SOURCE: Questex Hospitality + Travel

Questex Hospitality + Travel

September 20, 2013 10:50 ET

2013 Luxury Travel Exchange Closes on High Note With 5,000 Organized Meetings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 20, 2013) - Luxury Travel Exchange International (LTX), produced by Questex Hospitality + Travel, came to a successful close last week in Las Vegas LTX after organizing more than 5,000 one-to-one meetings among 900 professional travel advisors and 300 luxury travel suppliers.

The industry-leading event, held Sept. 10-12 at The Venetian® Las Vegas and Sands Expo Convention Center, brought top-producing advisors of luxury and premium niche travel together with leading suppliers for three full days of interactive networking, accredited educational programming and one-to-one meeting options.

The hybrid event offered a traditional trade show and intimate, one-to-one meetings on its signature LTX Exchange floor. The advisor audience, ranging from owners and managers to front-line affiliated and unaffiliated advisors, took advantage of substantial learning and earning opportunities.

"Luxury Travel Exchange delivered qualified and measurable results for its delegates, attributing its success, in part, to the fact that participants are carefully vetted," said Marilyn McHugh, vice president of global events. "Whether you're seeking a traditional trade-show experience or a more intimate approach through one-to-one meetings, LTX brings suppliers face-to-face with prequalified travel advisors who have a common and vested interest in their business."

Key educational topics for this year's event, guided by the LTX advisory board -- composed of experts representing the top-producing North American luxury travel agencies and global supplier partners -- included sales and marketing, professional development and overall service experience. Discussions focused on how to gain confidence in upselling, overcoming obstacles to maximize sales opportunities, customer service best practices and brand management.

Travel advisors and suppliers alike expressed satisfaction with this year's event. "LTX was the best luxury trade show I have attended in the past 20 years," said Susan Blume of CTC Personal Escape Travel Inc. "It's a great place for professional agents with luxury experience to expand their horizons." Sheri Machat of MH Ross Travel Insurance, one of the 300 suppliers who attended, said, "I liked the networking opportunities during the conference. I especially feel that the one-to-one appointments were a great opportunity to present your product to the agents."

"The Luxury Travel Exchange is a fantastic opportunity for a travel adviser to build their vendor contacts in one place," said Tammy Valery of The Travel Authority. "What could take years to compile was done in two days with the one-to-one meetings. Meeting the vendors and having that direct access to them is so important when planning that special something for the clients. The educational sessions were also of great value. The speakers were engaging and left you wanting for more."

Presented by Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent magazines, LTX offers the most relevant content in the luxury marketplace, developed in concert with these leading industry publications.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to travel and lodging, drives revenue, productivity and value-creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications. 

The Questex Travel Group, a division of Questex Hospitality + Travel, serves travel marketers globally through its TravelAgentCentral.com, LuxuryTravelAdvisor.com and TravelAgentUniversity online portals. It operates the leading luxury travel booking site, FiveStarAlliance.com, publishes Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines and produces leisure events: Luxury Travel Exchange International, ULTRA Luxury Exchange, Young Leaders Conference and Hawaii Travel Exchange and MICE events: Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges and CONFEC conferences.

Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to national tourism organizations/destination marketing associations, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, online travel agencies and travel advisors worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.