• Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs)
  • Hotel Management & Front Line Staff
  • 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
  • Transportation (i.e. Bus, Rail, Uber, Lyft, Taxis, Airlines & Limos)

The Cultural & Heritage 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, Global Cultural Organizations, Creatives 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.
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Day One

2019 Summit Highlights!

  • Airports
  • Media
  • Artists
  • Other Tourism-related businesses
  • Tourism Suppliers
  • Tourism & Hospitality Students
  • Corporate Partners
  • Individuals interested in careers in cultural & heritage tourism
  • Newcomers and others interested in learning more about the industry 

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U.S. Travel Association

The two-day 2nd Annual Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism is the place where local, regional & national tourism, hospitality & travel professionals, tourism-related small businesses will convene to share best practices in cultural & heritage tourism. The Summit will showcase cultural and heritage tourism assets expanding the tourism footprint and economic impact in heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities.

Day Two

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2019 Summit Keynote Speaker


OCTOBER 1, 2019

The 2nd Annual Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism will facilitate connections that extend beyond the causeway, city, county state lines. Our goal is to connect tourism-related small businesses, attractions, artists, tour operators and tour guides with CVBs, Concierges, DMCs, Travel Agents, OTAs and Meeting Planners through matchmaking meetings and the Summit Exhibition.


SAVE THE DATES | MAY 21-22, 2020


Roger Dow, President & CEO