Host agency Nexion is going it alone. For the first time, its annual member conference will be a standalone event rather than being offered in conjunction with another industry happening.
CoNexion 2009 will be held Oct. 1 to 3 at the Hilton in Irvine, Calif., and its theme will be "Accelerate Your Success."
"We have been building up to CoNexion 2009 all year," said General Manager Jackie Friedman. "We're thrilled to offer an extensive agenda with multiple opportunities for our agents to increase their knowledge and [network] with fellow members, our preferred-supplier partners and Nexion staff."
The conference will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops on key leisure and corporate travel topics, as well as CLIA certification opportunities. Speakers will include Nolan Burris, Scott Koepf and Joanie Ogg.
A preferred-supplier trade show will be geared toward giving Nexion agents a chance to learn about products and destinations, and a team-building activity is planned to help both agents and suppliers gain more sales.
In addition to the conference activities, Nexion has arranged for pre- and post-conference ship inspection events with Disney and Carnival.
But it won't be all work and no play. There's an '80s theme party called "Like, Let's Totally Accelerate Your Success, fer Sure."
Nexion is a Sabre Travel Network brand and has 2,100 independent agent members.
Agents can learn more at www.nexion.com/conexion2009.