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Trade & Media Events Calendar

AOT’s FY20 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.

FY20 Trade & Media Events Calendar PDF

FY21 & FY22 Trade & Media Events Calendar PDF

February 2021

Chinese New Year – February 12, 2021
President’s Day – February 15, 2021

Brand USA GLOBAL MarketPlace - Focus on Canada

Date:

February 4, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Trade & Media

Participants:

Open to all statewide partners that bought into the Brand USA Global Marketplace.

Program Summary:

Provide the latest insights on the Canada travel industry for our U.S. partners, while providing the Canadian travel trade the latest products, protocols, and ‘what’s new’ in the U.S. travel and hospitality industry.

AOT Contact:

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

Brand USA GLOBAL MarketPlace - Focus on Mexico

Date:

February 8-9, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Trade & Media

Participants:

Open to all statewide partners that bought into the Brand USA Global Marketplace.

Program Summary:

Provide the latest insights on the Mexican travel industry for our U.S. partners, while educating the travel trade on the latest products, protocols, and ‘what’s new’ in the U.S. travel and hospitality industry.

AOT Contact:

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

FVW Counter Days - German Market

Date:

February 11-12, 2021

Location:

Virtual - AOT’s German Trade Rep will represent Arizona

AOT Division:

Trade

Participants:

Cost:

Self Registration - Open to any Tourism Supplier

800 Euro

Program Summary:

The travel trade media FVW is hosting this event for travel agents virtually. They are expecting more than 1,000 agents within the two days. There will be presentations and webinars throughout the day as well as a virtual marketplace.

AOT Contact:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

Brand USA GLOBAL MarketPlace - Focus on Germany

Date:

February 23, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Trade

Participants:

Cost:

Open to all statewide partners that bought into the Brand USA Global Marketplace.

TBD

Program Summary:

Provide the latest insights on the German travel industry for our U.S. partners, while educating the travel trade on the latest products, protocols, and ‘what’s new’ in the U.S. travel and hospitality industry

AOT Contact:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

IMM Berlin TRAVMEDIA Day

Date:

February 23-24, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

Open to all statewide tourism suppliers

Varies based on membership

Program Summary:

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 Contact:

Marjorie Magnusson at [email protected]

March 2021

Go West Summit

Date:

March 1 - 5, 2021

Location:

AOT Division:

Virtual

Trade

Participants:

Self Registration – open to any Arizona Tourism Supplier

Cost:

Varies (this will be available in the rural co-op program). Every 2020 delegate registered before June 5, 2020 will automatically be enrolled in the 2021 virtual event, as well, at no additional charge

Program Summary:

AOT Trade division will attend. Partners can register individually, please visit https://www.gowestsummit.com/ for more information. AOT is a state sponsor again this year and will host a state caucus at the beginning of the summit.

AOT Contact:

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

Showcase Italy

Date:

March 1-5, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Self-Registration – open to any Arizona Tourism Supplier

$660 USD

Program Summary:

Showcase USA Italy offers American exhibitors the chance to network with media and meet high quality Italian tour operators and travel agents who specialize in the United States.

AOT Contact:

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

ITB Berlin 2021

Date:

March 9-12, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Self Registration – open to any Arizona Tourism Supplier

Varies depending on package

Program Summary:

The International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin is known throughout the world as the leading trade fair for the global tourism industry. This makes ITB Berlin the main forum for communication and marketing for the worldwide tourism sector. It is an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to get their messages out to both trade visitors and the media. In the past, ITB has been the world's largest travel industry trade show with more than 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries competing for travel business from this important European market.

AOT Contact:

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

Brand USA GLOBAL MarketPlace - Focus on Europe

Date:

March 15-18, 2021 (Tentative)

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Trade

Cost:

Program Summary:

N/A - this is a follow up networking event from Global Marketplace October 2020

Details to come

AOT Contact:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

Unite Visit USA 2021

Date:

March 23-24, 2021

Location:

Virtual - AOT’s Trade Rep in the UK will represent the state

AOT Division:

Trade

Participants:

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Cost:

$300 USD (approximate)

Program Summary:

This ‘one-stop-shop’ event bringing together UK based tour operators to hold pre-booked one-to-one meetings with tourist boards, airlines, hoteliers, attractions, tour providers, cruise and rail companies from throughout the United States in one place.

