The fourth annual THETRADESHOW (TTS) opens in Las Vegas on September 13. For three action-packed days, North America’s #1 travel trade show brings together travel professionals from every market segment — from cruise-line executives to home-based agents and everything in between. Attendees will fill the convention center of this booming city in the desert, where every travel professional will find a dynamic group of colleagues and potential business associates with whom to plan, discuss, and arrange new profitable business options to help boost their bottom lines. With hundreds of suppliers from whom to choose, you’ll run out of time before you run out of networking opportunities.

As if these reasons alone aren’t enough to register, the TTS partners are proud to offer a few additional reasons for you to register early. For starters, complimentary show tickets to some of the strip’s hottest acts are being offered to registered delegates on a first-come, first-choose basis. When you sign up, you can elect to attend the Tuesday, September 15 performance of The Blue Man Group (an eclectic performance trio blending music, theater, art, and science), Jubilee! (the one with the famed showgirls), The Price is Right (a live stage version of The Price Is Right TV show), The Sopranos Last Supper (an interactive spoof of the award-winning series), Phantom (the strip’s #1 rated show), Sheer Madness, or any of three Cirque du Soleil® performances: the gravity-defying Ka, the classic Mystere, or the seductive Zumanity (for adults 18 and over). Seeing these shows lets you give Vegas-bound clients your own personalized mini-reviews… one in which booking through a travel agent brings value.

Register soon because ticket quantities are limited and are going fast. Also, by registering early, you’ll save: conference fees are only US$25 now through June 5; afterwards, they go up to US$35.

THETRADESHOW has again lined up outstanding educational seminars for attendees. In just three education-filled days, this travel trade show will provide a wide selection of educational sessions to help agents enhance their areas of expertise and capture more sales opportunities. The technology track offers courses such as Customer Relationship Management, Blogging for Business, Email Success, Google Docs Deliver, Mastering Social Networks and Twitter, and Your Travel Business. Those looking to learn more about the home-based side of the travel agent business should consider attending the following courses: Thrive as a Home-based Agent, Marvelous Marketing, Toolbox for Making a Small Fortune as a Home-based Agent, The Top 10 Decisions and Actions that Home-based and Independent Agents Need for Success, and The Ultimate Sales Seminar.

Cruise specialists and those looking to earn up to 60 credits toward their ACC, MCC, ECC, and ECCS certification requirements should attend Better Listening Skills for Better Business; Creating a Cruise Marketing Plan; Local Public Relations Techniques: How to Maximize Your Agency’s Visibility; Psychology of Selling and Who Are You? An Exploration of Your Abilities, Skills, and Strengths. Other courses include the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management, How To Grow Your Business by Effectively Selling Yourself, Sales and Marketing Planning for Young Professionals, and Shoppers + Fees = Profitability.

TTS will again be host to ASTA’s Retail Travel Leadership Summit on September 14, an event that brings together industry leaders and executives from top-tier travel companies to foster open discussions and debates on pressing travel industry issues.

The economy is one thing that won’t keep you from attending THETRADESHOW. Thanks not only to low registration rates, attendees can take advantage of fantastic air and hotel rates. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, and the Bellagio are offering unbeatable rates of US$109, while Treasure Island is offering a weeknight rate of US$110. Agents can stay at the MGM Grand Las Vegas for only US$99 a night (weeknight rate), while suppliers are being offered a weeknight rate of US$129 a night. Among other properties, the Las Vegas Hilton is offering a newly-reduced rate of US$139 a night, with the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas offering US$149 and US$159, respectively. And, for just US$135 a night, THETRADESHOW attendees can stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

For more information on THETRADESHOW, call 1.866.870.9333 or visit