It Starts with Us

2020 Summit Schedule of Events

(Program subject to change)

Sunday, February 2

12 – 5 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY VISIT COLORADO SPRINGS

12 – 6 p.m. Registration, First Floor Foyer

6 – 10 p.m. Big Game Party, Coconut Palm Pavilion

SPONSORED BY SIRATA BEACH RESORT

Monday, February 3

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM REGISTRATION , First Floor Foyer

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING for all Attendees

HOSTED BY VISIT ST. PETE/CLEARWATER

9 AM – 2 PM Throwback Florida, Meet in First Floor Foyer

9:30 AM – 2 PM Downtown and Dali, Meet at The Deck to check in

10 AM – 2 PM VIP Beach Day, Meet in First Floor Foyer

MEMBER FORUMS: SHAPING THE FUTURE OF INBOUND TRAVEL

3 – 4:45 PM Inbound Operator Forum, Royal Palm Ballroom, Eighth Floor

SPONSORED BY FLYWIRE

3 – 3:45 PM Supplier Forum, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

4 – 4:45 PM DMO Forum, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

6 – 8:30 PM “WHITE NIGHT” BEACH PARTY, TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

SPONSORED BY VISIT ST. PETE/CLEARWATER AND VISIT FLORIDA

Meet in the Parlor Palm – Reception Area for a beach walk to the TradeWinds. If you prefer not to walk on the beach an alternate route will be provided.

Tuesday, February 4

7:30 AM – 6 PM REGISTRATION, Second Floor Foyer

7:45 – 8:30 AM GRAB & GO CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST , Parlor Palm – Reception Area

7:45 – 8:30 AM TOUR OPERATOR BREAKFAST, Royal Palm Ballroom, Eighth Floor

SPONSORED BY NYC & COMPANY


8:45 AM – 12:15 PM GENERAL SESSIONS , Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

8:45 AM It Starts with Us! Crafting magical experiences for international travelers to the USA

SPONSORED BY COSMOPOLITAN INCENTIVES


9:45 AM Annual Business Meeting

10:15 AM Travel Industry Outlook in 2020 & Beyond

Featuring Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association

11 AM Vision for the Future of Inbound Travel

SPONSORED BY IHG

Keynote featuring Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC

Thought Leader Panel: Fred Dixon, President & CEO, NYC & Company; Steve Hayes, CEO, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; Nick Hentschel, COO, AmericanTours International;Cathy Ritter, Director, Colorado Tourism Organization

12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCH, Parlor Palm – Reception Area

SPONSORED BY WYNDHAM HOTELS AND RESORTS AND IPW POWERED BY US TRAVEL


1:45 – 2:45 PM

POWER HOUR 1, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB


BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Selling US Destinations and Attractions After a Crisis, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

It’s Vegas Baby! Get Ready for 2020 IPW, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

2:45 – 3 PM BREAK

SPONSORED BY SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL


3–4 PM

POWER HOUR 2, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB

BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Is your destination on a path to Sustainability?, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

IITA’s Inbound Insider Steps to Success™, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

4 – 4:15 PM BREAK

SPONSORED BY SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL


4:15 – 5:15 PM

POWER HOUR 3, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB

BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSION

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Forecast for International Travel to the U.S., Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

5:15 – 6 PM NETWORKING WINE RECEPTION, Parlor Palm – Reception Area

SPONSORED BY TRAVEL OREGON


7 PM DINEAROUND in St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit the St. Pete/Clearwater booth for information on participating restaurants.

Wednesday, February 5

6 – 6:45 AM YOGA ON THE BEACH, Meet at the Breezeway

7:30 AM – 3 PM REGISTRATION, Second Floor Foyer

7:45 – 8:30 AM GRAB & GO CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, Parlor Palm – Reception Area

7:45 – 8:30 AM INBOUND/TOUR OPERATOR BREAKFAST, Royal Palm Ballroom, Eighth Floor

SPONSORED BY BRAND USA


9 – 9:45 AM GENERAL SESSION, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

How Connectivity is Reshaping Travel Distribution

Featuring Jeff ErnstFriedman, Managing Director, OpenTravel Alliance


10 – 11 AM

BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

How to Advance Your Business through Connectivity, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

Flying High! A 36,000 Foot View of the Aviation Industry, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

Converting Younger Generation Travelers to “Inbound Insiders”, Sabal & Canary Palm, Third Floor

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

How to Survive and Thrive in a Disruptive Marketplace: Latin America, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

Ask the Operator about Experiential Travel, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

How and why the LGBTQ+ Market Can Grow Your Business, Sabal & Canary Palm, Third Floor

12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCH, Royal Palm Ballroom, Eighth Floor

SPONSORED BY LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY


1:45 – 2:45 PM

POWER HOUR — GROUP 1, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB


BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Forecast for International Travel to the U.S., Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

IITA’s Inbound Insider Steps to Success™, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

2:45 – 3 PM BREAK

SPONSORED BY HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD


3 – 4 PM

POWER HOUR — GROUP 2, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB


BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Selling US Destinations and Attractions After a Crisis, Date & Blue Palm, Third Floor

It’s Vegas Baby! Get Ready for 2020 IPW, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

4 – 4:15 PM BREAK

SPONSORED BY HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

4:15 – 5:15 PM

POWER HOUR — GROUP 3, Majestic Palm Ballroom, Second Floor

SPONSORED BY ST. AUGUSTINE/PONTE VEDRA VCB


BREAKOUT EDUCATION SESSIONS

SPONSORED BY BWH HOTEL GROUP

Is your destination on a path to Sustainability?, Mediterranean Palm, Second Floor

7 – 10:30 PM IITA STANLEY AWARDS RECEPTION AND DINNER

Sunset Ballroom at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

SPONSORED BY VISIT ST. PETE/CLEARWATER AND VISIT TAMPA BAY

Meet in the First Floor Foyer for departure at 6:15 PM

Thursday, February 6

8:45 AM Inbound/Tour Operator Post Fam Departures, hosted by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Dress Code:

Monday’s Opening Event will let everyone shine under the stars as we all dress in white. Put on your flowy white dress or white linen shirt and kick-off your shoes for an all-white beach party.  

Business attire is required during the day Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Celebrate 2020 like it was 1920! “Great Gatsby” Cocktail attire is requested for the Awards Dinner Wednesday evening.

Casual attire is appropriate for all other social activities.

2020 Summit Sponsors

St. Pete Clearwater