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

April 2021

Easter - April 4, 2021

Arizona Indian Festival

Date:

April 17-18, 2021

Location:

Civic Center Mall, Scottsdale, AZ (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

American Indian Program

Arizona Tribal Nations, open to general public

No entry fee. Information available on https://arizonaindiantourism.org/azindianfestival/

Program Summary:

The Arizona Indian Festival provides a platform for tribal tourism and brings awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities by creating an inclusive inter-Tribal event celebrating culture, traditional arts, crafts and foods, as well as innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.

AOT Contacts:

Dawn Melvin, [email protected]

BUSA Global MarketPlace - Focus on UK & Ireland

Date:

April 20-21, 2021 (Tentative)

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

TBD

Program Summary:

Provide the latest insights on the UK & Ireland travel industry for our U.S. partners, while educating the travel trade on the latest products, protocols, and ‘what’s new’ in the U.S. travel and hospitality industry

AOT Contacts:

Jessica Remington at [email protected]

May 2021

Memorial Day - May 31, 2021

BUSA Global MarketPlace - Focus on AUS & NZ

Date:

May 11-12, 2021 (Tentative)

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

TBD

Program Summary:

Provide the latest insights on the Mexican travel industry for our U.S. partners, while educating the travel trade on the latest products, protocols, and ‘what’s new’ in the U.S. travel and hospitality industry

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine at [email protected] & Jessica Remington at [email protected]

TRAVMedia International Media MarketPlace (IMM) London

Date:

May 17-18, 2021

Location:

London (in-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Audience:

AOT’s Media Rep in the UK will represent the state (Hills Balfour Fee: $3,400)

Self-Registration – Open to any Arizona tourism supplier

Varies based on membership

UK Media

Program Summary:

The show consists of one-on-ones between international media and travel and tourism brands. See IMM website for more info: https://travmedia.com/immuk/

AOT Contacts:

Kim Todd at [email protected] or 602-364-3305

RTO Summit West

Date:

May 24-26, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV (in-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

$1,895.00

Program Summary:

Connect Travel has brought together receptive tour operator buyers who cover all the major and developing international markets for RTO Summit West, where you can schedule up to 70 appointments over two days.

AOT Contacts:

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

Connect Tour West

Date:

May 24-26, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV (in-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

$1,495

Program Summary:

Connect Tour West powered by Connect Travel is a domestic travel show, specifically designed to address industry needs. The event combines the right timing, a unique format that creates an efficient and effective environment to expedite the sales process and close business and a robust educational track to inspire and inform industry leaders in a rapidly evolving market. Connect Tour West is the premier hosted-buyer event that brings together the most active tour operators, suppliers and experts in Domestic tour and travel for preset appointments, keynote general sessions, planner/supplier roundtables and quality networking.

AOT Contacts:

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

June 2021

Virtual Travel & Adventure Show - LGBTQ+ Travel

Date:

June 6, 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Marketing, Trade & Media

Open to up to 8 statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

TBD

Program Summary:

Consumer travel show targeting LGBTQ+ travelers. The show organizers have collaborated with IGLTA and Passport Magazine for event promotion. They are also identifying LGBTQ+ travel focused influencers to help push messaging to their networks.

AOT Contacts:

Alena Hicks [email protected]

July 2021

Connect Travel MarketPlace

Date:

July 20-22, 2021

Location:

Virtual

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 at [email protected] or Joanna Tejeda at [email protected]

FY21 Events Still TBD

China Trade and Media Mission

Date:

Location:

TBD

Virtual (Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade & Media

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

TBD

Program Summary:

AOT’s trade and media representative in China, AVIA Reps, will coordinate a mission in China. The mission will include a destination presentation and one-on-one appointments in key cities.

AOT Contacts:

Trade & Media: Kim Todd at [email protected] or 602-364-3305

France Media Mission

Date:

TBD

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media

AOT only

TBD

Program Summary:

AOT’s media representative in France, Express Conseil, will coordinate a virtual mission targeting French media.

AOT Contacts:

Kim Todd at [email protected] or 602-364-3305

FY22

*These are events that we know of currently. All events subject to change due to COVID-19. Updates will be posted regularly.

