FTA Summit 2017

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October 23 – 27, 2017 • Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas • Port Canaveral, Florida

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The FTA’s annual Summit is a trade-only, conference-style event that brings together family travel experts, industry leaders, travel agents, and media for three full days of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, enlightening research, and a diverse array of networking opportunities. It is becoming the preeminent industry event to:

  • Network with family-focused tour operators and media
  • Further personal development and knowledge of the trends in family travel
  • Help promote family products to the travel industry’s influencers and decision-makers

2017 FTA Summit Agenda

This year’s Summit agenda will again be filled with opportunities to network with peers, absorb cutting-edge trends and key information, connect with media, and more!

Please note that this ‘wireframe’ Summit program is a work in progress. Thus it is very much still open to adjustments as details are finalized.


Monday, Oct. 23 (depart Port Canaveral)

9:00 AM – 3:oo PM Summit registration

12:00 PM – All flights must arrive to Orlando before noon, per RCCL regulations

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Exhibitor set up

4:00 PM – Majesty of the Seas sets sail!

6:00 PM – Reception sponsored by RCCL

9:00 PM – Dinner (we’ll have assigned seating on this first night, but then ’round robin’ dining for the remainder of the dinners – where you’ll be able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section)

10:30 PM – Pub o’ the Night – (informal, ‘no host’ networking) at Boleros Lounge (Deck 7)!


Tuesday, Oct. 24 (at sea)

9:00-12:00  Opening Keynotes and ‘State of the FTA’ presentations!

12:30 PM – Lunch in the Moonlight Dining Room

2:00-2:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #1

3:00-3:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #2

4:00-4:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #3

4:45-6:30 PM – Informal networking/freshen up

6:30-8:00 PM – Sponsored cocktail

9:00 PM – Dinner (’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section)

10:30 PM -Pub o’ the Night – (informal, ‘no host’ networking) at the Schooner Bar (Deck 5)!


Wednesday, Oct. 25 (Nassau, Bahamas)

7:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas docks in Nassau

9:00-10:20 AM – Keynote speakers

10:30 AM -12:30 PM – Networking activities in/around Nassau, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Nassau historical tours
  • Nassau shopping
  • Kayaking

1:00 PM – Shipboard lunch in the Moonlight Dining Room

3:00-5:00 PM – Networking activities in/around Nassau, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Nassau historical tours
  • Nassau shopping
  • Kayaking

5:00 PM – Freshen up

9:00 PM – Dinner (’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section)

10:30 PM -Pub o’ the Night – (informal, ‘no host’ networking) at Boleros Lounge (Deck 7)!

11:00 PM – Any Summit guests departing early will check out and depart the Majesty of the Seas for local hotels before flying out of Nassau in the morning

11:59 PM – Majesty of the Seas departs Nassau


Thursday, Oct. 26 (Cococay)

8:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas anchors at Cococay

9:00 AM – Tenders to Cococay

9:30-11:30 AM – Networking activities on Cococay, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Volleyball
  • Hikes
  • Kayaking

12:00 PM – Buffet lunch on Cococay

1:00 PM – Delegates tender back to Majesty of the Seas

2:00-3:30 PM – Industry Charette: Delegates will break up into groups to find solutions to the challenge of ‘How to Include More Families in Travel’ (session will include a moderator)

3:45-5:15 PM – Media Meet-Up! – Meet the attending trade and consumer media that are attending the Summit

4:00 PM Majesty of the Seas departs Cococay

5:30-6:30 PM – Informal networking/freshen up

6:30-8:00 PM – Sponsored cocktail

9:00 PM – Dinner (’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section)

10:30 PM -Pub o’ the Night – (informal, ‘no host’ networking) at Spectrum (Deck 7)!


Friday, Oct. 27 (Port Canaveral)

7:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas arrives Port Canaveral

7:30-10AM – Delegates depart Majesty of the Seas for shuttles to airports or post-tours


Post-Tours

Stay tuned for opportunities for media and buyers to participate in post-Summit FAM tours!

 


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