Visit USA is giving agents the chance to win return flights to the US by attending an informative virtual roadshow focusing on the attraction of the USA as an All Year Round destination.
The association has teamed up with Travel Weekly and Aspire to produce the virtual event, which takes place on October 6, and will see a selection of Visit USA members educating agents on many of the US destinations and experiences suited to post-pandemic travel.
Representatives from 14 different states, destinations and attractions will highlight the broad appeal and the variety of travel adventures available across the country.
Agents who register will be entered into a prize draw to win two return economy-class tickets on any flight route from Heathrow to the continental US.
To register before the closing date of 10am on September 29, click here.
The roadshow will take place on October 6, starting at 4.30pm.
Tracey Spuyman, chief executive of Visit USA (UK) said: “This virtual roadshow highlights the attraction of the US for all-year-round travel and is a great opportunity for the travel trade to find out more about 14 different Visit USA members – all US destinations and experiences – and the diverse travel opportunities available to all UK travellers.”
Visit USA members exhibiting at the virtual roadshow are:
- Visit Central Florida
- Daytona Beach Area CVB
- The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
- Legends Attractions (c/o TravelBeat)
- Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
- Louisiana Office of Tourism
- Maverick Aviation Group, Grand Canon & Las Vegas
- Visit Myrtle Beach
- Visit North Carolina
- Visit Park City
- Experience Scottsdale
- Tennessee Tourism
- Universal Parks & Resorts
Register for the roadshow here by September 29 for your chance to enter the prize draw to win two flights to the US.
*The prize comprises a pair of return economy-class tickets on any routing from London Heathrow to the continental US. Tickets can be used from January 1, 2022, until December 31, 2022, and taxes must be paid by the winner. Ticket validity cannot be extended and terms and conditions apply.
About Visit USA members:
Visit USA (UK) brings together more than 100 different organisations involved in travel and tourism to the USA, including US State Tourism Offices, destinations, attractions, airlines, tour operators, hotel groups and more.
The United States is made up of 50 states, all of which have distinctive landscapes and unique characters offering an unparalleled diversity of travel experiences. Its landscape is truly stunning and the vast number of iconic sights, interesting cities and exciting adventures make America a must-see destination for all keen travellers – whatever the time of year.
A digital Travel Planner magazine is available alongside an informative Blog on the Visit USA website at visitusa.org.uk, outlining details of a range of offers, ideas and travel opportunities from Visit USA members. Make sure your clients consider the USA for their next travel experience.
Download the 2021 Travel Planner from the Visit USA website now at visitusa.org.uk/travelplanner
Visit Central Florida
Florida is a year-round destination with hot sultry summers and drier, sunnier winters. It doesn’t matter which season you choose, Polk County – known as Florida’s Sweetest Spot – has unique cities, restaurants, attractions and shopping, as well as vibrant arts and culture venues.
Dining is a speciality in Florida’s Sweetest Spot, offering a vast range of eclectic and delicious options, from locally grown fruits and vegetables to fresh-caught seafood. Delve deeper and you can sample the natural gifts the area has to offer including farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, winery and local craft beers.
Home to Florida’s oldest attraction, Bok Tower Gardens, the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, Circle B Bar Reserve, Safari Wilderness and Legoland Florida Resort. With 554 freshwater lakes, the area offers fishing, airboat tours and watersports and has the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo.
Daytona Beach Area CVB
Adventure awaits in Daytona Beach! Explore 23 miles of relaxing, white-sand beaches, the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, the iconic Daytona Beach Boardwalk & Pier, 20 exciting golf courses, 50 annual events and festivals, dozens of museums and galleries, family attractions, an eclectic selection of unique dining options, fishing, wildlife and plenty of watersports and outdoor fun.
It’s just an hour’s drive to Orlando and other Central Florida attractions. Shop to your heart’s content, with several charming downtown shopping areas filled with boutiques, eateries, and more. Test your skills on the greens, with 20 exciting golf courses. Zipline through the scenic Tuscawilla Preserve. Touch sharks and stingrays at the Marine Science Center.
With a lovely climate and attractions and events throughout the year, Daytona Beach is the perfect year-round destination and one of Orlando’s closest beach destinations.
