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ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining & Cultural Tourism August 20-22, 2018, Napa, California

Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council  will present the annual ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural Tourism, August 20-22, at the Embassy Suites in Napa, California. This year’s conference theme is “Charting Your Course to Success.” This is the 8th annual ONE Travel Conference and the 21st annual Shop America Tourism Conference.  The conference brings together leaders in the retail, tourism and cultural & heritage sectors.

More than 25 expert tourism presenters along with retail and tourism leaders will participate at the conference to share case studies and innovative ideas on how to maximize success in global tourism, with a focus on addressing new opportunities for business development and growth for the travel industry.  Keynote Presenters include Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California; Fred Bruning, CEO, CenterCal Properties; Helen Marano, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, World Travel & Tourism Council; Lisa Quier Wagner, Principal, The Outlet Resource Group; and Rati Dhodapkar, CEO, East West India Marketing. View complete program with all presenters at www.ONEtravelconference.com/program.

Two Receptions provide networking with wine country ambience where the ONE Silent Auction will be held to benefit Tourism Cares. The annual SASI-ONE Awards for innovative tourism marketing will be presented including the TravMedia Journalist of the Year, the Cultural & Heritage Destination of the Year and a special Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2018 Shop America White Paper on International Inbound Tours trends will be presented and shared with all delegates. A special session on Monday afternoon, August 20, will focus on Shop America Alliance’s 3-year strategic plan development and USCHT’s new leadership direction.  Delegates do not need to be members of Shop America Alliance or US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council to attend ONE Travel Conference. All are welcome!

“The 2018 conference features two and a half days of executive level idea exchange and tourism business development opportunities, along with key contacts to help participants enhance their success,” states Rosemary McCormick, president of Shop America Alliance and US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council, producer of the ONE Travel Conference. “Shopping, dining and cultural and heritage travel are consistently ranked as the top three travel activities in the USA, according to data tracked by the National Travel & Tourism Office, the U.S. Travel Association and Mandala Research. Our goal is to continue to unify these powerful travel industry segments to speak with ONE voice on the importance of promoting these top travel experiences and economic generators.”  

ONE Travel Conference 2018 sponsors include CenterCal Properties, Essentially America/Northeast Media, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping, Mall of America, Mall Marketing Media/The CPS Group, MallComm, OutletBound.com, Outlets of Mississippi, TaxFree Shopping Texas, TravMedia and YouWorld.

Registration for the ONE Travel Conference is at OneTravelConference.com with the program, sponsorship opportunities  and hotel info. The conference delegate fee is $895 per person through July 31, 2018 and $995 thereafter.  

For more information on presentation and sponsorship opportunities, contact the ONE Travel Conference producer:  Rosemary McCormick, Shop America Alliance, 707-224-3795, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit ONETravelConference.com

2018 ONE Travel Conference Planning Committee

Anita Boeker, US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council

Lesley Boughen, Oxford Properties Group

Liz Dion, Dion et Cie Marketing

Maura Eggan, Consultant

Stephen Fine, OutletBound.com

Rose Hapanowich, Destiny USA

Larry Cohen, Northeast Media

Sarah Kruer, South Coast Plaza

Carlos Montenegro, Beverly Center

Richard Peterson, The Cultural Traveler

Pat Wharton, Horizon Group Properties

Peggy Ziglin, Craig Realty Group

Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council produce ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural & Heritage Tourism annually.  The Conference brings together leaders in the travel industry to focus on Tourism Business Development, speaking with ONE Voice. For more information, visit ONETravelConference.com or call 707-224-3795.

Shop America Alliance LLC is the travel trade organization representing hundreds of the premier shopping tourism destinations, retailers, shopping centers and outlets in North America. Founded in 1998, Shop America Alliance produces the annual ONE Travel Conference and SASI-ONE Awards, publishes Shop America Magazine and the annual White Paper on International Tourism and markets dozens of shopping tours and in 40 cities.  For more information, visit shopamericatours.com or call 707-224-3795.

U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council LLC (USCHT) is the travel trade association with a mission to market U.S. cultural and heritage tourism experiences. USCHT represents leading U.S. tourism destinations, attractions and travel partners engaged in marketing U.S. cultural and heritage to travelers throughout the United States and around the world.  The Council co-produces the annual SASI-ONE Awards, publishes The Cultural Traveler guidebook and sponsors market research on the Cultural and Heritage Traveler. For more information, visit TheCulturalTraveler.com

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