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Granite Travel Trade Expos has announced that due to the success of their inaugural spring shows in April, new dates are confirmed to expand the expos across the country to Western Canada and additional cities in Ontario this Fall.
"The expansion of our Granite Travel Trade Expos is a direct response to the success of our April shows and industry demand to bring it to other markets," said Bradley Dean, Partner, Granite Productions, Oakville, ON. "The feedback we received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive and we had a lot of agents asking if we were bringing the show to their communities. We're very excited to do that this fall."
In total, over 20 travel suppliers including Tauck, Manulife, St. Kitts, Expedia, Porter, Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts and more than 325 agents descended on the Granite Travel Trade Expos which took place in April in the key Ontario markets of Kitchener/Waterloo, Hamilton, Mississauga and Barrie. The response from both suppliers and agents led to the expansion into additional markets across Canada.
"Thank you to Granite Travel Trade Expo for organizing such a successful event," said Joe Scardigno, National Account Manager, Canada, Tauck. "The energy and buzz from the event in Mississauga were so good to see. It was great to meet so many new people and have face-to-face conversations again. Tauck and I look forward to being a part of future Granite Travel Trade Expos."
The series of regional travel trade events are designed to connect industry suppliers and top-producing travel agents, facilitating valuable and essential in-person interactive consultations and presentations. The shows are geographically located in cities with agents who provide suppliers with significant sales volume, though they are typically less serviced than larger cities in the area. The event has already attracted the world's leading suppliers and the agents that book them.
Each event focused on training and networking which exemplified the desire for face to face and in person interaction with agents and the products that they love to sell. In each city, a presentation series featuring six 15 min segments by suppliers was a highlight followed by a trade show, dinner, and prize giveaways. In Edmonton, the event will be held immediately following a scheduled Tourism Ireland event at the same venue.
The Fall schedule will be as follows:
Edmonton, AB - Tuesday, October 3rd
Victoria, BC - Wednesday, October 4th
Surrey, BC - Thursday, October 5th
St. John's, NFLD - Monday, October 16th
Ottawa, ON - Monday, November 6th
Pickering/Ajax - Tuesday, November 7th
Vaughan - Wednesday, November 8th
Burlington - Thursday, November 9th
Suppliers are encouraged to register early. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Bradley Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Granite Travel Expos for more details.
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