SOURCE: Questex Hospitality + Travel

Questex Hospitality + Travel

January 17, 2013 10:00 ET

Young Leaders Conference Targets Travel's Brightest Stars This September

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2013) - Questex Hospitality + Travel, the world's largest multinational media, event and e-commerce company serving the global hospitality and travel industry, today announced that its fourth annual Young Leaders Conference (YLC) will be held Sept. 9, 2013, at The Venetian Las Vegas® in conjunction with Luxury Travel Exchange International (LTX).

Since its inception, the goal of the Young Leaders Conference has been to create a forum for under-40 travel professionals that showcases industry talent and fosters peer-to-peer networking, education, career development and information-sharing. Participation in the event is open to all travel professionals under the age of 40 including travel agency owners, travel consultants, travel suppliers and industry partners.

Jennifer Fernandez, YLC group show & event director, said research shows peer-to-peer networking was the number-one reason cited for YLC attendance in 2012. Also, 100 percent of participants said they would recommend the event to a friend, business associate or other member of the industry.

"YLC brings together today's travel leaders and rising stars for a day of non-stop networking and dynamic education designed exclusively for young professionals," she said. "The event fosters an environment where young business leaders can learn from each other's experiences, share industry knowledge and discuss relevant topics pertinent to their careers. It is the perfect opportunity to build lasting relationships with industry peers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere."

Joe Pike, senior editor of Travel Agent magazine and co-host of YLC for the last two years, said the survey results confirm what the event organizers already knew, that this conference has become a "must" for younger advisors looking to hone their skills as travel professionals. "I have no doubt that this year's event will not only live up to the hype that this conference has generated in its three-year history, but well exceed it," he said.

Produced by Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent magazines, YLC is the first and only industrywide forum created exclusively for the under-40 travel professional. The event's dynamic networking and relevant educational programming is guided by a steering committee of young travel professionals. For more information, visit the YoungTravelLeaders.com website or connect on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

About The Questex Travel Group

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 Travel 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 NTOs/DMAs, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, OTAs and travel agents worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.