Young Leaders Conference Returns to Las Vegas


Last year's Young Leaders Conference

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the world’s largest multinational media, event and e-commerce company serving the global hospitality and travel industry, today announced that its fourth annual Young Leaders Conference (YLC) will be held  Sept. 9, 2013, at The Venetian Las Vegas in conjunction with Luxury Travel Exchange International (LTX).

Since its inception, the goal of the Young Leaders Conference has been to create a forum for under-40 travel professionals that showcases industry talent and fosters peer-to-peer networking, education, career development and information-sharing. Participation in the event is open to all travel professionals under the age of 40 including travel agency owners, travel consultants, travel suppliers and industry partners.

Jennifer Fernandez, YLC group show & event director, said research shows peer-to-peer networking was the number-one reason cited for YLC attendance in 2012. Also, 100 percent of participants said they would recommend the event to a friend, business associate or other member of the industry.

“YLC brings together today’s travel leaders and rising stars for a day of non-stop networking and dynamic education designed exclusively for young professionals,” she said. “The event fosters an environment where young business leaders can learn from each other’s experiences, share industry knowledge and discuss relevant topics pertinent to their careers. It is the perfect opportunity to build lasting relationships with industry peers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”

Joe Pike, senior editor of Travel Agent magazine and co-host of YLC for the last two years, said  the survey results confirm what the event organizers already knew, that this conference has become a "must" for younger advisors looking to hone their skills as travel professionals. “I have no doubt that this year’s event will not only live up to the hype that this conference has generated in its three-year history, but well exceed it,” he said.

Produced by Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent magazines, YLC is the first and only industrywide forum created exclusively for the under-40 travel professional. The event’s dynamic networking and relevant educational programming is guided by a steering committee of young travel professionals. For more information, visit the website or connect on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.