ASTA To Hold Retail Travel Leadership Summit

ASTA will host its first-ever Retail Travel Leadership Summit at the 2008 THETRADESHOW in Orlando, September 8. The event will bring together industry leaders and executives from top-tier travel companies and foster open discussions and debates on pressing travel industry issues, ASTA says. Issues to be discussed include controversial topics such as, "The Financial Future of the Cruise Line Industry" and "The Future of GDS Systems-Who Will Pay?" The discussion panel entitled, "The Economics of Going Green," will feature a point, counterpoint format, examining the question of whether it is recommended or even feasible for the travel industry to go "green." While specific topics are slated for discussion, ample time will be allotted for impromptu dialogue and free thought.

According to William Maloney, ASTA's executive vice president and COO, the retail travel constituency encompasses three groups: consumers, travel retailers and travel suppliers. Iconic speakers who understand the constituency's group dynamics will lead the forum. Attendees will hear ideas to help them build on their company's success, ASTA says.

The summit will take place on September 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The registration fee prior to July 1 is $295 and $395 thereafter. For additional information on ASTA's Retail Travel Leadership Summit or to register, contact Robin Costanza at [email protected] (GD)