to host inaugural religious travel mart
The World Religious Travel Association (WRTA)
will host the first annual World Religious Travel
Expo & Educational Conference, Oct. 29-Nov.
1, 2008, in Orlando. As the first international
event of its kind, it will feature travel wholesalers,
suppliers, tourist boards, agencies and group
travel organizers from the $18 billion faith
religious tourism is one of history's oldest
travel segments, no large-scale trade convention
has ever been held for this 300-million traveler
market," said Kevin Wright, WRTA president.
"All market segments will be represented
at the Expo, including pilgrimage, cruising,
missions, leisure vacations, attractions, conferences,
retreats, Christian camps, and volunteer vacations,
WRTA Expo will feature two venues: The International
Tradeshow and The Educational Conference. The
combined event will provide a forum for travel
suppliers, destinations, wholesalers, agencies
and church travel planners to meet face-to-face,
develop partnerships, find new products and
services, and generate new qualified leads.
Wright expects the tradeshow to become the annual
gathering for exhibiting, networking and brand
building in the vast faith tourism industry.