Why Invest in Trade Sales Missions?

YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO.

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Travel trade buyers report that they are as much as 80% more likely to work with vendors that have made a personal visit to their office.

Fire Starter Brands’ sales missions provide an impressive, powerful and personal opportunity for you to make your pitch. We leverage our longstanding relationships with product managers, business owners and tour planners to help you make a lasting impression and generate valuable leads. In addition, our experience travel trade team and industry experts are on hand for one-on-one coaching to help participants make the most of each appointment.

We’ve seen quantifiable business with Fire Starter Brands. These programs are a great investment that pay for themselves. Thank you for choosing us!
— Jessica, BB King's Blues Club & Grill

Lift Your Destination Above Your Competition

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Private Sales Missions… Most of the people who are creating travel packages haven’t visited all of the destinations they offer and you need your destination to be on their desks, in their minds and within their comfort zone. Reach more travelers by bringing your message, excitement, local feel and local partners to the travel planners directly on a private sales mission.


Our Sales Mission Promise…

Great appointments. Quality Connections. Real opportunities.

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We make it easier for destination marketers and travel suppliers to inspire more visitors and secure more business from travel trade markets.

We meet with buyers on their turf, introducing them to new vendors in our signature, small group, soft-sell, relationship-driven format.

We set up appointments with the highest volume buyers in each market we visit, letting you know where to meet in the morning and making sure we each day is both effective and efficient.


Upcoming Sales Missions

Join us as we meet with trade buyers on their turf. Here are some of the great sales missions we’ve got planned that you can join. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Start generating new business now…. active participation starts at under $700 per program and brochure distribution is available on most programs starting at under $300.

 
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New York City Mission

JUNE 18 & 19, 2019

Home to some of the world’s most incredible experiences, NYC is also a global hotspot for travel providers, tour operators and receptives, facilitating millions of passengers every year. During this intense two-day program, we’ll connect program participants with dozens of buyer contacts and make personal visits to the 10-12 of the most important travel companies in the city. 

 
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Long Island Mission

JUNE 20, 2019

With our Long Island sales mission, Fire Starter Brands has created one of the greatest soft-sell opportunities for industry partners looking to connect with adult, senior, student and regional travel planners that call Long Island home. This program starts and ends in midtown Manhattan and will include personal visits with as many as six key travel providers. 

 
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Toronto, Ontario Mission

JULY 17 & 18, 2019

Canada remains the top source market for international visitors coming to the US, according to the US Department of Commerce. We’re headed to the Toronto area to introduce Fire Starter Brands partners to key decision makers on this incredible two-day sales mission. 

 
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Chicago Area

July 31 - August 1, 2019

Some of the midwest’s most influential travel planners, group tour operators and high-volume buyers call the Chicago area home. Together, these buyers represent hundreds of thousands of travelers to destinations all over North America and beyond. We’ll be visiting their offices to introduce new product and reaffirm relationships that drive visitors to the places, products and services our group presents. 

 
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Montreal & Quebec City

August 21-23, 2019

We’re headed to beautiful French speaking Canada on this focused sales mission to meet with the contract managers, itinerary planners and product developers responsible for countless group and independent visitors each year. These buyers represent some of North America’s biggest buyers of travel product including hotel nights, attractions tickets, local activities, meals and much more. Appointments are conducted in English.

 
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New England Mission

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2019

On our three day program, you'll have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and make your personal pitch to more than 25 contacts at 15-20 of the highest volume travel companies in the region. By bringing your message to the buyer and sharing your products in their comfort zone, you're telling the operator that you are a reliable vendor to their business.

 
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UK & Ireland Mission

OCTOBER 16-18, 2019

A three day program to introduce travel industry suppliers and destination marketers to the 15-20 highest volume adult, inbound, student, senior, online and wholesale travel companies in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This program will start in London and end in Dublin.

Participants will have an opportunity to present their products in a fantastic, soft sell environment and leverage Fire Starter Brands' established relationships with decision makers to earn instant credibility. 

During the program, participants will be hosted for an exclusive lunch with one of Europe’s most innovative travel companies with a chance for each participant to make their presentation.

 
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South Florida Sales Mission

February 11 & 12, 2020

Two days of sales calls introducing participants to the highest volume adult, inbound, receptive, student, senior and wholesale travel planners with offices located in South Florida. This would include several of the highest volume South American & European inbound buyers. Join the mission to meet these buyers on their turf and stick around for the lunch and learn with some of the biggest buyers in North America.

 
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Central Florida Sales Mission

February 13 & 14, 2020

Central Florida is home to more than just the mouse; many of the travel industry’s most prolific wholesale, receptive, student and series operators call the Orlando area home too! In our two day program mission participants will be meeting with many of them and participating in a fantastic lunch & learn activity with select operators.

