Selling Travel Connect North America

We’re bringing you a selection of NEW suppliers from Canada and the USA for our dedicated Selling Travel Connect: North America in March.

  Connect with a host of tourists boards, airlines and tour operators including: Virgin Hotels, Lazy Bear Expeditions, Visit Pittsburgh, Aer Lingus, Brand USA, United Airlines, VISIT FLORIDA, Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB), Westjet, Sun Peaks and Travelpack

  The evening will consist of catching up over refreshments, speed dating with suppliers, a panel Q&A and a prize draw with some amazing prizes up for grabs. Venues soon to be announced.

  As always, there will be some fantastic prizes on offer each night.

CHESTER – MARCH 18
The Chester Grosvenor, Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LT
6pm – 9.15pm

MANCHESTER – MARCH 19
Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge St, Greater Manchester M3 3BT
6pm – 9.15pm

GLASGOW – MARCH 20
Citation, 40 Wilson St, Glasgow G1 1HD
6pm – 9.15pm

LONDON – MARCH 21
Hyatt Regency London Stratford, 10A Chestnut Plaza, London E20 1GL
6pm – 9.15pm

We look forward to seeing you there!


ORDER OF THE EVENING

18.00 – 19.00

Settle in

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

19.00 – 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.

21.15

Finish

Time to head home and reflect on a great evening!


Meet the exhibitors

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AER LINGUS
(CHESTER & MANCHESTER ONLY)

Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. In summer 2022, Aer Lingus will operate over 100 routes, flying to over 71 direct routes and to 62 destinations from Ireland to the UK and Europe. The airline operates 18 transatlantic routes from Dublin, Shannon and Manchester UK to North America and the Caribbean. Aer Lingus is a 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups. 

Contact: Liza Hammond Liza.Hammond@aerlingus.com (Chester)
Ivan Beacom (Manchester)

aerlingus.com


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AIR TRANSAT (GLASGOW ONLY)

Air Transat offers year-round direct flights from London Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester to Eastern Canada, as well from Dublin to Toronto through the summer. Did you know your clients can connect in Montreal and/or Toronto to destinations throughout Canada, as well as the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and, new for this year, Lima, Peru?

With an in-flight meal, a welcoming atmosphere and touchscreen in-flight entertainment included as standard in Economy Class, holidays start the moment passengers’ step on board. For an elevated travel experience, Club Class, our premium economy cabin, features 12 spacious and comfortable seats and is inclusive of gourmet meals, snacks, premium beverages, priority airport services and on-board perks, as well as two pieces of checked baggage at 23kg each. Our multiple fare options give you the freedom to choose the fare that’s right for your customers, from Eco budget through to Club Flex.

We are proud of our growing fleet of modern aircraft, including the Airbus A330 and A321LR – the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. Founded in Montreal, Canada, 36 years ago, Air Transat has been voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the 2023 Skytrax World Airline Awards for the fifth time.

Contact: Raimonda Douglass, Sales & Marketing Executive, UK & Ireland Raimonda.Douglass@transat.com

airtransat.com


BrandUSA

BRAND USA (LONDON ONLY)

   Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act as the nation’s first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. travel policies and procedures to worldwide travellers. The organisation’s mission is to create community prosperity through partnership, leadership, and travel inspiration. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA. According to studies by Oxford Economics, since 2013 Brand USA’s marketing initiatives have helped welcome 8 million incremental visitors to the United States, generating a total economic impact to the U.S. economy of more than $58 billion, and supporting, on average, more than 37,000 incremental jobs a year.  

Brand USA works in close partnership with the travel industry in the U.K. and Ireland on a wide range of marketing and training activities to promote the U.S. as a travel destination. This is conducted through co-op marketing campaigns, social media advertising, OOH advertising, agent training, events and trade media campaigns to name a few. FAMs are also an excellent opportunity to enhance agents’ knowledge of the U.S. and this is enabled through trips such as the Brand USA MegaFam, which in 2023 hosted 60 agents on 6 itineraries across the country to showcase the diverse image of the U.S. to the industry.

