Young professional conference registration open!

Are you a passionate young travel professional looking for education geared for you? Register for the Young Leaders Conference at Travel agents can register for $150, which includes a complimentary Full Conference pass to Luxury Travel Expo. Supplier registration opens in fall and costs $300.

Benefits Added to Limited Platinum Pass for 2011

Based on popular demand, the Platinum pass returns to Luxury Travel Expo and now includes exclusive Internet access, networking break treats and featured supplier amenities. Rounding out the pass are VIP seating at the Wednesday seated lunch and general session, private meal functions, preferred seating at functions, the Platinum Bucks program, a complimentary Luxury Travel Advisor subscription and more. The pass is available for $200 (valued at $500) and is first come, first served. For more details and to register for the event, visit

Access Exclusive Hotel Rates

Book your stay at host hotel Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to access exclusive savings. Those who reserve with the show can save 57 percent off with the nightly room rate of $129, plus a discounted nightly resort fee giving attendees an additional savings of 60 percent per night! Advisors who book within the housing block will receive $10 off their Luxury Travel Expo registration rate.


One might say that it is easier now more than ever to keep up to date on education. With so many avenues to pursue, I, for one, think that it can be quite overwhelming. I have two different e-mail accounts with various newsletters I hold subscriptions to. My personal e-mail is where I receive my marketing updates, my work e-mail is where I receive general news and travel-specific information—not to mention the websites I visit to manage my day-to-day tasks. The amount of information coming in and going out is voluminous. There is no denying how invaluable education is, and finding the right formula to help you increase your knowledge is important.

I set educational goals for myself each year just like the goals you may set for your business. Year to year they change. One year, I wanted to fine-tune my writing skills, and I sought out options to help me reach that goal. Luckily, here in New York City, we have many continuing educational opportunities; I enrolled in a business writing class at one of the universities. Each week we learned effective ways to communicate using the written word and in the end, I had different techniques to implement in my overall practice.

Setting Goals

It is important to find what works for you. Conferences, seminars and trade shows are a great resource for education. A great goal is to increase your knowledge by attending a conference like Luxury Travel Expo or our Young Leaders Conference. Both have educational programming created for the segment they serve—luxury travel advisors and young travel professionals, respectively.

What goals do you set for yourself? How does education play into your day-to-day role and in your overall career? I would love to hear your ideas about how we can help you meet your educational goals.