As we prepare to gather in Denver in less than two weeks (May 19-23) for the 50th edition of IPW—the most important event on the inbound tour and travel industry’s calendar—the INBOUND Report shares recollections of and about the event from those who have been a part of IPW (formerly Pow Wow) over the years. This week, we feature the recollections of two well known tour and travel industry leaders: Kim Priez, senior vice president, New Orleans CVB; and Timo Kohelnberg, president and CEO of America Unlimited.
Kim Priez: “At the 1990 Pow Wow in Orlando during Disney Hollywood Studio’s event, I participated in a Dick Tracy live action skit. We were having so much fun we did not realize the party was over. The staff never told us. They walked us out to a deserted parking lot – no buses – no people – totally empty with the exception of a small van to take me and two clients back to our hotel. Now that is hospitality! Those clients are now my dear friends.”
Timo Kohlenberg: “My favorite IPW was Miami Beach (2009) when they closed off South Beach for IPW and everyone was wearing white and all the great bands were playing on stages. I loved it.”