Partners Team with OTD at IPW to Woo International Visitors
Local hoteliers, tour operators and destination marketers joined the Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) to represent Maryland at the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow-Wow (IPW) in Orlando, FL this week. IPW is the premier industry marketplace and the largest generator of inbound travel to the U.S. More than 1,300 international and domestic buyers attend.
OTD and its partners met with travel writers from around the world and held scheduled meetings with 142 buyers including group tour organizers and industry decision makers with access to millions of travelers from more than 70 countries. “IPW is an unparalleled opportunity for us to join with our private partners and get the Maryland message to a global travel market and it’s a message that resonates,” said Rich Gilbert, travel sales manager, Maryland Office of Tourism. “We have rich history, amazing outdoor opportunities, unique culinary treasures, mountains, big cities, the Chesapeake Bay and we are open for business.”
Pictured above from left to right: back row: Eric Masterton (Visit Baltimore), Marci Ross (Maryland Office of Tourism), Bethany Manimbo (Visit Montgomery County), Leslie Troy (Maryland Office of Tourism), Rich Gilbert (Maryland Office of Tourism); front row: Monee Cottman (Visit Baltimore), Audrey Vargason (Hagerstown-Washington CVB), Becky Bickerton (Visit Frederick), Kelly Groff (Visit Montgomery County), Kelly Drnec (Days Inn Inner Harbor Hotel), Mike Rosa (Days Inn Inner Harbor Hotel)