Travel Planners International (TPI) has announced details of its annual TPI Extravaganza set for September 23-27 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
This year's program will be based on the theme “Mission Possible: Conceive it – Believe it – Achieve it.”
Four motivation and business keynote speakers headline the TPI program. Entrepreneur Giovanni Livera of Giovanni Experiences, LLC will kick off the opening general session on Wednesday, September 23. In addition to the keynote, he will deliver two other presentations that day.
Matt Bailey, founder and president of Site Logic Marketing, is the featured luncheon speaker on Wednesday, in addition to two sessions later that day and two on Thursday, September 24, focused on marketing strategy, email marketing, and branding. Bailey's experience in the field of online marketing includes consulting with such well-known companies as Hilton International, Deloitte Consulting, J.Crew, and The Wall Street Journal.
Michael Hoffman, president of Dallas-based Igniting Performance, is the featured breakfast speaker on Thursday, September 24, plus a session later that day. Hoffman’s customers include Bank of Montreal, Aflac, Knight Ridder, Erricson, SYSCO Foods, Comcast, and the California Press Association.
Daniel Levine, director of the Avant‐Guide Institute trends consultancy, takes the stage on Thursday as the luncheon speaker, in addition to two other sessions Thursday afternoon and Friday, September 25. A trends expert and travel professional, Levine is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines and is often on television and radio, including CNN and NBC.
In addition to the motivation and business speakers, a line-up of industry leaders will deliver nearly 75 hands-on learning experiences, including small-group classes, one-on-ones, vendor roundtables, and a trade show. A total of seven ship and site inspections will also be offered for TPI agents on September 21-22 and September 26-27. Travel advisors will also be able to earn certification and credits with Sandals and CLIA during the conference. The opening and closing evening events feature a Caribbean-inspired Spy‐Tacular Welcome Event at Epcot's World ShowPlace Theatre on September 23 and the farewell party at Disney's Animal Kingdom on September 26.
TPI Co-founders Ken Gagliano and Tony Gagliano, vice president, will officially kick off the TPI Extravaganza 2015 on Wednesday morning. The conference will be emceed by Jenn Lee, founder of the Work Creative Group and small business strategist, conference expert, and high energy motivational speaker. Lee will also lead two training sessions on social media during the conference.