Do you have your ticket for the 2012 Traveler’s Conference? Whether you’re a healthcare professional thinking about traveling or already a road veteran, this year’s conference is not to be missed. Especially when it’s in such an exciting location…. Las Vegas!
Rebecca Herdlein, the conference organizer, graciously let us interview her on all the details of the conference. Read on for the interview:
TNB: When and where is the 2012 Traveler’s Conference?
RH: The conference will be held on October 18 and 19, 2012 at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TNB: How much is the conference? Is there a deadline to sign-up?
RH: The registration fee is only $29.00 until September 19th. Then the fee increases to $39.00. This fee also includes one guest or spouse. While advance registration is highly recommended, we will offer registration on the day of the event for $49.00.
TNB: Do I need to handle my own hotel accommodations?
RH: Yes, we do have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the ARIA. To reserve a room, attendees must contact the ARIA by phone at 866-359-7757 or 702-590-7757. In order to receive the special group rate of $169.00 per night, callers must identify their affiliation with The Travelers Conference. The ARIA is a beautiful new hotel on the Vegas strip in the new City Center with luxurious room amenities. It will not disappoint!
TNB: Who is the conference for? Is it mostly geared toward nurses?
RH: The conference is for anyone who works in healthcare and is interested in traveling or is already on the road. We have everyone from nurses and therapists to technicians that attend. So much of the reward and the challenges that come with traveling are experienced by all healthcare professionals. There will be something for everyone there! With this said, nurses make up the majority of attendees.
TNB: Is this something that will be valuable to me as a healthcare traveler, or is this just for fun?
RH: We do focus on fun, but this event provides an unmatched opportunity for healthcare professionals to arm themselves with information about life on the road. We will cover topics such as tax basics, housing, contract negotiation and more. We will also provide free CEUs (which means the trip may be “tax deductible” for many )!
TNB:What type of speakers and information should I expect to hear?
RH: While we will be covering a wide array of travel related topics with lots of speakers from diverse backgrounds, we are very excited to have our Featured Guest Speaker, Reon Schutte. He is a former elite South African Special Forces soldier who was captured in 1992 and spent nearly 13 years in Zimbabwe’s infamously brutal Chikurubi prison. Since his release, he has become an internationally renowned inspirational speaker who has shared his story with more than 1 million people around the globe. We expect that he will be talked about for years to come and what attendees will remember most! We are so grateful to have him part of this event!
TNB: Will there be any fun activities to participate in?
RH: Yes! One of the most important reasons that travelers attend is to connect with other travelers and to have fun! We make sure that there is plenty of opportunity for this. Not only will there be fun activities throughout the conference days, we will have an exciting dinner and “night out on the town” for those that want the maximum Vegas experience.
TNB: Who is the conference put on by? How long has it been going on?
RH: This is the 5thyear for the conference. The conference is organized by travelers and traveler owned companies and organizations. This year, Travel Tax, PAN Travelers, Highway Hypodermics, ATrain, and Healthcare Travelbook have been instrumental in making this year’s event possible.
TNB: Will there be a lot of staffing agencies there trying to recruit?
RH: Good question. There will be some staffing companies there but their primary purpose is to provide valuable information to travelers, connect, and contribute to the event. While our sponsor companies are hand selected and are the “cream of the crop”, they do have to follow conference guidelines to create a hassle free environment for all that attend. We had many attendees from last year’s event that actually requested more companies to be represented at future events. This speaks very highly of the companies involved and their professionalism.
TNB: How many people do you expect to attend this year?
RH: While we are at the beginning of our peak registration period, we do expect an increase from last year and look forward to welcoming up to 200 travelers.
Thanks again to Rebecca for spilling the details on this year’s conference. You can buy your tickets and learn more at http://www.travelersconference.com/.