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.
−Vacation.com Conference 2013 & Trade Show (all-day) @ Swan and Dolphin ResortJun 11 – Jun 15
Rise and Shine is the theme of the Vacation.com Conference 2013. The 15th Annual Conference & Trade Show is being held in sunny Orlando, the world’s number one leisure destination. Vacation.com members from all over will come together June 11-15, 2013 at the Swan Resort in Orlando, FL.
Join us at the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to discover how Vacation.com can will help you Rise above the competition and Shine brighter than ever before. Attendees receive special blocked room rates of $159.00 per night plus tax inclusive of the mandatory $14 resort fee.
Agenda & Activities
Only at the Vacation.com Conference 2013 will you find:
- 150+ hours of classes ranging in topic from sales and marketing to online tactics with Google and Facebook
- Amazing Motivational Speakers
- Networking with fellow travel agents
- Insightful General Sessions
- Trade Show with Vacation.com Preferred Suppliers
- The Experience Room for hands-on training
- Learn from others their secrets to success
- Daily entertainment
- Seminars featuring the latest products and services
- Visit to Sea World for a first-hand look at their new arctic exhibition
Vacation.com Conference 2013 Registration
Registration from October 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013, is at a rate of $99USD each attendee. February 1st the rate is $129USD each attendee. Guest over 18 are welcome at the travel agent rate. Please keep in mind they must be registered to attend events and sessions. Register today to claim your spot at “The Best Event in the Industry!”
Vacation.com Host Agencies
Agents with a host agency in the Vacation.com network are able to attend the Vacation.com Conference 2013 & Trade Show. The host agencies belonging to the Vacation.com network include:+Vacation.com Conference 2013 & Trade Show @ Swan and Dolphin Resort (all-day)
−CLIA cruise3sixty 2013 (all-day) @ Vancouver Convention CentreJun 19 – Jun 23
CLIA’s cruise3sixty 2013, is the only official cruise conference of the cruise line industry. Put on by CLIA, the world’s largest cruise industry organization, attendees at cruise3sixty benefit from networking opportunities and educational events.
In its ninth year, cruise3sixty 2013 is a “must-attend” event that will offer loads of ship inspections (more than any other show), educational programming including CLIA seminars. Attending agents can earn up to 150 CLIA credits. cruise3sixty 2013 also offers destination and product workshops, hands-on technology training, and product updates from CLIA-Member Cruise Lines.
- Innovative general sessions featuring top cruise industry executives and thought provoking keynote speakers.
- Pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with cruise line representatives
- Exclusive social, networking and entertainment events including CLIA’s annual Hall of Fame Gala Evening.
cruise3sixty – where the best in cruising meet. Don’t be left out!
CLIA cruise3sixty 2013 Venue
Learn more about the venue of cruise3sixty, Vancouver Convention Centre. Hotel information will be available closer to the event.+CLIA cruise3sixty 2013 @ Vancouver Convention Centre (all-day)
−Blue Sky Symposium 2013 (all-day) @ Westin Diplomat Resort & SpaJul 24
The Blue Sky Symposium 2013, a project of ASTA’s Young Professional Society, is being held in conjunction with Travel Weekly’s Global Travel Marketplace. The boutique events are both in their inaugural year, with the number of attendees limited to 100 for each event. The Blue Sky Symposium will be a one-day event held July 24th at the Westin Dipolomat in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Think Tank Style
The Blue Sky Symposium is set up a little differently than the typical travel industry events I list on this calendar. There is no trade show. There are no keynotes or educational tracks. Per their site, it’s aimed at being a forum where the brightest minds in travel discuss issues facing our industry and look for ways to solve them.
Every year there is a theme and this year is – as you probably deduced from the image – The Future Travel Agent Workforce. This will be a great event for those looking for more intellectually challenging discussions on our industry and are looking to network at a high level.
