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ASTA Announces Global Business Day at the International Destination Expo to Expand Global Contacts

ASTA Announces Global Business Day at the International Destination Expo to Expand Global Contacts (Forimmediaterelease.net) ASTA's 2008 International Destination Expo (IDE) will take place April 12-16 in Lyon, France at the Lyon Convention Center. New this year will be the complimentary Global Business Day on April 13, which is open to all international travel agent attendees with a goal of helping members increase global contacts and networking opportunities.

“The Global Business Day is a great way to help international travel professionals find new business. As an attendee, you will be able to network with other agents and suppliers from around the world. To have an event dedicated to the selling of international travel is taking ASTA to the next level. Our international day will focus on building those relationships as well as networking with U.S.-based suppliers and agents," said President of ASTA's International Chapter Presidents Council, Robert Durant.

Forming relationships is what business is all about. This unique event, open to all international attendees, will include one-on-one interaction with U.S. agents, international agents and worldwide suppliers to help attendees expand their connections and grow their business. International agents will get the chance to participate in roundtable discussions on important topics such as how international agents are dealing with airline commission cuts, how to do business in the United States and how to improve marketing reach. In addition to the on-site networking, all Global Business Day attendees will be listed in a special directory that all other international agents, U.S. agents and suppliers at the conference will receive to take back to their businesses for future reference.

At IDE agents will have the chance to enrich their business with a combination of specialized education, sightseeing and networking events centered on the top European destinations. The trade show offers vital interaction with Europe's premium suppliers, enabling agents to secure more business and contacts. The International Destination Expo is the best place to become an expert in selling European vacations. Register today for the International Destination Expo and gain multiple opportunities for you to spread your worldwide network! To learn more about the International Destination Expo and to register, visit www.ASTA.org/expo .

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.

Contact:Kristina Rundquist/Laura Gajewski VP, Communications American Society of Travel Agents Phone: (703) 739-8710 E-Mail: PR@asta.org

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