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Welcome to Boston. This beautiful coastal city claims many American firsts and has played an outsized role in history. Expect a walkable city with beautiful architecture, parks and trails, 50 miles of walkable waterfront, and a multitude of restaurants and markets featuring the best of New England seafood and cuisine.
With its cosy pubs, rooftop bars, outlet and high-end shopping, and on-the-water activities, Boston surprises and delights. Watch the Boston Red Sox at America’s first ballpark; take a high-speed catamaran to see whales up close; or watch the sunset over the Charles River.
Each of the city’s neighbourhoods – from the Back Bay’s ornate Victorian town houses to the trendy and modern Seaport District – has a distinct style and tone.
Car-free day trips and excursions by bike, ferry, bus, and train to many locations are available from Boston, or rent a car to get out and explore New England’s backroads.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the US space programme, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities. Currently open with limited capacity, included with admission are Heroes & Legends, featuring the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, presented by Boeing, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, space films, the Rocket Garden and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
The all-new Planet Play is designed for a younger generation of space explorers, ages two to 12, where children play on the planets, map a constellation, climb a wormhole and walk on Saturn’s rings.
Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9am with closing times varying by season.
Legends Attractions (c/o TravelBeat)
Legends Global Attractions offer an unrivalled guest experience destined to dazzle, delight and excite visitors from around the world. Bold and dramatic designs inspire awe and wonder; food and Drink experiences delight local foodies; while leading-edge technology and innovation offer fully immersive experiences.
· One World Observatory, New York: You’ll ride a SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Grab a drink at ONE Mix and toast the world’s most famous skyline. Meet a guide to take you on interactive tour at City Pulse. See for yourself why One World Observatory is truly ‘an experience above’.
· Sky View Observatory, Seattle: Sky View Observatory sits atop the tallest building in the Northwest. Seattle’s beauty beckons: you’ll see majestic Mount Rainier and graceful Elliott Bay, then enjoy a shareable plate, hand-crafted local brews or Washington State’s unique wines at Sky View Cafe.
· Illuminarium Experience, Atlanta and Las Vegas: Enter ‘Wild’, a virtual safari experience that stimulates every sense through a combination of leading technologies found nowhere else. Let your taste buds travel to enjoy a local favourite or something new in the Illuminarium cafe, or visit us after dark and party in a lounge like no other.
Legends Attractions is represented by TravelBeat.
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles Tourism is the ultimate resource for where to stay, play, shop and meet throughout the LA area, from Hollywood and Downtown to the Valley, Westside and beach cities.
LA is home to 300 days of warm sunshine, 75 miles of idyllic shoreline, and exploring the outdoors is one of the best ways to experience the city. Hiking is a quintessential LA pastime, and Griffith Park – home to the landmark Griffith Observatory, offers a variety of popular trails.
Your clients can also enjoy an ‘endless summer’ at the best beaches in LA, from Malibu to the South Bay, where they won’t want to miss the majestic sunset. To seek a truly unique experience, an outdoor or even waterside yoga class is a must! For breakfast, lunch or dinner, your clients can enjoy dining alfresco and taking in sweeping views from rooftop bars and restaurants.
Louisiana Office of Tourism
Louisiana’s unique people and rich history, culture and landscapes have been featured in numerous books and stories over the years. Now you can experience it all for yourself by visiting the state that boast fabulous cuisine, music that sets your soul free, hundreds of year-round festivals, a diverse, exotic and colourful history, tax-free shopping, and good ol’ Southern hospitality!
Average temperatures in Louisiana vary greatly feeling nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year.
Any time of year, one can find a festival to enjoy and the invitation is always open. Booking ahead for better-known festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival is crucial for both independent travellers and groups.
Whether you are exploring the bayous of Cajun Country, the gardens of North Louisiana or the nightlife in New Orleans there is no corner of Louisiana that should go unturned. See what Louisiana has to offer and ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ – let the good times roll!
Maverick Aviation Group, Grand Canon & Las Vegas
Maverick Helicopters delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences with helicopter tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and over the islands of Maui and Kauai. It is the only recipient of the FAA’s Diamond Award for excellence in maintenance training and safety for 10 consecutive years.
For nearly 26 years, Maverick Helicopters has safely delivered helicopter experiences to millions of passengers. They are guaranteed to fly in an Eco-Star helicopter, the only helicopter designed and engineered specifically for air tourism. Passengers will be escorted in and out of the aircraft by their pilot, ensuring comfort and safety for all.
