Each year, MOT attends travel-trade shows and meetings throughout North America and Europe. These provide forums between buyers and sellers, including tour operators, travel suppliers and exhibitors who package travel to, from and within North America. The shows and meetings often include education sessions and speakers.
North American Trade Shows and Meetings
OMCA (Ontario Motor Coach Association) – With over 25 appointments with Canadian tour operators, the MOT’s goal is to promote Maine as a destination via ad hoc itineraries while investing time in creating relationships with our neighboring tour operators.
Dates: November 9 and 10, 2020 (virtual)
NTA (National Tour Association) – During Travel Exchange, tour professionals from around the globe gather to gain information and strategies, share ideas and solutions, and hold buyer/seller meetings. The MOT attends over 30 face to face meetings providing information and itineraries to old and new tour operators wishing to visit Maine.
Dates: November 17-19, 2020 (virtual)
ABA Marketplace (American Bus Association) – Every January, ABA welcomes the travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year in which the Maine Office of Tourism meets with over 50 US tour operators to promote the state. With a large booth serving local delicacies and providing information in an informal setting, this is the largest event dedicated to the motorcoach industry in the US.
Dates: January 29 to February 1, 2021 in Baltimore
Discover New England’s Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace – The only New England travel trade event where New England hospitality businesses can meet directly with international tour operators and receptive operators who arrange trips for international travelers.
Dates: Spring, 2021 at Sunday River Resort, Maine
IPW – A national showcase of America, where U.S. travel exhibitors connect with travel buyers and media from more than 70 countries to promote their product, negotiate future business and build relationships.
Dates: May 10-14, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV
TAP (Travel Alliance Partners) – A 3-day conference with 25-minute roundtable appointments with TAP Tour Operators. The MOT works personally with TAP Partners to create itineraries to Maine’s destinations and attractions. This annual conference takes place in June each year and is attended by all TAP Tour Operator Partners, as well as destinations from across North America. Attendance is approximately 200-250 people.
Dates: TBA for 2021
European Trade Shows and Meetings
World Travel Market (WTM)
Dates: November 2-4, 2020 in London, England
ITB – The world’s leading travel trade show.
Dates: March 10-14, 2021 in Berlin, Germany