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CASMA Fall Conference; Call for Speaker Proposals

CASMA Fall Conference; Request for Speaker Proposals

WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

October 2008 Auckland, New Zealand

CASMA is finalizing the 2008 fall Conference agenda, speakers and workshops scheduled for October 13-17 in Auckland, New Zealand and is soliciting Requests for Speaking Proposals now through close of business on June 13. All requests must be submitted by the end of business on June 13, 2008 to be considered.

Below are some general guidelines for submission; for full details about CASMA, please visit http://www.casma.org.

Fall 2008 Conference Theme
The 2008 Conference Theme is `Charting New Horizons: Sail into the Future’. Based on previous attendee feedback, several potential workshops and panels have already been identified. If you would like to participate in one of the following, please submit your request to CASMA; and additionally, if you would like to propose a new topic, we encourage them as well!

**Workshop and panel possibilities include:

1 Booking Practices -- Building Best Practices Against Abuse
2 Availability & Shopping Enhancements
3 Ancillary Services -- Are Airlines Maximizing Revenue Possibilities?
a Merchandising & Fulfillment
b Merchandising Tools/New Ways to Market Airline Products to Agencies
4 Emerging Markets -- Focus on New Markets
5 Airlines `Going Green’ -- What Does it Mean and What is Being Done?
6 LCCs in India -- Lessons Learned that can be Applied Globally
7 Web 2.0 -- Community Marketing -- Social Marketing -- How Airlines Address Niche Markets
8 Review of Data Aggregators in the Marketplace
9 Content Fragmentation
10 Understanding Today's Online Traveler
11 Online Marketing and Travel -- Optimize Your Website

For submitting a new topic, a successful speaking proposal will include a well documented recommendation on subject matter experts for speaker selection. CASMA will coordinate all presentations including speaker invitations, scheduling, content, moderator selections, etc.

Keynotes
Keynote speaking opportunities are part of sponsorship benefits and are typically not included as proposals submitted for upcoming conferences. There are limited 30 minute keynote slots available for the opening session. If your proposal is for a keynote there is a sponsorship requirement. Keynote speaking requests are subject to agenda availability and will be processed in order of sponsorship value starting with the Diamond level sponsors first.

Content
Content must be relevant to the audience and cannot be a commercial for an individual company, service or product even as a keynote. CASMA is accepting all proposals for new topics as well as topics requested from our members.

Submitting a Proposal
Send an e-mail to Wendy Ward, Co-Chair of the CASMA Advisory Council on Conference Content at wward@uatp.com listing the Topic's Title, a brief 1 paragraph description of the workshop, list of all speakers and titles with preliminary agreement to participate, objective statement outlining what the target audience will achieve through attendance, 10 proposed questions if the proposal is for a town-hall and 3 proposed questions for the audience if the presentation is for a workshop.

All proposals must be received by close of business on June 13 to be considered. Proposals received after June 13 may be considered however there are no guarantees of acceptance.

**Note that any and all presentations become the property of CASMA and will be posted to CASMA's member website for reference post-conference.

Don't miss your opportunity to participate, submit a proposal today!

Contact:
Wendy Kent, CASMA Secretary
wendy.kent@ba.com
Registration, agenda and details at http://www.casma.org

Computerized Airline Sales and Marketing Association -- CASMA is an international, non-profit (501c) airline industry organization that provides a forum for airlines, global distribution systems (GDS), computerized reservation systems (CRS), internet travel distributors and other companies involved in the distribution of airline passenger services to meet twice a year to seek solutions to industry challenges, provide educational opportunities for new members and to network between customers and suppliers. More information is available at the CASMA website http://www.casma.org.

ENDS

Web site: http://www.casma.org

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