USTOA, IAEE Conferences Convene in New Orleans

New Orleans will host two of the nation's leading travel and convention groups this week as the International Association of Exhibitors & Events (IAEE) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) hold meetings and conferences over a five day span.

This week marks the first time USTOA's Annual Conference and Marketplace will be held in New Orleans. The group of more than 600 travel industry professionals will convene at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel from December 10 through December 12.

The USTOA's conference and marketplace will bring together professionals from around the travel industry to participate in professional and social activities with one another while bringing together supplier members and active members in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments.

The USTOA festivities will begin Friday, Dec. 10 with an opening luncheon and a welcome address from John Stachnik, the chairman of the USTOA. Members will spend Friday afternoon in workshops and Friday evening at a welcome session. Saturday, December 11, will provide an opportunity for the USTOA to give back to New Orleans at Louis Armstrong Park.

The second feather in New Orleans' cap is the IAEE's "Expo, Expo!" meeting. The annual meeting and exhibition will be held December 7 through December 9 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Nearly 2,000 attendees will go through educational sessions, build business partnerships and network at the centerpiece event of the exhibition industry.

For more information on USTOA, visit For more on IAEE, visit

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