The 11th annual Luxury Travel Expo concluded in Las Vegas with a lineup of speakers and learning workshops that aided luxury travel agents in improving their knowledge and skills while building toward a boost in more business. Buzz about the show has been bountiful since April, when opening registration numbers set a new record.
Attendees heard from some of the best in the industry, including a panel discussion among Dan Mahar, CEO and board director of Tauck World Discovery; Dennis Pinto, managing director of Micato Safaris; Ian Swain, president and owner of Swain Tours; and Scott Wiseman, president of Abercrombie & Kent USA. Malaka Hilton, CEO, president and founder of Admiral Travel International will moderate the discussion.
Other industry leaders spoke as a part of the event's conference program. Speakers included: Priscilla Alexander, founder and president of ProTravel International; Terry Dale, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association; Nathan E. Devore, senior vice president of Rich Worldwide Travel; Malaka Hilton, CEO, president and founder of Admiral Travel International; Jack Mannix, CTC, president and CEO of Ensemble Travel Group; Ignacio Maza, executive vice president of Signature Travel Network; Gene Sloan, Travel Editor/Cruise for USA Today; and Jim Strong, CTC, ACC, president of Strong Travel Services.
New this year was be the inaugural Silent Auction.
Check out some footage of last year's event, including an interview with Roselyn Cosentino of Luxe Hotels and George Maloof of The Palms, at our Executive Interviews video channel.