The 2014 Conference will feature CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg as keynote speaker.

Today, Vacation.com®, North America’s leading travel services marketing organization, is pleased to announce the program for its 16th annual International Conference & Trade Show to be held June 8-12, 2014, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. The theme for the annual event is “All Access,” as attendees will be provided an all access pass to learn about the latest in travel industry innovations and take advantage of numerous training workshops. In addition, a notable highlight of this year’s International Conference is that noted travel journalist and CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg (a.k.a. “The Travel Detective”) is scheduled to present the keynote speech. Also, Jason Dorsey – “The Gen Y Guy” – has just been added as a speaker.

“Each year, Vacation.com’s annual International Conference continues to attract Canadian members and be one of the premier events gaining ongoing popularity in the industry. With over 1,300 expected to attend and a strong showing from Canada, this year is easily our largest Conference ever, which is particularly exciting as we celebrate our 16th anniversary hosting this annual event,” said Vacation.com Vice President Canada, Christine James. “Just as the travel industry evolves and grows, so does Vacation.com. In the areas of membership, suppliers, technology, training, and marketing, we continue to be innovative in our approach to bridging the relationship between our member agents and our supplier partners.”

“In typical Las Vegas fashion, attendees will be treated like VIPs, gaining inside information from our speakers Peter Greenberg and Jason Dorsey, Vacation.com staff, scheduled Power Speakers and suppliers. Members will leave the conference motivated to grow their business thanks in part to the more than 140 hours of training and workshops we are conducting this year.”

Attendees at Vacation.com’s 2014 International Conference will have the privilege of hearing Greenberg discuss the lost art of conversation and why it’s important for travel agents to engage in a true, meaningful dialect with their clients. Greenberg is the travel editor for CBS News and is a sought-after expert speaker and moderator. In addition, he is also the author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series.

In addition, Marriott International is sponsoring a General Session presentation by Jason Dorsey, better known as “The Gen Y Guy,” who will discuss ready-to-use actions that attract and keep Gen Y customers. As Gen Y consumers come of age – along with their spending power estimated at $240 billion annually in the United States alone – Dorsey will outline this generation of consumers’ unique mindset, including how they buy differently.

The 2014 International Conference will showcase more than 150 booths at an energetic trade show on June 9, and that afternoon, select Vacation.com members may also partake in a Vacation.com Young Professionals event. Conference attendees can also look forward to an Experience Room, where guests will receive personal advice and hands-on training on Vacation.com programs such as CruisePRO, Engagement, In-Sites, Stream, Agent Universe and more.

For the first time in Vacation.com Conference history, members will be able to meet with suppliers during round table sessions on June 10. Also new in 2014, Conference will also feature four Power Speaker sessions instead of three. This year’s Power Speakers include Stuart Ellis-Myers, President of Twitch, Inc.; Sherrie & Charlie Funk, Just Cruisin’ Plus; Bob Becker, Norwegian Cruise Line; and a technology board filled with the industry’s top technology experts. The 90 minute Power Speaker sessions will be held on June 11 and each will take place twice, so as to provide agents the opportunity to attend two of the four sessions. Vacation.com members will also have the opportunity to learn from top executives during panel discussions, including one on technology.

Attendees will have access to all Conference details via their smartphones and tablets, allowing them to receive up-to-the-minute information and downloadable maps to help navigate their way through Conference. The Conference mobile app will be available for all Android and iOS phones and tablets.

Vacation.com members interested in registering for Vacation.com’s 2014 International Conference can go to www.agentuniverse.com. Agency owners wishing to learn more about Vacation.com’s various training programs and the many other benefits of becoming a Vacation.com member can go to www.joinvacation.com.

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