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10 Industry Events to Boost Your Professional Development

Continuing education, the ability to network with other agents and being up to date with the hottest industry trends are all important factors when it comes to being successful in the travel business. Here at VAX we’re all about agents, so we rounded up 10 travel events  from our Industry Calendar to help make 2019 your best year yet.


The New York Times Travel Show, January 25-27
Set your wanderlust free with over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations. Globe-trotting tips from a variety of experts will help you and your clients travel smarter.


2019 IITA Summit, February 3-6
The International Inbound Travel Association’s (IITA) Summit is the only one-on-one appointment marketplace for inbound tour operators and U.S. suppliers to plan travel for international visitors. In an effort to maintain a quality Marketplace, IITA maintains a 3-to-1 ratio of suppliers to buyers. The Summit also provides a variety of educational sessions on topics that are impacting the industry to help shape your strategy for the coming year.


Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum, March 20-23
This 3-day event gives you the opportunity to network with your peers, as1,000+ independent travel professionals will all be under one roof. Get access to top suppliers  on the trade show floor, learn through targeted agent education and network with other travel professionals throughout the week.


CLIA Cruise360 – A Panoramic View of Cruising, April 2-8
As the largest and only official conference of the cruise industry, Cruise360 brings together travel professionals, cruise line representatives, ports and destinations, industry suppliers and CLIA-preferred partners for a truly panoramic view of the cruise industry.


Romance Travel Forum, May 5-9
Tap into romance with the Romance Travel Forum, an exclusive event created for today's romance travel agent. This elite program will deliver high-caliber networking and top-level education opportunities, offering participants the chance to collaborate, learn and build strong business relationships.

Luxury Travel Advisor’s Ultra Summit, May 21-23
An invite-only event for pre-qualified, leading luxury travel agency owners and managers eager to meet one-on-one with the crème de la crème of luxury travel suppliers.


Destination West, July 14-16
Destination West is the new premier-hosted buyer event for elite meetings and incentive professionals looking to book business in the Western U.S. Formerly Discover Colorado, Destination West will include other destinations on the west-coast to participate in this new exciting program. 


ASTA Global Convention, August 25-27
The annual ASTA Global Convention is where the best of the best in the travel agency industry convene for three days of inspiration, education and entertainment.


Destination Hawaii, September 23-26
Paradise awaits. Destination Hawaii is the hosted buyer event for Hawaii suppliers and active planners. Attendees will experience the magic is the islands as they come together for three days of meetings, networking opportunities and targeted education.


CruiseWorld, November 13-15
Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld is a live event that brings together travel professionals and supplier partners through educational workshops, networking events and a trademark exhibitor showcase.

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