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International Pow Wow in Las Vegas

International Pow Wow in Las Vegas

Las Vegas hosted the largest Pow Wow ever this year, now renamed International Pow Wow (IPW), with more than 6,400 delegates from 74 countries attending the annual US Travel Association event, as well as more than 500 journalists. Roger Dow, USTA Chief Executive, said that this IPW was fresh and current, had generated 90,000 pre-show appointments, and was designed to bring the world to America. “That is what makes this a world-class event,” he added.

Roger Dow, Chief Executive, US Travel Association

Last year the USA attracted 66.6 million international visitors, an increase of 4.3% over 2011, and they spent $168 billion. This is an average spend per person per visit of $4,455 with an average stay of 18 nights, and makes tourism one of the USA’s leading exports.

Pat Reede was on the United booth at International Pow Wow

Next year IPW will be held in Chicago from 5th – 9th April, and the windy city is promising a great event. The city last hosted Pow Wow in 1998. Chicago rebranded itself as ‘Choose Chicago’ in 2012, and is now the tenth most visited US city by international visitors. The city offers over 200 theatres and over 5,000 restaurants. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who wants the industry to go out and tell the world how great the city of Chicago is, said: “So come visit the most American of American cities.”

Chicago will host IPW in 2014

The host cities for the subsequent years are Orlando (2015), Miami (2016), Washington DC (2017), Denver (2018), Anaheim (2019) and it’s back to Las Vegas in 2020.

Bev Fly from BookaBed was busy at  IPW in Las Vegas

 

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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