New Orleans was the host city to IPW (International Pow Wow), the largest international travel show in the USA. Delegates from over 70 countries and more than 500 members of the international press descended upon the Crescent City to do business with domestic properties and travel-related businesses. Indeed, this show promoted Tourism Around the Globe. The annual conference is produced by the U.S. Travel Association.
Appointments with tour operators, destination marketing specialists and journalists are set with booth participants every 20 minutes to gather information for doing business with the group tour and FIT (Foreign Individual Traveler) travelers from foreign companies. It is sort of like “speed dating” to see if there is a good match for a business relationship.
Besides the showroom floor, there is the media center, after-hour events, parties, meet and greets and more networking. Louisiana and New Orleans industry partners rose to the occasion to put on an outstanding IPW show which was enjoyed by locals as well as nationalists worldwide.
The Stockade Bed and Breakfast was represented by Janice DeLerno at the Visit Baton Rouge booth, a shared partner booth with numerous travel partners in surrounding parishes. The synergy was palpable among the partners with leads to complement each other’s properties.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau took center stage for the tradeshow, and sponsored the opening and closing receptions. Individual events were sponsored by various organizations on open nights in and around New Orleans. The Grand Finale, Taste & Tunes of Louisiana, was over the top with live music, food from around the state, street performers, artists and fireworks on the Mississippi River. It was truly a spectacular night.
Louisiana tourism partners enjoyed visiting and strengthening business relationships to further market Louisiana to the rest of the world.
Several members of the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association along with its partners in tourism, were in attendance:
A Chateau on the Bayou Bed and Breakfast, Raceland, Louisiana
Houmas House Bed and Breakfast, Darrow, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana
Degas House, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Stockade Bed and Breakfast, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans Plantation Country
Vernon Parish Tourism, Leesville, Louisiana
Lafourche Parish Tourism Commission, Raceland, Louisiana
Visit Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana