Connections will Remain Open Until March 31 For Followup
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau
American Treasure Tour
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry
Belmont County Tourism Council
Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB
Emerald Hospitality Association
Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Holiday Inn Downtown, Columbus
Holiday Inn Express Petoskey
Holland Visitors Bureau
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Minneapolis Northwest CVB
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Travel Treasures
Portsmouth Scioto Cvb
Put-In-Bay Jet Express
Sault Ste. Marie CVB
Swiss Valley Tours
The Blennerhassett Hotel
Union County CVB
Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette
Tour Operators 85
Booth Share 45
Additional Delegates 67
Media Partners 17
Total Attendance 406
Power of Group Travel 74 Bootcamp
Four Minute Meet: 966
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Tour Operators: 83
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Listen To What 2014 Attendees Are Saying About Heartland!
"Thank you Heartland Travel Showcase! This was my first experience and all I can say is WOW, what an organized show it is. From making appointments to arriving to the show…there’s great attention to every detail. I was especially impressed with the show guide and the detailed profile sheets on each tour operator! Hope to see you in Chicago."
Chris Massie, TITANIC Museum
"Heartland Travel offered educational opportunities, great appointments and amazing networking for our new property. This showcase allowed The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience to reach an audience in a three day period that we would have never been able to reach on our own in a three year period."
Jeff Crow, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
Heartland Travel Showcase was fantastic! We will definitely see business this year from the show. The tour operators came ready to plan their group tours!
Sharrona Burns, CTP, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
"We found the tour operators very qualified and interested in our region! Great evening events gave us the opportunity to network with other regional partners and tour operators! Thank you for a well-organized Heartland Travel Showcase!"
Debbie McDonald, Historic Roscoe Village
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Toledo Sightseeing Tour
America's Heartland Showcased at Group Travel Marketplace
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Media Contact: Jeremy Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org
3/9/2014 (Toledo, OH) - More than 200 representatives from museums, attractions, hotels, and visitors bureaus from throughout the midwest gather to demonstrate the unique experiences available to the group travel market at Heartland Travel Showcase in Toledo, Ohio, March 7-9.
Heartland Travel Showcase is the midwest’s largest motor coach marketplace and features the region’s top destinations and attractions for group tours. As a direct result of their participation, Heartland attendees have booked approximately $85,182 per business over the last three years.
Joining forces with other states and provinces attracts more tour operators and offers selling opportunities difficult to develop without a collective effort. States and provinces represented at this year’s marketplace at the SeaGate Convention Centre included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.
Tourism representatives met one-on-one with tour operators who book packaged travel. The tour operators are looking for itinerary ideas that they can incorporate into future motorcoach tours they offer to their clients.
According to a recent study by the American Bus Association, groups traveling by bus spent $13.6 billion 2012, and another study says that number is likely to grow. Ninety-two percent of tour operators reported having more customers in 2013, said U.S. Tour Operators Association in a study released in December.
When a motorcoach rolls into town, it generates revenue for restaurants, hotels, museums, attractions, shops, and more. A recent study by Group Tour Magazine says one motorcoach generates at least 23 hotel rooms booked, 46 tickets sold, and 46 meals served.
Heartland Travel Showcase will be held Feb. 20-22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.