TBEX North America 2017

Huntsville, Alabama


May 4-6, 2017

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Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Before and during the Civil War, Huntsville was a center for railroad and river-based trade and commerce. The Tennessee River remains a favorite local spot for summertime fun. Even now, we boast one of the nation’s oldest existing railroad depots where Civil War-era graffiti still marks the walls from the Confederate soldiers who were held captive there. Unlike many Southern communities during the Civil War, Huntsville's buildings were mostly spared from destruction – leaving the Rocket City with one of the largest concentrations of antebellum homes in the South. The heart of this historic area is called Twickenham. Look at the structures across town and you’ll see a beautiful collection of antebellum homes, renovated manufacturing mills, iconic Greek Revival-style buildings, a perfectly preserved down-home hardware store – the oldest in the state – and even a few spaceships! Where else can you find that combination? In the middle of the 20th century, our bustling town became a critical support line for the U.S. Army before helping to launch the Space Race with the establishment of NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Space exploration is celebrated across all of Huntsville – we are known as “Rocket City USA” after all – but it’s especially celebrated at Alabama’s most popular attraction, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Expanding further into science, technology and other industries is Cummings Research Park, the second largest in the nation. Established in 1962, this impressive consortium of more than 300 companies adds a bustling population of engineers, doctors, students and creatives. The history of Huntsville has seen numerous influxes of new faces from all over the world, which makes our history and identity an ever-changing tapestry. From humble beginnings, the “Rocket City” has grown into a future-minded place to live, work, play... and, of course, to visit! Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube #iHeartHsv   IMG_3190


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North Alabama

North Alabama

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A waterfall backdrop for a Native American love story, snow white tigers roaming with more than 130 other exotic animals, a casual meal snug in a rock canyon, rocketing to the stars at the world’s largest space museum, or jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to skydive through crisp blue southern skies. These are just a few of the surprising sights and unexpected experiences that awaits your visit to North Alabama. The region embraces the forest shrouded rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains chain and is split east-to-west by the mighty Tennessee River. The river is sliced into four tremendous recreational reservoirs by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams to create well-known Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, and Pickwick Lake. This setting provides a knapsack full of natural wonders and recreational experiences to complement our rich heritage destinations, eye-popping festivals, and unforgettable journeys. Let’s take a quick dash through some of the unexpected surprises in North Alabama. Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel and tourism industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. AMLA plans and advances the economic welfare of North Alabama by advertising, promoting, and encouraging further development of the natural, historic, and man-made tourist attractions and the recreational facilities and resources of the region through the cooperative efforts and support of its 500+ members. Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

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North Alabama has Huntsville, with its U.S. Space & Rocket Center, exposes visitors to what’s beyond our earthly skies; caves and canyons spanning the foothills of the scenic Appalachia Mountains dip into what’s below. Alabama’s National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey, cuts through Bankhead National Forest, adding to the natural beauty. In Muscle Shoals, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”, the highs and lows take the shape of music notes. Birmingham dominates the central region with nightlife and urban sophistication as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights District and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Pinhoti Trail and biologically diverse, free-flowing Cahaba River cut across the region, giving hikers and paddlers something to enjoy. The quiet fades during races at Talladega Superspeedway and Barber Motorsports Track. At Ross Bridge, Oxmoor Valley and Silver Lakes, “drivers” take on a different look as golfers play courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement are celebrated in the Southern region. Montgomery was voted by readers of USA Today and www.10Best.com as America’s most historic city. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and winds its way to the State Capitol. East to Tuskegee, local museums also tell America’s civil and voting rights story. Eufaula’s Southern mansions, Dothan’s peanut past and the Alabama Scenic River Trail, make this region delightful. Sugar-sand beaches and turquoise saltwater, the Gulf Coast is like an oversized resort where every day is a vacation. Families bond over sand castles in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Seeking a day away from the beach? Mobile charms with its antebellum history. With numerous destinations to discover, from sugar-white beaches to picturesque mountaintops, Alabama presents dozens of reasons to pack up and hit the road. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Youtube

Von Braun Center

Von Braun Center

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Located in northeast Alabama and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntsville is a high tech city with a history of Southern hospitality. The Von Braun Center, named for rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher Von Braun, is located in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville. A short drive from the International Airport and convenient to area hotels. The state-of-the-art South Hall provides over 100,000 square feet of continuous space and 82,000 feet of column-free exhibit space, as well as its own 500-space covered parking garage, in addition to meeting rooms and a 20,000+ square foot lobby and pre function area. North Hall and East/West Hall provide an additional 50,000+ of flexible exhibit, meeting, and banquet space. Meeting rooms accommodate groups of all sizes. The Von Braun Center is a multi-purpose entertainment venue equipped to accommodate major concerts, Broadway performances, ballets, symphonies and a full range of sporting events. The 10,000 seat Arena, 2,153 seat Concert Hall and 502 seat Playhouse Theatre can also be used as meeting areas for conferences or seminars. Huntsville's Von Braun Center is the perfect destination for your event needs. Twitter Facebook

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, and Robotics Camp the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’sDream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The USSRC is more than just artifacts! Experience the physics of astronaut training like never before in simulators like Space ShotTM and G-Force. Our Spacedome IMAX® Theater and our National Geographic Theater transports you to different worlds with amazing documentary films like Hubble, and live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Notable Artifacts • National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket • Pathfinder – the world’s only full-stack space shuttle display • Apollo 16 Command Module • Skylab Orbital Workshop • Apollo 12 Moon Rock Twitter Twitter(2) Facebook Instagram Google+ Pinterest Youtube Snapchat: spacecampusa
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Platinum Sponsors

Discover Central Europe

Discover Central Europe

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website In a land of medieval walled towns and timbered villages, Old World charm and ancient folklore meet in Europe’s quartet of cultural capitals – Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Bratislava. Forever linked by their shared heritage and unique geography in the heart of Europe, the easily navigable nations of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia each tell their own stories of the past in every moment of the present. Countless castles, wine routes that wend past ancient vineyards and restaurant menus featuring time-honored recipes underscore this sentiment of nostalgia.


