News From IPW
I would first like to thank everyone who attended our Pre-IPW 2017 Opening Night Reception in Washington, DC last week. This was the second year IITA has hosted this reception just prior to the opening kick-off to the #1 Travel Trade show in the USA. With over 100 people attending the reception, and several potential new members asking about membership, this was another successful event for IITA.
I wish to offer my sincere thanks to Travel Portland as the Pre-IPW Opening Night Reception event sponsor. Travel Portland will also be our host city for Summit 2018 coming up in February. Be sure to put this event on your calendars. Thank you also to our host hotel, the Capital Hilton, and our co-sponsor Hiltons of Washington DC.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thank you to Malcolm Smith and U.S. Travel/IPW for our strong partnership that broadens the reach of the IITA brand to the inbound travel community. Lisa and her team were kept very busy at the IITA booth during the show with 60+ appointments, in addition to conversations around the show with new potential ITO and supplier members.
Prior to IPW 2017, the IITA Board met and announced this year’s committee chairs. The next step in the process is for you, our valued members, to find a committee you could engage with to further advance the mission of IITA. The best way to help with our advocacy and education is to become involved! Your assistance is very much appreciated. Email email@example.com to sign up. Committees and their chairs are:
Advocacy Committee: Gerrit De Vos
Marketing Committee: Gabriel Martinez
Membership Committee: Etty Scaglia and Jordi Zarroca
Summit Committee: Jennifer Lloyd
To all who attended IPW 2017, I hope you had a great and successful week. Congratulations to U.S. Travel for another great show and to Destination DC for serving as an outstanding host. I look forward to greeting each of you next year at IPW 2018 in my backyard, Denver!
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours