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Four Certificate Programs and Robust Education Announced for Travel Industry Exchange

NEW YORK (September 16, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group today announced a robust roster of panel discussions and educational seminars for its second annual Travel Industry Exchange event, which will take place December 13-15, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

The event, emphasizing on travel specialization, will offer over 50 sessions focused on revenue-generating niche segments, including certification programs in cruise, romance, luxury, and family travel, as well as concentrated programs in social media & branding, and millennial travel.

“Travel Industry Exchange will bring together the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced executives in specialization,” said John McMahon, Questex Travel Group executive vice president. “Parlaying on the enormous success of our inaugural event in 2015, we have raised the bar even higher going into this year and expect travel professionals to come away with the tools they need to become even more valuable to their clientele, who are growing at a tremendous pace especially within the burgeoning millennial market, and are seeking more than just a ‘one size fits all vacation.’ This is an opportunity agents cannot pass up.”

To offer attendees dynamic educational content on topics relevant to their business development, Questex has partnered with leading industry associations. Key educational tracks and sessions will include:

  • Cruise Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA):
    • Selling Up: Beyond the Cruise and the Hotel to Next-Level Planning
    • Full Steam Ahead: The Future of Cruising Including Itineraries and New Ships
    • The Wonderful World of Ship Inspections — Everything You Need to Know About Ship Inspections
    • The Next Frontier in Cruising: Alaska, the Pacific, and the Northwest
    • River Cruising: How to Successfully Introduce and Sell More to Your Cruise Clientele
    • Why Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Can Make or Break a Great Cruise Experience
    • Turn Their Heads — Grow Your Business Through 1st Time Cruisers
    • Attracting the Right Clientele to the Right Cruise for Millennials and Generations Beyond


  • Romance Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) and sponsored by the Nevada Division of Tourism:
    • Love at First Site: Romance and Destination Wedding Travel 101: Getting Started
    • Best Practices: How To Fast-Track Your Romance Travel Business Growth
    • Strange Love: Why “Something New” Beats Out “Something Borrowed” in Today’s Destination Weddings Market
    • The Building Blocks of Profitable Partnerships: Better Working Processes for Vendor Relationships and Success
    • The Bridal Show Buy-In: Getting Your Investments to Pay Off
    • She (or He) Said “Yes”: Prospecting and Closing For Business Success in the Destination Wedding Market
    • Practice What You Preach: Selling Luxury Weddings with Panache
  • Luxury Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with Luxury Travel Advisor:
    • The New Luxury Group Business: Celebrations, Reunions, and “Oh, Look, I’m Turning 30”
    • Managing Your Mindset: Am I Worthy of Selling Luxury?
    • What’s NEXT in Luxury: Extreme Destinations, Getting to Know the Wildest and Hottest Trends in 2017 & Beyond
    • Expanding Your Luxury Business: Should You Go It Alone or Take a Partner?
    • Selling Up: Beyond the Cruise and the Hotel to Next-Level Planning
    • Establishing YOUR Luxury Brand
    • The Luxury Niche Overview
    • Practice What You Preach: Selling Luxury Weddings with Panache
  • Family Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with the Family Travel Association:
    • Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Redefining the Family Vacation
    • Finding the Elusive “Fun” Family Vacation: How To Make Family-Friendly Appeal to All Ages
    • Multigenerational Travel: What’s Driving the Fastest Growing Segment in Travel
    • Building Your Family Travel Business and Becoming A Specialist
    • Challenging Assumptions: Family Travelers Don’t Always Favor All-Inclusives
    • Hot Destinations for Families and Why “Tour” Is Not a Four-Letter Word!
    • The Great Outdoors is Great Once More
  • Millennial Travel Track, sponsored by Apple Vacations:
    • Going Alone or Going Along: Is It Time to Assert Your Independence?
    • Celebration Travel Continues to Rise to the Occasion
    • How Thinking Small Can Lead to Bigger Earnings: Know Thy Niche
    • Attracting the Right Clientele to the Right Cruise for Millennials and Generations Beyond
  • Social Media & Branding Track:
    • Your Social Media Presence in Practice: Real Life Scenarios and Examples of DOs & DON’Ts in Social Media
    • Who Says Business and Emotion Don’t Mix? The Dos & Don’ts of Emotional Branding
    • Stop Wasting Time on Social Media: Start Creating LEADS and BUISNESS with Efficient Processes in Social Media
    • Social Media Tactics Which Are Currently Effective in the Consumer Travel Market
    • How Customized Tours Can Build Your Brand and Guide You to More Sales
    • Selling Yourself and Fine-Tuning Your Sales Techniques Critical to Success as an Agent

The full schedule can be viewed at


Travel Industry Exchange to Help Travel Professionals Sell Cuba

NEW YORK (Aug. 12, 2015) ─ Travel professionals interested in selling Cuba as the next red-hot destination can sign up for a dynamic new educational seminar to be offered at Questex Travel Group’s Travel Industry Exchange event, Sept. 15-17 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Known as the birthplace of salsa, mambo, mural painting, Havana Rum and Cohiba cigars, Cuba has long been off limits to Americans, but the recent restoration of diplomatic relations with the country has touched off an explosion of interest in travel to the once-forbidden island. A panel of travel experts will share updates on travel to Cuba including legal considerations and interactive “people-to-people” programs designed to immerse visitors in the country’s everyday life by facilitating memorable contact between Americans and Cubans.

John McAuliff, Fund for Reconciliation and Development executive director, will moderate the session, Selling Cuba, which will feature Tessie Aral, owner and operator, ABC Charters;
Andrea Holbrook, president & CEO, Holbrook Travel; William Hauf, president, Island Travel & Tours, Ltd.; Nicholas Filippidis, director of product development, North America, Celestyal Cruises; and Ben Barron, foreign affairs officer, U.S. Department of State’s Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation.

“Shrouded in mystery for decades, Cuba will be ripe for selling as part of travel packages,” said Marilyn McHugh, Questex Travel Group vice president of global events. “Our experts will provide the latest insights on how to sell this culturally rich Caribbean gem.”

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.

The one-to-one appointments and networking events are designed to help attendees build on their specializations and grow their businesses. For more information or to register, travel professionals may visit

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