More than 6,000 attendees representing at least 70 countries gathered in Denver from May 19-23 for the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace. Denver last hosted IPW 27 years ago, and this one was particularly special since it marked the showcase’s 50th anniversary.
IPW gathers travel professionals—including U.S. destinations, hotels, attractions, sports teams and transportation companies, and international tour operators, buyers and wholesalers—to meet in one place. At this year’s event, there were 100,000 prescheduled business meetings between suppliers and buyers and more than 500 members of the media in attendance.
A Warm Colorado Welcome
TASTE OF COLORADO MEDIA EVENT, Denver Milk Market
Colorado destination partners: 95
Colorado ambassadors: 15 chefs, 1 sommelier, 9 wineries, 4 breweries and 5 distilleries Taste of Colorado was the grand opening event for Bonanno Concept’s new Milk Market, located on the Dairy Block.
IPW OPENING WELCOME RECEPTION – DISCOVER DENVER, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
The event featured a collection of Colorado’s best food, beverage and talent. Live bands played while delegates mingled, and an amazing drum performance closed out the evening.
COLORFUL CRAFTED COLORADO NIGHT, Broncos Stadium at Mile High
VISIT DENVER showcased Colorado’s four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Each season boasted the best of what it is known for, everything from line dancing and Oktoberfest to skiing and winter events. On the field were activity activations, including rock climbing, flyfishing, Native American performances and s’mores.\
RHYTHM ON THE ROCKS CLOSING NIGHT, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
There is nothing more astounding than Red Rocks on a beautiful Colorado evening and a performance by OneRepublic concluded IPW 2018
POST FAMILIARIZATION TOURS, Across Colorado
4 national parks
2 national monuments