Gold Sponsors

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

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G Adventures

G Adventures

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the planet's most awe-inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions. Social entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip founded the business in 1990 with nothing more than two credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen. By offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motor coach tours they were accustomed to, he not only changed the way people looked at their vacation time, but changed the face of travel forever. Some 27 years later, G Adventures’ award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travelers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The company hosts nearly 700 different itineraries in more than 100 countries, and supports a nonprofit foundation that’s helping 30+ local, social enterprises around the world succeed. That means that when you travel with G Adventures, you can do a world of good while simply having the time of your life.   Facebook Facebook 2 Twitter Twitter 2 Instagram Instagram 2 #TravelFreedom 


Silver Sponsors

VR Travel Star Guest

VR Travel Star Guest

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website VRGuest.com is the fastest growing vacation rental booking site on Earth. We bring together travel enthusiasts to achieve mutual goals of lifestyle, income, and promotion.  VR Guest can help social media pros like you gain more views and followers, as well as travel more, all the while earning free stays in our vacation rentals. We can help you. You can help us. Take the Travel Star Challenge. Sign up now at VR Travel Stars. VR Guest: Know your world. Would you like to use your social media skills to earn free places to stay on an ongoing basis? That’s what we’re offering. We created a space for travel bloggers and enthusiasts to share travel posts. While that’s not new, we have taken it to the next level by making it a game where you can earn free places to stay. That’s right, you can win free accommodations around the world! It’s simple. Get lots of hits; get lots of trips. Go to travelstars.vrguest.com to browse our site. Then sign up. The rest is up to you. Put your skills to work on VRGuest.com’s Travel Stars and you can earn a stay at a top-notch vacation rental!   #vrtravelstars

Inspired Planit

Inspired Planit

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Curate your travel dreams with INSPIRED PLANIT. Collect tips, articles, blogs, and videos by Travel Insiders and get inspired. Like what you find? Save articles and add hot spots within our interactive map tool to plan your dream trip. INSPIRED PLANIT spreads travel inspiration that fits a variety of travel styles, budgets and tastes. Our dynamic algorithm searches the web for travel blogs, videos and publications, displaying results that users can filter by interest. A thumbnail image and a headline are shown in search results, driving quality traffic to the publication to view the content. Users can save media to their INSPIRED PLANIT account to revisit when they are ready to book their trips. Create personalized city maps featuring your must-see spots– hotels, bars, restaurants, attractions, and hidden gems. Travel Insiders & Brands can integrate these custom maps into their sites to share favorite spots in a destination. INSPIRED PLANIT connects Travel Insiders with premium brands to collaborate on campaigns. These partnerships create uniquely versatile content distributed across multi-channel platforms with the goal to drive bookings. We use proven digital media strategies to natively amplify sponsored content to reach target audiences through influencer endorsements. Digital media campaigns are designed to spread authentic messages through Sponsored Content, Native Advertising & Social. Our Travel Insiders are digital storytellers, professional on-camera hosts, photographers, videographers, drone operators & Virtual Reality producers that create custom content. Please join us as a Travel Insider or a Brand Partner!

Israel Ministry of Tourism

Israel Ministry of Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Israel Ministry of Tourism is the government office responsible for marketing Israel as a tourism destination as well as building tourism infrastructure and making sure that the experience you have here is an unforgettable one! Over the past few years, Israel has become a top international travel destination. It is a varied and fascinating country, with attractions for visitors of all interests – from adventure travelers to food and wine connoisseurs, from spiritual seekers to beach lovers, and everyone in-between. The Israel Ministry of Tourisms website www.goisrael.com provides information on sites, suggested itineraries, digital maps and contact information for travel agents and tour companies selling travel to Israel. Virtual Information Center is available 24\7. You can also check out some great videos of Israel on our YouTube page, and on our Flickr account. Looking forward to seeing you in Israel! The Land of Creation’s team. Virtual@goisrael.gov.il

Family Backpack

Family Backpack

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Family Backpack is a new travel and lifestyle company. With its mission “designed to make family vacation planning easier,” The Family Backpack is an online guide helping families plan vacations from international travel to road trips in the United States while also providing insight and tips once the vacation has been planned. 
 Unique to The Family Backpack is a curated, custom module that brings in the best of the family travel sites and blogs from across the web. “After discovering over 275 family travel blogs while researching our own vacations, I knew I wanted to create a site that made it easier for parents to search and read the best of these posts,” said Andrea Khan, founder, CEO and Chief Travel Officer. The site thus enables busy parents to plan family vacations much faster and easier while still feeling like they put some quality time into their vacation research. The Family Backpack combines Khan’s deep passion for travel and family with her goal of making trips with kids easier and less overwhelming to plan. The site will be updated continually with new information on how to make family travel an exciting but manageable adventure. Facebook Instagram Pinterest

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Massachusetts Office of Travel

Massachusetts Office of Travel

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Massachusetts is a destination where contrast comes to life. We embrace the juxtaposition of old and new, where rich heritage meets groundbreaking innovation. Here, world class arts and culture are set against a backdrop of small town vibes. Culinary delights reign, with a strong tradition of farm-to-table cuisine, a burgeoning craft beer and cider scene, and delicious seafood. And in the great outdoors, there are pristine beaches and challenging mountain hikes, whitewater rapids and hot air balloon filled skies, sprawling coastal views and secret gardens. The Bay State - one of our many monikers - is home to some of the best islands in the world, wicked sweet accents, America’s oldest and most beloved ballpark, the original fried clam, and a dozen ski areas. We’re proud to carry a number of “firsts” under our belt, too, like the first US same-sex marriage, first basketball game, and the famous first Thanksgiving. Our heroes include sports legends, literary wizards, and groundbreaking scientists. Adventurers, historians, art lovers, families, weekenders, foodies, solo travelers… we look forward to welcoming you! Plan your visit to experience the dynamic, vibrant, and special place that is Massachusetts.

