D. T. Minich is a veteran tourism executive who in August 2014 became the first ever President/CEO of Experience Kissimmee, the destination marketing organization for hundreds of hospitality and travel providers in Osceola County, Florida.
In this role, D.T. leads a nearly 50-person staff and in country representation firms in the United Kingdom, Canada, Northern Europe and Brazil. Under D.T”s leadership, the staff has made tremendous gains in positioning Kissimmee as the Gateway to Fun for leisure, business and sports travelers from around the world.
With an annual operating budget of $17 million, Experience Kissimmee helps inspire the annual visitation of more than 7 million overnight guests.at diverse lodging choices that include hotels and motels, as well as private vacation home rentals, condos and villas.
Capitalizing on his nearly three decades as a tourism marketer, D.T. has succeeded in strengthening Experience Kissimmee’s B2B relationships with valued travel professionals and media domestically, in traditional markets as well as in emerging markets. In addition, D.T. has made strategic partnerships a priority as witnessed by more frequent cooperative partnerships with key agencies as U.S. Travel, Brand USA, Visit Florida and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
D.T. is a US Travel Chairman Circle Board Member, sits on the board of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association and is a past chair of Visit Florida’s international marketing committee, and past president of the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO).
D.T. will join us for "The Realities for Florida's Destination Marketing Efforts" on May 4th at 8AM!
Ralf is the founder of DestiMetrics, which provides a family of destination marketing/lodging research-related products and services, with its focus on destination-based marketing and lodging metrics. Established in 2004, DestiMetrics specializes in leisure travel destinations’ non-hotel lodging, including condominiums, time shares, vacation rentals, and rent by owner markets, and currently provides research based market intelligence to dozens of destinations and resorts, hundreds of lodging properties and several thousand subscribers.
Garrison’s career has evolved over the years, and now includes an esteemed position in the travel industry and stewardship of a number of related businesses, including DestiMetrics which was recently acquired by Inntopia Travel Technology, a part of the Northstar Travel Group.
Garrison also writes and speaks publicly, sharing his unique perspective and insights with audiences about “what they ought to know” about emerging trends to help them make better decisions and strategic plans for their own businesses. His presentation style has been described as “witty, sometimes irreverent but rarely boring”.
Ralf will join us for "The Realities for Florida's Destination Marketing Efforts" on May 4th at 8AM!
Deborah S. Nelson, Vacation Rental Guru and Author has written and published 12 practical books including: Vacation Rental Owner’s Manual Volume 1 and Volume 2. The Vacation Rental Travel Guide, Volume 3 is due to be released in the Spring 0f 2014. Her Vacation Rental Owner’s Manual Volume 1 is the number 2 Vacation Rental book is in the top 100 in Business Investment/Real Estate books out of 26,000 books an Amazon. Ms. Nelson has created The Vacation Rental Travel Guide in response to the booming vacation rental market and travelers’ need for more in-depth information and to avoid scams. This book is for those serious about saving money AND improving the quality of their vacation by exploring the exciting concept of vacation rentals!
Join us on May 4th at 9:30AM for "The Vacation Rental Guest DNA","What makes them book", "What keeps them coming back" and "Do you have a niche?"
May 3-4, 2017
Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando
The Annual Vacation Rental Managers XTRAVAGANZA Is The Largest Vacation Home Conference Held In The State of Florida.
Deborah S. Nelson
George Tsafnoias is the CEO and Co-Founder of Market Loyal, a premier digital media agency that transforms the way companies connect with prospects and customers to create a hyper loyal culture.
Join us on May 3rd at 3:30PM to hear him speak on "Google Ranking Factors That You Must Know To Win Online & Increase Direct Bookings"!
Before becoming an attorney, Keith was the founder and CEO of a $20M/yr. corporation, a long time officer of the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Ass., and its first non-property manager board member.
Keith represents property managers as well as other types of business through Keith Brady Law.
He handles transactions and civil litigation from simple issues to the most complex formation plans including SEC, INS, and IRS compliant plans for international investors and complicated litigation from civil theft to statutory breach to judicial dissolution.
He has negotiated favorable settlements and contract terms on behalf of his clients against Disney, Expedia, and the Florida Department of Revenue.
Keith is a member of the prestigious Inn of The Court and Florida Bar Chapter 607 Subcommittee. He is a St. Petersburg Housing Authority hearing Officer and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator.
He is a kayaker on Fridays, a Little League Umpire on Saturdays, and an devout but irreverent Christian every day.
Attend "Top 10 Legal Do's and Don'ts" on May 3rd at 1PM!
As a former US Army Black Hawk Pilot, Elizabeth McCormick flew command and control, air assault, rappelling, top-secret intelligence missions, and also transported high level government VIPs including the Secretary of Defense. She has received many awards in the Army, and supported United Nations peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service. In 2011 Elizabeth was awarded the US Congressional Veteran Commendation for her commitment to serving her country and community as a disabled veteran.
A top performer Sales Expert, and an authority on Leadership and Veterans Issues with the media, Elizabeth has been seen on ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, MSNBC, in the Wall Street Journal, and more... you can see at PilotSpeaker.com. A #1 best-selling author, her personal development
book, The P.I.L.O.T. Method; the 5 Elemental Truths to Leading Yourself in Life, is a "must read"! Elizabeth also has more than 15 books out; a series of small format business success tip books: Soar 2 Success.
Elizabeth averages 100+ booked engagements per year, and has spoken to a variety of audiences including big brands such as Coca-Cola, Sherwin Williams, Boston Scientific, Rockwell Collins, Lexis-Nexis, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Mass Mutual, Old National Bank, AMBIT Energy, Charles Schwab, Rent-A-Center, Krispy Kreme and more.
As an in-demand renowned motivational business success speaker, Elizabeth will inspire YOU with her pioneering aviation experiences and lessons learned in a dramatically memorable keynote presentation. As a premier leadership trainer and top performing founding member of the John Maxwell Team of speakers, she is a dynamic and energizing entertainer sought after for events around the world. With Elizabeth, you will discover how to Soar 2 Success!
Learn more at yourinspirationalspeaker.com
Join us on May 3rd at 8:15AM for this incredible presentation!
Make guest experience work for you. Drive bookings, enhance guest loyalty and increase your bottom line with Xplorie. Xplorie creates the best guest experiences by offering free local activities every day they stay with you! Differentiate yourself from the competition with customized activity programs at no additional cost to you. Xplorie, where fun is free!