Friday, June 8th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration/Information Open

7:45 am – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Viking Cruises

9:00 am – 12:35 pm General Session


State of the Company
Nicole Mazza, Chief Marketing Officer, American Marketing Group


AMG Peer Talk - Social Media
Ron Cates, Digital Marketing Icon


Identify, Deliver, Appreciate
Jon Petz, Keynote Speaker

Travel Professionals today, need to be engaged, passionate and purposeful in order to create the best experiences for their clients. Many times, in our efforts to achieve significance as an agent, we set out to conquer relationships with travel partners, providers and our clients. However, we often don’t realize that successful and mutually beneficial relationships are not a “thing” we conquer; they are a series of significant moments – that matter. In this educational, inspirational and entertaining program, Keynote Speaker Jon Petz will help us to better deliver moments of now and wow in the travel and transaction process. Together we will learn to better identify opportunistic moments and discover new and simple ways to delivering the ‘now’ and ‘wow’ for our partners and clients as well as appreciate those same simple moments in our own lives.


Growing Bridal Sales
Jennifer Donscez, President, VIP Vacations

Learn from a master! Hear why saying "I DO" to the bridal market is a commitment you don’t want to shy away from.


Cruise Leadership Panel - Exploring New Cruise Markets
Moderator: Charles A. B. Sylvia, ECC, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations, Cruise Lines International Association
Panelists: Roberto Fusaro, President, MSC Cruises; Jason Montague, President, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President, Sales, Celebrity Cruises; Adolfo Perez, Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing, Carnival Cruise Line; Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Royal Caribbean International; Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President, Sales, Norwegian Cruise Line

Top cruise line executives will provide insight into the cruise industry, the importance of the travel agency distribution channel, spotlight new trends and innovations and focus on the many opportunities facing the cruise travel industry today and fast forward predictions for the future. This session will discuss new marketing and technology strategies to reach the first time cruisers, affluent travelers, adventurists, and families. This highly interactive session will allow you to get answers to questions from the decision makers!


Digital Marketing
Ryan McElroyCEO, Travel Agency Tribes & The Travel Valet

Learn from a master! Smart advice on successful ways to mix social media, content marketing and SEO and elevate your brand.


12:35 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

Sponsored by The Travel Corporation


2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Global Trade Show


7:00 pm – 9:30 pm 'A Night in Havana'

Sponsored by Collette, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Delta Vacations & Delta Air Lines

I can honestly say that for Marlys and our team at Connection To Cruise Travel that Travel Market is by far the best travel conference to attend in all categories! We use the time to say thank you and shake hands with our preferred vendors, peers and the AMG family. Conference is a great opportunity to take advantage of new strategies and great ideas. AMG brings in impressive business and motivational speakers. Hope to see you in June!

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

For more information, please contact our Business Development Team


Mary Lee DeFranco
1.800.366.9895 Ext. 5108

Jill Dickie
1.800.366.9895 Ext. 5107

Lisa Kortje

Sarah-Jane Pieri
1.800.366.9895 Ext. 5104


Steve Phillips
1.800.366.9895 Ext. 5105


Elizabeth Grundon
(Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island)  

Lisa Kortje
(British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North West Territories, Yukon)

Michelle Grenier


Rosemary Sarkis
888.245.6378 Ext. 3007

Wayne Spector
888.245.6378 Ext. 2351


David Thorne
516-624-0500 Ext. 5072


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