Marshall County CVB

Marshall County CVB

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Visit Marshall County, Alabama to sail, paddle and ski 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville or catch one of the lake’s famous largemouth bass. Created from acres of cotton fields in the 1930s, the reservoir reshaped both the landscape and the economy of a small, North Alabama community. Farmers gave up harvesting crops to work for TVA, and watched as electricity lit the Tennessee Valley. Now the lake is the county’s top selling product, with tourism driving the economy. And what was once dusty crops has now become an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. With 20 miles of wooded trails at Lake Guntersville State Park, you can hike or bike for hours. Lose yourself in the serenity of the view from the multi-level decks at the park’s lodge. Catch a sunset or even an eagle in flight. Venture into any of the four cities that surround the lake for unique shopping and local flavor, whether it be music or conversation. Try a bite of fresh seafood, traditional Southern barbecue or even a little locally grown goodness. Taste a sampling at Jules J. Berta, whose winery is featured on Alabama’s Wine Trail or try the amber ale at Main Channel Brewing Company’s new taproom. Come to Lake Guntersville with its miles of shoreline and stake your spot; bravely step below the earth’s surface and see the wonders that one cavern holds; climb to the highest peak of a mountain and let the wind and beauty of nature speak to you. At our little spot on the map, there are bold flavors, bright colors, and an infinite amount of opportunities. Create your own journey; write your story; see the adventure that awaits you in Marshall County, Alabama.

Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz Global Assistance

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Allianz Global Assistance is a world leader in the travel insurance and assistance industry because we really do help people—anytime, anywhere. As a principal provider of travel insurance, corporate assistance, and concierge services, we can help our customers find solutions to any travel-related problem. Our partners number in the thousands and include travel agencies, airlines, resorts, websites, event ticket brokers, corporations, universities and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is owned by Allianz SE, the world’s largest diversified insurance company. Thanks to the scale of our parent company, we can provide innovative products with worldwide coverage at a competitive rate. Look for the Allianz Global Assistance logo every time you book a trip, purchase show tickets or register for an event.     Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest   Hashtags: #TravelHappy and #TravelConfident

Awin, Inc.

Awin, Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Awin is a global affiliate network and the new name for Affiliate Window and zanox. With 15 offices worldwide, 900 employees, 100,000 contributing publishers and 6,000 advertisers, Awin connects customers with brands in over 180 countries around the globe. Operating across the retail, telecommunications, travel and finance verticals, Awin generated $6.7 billion in revenue for its advertisers and $406 million for its publishers in the last financial year

Quebec City Tourism

Quebec City Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Québec City is most definitely a world class destination. Perched atop Cap-Diamant, Old-Québec tells of its 400+ years of history through its architecture and narrow winding streets. Visitors marvel at its spectacular beauty, enhanced by the presence of the flowing St. Lawrence River. With French notes in the air, one feels literally transported into a European feel. Bistros serving “Café au lait” and boutiques offering local artisans’ work of art recall its original roots. The unparalleled quality and variety of restaurants puts Québec on a pedestal for exquisite cuisine highlighting regional produce. Outdoor enthusiasts are impressed with the variety of activities available and the breathtaking scenery in all seasons, just a few minutes’-drive from downtown. But the best way to experience Québec City is to meet its warm and friendly people and share their “Joie de vivre”.

Laura Davidson PR

Laura Davidson PR

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website For over 20 years LDPR has guided some of the world’s most prestigious travel brands through an evolving media landscape with creativity, professionalism and enthusiasm. We are a highly driven and innovative travel and lifestyle public relations agency based in New York City with a global roster of clients from destinations and tour companies to exclusive private islands, hotels and resorts. Our unique culture is defined by our collaborative and strategic approach to working with clients, media and our staff, leading to strong partnerships with measurable results.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism serves as the official destination marketing organization for the areas of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The destination is home to 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches stretching along a 27,000-acre island on the northernmost coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The family-friendly destination, located in Baldwin County, welcomed 5.7 million visitors in 2014. From zip lines and waterparks to golf courses and fishing charters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Alabama’s beaches. Nature enthusiasts enjoy miles of walking and biking trails, dolphin cruises, diving or snorkeling trips. History buffs can explore the area’s rich history at historic Fort Morgan and the local museums. For shoppers seeking the perfect souvenir, the island’s many boutiques, souvenir and specialty shops are perfect for treasure hunting. The area is also home to several renowned festivals and events including The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, nationally-acclaimed Hangout Music Festival, the Annual National Shrimp Festival and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. New to the area this year is the World Food Championship where 450 chefs from 45 states and 20 countries compete in the ultimate chef throwdown. Fresh Gulf seafood is king of the dining scene in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Most restaurants feature local seafood on their menus along with other dishes created from locally-sourced produce and meats. The area also has a wide selection of lodging choices from beachfront condos and national hotel chains to private beach houses and full-service resorts. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism hosts press trips throughout the year for both groups and individuals. To learn more about those opportunities, please visit GulfShores.com/Media.

BigEngage Inc.

BigEngage Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BigEngage is an easy to use, yet powerful marketing platform. Our job is to grow your subscription signups, increase repeat visitors by sending emails using email automation and help you better engage your reader. Our platform is easy & intuitive to use and has all the high-end features of products costing hundreds. It's totally free to use. Sign up today: www.bigengage.com/blogger Also, visit our blog where we share real customer success stories and tips that you can use as well: www.bigengage.com/blog

Blogger Bridge

Blogger Bridge

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BloggerBridge.com lets companies connect with bloggers • Search through a database of bloggers • Be alerted when bloggers book a trip to a city that you choose to watch • Advertise to some/all bloggers how you would want to work with them. You can filter which bloggers will see this opportunity • Manage lists of bloggers and work flow of the work you are doing with them • Track page views for posts by campaign • Review bloggers or see reviews left by other companies

Roadie

Roadie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Roadie is the first on-the-way delivery network that puts unused space in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people who have items to send with drivers already traveling in the right direction. Roadie enables more efficient, low cost delivery for Senders and rewards Drivers on trips they were already taking. Make extra money on your next road trip or commute, or save on shipping across town or across the US by using Roadie!

