The Educational Travel Consortium’s Annual Conference assembles an international group of top-level decision makers from both nonprofit institutions and for-profit companies who focus specifically on special-interest and lifelong-learning group travel. The following three distinct groups attend the conference:
1) Nonprofit Travel Planners
Large and small travel programs are represented from alumni associations and continuing and international education departments; art, science, and natural history museums; cultural and preservation organizations; zoos, aquariums, and conservation groups; and from national and regional nonprofit organizations and affinity associations.
“Excellent source of tour selection and management of information and best single resource for educational travel networking.” Robert Fure, Lifelong Learning, Washington & Lee University
Some of the participants are: Dartmouth College, Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), American Museum of Natural History, Stanford Alumni Association, Oakland Museum of California, Arizona Alumni Association, Washington & Lee University, Philadelphia Zoo, California Alumni Association–Berkeley, Harvard Alumni Association, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, National Geographic Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Nature Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Sierra Club, UCLA Alumni Travel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
“This is the most content-laden conference in the travel industry.” Jim Sano, Vice President of Travel, Tourism, and Conservation, World Wildlife Fund
2) Leading U.S. Tour Operators and Suppliers
In addition to forging connections between travel planners from similar institutions, ETC brings together key special-interest group travel operators, destinations, and suppliers from all corners of the world. No other meeting assembles so many experts dedicated to serving this educational, alumni, and nonprofit travel market niche.
“Best educational experience in the industry.” Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and Past President, Asia Transpacific Journeys
3) Special Interest Domestic and International Destinations and DMCs
ETC has destinations from around the globe— Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the South Pacific and Australia, and the United States. State and foreign national government tourist offices, destination marketing organization specialists and city tourist bureaus participate, as well as in country receptive operators representing over 40 countries across the globe.
Percentage of ETC delegates’ business activity (by sector) dedicated to Educational Travel programming (by category)