Travel conferences are the perfect way to reach an enthusiastic audience of travel professionals. Conference subjects are wide ranging from travel research to sustainable travel practices. All delegates have a common interest in travel as an industry, service, product and way of life. Tourist boards are often involved in travel conferences. Their aim is to showcase destinations to tourists. You will find that a lot of travel conferences move the venue of the conference quite often. Membership of travel associations can be worldwide and if you have a committee organising the conference it can be spread across numerous countries.
TRAVEL CONFERENCE SUBJECTS
- Sustainable development of travel related products
- Hospitality practices
- Hotel Management and operations
- Marketing travel related services (Digital travel platforms and advertising)
- Adventure travel: practices, tour operators, travel agencies
- The benefits of tourism and the impact on the economy
- Tourism research and development
Delegates who attend travel conferences are often passionate about travel. They will have experience travelling to numerous countries or working in the travel industry. Delegates booking travel conferences may be seeking to develop their knowledge of the travel industry and broaden their opportunities through travel services. Networking is an important component of all travel conferences, giving delegates the chance to ask questions, meet industry experts and learn more about individual travel products.
Attendees vary depending on the topic of the conference and the type of travel addressed in the agenda. There are three main types of tourism that can be the focus of a conference; leisure, business and visiting friends and relatives. Leisure tourism includes sun and ski holidays, cruise travel and adventure travel. Business tourism is often defined as MICE tourism which encompasses (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events).
Generally the agenda will include keynote speakers which take the form of motivational speakers or industry experts. In addition the conference agenda could include tourism researchers, travel industry specialists, tourist board representatives and panel discussions with 4 – 5 speakers discussing trends in the travel industry.
Some of the biggest international travel conferences include the World Travel Market, ITB Berlin, FITUR Spain, Go Global and TBEX.