Hashtracking

Hashtracking

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Everywhere you look, Hashtags are being used to curate content, build community and amplify campaigns. Understanding hashtags and hashtag trends associated with your brand can help you connect & engage with your audience, quantify the impact of your marketing efforts, and identify important influencers. Hashtags can be funny, they can be newsworthy, and they can have a lasting impact on your business. We’re here to help measure and support your success.

Hemsworth Communications

Hemsworth Communications

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with an office in Atlanta, Georgia. Hemsworth Communications is one of the fastest-growing full-service public relations agencies servicing the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. A boutique-sized firm with an impressive background and global reach, Hemsworth combines unprecedented passion, insight and connections to surpass client expectations. Areas of specialization include branding, corporate communications strategy, media relations, special events, influencer campaigns, thought leadership and more. Hemsworth Communications’ clients include the below, among others: AmaWaterways Bear’s Den Club Best Western Hotels and Resorts Coral Hospitality Driftwood Hospitality Management Exclusive Traveler Club GoBe Hello Locale Margaritaville Holdings Pearl Beach Club Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Sonesta Coconut Grove #HemsworthPR Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Oklahoma City is in the midst of an exciting urban renaissance. You can see it in its ever-changing skyline. You can feel it on a Friday night in the Bricktown Entertainment District. . You can hear it from 18,203 of the rowdiest fans in the NBA cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. And when you come here, you can experience it first-hand from some of the friendliest people on earth. It’s the kind of place you want to be. It’s the wow factor that makes you realize you picked the right place to visit and you can’t wait to explore. It’s why National Geographic named Oklahoma City “Best Trips 2015.” If you’ve never been to Oklahoma City, now’s the time. And if it’s been a few years since your last visit, you’ll be amazed by the progress. Over the past two decades, the city has transformed through more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit OKC—with nationally ranked festivals such as H&8th Night Market, world-class adventure on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District or the popularity of its 12 districts, many offering monthly street festivals, there’s never been a better time than now to spend a week or weekend away. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s a city that’s rich in cowboy culture as well. All you need now is to see OKC.


Conference Sponsors

Bridge Street Town Centre

Bridge Street Town Centre

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Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately owned arts facility in the United States. With a focus on visual arts, this huge historic factory building has been redeveloped into 144 working studios for more than 250 artists and makers, 6 fine art galleries, a multi-use theatre, and performance venues. Within this thriving creative community are artists and makers from across the world. The Mill serves as a space where they can create, learn, and collaborate. With studio spaces lining the hallways, visitors have the opportunity to openly explore the Mill and artist spaces where they can shop and learn about the artists and their works. In addition to working artists, Lowe Mill is home to several of North Alabama’s premiere entertainment including Concerts on the Dock, the world’s longest running Cigar Box Guitar Festival, and more.  This historic arts center provides its community—both in- and outside the Mill—with a space to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in various mediums and forms, a place to fully immerse in an originative environment, ultimately making arts, entertainment, and culture accessible to those who visit this vibrant facility.

Alabama Constitution Village

Alabama Constitution Village

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Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden

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Media Partners

Hospitality21

Hospitality21

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Hospitality21 is a cutting-edge digital publication written for the affluent, curiosity-driven, sophisticated, intrepid world traveler. Our articles are diverse, covering a broad range of topics which our discerning readers crave. Editorial coverage includes travel, business, luxury goods, food and drink, global culture, and industry updates. At Hospitality21, we are bridging the gap between the hospitality industry and the ever progressing digital world in the 21st century. Our cutting edge publication provides relevant inspirational information to your fingertips 24/7 using a trendy and inviting platform. At times, a photo says it better; that's why you will find stunning media throughout Hospitality21. Social Media Links: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Travel Massive

Travel Massive

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Travel Massive’s Mission is to unearth and connect travel insiders in every city in the world in order to empower change in travel. We are the world’s largest open community of travel industry insiders, leaders and innovators. We connect thousands of professionals to meet, learn and collaborate at events in over 100 cities world wide.

TravelMedia.ie

TravelMedia.ie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website TravelMedia.ie is a travel specialist full service PR, marketing, SEO, events, communications, content marketing and representation company, founded in 2006, and managed by Michael Collins. TravelMedia.ie started as an Ireland market only traditional PR company. In 2012 TravelMedia.ie pivoted to become a digital first travel specialist PR agency, focused on the European market. TravelMedia.ie is still based in Dublin (via London and Paris), but services clients throughout Europe and further afield, e.g. TUI, Phocuswright, Atout France, SAS, Interhome, and Greenlife Tours.


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VR Travel Star Guest

VR Travel Star Guest

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website VRGuest.com is the fastest growing vacation rental booking site on Earth. We bring together travel enthusiasts to achieve mutual goals of lifestyle, income, and promotion.  VR Guest can help social media pros like you gain more views and followers, as well as travel more, all the while earning free stays in our vacation rentals. We can help you. You can help us. Take the Travel Star Challenge. Sign up now at VR Travel Stars. VR Guest: Know your world. Would you like to use your social media skills to earn free places to stay on an ongoing basis? That’s what we’re offering. We created a space for travel bloggers and enthusiasts to share travel posts. While that’s not new, we have taken it to the next level by making it a game where you can earn free places to stay. That’s right, you can win free accommodations around the world! It’s simple. Get lots of hits; get lots of trips. Go to travelstars.vrguest.com to browse our site. Then sign up. The rest is up to you. Put your skills to work on VRGuest.com’s Travel Stars and you can earn a stay at a top-notch vacation rental!   #vrtravelstars

Inspired Planit

Inspired Planit

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Curate your travel dreams with INSPIRED PLANIT. Collect tips, articles, blogs, and videos by Travel Insiders and get inspired. Like what you find? Save articles and add hot spots within our interactive map tool to plan your dream trip. INSPIRED PLANIT spreads travel inspiration that fits a variety of travel styles, budgets and tastes. Our dynamic algorithm searches the web for travel blogs, videos and publications, displaying results that users can filter by interest. A thumbnail image and a headline are shown in search results, driving quality traffic to the publication to view the content. Users can save media to their INSPIRED PLANIT account to revisit when they are ready to book their trips. Create personalized city maps featuring your must-see spots– hotels, bars, restaurants, attractions, and hidden gems. Travel Insiders & Brands can integrate these custom maps into their sites to share favorite spots in a destination. INSPIRED PLANIT connects Travel Insiders with premium brands to collaborate on campaigns. These partnerships create uniquely versatile content distributed across multi-channel platforms with the goal to drive bookings. We use proven digital media strategies to natively amplify sponsored content to reach target audiences through influencer endorsements. Digital media campaigns are designed to spread authentic messages through Sponsored Content, Native Advertising & Social. Our Travel Insiders are digital storytellers, professional on-camera hosts, photographers, videographers, drone operators & Virtual Reality producers that create custom content. Please join us as a Travel Insider or a Brand Partner!

