Thank you IPW Anaheim 2019! #travel #IPW19


IPW 2019 bannerThank you to US Travel Association and Brand USA for IPW in Anaheim, California! There were more than 1,300 exhibitor booths, showcasing U.S. travel product and destinations to more than 6,000 attendees, including 1,300 international and domestic travel buyers, and 500 journalists representing more than 70 countries.

VIDEO: DREAM BIG at California Plaza for IPW 2019

Exploring CALIFORNIA PLAZA for IPW 2019, we learned about many destinations in our great state. I was able to pet a lemur, a snake, an alligator, a porcupine and plan my next road trip across California.

Did you know THE BIG BANG Theory set is going to be at Warner Brothers Studio Tour! Have you seen the lot yet?

Welcome to IPW 2019 by Lisa Niver
Welcome to IPW 2019 by Lisa Niver

Where will you go next? I want to see the Padres at Petco Park!

There were tasty treats from all over our state and places to sit and relax.
Thank you to Lisa and Irine from Hilton and Margot and Ruksana for exploring the plaza with me!


Lisa Niver at IPW 2019
Lisa Niver at IPW 2019

Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, was IPW’s premier sponsor. Brand USA’s mission is to increase international visitation for the U.S., fuel the nation’s economy, and enhance the image of the U.S. worldwide. Through their spending, the millions of international visitors who come to this country create millions of American jobs.” Thank you to Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association and Chris Thompson, President & CEO, Brand USA.

IPW gathers travel professionals—including U.S. destinations, hotels, attractions, sports teams and transportation companies, and international tour operators, buyers and wholesalers from around the world—to meet in one place to help bring the world to America.

VIDEOWho can you meet at IPW Media Marketplace?

For media marketplace, I met with

Lisa Cole from Hilton, Hilton Hotels are 100 years old! Happy Birthday! 100 years of hospitality!

I loved seeing all my journalism friends like Jason Frye, David Lang, Andrew Nelson, Ruksana Hussain, Margot Black, Nancy Trejos and Melody Pittman!

Find 120 properties at Ocean Properties Hotels and Resorts! Which one should I stay at first?

I am going to Michigan for the very 1st time! My nephew will be a freshman at UofM!

IPW Media Meetings 2019
IPW Media Meetings 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico! Have you been? I have only been once and I cannot wait to go back.

PURSUIT in Canada and Alaska with Tanya. Want to go to wilderness lodge? I do! I spent 3 summers in Alaska with Princess Cruises but I have not been to Denali yet.

In Flagstaff, Arizona you can walk like an astronaut and it is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Visit Palm Beach—there are 39 cities and towns to discover in Florida.

I want to go to Fresno and I want to hug the giant trees at Sequoia National Park!

Have you been to Torrance? Meet me at the bakery where they make King’s Hawaiian rolls in California.

I have never ever been to the Everglades. I want to see the sites and then photos by Clyde Butcher who is the Ansel Adams of the Everglades and it is also a  UNESCO site! Let’s go!

Lisa Niver at IPW 2019

I lived in Colorado at Copper Mountain but I have yet to see Colorado Springs. I want to see the purple mountain majesty which inspired the song America The Beautiful. Catherine Lee Bates went to Pikes Peak and wrote the poem, America the Beautiful.

Have you been to Georgia? I lived at Fort Benning Military Base when I was two and my sister was born there while my dad served during the Vietnam War. I have yet to visit Atlanta and I really want to see it.

Where did surfing get its start? Dana Point has a surf heritage and cultural center and first hobie cat was invented there. There is so much surfing history and we even saw the BEACH BOYS perform at lunch! SURF USA!

Come to the stock yard and see me crack a bull whip in Fort Worth. There is a twice daily cattle drive and I am going to learn to be a cowgirl!

Inside IPW Media Marketplace by Lisa Niver
Inside IPW Media Marketplace by Lisa Niver

I want to Visit Portland! Do you? Let’s go! There is a forested park and many female entrepreneurs especially at Freeland Spirits!

Anaheim was the host of the conference this year and it is full of uncommon characters! I loved exploring more of my home state!

Charlotte has the Levine Museum of the New South! Do you know the history? Let’s go learn!

When you visit El Paso—you get three cities, two countries and one heart!
Texas, Southern New Mexico and Mexico and of course El Paso!

Media at IPW 2019

Six Flags have flown over Texas: The United States, the Republic of Texas, the confederacy, Mexico, Spain and France. There is so much exciting history in Texas.

Chicago has more than 250 theaters! It is the year of theater! Which show do you want to see first?

VIDEO: Who can you meet at the Marvelous Marketplace at IPW?

Welcome to Anaheim–it’s the 51st year of IPW!
I am so excited to explore all of the incredible destinations.

Where do you want to travel?Las Vegas?
Puerto Rico?

Stay with Hilton Hotels on their 100th birthday? I saw my friends from Arizona, Sonoma County and from Niagara Falls USA! You can go, it doesn’t have to be your honeymoon!
I cannot wait for my next adventure!
See you at IPW 2020 May 30 to June 3 in Las Vegas!

Thank you IPW 2019!
Thank you IPW 2019!

The U.S. Travel Association’s IPW is the leading international inbound travel trade show, with over 110,000 prescheduled business appointments between suppliers and buyers driving $5.5 billion in future travel to the United States. It is a national showcase of America, where U.S. travel exhibitors connect with travel buyers and media from more than 70 countries to promote their product, negotiate future business and build relationships. IPW secures America’s position as a foremost global travel destination by increasing international visitation and showing the world the best of what the U.S. has to offer.

This is the 10th time IPW has been held in California and the second time it has been held in Anaheim since the city last hosted in 2007.

See all of my IPW videos:

Read my story about our adventures at Star Wars in!

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit
DREAM BIG with Visit California, photo by Lisa Niver
DREAM BIG with Visit California, photo by Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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