September 18, 2014, Alexandria, Va. – ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) will hold its Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., for the first time. SBN’s conference will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at a Starwood property, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa.
Lisa Watson, SBN’s Director of Marketing & Special Events, said, “Our members have been asking us for a venue in the western U.S., and we’re pleased to work with our partners at Starwood Hotels & Resorts to find such a beautiful venue. Our conference registration this year has been our largest yet.” The resort was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community's heritage and culture.
This event will showcase more than 60 of SBN’s top travel supplier and host partners. Attendees will have an opportunity to create relationships with these top SBN partners throughout energetic networking sessions within the event.
“SBN’s supplier and host partners are turning out in record numbers this year to participate and network with our independent travel agent attendees. Our partners know the value of connecting with hundreds of frontline travel consultants and SBN is pleased to be their conduit to this important channel,” Bob Duglin, SBN’s VP of Sales & Industry Relations said.
Other conference highlights include a country themed dinner at Rawhide Western Town on Halloween where guests vote for the best costume prize, a “give back” program where attendees can volunteer to give back to the local community and a closing night, themed dinner event sponsored by the Hawai’i Visitors Bureau. In addition, there will be luncheon discussions with various river and destination suppliers, a destination wedding seminar and full day of Hawai’i destination product training.
SBN & ASTA members can register for the promotional rate of $249 per travel consultant and non-member advisors can attend for $349 (which includes a one-year SBN membership). There is also some space left for suppliers who wish to participate in the trade show and engagement sessions to connect with SBN’s attendees.
SBN is the travel industry’s leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales consultants, cruise and tour oriented consultants, group oriented travel professionals and traditional ARC-appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to such professionals. Established in 1986, SBN’s mission is to represent the interest of independent travel entrepreneurs and to promote professionalism and recognition for the professional independent consultant. SBN is an affiliate of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Advisors, the world’s largest travel trade association.