Blue Sky Symposium Agenda
Those, like myself, with short attention spans will appreciate the quick talks in the morning. Think TED-style talks. Five speakers giving 20 minute presentations. The afternoon will be moderated round table discussions going over industry issues and the future of the retail travel landscape.
Side note: We will be giving one of the TED-style presentations, hope to see you there!
For those interested in attending, best not to wait. There are only 100 spots – 60% of which are reserved for the travel agent community, 40% for suppliers and industry thought leaders.
Cost to participate is $79 for ASTA Young Professional members, $99 for ASTA members, $129 for non-ASTA members. >>Register Now
The event will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. There are no room blocks available at this time but that may change. Agents are encouraged to check the Blue Sky Symposium’s travel page for the most updated information.+Blue Sky Symposium 2013 @ Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (all-day)
−Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) 2013 (all-day) @ Westin Diplomat Resort & SpaJul 24 – Jul 26
Travel Weekly’s inaugural Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) 2013 will be held July 24-26th at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Unlike Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace is an appointment-only event with spots for only 100 agents.
Held in conjunction with Travel Weekly’s Global Travel Marketplace is the Blue Sky Symposium, a think-tank style event for the travel industry.
To apply for one of the 100 attendee slots, travel agents must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum $1 million in individual sales
- Based in the US or Canada
- Be able to provide 3 industry references
- Have a global book of business
- Desire to connect with new vendors and destinations
If that’s you, fill out the registration form and you’ll be alerted to the status of your application within 2 weeks. Since there are only 100 positions available, the earlier you register, the better!
What’s Included (Everything)
A unique feature of Global Travel Marketplace is that the agent is entirely hosted. What does that mean? It means that accepted applicants don’t have to pay a cent for their airfare, 3-nights hotel, meals, transportation, or any event associated with the Global Travel Marketplace – it’s on the house.
Global Travel Marketplace Agenda
While there is no formal trade show, the event includes in-depth “boardroom” presentations and two full days of pre-scheduled supplier meetings. If you’re wondering who’s in attendance, check out their supplier attendee list.
There will also be plenty of networking opportunities available to attendees.+Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) 2013 @ Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (all-day)
−Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference & Trade Show 2013 (all-day) @ Trinidad and TobagoJul 28 – Aug 4
The Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference and Trade Show 2013 will be held in Trinidad and Tobago. While information is still being gathered on hotels and the agenda, mark your calendars for July 28th-August 4th, 2013.
The Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference is the first industry conference to focus on the needs and education of today’s travel professional of color.
Why Attend the Travel Professionals of Color Conference 2013
There’s a reason this is the 11th annual conference! During the TPOC Conference 2013, you can expect to learn:
Attendees of the Travel Professionals of Color Conference 2013 will also be able to earn CLIA credits towards their accreditation.
- How to start and grow your travel agency
- Technology to streamline your company
- The financials of running your business
- Network with hundreds of other minority travel professionals
- Discover how to direct minority travel money to minority travel agents
- How to market to minority travel communities including: African American, Hispanic, Asian American, And Native Americans
- Finding a niche
Registration for the Travel Professionals of Color Conference and Trade Show 2013 is now open. Cost is $299 for TPOC members and $349 for non-members. Included in your registration is the trade show and conference materials. You can register here!+Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference & Trade Show 2013 @ Trinidad and Tobago (all-day)
−GBTA Convention 2013 – San Diego, CA (all-day) @ San Diego Convention CenterAug 4 – Aug 7
Travel managers around the world will be convening August 4-7, 2013 in San Diego, CA for the ‘No Boundaries’ GBTA Convention 2013. Connecting suppliers and buyers, GBTA 2013 boasts over 6,500 attendees from around the world. It’s the business travel event of the year.
GBTA will be providing the integrated registration and housing system again for the GBTA Convention 2013. This easy-to-use system will allow you to register and select your housing from a list of official Convention hotels.
