Selling Travel Connect: North America September

Join us in Leeds, Birmingham and London in September

It’s time to connect, engage and be inspired by North America.

Leeds

September 25
6pm – 9.15pm
Aspire Leeds, 2 Infirmary St, Leeds LS1 2JP

Birmingham

September 26
6pm – 9.15pm
The Studio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP

London

September 27
6pm – 9.15pm
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DR

Spaces are limited and are expected to fill up fast, so don’t delay – register today.


Order of the evening

18.00 – 18.30

Settle in

Enjoy a drink and some food whilst you network with colleagues and suppliers

18.30-20.30

Supplier speed-dating

Meet with suppliers in quick ten-minute meetings. Make sure to drop off your business card at each supplier to be included in the prize draws. Listen for the alarm to signal the ten minutes are over before moving to the next table.

20.30-21.00

Q&A

Suppliers will answer your questions in a Q&A panel.

21.00

Prize draws

Stick around after the Q&A for your chance to win some unmissable prizes.

21.45

Finish

Time to head home and reflect on a great evening!


Meet the exhibitors

AMERICAN QV

American Queen Voyages (LDN ONLY)

Embark on a journey through the hidden corners of North America, where a deeper discovery of the continent awaits. Step into a Mark Twain story on the mighty Mississippi River, where the sights, sounds, and smells of New Orleans serve as a warm welcome. Explore the rugged coasts of Alaska as naturalists lead the way. Embark on a voyage that transports you to the heart of America’s storied history, where the present intertwines seamlessly with the past. From the unmatched luxury of our vessels to the captivating destinations and exceptional experiences that await you, choosing American Queen Voyages is a decision to discover the essence of river cruising. Let your curiosity guide you through the history, traditions and cultures of North America.

Contact: Rupert Thomson rupert@lightbluetravel.co.uk

aqvoyages.co.uk


ARIZONA

Arizona Office of Tourism (LDN ONLY)

Arizona is a place where it’s easy to combine outdoor exploration and urban culture. Experienced adventure companies and outfitters can escort groups to some of Arizona’s most beautiful places—from Jeep tours in Sedona to float trips on the Colorado River to horseback treks in Monument Valley. Such photogenic endeavors can be seamlessly augmented by museum visits and memorable meals in the cosmopolitan centers of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson and of course most famous natural landmark, the Grand Canyon.

Arizona also caters to lovers of wine, golf, astronomy, Old West history, professional sports, luxury spas and shopping. Aficionados of the latter can peruse fashion centers, designer outlets, art galleries and vintage boutiques. 

America’s most famous road, Route 66, bisects the state from east to west, passing through small towns such as Kingman, Williams and Winslow, where visitors can stop to gawk at vintage cars, photograph kitschy landmarks, or eat classic hamburgers and ice cream sundaes. 

So, sure, the Grand Canyon—one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World—is something no visitor to Arizona should miss. But it’s far from the only thing that makes Arizona grand.

Contact: Lauren Mckeever lmckeever@blackdiamond.co.uk

arizonafromatoz.co.uk


QUEBEC

Bonjour Québec (BHAM ONLY)

Bonjour Québec is the tourist board ofQuébec, the largest province in Canada. Bonjour Québecwork with members of the travel trade, including tour operators, travel agents and other industry partners to keepQuébec top of mind among visitors in markets at home and abroad. Bonjour Québec is focused on educating its audiences about everything there is to do and see across all of its regions.

Contact: Laura Sayce lsayce@hillsbalfour.com

bonjourquebec.com


DAYTONA

Daytona Beach Area CVB (BHAM ONLY)

Your best vacation yet awaits you at the Original American Beach, Daytona Beach, Florida!  Explore the area’s 23 miles of relaxing, white sand beaches, balmy breezes and warm waters. Tour world-famous Daytona International Speedway and its $400 million “re-imagining” project. Indulge your cultural cravings at the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences, and dozens of other museums and galleries. Stroll the iconic Daytona Beach Boardwalk & Pier and Ocean Walk Village.  Shop to your heart’s content, with several charming downtown shopping areas filled with boutiques, eateries, and more.  Zipline through the scenic Tuscawilla Preserve.  Touch sharks and stingrays at the Marine Science Center. Plan your stay around more than 50 annual events and festivals. The area also features a wide variety of family attractions, an eclectic selection of unique dining options, superb fishing, pristine wildlife — and plenty of watersports and outdoor fun.  Daytona Beach is an easy hour’s drive to Orlando, Central Florida attractions, and major Orlando airports.

Contact: Sarah Hanson, Daytona Beach Area CVB

daytonabeach.com


DELTA

Delta Air Lines (LDN ONLY)

NO ONE BETTER CONNECTS THE WORLD

Delta is the U.S. global airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience, dedicated to ensuring that the future of travel is connected, personalized and enjoyable.

