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A Good Year

December 4, 2006 By: Kerry J Cannon Jr Travel Agent

Did you ever receive one of those holiday letters? You know
the type, the usually insufferable year-end recap of the miraculous, the
monumental and the mundane (one relative had a baby, an uncle survived a gall
bladder operation, one kid got into college, the other is on the honor roll,
blah blah blah...).

Well, at the risk of sounding self-indulgent, here's my
(hopefully sufferable) holiday letter to you...

Dear Friends, Wow, where do I start? This has been such an
amazing year. All of the members of our "family" are doing incredibly
well. Travel Agent magazine has increased its base of qualified
subscribers by almost 10 percent, we're the market leader in ad pages and, for
those of you who thought we were on a diet over the summer, we actually
published more pages than any other magazine in the entire travel trade
industry. With a refocused, fine-tuned editorial approach and a revitalized
editorial team under the leadership of Ruthanne Terrero, we're bigger, stronger
and better than ever.

On the luxury side of our business, my colleague John
McMahon and his team have done a phenomenal job with Luxury Travel Advisor
magazine. Serving the needs of the luxury-selling agent, LTA increased
its frequency to 11 times this year. It has increased business by a whopping 91
percent, and is going monthly in '07. John will not be getting coal in his
stocking this year!

Oh, and have you heard about the new additions to our
family? In March, Home-Based Travel Agent magazine was born, and in
December the Home-Based Travel Agent Expo was brought into the world. Right
from the start these twins made quite an impression. After only three issues, Home-Based
Travel Agent
magazine was voted the best magazine for the home-based agent
by a healthy margin, and next year will be published 10 times. The Home-Based
Travel Agent Expo had an overwhelming launch, with pre-registration attendance
figures that will make it the single largest home-based agent event anywhere.
Co-located with its more upscale sibling the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas
during Travel Week (December 5–7), these two events combined will be the largest
gathering of travel agents in North America.

And these two events have an influential international
cousin: The Luxury Travel Expo Mexico,
held in the Riviera Maya in October, was a resounding success. And our new
Incentive Travel Exchange in June brought together incentive buyers and
suppliers in a unique and effective appointment-based format.

Our Travel Agent Custom Solutions Group continues to
dominate, winning several HSMAI Adrian Awards this year. We switched from one
Cooper (Mark) to another (Jonathan), and we continue to lead the market,
producing high-profile sales planners and educational programs for destinations
like South Africa, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, India
and many, many more.

Finally, our parent Questex Media Group has never been
stronger or healthier. While we have a number of competitors who love to spread
rumors and disinformation (don't you just hate that?), the reality is that
Questex is the single most dominant player in the travel trade media and event
business. But with five leading publications and four events, don't think we're
standing still. Our 67 percent growth this year is just a hint of things to

Well, that's about it for now. Here's hoping that yours was a
tremendous year as well, and that you have a safe, happy holiday and a
prosperous new year.

Kerry J. Cannon, Jr. GROUP PUBLISHER
[email protected]

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