Registration rates for the GBTA Convention 2013 will jump after February 15, 2013 so make sure to sign up early! Early registration saves you $500. After February 15th, rates for GBTA Convention 2013 raise to $1495 for both buyers and suppliers that are members of the Global Business Travel Alliance.
For those of you unfamiliar with the GBTA Convention a First-Timers Orientation and Luncheon is provided Sunday, August 4th.
GBTA Convention 2013 Housing
Attendees will be able to book their housing only after they have registered for the GBTA Convention 2013. Official GBTA Convention 2013 Hotels Map
Delta Airlines is providing a 10% discount off applicable fares to attendees of the GBTA Convention 2013. To utilize this GBTA Convention promo code, enter or reference NMFGH as the meeting event code.+GBTA Convention 2013 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Convention Center (all-day)
−Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX) 2013 (all-day) @ Venetian Resort Hotel CasinoSep 10 – Sep 12
The second annual Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX) will be held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV. The Luxury Travel Exchange is the only North American event that caters to the luxury and premium markets. Attendees of the event will have access into education, a traditional trade show, and one-on-one appointments with suppliers.
Luxury Travel Exchange Registration Info
Luxury Travel Exchange attendees have three registration options:
- Gold – Cost: $100
Includes educational and trade show components of the exchange and Thursday’s Around the World Closing Lunch. No one-on-one appointments.
- Pearl – Cost: $165
Includes all of the above + Wednesday VIP lunch with guest speaker.
- Platinum – Cost: $225
Includes all of the above + Tuesday Platinum Happy Hour, + Platinum lounge with refreshments/internet, + up to 35 one-on-one appointments, + special offers and drawings just for Platinum Package holders.
If cost has you down, do not fear. Agents can apply for endorsed positions, which offer partial scholarships to qualifying attendees. These positions are for agents with a proven book of business (i.e. you can prove your sales). You’ll also need 3 supplier references to fill out the application.
The Luxury Travel Exchange 2013 will be held at The Venetian but that’s about all we have for you right now. Room blocks and rates have not been announced – we’ll update as soon as we hear more on it!
Luxury Travel Exchange Agenda
Details are still rolling out on this at the time of publication but we’ll keep you updated as we find out more. Visit the Luxury Travel Exchange website for the most up-to-date information. For now, view the 2012 LTX schedule to get an idea of content you can expect.+Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX) 2013 @ Venetian Resort Hotel Casino (all-day)
−ASTA Global Convention 2013 (all-day) @ Hyatt Regency HotelSep 17 – Sep 19
The inaugural ASTA Global Convention 2013 will be held September 17-19th in Miami, FL.
ASTA’s annual event, previously branded as THE TRADESHOW, received an overhaul this year by ASTA’s new CEO Zane Kerby – the former Senior Vice President, Events, Sponsorships and Advertising at GBTA, where he oversaw the very successful GBTA convention.
As of now, the ASTA Global Convention website doesn’t list the registration fees until a few steps into the registration process. To save you some unnecessary digging around, here are the registration fees:
There is a discounted dual registration rate of $399 for agents attending the ASTA Global Convention and NACTA’s Annual Convention (held immediately after in Fort Lauderdale). Otherwise, pricing starts at $329 with the option to add on events such as the Advocacy Dinner, ASTA’s Hispanic Caucus, and ASTA’s Premium Meeting (for ASTA Premium members only).
PS – I’m not sure why there is no pricing listed for ASTA members at this time. I’ve dropped ASTA a tweet and will update when I hear back.
Agenda for ASTA Global Convention 2013
Monday: Not officially listed in the dates but Monday the 16th involves a golf tournament from 12-6pm for you hob-knobbers and golf enthusiasts. I’m a tennis girl myself. I’ll be lobbying for a tennis tournament option for any future conventions.
Tuesday: Home to the add-on meetings above, with the majority of attendees getting in that night for the Opening Event at Bayside Marketplace, an outdoor shopping mall in downtown Miami.
