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Tourism Symposium 2019
TOURISM SYMPOSIUM 2019
September 23-24, 2019
This year’s symposium will examine tourism product innovation and destination management in the public and private sectors with case studies from diverse destinations and perspectives from policymakers informing every session. Topics will include transport strategy, urban design, public value ...

Social Media in Travel
SOCIAL MEDIA IN TRAVEL
September 24-24, 2019
ABTA's practical introductory one-day seminar has been designed specifically for tour operators and travel agents. The event will deliver comprehensive guidance on the opportunities and challenges of social media for travel. Get practical advice on advertising, selling, creating content and meas...

Brightspark Travel USA

For over 50 years, Brightspark Travel has been working closely with educators and directors to craft custom educational and performance tours that inspire learning and foster creativity in students. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Brightspark has regional offices throughout the U.S. that allow us to deliver the best possible education travel experience. Our nationwide team is made up of former teachers and performance directors who are dedicated to providing a rewarding, stress-free experience, from concept to completion.

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EVENTS

Social Media in Travel
SOCIAL MEDIA IN TRAVEL
September 24-24, 2019
ABTA's practical introductory one-day seminar has been designed specifically for tour operators and travel agents. The event will deliver comprehensive guidance on the opportunities and challenges of social media for travel. Get practical advice on advertising, selling, creating content and meas...

Tourism Symposium 2019
TOURISM SYMPOSIUM 2019
September 23-24, 2019
This year’s symposium will examine tourism product innovation and destination management in the public and private sectors with case studies from diverse destinations and perspectives from policymakers informing every session. Topics will include transport strategy, urban design, public value ...