CRUSA Global Travel Exchange 2022 (photo courtesy KRR Photography)
With October in the rearview mirror, we want to reflect on our first-ever Global Travel Exchange held in Washington, DC, with fam tours in both Maryland and Virginia.

More than 35 destinations, hotels, attractions, and other tourism related businesses met with over 35 tour operators from the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria, as well as US-based receptive tour operators.

A BIG thank you to everyone who made the event a success including our sponsors and members. 

You can hear more about the GTE here and see photos here. Also, if you'd like to bid on hosting the 2023 event, please see the RFP here.

As we head into winter, we're excited to be relaunching our tour operator marketing co-ops and starting our busiest sales and media mission schedule yet. If you're interested in any of our opportunities, please let me know.

Thanks again for your support of our international tourism marketing and PR efforts. I look forward to hopefully seeing many of you at VA-1 and the Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit in a few days.

Scott Balyo
Executive Director
Capital Region USA
Global Travel Exchange

Brand USA Talks Travel Features Scott Balyo
Brand USA Talks Travel elevates the conversation concerning international travel to the United States by speaking to industry leaders. The latest episode features Scott Balyo sharing lessons learned from CRUSA's first Global Travel Exchange. Listen here.
Host the 2023 Global Travel Exchange!
CRUSA is seeking proposals for the 2023 Global Travel Exchange (GTE). The destination or property selected to host the GTE has the unique opportunity to showcase their facilities and attractions to as many as 40 targeted international tour operators and US-based receptive tour operators as well as regional, state, and local tourism professionals. Hosting a GTE may result in substantial follow-up business opportunities for the destination/property.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2023.

Photos from the 2022 GTE
See highlights from the first-ever Global Travel Exchange. Please credit any photo use to KRR Photography.
Industry Events
2022 VA1 Governor's Tourism Summit
The 2022 VA1 Governor's Tourism Summit will take place November 13 - 15, 2022 at Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, Virginia.

Network with colleagues and industry experts, attend presentations and panel discussions, and celebrate travel in Virginia.

Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit
This will be the 41st year of the Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit through continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and numerous volunteers. We are looking forward to returning to Ocean City for the first time since 2014!

Last year’s event SOLD OUT so register early to make sure you don’t miss out!

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