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San Francisco Travel Association to hold briefing at City Hall: “What is International Pow Wow and Why Do I Care?”

The San Francisco Travel Association has scheduled a briefing titled “What is International Pow Wow and Why Do I Care?” for Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 9:00-10:00 am in City Hall, Room 305.

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The San Francisco Travel Association has scheduled a briefing titled “What is International Pow Wow and Why Do I Care?” for Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 9:00-10:00 am in City Hall, Room 305.

There is no charge to attend the briefing but advance registration is required.

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 for San Francisco in the short term alone. It is coming to San Francisco on May 21-25, 2011.

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 400 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, plus one night open for private parties.

“For San Francisco’s tourism industry, this is most valuable event we could have,” said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “Approximately 30% of San Francisco’s visitors come from outside the U.S. These valued travelers tend to stay longer and spend more than domestic visitors.”

It will take an estimated $4 million in cash and in-kind support to host U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow in San Francisco. San Francisco Travel has been planning for the event for several years and continues to seek partners to join forces and create the best International Pow Wow in the event’s 42 year history.

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 Parks Conservancy, Hornblower Cruises & Events and PIER 39.

The Gold sponsors are Coach America, Hyatt Hotels San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Napa Valley Destination Council, 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, Handlery Union Square Hotel, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Marriott San Francisco Marquis, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Premium Outlets, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, 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 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, San Francisco Symphony, San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf and Westfield San Francisco Properties.

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