BOCA RATON, FL (PRWEB) February 05, 2014
Never before in the history of mankind did so many people travel to so many places as in 2013. The World Tourism Organization, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of universally accessible tourism, shared in a recent report that international tourist arrivals grew by 5 percent to record highs last year. Despite global economic challenges, it was a milestone year for travel and tourism, with the world’s airports believed to have serviced almost 6 billion total passengers in 2013. In North America, travelers spent an average of 90 minutes waiting for their flights and spent close to $6 billion on concessions. Figures such as these are driving top decision-makers to the Airport Revenue News Revenue Conference & Exhibition, the nation’s premier gathering of airport and concession executives, March 2-4, 2014. Designed to help attendees maximize their growth potential in the lucrative airport business, the 2014 show at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla., will bring airport industry exhibits together with presentations by business leaders, top chefs, restaurateurs, architects, developers, retailers, and other experts sharing the latest trends and strategies in the areas of food and beverage, retail, technology and more.
“For 10 years, the ARN Revenue Conference & Exhibition has attracted high-caliber executives from both airports and concessions companies,” explains David Broderick, executive director and publisher of Airport Revenue News, the event’s producer and publishers of Airport Revenue News magazine and the annual ARN Fact Book. “They know this annual gathering is a great resource for networking and the identification of future growth opportunities.”
Highlights for the 2014 conference include:
EXTENSIVE SPEAKER LINE-UP
Among the many focused sessions comprising the three-day conference is the program “Trends In the Food Arena” on March 3. During the presentation, Chefs Michael Symon, Lorena Garcia, Sara Johannes and Ben Ford will discuss key food trends and how restaurateurs can respond appropriately to these changes.
In addition to these stimulating panel discussions, keynotes from Dennis Snow, a distinguished former leadership executive from The Walt Disney World Co., and Jason Young, a former corporate training leader for Southwest Airlines, will deliver a series of lessons learned during their respective years with the two market leaders applied to various real-world work situations.
Another highlight slated for the conference is the program “State Of The Airport Industry” on March 4. The session will feature a panel discussion of airport directors including ARN Directors of the Year Deborah Ale Flint of Oakland International and Mario Diaz of the Houston Airport System, who will speak to their challenges in the near term, offer their insight on expectations for the industry over the next year, and reveal what priority concessions have in the overall revenue picture and their strategies going forward.
Other programs will cover a host of topics, including how airports are evolving into destinations; the role and impact of diversity in the business of airports; the ABCs of doing business in airports and more. Visit http://www.arn2014.com for the full schedule.
EXHIBITS BY INDUSTRY INNOVATORS AND AIRPORTS
Attendees will have the chance to explore a versatile selection of exhibits by the top restaurant, retail and service providers in the industry. APW Brands, DineEquity, Dunkin' Brands, HMSHost Corp., Hudson Group, Paradies, Pinkberry, San Diego International Airport (2015 host airport), Starbucks, Sun Capital Partners, World Duty Free Group and ZoomSystems are just a few of the world-class organizations exhibiting at ARN 2014. To see the full roster of exhibitors, visit arn2014.com
ANNUAL INDUSTRY AWARDS
The 2014 ARN Revenue Conference & Exhibition culminates with the annual ARN awards recognizing the industry’s best airports and concessionaires. Nominated by the industry’s airport and concession operators, the coveted awards are presented in a host of categories ranging from Airport With the Best Concessions Program Design to Best New Specialty Retail Concept to Best Restaurant Design.
For more information on the conference, including the full schedule, registration information and other information, visit arn2014.com
ABOUT AIRPORT REVENUE NEWS
Airport Revenue News, a division of Urban Expositions, serves as a premier source of information on the business of airports. Through its magazine, Fact Book, website, and conferences, ARN provides insights on the latest revenue trends, strategies, developments, opportunities and updates of the airport industry, as well as the businesses that operate within them. More information on ARN is available online at http://www.airportrevenuenews.com
ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions is the largest gift, airport and souvenir trade show organizer in the U.S., hosting a total of 32 shows each year. In January of 1996, Urban Expositions launched the semi-annual Philadelphia Gift Show, which has become one of the largest and most successful regional gift events in the nation. Since then, the company has continued to grow through acquisitions and new show development. Based in Kennesaw, Ga., Urban Expositions offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/ attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management. For more information, visit http://www.urban-expo.com or call 800.318.2238