In the U.K. Delta partners with Virgin Atlantic to offer customers an extensive network with up to 39 daily flights to the U.S. this summer, including a new Delta nonstop flight from Gatwick to New York-JFK.

On board, there’s a choice of cabin for every travel style. Delta’s fleet of Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft on U.K. flights features a choice of up to four cabin experiences including Delta One® suite and Delta Premium Select.

Contact: Kate Devereux  katie.devereux@delta.com

delta.com


ONRARIO

Destination Ontario (LDN ONLY)

Discover a world in Ontario, Canada – home to world-famous icons and awe-inspiring nature, vibrant communities and pristine wilderness, hidden gems and unexpected experiences. Wander off the beaten path to discover our distinctive culture and inventive cuisine. No matter where you go and which experiences you choose, you will encounter welcoming locals, proud to share their stories. Ontario is sure to satisfy the outdoor adventurer, passionate foodie and cultural explorer in all of us. For any questions relating to Ontario, please reach out to Alastair Drakesmith, adrakesmith@hillsbalfour.com

Contact: Alastair Drakesmith adrakesmith@hillsbalfour.com, Tilly Grace tillygrace@hillsbalfour.com

facebook.com/OntarioTravel


MARTIN COUNTY

Discover Martin County (LEEDS ONLY)

Make Memories in Martin County.

Discover a place where creating memories comes naturally. Where Old Florida charm, uncrowded beaches, enchanting downtowns, aquatic adventures, world-class dining, and unique attractions — are waiting to greet you. Oceanfront resorts, unique inns, to trusted hotel brands waiting to welcome you.

Martin County is an undiscovered gem located in sunny South Florida with countless outdoor wonders worth exploring. Our under-the-radar escape boasts over 22 miles of uncrowded beaches (thanks to a county-wide, four-story building height restriction that preserves our stunning views) and more than 100,000 acres of parks and conservation land Our shores also serve as vital nesting grounds for threatened and endangered sea turtles, plus countless other wildlife species.

Take an ecoadventure with an Explore Natural Martin  Ecoadventure. As an official Leave No Trace  “Explore Natural Martin consists of an ever changing range of eco-tours and experiences throughout our lesser-known natural areas.

For more information visit discovermartin.com or contact Jo Piani at Luna jpiani@lunarep.com


EXPEDIA

Expedia TAAP (LEEDS ONLY)

The Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (Expedia TAAP) offers agents a wide breadth of quality travel products, competitive rates and impressive availability. The ready-built platform is optimized to drive ease of use and deliver a world-class booking experience. Expedia TAAP’s industry-leading technology, personalized service and access to unique inventory and planning tools empower agents and agency managers to grow their business.

Contact: Amanda Leggett amanda.leggett@discovertheworld.com

expediataap.co.uk


FLORIDA SPACE COAST

Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism (LEEDS & BHAM ONLY) 

Florida’s Space Coast is over 70 miles of family-friendly paradise located 45 minutes east of Orlando. Visitors can experience a rocket launch up close, embark on a cruise from bustling and beautiful Port Canaveral, and relax to the sound of crashing waves on uncrowded beaches.

Step into our lively downtown districts to discover unforgettable local cuisine, art, and entertainment. Enjoy the surprise of our top attractions like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where you’ll experience the past, present and future of space exploration. Or the Brevard Zoo where everyone can kayak and zip line through animal exhibits while contributing to the conservation of local ecosystems. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty with a guided tour of the Indian River Lagoon. Kayak with manatees, fish with dolphins and experience the summertime bioluminescence. Get wild on an alligator-seeking airboat ride or search for sea turtle tracks at sunrise.

UK holidaymakers can fly directly into the Space Coast via TUI Airlines flights into Melbourne-Orlando International Airport (MLB) from London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and Belfast. Accommodations range from oceanfront resorts to riverfront hotels with views of rocket launches to bed & breakfasts with vacation rental options too.

Contact: Rukhsana Timmis Rukhsana.Timmis@me.com

facebook.com/visitspacecoast


GREATER MIAMI

Greater Miami & Miami Beach (BHAM & LDN ONLY)

What sets Greater Miami and Miami Beach apart from other great destinations? Just about everything. A little over a century ago, this seductive city was created as a pioneer trading post on the banks of the Miami River. Today, it’s known as one of the most welcoming, progressive and exciting places in the world. Thanks to its amazing weather, thriving arts scene, diverse population and non-stop nightlife, Greater Miami has earned its spot as one of the preferred holiday destinations. Its multifaceted appeal lets visitors enjoy second-to-none fun-in-the-sun partying, in addition to scoping out elite cultural happenings in a city that never sleeps.

