Northstar Acquisition of Original Home Based Travel Agents

Northstar Acquisition of Original Home Based Travel Agents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2010                               
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bob Sullivan, Vice President & Publisher



Parent Northstar buys home-based agent shows, announces“Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010”

Secaucus, NJ, January 4, 2010 - Northstar Travel Media, the parent company of Travel Weeklyand other media brands serving the travel and meetings industries, has acquired The Original Home Based TravelAgent Show and Conference from Real Trade Shows, Inc., owned by Charles “Chip” Caruso and Tanya Caruso. Simultaneously, it announced the launch of Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010, a show for travel agents who sell cruise vacations. This will be the first major trade show produced byTravel Weekly, the leading travel trade brand serving the US market. The event will include a major educational conference including the leaders of the global cruise industry. Real Trade Shows has produced two annual Home Based Travel Agent trade shows, a spring and fall event, for the last several years. In 2009, the shows were produced in Chicago in the Spring and Atlantic City in the fall. These are leisure travel industry trade shows serving the growing community of independent travel professionals.  The two shows will co-locate April 14-16, 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Both shows will carry the Travel Weekly brand, said publisher Bob Sullivan. “We’re very proud to add these shows to the Travel Weekly portfolio,” he said. “Travel Weekly’s focus has always been about topical, relevant content, whether in print, online or face-to-face.” The Home Based Travel Agent Shows have been very successful, Sullivan said, and attracted 1,294 agents to Atlantic City last October. “We want to bring it to the next level for agents,” he said. “By co-locating the two shows, we expect that home agents will have full access to Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld programming, in addition to tracks designed specifically for home agents.” Travel Weekly editor in chief Arnie Weissmann said the side-by-side conference will include ship inspections and keynotes and panels featuring top industry executives. Workshops will also be featured. The headquarters hotel for both shows will be the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel, near the convention center. For information on attending or exhibiting, contact Emmy Morales at 201-902-1951. Northstar Chairman and CEO Tom Kemp said that this is only the first step in an ambitious plan to expand Northstar’s presence in tradeshows and conferences. “As the worldwide leader in B2B travel publishing, we have a lot to offer our audiences to help them succeed,” he said, “and we have not really taken full advantage of the opportunities that exist for both our audiences and our advertisers in producing high quality conferences and trade shows.  People in the travel and meetings spaces, in particular, understand the value of face-to-face events. It is our goal to exceed their already high expectations.”


About Northstar Travel Media, LLC: 

Northstar Travel Media is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel and hospitality industries and parent of brands Travel Weekly, Meetings & Conventions andTravelAge West. Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and corporate meetings industries. NTM’s directories — Travel Weekly’s Hotel & Travel Index Worldwide and M&C Official Meetings Facilities Guide — provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally. In addition to its directories and periodicals, NTM publishes a number of subscription online information guides, including Weissmann Reports, STAR Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24.


Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, the company also has offices in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Los Angeles; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.