Alexandria, VA, March 8, 2017 – The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is pleased to announce that Arnold W. Donald, President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest leisure travel company in the world, will attend ASTA’s Global Convention for an exclusive interview with Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer and one of America’s most recognized front-line travel journalists. The Society also announced that travel and media personality Samantha Brown will reprise her role as emcee of the Convention and Advocacy Dinner in San Diego, CA on August 27-29, 2017.
“ASTA is thrilled to welcome Arnold Donald to our Global Convention. Agents need to understand the implications of changes to come in the fast-growing cruise sector, and who better to hear it from than the head of the largest leisure travel company in the world?” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “We can’t think of two better people to build our 2017 ASTA Global Convention program around than Arnold and Samantha Brown, a longtime champion for our industry who received rave reviews from attendees last year.”
Arnold Donald oversees Carnival Corporation’s portfolio of 10 cruise brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and Fathom – based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Together these brands maintain a fleet of over 100 ships and serve more than 11.5 million guests annually. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
As a host on the Travel Channel, Samantha Brown has helped create 8 international and domestic travel series that produced over 160 hours of travel television. Samantha will begin shooting her new global travel series, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love, for PBS this month. Viewers passionately follow Samantha and her expert travel advice not only because of her experience and knowledge, but also because of her warmth, genuineness and love for travel. In San Diego, Samantha will emcee the opening and closing AGC general sessions, the Global Travel Exchange and the black-tie Advocacy Dinner on August 28.
Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” Peter Greenberg is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms. The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, he hosts the television show, The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, airing on public television. The weekly series is all about cutting-edge travel information and insider tips you need to know before you ever leave home, plus in-depth reports on the good, bad and ugly aspects of travel.
“This year is about challenging expectations of what an ASTA Global Convention is about,” continued Kerby. “Whether you are a leisure or corporate agency owner, front-line agent or independent contractor, the additions of Arnold Donald, Samantha Brown and Peter Greenberg gives you yet another reason to join us at the ASTA Global Convention as we chart the course to the future.”
To register for AGC, visit https://www.astaglobalconvention.org/. All members of the press wishing to cover the Global Convention may register, subject to approval. Registration and all meals associated with the conference are complimentary to the working press.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information, visit ASTA.org.
ASTA’s sister association, The National Association of Career Travel Agents, represents a professional community of independent travel agents ready to assist the traveling public.