What is the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

The 4th annual Family Travel Advisor Forum is an exclusive event designed to engage a global base of suppliers with the industry’s leading family travel sellers from across North America.

When and where will the Family Travel Advisor Forum take place?

The Family Travel Advisor Forum will be held at the Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Jamaica from January 6 – 10, 2020 (supplier dates are January 6 – 9, 2020).

When should exhibitors plan to attend?

Exhibitors should plan to arrive on Monday, January 6 and can depart by the hotels check-out time on Thursday, January 9.

Who produces the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

The Family Travel Advisor Forum is produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to the North American travel agent market. For more details on our company, visit www.TravelSMG.com.

Who attends the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

The Family Travel Forum will bring in a fully-vetted audience of travel agent professionals from across North America. Travel agents will represent a cross-section of consortia and non-consortia affiliates, owner/managers and front-line travel agents as well as traditional and independent travel sellers. Agents eligibility will be assessed on an individual basis with a number of critical factors taken into consideration.

How is travel agent eligibility determined?

Our commitment is to bring participating suppliers face-to-face with the most serious travel agents in the industry. Through our aggressive recruitment process, we will be capturing details pertaining to individual travel agent business, allowing us to identify top-producing travel agents as well as “rising stars” that have aspirations to grow this important segment of their business. In addition to a formal application, our travel agent acquisitions team does a full analysis on each agent candidate, including a telephone interview, review of applicants social presence, verifies professional references and more.  It is our commitment to bring our supplier partners face to face with qualified travel agents that represent strong business opportunities.

How many travel agents will attend?

Space is limited to 130 qualified travel agents, all which must apply before being hand-selected for one of our coveted positions.

Do travel agents pay to attend?

To support our commitment in bringing you face-to-face with the highest quality travel agent, the Event Management team has implementing a hosted travel agent program for the industry’s top producers. This eliminates any out of pocket expenses for this caliber travel agent, and allows us to engage and attract the most qualified travel professional to attend the Forum. Additional scholarship opportunities will be extended to make participation cost-effective for travel agents with a proven book of business, who have strong aspirations to grow this important segment of their business.

Who exhibits at the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

The Forum will feature a diverse representation of supplier types, both categorically and geographically. Supplier company types include: All-inclusive resort chains and individual properties; hotel and resort properties (EP); boutique/independent hotel properties; destinations/tourism boards; wholesalers/packaged vacation providers; cruise lines; destination management companies; transportation providers; associations and resources for the family focused travel professional.

What is the cost to participate, and what is included in the exhibitor package?

The Near and Dear supplier package is $5.100.00 (USD) for one company representative, and includes: three-night all-inclusive accommodations at Moon Palace Jamaica (Monday arrival; Thursday departure); a branded showcase table with over 35 mutual-interest one-to-one meetings; open engagement time on the Showcase floor; access to all Evening Networking functions, access to the non-commercial educational program; brand marketing opportunities and more. We offer additional upgraded package options at a slightly higher cost.

Are there additional costs?

The Family Travel Forum is the most cost-effective way to target qualified travel agents for your company. Our host property allows you to experience all-inclusive benefits at no additional fee (food, drinks at the bar after hours, room service, taxes, etc.). Additionally, because the event is a table top format, there are no additional set-up or shipping charges. In essence, you can show up and be ready to conduct your meetings! Air travel is not included, and we will recommend a preferred airport transfer provider for exclusive event rates.

Are there additional opportunities?

We offer a full menu of sponsorship and marketing opportunities for every budget. For a complete list of opportunities or to discuss a custom program, please contact Jennifer Fernandez, vice president of events and content via email at Jennifer@TravelSmg.com or telephone at (718) 979-1952.

How is the Family Travel Advisor Forum promoted?

In addition to our own databases of travel agents, the Forum will be promoted through preferred marketing partners, associations and consortias, trade publications and other selected organizations. The Forum will also be aggressively promoted through our travel agent acquisitions department enabling us to identify top participant candidates.

How can I book accommodations for the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

Accommodations are included in your package for Monday arrival and Thursday departure. We will gladly assist in booking accommodations at the host property for pre/post nights, however, additional hotel fees will apply. All pre and post reservations will be made based on availability.

What if I choose to stay off-property?

While we can provide a participation package that excludes accommodations, additional fees will apply to access lunch functions at the host property. For value and convenience, we strongly discourage participants to stay off-property.

Can I bring my spouse/guest to the Family Travel Advisor Forum?

Only bonafide travel agents selected to participate and registered supplier personnel are eligible to attend Family Travel Advisor Forum. Spouses and guests are not permitted to participate unless they qualify under those terms. If you plan to travel with a companion, your companion will not be permitted to attend any portion of the Forum. Please note, additional accommodation fees will apply.