ASTA’s Travel Retailing & Destination Expo 2011

ASTA’s Travel Retailing & Destination Expo 2011, which will be held in Las Vegas Sept. 11-13, has something for anyone looking to increase their travel business and network with other top agents. The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) are the industry experts who will successfully deliver quality education sessions and networking opportunities for travel agents to advance their professional careers.

This year’s educational program was redesigned by industry expert Bruce Tepper. A noted consultant, speaker and trainer, Tepper has worked with a variety of travel industry associations around the globe in both a consulting and training capacity with a particular focus on travel industry trade associations and agency groups in over 30 countries.

Some of this year’s educational seminars include:

  • “Back to the Future for the Luxury Traveler and High Margin Sales” – discusses how to build trust and stay connected to valued clients in today’s world of face-paced technology
  • “How to Profit from Gen Y and Millennials—Meeting the Demands of the New Youth Market” – Examines different generations, their different needs and communications styles
  • “Maximizing Marketing Partnerships to Build Your Bottom Line” – goes in-depth on two key tools—co-op funds and local alliances—to substantially boost your bottom line
  • “The Law Is Changing the Way Travel Is Sold–Are You Ready?” – To avoid being caught unawares, this seminar offers agents a comprehensive understanding of different trends that are changing the way travel can be sold.

ASTA is excited to highlight the recent addition of two new technology seminars to be given by James Spellos,president of Meeting U, an expert in the field of technology for business professionals, delivering more than 150 seminars annually on how to become more productive and efficient using technology applications.  His seminars include:

  • “Making Your Mark: Creating Your Own Online Brand to Boost Your Sales”
  • “Smart Phone…Smarter Travel”

In addition to education opportunities, ASTA’s Travel Retailing & Destination Expo 2011 attendees have various chances to network and exchange ideas with top agents and industry suppliers. On Sunday, Sept. 11, Las Vegas will host the event’s official kick-off party at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. Here, attendees are encouraged to put on their cowboy boots and don their best Western attire while enjoying live music, great food and beverages. The night continues with more drinks and dancing at the YP Party, immediately following. Free to all delegates, the YPParty honors young travel professionals.

Meanwhile, ASTA’s 8th annual Advocacy Dinner, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, celebrates the organization’s influence in shaping the policies affecting the retail travel business. It is a chance for ASTA to spotlight its role in the legislative process and for attendees to socialize and network with the leaders of the travel industry.

Pricing for ASTA’s Travel Retailing & Destination Expo 2011 runs only $79.  Additional upgrade options are available for the Best Value Package for $159 which includes access to the e-Learning Center offering recordings of the educational seminars.  For more information and to register, visit