A familiar face in Canada’s travel industry has made a comeback.
Aaron Crawford, known for his past roles at WestJet, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Air Canada Vacations, is joining the TravelOnly family as a sales affiliate with GLOW Travel and Events.
Mr. Crawford, who has ten years of industry experience under his belt, joins GLOW after recently stepping into the world of healthcare, working as a frontline worker in support of hospitals and COVID-19 vaccination centres.
“I’m very excited to return to an industry I’ve been passionate about since my first solo trip in 1999 to India,” Crawford told PAX. “It changed my life, but truthfully, I am so grateful to be working in healthcare right know. The intense focus I see around me to stop COVID-19 and get us back to ‘normal’ is inspirational.”
Crawford’s role as an Area Sales Manager at Air Canada Vacations – a position that saw him boost sales and directly assist travel advisors – ended in June 2020.
However: “From the day I left Air Canada Vacations, I knew I’d come back to this industry in one form or another,” he said.
When Amanda Beaver, president of GLOW, reached out to Crawford about joining her team, he jumped at the opportunity.
“Life is all about timing!” said Crawford. “I had already been thinking about how I could come back and remain in healthcare.”
“Joining the GLOW and TravelOnly family in sales allows me to have it all. It feels like a natural fit.”
"A huge asset to our business"
GLOW Travel and Events is a team of experienced travel designers and event planners that specialize in destination weddings, honeymoons and luxury travel.
The company says it specializes in travel that is "authentic, inspired and experiential," curating tailor-made vacations to suite the uniqueness of each client.
The company, which celebrates five years with TravelOnly this May, has achieved several awards and accolades, earning a spot in TravelOnly’s prestigious President’s Club for the last two years.
The agency has been recognized as a Top Seller by Transat and AMResorts and has won TravelOnly’s 2019 Rising Star award.
Crawford, too, is an award winner – the travel pro was recognized as Business Development Manager of the year from TravelOnly in 2020.
“GLOW is pleased to welcome Aaron to our growing team,” President Amanda Beaver told PAX. “With over a decade of industry knowledge and experience, Aaron is a huge asset to our business. As travel begins to reopen, we’re thrilled to support our clients in capturing memories and making the most of new adventures in the coming weeks, months and years. Welcome, Aaron!”
“Aaron has been a highly respected BDM and partner with us over the years and I am so happy knowing he will now be part of our TravelOnly family. His expertise and knowledge will be an asset among our advisors and I have no doubt he will have incredible success working with one of our top advisors and her team.”
Ian Elliott, vice-president of sales and marketing at TravelOnly, echoed his enthusiasm for welcoming Crawford to the team.
“Aaron has been a highly-respected BDM and partner with us over the years and I am so happy knowing he will now be part of our TravelOnly family," Elliott told PAX. "His expertise and knowledge will be an asset among our advisors and I have no doubt he will have incredible success working with one of our top advisors and her team.”
Crawford is certain that “we're on the verge of a real travel boom” once COVID-19 restrictions lift and vaccines are more available.
“After only a few months of working in healthcare, I am confident we will be able to put COVID-19 behind us and get people travelling again,” he said. “It might look and feel a bit different, but I believe there’s going to be a lot of pent-up demand for last-minute travel and bucket-list trips.”
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