THETRADESHOW (Travel Retailing and
Destination Expo) partners are pleased to announce European Tour
Operators Association (ETOA) has signed on as a strategic partner at
THETRADESHOW in Orlando, Sept. 10-12, 2006. ETOA works to inform its
members of the business issues that affect their profitability, and
provide networking opportunities with others in the industry.

“Partnering with ETOA will give more travel professionals in Europe an
opportunity to hear and attend the upcoming Expo,” said William A.
Maloney, CTC, ASTA executive vice-president and COO. “ETOA lobbies on a
variety of European travel-related causes and their presence at
THETRADESHOW will give more insight into the latest travel news in


THETRADESHOW is the first of its kind and it will give travel agents and
suppliers from around the world a unique chance to meet in one central
location. As a strategic partner, ETOA will be involved in the
development of THETRADESHOW, including the overall design, speakers and



“America is (and remains) the principal market for Europe in the
world,” said executive director of ETOA, Tom Jenkins. “Europe continues
to be the primary long-haul destination for America. This unique
relationship will only continue to thrive if companies talk to one
another. ETOA is thrilled to be involved with networking at THETRADESHOW
at this early stage.”


THETRADESHOW will take place the second week of September every year and
will be held in Orlando (Sept. 10-12, 2006) in even years and Las Vegas
(Sept. 9-11, 2007) in odd years. THETRADESHOW will host more than 2,000
travel sellers and 1,000 consumers in just three days at one site.
Formed from the partnership of the leading travel associations,
THETRADESHOW will include two full days of open floor trade show,
business-to-business appointments, a trade and consumer day (Sunday) and
two trade only days (Monday and Tuesday). Travel sellers will have the
opportunity to meet one-on-one with suppliers and to learn in-depth
about their products.


The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA), Cruise Lines
International Association (CLIA), Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE),
International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), ITB Berlin,
Performance Media Group, LLC ([email protected], Cruise & Vacation Agent and
Modern Agent), Travel Trade, Travel Weekly, eturboNews, JaxFax,
Recommend, Canadian Travel Press, TravelAge West, National Association
of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA), National Tour Association (NTA),
Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), The Travel Institute, U.S.
Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and USA Today have signed on as
partners of THETRADESHOW.