Maverick offers feature tours to the Grand Canyon with the best landing site available, Las Vegas Strip flights day and night, plus a new Neon and Nature Tour.
The company also maintains the youngest and largest fleet of one type of helicopter – the Airbus H130 family of helicopters – and flies more than 250,000 guests annually in Las Vegas, Maui, Kauai, Grand Canyon South Rim, and Grand Canyon West Rim.
Visit North Carolina
North Carolina warmly invites you in, from the highest mountains on the East Coast to the 300-plus miles of pristine sunny coast. North Carolina features natural beauty, history, arts, culture, adventure and more than 500 golf courses – something for everyone.
The mountains offer hiking on the Appalachian Trail and rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Mountains as well as being the home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
In central North Carolina, find one-of-a-kind shopping, experience the ‘heart’ of Nascar, the dynamic environments of our state’s largest cities or the local food and nightlife scene of our university towns.
On the coast, dive into watersports such as boating, swimming and saltwater fishing; climb historic lighthouses or visit Kitty Hawk and see where the Wright Brothers first achieved powered flight – or just bask in the warm sun on 300 miles of coastline, including beaches rated among America’s best.
Visit Park City
Park City, in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, is North America’s most accessible four-season mountain recreation destination, located just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. Home to two world-class ski resorts – Deer Valley and Park City Mountain – Park City has more than a hundred lodging properties including large multi-family private homes, bed-and-breakfast inns, condominiums and full-service hotels. Among this variety of properties is the highest concentration of ski-in ski-out luxury lodging in North America, and more than a hundred restaurants, two micro-breweries and the world’s only ski to the door whiskey distillery and saloon.
Our summer offer is growing in international popularity with over 375 miles of cycling and hiking trails along with many other activities to be enjoyed under brilliant blue skies. Summer visitors can take advantage of lower prices for lodging while enjoying the same high standards as winter visitors.
Scottsdale, Arizona, offers travellers an indulgent getaway that promises relaxation, excitement and discovery in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert. With over 310 days of sunshine annually, Scottsdale offers visitors a cosmopolitan desert retreat with the luxury of space and room to roam.
Scottsdale is home to a wide collection of luxury resorts, boutique desert hideaways and hip, urban hotels. Wherever you stay, you’re surrounded by world-class golf, acclaimed spas, art and culture, outdoor recreation and an endless variety of shopping and dining.
There’s plenty to do in the walkable Old Town, which serves up a wide array of shops, nightlife, restaurants, galleries and museums. Whether visitors are looking to charge up or relax, Scottsdale leaves them feeling effortlessly revitalised.
Tennessee is the ‘Soundtrack of America’. No matter the reason for your visit – whether searching for some relaxation, outdoor adventure, great music or a history lesson – we have it all right here.
Music is synonymous with Tennessee. Whether it’s the rock ‘n’ roll infused sounds from Memphis or the country twang of Nashville, Tennessee is a melting pot of sound and culture. From Graceland to the Grand OIe Opry via the Country Music Hall of Fame, there is plenty to salivate musical palates.
For the explorer, East Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, where adventurers can trek over gorgeous mountain cliffs, wonder at dazzling waterfalls, and bask in glorious colours of the scenery around them. Tennessee may well be a year-round destination to visit, but some of the best and most scenic view of the Smoky Mountains can be witnessed in the fall (October) as the lush greens change to warmer yellows, oranges and reds.
Don’t forget to experience a tour of Tennessee’s greatest export – Jack Daniel’s whiskey. The distillery is located in Lynchburg, and a short hop from Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. Nearby is scenic Pigeon Forge, home of Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood.
Not forgetting the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the nation’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall in Ruby Falls, the Tennessee Aquarium and Beale Street. There is so much on offer in Tennessee, you may need to come back more than once to experience it all.
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Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts welcomes guests from around the world to experience epic stories and exhilarating adventures in astonishing new ways. With innovations inspired by some of the most creative minds in entertainment, including three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Universal’s theme parks are where amazing technology, cinematic greatness and sheer ingenuity come together to bring guests inside the world’s most loved stories.
These are the most jaw-dropping, heart-pounding, heart-warming, eye-opening, completely amazing places on the planet. Welcome to Universal Parks & Resorts.