From April 6 to 12, Vail (Colorado) hosts the 33rd Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS). The event is the largest and longest-running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in North America. The week-long event includes three major components: trade shows, a Forum, and social events to foster networking opportunities. There are two separate and distinct trade shows--one that is specifically geared for Tour Operators (the Trade Exchange) and another one for Ski Club/Council organizers (the Group Exchange). The Forum includes two full days of professional development and education featuring presentations from nationally-known speakers as well as individual breakout sessions on practical and topical issues. Finally, a variety of receptions, parties, and activities are scheduled throughout the week to maximize networking and relationship building. MTS attracts more than 1,000 participants each year from ski resorts, lodging properties, resort associations, domestic and international tour operators, airlines, ground transportation companies, travel insurance companies, and related service providers. The event ends tomorrow with a great BBQ on Sarge’s Shelter at Mid Vail.
Next year, Keystone (Colorado) will host the Mountain Travel Symposium on March 29 – April 4.