Contact:   Sarah Beckwith – Trade Manager sbeckwith@thebrandusa.co.uk
Serena Gray – Trade Coordinator sgray@thebrandusa.co.uk

thebrandusa.com


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Expedia TAAP (Glasgow only)

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: Adam Reeves, Senior Sales Manager & UK Team Lead adam.reeves@discovertheworld.com

expediataap.co.uk


FLORIDA SPACE COAST

Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism
(CHESTER, MANCHESTER AND LONDON ONLY) 

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday on the only beach that doubles as a launch pad. Florida’s Space Coast is over 70 miles of family-friendly paradise located 45 minutes east of Orlando. Only here will you be able to 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 that surrounds you with a guided tour of the Indian River Lagoon. Kayak with manatees, fish with dolphins and experience the awe of 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, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and Belfast. Alternatively fly on a nonstop connection to MCO followed by a short drive to the Coast. 

Contact: Rukhsana Timmis Rukhsana.Timmis@me.com

visitspacecoast.com


GREATER MIAMI

Greater Miami & Miami Beach (GLASGOW 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: Seb Sarrasin, Account Director UK & Ireland sebastian@firstpr.co.uk

miamiandbeaches.com


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LAZY BEAR EXPEDITIONS
(CHESTER, MANCHESTER & LONDON ONLY)

Lazy Bear Lodge and Expeditions provide polar bear, beluga whale and northern lights
tours in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Imagine kayaking or Beluga-AquaGliding™ with
beluga whales. Imagine exploring for polar bears on foot, by boat or on one of our iconic
Arctic Crawlers™. Imagine dog-carting through the Boreal Forest. Imagine watching
and photographing nature’s nightly and most spectacular performance – the Northern
Lights. All this and more await nature-lovers, adventure-travellers and photographers at
Lazy Bear Expeditions in Churchill – featured as one of the World’s Greatest Places by
Time Magazine.

Lazy Bear Lodge is also an authentic northern wonder, hand-built from logs and timber
from two Boreal Forest fires – featured on the National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Stay List. After each unforgettable tour, come inside and feel the warmth of our 20,000-
pound stone fireplace as you enjoy delicious Indigenous-inspired meals and ‘Canada’s
Best Cup of Coffee’ (Reader’s Digest).

Please join us for once-in-a-lifetime adventures in Churchill – the Polar Bear Capital of
the World!

Contact: Frederic Perrin fred@lazybearexpeditions.com

lazybearlodge.com


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made Tourism Marketing (GLASGOW ONLY)

made Tourism Marketing is a UK & US based representation business. Our clients are the very best in live entertainment on both sides of the pond. We make it easy for you to include theatre or concert tickets as part of your client’s trip to North America including excellent support and advice. You can trust platforms such as broadwayinbound.com or groups.broadway.com for group bookings. For generic theatre listings check out: broadway.org the official on-line headquarters for Broadway information as well as touring shows across North America. Travel professionals like yourselves can find all the resources you could possibly need to make tickets available to your FIT clients and promote shows to them from the likes of broadwayinbound.com or todaytixgroup.com, All platforms offer wholesale access to FIT and group inventory direct from the box office, available online or via API (for example BI pro) with online payment, account facilities and in most cases flexible policies providing a level of trust and security. TOP PICK: not to be missed on both sides of the Atlantic is the critically acclaimed and award-winning BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical based on the movie of the same name!

Contact: Jonathan Mountford, Managing Director jonathan@made.travel

made.travel


memphis

MEMPHIS TOURISM

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 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, and Nashville is an easy luxury coach ride away with Vonlane.

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 the local neighbourhoods vibrant with entertainment venues. Plus Memphis has more than 100 barbecue restaurants and just as many establishments dedicated to wings, Southern and soul food.

Contact: Jennie Jordan, Communications Manager jennie@lofthouse.co

memphistravel.com


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SUN PEAKS (MANCHESTER & LONDON ONLY)

Set amongst tree clad mountains, Sun Peaks is a resort community located in the heart of British Columbia, only a four-hour drive from Vancouver. It’s a year-round destination for guests in search of a welcoming, accessible, stress-free mountain experience.

The European style purpose-built village is pedestrian-only with 45+ locally-owned boutique shops and restaurants. Guests will also savour the relaxed atmosphere and friendly welcome, making them quickly feel at home.

In winter Sun Peaks offers award winning ski experiences as the second largest ski area in Canada. Spring, summer and fall offer guests a wide range of leisure activities, featuring lift-access alpine hiking, sightseeing and a downhill mountain bike park.

Visitors can also enjoy British Columbia’s highest golf course, Stand-up paddleboarding or canoeing and kayaking on one of the local lakes. Guided hiking tours among the wildflowers, horseback riding, yoga and more, round out the myriad of adventures awaiting guests. With activities and dining on offer just steps from the door of the lodging, even guests arriving for short stays, can still find time to explore and enjoy the village by simply sitting back and taking in the views and the fresh mountain air.

