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AEG president Tim Leiweke and other travel & business leaders to speak at CalTIA’s 29th annual ‘California Travel Summit’

June 20-22, 2011 Travel Summit to be held in Pasadena
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A team of nationally renowned travel and business industry speakers will headline the California Travel Industry Association’s (CalTIA) 29th Annual ‘California Travel Summit, June 20-22, 2011 in Pasadena, California
Themed Think, Adapt, Thrive … Keeping it Relevant,” the summit is expected to attract over 600 travel, tourism and hospitality professionals and state legislative officials from California and neighboring states. Online registration is now live at with special early bird fees for CalTIA Members and discount pricing for CalTIA Non-Members, and students and educators.  
While attendees can look forward to newly expanded workshops and educational sessions, the summit’s major draw will be its dynamic mix of high profile keynote speakers, which to date include:
  • AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke, a world-leading presenter of sports and entertainment programming;
  • U.S. Travel Association President/CEO Roger Dow, heading the national organization representing the $770 billion U.S. travel and tourism industry;
  • California Travel & Tourism Commission President & CEO Carolyn Beteta, offering attendees current trends in “Brand Enrichment”;
  • Tourism Economics Managing Director Adam Sacks, analytical consultant for the tourism sector;
  • Robyn Benincasa, a nationally acclaimed motivational/inspirational speaker.

New features at the 2011 Summit will include ‘The CalTIA Legislative Awards’, honoring California lawmakers who have supported travel and tourism; expanded learning and education tracks; and new scheduled opportunities for heightened networking.
The California Travel Summit (formerly California Conference on Tourism) has gained industry-wide recognition as one of the State of California‘s most significant opportunities for travel and tourism professionals to share and improve individual knowledge, refine business relationships and add a voice to ongoing political discussions. Participants are offered a host of professional development sessions aimed at raising awareness of legislative issues and industry trends, developing marketing strategies and improving business practices.
CalTIA is the unified voice for the California travel industry’s political concerns. By advocating directly to the state legislature, the Governor’s office, local and federal officials, businesses, and the public, CalTIA addresses issues that affect the state’s tourism industry. CalTIA also aggressively seeks to ensure continued funding for the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC). 
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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