NACTA’s 2012 Annual Convention Seeks to Boost Business

writingRegistration is now open for the National Association of Career Travel Agents’ (NACTA) 2012 Annual Convention, taking place at the newly renovated, all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St Lucie, Fla., Nov. 10-13, 2012.

NACTA reports that participants have the opportunity to become Club Med Expert Agents and have the chance to hear from a stellar line-up of featured speakers and participate in business-boosting education sessions -  geared to helping them increase their bottom lines with proven sales and marketing techniques.

“The NACTA 2012 Annual Convention will present independent consultants with opportunities to network and learn from one another and is guaranteed to provide attendees with a great return on their investment,” said Ann van Leeuwen, NACTA’s vice president.

“From broadening their marketing skills and opportunities to increasing their sales to high-level networking with NACTA agent and supplier members, NACTA is providing an educational convention with the express purpose enhancing travel agent’s potential to grow their business,” van Leeuwen says.

ASTA President and Chair Nina Meyer commented: “With so many shows in the marketplace, selecting the one that will provide real-life business solutions that teach independent travel consultants how to grow their business and increase their revenue is essential. NACTA’s conference delivers this and more.”

Travel agents will experience various workshops covering sales motivation, social media, public relations and CLIA training that will enrich all aspects of their travel business. Among the highlights:

·         Industry thought leaders: Featured speakers include Nina Meyer, acting ASTA CEO, Scott Koepf, vice president of sales, Avoya Travel/American Express, and Dave Stockert, former director of national accounts, Holland America Line.
·         Product workshops from leading suppliers. Agents will expand their product knowledge and sales skills thanks to workshops from such leading industry suppliers and organizations as National Tour Association, CLIA, Celebrity Cruises, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Brendan Vacations.
·         Personal supplier meetings: Attendees will have the chance to sit down with NACTA preferred suppliers and host agencies and build long-lasting business relationships that will give them the inside track on a supplier’s offerings and help them close the sale.

NACTA Seminar Series:

o    You Are Your Brand. Presented by Ryan McGredy, owner of Moraga Travel and Contact Beacon.
o    Marketing Like You Mean It. Presented by Richard Earls, publisher, Travel Research Online.

Early-bird registration fee of $329 (double occupancy) is available to NACTA and ASTA members until July 31. The convention includes three nights’ accommodations and all meals and beverages. Also included in the registration rate is access to the full program of events, which includes workshops, special featured speakers, a tradeshow, roundtable sessions, themed gala event and presentations from NACTA’s premier supplier partners.
NACTA has made it easy to combine attendance at Cruise World and the NACTA conference by offering non-NACTA member travel agents a special early-bird rate of $474/person (double occupancy), which includes a one-year NACTA membership. Special early-bird rates expire July 31.