A record number of delegates from China will attend International Pow Wow in San Francisco on May 21-25. Some 120 Chinese tour operators, meeting planners and journalists are registered for the event, which is produced by the U.S. Travel Association.
Known worldwide in the travel industry as the major marketplace for transacting inbound U.S. travel business, International Pow Wow is expected to generate more than $350 million in tourism business for San Francisco in the short term alone.
More than 1,100 international and domestic tour operators from 70 countries will “shop” the largest travel industry trade show in North America inside Moscone Center, meeting in 70,000 pre-set appointments with some 3,500 exhibitors from every corner of the U.S. More than 450 international and domestic travel journalists will also attend to report on the event and the destination. There will be three evenings of exclusive events for the attendees at some of San Francisco’s premiere attractions and unique locations, plus one night open for private parties.
To enhance the productivity of the Chinese delegates’ visit, 25 Mandarin-speaking volunteers from the American Language Program at California State University, East Bay will act as escorts and interpreters during the business appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The volunteers have been trained on the background of International Pow Wow and the travel industry so that they can assist in translations during meetings with U.S.-based travel suppliers.
The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow in San Francisco is supported by the following Platinum sponsors; San Francisco International Airport, Alcatraz Cruises, California Academy of Sciences, California Travel & Tourism Commission, CityPASS, the de Young Museum, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Hornblower Cruises & Events and PIER 39.
The Gold sponsors are American Express, Hyatt Hotels San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Legendary Napa Valley, North Coast Tourism Council, Port of San Francisco, Red & White Fleet, Starwood Hotels & Resorts-Western Region, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau and Super Sightseeing Tours.
The Silver sponsors are AT&T Park, Boudin San Francisco, Classic Cable Cars and Ride The Ducks, Coach America, Handlery Union Square Hotel, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Marriott San Francisco Marquis, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Premium Outlets, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, SuperShuttle, Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16, Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, Walt Disney Family Museum, WharfPass and Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.
The Bronze sponsors are : “Beach Blanket Babylon,” Biscuits & Blues, Bloomingdale’s, C-Two Hotel Group, Cova Hotel, Exploratorium, Fairmont San Francisco, GoCar Tours, Go West Tours, Gold Country Visitor’s Association, Hilton San Francisco Financial District, Holiday Inn Civic Center, Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel Abrego, Hotel Whitcomb, Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants, Napa Valley Wine Train, Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf, Redding & Northern California’s Shasta Cascade Region, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Symphony, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley CVB, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf and Westfield San Francisco Centre.
The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,600 members, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $8.5 billion annually for the local economy. The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. The association also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.
American Express® is the official credit card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.