Here, the INBOUND Report shares recollections of and about the event from those who were a part of IPW—formerly Pow Wow—over the years. This week’s memories come Juan Sepulveda, director of international sales, Roosevelt Hotel, New York City; and Lisa Catron, international sales manager, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Juan Sepulveda: “My most memorable moment from ipw, and I’ve attended already over thirty, must have been my first ipw, when I had the opportunity to meet in person Stanley—I didn’t know his last name. We got back to New York the following week and went to do sales calls in his office and it happened to be Stanley Fisher the owner of Allied Tours, a great gentleman. A true icon of the industry and we became friends for next twenty-five years. I know his son, Michael as well, very well and we do lots of business.”
Lisa Catron: “My first ipw was actually in Orlando Florida which is absolutely phenomenal. But the most memorable ipw- I have two: Chicago and the Deep South of New Orleans. And the reason I am so passionate about New Orleans is the flights, the BA flights that go in that area and also because of those flights we get a lot of fly-drives, a lot of group bus tours that come up to the Memphis area. So it’s a win-win for all of us. So that was the most memorable ipw. Like I said, it’s all about our destination.”