Unfortunately, these answers will never be coming from YTB. But in case you are interested...
Very few people make money in YTB--either selling travel, peddling the "opportunity", or selling crap from the "portal." Ask for an income disclosure and you will see. It is no different than any other MLM continual chain scheme--the owners make out very well and a few select at the top. But in this case, you have the owners and the select few at the top being one in the same!
Travel has been put on the back burner because YTB is steadily moving away from travel. They came into the industry looking to set it on its ear; but failed miserably. They tried to sell the program on the back of IATA and lost their certification. They tried to sell the program on the perks and the thousands of recruits did nothing more than enrage the industry. The only reason travel was the "product" was because it was a "sexy" product and on the surface made for an easy mark to have the recruiters sell them into the program. But now that travel revenues are down significantly and YTB has been eschewed by several suppliers, they are moving onto girdles, picture frames and vitamins.
YTB is never represented at ANY industry function for the simple reason that the industry does not really believe they are a member of the industry. YTB used the travel industry to further their own agendas to run an endless chain scheme. To those in YTB that actually do attend an industry function. Try this one time. Get rid of all of your YTB bling, ditch the YTB t-shirts and bags. For a moment, pretend that you are not with YTB and just a legitimate independent travel professional. Engage one of the few remaining YTB suppliers at their booth and casually bring up discounting, and then morph into MLMs, and then say something along the lines of "I am surprised there are not more agents from YTB here." and see what type of reaction you get. Probe a little bit and you will realize that your host agency--YTB--has virtually no respect within the industry.
But here are the comments on the virtual trade show:
And in a reply to these issues, Kim Sorensen stated that there would; be no live representation from the suppliers. So exactly what is this virtual event? Just a listing of links to supplier's sites?
Kim Sorensen Brenda, The 2 day event will be live but we will put a link the travel portal of those who have registered so you can view at your leisure. There will not be any live exhibitors but you will still have access to all of the documents, trainings and recordings.Thursday at 10:51am · 1 person