WASHINGTON — Following the cancellation of this year’s IPW, the U.S. Travel Association has announced that the annual trade show will be held in Las Vegas on May 10-14, 2021.
This year’s IPW, scheduled to convene in Las Vegas on May 30, was forced to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The previously scheduled 2021 host city, Chicago, agreed to step aside for next year and will assume host duties in 2025.
“This is incredibly welcome good news amid the serious challenges facing the travel industry, the country and the world,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Cancelling this year’s IPW was a difficult though clearly necessary call, and our future host cities came together to achieve a win-win outcome for the future of the event.”
Dow extended his gratitude to both Las Vegas and Chicago for their ongoing support.
“As we look to recover from this health emergency and the resulting economic crisis, it is fitting that we will be able to hold IPW in Las Vegas, a city that epitomizes the economic power of travel and tourism,” he added. “We are deeply grateful to Chicago, which had one of the most successful IPWs in recent memory as a first-time host in 2014, for their flexibility, generosity and collaborative spirit.”
IPW 2021 in Las Vegas will take place in the newly constructed West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to premier sponsor Brand USA, the premier event will feature hosts the Las Vegas Convention and visitors Authority and Travel Nevada.
Other future host sites – Orlando in 2022, San Antonio in 2023 and Los Angeles in 2024 – remain unchanged.
IPW is the United States’ leading international inbound travel trade show, driving US$5.5 billion in future travel to the country.