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Texas Travel Fair 2014
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4/16/2014 to 4/17/2014
When: April 16-17, 2014
Where: South Padre Island

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April 16-17, 2014
South Padre Island Convention Center

7355 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597


Online Registration is Now Closed

Note: All Travel Fair Booth Participants will automatically be a Bed Down Gift Sponsor. The Bed Down Gift is given
to all Travel Counselors in attendance. The gift is selected by TTIA and every Travel Fair Booth Participant's Name
will appear on the card that accompanies the gift - if registration completed before April 1, 2014.
Bed Down Gifts are delivered directly to the Travel Counselor's hotel room.


About the Texas Travel Fair - View This Informational Video (revised)
The TTIA Texas Travel Fair, an annual trade show for TTIA members only, is held as part of the Texas Travel Counselors Conference sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation - Travel Information Division. The travel counselors who attend this event work at Texas Department of Transportation Travel Information Centers, AAA offices, city visitor centers, Texas Parks and Wildlife offices, and Texas Highways magazine. These professionals give guidance to millions of travelers to Texas each year. As part of the training for travel counselors, TTIA members are invited to discuss their destinations, attractions or events during the conference and at the Texas Travel Fair. 

Exhibiting at the Texas Travel Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the travel counselors and educate them on what's new in your destination (i.e. attractions, events, festivals, etc.).  The travel counselors will be divided in groups of two this year and will be assigned a specific booth number to start.  Exhibitors will need to have a one page information sheet that talks about what is new in your destination to give each travel counselor. 


NEW FOR 2014! 

  • There will not be an Awards Luncheon on Thursday after Travel Fair. All awards will be announced at the new Stars of Texas Awards Dinner on Wednesday night. The dinner will begin at 6pm and the Appreciation Party will follow at 8pm.
  • On Thursday, we will begin with a breakfast with the travel counselors from 8:00am - 8:45am. All exhibitors are encouraged to attend. The Texas Travel Fair will follow breakfast from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
  • There will be a Mail Back Center for the Travel Counselors this year, but there are some restrictions. Each travel counselor will have the ability to fill one 24" x 18" x 18" box with items (20lb weight limit) and have it shipped to their office. Please keep this in mind if you plan to bring gift items.

  • All events conclude at 12:00pm on Thursday.
 Contact Jennifer Roush at jenniferr@ttia.org if you have questions.

 


Registration Rates

 

Member Early Bird Rate - $360 (Includes 1 booth space and registration for 1 person) (through March 14th at 5pm)
Member Regular Rate - $460 (Includes 1 booth space and registration for 1 person) (after March 14th at 5pm)
Additional Person in your booth - $99/person

NOTE: Registrations made after noon on April 1st will not appear on the Bed Down Gift Tag or the program.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund until 5:00pm on March 22, 2014. 50% refund until 5:00pm on April 2, 2014. No refunds after 5:00pm on April 2, 2014. This cancellation policy helps us ensure the most accurate counts possible for the event. For questions about this policy, please contact the TTIA office at 512-328-8842.


Exhibitor Packet - Now Available - Click Here


Hotel Information

Pearl South Padre - SOLD OUT (Overflow Hotel is Schlitterbahn Resort with limited availability)
310 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597

TTIA Rate: $134/night

Cut-off Deadline: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (unless block is sold out prior to this date)
For reservations, call 855-88-PEARL and ask for the "Texas Travel Industry Association” rate.


Sponsorship Opportunity

$250 Travel Fair Sponsorship - Stand out while helping us provide the travel counselors with the best possible experience during their conference. A Travel Fair sponsorship is a convenient and special way to show your appreciation to the travel counselors who direct visitors to your area. Just check the $250 Sponsorship box on the Travel Fair registration form.


Schedule of Events
(As of 2/25/14)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1:30pm - 5:30pm                           
TTIA Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up – South Padre Island Convention Center
A shuttle will continuously run between The Pearl, Schlitterbahn and South Padre Island Convention Center from 1:30pm – 5:45pm.

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Stars of Texas Awards Dinner – Hilton Garden Inn
Sponsored by Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Buses depart The Pearl at 6:10pm and will then pick up at Schlitterbahn.  

Dress code for the evening is "resort casual": Hawaiian shirts, jeans, long shorts, sundresses, capris, sandals, and flip-flops are okay too!


8:00pm - 10:00pm  
Appreciation Party – Clayton's on the Beach
Sponsored by South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and TTIA
Buses will run continuous from 9:30pm – 10:00pm between Clayton’s on the Beach,
The Pearl and Schlitterbahn


10:00pm
Hospitality Suite Open – Pearl South Padre - Room 1214 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

8:00am - 8:45amBreakfast - South Padre Island Convention Center
Sponsored by Traders Village, Central Texas Tourism Council, Six Flags Over Texas
and Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau.  A bus will run from 7:30am – 8:00am
between The Pearl, Schlitterbahn, and South Padre Island Convention Center


9:00am - 12:00pm                    
Texas Travel Fair – South Padre Island Convention Center 
Mail Back Center sponsored by Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau and
Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau


12:00pm - 1:30pm
Exhibitor Teardown – South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
A shuttle will continuously run from 12:00pm – 1:30pm between The Pearl, Schlitterbahn and South Padre Island Convention Center

 


 

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