TravCon 2018: Organizers see strong early registrations for September conference
Signups for TravCon 2018, one of the largest annual conferences for traveling healthcare professionals, remain steady after a strong burst of early registrations in April, TravCon event coordinator Michelle Freitag said.
“650 attendees have signed up so far, which is a little less than last year at this point,” Freitag said. “It’s very common for us to have an initial rush of registrations, and then a lot of signups at the very end.”
At the 10th annual conference last year, 1,250 travelers attended marking the largest year ever for the event, according to the official conference website.
The event has grown exponentially in the past five years in both the number of attendees and the diversity of classes, events and exhibitors it offers, Freitag said. Participation from allied health travelers at last year’s conference greatly increased, so organizers have added classes specifically for allied professionals.
“60 percent of our [educational sessions] are new this year,” Freitag said. “We have a traveler self-defense class, a Destination: Guam class which we’ve never done before…and three new panels that will be very interesting. We have a CEO panel with a Q-and-A talking about the state of the healthcare industry.”
Attendees can learn from travel healthcare experts at 40 educational sessions over three days and meet in person with travel healthcare staffing companies from around the country. Travel nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists can also receive upwards of 17 CEU credits to help maintain their professional licenses.
Out of the 105 registered exhibitors this year, 78 of them are staffing companies, Freitag said. One of the main draws of TravCon every year is for travelers to meet with their favorite agencies—possibly for the first time.
“Generally travelers may never meet their recruiter or company, so we bring them together so that you can meet your company or to find your future company,” Freitag said. “It’s a great way to get together professionally to find your next job or who you want to work for.”
The conference will take place from Sept. 9-11 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is located on the Vegas Strip. Attendees can arrive early for the unofficial meet and greets and other pre-conference events, according to the TravCon website schedule.
Registration for TravCon 2018 is open until Sept. 6. You will also be able to buy conference passes at the door, but availability will be limited. Those interested can learn more by visiting the TravCon website.
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