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IPW 2015 Success in Orlando, Florida

IPW 2015 Success in Orlando, Florida

Orlando in Florida is now the USA’s most visited city with 62 million visitors last year, and a record 32 million bed nights sold. It has just made another record in hosting IPW-International Pow Wow-largest ever annual event in the Orange County Convention Centre. It saw 6,500 delegates from 74 countries do business that is estimated to be worth $5 billion to the US economy, as Michael Flood reports from Orlando.

Barry Hannon, Sunway, learns more about Massachusetts from Patricia Purdue

Dee Burdock, American Holidays, meets Sue Marshall, Visit Florida

There were the usual three evening events hosted by Disney, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, with Universal certainly taking the most accolades from the delegates. The Irish and UK delegates’ party was held at the stunning new Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, which is the largest Four Seasons in the world. Here luxury holiday homes are for sale in the grounds, starting price $3.5 million, and rumour has it that Oprah Winfrey has booked one of the largest houses here.

Joan Scales, Irish Times, with Ciara Foley, Chair, Visit USA Ireland, and Keith Chuter, British Airways

Colm Brodie, Visit Florida, and David Hennessy, Tropical Sky, were at the Irish/UK party

Future destinations for IPW are as follows:

2016 New Orleans, Louisiana
June 4-8
2017 Washington DC
June 3-7
2018 Denver, Colorado
May 19-23
2019 Anaheim, California
June 1-5
2020 Las Vegas, Nevada
May 30 –June 3
2021 Chicago, Illinois
April 24-28
2022 Orlando, Florida
June 4-8
2023 San Antonio, Texas
May 20-23
2024 Los Angeles, California
May 4-8

Claudia Passamonti, Aloft South Beach, Miami, greets Coleen Butler, BookaBed, to her booth at IPW

Brandon Barnes, Atlanta CVB, and Jacquie Wansley, The World of Coca Cola, Atlanta, at IPW 2015

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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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