Your Perfect Week at Travel Exchange: Checklist for Suppliers and DMOs

Convention week is a big week and you have a lofty goal: squeeze in as many business-building opportunities, appointments, seminars and fun as humanly possible. Right?!

To help you realize that goal (Do Big Things!), here’s a personal checklist for achieving an ideal week at Travel Exchange. This chronological, jam-packed agenda will help you tick off activities throughout the week that shouldn’t be missed, but still give you a little room to breathe. After all, Travel Exchange is the biggest joint show of the year to buy, sell, partner up, create, brainstorm, learn from each other, swap stories, share goals and build your business!

[If you haven’t registered yet, visit www.NTAonline.com/Convention, or call +1.859.264.6540 or 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada only).]

The November Courier features Travel Exchange To Dos for tour operators (check it out here!) And if you’re a supplier or DMO, here are some tips for exhausting the convention and heading home satisfied and energized for a prosperous 2013.

Travel Exchange To Dos for Suppliers:

  • Capture memorable moments and spend fun quality time with tour operators on a sightseeing tour.
  • Experience the Rocket Garden while at the Kennedy Space Center for the Ice Breaker.
  • Get inspired by Robert Springer’s speech at the Opening Ceremony.
  • Join my peers during Talk Times (and vote in the board elections!).
  • Hand out 500 business cards throughout the week.
  • Meet up with my DMO to get sales leads.
  • Snag a bragging-rights seat at the always-popular Broadway Luncheon.
  • Connect with and meet good friends—old and new—at the wine and cheese reception before Dine Around.
  • Set three alarms and a 6 a.m. wake up call for the Tuesday morning 5K Fun(d) Run.
  • Meet with my colleagues and share ideas in the supplier category breakouts.
  • Applaud the winners at the Awards Reception Dinner Tuesday night.
  • Provide great itinerary builders to operators in the Fast Pitch session.
  • Engage my brain and collect ideas in educational seminars.
  • Talk business, negotiate and finalize new contracts with tour operators in my Exchange appointments.
  • Support a good cause (and dance the night away!) at the Tourism Rocks Party.
  • Hit the snooze button at least once…
  • Catch up on association activities at the Annual Business Meeting luncheon.
  • Celebrate a perfect Travel Exchange week at the New York Street Party at Universal Studios Florida.

Travel Exchange To Dos for DMOs:

  • Capture memorable moments and spend fun quality time with tour operators on a sightseeing tour.
  • Experience the Rocket Garden while at the Kennedy Space Center for the Ice Breaker.
  • Get inspired by Robert Springer’s speech at the Opening Ceremony.
  • Join my peers during Talk Times (and vote in the board elections!)
  • Snag a bragging-rights seat at the always-popular Broadway Luncheon.
  • Introduce my area’s new product to tour operators in Destination Pavilion appointments.
  • Pass sales leads on to my suppliers!
  • Hand out 500 business cards throughout the week.
  • Connect with and meet good friends—old and new—at the wine and cheese reception before Dine Around.
  • Set three alarms and a 6 a.m. wake up call for the Tuesday morning 5K Fun(d) Run.
  • Applaud the winners at the Awards Reception Dinner Tuesday night.
  • Share ideas with my colleagues in the DMO category breakouts.
  • Engage my brain and collect ideas in educational seminars.
  • Support a good cause (and dance the night away!) at the Tourism Rocks Party.
  • Hit the snooze button at least once…
  • Catch up on association activities at the Annual Business Meeting luncheon.
  • Celebrate a perfect Travel Exchange week at the New York Street Party at Universal Studios Florida.

What about you? Do you have any helpful convention tips? Share them in the comments section below!

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2 Responses to “Your Perfect Week at Travel Exchange: Checklist for Suppliers and DMOs”
  1. Mark says:

    Excellent post. I like your tips. Helpful and useful. I like this “Hand out 500 business cards throughout the week.” So cool. thanks for sharing.

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