SEPTEMBER 4TH

Arrivals

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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Opening Reception, Sponsored by Delta Air lines

Kick off The Retreat with Delta Airlines! Join fellow attendees and get to know each other over cocktails and local fare.


SEPTEMBER 5TH  

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  Breakfast

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Activities, Sponsored by Ski.Com & Aspen SnowMass

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a ropes course, climbing wall, mountain coaster and guided hikes at Aspen Snowmass' Lost Forest.

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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch, Sponsored by Tourism Australia

 Australian cuisine has evolved into so much more than just ‘shrimp on the barbie’ – it’s all about incredible food & drinks in stunning locations served by memorable Aussie characters. Come enjoy an Aussie-themed BBQ and learn about the place that created the Hemsworth brothers, avocado toast and the Tim Tam Slam.

2:15 PM - 5:30 PM Educational Content

  • Opening Remarks
    Presented by Mindy Poder, Executive Editor, TravelAge West; Ken Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief, TravelAge West

  • Town Hall
    Presented by Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright
    During this town hall-style presentation Pete Comeau gives attendees a first-look at brand-new Phocuswright research on millennials, trends to watch, a state of the marketplace update and more. 

  • Future of Travel Panel
    Moderated by Mindy Poder, Executive Editor, TravelAge West
    Expert panelists will discuss the short-term future of travel, including trends and advancements we’re seeing now, and what we can expect to see in the next 5 years in the industry. We'll cover artificial technology, bots, cruise ship advancements, green technology, sustainable tourism, workflow tools and more.
    Panelists include: Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright; Julia Pirrung, Founder of AXUS, President and Owner of Jet Set World Travel; Russell Walters, Strategic Director North America for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and President of Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort; Jason Leppert, Cruise Editor, TravelAge West

  • Storytelling Contest
    Moderated by Valerie Chen, Senior Editor, TravelAge West
    Top suppliers take turns sharing the inside stories of some recent challenges and successes.

    Presenters include: 
    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
    Trafalgar
    U by Uniworld

  • Keynote Speaker
    Presented by Chris Davenport, Professional Skier, Guide, Author, and Sports Announcer
    Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.  Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports.

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Dinner and Evening Activities, Sponsored by The Travel Corporation: contiki, trafalgar, u by uniworld

Join fellow Retreat attendees for a Block Party, sponsored by Contiki, Trafalgar, and U by Uniworld. Participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration; a cheese, meat, and wine pairing; and a friendly cocktail competition. It will be a night you won’t forget!


SEPTEMBER 6TH

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  Breakfast

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Activities

Attendees will have the opportunity to hike or bike in Maroon Bells or do yoga nearby.
Yoga, Sponsored by Club Med 

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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch, Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line

Learn how Norwegian Cruise Line is here to help you maximize your opportunities for success through the strategic deployment of our fleet, onboard experiences that allow guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time,  best-in-class agent programs and more!

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Educational Content

  • Next Gen Sales and Marketing
    Presented by Jenn Lee, VP of Sales & Marketing, Travel Planners International
    Moderated by
    Emma Weissmann, Associate Editor, TravelAge West
    This interactive and discussion-based class will cover best practices for selling to millennials and the best ways for suppliers and millennial agents to work together.

  • Next Level Branding and Social Media
    Presented by Krystle Kopacz, CEO, Revmade
    This class will take an advanced look at next-level branding and social media. Participants will share ideas and best practices and will leave with clear next steps for improving their branding.

  • Storytelling Contest
    Moderated by Valerie Chen, Senior Editor, TravelAge West
    Top suppliers take turns sharing the inside stories of some recent challenges and successes.

    Presenters include: 
    AIC Hotel Group
    Avanti Destinations
    Mountain Travel Sobek

  • Keynote Speaker, sponsored by U by Uniworld
    Presented by Cassie De Pecol
    , CEO, Expedition 196 LLC; Founder, Her International Inc.
    In 2017, 27-year old Cassie De Pecol set two Guinness World Records for the fastest travel around the world to every sovereign country. Cassie will share an in-depth look at how she did it, what it was like, and for the first time publicly, share the real reason for her exhibition.

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Farewell Dinner, Sponsored by the Limelight Hotel

Expand your beer palate at the Farewell Dinner, sponsored by the Limelight Hotel. Attendees can taste locally brewed beer from Aspen Brewing Company and learn the proper food pairings to go with their brews. 

9:30 PM - 11:30 PM Closing Reception

Closing Reception, Sponsored by Hotel Jerome
The Retreat comes to a close at the historic Hotel Jerome. From a once-bursting mining town, to a virtual ghost town, to a hideaway for the rich and famous, Aspen has transcended the decades and this iconic hotel has been there every step of the way. Have a drink at the world-famous J-Bar with fellow attendees and learn about the rich history behind the hotel.

After-hours DJ, Sponsored by AIC Hotel Group
Just back from Ibiza, Spain, AIC Hotel Group and GOGO Worldwide Vacations bring top New York City DJ, Geo Vanasco, to The Retreat. Inspired by rock, hip-hop, and electronic music at an early age, Geo has turned his hobby into a successful career. Geo is a top DJ at NYC nightclubs, throughout the east coast, and internationally.


SEPTEMBER 7TH

Departures