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Trade & Media Events Calendar

AOT’s FY22 Trade Shows, Trade & Media Missions, Press Trips, FAMS and Events are listed below. AOT welcomes statewide Arizona DMOs, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, tourism suppliers and tribal entities to review the opportunities. Continual updates to the calendar will occur as plans are confirmed. AOT reserves the right to cancel or change dates, details and participation fees for trade shows, sales missions, media missions and press trips as needed.

FY22 Trade & Media Events Calendar PDF

JULY 2021

AUGUST 2021

ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

Date:

August 2-4, 2021

Location:

AOT Division:

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn (In-person)

All Divisions

Participants:

Open to all industry partners

Cost:

TBD

Program Summary:

Industry tourism conference for networking, best practices and collaboration. https://azgcot.com/

AOT Contact:

Alena Hicks [email protected]

SEPTEMBER 2021

Labor Day – Sept 6, 2021

Dallas Travel & Adventure Consumer Show - Rescheduled from March 2020

Date:

September 11-12, 2021

Location:

Dallas Market Hall, TX (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Marketing (Travel & Adventure show booths)

Open to statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Varies (will be available in Rural Co-op)

Program Summary:

AOT will anchor an “Arizona Row” at the Dallas Travel & Adventure show the weekend of Sept. 11-12, 2021. This show sees around 13K consumers and Dallas is a new target city for AOT. https://travelshows.com/shows/dallas/

AOT Contact:

Booth: Alena Hicks will be the main point of contact for the Travel & Adventure shows. She will distribute a participation form and booth information. This will be available in rural co-op. Marketing Partnerships: Alena Hicks at [email protected]

Media Event: Similar to what we did in Chicago in 2019, AOT will organize an event for local media. Please reach out to Becky Blaine to express your interest: [email protected]

AMERICAN CUP TOUR OPERATOR GOLF INVITATIONAL

Date:

September 15-18, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV & Death Valley National Park, CA

AOT Division:

Trade

Participants:

Cost:

Audience:

Program Summary:

AOT & Destination Sponsors

TBD

International Travel Trade & Media

Networking with international travel trade clients from key markets. Sponsorships available directly from Terry Selk, organizer at [email protected]

AOT Contact:

IPW LAS VEGAS - US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION’S IPW

Date:

September 18-22, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

AOT Division:

Trade

Participants:

Participation is open to anyone in the tourism industry. Visit www.ustravel.org for more information and to register.

Cost:

Varies by exhibit size

Program Summary:

IPW organized by the US Travel Association, is the premier international trade show in the US attracting nearly 1,200 international tour operators and 250 travel journalists from more than 70 countries each year. AOT attends with staff and international representatives conducting 20-minute, pre-scheduled appointments over the course of three days. In addition to meeting with media at the Arizona booth, AOT also has the opportunity to meet with journalists at the Media Marketplace, which is typically held on the first day of the show.

AOT Contacts:

Joanna Tejeda at [email protected] or 602-364-3715 and Becky Blaine [email protected] or 602-364-3696

OCTOBER 2021

BRAND USA TRAVEL WEEK - LONDON

Date:

October 25 – 28, 2021

Location:

London, UK

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Audience:

Trade

Participation is open to any Arizona tourism entities.

$7,500 per exhibitor, $2,000 per additional delegate.  This event is self-registration at https://brandusatravelweekeurope.com/exhibitors/

European & UK Tour Operators/Buyers.  There is no media component to travel week.

Program Summary:

Brand USA is delighted to welcome back U.S. Exhibitors as well as U.K. and European Buyers to London’s County Hall. This annual event will bring together key players in the U.S., U.K., and European travel industry to discuss trends, challenges, innovations, and the opportunity to drive future visitation to the United States.

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington at [email protected] or 602-364-4157

23RD AMERICAN INDIAN TOURISM CONFERENCE

Date:

October 25 - 28, 2021

Location:

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation – We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Audience:

American Indian Program

Participation is open to any Arizona tourism entities.

Costs vary depending on level of participation, $525 to $875.  All registration information is available on https://www.aianta.org/aitc/ or call 505-724-3592 for more information. This conference will be offered in rural co-op and is self-registration.

U.S. and Arizona Tourism partners that provide products and services to the domestic and international travel market.

Program Summary:

This national conference focuses on tourism in Indian Country and shares knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the United States.

