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WestJet wraps up cross-country travel trade Expos

CALGARY, Oct. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that they have wrapped up the airline's travel trade Expos for the year. Since April, the airline has reached more than 4,000 travel agents in over 30 cities across Canada through these events.

"With our larger travel trade Expos in the spring of 2017, our fall Expos, and local presentations hosted by WestJet's Business Development Managers throughout the year, we have had the chance to have face-time with thousands of our agent partners," said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President, Sales and Distribution. "Every year, we are adding more events and seeing more agents in more cities because we know how valuable these events are for the travel agent community and for all of us at WestJet."

WestJet's first round of Expos took place in April in Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The fall Expos started in St. John's in early September and travelled west across the country, stopping in Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Langley. The last Expo was on October 4 in Parksville, B.C.

"It's important for us to sit down with our travel agents and listen to their feedback," continued Farquharson. "It helps us be easier to do business with and ultimately gives our mutual clients the best possible travel experience."

The Expos are designed to allow travel agents to visit with their regional WestJet representative and WestJet Vacations hotel and destination partners. WestJet representatives also give a presentation focused on the airline's vision for the future and its plans for expanding into new markets and becoming a global airline.  

"Our next big event is our fifth annual Travel Partner Awards at the end of October," said Farquharson. "We take every opportunity we can to honour our agency partnerships, and recognize the agencies, agents and supplier partners who contribute to WestJet's success."

About WestJet
WestJet is proud to be named Best Airline in Canada and one of the best Low Cost Airlines in North America, based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook. Together with our regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Recent recognition includes:
2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
2017 Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice Winner Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines ? North America (TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)
2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)
2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2015/2011/2010/2008/2007/2006/2005 Canada's Most Admired Corporate Culture (Waterstone Human Capital)
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)

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