TW's Virtual Leisure Summit going on now; sign up for home-based event

Sign up now for Travel Weekly's Virtual Leisure Summit and catch Day 2 of the Web-based event, where three of the people who are defining the contemporary landscape for home agents will be joining Travel Weekly Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann in conversation. (Click here to register.)

Agents, too, will be able to join in the conversation with questions and insights.

The participants are Van Anderson, co-president of America's Vacation Center; Kim Sorensen, YTB president; and Scott Koepf, president of the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA).

Travel agents can register to hear and interact with these presenters and other industry experts on Tuesday, Oct. 21, without leaving their desks by simply registering for this online conference. There is no fee to register.

Anderson's powerhouse host agency has used technology, marketing and an unwavering focus on specialization to grab the attention of agents, consumers and suppliers.

Sorensen's group has courted controversy with its multilevel marketing approach to travel sales, but has also generated intense loyalty from its army of RTAs (referring travel agents).

Koepf is in the midst of reconstructing an organization that has traditionally been focused on professionalism among agents who work from home.

"Here's your chance not only to hear what's going on with these organizations, but to join me in the process of digging a little deeper with your own questions," Weissmann said.

The Travel Weekly Virtual Leisure Summit is an online conference and trade show. In addition to educational sessions, the summit will include a highly focused trade show. There will also be chat rooms featuring opportunities for travel agents to exchange ideas amongst themselves and with Travel Weekly reporters and editors on hot industry topics.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Ypartnership's Peter Yesawich will make a presentation trends in leisure sales, and leading industry educator Marc Mancini will talk about how to increase sales for vacation packages.

In addition, the event, which began on Monday, Oct. 20, will be archived for 60 days, so agents who register will be able to view previous interviews, such as a discussion with consultant Robert Joselyn about what agents can do to help their businesses during the current economic crisis, and a presentation from Weissmann on Travel Weekly’s freshly compiled Travel Industry Survey.

In another Monday session, also archived and available to registrants, Vacation.com's Steven Tracas, Ensemble's Jack Mannix and American Express' Ellen Bettridge explored the future of cruising.

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