Mountain Travel Symposium announces meeting sites through 2013 | SierraSun.com

Mountain Travel Symposium announces meeting sites through 2013

DENVER, Colo. and#8212; Co-founders and partners Mike Pierson and Ralf Garrison of the Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) awarded bids to three major mountain resorts to host an upcoming MTS meeting, including North Lake Tahoe and the Resort at Squaw Creek. The annual Symposium, currently in its 35th consecutive year, moves each year to premier resorts and attracts approximately 1,000 attendees to participate in two tradeshows and an educational Forum.

Vail Resorts submitted a bid for Beaver Creek Resort and were selected for the 2011 Symposium. Most events will be held at the Beaver Creek Convention Center and Vilar Center while lodging will be divided between the Park Hyatt, East West and Charter properties April 3-9, 2011. North Lake Tahoe and the Resort at Squaw Creek were awarded the 2012 Symposium bid in Squaw Valley April 15-21 with the conference meetings and lodging all hosted at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The Town of Snowmass got the nod for the next year April 7-13, 2013 with meetings scheduled for the Snowmass Conference Center and lodging at the Silvertree and Wildwood Hotels.

and#8220;We had seven wonderful bids this year from destinations that offer outstanding services and amenities so it was a difficult decision choosing between all the options,and#8221; explained Pierson.

The focus of the week-long Symposium is two trade shows where marketing professionals begin negotiations and writing orders for large blocks of business that involve every aspect of ski and snowboard vacations from lodging and lift tickets to airfare and ground transportation. The two-day educational Forum held in the middle of MTS week offers general sessions with nationally known speakers on key current issues and a series of small group workshops for specific training sessions, problem solving, and skill building.

and#8220;Hosting Mountain Travel Symposium in North Lake Tahoe allows the entire region to showcase our exceptional destination to the domestic and international tour and wholesale operators,and#8221; says Andy Chapman, director of Tourism for North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. and#8220;We hosted MTS in 2006 and it was such a positive experience that we are eager to invite the industry back to Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe to experience our incredible location and unmatched California hospitality.and#8221;

These three Symposiums will follow this yearand#8217;s event in Banff, Alberta from April 11-17, 2010 where an estimated 900 people have already registered. Attendance is stronger than projected and the individual appointments during the Trade Exchange are nearly booked.

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Mountain Travel Symposium Week (MTS) is the largest and longest-running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in North America. Featuring an educational Forum and Tour Operator and Ski Group Trade Shows, MTS is generally regarded as the single most productive business venue for mountain travel suppliers and buyers.