February 17 - BTC Launches tVillage Talent Connections


Project to help unemployed travel industry professionals

February 17, 2009, RADNOR, PA--Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today, with support from several individual travel industry practitioners, announced tVillage Talent Connections as an industry-service project to assist unemployed, about-to-be-unemployed or underemployed colleagues in all travel and tourism industry segments from around the world. LinkedIn has been chosen as the platform to organize this non-commercial and no-cost initiative.

This private and invitation-only site on LinkedIn was designed for support and networking purposes to enable members to help one another through this very rough patch for the travel industry and its practitioners. Members can benefit from and provide support to colleagues in numerous ways. For example, BTC will waive membership fees and contribute Travelogue, its daily roundup of business travel news from around the world, to help members keep current on travel industry news and analysis.

Additionally, members will be able to: (1) post their resumes on a sister public site for employers and executive search firms to review at http://public.box.net/mitchell30149, (2) share job leads that they may not be interested in, qualified for or geographically near, (3) provide letters of recommendation where appropriate, (4) share insights about industry segments that other members may be interested in exploring, (5) share contacts and make introductions, (6) help critique resumes, (7) post travel industry-related employment information, (8) offer general advice and (9) provide moral support to each other.

U.S.-based travel industry veteran Donna Gutierrez stated, “We are very passionate about this project. We need to pull together as an industry with some helpful resources, lift one another up and provide the hope that enables one to see possibilities and opportunities even in times like these. There is currently no central source where industry professionals can share information, help one another and network.”

BTC emphasized that tVillage Talent Connectionsis purpose-designed for unemployed, underemployed or about-to-be-unemployed travel industry participants only, i.e. it is not a free-riding opportunity to just float a resume into the industry in search of better career opportunities. The focus is on those in need of support right now, the Coalition says. Qualified travel industry participants can initiate the free membership application process at http://tinyurl.com/bpmpvq.

“This is a highly worthwhile and unfortunately sorely needed industry initiative. Participants from all travel industry segments on a worldwide scale are invited to participate, e.g., travel managers, meetings managers, travel management company executives, airline executives, pilots, aircraft mechanics, hotel managers and merchant card executives, among other industry job classifications,” saidtravel industry expert and Europe-based consultant Toby Joseph.

BTC chairman Kevin Mitchell added, “We invite suppliers, vendors, media outlets and other industry leaders to become involved with this project and add resources in support of those who have contributed so much to our industry, in this, their greatest hour of need. tVillage Talent Connections can be thought of as an ‘open platform.’ If your organization has a free, value-added service to contribute to colleagues in need, please offer it up and we will plug it in and promote it.”

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