Calendar of Travel Trade Shows

Hope you enjoy our calendar of travel trade shows for the travel agent community!  If we need to add or edit an event or if we’ve missed a travel trade show, let us know.   We update the travel trade shows as they come in but can’t guarantee all information is up-to-date.  For each event, we link to the event’s website; please visit the travel trade show’s website for the most recent information.

Agenda

  1. Jul
    26
    Sat

    1. GBTA Convention 2014 (all-day) @ Los Angeles Convention Center
      Jul 26 – Jul 30

      The GBTA Convention 2014 is being held July 26-30th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  In going with this year’s theme ‘Business in Motion’, Keven Spacey will be the keynote speaker.  If you’re a corporate travel agent or work for/have a travel management company, the GBTA Convention is definitely worth at taking a look at!

      GBTA Convention 2014

      Along with 75+ educational sessions, the chance to connect with over 400 suppliers, there is also the opportunity to earn your GTP (Global Travel Professional) certification.  And if that’s not enough, they even created a page to help you justify your case to attend the 2014 GBTA Convention.  :)

      Registration | GBTA Convention 2014

      There’s a price hike ($100) after May 30th, 2014 for the GBTA convention so save yourself some dough and register early. Here’s the pricing chart:

      GBTA Convention pricing

      There are also some discounts available so make sure to check out the registration page to see if you qualify for any!

      For those of you unfamiliar with the GBTA Convention there is a First-Timers Orientation and Luncheon that is complimentary.

      >> Register for GBTA Convention 2014

      Housing

      The Headquarter Hotel is the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live but there is a whole host of other hotels you can stay at (that may or may not have shuttles to the convention center).

      JW Marriott Los Angeles

      Here’s a list of the hotels, prices, and if they have shuttles.  If they do have shuttles, you can find more info on the shuttle service and shuttle schedule on the site.

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      GBTA Convention 2014 @ Los Angeles Convention Center (all-day)
  2. Aug
    9
    Sat

    1. Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 (all-day) @ Bellagio
      Aug 9 – Aug 15

      Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 is happening August 9th-15th at the Bellagio Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.  This is the event for luxury travel advisors in the Virtuoso network.  It’s a week of meeting one-on-one with vendors, networking with other agencies, and getting your learning on.

      Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

      Who Attends Virtuoso Travel Week 2014?

      Attendees of Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 are all either vendors or agents that belong to the Virtuoso consortium, either under their host agency’s affiliation or of their own accord.  They’re luxury travel advisors and they have some serious stamina because they have days of one-on-one meetings to make personal connections with the different vendors.  Invaulable, but exhausting.  Plus, there are the receptions and dinners at night!

      It’s a big event, with last year having over 4,100 attendees (1,900 of those being travel advisors).  It’s also a growing event, with last year’s Virtuoso Travel Week seeing 18% of registrants being first-timers.

      To get a better feel of what you can expect at Virtuoso Travel Week 2014, here’s a video from last year.  Looks like a smashingly fun time, no?

      Sadness.  I’m Locked Out.

      Now, as it turns out, I’m not a Virtuoso member (or supplier).  And this year, the info for the event is behind the Virtuoso intranet so… I can’t see it!  :(

      I’m looking into getting more info from Virtuoso and will update the registration info, agenda, etc. when I hear back from them.  Until then, your best bet (if you’re a Virtuoso member) is logging into the Virtuoso intranet for more info.

      If you’re not a member but are looking to become a Virtuoso member, here’s a list of host agencies that belongs to the Virtuoso network:

      montecito-village-travelluxury-travel-network
      Andavo
      Brownell
      Cadence
      Camelback Odyssey Travel
      CWT Vacations
      Luxury Travel Network
      Montecito Village Travel
      Ovation Travel Group
      Protravel International
      The Travel Agent, Inc.
      The Travel Society, LLC
      Travel Experts, Inc.
      Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.
      World Travel
      WorldTravelService
      Worldview Travel

      >> Complete Host Agency List

      Have you Been to a Virtuoso Travel Week?

      While we have friends that attend every year, we’ve never personally attended.  If you have, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!  Is it worth going?  What events are most valuable?  Any prep tips?

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      Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 @ Bellagio (all-day)
  3. Aug
    19
    Tue

    1. Fall TravelFest 2014 – Upper Midwest ASTA Chapter (all-day) @ Doubletree by Hilton
      Aug 19

      The Upper Midwest ASTA Chapter (go, my home chapter!) is holding their Fall TravelFest 2014 on August 19th at the Bloomington DoubleTree Hilton.  The event is open to all travel professionals but active ASTA and NACTA members are lucky enough to get their entrance fee waived.

      Fall TravelFest 2014

      Fall TravelFest 2014 Agenda

      Looks like it’s a full evening from 4-8pm.  Here’s what’s on the agenda:

      4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Diamond Sponsor Workshops

      5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  |  Trade Show (Cash Bar Open)

      6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  |  Dinner including Gold Sponsor Presentations and Networking

      Cost to Attend

      The Fall TravelFest 2014 costs $15 if you’re not a member of ASTA or NACTA.  If you are a member of either association, you just need to provide your member number and enter the promo code ASTA2014 and you can attend for free!  :)

      Another thing to mention since we have so many readers that belong to host agencies.  If your host agency belongs to ASTA/NACTA, their membership doesn’t trickle down to you, your agency needs to have its own membership.

      Lastly, this is not an event you want to register for but pull a no-show.  Expect a $40 bill if you no-show but register.

        >> Register for Fall TravelFest 2014

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      Fall TravelFest 2014 – Upper Midwest ASTA Chapter @ Doubletree by Hilton (all-day)