Cruise-a-thon by Travel Trade has been a great travel conference giving more of a travel agent perspective on the industry than Cruise3Sixty. Both events have provided opportunities for travel agents to get a hands-on experience on ships from several cruise lines in one weekend.
Now, it looks like Cruise-a-thon is in trouble.
The home page of www.ttshows.com had announced the Luxury Travel Show (the fall version of Cruise-a-thon) as coming in Fall of 2009. Rather that posting registration information, the website went offline.www.cruisetrade.com then www.ttshows.com and now www.traveltrade.com are all silent. A few weeks ago I had noticed that the Travel Trade info was getting stale and when www.CruiseTrade.Com was no longer active on October 11 I sent a message to an e-mail address listed on www.traveltrade.com. The message was unanswered and within a week www.traveltrade.com dropped offline too. In doing some searching….came across a few articles that might explain. One article on TravelPulse (http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=53791) “Ian Gittlitz Takes Leave of Absence as Travel Trade Publisher, Published on: March 31, 2009–…….effective immediately. ” The articles go on to explain some legal troubles that, as I am not familiar with, one might best search the news to explore for yourself any trouble Ian Gittlitz may be facing.
Love to hear if TraveTrade, Cruise-a-thon or the sister brands may be able to come back in another form. Is Cruise3Sixty now the only large scale event where travel agents can experience a several brands at one conference?