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 

Ski areas around Colorado are introducing several new amenities and events to elevate the guest and group experience. Here are a few highlights from Ski Country USA.

 

Several organizations are collaborating on events from January through August 2019 for “celebrate bauhaus100: aspen,” which commemorates the impact of the Bauhaus art movement on Aspen. The theme “Our Legacy, Our Future/WorkPlay-Create” reflects Aspen’s Bauhaus heritage, primarily as it relates to Herbert Bayer, who was a student and a teacher at the Bauhaus, relocated to Aspen in 1946 to design the Aspen Institute and lived in the community until 1976.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events gathered on Sept. 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens to commemorate the NACE’s 10th anniversary and provide a glimpse into the future. A panel of several founding members—Monica Cheeks of Hyatt Hotels, Cal Cheney of All Digital Photo & Video, Amanda Michalek of AORN and Brandi Pressgrove of Reckon Creative—discussed how the chapter got started, favorite programs from the past and how networking through NACE has helped grow their businesses and more.