Last year, I went to IMM (International Media Marketplace) for the first time. I met with many great destinations and reconnected with many travel friends. The conference is very well organized and professional so I came back for IMM 2020!
We spent the day for our meetings in the the all-glass River Pavilion at the top of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Now that The Vessel and Hudson Yards are open and they extended the “7” on the Metro it is much easier to get to Javits Center by subway.
I am so glad I was able to participate in both the Summit and IMM 2020. I look forward to coming back and highly recommend you participate in this professional travel conference.
One of my favorite moments at IMM was seeing Dan Gibson from Visit Tucson who I first met at Travel Classics. In honor of their meetings with journalists, they donated to Iskashitaa Refuge Network which helps refugees integrate into the southern Arizona community while strengthening the local food network. Did you know that Tucson is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy? They want to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food and that food service employees earn a living wage. Visit Tucson donated $10 to Iskashitaa for each of their IMM appointments. That is the best use of “SWAG” dollars EVER! Thank you Dan, Mary and Cindy!
Video: TravMedia International Media Marketplace NYC 2020
I loved meeting with:
Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism – Pacome Schembri
Choose Chicago | DQMPR – Stephanie D’Adamo
Emerald Waterways | Gillies and Zaiser – Public Relations – Lauren Frye
Tourism Vernon – Angeline Chew
Austin Adventures – Carol Austin
Fairmont Hotels, Pacific Northwest – Casey Barks
Pursuit – Michelle Gaudet
Hotwire | Citizen Relations – Jina Michael
Travel Portland – Jackie Hagan
Augusta | Pineapple Public Relations – Brianna Reid
Samoa Tourism Authority – Jessica Felipe
Margaritaville | Finn Partners – Caitlin Galeotti
Hong Kong Tourism Board – Bryan Hansen
Western Montana’s Glacier Country Tourism – Lucy Beighle
The Travel Corporation (TTC) – Arnelle Kendall
Transformational Travel Council | EM Adventure Marketing Inc. – Elyse Mailhot
Destination Canada | Beattie Tartan – Kate Rogers
Visit SLO CAL | TURNER – Deborah Park
Curacoa Tourism – Michelle George
AMA Waterways – Brenda Kyllo
REI Expeditions – Megan Behrbaum
South Africa Tourism – Justin Barnette
Last year at IMM, I met with Cara Schneider from Visit Philly and we planned a visit and a segment for KTLA TV.
At CMM, I met with Nicole Ford from Rocky Mountaineer after my train trip, I did a segment on KTLA and one of my videos from that trip is now the most popular on my YouTube channel with over 51,000 views!
I wonder what adventures will happen in 2020 after all of my meetings! I hope to go to Brazil for the first time this year and maybe back to Africa.
I went on safari in Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent and at Sanctuary Olanana, they sang to me:
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?