Contact: Dave Ashmore dave@ashmoremarketing.com

sunpeaks.com


TRAVELPACK

TRAVELPACK
(CHESTER, MANCHESTER & LONDON 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 (LONDON ONLY)

This is the story of an airline…

And it’s a good one! Our 100,000+ hero characters are on a mission to do good in the air and on the ground, working to make the world a happier, more inclusive, more fascinating place. Learn more about the story of United.

United Airlines is a force for good. We are building the future of sustainable flight, diversifying our flight deck and reimagining the entire flying experience to better serve those that fly with us. United flies direct from London Heathrow to seven U.S. cities including Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington D.C. with connections to over 260 destinations across the Americas. This year, we’re pleased to offer up to 24 daily departures from Edinburgh and London Heathrow, including a second daily service to Los Angeles.

From 6’6” lie-flat seats in United Polaris, more space and more comfort in United Premium Plus, the international premium economy seat, to United Economy Plus and United Economy, there’s plenty of options to choose from to arrive relaxed and refreshed.

Contact: Karen Meehan and Claire Webber

united.com


VISIT FLORIDA

Visit Florida (CHESTER & LONDON ONLY)

VISIT FLORIDA is a public-private partnership between the State of Florida and Florida’s tourism industry. The Sunshine State’s official tourism marketing organisation serves as the caretaker for the Florida holiday brand and has been inspiring and driving travel here for 27 years. Together, our driving purpose is to 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.

We know that your clients take holidays for different reasons, seeking experiences that speak to their individual tastes. We help you to encourage travellers to embrace their own version of a Florida holiday, empowering people to let go of their worries, push away the day-to-day grind, and give in to their best instincts, celebrating the part of themselves that’s brightest, warmest, and most inspired.

Contact: Gill Standeven  gill@goshpr.co.uk

visitflorida.org


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VISIT PITTSBURGH (LONDON & GLASGOW ONLY)

Located in Western Pennsylvania, and now with six weekly flights direct with British Airways from LHR, Pittsburgh welcomes the culture seeker, budding historian, sports enthusiast, and urban adventurer. It’s one of the most historic and culture-rich cities in the USA with its foundation dating back to the mid-1700s.

It’s a destination that posts impressive numbers, too: 90 distinct neighborhoods, 40 craft breweries, 29 world-class colleges and universities, a 14-block Cultural District, nine James Beard semi-finalist chefs in 2018 alone, four Carnegie Museums, not to mention the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins (NFL, Baseball and Ice Hockey). Home to the Heinz food empire and Andy Warhol, the world-famous pop artist, the city of Pittsburgh has enjoyed a spectacular cultural renaissance and tourism boom since the noughties. Once known for its industrial might and homegrown steel industry, today visitors flock to experience its world-class cultural institutions, big draw festivals and vibrant food scene, centred on the Strip District.

Contact: Will Hall will@blackdiamond.co.uk

visitpittsburgh.com


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WESTJET (CHESTER, GLASGOW & LONDON ONLY)

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is a Canadian airline founded in 1996 based out of Calgary, AB. WestJet provides scheduled air services to over 110 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico the Caribbean, Korea and Japan. WestJet is currently the second-largest Canadian air carrier.

With our global hub in YYC (Calgary), WestJet is a great option for that once in a lifetime adventure in The Rockies. WestJet also offers great connections to many US destinations and allows guests to complete US preclearance in YYC, YYZ or YHZ.

WestJetters are dedicated to flying millions of guests, on more than 700 flights per day, with a fleet of over 180 aircraft.

For summer 2024 we are flying
London Gatwick to Halifax Nova Scotia and St. John’s Newfoundland. (APR- OCT) *
Edinburgh to Halifax, Toronto and Calgary (APR-OCT) *
Year round we fly daily from London Heathrow to Calgary.

Both Calgary flights are on our flagship 787 Dreamliner with Business, Premium Economy, and Economy. All other routes are on the 737 Max Jet with Premium Economy and Economy.

WestJet is represented by APG in the UK. You can email us at westjet@apg-ga.co.uk, our agent training can be found on OTT westjetacademy-ott.co.uk
*check your GDS for details 

Contact: Liz Langan liz.langan@apg-ga.co.uk

westjet.com


yosemite

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 – Trade Account Manager  nswabey@blackdiamond.co.uk

yosemite.com/about-tourism-bureau