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Denver, The Mile High City - Host City for IPW 2018

Denver & Colorado Plan to Roll Out the Red Carpet, May 19-23, 2018!

Since winning the official host city bid for the U.S. Travel Association's IPW 2018, VISIT DENVER has engaged industry partners throughout the state, including the Colorado Tourism Office, to begin planning for this exciting opportunity. IPW is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.  (For more information, visitustravel.org)

"Hosting IPW is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase our city and state to the world. This 'Super Bowl' of the global travel industry connects U.S. travel destinations with international travel companies and journalists to help all of us increase international visitors. Denver is honored to be the host for IPW, May 19-23, 2018," said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER. 

"For many delegates, IPW 2018 will be their first introduction to Denver and Colorado, so we definitely plan to roll out the red carpet," said Scharf. "Denver is not only the premier gateway to the Rocky Mountain West and America's best skiing at resorts like Vail, it is also an urban destination with a small-town feel for international travelers to explore - from the thriving arts and cultural scene and our Western heritage, to the creativity of craft brewers and local chefs. And, of course, there is plenty of shopping!"

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CITY

DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UNION STATION & COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER

Delegates will experience the state-of-the-art Denver International Airport when they arrive, and rail service (starting in 2016) will take them directly into the heart of the city at Union Station, the city's newest transportation hub and Amtrak station. Historic Union Station reopened in 2014 and immediately became a hotspot for locals and visitors, with a boutique hotel, farm-to-table restaurants, retail, ice cream parlor, The Terminal Bar and the elegant Cooper Lounge

The Colorado Convention Center will be the host venue for IPW 2018 and all of the hotels will be within walking distance!  (Yes, delegates will want to bring walking shoes to explore all of the city center!)

WALKABLE CITY WITH DENVER BEER TRAIL

The city's walkable downtown is home to the 16th Street MallLarimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown). Victorian brick buildings of Denver's colorful past have been transformed into restaurants, shops, art galleries, cocktail lounges and live music venues. Craft breweries can be found throughout the downtown area as well, and the Denver Beer Trail can be the guide to sampling some of those innovative local beers. 

ART & CULTURE

Art lovers will immediately see and feel the creativity and energy that defines The Mile High City, from the giant blue bear that greets visitors at the Colorado Convention Center to the bold architecture of the Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. The Denver Art Museum is renowned for its American Indian and Western art collections, and also hosts traveling blockbuster exhibitions. The Clyfford Still Museum which tells the story of this famed Abstract Expressionist is right next door, and within walking distance are the Museum of Contemporary Art DenverThe Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the History Colorado Center and the Molly Brown House & Museum.

MUST-SEE ATTRACTION - RED ROCKS

Speaking of must-see attractions, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is at the top of that list, and it's just a short drive west of Denver. This truly magical place setting in nature is home to concerts under the stars amidst giant, ancient rocks by night, and during the day it's a free park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center highlighting the famous musicians who have played this one-of-a-kind venue, including The Beatles in 1964 and U2 recording its "Under a Blood Red Sky" album.

SHOPPING BY B-CYCLE

Shoppers should head to Cherry Creek Shopping Center or explore Denver neighborhood shops and boutiques on B-cycles, which are part of the citywide bike-sharing program. Cherry Creek is home to Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more, and it's only a 10-minute drive from the Colorado Convention Center.  (Or, you can take a B-cycle there, too.)

WESTERN HERITAGE

Denver and Colorado are proud of their Western heritage and it remains an important part of the destination's story. From the early days of the Wild West and the Gold Rush to the present-day entrepreneurs, ranchers and farmers, Colorado embraces that authentic Western spirit. Visitors to Denver can shop at Rockmount Ranch Wear where the first snap-button cowboy shirt was invented, and rock stars still shop today. Explore the stories of the past at the History Colorado Center or take a day trip to visit The Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave and the town of Golden where Coors Brewery is located. Post-Fam tours will take delegates throughout the state to experience national parks, outdoor adventures, historic mining towns that have become famous ski destinations and more. 

SPORTS TOWN USA

Denver's reputation as Sports Town USA is ever-growing, with year-round professional sports and annual events like the USA Pro Challenge every August, where cyclists from around the world take on the alpine mountain terrain across the state and race across the finish line for the finale in downtown Denver. In May of 2018, delegates will likely get a chance to see one or more sports teams in action - the Colorado Rockies (baseball), the Colorado Rapids (soccer) or the Denver Outlaws (lacrosse).

WELCOME TO DENVER IN 2018 OR BEFORE!

The VISIT DENVER team and the entire State of Colorado are gearing up for 2018. According to Scharf, "Maybe it's the majestic Rocky Mountains, or perhaps it's the brilliant blue skies and sunny days, but there is an unmistakable energy in Denver, and we want visitors to experience that during IPW 2018.  The city has only hosted IPW once before, in 1991. There is no doubt that Denver has become a much more vibrant, urban destination since then, so we want you to see for yourself in 2018... or before!"