James Shillinglaw | August 10, 2015 11:56 AM ET
One Month to Showtime!
Our first Agent@Home Travel Summit, set to take place in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 15-18, is coming up fast in just over a month, so I wanted to use this column to urge you to attend. The program for this event is nearly complete, with some great keynote speakers, informative educational seminars and superb networking events.
Of course, if you can’t make the show in Long Beach, we have a second Agent@Home Travel Summit in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 30-Oct. 1. That means you have two opportunities to experience our very first summits for a category of travel seller that now represents the majority of all travel agents in the country, as well as some of the most entrepreneurial people in the business today.
On the West Coast, our event will take place in Long Beach on the famed Queen Mary, now a landmark hotel. As keynote speakers, we’re featuring Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar; Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Royal Caribbean International; Brand Anderson, president of Avoya Travel; Alex Pinelo, vice president-key accounts for Norwegian Cruise Line; Jack Richards, president of Pleasant Holidays; and our own Mark Murphy, president and CEO of travAlliancemedia.
The summit opens on the afternoon of Sept. 15 with a series of private workshops by top suppliers, destinations and host agencies. That’s followed by a welcome reception at our Queen Mary venue in Long Beach.
On Sept. 16, we’ll kick off the morning with welcoming remarks from Mark Murphy, followed by keynote addresses from Norwegian’s Alex Pinelo and Trafalgar’s Paul Wiseman. In both cases, Mark or I will interview our keynoters and then there will be time for questions from the audience.
We’ll follow that up with three concurrent seminars, which will be repeated later in the morning. These sessions will focus on what happens when disaster strikes during a trip; how you can choose the right destination for your clients; and what the hottest technology solutions in the travel market are today.
After a sponsored lunch we’ll pick up the program again with three concurrent supplier and destination workshops. That will be followed by a three-hour trade show in the exhibition hall that you won’t want to miss.
On Sept. 17, we’ll open up the morning once again with Mark Murphy, followed by keynote addresses by Royal Caribbean’s Vicki Freed, Pleasant Holidays’ Jack Richards, and Avoya Travel’s Brad Anderson. Once again all these keynotes will be followed up by individual interviews of the speakers.
The general session will be followed by three concurrent seminars focused on Market Your Niche, Tune Up Your Business and Build Your Commissions. Those sessions will be repeated in the next hour, which will be followed by a sponsored lunch. That afternoon will feature three concurrent sponsored workshops featuring top travel suppliers and destinations, including Embratur (Brazil) and Trafalgar. Then we’ll have our trade show from 3 to 6 pm.
On Sept. 18, we’ll feature a first in industry trade events: A morning Town Hall meeting where you can interact with a panel of top industry executives representing cruises, hotels, tours and travel agencies on the state of the travel industry.
That’s our West Coast summit, but then we pack up and do it all again on the East Coast in Atlantic City, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, where you can stay at the Sheraton next to the Atlantic City Convention Center. We have a different lineup of speakers for our keynote sessions, as well as a new schedule of seminars and workshops.
Speakers in Atlantic City will include Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar; Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line; Mike Going, president of Funjet Vacations; Scott Koepf, senior vice president of Avoya Travel; Steve Gorga, president of Exclusive Group Travel; Ron Fenska, vice president of Intrepid Travel Group, and our own Mark Murphy.
Once again, the summit kicks off on Sept. 29 with a series of workshops staged by top suppliers, destinations and host travel agencies. That’s followed by a welcome reception in the evening.
On Sept. 30 the morning session will feature keynote addresses by Christine Duffy and Mike Going, both of which will be interviewed after their talks. We’ll also follow that with an audience Q&A session.
Later in the morning there will be three concurrent hour-long sessions similar to our first seminar sessions in Long Beach. Those will be repeated in the next hour. Then there will be a sponsored lunch, followed by a series of supplier and destination workshops featuring Atlantis Paradise Island, Embratur (Brazil) and Royal Caribbean. The trade show will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Oct. 1, our opening general session will feature a keynote address by Paul Wiseman, followed by a keynote panel with Scott Koepf, Steve Gorga and Ron Fenska. Later in the morning three concurrent seminars will cover marketing, business development and maximizing commissions. Following lunch, there will be three concurrent workshops featuring top destinations and travel suppliers. The tradeshow kicks off from 3 to 6 p.m.
On Oct. 2, just as in Long Beach, we’ll feature a town hall travel summit with a panel of top travel industry executives. You’ll get to the chance to ask questions and exchange comments during an interactive forum that will close out the morning and the summit.
I hope you’ll agree that these twin Agent@Home Travel Summits are engaging forums where you can learn, interact with top travel suppliers and network with your peers. We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach or Atlantic City this September. For more details, the full agenda, registration information and hotel bookings, please click on Agent@Home Travel Summit.
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