Israel Ministry of Tourism

Israel Ministry of Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Israel Ministry of Tourism is the government office responsible for marketing Israel as a tourism destination as well as building tourism infrastructure and making sure that the experience you have here is an unforgettable one! Over the past few years, Israel has become a top international travel destination. It is a varied and fascinating country, with attractions for visitors of all interests – from adventure travelers to food and wine connoisseurs, from spiritual seekers to beach lovers, and everyone in-between. The Israel Ministry of Tourisms website www.goisrael.com provides information on sites, suggested itineraries, digital maps and contact information for travel agents and tour companies selling travel to Israel. Virtual Information Center is available 24\7. You can also check out some great videos of Israel on our YouTube page, and on our Flickr account. Looking forward to seeing you in Israel! The Land of Creation’s team. Virtual@goisrael.gov.il

Family Backpack

Family Backpack

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Family Backpack is a new travel and lifestyle company. With its mission “designed to make family vacation planning easier,” The Family Backpack is an online guide helping families plan vacations from international travel to road trips in the United States while also providing insight and tips once the vacation has been planned. 
 Unique to The Family Backpack is a curated, custom module that brings in the best of the family travel sites and blogs from across the web. “After discovering over 275 family travel blogs while researching our own vacations, I knew I wanted to create a site that made it easier for parents to search and read the best of these posts,” said Andrea Khan, founder, CEO and Chief Travel Officer. The site thus enables busy parents to plan family vacations much faster and easier while still feeling like they put some quality time into their vacation research. The Family Backpack combines Khan’s deep passion for travel and family with her goal of making trips with kids easier and less overwhelming to plan. The site will be updated continually with new information on how to make family travel an exciting but manageable adventure. Facebook Instagram Pinterest

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

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Virgina Tourism Corporation

Virgina Tourism Corporation

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Virginia is for lovers of mountains, beaches, wine and much more. Every square inch of the state provides an opportunity for a memorable vacation, no matter what your interests. Major historic sites including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, and Mount Vernon along with numerous Civil War sites. Virginia is home to 22 national parks, 36 state parks and 59 natural areas for camping, hiking, and outdoor recreation. It was named “Best Food Region of 2014” by Esquire magazine, and there are more than 280 wineries, and more than 100 craft breweries throughout the Commonwealth. It boasts a vibrant music scene with hundreds of music festivals each year and it is a top destination for weddings. Find out more at Virginia.org.

Massachusetts Office of Travel

Massachusetts Office of Travel

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Massachusetts is a destination where contrast comes to life. We embrace the juxtaposition of old and new, where rich heritage meets groundbreaking innovation. Here, world class arts and culture are set against a backdrop of small town vibes. Culinary delights reign, with a strong tradition of farm-to-table cuisine, a burgeoning craft beer and cider scene, and delicious seafood. And in the great outdoors, there are pristine beaches and challenging mountain hikes, whitewater rapids and hot air balloon filled skies, sprawling coastal views and secret gardens. The Bay State - one of our many monikers - is home to some of the best islands in the world, wicked sweet accents, America’s oldest and most beloved ballpark, the original fried clam, and a dozen ski areas. We’re proud to carry a number of “firsts” under our belt, too, like the first US same-sex marriage, first basketball game, and the famous first Thanksgiving. Our heroes include sports legends, literary wizards, and groundbreaking scientists. Adventurers, historians, art lovers, families, weekenders, foodies, solo travelers… we look forward to welcoming you! Plan your visit to experience the dynamic, vibrant, and special place that is Massachusetts.

Marshall County CVB

Marshall County CVB

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Visit Marshall County, Alabama to sail, paddle and ski 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville or catch one of the lake’s famous largemouth bass. Created from acres of cotton fields in the 1930s, the reservoir reshaped both the landscape and the economy of a small, North Alabama community. Farmers gave up harvesting crops to work for TVA, and watched as electricity lit the Tennessee Valley. Now the lake is the county’s top selling product, with tourism driving the economy. And what was once dusty crops has now become an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. With 20 miles of wooded trails at Lake Guntersville State Park, you can hike or bike for hours. Lose yourself in the serenity of the view from the multi-level decks at the park’s lodge. Catch a sunset or even an eagle in flight. Venture into any of the four cities that surround the lake for unique shopping and local flavor, whether it be music or conversation. Try a bite of fresh seafood, traditional Southern barbecue or even a little locally grown goodness. Taste a sampling at Jules J. Berta, whose winery is featured on Alabama’s Wine Trail or try the amber ale at Main Channel Brewing Company’s new taproom. Come to Lake Guntersville with its miles of shoreline and stake your spot; bravely step below the earth’s surface and see the wonders that one cavern holds; climb to the highest peak of a mountain and let the wind and beauty of nature speak to you. At our little spot on the map, there are bold flavors, bright colors, and an infinite amount of opportunities. Create your own journey; write your story; see the adventure that awaits you in Marshall County, Alabama.