July 2021

Australia/NZ Visit USA Roadshow

Date:

July 2021 (Details TBC) RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 2021

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade & Media

TBD

Program Summary:

Organized by the Visit USA Committee, this is a 3-city roadshow for travel agents in AU/NZ, Brand USA B2B Day and TravMedia IMM Day. AOT Trade & Media division will attend again in FY21. Arizona continues to see growth from the Australia/NZ market. Partners can register individually, please visit http://visitusa.org.au/ for more information.

AOT Contacts:

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

August 2021

Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

Date:

August 2-4, 2021

Location:

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

All divisions

Open to all industry partners

TBD

Program Summary:

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

AOT Contacts:

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 April 10-11, 2021. This show sees around 13K consumers and Dallas is a new target city for AOT. https://travelshows.com/shows/dallas/

AOT Contacts:

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]

American Cup Tour Operator Golf Invitational

Date:

September 15-18, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV & Death Valley National Park, CA

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

AOT & Destination Sponsors

TBD

Audience:

Program Summary:

International Travel Trade & Media

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

IPW Las Vegas - US Travel Association's IPW

Date:

September 18-22, 2021

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

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:

AOT Contact:

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.

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

Brand USA GLOBAL MarketPlace - London or Frankfurt - more details to come

Date:

TBC – September 2021

AOT Contacts:

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

October 2021

23rd American Indian Tourism Conference

Date:

October 25 - 28, 2021

Location:

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

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

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.

Audience:

Program Summary:

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

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]

L.A. & San Francisco Media Mission - PLANNING ON HOLD

Date:

October 2021 - TBD

Location:

Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

Open to DMO PR staff & tourism suppliers

$1200 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

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 AOT

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 at [email protected] or 602-364-3696

Travel Classics West - Scottsdale

Date:

November 18-21, 2021

Location:

ADERO Scottsdale, Arizona (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

U.S. and Canada based freelance 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.

Audience:

Program Summary:

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

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 will host the Media Marketplace with Arizona PR partners on Thursday, November 12th.

AOT Contacts:

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

Active America China

Date:

November 30 - December 1, 2021

Location:

Washington, DC (In-person)

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:

Kim Todd at [email protected]

December 2021

January 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 17, 2022

IMM TraveMedia - NYC

Date:

January 26, 2022 (tentatively)

Location:

Virtual

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

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]

Mexico Trade and Media Mission - PLANNING ON HOLD

Date:

January 2022

Location:

Mexico City & Monterrey (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade & Media

Open to all AZ Tourism Suppliers

$2,500 per delegate plus travel expenses and shipping

Audience:

Program Summary:

Travel trade professionals and media representatives in Mexico City and Guadalajara

AOT will host a series of 1:1 meetings in Mexico City and Guadalajara to educate tour operators, travel agents and journalists about Arizona’s world-class tourism amenities.

AOT Contacts:

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

February 2022

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

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

ITB Berlin 2022 - more to come

Date:

AOT Division:

March 9-13, 2022

Trade

AOT Contacts:

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

Go West Summit - more to come

Date:

TBC

Location:

Reno/Tahoe, NV (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Trade

Self-Registration – open to any Arizona Tourism Supplier

Varies

IMM Berlin TraveMedia Day

Date:

March 8, 2022

Location:

Berlin

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Media Relations

Open to all statewide DMO partners, CVBs & Chambers

Varies based on membership

Program Summary:

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 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:

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:

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

May 2022

Memorial Day - May 3, 2022

June 2022

IPW Orlando - U.S. 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. For Future IPW dates/cities:
https://www.ipw.com/sites/default/files/documents/IPW_HostCities.pdf

AOT Contacts:

Becky Blaine [email protected] or Ashley Longmire [email protected]

FY22 Events Still TBD

UK Media Mission - PLANNING ON HOLD

Date:

TBD

Location:

London + 1 other location TBD (In-person)

AOT Division:

Participants:

Cost:

Audience:

Media

Participation is open to statewide tourism suppliers. Preference will be given to Arizona CVBs, Chambers, DMOs first

$2,500 per DMO / 1 delegate per DMO. Contact AOT if you wish to bring more than one delegate.

London Based UK Media

Program Summary:

AOT and its partners will host media appointments and a media function in London to educate journalists about Arizona’s world class tourism amenities.

AOT Contacts:

Kim Todd at [email protected] or 602-364-3305