The attractions line-up includes unique natural wonders like the Everglades, miles of sandy beaches, top sports teams and events, and world-class museums and festivals that you won’t find anywhere else. With a wide range of events, accommodations and nightlife, Greater Miami is unique, sophisticated and sexy. Get one step closer to the holiday of a lifetime!

Contact: Sebastian Sarrasin Sebastian@representationplus.co.uk

miamiandbeaches.com


memphis

Memphis Tourism (LEEDS & BHAM ONLY)

No matter how you get to Memphis – by road, river, rail or runway – you’ll need four nights to experience all the home of Blues, Soul and Rock’n’Roll has to offer. Memphis has a big city energy that moves to its own beat. From its music to its cuisine and culture, Memphis is all about authenticity and creativity.

By road it’s an easy drive from New Orleans through Mississippi or from Nashville. Visit by river on the American Queen, American Cruise Lines or Viking. You can visit Memphis by rail on Amtrak from Chicago or New Orleans. There’s no direct service but by runway its one-stop with all major airlines.

Start your Memphis pilgrimage at the Rock’n’Soul Museum on Beale Street where you’ll learn why Memphis is mentioned in more songs than any other city in the world. Explore the mighty Mississippi River, civil rights sites and neighbourhoods vibrant with entertainment venues. Plus Memphis has 100-plus barbecue restaurants and just as many establishments dedicatioed to wings, Southern and soul food.

Just a few of the reasons Conde Nast Traveller named Memphis one of the 23 Best Places to Go in 2023!

Contact: Jennie Jordan jennie@lofthouse.co

memphistravel.com


NATS

North America Travel Service

North America Travel Service has offered the very best in bespoke designer vacations for over 50 years. We’re privately owned and operated and have a true passion for North America. With our wealth of experience, we can confidently boast that we know North America better than anyone else in the travel business. Whether your clients are looking for a wild west adventure, a romantic break, a relaxing holiday or an escorted tour, we can plan their itinerary right down to the tiniest detail.

Our sales team have visited this vast continent on many occasions, both on familiarization trips and their own holidays, so you can be assured that you are receiving unbiased first-hand information from informed and knowledgeable professionals, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years.

Contact: Victoria Culling victoria.culling@nats-uk.com              

northamericatravelservice.co.uk


SEAWORLD

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (BHAM & LDN ONLY)

The wind in your hair, the sound of animals all around, the scent of adventure in the air… you plunge, you plummet, you splash, you scream. You are now at the heart of all the action at SeaWorld®, Aquatica®, Busch Gardens® and Discovery Cove®. Lose yourself on incredible wildlife-inspired thrill rides, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime animal encounter or choose to simply float the day away. 

Picture yourself at world-famous SeaWorld, where amazing rides and animal attractions keep you wide-eyed at every turn. Discover the splash-tastic fun of Aquatica. Explore the wild lands of Busch Gardens where super coasters and the world’s most incredible animals await. And, finally unwind in the tropical oasis of Discovery Cove where you can swim with dolphins or laze the day away on white sandy shores. Adventure is calling.

Contact: Claire King claire@cubo.com

seaworldagents.co.uk


TRAVELPACK

Travelpack (LEEDS & BHAM ONLY)

Whether providing a tailor-made service or dealing with the most obscure requests, our team are always willing to go the extra mile to help agents secure bookings against direct sell operators. Our supplier for India is our sister company so we are able to offer an unrivalled tailored and personalised service.

We have exclusive flight, hotel and touring products from a wide range of suppliers to ensure we have competitive prices and a wide product range, including access to top sporting and music events. Our specialists in our core destinations have sold and travelled to those destinations and we continually train our staff with airlines, hotels, tourist boards, suppliers and ensure we send our team on regular FAM trips.

We offer guaranteed prices for all pre-reg holidays – the price you agree is the price you pay! If we make an error we absorb the cost.

Travelpack provides their agents with:

  • Personalised marketing materials such as social media banners, destination or special offer posters, joint leaflets, E-tickets, confirmations, vouchers etc
  • Joint marketing campaigns
  • Product- or destination-focussed training
  • Destination experts for your client events and shows
  • Fam Trips to our amazing core destinations – Canada, The USA, India, Africa, the Far East and Africa
  • White label websites and XML connectivity
  • Our five Regional Sales Managers are available on email, mobile or whatsapp seven days a week
  • Dedicated Agents’ Facebook group which have access to exclusive competitions and incentives
  • We offer price parity

Contact: Darren Martin darren.martin@travelpack.com

travelpack.com


UNITED

United Airlines (LEEDS & LDN ONLY)

United Airlines opens up a world of exploration with a comprehensive route network to and within the Americas. Passengers can fly direct from London Heathrow to Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. From Edinburgh, passengers have access to year-round daily New York flights, with seasonal services to Chicago and Washington D.C. United offers onward connections to over 270 destinations across the Americas from these hubs, so whether it’s adventures in Costa Rica, a night on the town in Vegas or sun worshipping in Cancun – United can get you there.

