Travel Media Showcase: Unsurpassed Destinations & Tremendous Art in Texas

 

What is Travel Media Showcase? I asked the same question and am so glad I found the answers and participated in this year in the conference run by  J. Vero & Associates. TMS brings “together leading print and broadcast travel media to meet with representatives from the United States, Canada, and international destinations in a highly organized and business-like format involving pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and fam tours.”

It is the best conference I have been to for Travel Professionals.

Who should attend? Editors, Staff Writers, Assignment Writers, Freelance Writers, Photographers, Bloggers, Video and Film producers for newspapers, magazines, television, broadcast/video/film, internet, travel guides, books.

Travel Media Showcase is a one-stop, opportunity for travel journalists to:

  • Meet one-on-one with public relations and communications practitioners from convention and visitors bureaus, state, regional, and international tourism offices, attractions and theme parks, major hotel chains and destination resort properties, airlines, cruise lines and gaming venues
  • Gather new story ideas and background material on a broad range of tourism products
  • Develop personal relationships with key travel information sources
  • Network with other travel journalists and editors
  • Schedule follow-up media visits to destinations of interest
  • Sign up for participation in upcoming destination-sponsored familiarization trips”

I highly recommend Travel Media Showcase. I met with thirty different destinations and at least thirty wonderful travel writers. This year the conference was held in Grapevine, Texas. It was my first visit to Grapevine but it will not be my last. I loved all our activities. Please enjoy all eight videos to learn more about what we enjoyed and explored together.

Before the conference started, I spent several days with a group of ten amazing women writers on a Girlfriend Getaway in Grapevine, Texas. One night after dinner at Dino’s Steak and Claw, we went to Painting with a Twist. You know you are a blogger if your painting has a hashtag! Seriously, Tatanisha’s boot has the tag #TMSGrapevine16 on it. Watch the video and see for yourself!

A 7-feet-tall bronze winged unicorn sculpture is perched atop the Grapevine Convention and Vistors Bureau headquarters.
A 7-foot-tall bronze winged unicorn sculpture by Linda Lewis-Roark. Photo: Star Telegram

During Travel Media Showcase, we were able to choose a local FAM (familiarization) Trip. I went on “Let the Arts Fill Your Heart!” which began at the Great American West Gallery where we had lunch catered by Main Street Bakery. I was able to interview Sonya Terpening who told me she is a storyteller who uses paints instead of words. I loved hearing about her recent trip to Glacier National Park with thirty women artists to re-create a trip of women artists in the 1930s for the 100th birthday of the National Parks!

While on tour at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, I bought earrings. We also toured the Holder Dane Gallery next door and I was able to interview Linda Lewis-Roark, owner of Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program. Her bronze sculptures are sought after and her 800-pound winged unicorn is on top of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s north tower. Her pegasus is 9 feet from wingtip to wingtip and was placed in December 2015. Lewis-Roark is possibly the only woman sculpture who also runs her own foundry.

 Our art tour of Grapevine then went to the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a performance of the Lone Star Murder Mystery where everyone gets involved in the show. We concluded our day at the Settlement to City Museum where I sat in the One Room Schoolhouse and was amazed by the collection of history objects. Thank you to Grapevine for arranging an amazing day of art. I loved being able to interview two women artists from Texas–here is the video:
One night after a champagne reception, we were treated to a ride on the Jazz and Wine Train! Everyone enjoyed the experience and I even got to be part of the band!

I hope you apply for TMS 2017 in Cabarrus, North Carolina and that I see you there. Happy Writing! Lisa Niver

This article was first published on The Huffington Post. More of our adventures in Grapevine will be in Part 2 of Travel Media Showcase 2016.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with nearly one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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