July Webinar Series- How to Increase Sales During the Travel Season
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
by ngoriel, Community Moderator
According to the Office of Travel &
Tourism Industries’ 2013 Spring Travel Forecast, international travel to the
United States is expected to increase through 2018. And a recently released
report by the U.S. Travel Association indicated that in 2012 spending by
international travelers to and within the U.S. increased 10.5 percent.
With the travel and tourism season
underway, the SBA will be hosting a series of webinars throughout the month of
July. This series will help small businesses capitalize on increased traffic
throughout the remainder of the season. It will also provide participants in
the tourism and travel industries with advice on how to sustain their
businesses in the off-season.
Participants will hear from experts like
Alex "Papu” Rincon, SBA’s 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Fed Lona, Senior
Director for Supplier Diversity at Hilton Worldwide, and others. Topics will
include the hospitality industry, adventure firms, corporate contracts, and
The SBA counsels an estimated 10,000
travel- and tourism-related small businesses annually. In 2011, travel and
tourism related businesses constituted almost 12 percent of SBA’s business loan
guarantee program. In addition, small businesses in travel and tourism-related
industries were awarded $1.5 billion in federal contracts in 2011.
The series supports the Task
Force on Travel and Competitiveness’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The goal of the Strategy is to increase travel throughout
the United States and draw 100 million international visitors to by 2021. This
influx of visitors is expected to generate $250 billion annually.
Here’s a list of the upcoming webinars:
Tuesday, July 9th – 3pm EDT
Topic: Hospitality Industry Insider Tips
Steve Densham, Hospitality Specialist Vermont Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, July 10th – 3pm EDT
Topic: Accessing Corporate Hospitality
Contract Opportunities Fred Lona, Senior Director for Supplier Diversity Hilton
10th – 5pm EDT
Topic: Creating Lifestyle Culture for
Adventure Firms Alex "Papu” Rincon, Owner Four O Six
Thursday, July 11th – 3pm EDT
Topic: Maximizing Your Small Business
Success During Large Events Ron Williams, Co-Founder FunkJazzKafe Music and
Prior to the webinars, participants are
invited to submit questions via Twitter, to be answered during the webinar.
Tweet your questions to @SBAgov.
These webinars are free, but registration