Questex Hospitality + Travel has named Caren Cotto business development manager, responsible for the sales and promotion of the companys travel events including Luxury Travel Exchange International (LTX) and Young Travel Leaders Conference (YTLC).
The 2014 LTX, to be held Dec. 9-11 at The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, brings fully vetted, top-producing advisors of luxury and premium niche travel together with leading suppliers for three full days of one-to-one meetings, interactive networking and educational programming. YTLC, a forum created exclusively for young travel professionals, will be held Dec. 8 at The Palazzo in conjunction with LTX.
“Caren comes to Questex with nearly 20 years of events experience and an impressive track record of successfully producing and managing top business-to-business and business-to-consumer events from initial launch through final implementation,” said Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events. “As we continue to grow and evolve our strong portfolio of travel events, her sales expertise will be a key asset.”
Cotto most recently served as international sales director for MSE Management, selling exhibit space and multimedia sponsorships for the largest travel consumer events in the nation – The New York Times Travel Show and Los Angeles Times Travel Show – where she connected thousands of travel suppliers with travel trade and consumer audiences.
Prior to that, she held key positions at Jewelers International Showcase in Miami including new business development director. She also spent four years at H2 Events LLC as show manager for the company’s jewelry portfolio, managing invitation-only, buyer-hosted trade events including Centurion, West Coast Jewelry Show and Centurion South Beach.
She began her event management career at United Kingdom-based Reed Exhibitions, one of the world’s leading event organizing companies, where she held the role of sales director for the JCK/Luxury jewelry events portfolio.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and lives in Palm Coast, Fla.
About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to travel and lodging, drives revenue, productivity and value-creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.
Questex Travel Group, a division of Questex Hospitality + Travel, serves travel marketers globally through its TravelAgentCentral.com, LuxuryTravelAdvisor.com, TravelAgentUniversity and International Meetings Review online portals. It operates the leading luxury travel booking site, FiveStarAlliance.com, publishes Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines and produces leisure events: Luxury Travel Exchange International, ULTRA Luxury Summit, Young Travel Leaders Conference and Hawaii Travel Exchange and MICE events: Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges and CONFEC conferences.
Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to national tourism organizations/destination marketing associations, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, online travel agencies and travel advisors worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.
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