AOT Contacts:

Dawn Melvin, [email protected]

NOVEMBER 2021

Veterans Day – Nov. 11, 2021
Thanksgiving – Nov. 25, 2021

ADVENTURE ELEVATE

Date:

November 16-18, 2021

Location:

Sedona, Arizona at the Sedona Hilton Resort (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Domestic & International Travel Trade and Media

TBD / Sponsorships will be available through ATTA

Program Summary:

Adventure ELEVATE is an annual North America-based two-day intensive educational and networking conference that brings together thought-leaders and practitioners for inspiration, education and insights into the trends that shape our industry year-round. ELEVATE has keynote speakers, concurrent sessions specific to the adventure market, and plenty of fun and fruitful creative networking sessions.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine, [email protected]

TRAVEL CLASSICS WEST - SCOTTSDALE

Date:

November 18-21, 2021

Location:

ADERO Scottsdale, Arizona (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Audience:

Cost:

Media

Participation is open to any Arizona tourism supplier.

U.S. and Canada based freelance travel writers and editors.

Costs vary depending on level of participation/Sponsorship. Visit www.travelclassics.com or contact Maren Rudolph at [email protected] or 914-591-4503 for more information.

AOT will host the Media Marketplace with Arizona PR partners on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

$300 for a media marketplace exhibit table only (this is separate from any conference sponsorships with Maren Rudolph).

Program Summary:

Travel Classics West is a premier travel writer conference that allows freelance travel writers the opportunity to meet with the industry's top editors. This conference attracts top-notch editors from publications such as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Self, Robb Report, AARP Magazine, Men’s Journal, Golf for Women, Saveur and more. Travel Classics West alternates annually between Scottsdale, Arizona and another western destination in North America.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine, [email protected] or 602-364-3696

ACTIVE AMERICA CHINA - POSTPONED - DATES AND LOCATIONS TBA

Date:

TBA

Location:

TBA

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Participation is self-registration and open to tourism suppliers.

$1995.00

Program Summary:

Appointments with key Chinese tour operators. Arizona tourism suppliers are able to register individually. For more information visit: http://www.activeamericachina.net

AOT Contacts:

DECEMBER 2021

MEXICO TRADE AND MEDIA REVERSE SALES MISSION

Date:

December 1-6, 2021

Location:

Southern Arizona

AOT Division:

Participants:

Audience:

Trade & Media

Open to all AZ Tourism Suppliers

Travel trade professionals and media representatives in Mexico City and Guadalajara

Program Summary:

AOT will host five top buyers, five key media outlets and one Volaris representative from Mexico City & Guadalajara to showcase southern Arizona. AOT will organize a trade show in Tucson to allow our partners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our trade and media guests.

AOT Contacts:

Joanna Tejeda at [email protected] or 602-364-3715

JANUARY 2021

Martin Luther King Day - January 17, 2022

CANADA TRADE AND MEDIA REVERSE SALES MISSION

Date:

January 2022

Location:

AOT Division:

Participants:

Southern Arizona

Trade & Media

Open to all AZ Tourism Suppliers

Audience:

Travel trade professionals and media representatives from Canada

Program Summary:

AOT will host 4 top buyers, 4 key media outlets and one Airline representative from Canada to showcase southern Arizona. AOT will organize a trade show in Tucson to allow our partners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our trade and media guests.

AOT Contacts:

Joanna Tejeda at [email protected] or 602-364-3715 and Marjorie Magnusson at [email protected]

VISIT USA TRADE & MEDIA NETWORKING EVENT - GERMANY

Date:

Location:

AOT Division;

January 11, 2022

Munich

Trade & Media

Participants:

VUSA Members

Cost:

Varies based on membership

Program Summary:

Travel Marketing Romberg & Kaus Media Services will represent the Arizona Office of Tourism with trade and media delegates at this one-day event.

AOT Contacts:

Marjorie Magnusson at [email protected] or 602-364-3695 and Jessica Remington at [email protected]

IMM TRAVMEDIA - NYC

Date:

January 26, 2022 (tentatively)

Location:

AOT Division:

Participants:

TBD/Virtual

Media Relations

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Cost:

Varies based on membership

Program Summary:

IMM TravMedia is a self-registering event. Each delegate sets their own media appointments are scheduled in the TravMedia portal. Visit https://travmedia.com/immusa/ for more information.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine at [email protected] or 602-364-3696

FEBRUARY 2022

Chinese New Year – February 1, 2022
President’s Day – February 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO MEDIA MISSION - PLANNING ON HOLD

Date:

Location:

AOT Division;

February 2022 – TBD around Giants Fan Fest

San Francisco, CA

Media Relations

Participants:

Open to DMO PR staff & tourism suppliers

Cost:

$600 plus travel expenses and shipping

Program Summary:

AOT will conduct a media mission to Los Angeles and San Francisco to share spring training, spring break and summer value messages.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine at [email protected] or 602-364-3696

GO WEST SUMMIT* - More information to come

Date:

Location:

AOT Division;

February 2022

Reno/Tahoe, NV (In-person)

Trade

Participants:

Self-Registration – open to any Arizona Tourism Supplier

Cost:

Varies – This event is self-registration and will be offered in the FY22 Rural co-op.

