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24 Oct 2018

BY Tom Parry

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Global names Erin Brockovich as keynote speaker for Florida conference

Former beauty queen-turned legal campaigner Erin Brockovich will give the keynote address at The Global Travel Group conference in the US next month.

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Brockovich, who shot to fame in the 1990s for her role in exposing an industrial poisoning scandal in a California town, will close the consortium’s conference taking place November 25-29 in Orlando.

 

Since becoming a household name, Brockovich has been involved in a host of similar pollution class-action lawsuits, as well as writing a best-selling business book and having a movie starring Julia Roberts made about her, will speak about “her incredible life story and subsequent career fighting injustice”.

 

Global said the self-titled “gutsy broad who doesn’t ever apologise for who she is” will be promoting personal empowerment and showcasing why having the determination and will to succeed shapes every challenge she takes on.

 

Brockovich will be joined by fitness guru Mr Motivator – celebrating 25 years on TV in his trademark colourful spandex outfits – will be on hand to “get the fun started and inspiring delegates into shape” with his synonymous coaching style made famous through appearances on GMTV.

 

Former Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill, who now juggles a career as broadcaster, blogger and travel journalist, will also speak at the conference, hosting a session helping delegates ‘find their why’ and “realise their potential in our increasingly competitive world”.

 

Cherie Richards, Global Travel Group commercial director, said: “The theme of our Florida conference is Ignite – Fire Up Your Business, so it seems fitting that the itinerary planned for our delegates is to prepare, inspire and motivate to have the best start to 2019 as they can.

 

“We are immensely proud to have Erin deliver the keynote session. She was a single mum who battled to better herself, and then fought tirelessly to help others. She is a true inspiration and along with our other speakers and panellists have all been carefully selected to inspire our audience”.

 

Delegates will have a day at leisure to visit Universal Orlando Resort on November 26, with the conference programme taking place on November 27-28.

 

Sessions on the agenda for the first day include a business update from divisional senior vice-president of dnata Iain Andrew; an overview of Global’s trading performance and future plans from Global’s managing director Andy Stark and top tips from fellow travel entrepreneurs joining an agent panel.

 

Day two will include a presentation by Richards looking back over Global’s 25th anniversary year and what’s to come in 2019.On both days, there will be time set aside for business networking sessions where agents can meet with supplier partners.

 

Guests will stay at the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, with conference sessions held onsite.

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