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The schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday,  January 17
Summit attendee arrivals to San Jose International Airport (SJO)
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pre-Fam Tour (separate fee)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm After Glow
Thursday,  January 18
7:30 am Registration
6:00 am – 8:15 am Breakfast on Own
8:30 am – 10:00 am Ice Breaker with Sponsor Showcase
10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am SYTA President’s Address & SYTA/SYF Update
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Education Session
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch featuring Ignite Presentations
1:45pm – 2:00 pm Coffee Break
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Education Session
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Education Session
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Speaker Roundtables and Recap
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Reception & Dinner
Friday,  January 19
6:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast on Own
8:00 am – 9:30 am Tour Operator Roundtables 
9:30 am – 9:45 am Coffee Break
10:00 am – 10:45 am Education Session
10:45 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am Education Session
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch featuring Ignite Presentations
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Education Session
3:30 pm –  4:00 pm Sponsor Forum
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Closing Night Reception & Dinner 
Saturday,  January 20
6:00 am – 7:30 am Breakfast on Own
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Group Activity (off-site, includes lunch and dinner)
Sunday, January 21
7:00 am Registration
Breakfast on Own
 7:30 am – 7:00 pm Service Project (limited capacity – separate fee)
Post-Fam Tour (separate fee)
Airport Departures


“Not only does a SYTA Summit allow ample time for senior executives and business owners to network and attend educational sessions, it always takes place in an interesting, relaxing setting before the student travel season gets really busy.”

Dan Kellerd, Executive Vice President, WorldStrides

“The best part of a SYTA SUMMIT is that it provides the opportunity for travel professionals to meet in a conversable setting without the pressure of a 7 minute meeting or have to deal with the barrage of conference masses. Every tour operator has unique abilities, and since I am a big proponent of partnerships, SUMMIT becomes an ideal network to forge plans for new and exciting joint ventures.”

Dr. Michael A. Mazzarisi, President, Performing Arts Consultants

“To me, SYTA Summit is the most valuable conference that I attend. I always find the educational seminars very useful and because it is a smaller, more intimate conference, you get to build a much deeper relationship with the sponsors. This is also the only conference that I have ever really had the opportunity to get to know other attendees. I absolutely LOVE SYTA Summit!”

Kara Mihalevich, Group Travel Coordinator, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

“SYTA Summit provides an unique opportunity to get up close with my SYTA partners and many of our buyers. The environment lends itself to a causal, natural environment – no pressure just building my network!”

Tara Hippensteel, Director of National Tour & Travel, Hard Rock Café

“SYTA Summit has been an invaluable resource for both personal growth and building partnerships with other tour operators and vendors that has helped strengthen our business.”

Steve Maehl, Vice President, Global Travel Alliance

“The Summit is great. I Love the destinations we have visited and the size of the event itself. There is a real opportunity at Summit to spend quality time with all of the attendees and in a relationship based business, that time is everything.”

Bob Hofmann, Vice President, Broadway Inbound

SYTA Strategic Partners