Making life-changing trips
First faith travel conference to be held in America's Bible belt
MILFORD, Connecticut - Unicomm LLC, the leading travel show producer, is pleased to announce new partnerships and supporters for its Faith Travel Conference & Expo scheduled for October 22-23, 2011 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria.
“There is no other event focused on faith travel that combines a comprehensive conference along with a diverse marketplace of tour operators and domestic and international tourist offices to help church leaders plan their next trip,” said Conference Chairperson Cindi Brodhecker, “Travel is a great gift whether it is a one-day excursion or a longer tour to places of interest to a church community — and the event is designed to better equip church leaders with the tools needed to make their next group trip life-changing.”
Located in the heart of the Bible belt, the event is expected to bring together pastors, church leaders, Christian consumers, faith-based travel agents, and travel suppliers. The focus will be on the importance of traveling as a faith community, whether it is for fellowship, spiritual growth, mission work, or retreat events.
Gigi Graham, author and daughter of Billy Graham, who will be attending the event, can't think of anything more rewarding than travel. She said, “Making new friends, sharing our lives and experiences, encouraging one another, praying for one another, and laughing together as we travel is a source of real blessing. I have discovered that travel is one of the best ways to broaden my horizon, to see things from other perspectives and grow as a person, both intellectually and spiritually.”
Sam Henderson, Marietta Pastor and founder of Jump-Start Strategies, is also attending the event. “As a pastor, I have often witnessed powerful transformation in individuals through mission learning and service trips. I believe this conference will offer insights, contacts, and tools to aid global mission awareness and mission-mobility for me as a leader and for people of faith.”
Margo Carter, CEO of Desert Sands Travel, who handles the travel arrangements for Chicago’s Living Word Christian Center’s 19,000 members, is thrilled to be attending the event. “As a travel agent who serves people of faith, I feel that the Faith Travel Conference & Expo is an excellent opportunity to network with other vendors that serve in the same capacity or community of believers, while being able to share experiences and services.” She continued, “This connection would allow me to serve at another level, which is something the word of God expects us to do."
To help get the message out to church leaders and Christian consumers, the event has secured Leading Christian Media Publications Ministry Today and Charisma, published by Charisma Media, as the Official Media Sponsor. “It’s an honor for Charisma Media to partner with Faith Travel Conference & Expo,” said Steve Strang, CEO of Charisma Media, “We are excited to make new connections in this important industry. And, we want to use our media platforms to show hundreds of thousands of Christians how to have new travel experiences.”
Other major event sponsors include: American Airlines, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Italian Government Tourist Board, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, Tourism Ireland, Switzerland Tourism, Lifeway Conference Centers, Ridgecrest and Glorieta, and Turkish Culture and Tourism Office. Fish 104.7, WNIV Atlanta’s Christian Talk Station, and Praise 102.5, Atlanta’s Home for the Gospel Community, are radio sponsors. Leisure Group Travel is the event’s Official Group Travel Publication, and Infinity Concepts is the Marketing Partner.
Unicomm, LLC produces the Travel & Adventure Show series nationwide in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, attracting over 100,000 consumers and 2,700 travel trade each year. In addition, Unicomm, LLC also produces the Faith Travel Conference & Expo, the leading faith travel show. For more information, visit the Travel & Adventure Show website at www.adventureexpo.com .