Travel MarketPlace Speakers Announced

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Education and training conference Travel MarketPlace has announced the speaker list for its 2nd annual conference, set for June 16th & 17th at the International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto.


Speakers and presentations will explore business growth strategies; marketing tools; how to engage clients and reach personal goals. Below is a partial list of speakers:

  • Ron Cates, International Director, Digital Marketing Education, Constant Contact, will serve as emcee and share tips and insight on the importance of e-marketing and successful engagement strategies. A 2nd session will provide a review of how to create and execute a successful social media campaign.
  • Simon Gilmartin, Co-Founder & Dave Holt, CSP Facilitator & Sales Performance Coach, DWG Performance, Inc., will give a crash course on how to harness the power of end-to-end selling. The presentation will begin as a general session and continue with breakout sessions exploring the comprehensive sales process; value propositions; client motivation and how all of these elements drive business.
  • Nolan Burris, Chief Visioneer, Future Proof Travel Solutions, explores how to create and sustain success in life or business. His premise: success is not an event but an ongoing process.
  • Steve Gillick, President Talking Travel, will offer 5 key tips to choosing a specialty and 6 steps to enhancing your reputation as a specialist.
  • Cruise Panel: Mike Foster President, Nexion CA; Rhonda LaFosse, Regional Sales Manager, TPI; Jeff Verman, CEO, Uniglobe; Michelle Palma, National Accounts - Canada, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise; Dana Gain, National Director, Sales – Canada, Norwegian Cruise Line will discuss daily issues and trends and take audience questions.
  • John Bateman, Regional Trainer, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will share how to position the value of a cruise vacation with details about pricing, river vs. ocean cruising, themed voyages and more. Continuing education credits will be available for this session.
  • Meredith Hill, Founder, Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs, will highlight messages from her book: How to Monetize Your Passion for Travel: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Travel Entrepreneurs.
  • Scott Koepf, Senior Vice President of Sales, Avoya Travel, shares his ultimate approach to sales success that will make a difference in your bottom line.
  • Destination Wedding Panel: Kitzia Morales, Co-founder, MeWed; Jennifer Doncsecz, Owner & President of VIP Vacations Inc.; Lisa Sheldon, CTC & Master Romance Travel Specialist; Brenda Washington-O'Neale, Owner/President, With This Ring Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Travel, will discuss the destination wedding market including topics like how to build a client base, how to manage a destination wedding and how to keep clients long after they say “I do.”
The full conference lineup can be viewed here.



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