ATWS, or the Summit, is a conference that has become the preeminent place to network with adventure-based tour operators and media from around the world, further your personal development and knowledge of the trends in adventure travel and help promote your company’s adventure product to the adventure travel industry’s influencers and decision-makers. It is not a traditional trade show.
This year’s Summit is a four-day conference that kicks off with a “Day of Adventure,” giving attendees the opportunity to casually connect/network with other delegates as well as get a taste of the state of Alaska. The conference days that follow are jam-packed with educational sessions, inspirational speakers and networking events, a small MARKETPLACE (supplier tables at an additional cost to registration), MediaConnect and entertainment.
Check out our Events page to view videos of previous Summit adventures, plenary sessions and highlights.
What does the $1150USD (Member)/$1550USD (Non-Member) registration fee include?
Your paid registration for one entrance to all 4 days of the Summit (September 19-22) includes:
access to all ATWS plenary and breakout sessions
scheduled Summit meals
opportunity to book transfers to and from the airport on scheduled days
Summit Connections – the ATWS exclusive online community and networking app
The Day of Adventure – including transportation, adventure activity, equipment (if needed) and lunch
What is not included in the registration fee?
MARKETPLACE Table – MARKETPLACE is a one-day event; sign-ups are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Please Note: Within the conference agenda, there are numerous other opportunities to network – during the Day of Adventures, the social events and meals, and more. As a delegate you have access to Summit Connections, an app and website, which allows you to start networking immediately. Additionally, the sessions are full of information to help you improve your business, and the MediaConnect networking session could be worth the price of admission alone, as you’ll be able to meet editorial staff from publications such as Lonely Planet, Outside Magazine and many more.
Lodging/Hotels – ATTA and Visit Anchorage have secured three hotels at discounted rates for the ATWS delegates – all within a few blocks from the Dena’ina Conference Center where the ATWS sessions will take place.
Flights/Airfare – Flights are not included in the registration fee. Please review the Traveler Information page for airport information.
Pre-Summit Adventures – what are they and should I attend?
Alaska is encouraging all 2016 delegates to travel early to Alaska to experience and enjoy first-hand one of the incredible Pre-Summit Adventures (PSA) on offer. PSAs are reserved for registered delegates (and paid guests) at a discounted rate (rates include accommodations, activities and meals through duration of PSA-unless specifically noted in trip description).
International buyers, travel advisors and media are eligible to apply for hosted PSA spots. Please note, there are a limited number of hosted places (accommodations, activities and meals are covered) being held on the Pre-Summit Adventures. These spots are specifically for international buyers and travel advisors seriously looking at Alaska as a possible future offering and those looking at expanding their existing Alaska program, as well as for those travel advisors currently selling Alaska travel itineraries. Media with a serious intent and ability to publish stories about Alaska will also be considered.
If you would like to apply for one of these hosted places, please complete the application form. Please note that your application is subject to approval and availability. Buyers and media who are offered and accept one of these complimentary places will be interviewed afterwards about their experiences as well as required to participate in the ATWS Marketplace. Applicants who are not approved for the hosted spots are still invited to attend at the 2016 delegate discounted rate. For those who are not buyers or media, discounted PSA rates are available.
What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration to a co-worker?
ATTA Members may transfer the financial value of their Summit registration to a co-worker or to the next ATWS for no charge if written notification (to [email protected]) is given 60 days before the Summit – unless specifically stated on registration materials. After that point, the transfer service fee is $250. Companies who are not members of the ATTA can transfer their registration at any point for a $250 service fee. No refunds will be given within 60 days before the Summit; please plan accordingly. While the ATTA strongly encourages delegates to first consider transferring their registration to a co-worker or to the next ATWS, from the time of paid registration through the 61st day before the Summit delegates may elect to cancel their registration and receive 50% of the registration fees originally paid. Send your cancellation request to [email protected].
Do I book my hotel accommodations through the ATWS?
No. Please book your accommodations by going to the Traveler Information page and click the hotel links or call directly.
What is the cancellation policy for accommodations?
Please check with the hotel you booked for their cancellation policy.
Are there any airline discounts?
No, not at this time.
Are volunteer opportunities available for ATWS 2016?
No, we do not have any additional volunteer opportunities available.
ATWS – MARKETPLACE Q&A ***2016 SOLD OUT
What is MARKETPLACE like?
MARKETPLACE is a small, intimate environment that works to connect both suppliers and buyers. Similar to “speed dating” but with an emphasis on quality over quantity, your MARKETPLACE experience with be made up of 13 separate 17-minute meetings, and will provide a great atmosphere for introductions, learning about new opportunities and engaging in product development discussions.
As a supplier, how can I secure quality MARKETPLACE meetings?
Summit Connections is step one to having a great Marketplace experience. Reaching out to buyers you wish to meet with prior to the Appointment Request process is step two – the more you reach out in advance the more meetings you will have on-site. Utilize the “Message” feature on the app to reach out to buyers and ask them to request you as requests will be approved based on Buyer – Supplier matches.
I didn’t receive all my requested appointments, why?
We do our best to provide as many requested appointments as possible but due to the popularity of certain delegates, full schedules and exact requests are not guaranteed. You are able to add or rearrange meetings after your schedule has been delivered through Summit Connections. *PLEASE do not contact ATTA to make changes or request appointments once your schedule has been delivered, it is your responsibility to make changes once your schedule has been delivered.
Can I make changes to my MARKETPLACE Schedule once it’s been delivered?
Absolutely! Again, Summit Connections will be your best tool in making any change to your MARKETPLACE schedule. Your meetings will be uploaded to your Summit Connections profile in the “Meetings” section. You can add/cancel/change any meetings from this tab.
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today is widely recognized as a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. The membership and trade organization is designed to be a force for the industry and exists to drive thought leadership, industry promotion, and opportunities to network and convene globally to create trade and business health. It currently serves more than 1,300 members in 100 countries worldwide. The constituency is made up of tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents, and accommodations all sharing a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. Through its growing business services division, the ATTA delivers a portfolio of strategic solutions and a robust ecosystem of events around the globe. With specialized expertise in research, events, education, media, and promotion, the ATTA business service division is able to provide valuable solutions to a broad set of partners across many verticals of business.