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55,000 TEACHERS and still growing

By Lynda Waters with Karen Brown It started 29 years ago when a handful of people got together at TradeWinds and started planning and brainstorming. Today, 127 conferences later, over 55,000 teachers have been through workshops with the Florida Association of IB World Schools (FLIBS).

“We have considered alternate venues from time to time, but our workshop leaders and participants consistently rate our FLIBS Professional Development events highly, and rate TradeWinds as a great resort with a host of amenities that just fit our style. If any attendee has a special need or concern, TradeWinds addresses it.

It’s unusual for an Association to make one destination and resort its only location for meetings. “Because TradeWinds has worked so well for us, we have been able to expand what we do and what we offer each year, allowing us to meet the needs of schools and educators from all over the world. All of our FLIBS staff work out of satellite offices throughout the state. As a result, after over 30 years’ working with the TradeWinds, we have adopted it as our headquarters. The TradeWinds has actually become part of who we are,” says Karen Brown, Workshop Manager.

“It’s much more than responsive customer service. It’s not just the managers in Sales and Convention Services who walk the talk. The line staff in Banquets, Front Desk, Room Service and food and beverage outlets are genuinely concerned about making every event the best it can be.

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“TradeWinds makes training more than 2,000 teachers annually, a very manageable task. I couldn’t do my job if I also had to train the hotel staff on all the unique needs of our meetings. The longevity and dedication of the staff is one of the many things that made it an easy decision for me to accept my position of Workshop Manager,” said Karen.

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...