Who can you meet at International Media Marketplace? IMM NYC 2020


Last year, I went to IMM (International Media Marketplace) for the first time. I met with many great destinations and reconnected with many travel friends. The conference is very well organized and professional so I came back for IMM 2020!

We spent the day for our meetings in the the all-glass River Pavilion at the top of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Now that The Vessel and Hudson Yards are open and they extended the “7” on the Metro it is much easier to get to Javits Center by subway.

I am so glad I was able to participate in both the Summit and IMM 2020. I look forward to coming back and highly recommend you participate in this professional travel conference.

One of my favorite moments at IMM was seeing Dan Gibson from Visit Tucson who I first met at Travel Classics. In honor of their meetings with journalists, they donated to Iskashitaa Refuge Network which helps refugees integrate into the southern Arizona community while strengthening the local food network. Did you know that Tucson is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy? They want to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food and that food service employees earn a living wage. Visit Tucson donated $10 to Iskashitaa for each of their IMM appointments. That is the best use of “SWAG” dollars EVER! Thank you Dan, Mary and Cindy!

Will YOU love the LG V30? Tucson Sunset Tanque Verde
Tucson sunset from my visit at Tanque Verde Ranch

Video: TravMedia International Media Marketplace NYC 2020

I loved meeting with:

Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism – Pacome Schembri 

Choose Chicago | DQMPR – Stephanie D’Adamo 

Emerald Waterways | Gillies and Zaiser – Public Relations –  Lauren Frye 

Tourism Vernon – Angeline Chew 

Austin Adventures – Carol Austin 

Fairmont Hotels, Pacific Northwest – Casey Barks 

Pursuit – Michelle Gaudet 

Hotwire | Citizen Relations – Jina Michael

Travel Portland – Jackie Hagan

Augusta | Pineapple Public Relations – Brianna Reid 

Samoa Tourism Authority – Jessica Felipe 

Margaritaville | Finn Partners – Caitlin Galeotti

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Bryan Hansen 

Western Montana’s Glacier Country Tourism – Lucy Beighle 

The Travel Corporation (TTC) – Arnelle Kendall

Transformational Travel Council | EM Adventure Marketing  Inc. – Elyse Mailhot 

Destination Canada | Beattie Tartan – Kate Rogers 

Visit SLO CAL | TURNER – Deborah Park 

Curacoa Tourism – Michelle George

AMA Waterways – Brenda Kyllo

REI Expeditions – Megan Behrbaum

South Africa Tourism – Justin Barnette

Last year at IMM, I met with Cara Schneider from Visit Philly and we planned a visit and a segment for KTLA TV.

Lisa Niver on KTLA with Lu Parker and Glen Walker
Lisa Niver on KTLA with Lu Parker and Glen Walker

At CMM, I met with Nicole Ford from Rocky Mountaineer after my train trip, I did a segment on KTLA and one of my videos from that trip is now the most popular on my YouTube channel with over 51,000 views!

Lisa Niver on KTLA Sunday Morning News

I wonder what adventures will happen in 2020 after all of my meetings! I hope to go to Brazil for the first time this year and maybe back to Africa.

Lion in Africa by Lisa Niver

I went on safari in Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent and at Sanctuary Olanana, they sang to me:

Please see my article about our day at TravMedia SUMMIT 2020 and my day at New York Times Travel Show 2020!

Here are my videos from last year at International Media Marketplace and the New York Times Travel Show:

IMM 2019: What happens at IMM in NYC?

NYTTS 2019: Join me to explore the NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW 2019

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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