2017 Event at a Glance

Check back often for updates for the 2018 event!

Thursday, October 12

11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Travel Agent Arrivals & Check-In
Lagniape, Second Floor

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Supplier Arrivals & Check-In
Lagniape, Second Floor

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Connecting with the Authentic Caribbean
    • Ana Fonseca, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos
  • Adventures, Cultural, & Historic Asia
    • Kevin Carter, Collette
    • Sheri Fazleabas, A&S Signature Journeys
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Latin America Beckons Family & Celebration Vacations
    • Mirka Navaez, Adventure Associates
    • Marja Hoogendijk, The Reef Resorts
  • Cruise & Adventures: From River to Antarctic Expeditions
    • Rolf Logan, Hurtigruten
    • Carolyn Szekeres, Emerald Waterways
    • Cara Matthew, Quark Expeditions

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Welcome Reception
Hosted by The Sheraton New Orleans and Questex Travel Group
Lagniape, Second Floor

Friday, October 13

7:15 am 

Please obtain your appointment schedule Breakfast Check-In.
Waterbury Ballroom, Second Floor

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast and Welcome Address
Waterbury Ballroom, Second Floor
Ruthanne Terrero, Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor

8:30 am – 9:15 am

  • Spanning the Globe with Destination Weddings & Celebration Travel
    • Cheryl Hudak, The Mark Travel Corp.
    • David Mostert, GOGO Worldwide Vacations
    • Robyn Basso, The Hawaiian Islands
  • Caribbean Vacations From All-Inclusive to Private Hideaways
    • Lucien Echavarria, Dominican Republic Tourism Board
    • Kim Riley, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority
    • Grace Grillo, Sailrock Resort Turks & Caicos
    • Lauren Cataldo, Sandals and Beaches Resorts
  • Worldwide Hotel Updates
    Napoleon A1 & A2
    • Claudia Espinoza, Palladium Hotel Group
    • Tracey Greene, Playa Resorts
    • Jose Louis Ferrer, Hodelpa Hotels and Resorts

9:30 am – 10:45 am

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:03 am – 12:28 pm

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch
Hosted by The Hawaiian Islands
Waterbury Ballroom, Second Floor

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Hotel Global Roundup: What's Refurbished, What's New Across All Market Sectors?
    • Judy Ruffini, Caesars Entertainment
    • Kelly Messina, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
    • Bobby Sweet, Salamander Hotels & Resorts
    • Sara Atwell, MGM Resorts International
  • Experiential Travel in Europe: Connecting with Clients
    • Kent Phillips, Exodus Travels
    • Alison Lowe, Adelanta Travel Services
  • Selling Into Niche Travel Segments
    Napoleon A1 & A2
    • Steve Parry, Golden Sports Tours
    • Scott Goss, Experience Park Tours
    • Erin Houpt, Dream Yacht Charter
    • Heather Dudick, Alaska Railroad

2:45 pm – 3:34 pm

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

3:34 pm – 3:45 pm


3:48 pm – 5:03 pm

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

6:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner, Dancing, & Drinks Aboard the Creole Queen!
Sail along the Mississippi River on a traditional paddle wheeler while enjoying a live band and classic New Orleans cuisine! We will depart together for a Second Line walk to the river at 6:15 pm, meet in the Sheraton front lobby on Canal Street.

Hosted by the Creole Queen
Poydras Street Ferry Terminal

Saturday, October 14

6:00 am – 6:45 am

Sunrise Yoga (Optional Activity)
Get your Saturday morning started with yoga set to a motivating soundtrack!

Hosted by The Sweat Social
Napoleon Ballroom A3, Third Floor

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast
Waterbury Ballroom, Second Floor

8:30am – 9:15am

  • Innovative Travel Suppliers Speak
    • Patricia Acevedo, Mexico Tourism Board
    • Amy Violette, Stay Alfred
    • Liana Payne, Florida Keys & Key West
  • Trending Destinations In Africa & The Middle East
    • Robin Mountain, Ntaba African Safaris
    • Rich James, Awaze Tours
    • Stephen Nase, Qatar Tourism Authority
  • Updates on Travel Services & Business Management
    Napoleon A1 & A2
    • Oya Bekisoglu, C & H International
    • Krista Moses, Bedsonline
    • Benoit Demonsant, TravelExchange.io
9:30am – 10:15am
  • Europe: Upscale Opportunities for Discerning Clients
    • Jesus Repetto, Titanium Tours
    • Mike Hawe, Isle Inn Tours
    • Ivan Matta, Boscolo Tours
    • Carmen Carbonell, Your Own Italy
  • Luxury Safari & Sustainable Tourism in Africa
    • Romain Dupuy, Tanganyika Expeditions
    • Mike Peterson, Leopard Tours
    • Sandy Schwab, SunLux Collection
  • New Ships & Trips on the Horizon
    Napoleon A1 & A2
    • Maria Lopez, Carnival Cruise Line
    • Jana Tvedt, Riviera River Cruises
    • Carolyn Szekeres, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

10:15am – 10:30am


10:30am – 12:24pm

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

12:30pm – 1:20pm

Networking Lunch
Advisors please sit at the place settings with blue napkins and suppliers please sit at the place settings with white napkins.
Waterbury Ballroom, Second Floor

1:30pm – 2:19pm

One-to-One Appointments
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

2:20pm – 2:25pm

Agent Prize Drawings
Napoleon Ballroom




*Schedule subject to change at any time without notice.

"Travel Industry Exchange is a great opportunity to meet suppliers one-on-one and build relationships. This is one show that is worth attending."

- Jason Swaye
Vision Travel Solutions