Wednesday and Thursday: These are the days where the education and trade show component of the ASTA Global Convention come into play. Come Wednesday evening, the Advocacy Dinner steals the show. Save Thursday afternoon for complimentary 1/2 day tours of the area.
Friday: Complimentary full day tours around Miami! FAM trip anyone?
At the time of posting, no hotel information or room blocks were listed on the ASTA Global Convention 2013 website. We’ll update when we hear more.
Photo Credit: Theo0024+ASTA Global Convention 2013 @ Hyatt Regency Hotel (all-day)
−NACTA Annual Convention 2013 (all-day) @ Westin Beach Resort & SpaSep 19 – Sep 23
Don’t wait too long to register if you’ve been dying to try out a river cruise. The first 75 registrants will be put into a drawing for a river cruise for 2 — that’s a 1 in 75 chance, not bad! We’ve got a lot of options here so listen closely…
- NACTA/ASTA Member – $199/member
Each NACTA/ASTA member is allowed to bring one guest at the additional rate of $199.
- Non-Members - $299/person
Non-members are welcome. Good news is, your NACTA Annual Convention 2013 registration fee includes a 1-year membership to NACTA so you’ll no longer be a non-member!
- Double Whammy – Attending NACTA’s Annual Convention and ASTA’s Global Convention
You’ll get a $40 savings, with the total for both registrations ringing up $399. Since they’re in separate cities, it even includes transportation via bus from FLL to Miami.
NACTA Annual Conference Hotel Info
The event is behind held at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL and there is a NACTA Annual Conference 2013 room block with special rates.
Rooms are $129/nt + 11% tax. In addition to the discounted rate, there is no resort fee and (hurray!) there is free wi-fi in the rooms.
The room block is expected to open mid-April but was not open at the time of this post. We’ll be keeping an eye out but if the room block is open, please let us know so we can adjust our information!
Speakers and Agenda
Again, information is still rolling out but most of the agenda is set, including a keynote from Olympic Medalist, Greg Louganis. Also on the agenda are round table discussions, supplier sessions, and destination certification programs.
Post Convention Fun
There are options for numerous FAM trips for agents after the NACTA Annual Convention 2013. We’ll be updating those as they roll out!
At the time of posting, the FAM trip options are: Pompano Beach and a Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas Seminar at Sea.+NACTA Annual Convention 2013 @ Westin Beach Resort & Spa (all-day)
−CoNexion 2013 – The Nexion Annual Conference (all-day) @ Paris Las Vegas Hotel & CasinoSep 26 – Sep 29
This year, Nexion host agency’s annual conference – CoNexion 2013 – will be held in Las Vegas, NV on September 26-28th. The event will be held at the Paris hotel and is themed ‘Place Your Bet on Success’. Us, we personally always put our money on black so don’t forget that if you’re headed to the Nexion 2013 conference!
With over 350 agents, suppliers, and staff at the 2012 conference in Dallas, CoNexion 2013 is expected to be even larger.
CoNexion 2013 Registration
Early-bird registration rates for Nexion’s annual conference start at $109. Guests are welcome to accompany Nexion agents for CoNexion 2013 for the guest rate of $159. To Register
After April 1st, 2013, registration rates for Nexion agents are $139.
Attendees of Nexion’s annual conference also receive a discounted hotel rate of $129 for the nights of September 25-29 at the Paris Las Vegas. The CoNexion 2013 group rates are based on availability and will end September 10, 2013 so book early!
Nexion has negotiated a 5-10% discount on most airfares with American Airlines and Delta Airlines. At the time this event was created, details are still in the works but visit the CoNexion 2013 page for the latest updates on the promo codes for air to Nexion’s annual conference.
More Information on Nexion
Host Agency Reviews offers plenty of ways for you to learn more about Nexion if you’re not a member of their network. To read more about Nexion’s host agency program and reviews from their agent network, visit Nexion’s host profile.+CoNexion 2013 – The Nexion Annual Conference @ Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (all-day)