Tour planners have a wide choice of specialty trade shows to consider for 2016, from Midwest Marketplace in Wisconsin to World Travel Mart London.

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The Media Connect Sessions are just one of many aspects of the Adventure Travel World Summit that sets it apart from other conferences.

The industry’s two major trade associations, ABA and NTA, provide abundant opportunities to meet with domestic travel suppliers via their annual winter marketplaces. So much so that they’ve become a staple of many tour planners’ winter routines. Both feature educational sessions and delegate networking functions that show off the destination host city.

But as this industry grows and diversifies, new types of travel groups are being formed and rule breakers are setting their own path to prosperity. Today, travel planners are seeking to expand their product offerings, dive deeper into local cultures or break into new market sectors. If this sounds like you, here are six shows to consider adding to your schedule in 2016…

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