What happened at the TravMedia Summit 2020?


Are you wondering which travel conferences to go to? Every year, I try to attend something new and different. Last year, I went to IMM (International Media Marketplaces) for the first time and this year I attended both IMM and the brand new TravMedia Summit  2020 on January 22, 2020 at “SECOND Floor NYC” at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi.

If you are planning to attend in the future, the schedule is Wednesday for the Summit, Thursday is TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace and Friday is the media and trade day for the New York Times Travel Show.

Video: 2020 TravMedia SUMMIT

My favorite part was seeing my travel friends and making new connections.


TravMedia and SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) brought some of North America’s leading and most influential content creators, editors and tourism partners together for networking, panels and inspiration to improve communications within the travel industry.

Panels and speakers included:

Clear Communication: How Journalists and DMOs Can Work Better Together. Larry Bleiberg, Kristian Sonnier and Moderator: Miriam Weiner, SATW 

Keynote Speaker: Barry Neild, Global Editor, CNN Travel

Editors Panel: The Future of Travel Journalism Moderator: Elizabeth Harryman from Westways with Julia Cosgrove from AFAR, Melanie Lieberman from The Points Guy, Michaela Guzy from OTPYM and Sommer Mathis from Atlas Obscura

Industry Discussion: Destinations of Tomorrow: Giving the World a New Sense of Place by Mark Burt, Senior PR Executive, Tourism New Zealand

What Makes a Headline Standout: Georgia Rickard, Editor-at-Large, Virgin Australia

Official Welcome Reception for TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace (IMM) presented by Visit California

Learn more about TravMedia International Media Marketplace 2020 and my day at New York Times Travel Show 2020!

Here are my videos from last year at International Media Marketplace and the New York Times Travel Show:

IMM 2019: What happens at IMM in NYC?

NYTTS 2019: Join me to explore the NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW 2019

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 over 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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