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SYTA Exclusive for Summit 2018:  Deep dive into the following learning Objectives: Leadership, Human Resources, Engagement, Social Media, & Video

The Summit Committee developed this year’s program to offer high caliber presenters, small group breakout sessions, business to business workshops, and a variety of other learning opportunities.

IGNITE Presentations

The idea is simple. Ignite is a session of short talks, with a twist. Speakers get five minutes and 20 slides to make their point, enlighten and entertain. This interactive education session features Summit attendees from a variety of personal, educational, and business backgrounds interested in sharing their passion, their causes, and their meaningful moments.

We need you. Topics may be on industry trends, new ideas, passions, sports, marketing, social media, a great book, a success story, a lesson learned, or favorite app. This is the value of Summit – sharing great ideas and building positive relationships.

Submit an Idea!

Please be a part of IGNITE at the 2018 Summit and submit a topic by Friday, December 15, 2017. The IGNITE presentations will take place during the meeting on Thursday and Saturday. Remember only 15 seconds per slide – total of 5 minutes. Click here to download the form today!


“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

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