As we prepare to gather in Denver this weekend 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 these well known tour and travel industry leaders: Brian Said, vice president, global development, Choose Chicago; Sally Berry, tourism sales and marketing manager, Corning Museum of Glasss; and Alberto Sanchez Lavalle, editorial director, Ladevi Ediciones, Argentina.
Brian Said: “It was in Las Vegas I got out of the plane and got onto the bus; I meet a client on the way to the hotel. By the time we got out of the bus, I had sold him a tour series to Philadelphia.
Sally Berry: “My most memorable moment was at Pow Wow in New York way back in 2005. On one evening event we went out to Ellis Island and I was able to walk around and see where my grandfather and grandmother’s names were on the wall. That to me was such a powerful moment and probably wouldn’t have happened if I weren’t in the industry.”
Alberto Sanchez: “Most memorable moment? It seems it would have been yesterday. But it was in 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona, when I participated in my first Pow Wow. Over the years the event was catching me more and more, to the point that since then I have not missed any. It is indeed the ‘Super Bowl of Travel and Tourism.’ I am already preparing my suitcase.”
REMINDER: INBOUND will not publish next week, as we will be a part of IPW #50 in Denver, Colorado. We resume publication with the May 30 edition of INBOUND.