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 

Mathew Yamali’s recipe for freedom, travel, food and happiness led to the Roll It Up Sushi Truck.

 

The Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison on Aug. 20. The “Team Freeman” consisting of DJ Baca, Derek Barnes, Lee Byrd and Bonnie Yordy placed first, and Darnell Brown, Josh Ebaugh, Jeremy Wilson and Alan Wooldridge, who made up “Team Broadmoor,” landed second.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter filled two vaults and two conference rooms at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center on Aug. 14 to find treasure in the form of information about the ins, outs and liabilities intrinsic to keeping events safe and secure. The “On Alert: Is Your Event Plan Ready?” gathering featured speak - ers Pete Hemschoot, Johnson & Wales University, Denver; Adrienne Gardner, The Gardner Effect Event Planning; Ed David, Denver Police Department; and Tony Clapp, Jachimiak Peterson.