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A Sneak Peek at LTE's Education Program

September 1, 2008 By: Alicia Evanko Travel Agent

In response to your feedback and with the help of Luxury Travel Expo’s Advisory Board, the Luxury Travel Expo conference program will be all about “practicality” this year. This year’s program will allow you to walk away with practical tips that will help you grow your luxury business and you will be rewarded with diamonds of opportunity. This year’s program has been built around the goals of you, the travel professional. I’m excited to give you a sneak peak into the program.

The conference program will kick off at noon on Tuesday, December 3 with CLIA’s Customer Relationship Management. This course will help you create the ultimate, top-notch customer service model for your agency. Starting at 12:15 p.m., Bruce Tepper of Joselyn, Tepper & Associates, Inc. will present, “Creating Buzz for Your Business: Hot Viral Marketing.” If you have a creative flair and a limited budget, this 75-minute session will give you an extensive overview on today’s hottest marketing technique. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is excited to be back again. Its session, “Aloha! Discover the Islands of Pampered Luxury,” will offer practical tips and advice about how luxury travel professionals may most effectively market and sell luxury offerings in Kauai, Oahu, Maui Nui (Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and the Big Island of Hawaii. Do you want to know more about niche cruising?  If so, Tuesday’s program will include a session entitled, “25 Top Strategies for Selling Niche Cruises.” The last program on Tuesday will be the first-ever debut of “CLIA’s Self Assessment: Explore Your Abilities, Skills and Strengths.” In this unique new CLIA seminar, you will be guided through a series of exercises to assess your professional skills.

In addition to these fabulous offerings, The Travel Institute will also be holding its annual conference on Tuesday. The Travel Institute’s Conference, “Where Ideas Come To Life,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception. This conference requires a separate registration fee. It is available when you register for Luxury Travel Expo.

The conference program moves into full gear on Wednesday morning. Wednesday and Thursday morning will be filled with thought-provoking sessions covering everything from sales, marketing, cruising, tours, hot destinations, technology, luxury hotels and resorts and more.

A sampling of Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sessions include: “For Agency Owners: Build a Powerhouse Business!”; “Razzle Dazzle Marketing that Taps Affluent Trends”; “Sail into Robust Revenue with Small-Ship Luxury Charters”; “The Next Great Places! In Search of Exotic Destinations”; “Navigating Choppy Waters: Luxury Cruise Execs Share Inside Intel”; and “New, Unusual Luxury Experiences You May Not Know About!”

The early-bird rate of $45 for Luxury Travel Expo expires on August 31. Register today at You don’t want to miss out on the world-class educational program. Also, look for details on the Food & Fashion package, which is available for purchase when registering for Luxury Travel Expo.

Stay tuned for further additions as this year's exciting program continues to formulate and evolve.

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