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First 50 attendees at each Granite Expo will receive $20

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  •   03-12-2024  6:26 am
  •   Pax Global Media

First 50 attendees at each Granite Expo will receive $20
The Granite Travel Trade Expos will be returning for 2024. (Granite Productions)
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Punctuality pays at the Granite Travel Trade Expos, which says the first 50 travel advisors that arrive at each of its 11 events happening across the country this spring and fall will receive a $20 MasterCard courtesy of Catalonia Hotels & Resorts. 

“We are happy to be returning to the Granite Travel Trade Expos again this year, and really appreciate the opportunity to connect with so many top agents,” said Greta Hidalgo, North America sales director for Catalonia, in a press release. “We wanted the agents in attendance to know how much we appreciate them taking the time to attend and learn about our Caribbean products, so we hope this small gesture is a show of our appreciation.”

The gift cards are also meant to offset the costs of attending live events, stated Bradley Dean, Oakville Toronto Partner at Granite Productions.

Greta Hidalgo, North America sales director for Catalonia. (Supplied)

“We recognize that in today’s economy and with high gas prices, there is an expense to attend events,” stated Dean. “We’re very grateful to Catalonia Hotels & Resorts who also recognizes this and was able to provide this token of appreciation to our agents who support us.  As always, it is free to attend our Expos and there is free parking at every one.”

The Spring Ontario Schedule is as follows:

  • Windsor, April 22 - Ambassador Golf Club, 1025 Sprucewood Avenue, N9J 3Z1
  • Kitchener-Waterloo, April 23 - Edelweiss Banquet Centre, 600 Doon Village Road, N2P 1G6
  • Oshawa-Ajax, April 24 - Harmony Event Centre, 1011 Bloor Street East, L1H 7K6
  • Barrie, April 25 - Liberty North 100 Caplan Avenue, Unit 1, L4N 9J2

Registration for travel agents opens March 22 and can be done here.  

Some of the suppliers joining destination and hotel sponsors St. Kitts and Bahia Principe in 2024 are Oasis Hotels, WestJet Vacations, Majestic, Expedia TAAP, Catalonia, Princess Hotels and Resorts, Blue Diamond, Iberostar, Princess Hotels & Resorts Jamaica and the Cuba Tourist Board.

The series of regional travel trade events are designed to connect industry suppliers and top- producing travel agents, facilitating valuable and essential in-person interactive consultations and presentations.

READ MORE: Granite Expos releases 2024 dates, Sal Buccellato named emcee & social ambassador

Each Expo will continue to be focused on training and networking, with face-to-face interaction with agents and products. In each city, a presentation series featuring 15-minute segments by suppliers will be followed by a trade show, dinner, and prize giveaways.

For more information and registration, go here. The travel agent registration portal opens one month prior to each event.

Multi-show discounts of up to 20 per cent are available to vendors wishing to participate in the Expos.

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