International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Symposium to be Held Aboard the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, January 18 – 22, 2018

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Registration for the first-ever ITMI “SeaPosium” is underway. The Independence of the Seas departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and cruises to Cozumel Island.

President, ITMI

Joan Keddell, President, ITMI

Global cruise travel has grown by 62% during the past ten years, as a result, the demand for cruise ship staff is rapidly increasing. Conducting our event on a cruise ship allows participants to learn more about cruising as a profession.

Since 1976, ITMI has trained and certified thousands of professional tour directors and guides from around the world. The ITMI Symposium is a unique industry event that brings together leading domestic and international tour operators, tour directors, guides and other tourism industry stakeholders. This marks the first time in ITMI’s history that its annual conference will be held aboard a cruise ship.

“According to Cruise Lines International Association, Inc., global cruise travel has grown by 62% during the past ten years. As a result, the demand for cruise ship staff is rapidly increasing,” stated ITMI’s President Joan Keddell. “Many of our graduates only lead land-based tours. One of the reasons we are conducting our next symposium on a cruise ship, is to provide them with an opportunity to learn more about cruising as a professional option.”

The ITMI Symposium includes continuing education, professional development, marketplace job interviews and networking. As the only industry conference that brings together tour operators, tour directors and guides, it provides stakeholders with a rare opportunity to discuss real-world challenges and emerging trends. Tour directors and guides, who work directly with the consumers, offer tour planners exceptional insights about destinations and attractions, to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

For many years, the ITMI Symposium has been recognized as a major tourism conference. Representatives from leading domestic and international tour operators such as Globus Family of Brands, Tauck, Adventures by Disney, Destination America, Rick Steves' Europe, Collette, Worldstrides, EF Explore America, and cruise lines like Princess / Holland America Cruises attend this annual event.

About ITMI:
Since 1976, ITMI has been America’s premier training and certification program for professional tour directors, guides, travel staff and destination marketing representatives. For more information about ITMI contact Annemarie Osborne Annemarie.Osborne(at)gmail(dot)com 949-237-2906 or visit

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