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Niagara USA hosts top family travel writers

by jmaloni


Mon, Sep 16th 2013 04:20 pm

Leading family destination to welcome Travel Media Showcase Family Travel Conference

The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. will host the third annual Travel Media Showcase Family Travel Conference Sept. 20-23. This is the second time TMS will hold a media event in Niagara USA.

TMS Family Travel Conference is the leading conference for family travel media and marketers. More than 45 family travel writers, bloggers, broadcasters and social media luminaries will be in attendance, along with representatives of destinations and tourism organizations.

In addition to attending presentations and seminars at the Conference & Events Center Niagara Falls, the group will participate in events that will showcase the region. During their stay, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Niagara Falls State Park, ride the Maid of the Mist, and take a ride with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. They will also enjoy a lunch at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and experience a candlelit tour of Old Fort Niagara that will showcase the "Haunted Fortress" and "Christmas by Candlelight" events. They will also have a 100-mile radius meal at Becker Farms.

Prior to the conference, a group of reporters will tour the canal region, where they will learn about the history of the Erie Canal at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises, and the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride. Visits to the Kenan Center and Herschell Carrousel Museum are also planned. They will sample local culinary favorites at Sweet Sixteen Café and the new Remington Tavern.

"Traveling families make up a large portion of the visitorship to Niagara USA, and with Niagara Falls, N.Y., being a top 10 domestic destination (according to MMGY Global/travel horizons), it made sense that Niagara USA host the third annual TMS Family Travel Conference," said John Percy, NTCC CEO and president. "We look forward to highlighting the entire region, especially our new attractions, to this group of top family travel writers."

Among the featured speakers are travel editors of the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, as well as National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief and author Keith Bellows.

The mission of the NTCC is to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara USA communities by generating individual and group visitation.

TMS brings together leading print and broadcast travel media with tourism representatives from around the world to showcase new regions for media to cover, and connect destinations with qualified leads. TMS is a division of J. Vero Associates, an event planning and destination management company.

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