• Conference Spotlight: IPW, Denver

     
    POSTED October 19, 2018
     

    Post-familiarization trip in Loveland

    Post-familiarization trip in Loveland

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

Media: 116
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

7 tours
136 participants
29 destinations
4 national parks
2 national monuments
4 ranches
83 activities 

The large clusters of the white, creamy flower of the elderberry is a frequent sight in the wilds of Texas May through July, so what better way to kick off the spring season than with a glass of The Butler House’s Elderflower Lemon Drop? Mix one up yourself and enjoy!

—1 oz. 1876 Vodka
— 1 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
—1 oz. lemon juice
—1/2 oz. Turbo simple syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake then strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with lemon zest. Cheers!

 

Lots of meetings, fresh ideas, flexibility and a dedicated team are all required to pull off the best. 

 

Franny Starkey reflects on her transition from the White House to Imprint Group COO.