Registration to attend is now open!

Register before June 30 and save up to 45%! Over 60+ specialization sessions including certification in luxury, cruise and romance. Plus technology, adventure, millennial travel and more! http://tinyurl.com/o5vxww2

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The Value of Specialization

Specialization is the gateway to growth and future prosperity in the ever evolving travel industry.  For more data and information about specialization, download the white paper.

But don’t take our word for it.  Listen to what other successful advisors say about specialization:

The benefits of specializing as a travel professional from TIX on Vimeo.

Why Travel Professionals Must Specialize from TIX on Vimeo.

Over 60+ Specialization Sessions?

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Travel Industry Exchange will offer 60+ specialization sessions including certification programs in Luxury, Romance, and Cruise; and concentrated programs in technology, trends and millennial travel.

Take a look at some of the first sessions we’ve secured so far; not to mention the amazing speakers.

Travel Industry Exchange Now Open for Registration with Special Early Bird Pricing

NEW YORK (May 20, 2015) ─ Questex Travel Group today announced early bird pricing of $75 for travel professionals who register by June 30 for its Travel Industry Exchange event, which will debut Sept. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

The event will emphasize niche travel and specialization and feature one-to-one appointments, networking events and educational programs designed to help travel professionals and global suppliers build on their specializations and grow their businesses.

Travel Industry Exchange will offer over 60 sessions focused on specific revenue-generating niche segments including certification programs in luxury travel, cruise ship travel and weddings and romance as well as concentrated programs in technology, trends, destinations and millennial travel.

“Specialization is a major business driver,” said John McMahon, Questex Travel Group executive vice president. “As more consumers look to travel professionals for expert advice, we see untapped potential in specialty markets, with the millennial generation leading the pack.”

Questex Travel Group recently issued a white paper titled “Why Specialization is the Key to Future Growth,” which determined that the majority of travel professionals advocate specialization and are flourishing as a result. According to a Questex Travel Group survey, more than 70 percent of travel professionals said they believe it is important to market themselves as niche or destination specialists.

“It has definitely come full circle,” said Jill Taylor of Chicago-based Jetset World Travel, which specializes in destination, special-occasion and multigenerational travel. “We are so busy right now, we are turning away business.”

The early bird savings will be applied during the registration process. One-day, exhibit-floor and upgraded packages are also available. For more information or to register, travel professionals may visit http://www.travelindustryexchange.com.
The inaugural Travel Industry Exchange will bring travel professionals and lifestyle specialists together with international suppliers, including destinations, hoteliers, cruise lines, tour operators, transportation providers, technology companies, spas and resorts. The event will include over eight hours of one-to-one meetings, comprehensive education including agent specialty training and networking events and receptions.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its Digital Media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

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Column: Travel Agents on Instagram

If you’re a small business owner, you can make your agency look bigger by using social media. Here are some tips to do just that.

Travel Agent
By Ruthanne Terrero
May 4, 2015

One of the gardeners I follow on Instagram frequently posts close-ups of his plants, which tend to be rarer than most. His photo captions always emit a strong sense of excitement, either that he’s gotten his hands on a rare variety or that a plant he already owns has finally bloomed. His posts generate hundreds of comments that show an equal amount of enthusiasm; he’s got more than 1,000 followers.

One day this past winter, he posted a photo of his garden to show us how it looked during the off-season. Turns out, it’s a tiny plot of land, probably about six feet by six feet. Seems this gardener lives in a condo and gleefully creates his dynamic world in the small space he’s been allotted.

It made me realize that travel advisors can have the same effect with their business, even if it’s just you and your laptop, a cup of coffee and a cat. On Instagram, well-curated travel images, expert commentary, enthusiasm, and the sense that you’re revealing bit by bit glimpses of a world that is yours and yours alone will make you a star if you post frequently and thoughtfully. I use apps that feed in to Instagram and make my photos interesting, such as Flipagram, which creates a video from multiple photos (excellent to illustrate tours you’ve taken of a city, a hotel or a farmer’s market), and, of course, using hashtags will get you more followers; if you add, say, #Amsterdam to your photo of the city’s famous canals, those who click on that hashtag will see your photo and potentially follow you. Read more

Booking Celebration Travel for Millennials

May 4, 2015
Travel Agent Central
By Joe Pike

It’s hard to talk about any niche market without including its appeal to Millennial travelers. After all, Millennials, most commonly defined as anyone born in 1979 or after, are becoming one of those most sought out demographics by advisors simply because Millennial clients are adventurous, fearless and love to spend. “The Millennials who were bit with the travel bug will use any excuse to travel, including celebrating life events,” saysSarah Nelson Wandrey, an agent with Travel Leaders and the national manager of finance for Millennials in Travel. “Many Millennials celebrate major milestones … by traveling for birthdays, graduations, destination weddings, honeymoons, bachelor/bachelorette parties, baby-moons and even promotions [at work].”

Beach destinations remain popular with Millennials who are marking a milestone.

How Do They Like to Party?

Travel Agent spoke to some of our valued experts in Millennial travel and learned what types of celebration travel are hot amongst the Generation Y demographic and what are the hottest destinations for Millennial celebration travel.
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