Disney, At Last


n a few weeks, I and my colleagues from Travel Weekly will head to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

I've never been to any Disney park, and I must say I am curious about what has become the epitome of popular vacation culture for millions of people in the U.S.

We're not headed to Lake Buena Vista just for fun, though. From April 29 to May 1, Travel Weekly's Conference on Internet Travel is being held at the Coronado Springs Resort. (I'm just hoping to work in a little free time at Disney.)

Inside the conference rooms and auditorium, the industry's experts in Internet technology will enlighten the rest of us on everything from Web-based alternatives to the CRSs to suppliers on the Web and to Web site hosting -- with plenty more in between.

I'm especially interested in the panel discussion called Enriching That Web Site and in the seminars called Web Site Promotion -- With Gusto and Skills for the On-Line World.

Hal Rosenbluth is the show's keynote speaker, and I am really looking forward to meeting him and hearing what he has to say.

Other big names in the line-up of speakers include Philip Wolf of PhoCusWright; Ron Andruff of Fare1.com; Bernard Frelat of eurovacations.com; Deslie Webb of eGulliver; Richard Eastman of the Eastman Group; Richard Meadows of Carnival Corp, and David Vis, a former Travel Weekly technology editor who is now with LastMinuteTravel.com.

As always, Travel Weekly will provide the Consultant's Arcade, where delegates can sign up to talk in person with industry experts like attorney Mark Pestronk, for example.

The consultation is provided at no cost to delegates. This year, Travel Weekly Crossroads is sponsoring the arcade, so those of you attending the show will probably see me milling around that part of the event.

By the way, anyone who needs more information on the Internet Travel show can call (800) 889-5254 or click Special Reports on the menu bar at the top of this page.

As for spending a bit of free time at Disney World ... my coworkers and I will try to find enough time to visit the theme parks, the water parks and the swimming pools -- plus there's the dining and nightlife to think about. Sounds like a lot for three days, eh? Well, somebody's got to do it.

Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly, TWcrossroads and Travel Management Daily.

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