• Conference Spotlight: IPW, Denver

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

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 

It was a treat to experience the new Meow Wolf Denver during a media preview event without all the crowds and to meet various artists and staff who made this third permanent exhibition from the U.S.-based arts and entertainment company a reality. Convergence Station opened to the public for quantum travel on Sept. 17, 2021 and held its first concert the following day.  

 

The fanfare surrounding completion of the Sheraton Denver Downtown’s $80 million, full-scale renovation may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but the VIP/media ribbon cutting and community unveiling event on Sept. 16 was done in true style. The porte-cochere and lobby were taken over for the event that featured live music, a sampling of local food and drink, and the chance to savor a cocktail in Bezel Denver, a swank new bar that hasn’t opened to the public quite yet.   

 

Recipient of the World’s Leading Luxury Train title from the 2020 World Travel Awards, Rocky Mountaineer launched its first-ever excursion in America’s Southwest on Aug. 15, 2021. Rockies to the Red Rocks is a two-day route that winds alongside rivers and through canyons and mountains between the vibrant city of Denver, Colorado and the red rock formations of Moab, Utah.