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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Historic Newport, Rhode Island to Host the 28th Annual ITMI Symposium and Reunion January 25 – 29, 2015

The ITMI Symposium is a unique tourism industry event that includes master classes, panel discussions and powerful keynote addresses by visionaries and thought leaders.

San Francisco, Calif. – March 19, 2014 – Newport, Rhode Island, a jewel in historic New England, has been designated as the venue for the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Symposium. The ITMI Symposium, to be held January 25th - 29th,  2015, is a unique tourism industry conference that brings together domestic and international tour operators and tour directors for interactive seminars and continuing education. Industry stakeholders share valuable market intelligence about consumer preferences and trends. Familiarization trips highlight the history and the many unique attractions the area offers.
“Newport’s breath-taking natural beauty, its stately mansions and its rich cultural heritage make this an ideal venue for our annual conference,” states Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI.  “We are excited to showcase Newport to symposium attendees, many of whom will be previewing attractions for future tour itineraries.”
“There’s growing excitement throughout Newport’s hospitality industry, now that our destination has been chosen to host the January 2015 ITMI Symposium and Reunion,” said Discover Newport President and CEO Evan Smith. “Our City-by-the-Sea is a perfect fit for this group as our area offers an exceptional variety of appealing tour options for all interests. We’re delighted for the opportunity to welcome the leading institution for tour training to Newport and look forward to creating a memorable experience for all involved.”

About the ITMI Symposium:
For the past 28 years, the ITMI Symposium has attracted leading tour operators such as Globus Family of Brands, Tauck World Discovery, Adventures by Disney, Trafalgar Tours, Collette Vacations, World Strides, Smithsonian Student Travel, Princess and Holland America Cruise lines to name but a few. The event includes interactive seminars and educational programs that provide forward-thinking content about industry trends and mission critical technology.

About ITMI:
Since 1976, ITMI has been America’s premier training and certification program for professional tour directors, guides and travel staff. For more information about ITMI or the Symposium, contact Annemarie Osborne Annemarie.Osborne@gmail.com (800) 442-4864 (415) 957-9489 or visit www.itmisf.com.

About the Discover Newport:

Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. A non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premiere destination for business and leisure travel. For more information, contact Andrea McHugh am

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