Travel Advisors

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Washington Convention Center

Join like-minded travel professionals in your area for a valuable networking and educational event experience on day one of the Washington D.C. Travel & Adventure Show! This is your opportunity to interact with leading global destinations and suppliers through a dynamic itinerary of special interest sessions and show floor activities created to maximize your time at the event.

The FAM TAS Program Includes:

  • Access to Educational Sessions led by leading experts and top destination representatives
  • Celebrity Travel Expert Meet + Greet
  • Exciting Passport Program with chance to win FAM Trip Giveaways and prizes
  • Access to the Exhibition Saturday and Sunday to meet with suppliers, attend sessions, see cultural performances and more!
(Please Note, Program details are subject to change. Please check back for updates)
Any Questions? Please Contact:
Crissy Cotto-Anderson
Director of Trade & Industry Programs
Email: ccanderson@travelshows.com
Phone: (203) 878-2577 x120

Washington Convention Center
2020 Show Dates/Hours:

Saturday, March 7: 9:30am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 8: 11:00am-4:00pm

Complimentary Admission OR
FAM-TAS PROGRAM
for Travel Advisors

2020 FAM-TAS PRELIMINARY AGENDA

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Welcome Breakfast & Presentation with Switzerland Tourism

Why Fall #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND
Switzerland is in high demand! With a record high of travelers from the U.S. and an increase of over 10%, it is time to be ready to sell Switzerland like a pro. Switzerland Tourism will be taking you on a journey along the highlights of Switzerland and will emphasize great reasons why to fall in love with Switzerland. Learn more about Switzerland’s most popular scenic trains, the charming Swiss cities, the breathtaking mountain excursions and many outdoor adventure sports, from hiking, biking, skiing and much more. Switzerland Tourism will provide valuable tools to help you to sell Switzerland.
Speaker: Paolo Lunardi, Manager Trade Relations North America, Switzerland Tourism
Switzerland Tourism, Booth #401

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Visit Show Floor

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Travel Industry Trends & Insights: LGBTQ Travel

Hear valuable insights into LGBTQ Travel 
Moderator:
Adrienne Cardulla, Fulfillment Coordinator, IGLTA
Panelists:
Chad Intrachooto, Marketing Executive: Projects & Campaigns, Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York
Laura Blanco, Director of Sales, Cruise Planners
Justin Barnette, Head of Marketing & Communications for South African Tourism: North America

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Visit Show Floor

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch & Presentation with South African Tourism

Meet South Africa
More than just the traditional “Big 5” safari, South Africa’s offers unforgettable holiday experiences for adventure enthusiasts, culture and history buffs, lovers of wildlife and scenic beauty as well as those looking to relax on beautiful beaches or explore our vibrant city lifestyle. Join South African Tourism’s Head of Marketing for North America Mr. Justin Barnette for an informative presentation on how South Africa’s real and authentic travel experiences offer impressive value for time and money for your clients. 
South African Tourism, Booth #801

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Visit Show Floor

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Travel Industry Trends & Insights: Asia

The panel will cover up-and-coming destinations within the Asia-Pacific region which may not be on your radar! You will hear about unique arts, traditions, architecture and culinary offerings available for your clients.
Moderator:
Elizabeth Chin, Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association – PATA New York
Panelists:
Marielle Kabin, PresidentASTA Philippines
Parashu Nepal, Marketing DirectorNorth America, Nepal Vision Treks, LLC
Joebert Opulencia, PresidentOrientours Co. Ltd.
Boris Miketic, PresidentCroatia Travel Agency 

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Presentation with Holland America Line

The Best of Alaska & The Yukon with Holland America Line
Join Holland America Line for an engaging presentation and learn why they were named Best in Alaska by Cruise Critic and AFAR Magazine in 2019.  Their deep history and roots in the Great Land mean your clients will discover the iconic and authentic Alaska of their dreams. Gain insider tips from the experts about why We are Alaska. PLUS, attendees will have a chance to win prizes. You won’t want to miss this!
Presenters:
Lucy Owen, Senior Regional Manager, East, Holland America Line
Jenni BenBassett, Business Development Manager, Holland America Line 
Booth #330

4:15 pm

Passport Program Winners Announced

FOR FAM-TAS REGISTERED AGENTS ONLY
Enjoy access to an exciting passport program featuring a select group of leading destinations and suppliers who are eager to connect with you on the show floor!
Stop by all passport stations to get your FAM-TAS Program Passport stamped for your chance to win a Trip Giveaway.
Florida Keys & Key West
Florida Keys & Key West Calendar (Images by local photographers)
Hurtigruten
$100 gift card
Holland America Line
Two goodie bags with Holland America items plus a Cruise Giveaway! 
The Springs Resort & Spa
FAM/ mini vacation for five nights total.  Three nights at The Springs Resort & Spa (https://www.thespringscostarica.com) and two nights at The Peace Lodge/ La Paz Waterfall Gardens (http://www.waterfallgardens.com).   Any 5-night combination between from – May 1, 2020 – May 22, 2020 or  September 9 – September 30, 2020 or October 1 – October 31, 2020.   Stay includes Complimentary Room and plus some added extras such as: Daily Breakfast for Two People in Room (at both properties) One Club Rio Activity for Two People (8:00am – 3:30pm at The Springs Resort & Spa). Guided tour of La Paz Waterfall Gardens (at The Peace Lodge) 

Switzerland
Booth #401

South Africa
Booth #801

Tucan Travel
Booth #929

Tours By Locals
Booth #1008

Bahamas
Booth #818

CroisiEurope Cruises
Booth #1003