(Boston, MA – December 7, 2017) Family Travel Advisor Forum, a B2B event catering to top performing family vacation specialists, concluded to rave reviews and forecasts for increased business amongst participants. Housed at the Moon Palace Jamaica, Ocho Rios from November 29 – December 3 (with optional post-event familiarization itineraries throughout the island), the event received over 500 applications from interested travel sellers, but confirmed 102 travel sellers, all fully-vetted through a stringent qualification process.
“The Family Travel Advisor Forum has a proven track record in recognizing and selecting the most passionate and adaptable travel sellers in the family vacation market. The 2017 delegate base epitomized these traits and more. It is an honor and privilege for this event to be the conduit that supports their business growth goals and overall longevity in the family vacation arena. ” said Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President Events & Content, Specialty Travel Forums, producers of the Forum.
The Family Travel Advisor Forum is the industry’s most respected event serving this important niche market, offering participating travel sellers many unique value propositions. The 2018 edition provided delegates the chance to take part in a plethora of educational offerings, such as peer-to-peer idea exchanges, covering an array of business focused topics; sales and social media presentations with renowned experts; an interactive session spotlighting the ever-important special needs vacation market; and a destination training course presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board. Some other event highlights including networking lunches (one featuring a motivational speaker); on-island excursions to Blue Hole; site inspections to Moon Palace Jamaica, Beaches Ocho Rios, Jewel Runaway Bay, Franklyn D Resort and access to Club Mobay, a private lounge experience. Optional post-familiarization itineraries included stays at Hilton Rose Hall and Jewel Grande Montego Bay; Iberostar Rose Hall; Sunscape Cove; or Royalton Blue Waters.
Beyond the traditional educational opportunities, travel sellers met with more than 40 vacation providers from around the globe and representing different vacation market segments, further increasing their product knowledge on the most popular and unique vacation experiences for families. Over the course of two-days, nearly 4,500 one-to-one mutual interest meetings were conducted between suppliers and travel sellers. Supplier partners included: AMResorts; ATS Chicago; Be Live Hotels; Beaches Resorts; BellaVista Mediterranean Tours; Blue Diamond Resorts; Carnival Cruise Lines; Delta Airlines; Delta Vacations; Family Travel Association; Franklyn D Resort; GOGO Worldwide Vacations; Golden Dolphin Wine Estate; Graham’s Place; Grand Country; Greater For Lauderdale CVB; Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay; Iberostar Hotels & Resorts; Jamaica Tourist Board; Jamaica Tours Limited; Jewel Resorts/Hilton Rose Hall; Keystone Resort; The Mark Travel Corporation; MSC Cruises (USA), Inc.; Palace Resorts; Palladium Hotel Group; Reggae Tours Jamaica; Royal Caribbean International; Sandos Hotels & Resorts; Seadust Cancun Family Resort; Sirenis Hotels & Resorts; Sky Bird Travel & Tours; Travel Impressions; Travel Planners International; Travel Troops; TripAssure; VIP Attractions – Club Mobay; Visit St. Pete/Clearwater CVB.
Planning for the 2018 Family Travel Advisor Forum will commence in early 2018. Dates and locations will be announced at that time.
ABOUT SPECIALTY TRAVEL FORUMS
The Family Travel Advisor Forum is produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to the North American travel agent community. The Specialty Travel Forums division offers innovative programming and content to support the professional growth of travel agents eager to cultivate their business and expertise through specialization. Comprised of a series of exclusive independent programs in key destinations, each is focused on individual niche markets providing in-depth training, brand certification, intimate networking, supplier relations, product knowledge and more. These exclusive programs offer limited space, allowing delegates to gain focused niche training while experiencing a full familiarization of the host destination to increase the breadth of their specialty offerings. The TravelSMG team has a proven track record in producing some of the most acclaimed leisure travel trade shows and events, working collaboratively with the industry’s leading organizations and experts, to provide top-notch education, networking and supplier engagement. For more information on TravelSMG visit www.TravelSMG.com
Supplier sign-ups for the 2018 Family Travel Advisor Forum are already underway. Suppliers interested in learning more or securing space should contact Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President Events & Content for Specialty Travel Forums at (718) 979-1952 or email Jennifer@SpecialtyTravelForums.com.