G Adventures

G Adventures

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the planet's most awe-inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions. Social entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip founded the business in 1990 with nothing more than two credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen. By offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motor coach tours they were accustomed to, he not only changed the way people looked at their vacation time, but changed the face of travel forever. Some 27 years later, G Adventures’ award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travelers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The company hosts nearly 700 different itineraries in more than 100 countries, and supports a nonprofit foundation that’s helping 30+ local, social enterprises around the world succeed. That means that when you travel with G Adventures, you can do a world of good while simply having the time of your life.   Facebook Facebook 2 Twitter Twitter 2 Instagram Instagram 2 #TravelFreedom 

Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz Global Assistance

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Allianz Global Assistance is a world leader in the travel insurance and assistance industry because we really do help people—anytime, anywhere. As a principal provider of travel insurance, corporate assistance, and concierge services, we can help our customers find solutions to any travel-related problem. Our partners number in the thousands and include travel agencies, airlines, resorts, websites, event ticket brokers, corporations, universities and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is owned by Allianz SE, the world’s largest diversified insurance company. Thanks to the scale of our parent company, we can provide innovative products with worldwide coverage at a competitive rate. Look for the Allianz Global Assistance logo every time you book a trip, purchase show tickets or register for an event.     Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest   Hashtags: #TravelHappy and #TravelConfident

Awin, Inc.

Awin, Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Awin is a global affiliate network and the new name for Affiliate Window and zanox. With 15 offices worldwide, 900 employees, 100,000 contributing publishers and 6,000 advertisers, Awin connects customers with brands in over 180 countries around the globe. Operating across the retail, telecommunications, travel and finance verticals, Awin generated $6.7 billion in revenue for its advertisers and $406 million for its publishers in the last financial year

Quebec City Tourism

Quebec City Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Québec City is most definitely a world class destination. Perched atop Cap-Diamant, Old-Québec tells of its 400+ years of history through its architecture and narrow winding streets. Visitors marvel at its spectacular beauty, enhanced by the presence of the flowing St. Lawrence River. With French notes in the air, one feels literally transported into a European feel. Bistros serving “Café au lait” and boutiques offering local artisans’ work of art recall its original roots. The unparalleled quality and variety of restaurants puts Québec on a pedestal for exquisite cuisine highlighting regional produce. Outdoor enthusiasts are impressed with the variety of activities available and the breathtaking scenery in all seasons, just a few minutes’-drive from downtown. But the best way to experience Québec City is to meet its warm and friendly people and share their “Joie de vivre”.

Laura Davidson PR

Laura Davidson PR

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website For over 20 years LDPR has guided some of the world’s most prestigious travel brands through an evolving media landscape with creativity, professionalism and enthusiasm. We are a highly driven and innovative travel and lifestyle public relations agency based in New York City with a global roster of clients from destinations and tour companies to exclusive private islands, hotels and resorts. Our unique culture is defined by our collaborative and strategic approach to working with clients, media and our staff, leading to strong partnerships with measurable results.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism serves as the official destination marketing organization for the areas of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The destination is home to 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches stretching along a 27,000-acre island on the northernmost coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The family-friendly destination, located in Baldwin County, welcomed 5.7 million visitors in 2014. From zip lines and waterparks to golf courses and fishing charters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Alabama’s beaches. Nature enthusiasts enjoy miles of walking and biking trails, dolphin cruises, diving or snorkeling trips. History buffs can explore the area’s rich history at historic Fort Morgan and the local museums. For shoppers seeking the perfect souvenir, the island’s many boutiques, souvenir and specialty shops are perfect for treasure hunting. The area is also home to several renowned festivals and events including The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, nationally-acclaimed Hangout Music Festival, the Annual National Shrimp Festival and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. New to the area this year is the World Food Championship where 450 chefs from 45 states and 20 countries compete in the ultimate chef throwdown. Fresh Gulf seafood is king of the dining scene in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Most restaurants feature local seafood on their menus along with other dishes created from locally-sourced produce and meats. The area also has a wide selection of lodging choices from beachfront condos and national hotel chains to private beach houses and full-service resorts. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism hosts press trips throughout the year for both groups and individuals. To learn more about those opportunities, please visit GulfShores.com/Media.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately owned arts facility in the United States. With a focus on visual arts, this huge historic factory building has been redeveloped into 144 working studios for more than 250 artists and makers, 6 fine art galleries, a multi-use theatre, and performance venues. Within this thriving creative community are artists and makers from across the world. The Mill serves as a space where they can create, learn, and collaborate. With studio spaces lining the hallways, visitors have the opportunity to openly explore the Mill and artist spaces where they can shop and learn about the artists and their works. In addition to working artists, Lowe Mill is home to several of North Alabama’s premiere entertainment including Concerts on the Dock, the world’s longest running Cigar Box Guitar Festival, and more.  This historic arts center provides its community—both in- and outside the Mill—with a space to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in various mediums and forms, a place to fully immerse in an originative environment, ultimately making arts, entertainment, and culture accessible to those who visit this vibrant facility.

Alabama Constitution Village

Alabama Constitution Village

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BigEngage Inc.

BigEngage Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BigEngage is an easy to use, yet powerful marketing platform. Our job is to grow your subscription signups, increase repeat visitors by sending emails using email automation and help you better engage your reader. Our platform is easy & intuitive to use and has all the high-end features of products costing hundreds. It's totally free to use. Sign up today: www.bigengage.com/blogger Also, visit our blog where we share real customer success stories and tips that you can use as well: www.bigengage.com/blog

Blogger Bridge

Blogger Bridge

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BloggerBridge.com lets companies connect with bloggers • Search through a database of bloggers • Be alerted when bloggers book a trip to a city that you choose to watch • Advertise to some/all bloggers how you would want to work with them. You can filter which bloggers will see this opportunity • Manage lists of bloggers and work flow of the work you are doing with them • Track page views for posts by campaign • Review bloggers or see reviews left by other companies

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden

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Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Float down the Singing River to see how it has influenced the lives of early Native American Settlers to produce a thriving community just as it compelled W.C. Handy to reproduce the sounds of our unique Southern Soul. Stories of overcoming adversity abound throughout the Shoals, from enduring the battles of the Civil War era to the inspirational accomplishments of Helen Keller. Today the “Shoals” area includes Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Florence is the largest city in Lauderdale County. The small town flavor of our soul and the large city refinement are evident as you stroll through our charming historic districts, play 18 holes of world-class golf, reel in a trophy size bass, explore the factories of the masterminds behind high fashion or indulge yourself in our tantalizing array of southern cuisine. Florence is the home to The University of North Alabama and is ranked as the fifth safest place to live in the nation. This area is the perfect place for your next vacation or future retirement!

