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Published: 01/23/2009

International travel planners to rally in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque welcomes the Go West Summit Tradeshow from January 26-28, 2009.  Hosting Go West is an excellent opportunity to showcase Albuquerque and New Mexico’s tourism offerings for an international audience.
The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Mexico Department of Tourism have partnered to bring Go West Summit, an annual international travel trade show, to Albuquerque. Its purpose is to familiarize its attendees with destination and attractions in the 13 Western U.S. states-Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The goal is to showcase these western states as a destination for future tourism business from international tour operators.
The Go West Summit provides its attendees with workshops, guest speakers and seminars. It gives tourism suppliers such as convention and visitors bureaus, adventure outfitters and resorts from these 13 states the opportunity to promote their products to tour operators from all of the major travel markets- Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Mexico, Scandinavia and the United States.
Media welcome at “Night of Enchantment” Event
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom
The six regions of New Mexico will showcase their area’s unique offerings to tour operators through décor, food and entertainment. The regions’ themes area as follows:
Northwestern NM - Indian Country theme, Southwestern NM – Mercado on the Camino Real theme, Southeastern NM – Old West theme, Northern NM – Working Cowboy theme,
North Central NM – Adventure theme, Heart of NM – Rt. 66 theme
“As host of the Go West Summit, Albuquerque will have the opportunity to showcase our rich Native American and Hispanic cultures along with our piece of Historic Route 66, which is always intriguing to the international visitor,” said Dale Lockett, ACVB President/CEO. “We look forward to hosting the approximate 100 international tour operators from all over the world including China, Japan, France, Germany, United Kingdom and South America.”
Throughout the conference the tour operators will be exposed to a variety of Albuquerque’s cultural attractions and cuisine through evening events, tours and performances. Pre- and post-conference familiarization tours are being offered throughout New Mexico so participants can experience as much of the state as possible during their visit.
“The Go West Summit offers New Mexico an incredible opportunity to showcase its vacation and entertainment choices, its rich mix of culture, natural resources, and renowned museums,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “This conference helps further define the state as a world class destination and will strengthen New Mexico’s tourism economy.”
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