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What’s New This Year

Keynote Speaker, Doug Lansky confirmed for Monday General Session.

Doug is a leading travel industry writer and speaker who will speak on innovative best-practice solutions to many of the key issues impacting the student travel industry including safety and terrorism and understanding the perception vs the reality. He will help tourism companies learn how to respond to messaging that says it’s not safe to travel.

Keynote Reviews
“Doug Lansky not only reminds our industry of the importance of selling the experience of the travel journey, he does it with humor and insight. Mr. Lansky opened my eyes and reminded me it’s not about us… it’s about our guests and what they experience while visiting which makes them return.” – Ted Sullivan, MMGY Global

“Doug was the closing keynote speaker at the Travel Alberta Industry Conference held in Banff Alberta October 2013. I was so impressed that he actually attended the entire conference and made a point of speaking to many of the attendees. He reflected this is his keynote and provided a humorous, informative and thought provoking session that was perfect for our conference.” – Nancy Smith, Travel Alberta

Bleisure Travel

Many people who need to travel on business are becoming bleisure travelers, a term used to define professionals who mix vacation — or leisure — time with business, according to CNN.

In fact, according to a BridgeStreet Global Hospitality report, 60 percent of travelers reported having taken bleisure trips, with 30 percent adding at least two additional days to their trip. Click here to view the full report.

Why add a few extra days?
Those that have done so say it helps them to work more effectively, takes some of the stress out of business travel and keeps them more relaxed while away from home. There’s also the added benefit of quality time with a significant other, increasing the amount of time road warriors can spend with family.

All the reasons outlined by US Travel’s Project Time Off.

SYTA understands this new way of traveling and appreciates the time attendees take from their personal time to attend the SYTA Annual Conference.

This is why SYTA and Visit Albuquerque teamed up to offer an extensive number of tours on Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. Attendees will find Trip Advisor favorites like Sandia National Park Tram, “Breaking Bad” experience tours, and of course – Balloon rides. The key is to sign up early as they will fill up fast. Click here to view the available tours.

In Orlando we heard members say:
“I am definitely attending SYTA next year – I have never been to Albuquerque or New Mexico and now I can check it off my bucket list”. “I am definitely planning to add a few extra days of vacation time.”

Attend the SYTA Annual Conference and become a Bleisure Traveler!

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