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July Webinar Series- How to Increase Sales During the Travel Season

Wednesday, July 03, 2013  
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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 convention preparation.

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. Download Adobe Reader to read this link contentThe 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 (VtSBDC)

Wednesday, July 10th – 3pm EDT

Topic: Accessing Corporate Hospitality Contract Opportunities Fred Lona, Senior Director for Supplier Diversity Hilton Worldwide

Wednesday, July 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 Arts Festival

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 is required.


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