 
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Northern California

March 31 & April 1, 2020

An exclusive two-day sales mission connecting program participants to 10-12 of the most prolific travel buyer companies in San Francisco, the Bay area and up through Sacramento. These buyers represent some of North America’s most highly influential group, FIT and wholesale buyers, serving visitors from all over the globe. 

 
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Southern California

April 2 & 3, 2020

Immediately following our two-day mission in Northern California, we’ll be headed to meet with travel trade buyers in and around Los Angeles. In addition to being home to some of North America’s biggest domestic travel companies, Southern California is one of North America’s leading points of entry for visitors from Asia, Australia and Europe. During our 2018 program, participants met face-to-face with more than 30 top contacts and paid a visit to the famous See’s Candies factory. 

 
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Virginia Sales Mission

March 31 - April 1, 2020

Virginia is home to some of the largest student, regional and domestic market buyers. Their visitors travel throughout the US, Canada and overseas on popular affiliate programs. Participants on this mission will meet with over twenty decision making contacts at more than a dozen powerful travel buying companies, having a chance to make their own pitch, develop new relationships and land new sales opportunities. While in Virginia, one of the operator companies will play host to our group for a fantastic reception/dinner style activity. 

 
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Ontario, Canada Mission

June 16 & 17, 2020

Within Canada, the Toronto area is home to millions of people who love to travel. For those in the US and around the globe, Canada remains is consistently one of the top source market for international visitors. According to the US Department of Commerce, Canada is the #1 inbound market for US destinations. We’re headed to the Toronto area to introduce our partners to key decision makers on this incredible two-day sales mission that will include a shared dining experience with select trade buyer(s). Stick around for the following two days with us in Montreal and save.

 
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Montreal, Canada Mission

June 18 & 19, 2020

We’re headed to beautiful French speaking Canada on this focused sales mission to meet with the contract managers, itinerary planners and product developers responsible for countless group and independent visitors each year. These buyers represent some of North America’s biggest buyers of travel product including hotel nights, attractions tickets, local activities, meals and much more. Appointments will take place throughout the city, including the stunning Vieux-Montréal neighborhood with a meal stop at the famed Atwater Marche, one of Canada’s most picturesque indoor/outdoor markets. Appointments are conducted in English.

 
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New England Mission

July 15-17, 2020

On our three day program, you'll have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and make your personal pitch to more than 25 contacts at 15-20 of the highest volume travel companies in the region. By bringing your message to the buyer and sharing your products in their comfort zone, you're telling the operator that you are a reliable vendor to their business.

 
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New York City Mission

August 6 & 7, 2020

Home to some of the world’s most incredible experiences, NYC is also a global hotspot for travel providers, tour operators, wholesale buyers, meeting & incentive planners and receptives, facilitating millions of passengers every year. During this intense two-day program, participants will get to experience the city as a local and connect with dozens of buyer contacts, making personal visits to the 10-12 of the most important travel companies in the city. This event will include a fantastic and exclusive lunch & learn event with key trade buyers.

 
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UK & Ireland Mission

September 22-24, 2020

A three day program to introduce travel industry suppliers and destination marketers to the 15-20 highest volume adult, inbound, student, senior, online and wholesale travel companies in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This program will start in London and end in Dublin.

Participants will have an opportunity to present their products in a fantastic, soft sell environment and leverage Fire Starter Brands' established relationships with decision makers to earn instant credibility. 

During the program, participants will be hosted for an exclusive lunch with one of Europe’s most innovative travel companies with a chance for each participant to make their presentation.

 
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Western PA & Eastern Ohio Mission

October 7 & 8, 2020

Join us for two busy days visiting top domestic and regional travel planners in Western PA and Eastern Ohio. These buyers include leading motorcoach, group tour, student and senior travel planners who serve both the leisure and MICE markets. We’ll be making personal introductions, giving smart destination marketers and travel suppliers a platform to make their own presentations, generate leads and strengthen relationships.

 

It is more productive for me to be on a sales mission with Fire Starter Brands than a seven minute appointment at a trade show.
— Christa, National 4-H Youth Conference Center

3 Steps to Better Trade Marketing, Better Connections, and Better Results

1

SCHEDULE A CALL

When you’re not seeing the results and success you want in your business, it’s time to talk to a travel trade marketing expert.

2

GET A PLAN

During your call, tell us about your vision. Before you hang up, you’ll have the outline to a plan that will lead you to your goals.

3

WIN MORE VISITORS

Start welcoming more visitors, generating more leads and building stronger relationships with travel trade buyers.