ASTA Destination Expo Agenda - 2021

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Program

ASTA Destination Expo includes educational sessions, evening receptions and events, B2B meetings and trade show. Program is subject to change.

Pre-Educational Journeys

Pre-Educational Journeys  
   
Day 1  Thursday, June 10th
Time Event
 All Day Arrivals
Attendees participating in ASTA Destination Expo and staying at our host hotel will receive a complimentary transfer from the Dubrovnik Airport. Attendees participating in a pre-Educational Journey will be transferred to our host hotel during the day before the opening welcome event. Flight information must be submitted by May 10, 2021 in order to receive a complimentary transfer. 
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Registration Desk Open - President Hotel Lobby
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Opening Welcome Reception - President Hotel - Level 5 Terrace
Welcome to Croatia! Tonight we’ll enjoy a “Prijem Dobrodošlice,” Croatian for celebration, as our first formal gathering.
 
Day 2 Friday, June 11th
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the restaurant of the President Hotel
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Registration Desk Open - Convention Center: Business Center Exhibition Area
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

General Session - Convention Center: Elafiti Conference Hall
Welcome to ASTA Destination Expo 2021! We'll kick off our next few days of education and touring with featured speakers local to Croatia. Invited speakers include:
   - Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Nikolina Brnjac
   - Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mr. Mato Frankovic
   - Director of Croatian National Tourist Board, Mr. Kristjan Stanicic
   - Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Mrs. Ana Hrnic
   - US Chargé d’Affaires in Croatia, Mr. Mark Fleming
   - AmCro Travel, CEO Mrs. Elinda Ravlic
   - ASTA President & CEO Mr. Zane Kerby
   - ASTA Vice President Int. Mem. & Host Agencies, Mr. Robert Duglin
   - American Airlines Representatives, Mrs. Teel Page and Mr. Derek Stewart
   - Hungarian Tourism Agency Director of International Relations Mrs. Fruzsina Zakarias

 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Coffee Break - Convention Center: Business Center Exhibition Area
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Destination Training Seminars - President Hotel
Giving you the knowledge to sell Croatia with confidence. Our sessions will include topics such as luxury travel, sailing Croatia, cruising Adriatic, wine & dine travel tours, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), and wine traditions. 
     - 12:00 - 12:45 PM: Session - Selling Luxury Travel by Amcro Travel, Vanja Ravlic - President Hotel: Bokar Room
      - 12:00 - 12:45 PM: Session - Cruising & Sailing Adriatic by Ambassador travel, Luko Piplica - President Hotel: Asimon Room
     - 12:45 - 1:30 PM: Session - Wine & Dine Tours by Esculap & AmCro travel, Saša Šobot & Vanja Ravlic - President Hotel: Bokar Room
     - 12:45 - 1:30 PM: Session – MICE by Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, Marilka Tovarac - President Hotel: Asimon Room
 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch on Own – Promotional Offers Available at President Hotel Restaurant
 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Trade Show - Convention Center: Elafiti Conference Hall
Bringing in the best local suppliers to meet with you in person.
Evening Free Time to Explore Dubrovnik
   - Option to take local bus to Old Town
   - Option to have dinner on your own at a local restaurant with a discount, Proto Restaurant in Old Town. Note: Keep your accreditation with you
   
Day 3 Saturday, June 12th
 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the restaurant of the President Hotel
 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM B2B Meetings - Convention Center: Elafiti Conference Hall
Meet 1:1 with supplier partners from Croatia! You MUST pre-register for these appointments here. Prize Drawings for participants! 
 12:30 PM  - 1:00 PM Coffee Break - Convention Center: Business Center Exhibition Area
 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Destination Training Seminars - President Hotel
Giving you the knowledge to sell Croatia with confidence. Our sessions will include topics on adventure travel, island hopping, Game of Thrones tours, family trips & group travel and health tourism.
     - 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: Session - Adventure Travel by Istra Adventure Travel, Jelena Lucic Bacac, - President Hotel: Bokar Room
      - 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM: Session - Island Hopping by Elite Travel, Ana Mrkovic -  President Hotel: Asimon Room
 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch on Own – Promotional Offers Available at President Hotel Restaurant
 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Pick Up for Half-Day Tours - Front of Hotel
 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Half-Day Sightseeing Tours (included in registration) Please note: you must pre-register for these tours through registration.
   - Dubrovnik Old City Tour – Walking Tour & Cable Car (Ends at 5:00 PM)
   - Game of Thrones Tour – Walking Tour (Ends at 4:30 PM)
 7:30 PM Optional Hotel Transfer
After your half-day tour, you will have the option to stay in Old Town and explore. We will provide a transfer back to the President Hotel at 7:30 PM at Pile Gate next to entrance to the Old Town.
 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Optional Surprise Cocktail at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort
If you choose to stay in Old Town after your tour, you will also have the option to take a transfer to Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort for a Surprise Cocktail hour!
   - 7:30 PM: Pick up Time at Pile Gate next to entrance to the Old Town
   - 8-9:30 PM: Surprise Cocktail at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Resort
   - 9:30 PM: Transfer Back to President Hotel
Evening Free Time to Explore Dubrovnik
   - Option to take local bus to Old Town
   - Option to have dinner on your own at a local restaurant with a discount, Proto Restaurant in Old Town. Note: Keep your accreditation with you


Day 4 Sunday, June 13th
 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the restaurant of the President Hotel
 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Full-Day Sightseeing Tours (included in registration) Please note: you must pre-register for these tours through registration. 
Pick-Up will be at the front of the President Hotel at the times shown below
   - 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM - Pickup for Ston and Peljesac Full Day Tour
   - 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Pickup for Into the Countryside Full Day Tour
 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Transfers to Closing Event - Front of Hotel
 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Evening Closing Event at Rixos Premium Hotel Dubrovnik
Sponsored By: Rixos Premium Hotel Dubrovnik 
 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM Transfers Back to Hotel Starting at 9:30 PM


Monday, June 14th
 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the restaurant of the President Hotel
 All Day Departures
Attendees participating in ASTA Destination Expo and staying at our host hotel will receive a complimentary transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport. Attendees participating in a post-educational journey will be picked up at our host hotel on this day. Flight information must be submitted by May 10, 2021 in order to receive a complimentary transfer. 
 All Day Post Educational Journey Pickups  
Pick-Up will be at the front of the President Hotel at the times shown below
   - 7:30 AM - Pickup for Post Educational Journey - Dubrovnik to Zagreb
   - 3:00 PM - Pickup for Post Educational Journey - Stay in Dubrovnik


Day 4 – Sunday, December 6th
 8:30 AM - TBD Full-Day Sightseeing Tour  (included in registration)