Leisure Travel Summit sets speakers, schedule

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The schedule of general-session events and meal functions is set for the the Leisure Travel Summit, which is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, at the Anaheim Convention Center here.

The show is sponsored by Travel Weekly, TravelAge West and Michael J. Pierson Associates.

The show will feature four keynote speakers.

Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Carnival Cruise Line, and David Preece, president and CEO of the Travel Institute, will speak at the first general session on Friday.

Freed will discuss the challenges facing today's agents in a speech titled, "Decision 2004." David Preece will lay out the Travel Institute's new mission.

Robert Joselyn, president and CEO of Joselyn Tepper & Associates, will give a presentation on Saturday morning titled "Grabbing the Present by the Throat" and will discuss tools that will help agents learn to do that.

Saturday night's program will conclude with Marc Mancini, president of Marc Mancini Consulting, whose presentation is titled, "Making a Difference: Why Travel Agents Matter."

The educational program is rounded out with 40 destination and product workshops.

Friday evening's welcome reception will be hosted by Hawaiian Airlines partnering with All About Travel, the Australian Tourist Commission, and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Patterson California Beverage Journal will host a wine tasting during the reception.

Saturday's breakfast networking function will be hosted by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

The price for the conference is $89. For more information, log onto www.leisuretravelsummit.com or call (866) 310-6572.

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