February 18, 2010



Based on growing marketplace demands,the World Religious Travel Association expands its business services

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 18, 2010) – In launching a new consulting program and speakers bureau, the World Religious Travel Association is expanding its business services to meet the growing demands of the $18 billion religious travel and hospitality industry.

“We’re thrilled with the debut of these two new enterprises,” said Kevin J. Wright, WRTA president. “As more organizations and companies enter religious tourism from throughout the United States and around the world, we’ve seen the demand rise for specialized consulting as well as requests for expert speakers within the marketplace. With the launch of these ground-breaking business services, WRTA will not only continue to facilitate the growth of the industry, but also further enrich and empower it.”

Since its inception, WRTA has provided select contracted services to destinations, travel providers, and suppliers that requested further assistance in tapping the religious market.
In response to the increased interest, WRTA is now making its specialized consulting services available to the industry. Each new project will be taken on a case-by-case basis and must fall outside the scope of WRTA’s traditional membership benefits. Current and past clients include international tourist offices, convention and visitors bureaus, tour operators, suppliers, retailers, and theme parks/attractions among others.

To accommodate the blossoming and ongoing demand for its speaking services, WRTA is also launching a Speakers Bureau. With the new venture, WRTA will continue to best fulfill and meet the ever-expanding needs and requests of the faith-based travel marketplace. WRTA president and four-time published travel author, Kevin J. Wright, will continue to serve as the bureau’s featured speaker. Wright has spoken at dozens of tradeshows, conferences, and events globally and nationally.

For companies and organizations interested in hiring WRTA’s consulting, speakers bureau, or video development services, or to submit a proposal, contact Jim Wright, WRTA VP Sales & Marketing at http://www.wrtareligioustravel.com/.

February 17, 2010

WRTA President on Sirius XM Radio's The Busted Halo

Catch WRTA President, Kevin J. Wright, on Sirius XM Radio's "The Busted Halo" with Fr. Dave Dwyer on Feb 26 (8:20pm-8:40pm EST) discussing latest trends in faith tourism. For more information visit www.sirius.com/thecatholicchannel

WRTA President, Kevin J. Wright, on The Arthur Frommer Travel Radio Show

Hear WRTA President, Kevin J. Wright, on The Arthur Frommer Travel Show on WOR News Talk Radio 710 (featured on 100+ stations):

Official Website for Arthur Frommer Travel Show (Feb 16): http://www.wor710.com/The-Travel-Show-with-Arthur-Frommer/3600821

Live Audio: http://bit.ly/WRTAPresidentWright_ArthurFrommerTravelShow

February 10, 2010

Join WRTA and President Kevin J. Wright at the New York Times Travel Show

Full story at http://bit.ly/NYTIMESReligiousTravel

WRTA President, Kevin J. Wright, will be participating in and hosting a faith-based travel seminar for both trade and consumer at the upcoming New York Times Travel Show (Feb 26-28). View full release below from the NY Times Travel Show.

Press Release
NEW YORK , Feb. 9, 2010 – The seventh annual New York Times Travel Show will be held Feb. 26 to 28, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City . The Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries. The Show will take place in the main hall located on the south side of the Javits Center. The focus of the event is to encourage people to book vacations for a wide variety of trips, taking advantage of the on-site special offers available only at the Show. For more information, visit http://www.nytimes.com/travelshow.

Advice for Travelers with Special Interests.
Get faith-based travel ideas from World Religious Travel Association president and author Kevin J. Wright.

February 6, 2010

Feb 4 WRTA Religious Travel Buzz Newsletter

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