VISIT USA AUSTRALIA & NZ* ROAD SHOW - MORE TO COME

Date:

TBC

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine [email protected] or 602-364-3696 and Jessica Remington at [email protected] or 602-364-4157

MARCH 2022

DISCOVER AMERICA DENMARK

Date:

Location:

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

March 7, 2022

Copenhagen, DK

Trade

International Travel Trade and Media

Registration & Sponsorships will be available through Visit USA Denmark.

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington at [email protected] 

IMM BERLIN TRAVMEDIA DAY

Date:

Location:

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Program Summary:

March 8, 2022

Berlin

Media Relations

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Varies based on membership

IMM TravMedia is a self-registering event. IMM is established as the industry’s leading event for the media to meet travel and tourism brands. Exhibitors each enjoy a dedicated branded table where they can meet top travel journalists, editors and broadcasters to discuss their news, events and developments. A single-day networking and relationship building opportunity for journalists and travel & tourism brands. Visit https://travmedia.com/immgermany for more info. (Kaus Media Services will represent the Arizona Office of Tourism)

AOT Contacts:

Marjorie Magnusson, [email protected]

ITB BERLIN 2022 - AOT will not have a trade or media booth in 2022.

Date:

March 9-13, 2022

AOT Division:

Cost:

Trade

Jessica Remington, [email protected] or 602-364-4157

RTO Summit West

Date:

Location:

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Program Summary:

March 21-23, 2022

Los Angeles, CA

Trade

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Varies

RTO Summit South is a boutique networking conference with two half days of one-on-one marketplace meetings. There will be approximately 70 suppliers in attendance.

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

APRIL 2022

Easter - April 17, 2022

TRAVEL CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL (MEDIA ONLY) - RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 2020

Date:

April 24-27, 2022

Location:

Lausanne, Switzerland (In-person)

AOT Division:

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

International Travel Writers and Editors

Costs vary depending on level of participation. Visit www.travelclassics.com or contact Maren Rudolph at [email protected] or 914-591-4503 for more information and to register.

Program Summary:

Travel Classics International is a premier travel writer conference that allows freelance travel writers the opportunity to meet with the industry's top editors. There is a low writer-to-editor ratio and pre-scheduled appointments, which gives the writers ample opportunities to have one-on-one time with the editors. This conference attracts topnotch editors from publications such as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Self, Robb Report, AARP Magazine, Men’s Journal, Golf for Women, Saveur and more. AOT is a sponsor/co-host of Travel Classics West and traditionally sponsors and attends Travel Classics International.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine, [email protected]

MAY 2022

Memorial Day - May 30, 2022

GERMANY MEDIA TOUR

Date:

May, 2022

Location:

Arizona

AOT Division:

Media Relations

Program Summary:

AOT will bring 4-8 journalists from the German-speaking countries to visit Arizona to familiarize them with some of Arizona’s offerings.

AOT Contacts:

Marjorie Magnusson, [email protected] or 602-364-3695

UK MEDIA TOUR

Date:

May, 2022

Location:

Arizona

AOT Division:

Media Relations

Program Summary:

AOT will bring 6-8 journalists from the UK to visit Arizona to familiarize them with some of Arizona’s offerings.

AOT Contacts:

Kim Todd at [email protected]

JUNE 2022

IPW ORLANDO US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION’S IPW

Date:

June 4-8, 2022

Location:

Orlando, FL (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade & Media

Participation is open to anyone in the tourism industry. Visit www.ustravel.org for more information and to register.

Varies by exhibit size

Program Summary:

IPW organized by the US Travel Association, is the premier international trade show in the US attracting nearly 1,200 international tour operators and 250 travel journalists from more than 70 countries each year. AOT attends with staff and international representatives conducting 20-minute, pre-scheduled appointments over the course of three days. In addition to meeting with media at the Arizona booth, AOT also has the opportunity to meet with journalists at the Media Marketplace, which is typically held on the first day of the show.

AOT Booth co-op: AOT allow rural/tribal DMO’s to co-op in to sit in the AOT booth and share appointments with us at an affordable price. Space will be limited to one delegate per DMO on a first come/first serve basis. Please refer to the Rural co-op selection sheet for more information.

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine, [email protected] or Joanna Tejeda, [email protected]

FY22 Events Still TBD

UK TRADE MISSION

GERMAN TRADE MISSION

CONNECT TRAVEL MARKETPLACE

Date:

TBD - Postponed until August 2022

Location:

Detroit, MI (In-Person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

$700.00

Program Summary:

Connect Travel Marketplace is an International travel show that combines the right timing for product development in a unique format that creates an efficient and effective environment to expedite the sales process and close business along with a robust educational track to inspire and inform industry leaders in a rapidly evolving global market.

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington, [email protected] or Joanna Tejeda, [email protected]