By Michael Akana at Oct. 28. 2009.
      Child holding head in mock shock

      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 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 then and now 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  A few weeks ago I had noticed that the Travel Trade info was getting stale and when www.CruiseTrade.Com was no longer active on October 11 I sent a message to an e-mail address listed on  The message was unanswered and within a week dropped offline too.  In doing some searching….came across a few articles that might explain.  One article on TravelPulse ( “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?

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