Tourism Toronto

Tourism Toronto

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website There's Always Something Going on in Toronto! Toronto, Canada's Downtown, is an exciting urban centre made up of diverse and colourful neighbourhoods, creating an intimate mosaic of more than 100 cultures. Fall in love with North America’s fourth largest city with its eclectic festivals and events, an unstoppable nightlife, an exploding food scene and several 5-star hotel offerings. Whatever you're into, you can do it in Toronto!   Tourism Toronto: Toronto’s Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,000 members established to sell and market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers around the globe. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. For more information please visit SeeTorontoNow.com. For more information please visit seetorontonow.com.

Discover Central Europe

Discover Central Europe

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website In a land of medieval walled towns and timbered villages, Old World charm and ancient folklore meet in Europe’s quartet of cultural capitals – Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Bratislava. Forever linked by their shared heritage and unique geography in the heart of Europe, the easily navigable nations of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia each tell their own stories of the past in every moment of the present. Countless castles, wine routes that wend past ancient vineyards and restaurant menus featuring time-honored recipes underscore this sentiment of nostalgia.

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website About Ontario All four seasons in Ontario are packed with the adventures, experiences and attractions that make a trip of a lifetime. Try paddling, camping, hiking or snow-shoeing in Ontario’s 280 provincial parks. Dance until dawn in Toronto or Ottawa nightclubs; marvel at Niagara Falls; and pair fine VQA vintages with regional delicacies prepared by top chefs. Step into history at living museums, thrill to the color and ceremony of pow wows on Manitoulin Island and Ottawa’s changing of the guard. And throughout Ontario embrace the internationally celebrated theatre, literary, music, fashion and film festivals that light up Canada’s cultural scene all year. About the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a vision to position Ontario as a preferred global destination. OTMPC’s mission is to generate increased visitation by Ontario, Canadian and international tourists, enhance tourism expenditures in Ontario, and contribute to provincial economic prosperity through impactful marketing and results oriented investment partnerships. Launched in 1999, the OTMPC, together with its industry partners, develops and delivers exciting, integrated marketing programs in Ontario and eleven countries around the world. For more information on travel to Ontario, visit www.ontariotravel.net, like Ontario Travel on Facebook, or follow @OntarioTravel on Twitter and Instagram and follow #DiscoverON.

Roadie

Roadie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Roadie is the first on-the-way delivery network that puts unused space in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people who have items to send with drivers already traveling in the right direction. Roadie enables more efficient, low cost delivery for Senders and rewards Drivers on trips they were already taking. Make extra money on your next road trip or commute, or save on shipping across town or across the US by using Roadie!

Tourism Winnipeg

Tourism Winnipeg

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Located at the geographic centre of Canada and North America, Winnipeg is Manitoba’s vibrant capital city. Bordered on either side by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, Manitoba is considered the gateway to Western Canada and the heart of the nation. The city has more than 6,000 years of history as a result of its significance as an indigenous meeting place. From the 17th to 19th centuries, the area flourished as the hub of Canada’s fur trade and then later again as a key site of early railroad development. With a population of more than 780,000 culturally diverse people, Winnipeg is a four-season destination with a cosmopolitan flair and warm, welcoming spirit. Winnipeg is a city where arts and culture are celebrated on every corner, a city whose multiculturalism shines bright, a city with award-winning culinary creations and home to some of the country’s most exciting new attractions. Winnipeg offers the perfect blend of history, entertainment, recreation and relaxation. The city has always stood for the power of the people, from grassroots movements that changed the world to individuals who make a difference. Stroll boulevards marveling in relics of days-gone-by while taking in modern buildings that sparkle with innovation. Stories almost too good to be true wait at every turn. Winnipeg is enjoying a renaissance with exciting new attractions that have recently opened including Thermëa, a Scandinavian-inspired spa; Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Journey to Churchill polar bear exhibit at Assiniboine Park, and Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park. National Geographic Traveler Magazine placed Winnipeg on its top 20 worldwide list of Best Trips 2016, and vogue.com just called Winnipeg "Vaguely Exotic, Totally Obscure, and an Absolute Must-Visit Destination." Winter has also gained more prominence with RAW: almond's pop-up restaurant on the frozen river.

Hashtracking

Hashtracking

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Everywhere you look, Hashtags are being used to curate content, build community and amplify campaigns. Understanding hashtags and hashtag trends associated with your brand can help you connect & engage with your audience, quantify the impact of your marketing efforts, and identify important influencers. Hashtags can be funny, they can be newsworthy, and they can have a lasting impact on your business. We’re here to help measure and support your success.

Hemsworth Communications

Hemsworth Communications

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with an office in Atlanta, Georgia. Hemsworth Communications is one of the fastest-growing full-service public relations agencies servicing the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. A boutique-sized firm with an impressive background and global reach, Hemsworth combines unprecedented passion, insight and connections to surpass client expectations. Areas of specialization include branding, corporate communications strategy, media relations, special events, influencer campaigns, thought leadership and more. Hemsworth Communications’ clients include the below, among others: AmaWaterways Bear’s Den Club Best Western Hotels and Resorts Coral Hospitality Driftwood Hospitality Management Exclusive Traveler Club GoBe Hello Locale Margaritaville Holdings Pearl Beach Club Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Sonesta Coconut Grove #HemsworthPR Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Oklahoma City is in the midst of an exciting urban renaissance. You can see it in its ever-changing skyline. You can feel it on a Friday night in the Bricktown Entertainment District. . You can hear it from 18,203 of the rowdiest fans in the NBA cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. And when you come here, you can experience it first-hand from some of the friendliest people on earth. It’s the kind of place you want to be. It’s the wow factor that makes you realize you picked the right place to visit and you can’t wait to explore. It’s why National Geographic named Oklahoma City “Best Trips 2015.” If you’ve never been to Oklahoma City, now’s the time. And if it’s been a few years since your last visit, you’ll be amazed by the progress. Over the past two decades, the city has transformed through more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit OKC—with nationally ranked festivals such as H&8th Night Market, world-class adventure on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District or the popularity of its 12 districts, many offering monthly street festivals, there’s never been a better time than now to spend a week or weekend away. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s a city that’s rich in cowboy culture as well. All you need now is to see OKC.

Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Before and during the Civil War, Huntsville was a center for railroad and river-based trade and commerce. The Tennessee River remains a favorite local spot for summertime fun. Even now, we boast one of the nation’s oldest existing railroad depots where Civil War-era graffiti still marks the walls from the Confederate soldiers who were held captive there. Unlike many Southern communities during the Civil War, Huntsville's buildings were mostly spared from destruction – leaving the Rocket City with one of the largest concentrations of antebellum homes in the South. The heart of this historic area is called Twickenham. Look at the structures across town and you’ll see a beautiful collection of antebellum homes, renovated manufacturing mills, iconic Greek Revival-style buildings, a perfectly preserved down-home hardware store – the oldest in the state – and even a few spaceships! Where else can you find that combination? In the middle of the 20th century, our bustling town became a critical support line for the U.S. Army before helping to launch the Space Race with the establishment of NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Space exploration is celebrated across all of Huntsville – we are known as “Rocket City USA” after all – but it’s especially celebrated at Alabama’s most popular attraction, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Expanding further into science, technology and other industries is Cummings Research Park, the second largest in the nation. Established in 1962, this impressive consortium of more than 300 companies adds a bustling population of engineers, doctors, students and creatives. The history of Huntsville has seen numerous influxes of new faces from all over the world, which makes our history and identity an ever-changing tapestry. From humble beginnings, the “Rocket City” has grown into a future-minded place to live, work, play... and, of course, to visit! Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube #iHeartHsv   IMG_3190

North Alabama

North Alabama

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A waterfall backdrop for a Native American love story, snow white tigers roaming with more than 130 other exotic animals, a casual meal snug in a rock canyon, rocketing to the stars at the world’s largest space museum, or jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to skydive through crisp blue southern skies. These are just a few of the surprising sights and unexpected experiences that awaits your visit to North Alabama. The region embraces the forest shrouded rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains chain and is split east-to-west by the mighty Tennessee River. The river is sliced into four tremendous recreational reservoirs by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams to create well-known Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, and Pickwick Lake. This setting provides a knapsack full of natural wonders and recreational experiences to complement our rich heritage destinations, eye-popping festivals, and unforgettable journeys. Let’s take a quick dash through some of the unexpected surprises in North Alabama. Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel and tourism industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. AMLA plans and advances the economic welfare of North Alabama by advertising, promoting, and encouraging further development of the natural, historic, and man-made tourist attractions and the recreational facilities and resources of the region through the cooperative efforts and support of its 500+ members. Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

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North Alabama has Huntsville, with its U.S. Space & Rocket Center, exposes visitors to what’s beyond our earthly skies; caves and canyons spanning the foothills of the scenic Appalachia Mountains dip into what’s below. Alabama’s National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey, cuts through Bankhead National Forest, adding to the natural beauty. In Muscle Shoals, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”, the highs and lows take the shape of music notes. Birmingham dominates the central region with nightlife and urban sophistication as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights District and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Pinhoti Trail and biologically diverse, free-flowing Cahaba River cut across the region, giving hikers and paddlers something to enjoy. The quiet fades during races at Talladega Superspeedway and Barber Motorsports Track. At Ross Bridge, Oxmoor Valley and Silver Lakes, “drivers” take on a different look as golfers play courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement are celebrated in the Southern region. Montgomery was voted by readers of USA Today and www.10Best.com as America’s most historic city. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and winds its way to the State Capitol. East to Tuskegee, local museums also tell America’s civil and voting rights story. Eufaula’s Southern mansions, Dothan’s peanut past and the Alabama Scenic River Trail, make this region delightful. Sugar-sand beaches and turquoise saltwater, the Gulf Coast is like an oversized resort where every day is a vacation. Families bond over sand castles in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Seeking a day away from the beach? Mobile charms with its antebellum history. With numerous destinations to discover, from sugar-white beaches to picturesque mountaintops, Alabama presents dozens of reasons to pack up and hit the road. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Youtube

Von Braun Center

Von Braun Center

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Located in northeast Alabama and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntsville is a high tech city with a history of Southern hospitality. The Von Braun Center, named for rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher Von Braun, is located in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville. A short drive from the International Airport and convenient to area hotels. The state-of-the-art South Hall provides over 100,000 square feet of continuous space and 82,000 feet of column-free exhibit space, as well as its own 500-space covered parking garage, in addition to meeting rooms and a 20,000+ square foot lobby and pre function area. North Hall and East/West Hall provide an additional 50,000+ of flexible exhibit, meeting, and banquet space. Meeting rooms accommodate groups of all sizes. The Von Braun Center is a multi-purpose entertainment venue equipped to accommodate major concerts, Broadway performances, ballets, symphonies and a full range of sporting events. The 10,000 seat Arena, 2,153 seat Concert Hall and 502 seat Playhouse Theatre can also be used as meeting areas for conferences or seminars. Huntsville's Von Braun Center is the perfect destination for your event needs. Twitter Facebook

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, and Robotics Camp the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’sDream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The USSRC is more than just artifacts! Experience the physics of astronaut training like never before in simulators like Space ShotTM and G-Force. Our Spacedome IMAX® Theater and our National Geographic Theater transports you to different worlds with amazing documentary films like Hubble, and live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Notable Artifacts • National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket • Pathfinder – the world’s only full-stack space shuttle display • Apollo 16 Command Module • Skylab Orbital Workshop • Apollo 12 Moon Rock Twitter Twitter(2) Facebook Instagram Google+ Pinterest Youtube Snapchat: spacecampusa
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