For travellers looking for an elevated experience, United Polaris® business class provides up to 6ft 6in of sleeping space complimented with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and a sleep themed amenity kit. Travellers will enjoy a three-course meal. For those looking for convenience and comfort, United Premium Plus, the international premium economy offering provides extra recline, elbow and leg room with dinnerware, silverware and upgraded dining options. The economy cabin contains two options: United Economy and United Economy Plus, ergonomically designed seats for comfort with Economy Plus offering more room in most cases.

Contact: Lesley Roberts Lesley.roberts@united.com

united.com


viarail

VIA Rail Canada (BHAM ONLY)

VIA Rail runs the public passenger rail network of Canada over 12,500km of track from coast to coast and as far north as Hudson Bay. It is the perfect way for your clients to explore the real and authentic Canada in comfort. They can experience the changing landscapes, learn about indigenous culture, explore national parks, try culinary delights, and perhaps even see the northern lights.

Running year-round the opportunities are endless, perhaps cross the country on the Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver or for those wanting to focus on the cities on the east coast then the corridor service is an affordable and easy way to do a multi-centre. Stunning seascapes, adventure and amazing seafood can be found in the maritime provinces which can be reached by The Ocean or for those wanting mountain scenery then The Skeena is a must, spending 2 days travelling though the Rockies and other mountain ranges for around £100pp! The perfect trip for wildlife enthusiasts is the journey to Churchill which is said to be the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ in Oct / Nov but is also home to thousands of beluga whales in July! Explore the ‘real’ Canada with VIA Rail!

Contact: Natalie Smith nataliegeorge@clover-george.com

viarail.ca


DENVER

Visit Denver

Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver blends relaxation and invigoration in the city and nearby mountains, making it an ideal four-season destination that uplifts travellers with every visit. The Mile High City, a vibrant outdoor city filled with urban sophistication. In Denver, 300 days of sunshine, chef-driven dining, thriving arts and culture, world-class attractions, diverse neighbourhoods, a year-round events calendar, professional sports, and Rocky Mountain views combine to create a one-of-a-kind travel destination for families and adults. Convenient access to downtown with the 37-minute train trip directly from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station to enjoy the walkable city centre. Explore visitor-friendly downtown that includes pedestrian areas like the Dairy Block, Larimer Square & the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade that runs through the canter of downtown and is packed with shopping, restaurants and attractions. Discover Denver’s creative side at the Denver Art Museum with its famous Indigenous art and Western art collections, sample craft beer on the Denver Beer trail, see a concert under the stars at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre or take a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

visitdenver.com


VISIT FLORIDA

Visit Florida (LEEDS & BHAM ONLY)

Florida isn’t just a state. It’s a state of mind. It’s where you go to be more relaxed, more carefree, more open to connections, and more ready for fun. But it’s also a mindset you carry with you every day afterward, reminding you that your vacation self is your best self. Together, we brighten the lives of all. We ensure that people from every walk of life, from everywhere on Earth, experience moments that light up their day so they glow long after they head home. We are part of 1.5 million Floridians who work around the clock making memories possible for those off-the-clock. It’s our smiles & open arms, ideas & innovation, care & welcoming hospitality that transform people each time they visit. We inspire them to get away and get closer. Then invite them to return and do it all again soon. It’s not just a promise that we make to our visitors, but the purpose that drives us.

Contact: Gill Standeven  gill@goshpr.co.uk

visitflorida.org


yosemite

Yosemite Mariposa County (LDN ONLY)

Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB)

We are the “Home of Yosemite National Park” and majority of lodging, restaurants, and retail shops for the Yosemite region.

When planning a client’s trip to Yosemite, it’s important to think outside of the park. While many of the world’s most impressive natural wonders are found within its confines, there’s much more to explore within greater Mariposa County. Only a fraction of lodging is located inside of Yosemite. Most of your guests will stay in the historic gateway towns outside the park.

Help your clients create a trip of a lifetime in Yosemite Mariposa. With a variety of resort, hotel, and cabin rental options, you’ll find the perfect match for their style, quality, and budget.

Understanding the locations of key interest points will make or break your clients’ visit! Yosemite and Mariposa County are 2500 SKM in size and crossing Yosemite Mariposa County can take four hours’ drive time. Understanding the distance from one major point of interest to another is vital.

Black Diamond and YMCTB are here to support you. We are experts on the destination. Use us as your partners to educate, provide digital assets, itineraries, content, to better serve your clients!

Contact: Nicola Swabey  nswabey@blackdiamond.co.uk

yosemite.com/about-tourism-bureau