September – November dates
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is getting set to host a series of destination updates for travel agents. The interactive dinner presentations run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jamaica suppliers will attend many of the events and will complement the JTB presentation with their own updates. Ontario seminars will be in Sudbury on Sept. 23; North Bay Sept. 24; Barrie Oct. 7; Newmarket Oct. 8; Belleville Oct. 14; Kingston Oct. 15; Sarnia Oct. 19; Kitchener Oct. 20; St. Catharines Oct. 21; and Brantford Oct. 22. Quebec, Ottawa and Atlantic Canada: Quebec City Nov. 1; Ottawa Nov. 3; St. John’s Nov. 30; Halifax Dec. 1; and Moncton Dec. 2. Western Canada: Winnipeg Nov. 4; Edmonton Nov. 10; Red Deer Nov. 11; Calgary Nov. 12; Regina Nov. 25; and Saskatoon Nov. 26. Interested agents are asked to register for the event in their city at http://www.visitjamaica.com/canada.
The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) has locked down the dates for the BC Tourism Industry Conference, set for Vancouver on Oct. 20-21. The 2015 conference will offer a variety of workshops, keynote speakers and tourism professionals from all regions of the province. Upwards of 400 delegates are expected to attend this year’s event, representing all sectors of the industry from city/community destination marketing organizations, to independent operators to provincial and municipal government leaders.
Business Building Boot Camps
TRAVELSAVERS Canada reports that registration for its regional 2015 Business Building Boot Camps is open. The intensive profit-building program is designed to deliver innovative ideas, educational sessions and actionable strategies, proven money-making programs, a trade show, one-on-one sessions to discuss product offerings, marketing, sales tactics and vendor support and networking opportunities. This year, two locations have been arranged – Nov. 5-7, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, Whistler, BC, and Nov. 21-23, The Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa.
Travel Professionals International (TPI) has unveiled details of its plans for its upcoming 2015 TPI Annual Conference. Now entering its 21st year in business, TPI will be holding its annual event at the Meliá Marina Varadero in Cuba from Nov. 16-19. The event is being presented by TPI, Transat Holidays and Nolitours, and Meliá Hotels & Resorts. More than 250 travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners are expected to attend the which will include site inspections, networking opportunities, keynote speakers, training workshops, excursions, and more.