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 2018 Synergy Summit for Cultural and Heritage Tourism

may 16 - 18, 2018    | renaissance plantation hotel

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

creating broader inclusion, opportunity and engagement in cultural and heritage tourism
  • ​Airports
  • Media
  • Artists
  • Other Tourism-related businesses
  • Tourism Suppliers
  • Tourism & Hospitality Students
  • Corporate Partners
  • Individuals interested in careers in cultural & heritage tourism
  • Individuals interested in starting tourism businesses (i.e. tour guides, tour operator, travel agent)
  • Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs)
  • Hotel Concierges
  • Destination Management Companies (DMCs)
  • Professional Meeting Planners
  • Tour Operators
  • Tour Guides
  • Attractions
  • Travel Agents/Professionals
  • Online Travel Agents (OTAs)
  • Cruise Liners
  • Hotels, Resorts, Bed & Breakfast
  • Restaurants

  • Tourist Councils or Boards
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • College and University Hospitality & Tourism Departments/Programs
  • City and County Government Officials
  • City and County Cultural Affairs
  • Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)
  • Tourism Marketing Agencies
  • Heritage Historians & Scholars
  • Cultural Arts Institutions and Museums
  • Tourists Transporters (i.e. Rail, Uber, Lyft, Taxis, Airlines)

The Cultural Tourism Summit will acknowledge and honor the Best of the Best in tourism: CVBs, Concierges, DMCs, Meeting Planners, Tour Operators, Tour Guides, Travel Agents, City/County Cultural Affairs agencies and Tourism-Related Businesses during the Tourism Power Players “Best of the Best” Awards Luncheon.

Over the last decade, travel industry research confirms that cultural and heritage tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. For some travelers, cultural and heritage experiences are “value added,” enhancing their enjoyment of a place and increasing the likelihood that they will return. For a growing number of visitors, however, who are tired of the homogenization of places around the world, authentic experiences are an important factor and motivator for their travel decisions and expectations.

U.S. Department of Commerce

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The Cultural Tourism Summit is all about making connections that extend beyond the causeway, city and county lines. Our goal is to connect tourism-related small businesses, attractions, tour operators and tour guides with CVBs, Concierges, DMCs, Travel Agents, OTAs and Meeting Planners through 1-on-1 matchmaking meetings and the Summit Exhibition showcasing their attractions, products and services.

The two-day Cultural Tourism Summit is the place where tourism "Power Players" will gather to communicate and explore synergy for collaboration as well as form strategic partnerships that strengthen and protect our tourism ecosystem. We will showcase cultural and heritage tourism assets expanding the tourism footprint and economic impact in our heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities.