference as a significant and valuable experience.

Written feedback received included: “I [t was very useful to learn the] trends in the hotel industry and how that is going to impact groups and group rates in the next several years!” “Breaks were timeline and the food was excellent … The program looked seamless, which is what everyone wants but rarely happens.” “Fantastic!!!!! You gave us plenty of time to network and discuss what we heard …” “[This conference offers] great exposure for the sponsoring suppliers… Great location.” “Excellent venue… Great atmosphere… Would highly recommend [this conference].” “I was very impressed with HICKORY’s conference setup. The best conference I have attended [so far] in 2015.”

Planning for the next conference already underway

HICKORY is taking all feedback received into account, using both the general response and individual comments to help shape the company’s next conference. Attendees can already look forward to even more opportunities to uncover opportunities to grow their business, learn about HICKORY and its programs, and to network with one another and with HICKORY staff, too, in comfortably casual yet at the same time highly sophisticated setting unique to HICKORY’s conference offering.

Meanwhile, the 2015 Conference agenda, photos and a complete collection of participant testimonials are available online. Click here to learn more about HICKORY’s 2015 conference and its inaugural 2014 conference.

About HICKORY - Hickory Global Partners, An INTRAVEL Company

HICKORY’s unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions – thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network, while Hotel partners gain access to a reporting platform that illustrates booking trends across the HICKORY agency network. For more information, please visit http://www.HickoryTravel.com.

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