ATWS, or the Summit, is a conference that is 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 and network with other delegates as well as get a taste of Salta, Argentina. The conference days that follow are jam-packed with educational sessions, inspirational speakers and networking events, a 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 $1350USD (Member)/$1750USD (Non-Member) registration fee include?
Your paid registration for one entrance to all 4 days of the Summit (October 16-19) 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. Available on first come first served basis.
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 – Salta has secured several hotels at discounted rates for the ATWS delegates – selected hotels will have daily shuttles to the Centro de Conventions Salta where the event will take place.
Flights/Airfare – Flights to and from Salta are not included in the registration fee.
Pre-Summit Adventures – what are they and should I attend?
Pre-Summit Adventures are 3-day to 7-day itineraries taking place in Salta and around Argentina designed to showcase the adventure tourism potential of Argentina.
The Tourism and Culture Ministry of Salta and the Ministry of Tourism, Argentina is encouraging all 2017 ATWS delegates to travel early to Salta or elsewhere in Argentina 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 provided by the tour operator (rates include accommodations, activities, and most meals through duration of PSA. Specific inclusions and exclusions are noted in the itinerary PDF).
International buyers, travel advisors, and media are eligible to apply for hosted PSA spots. Please note, there are a limited number of hosted spots being held on the Pre-Summit Adventures. If hosted on a PSA, all items included in the cost are covered, such as accommodation (twin share; single rooms cannot be guaranteed), ground transportation on the PSA, and select meals. Specifics of inclusions and exclusions are listed on the itinerary PDF. Hosted spots are specifically for international buyers and travel advisors seriously looking at Argentina as a possible future offering and those looking at expanding their existing program in Argentina. Media with a serious intent and ability to publish stories about Argentina will also be considered.
If you would like to apply for a hosted PSA spot, please complete the application form accessible on the PSA web page. Please note that your application is subject to approval and availability. Buyers and media who are offered and accept one of these complimentary spots on a PSA are required to participate in the ATWS Marketplace during the Summit and may be interviewed afterwards about their experience.
Applicants who are not approved for the hosted spots, as well as those delegates who are not buyers or media, are still invited and encouraged to join a PSA at the discounted rate listed on the specific PSA detail page. All paying participants must pay the tour operator directly.
What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration to a co-worker?
ATTA Members may transfer 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. 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, you may elect to cancel your 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.
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?
No, we do not have any volunteer opportunities available.
How can I attend as a media delegate?
If you produce, publish, or sell a media product, we encourage you to attend the Summit as a regular delegate and immerse yourself in the adventure travel community while helping promote your company’s adventure product to the industry’s influencers and decision-makers. There are a limited number of official media delegate badges available for international freelance journalists, on-staff writers and editors, professional bloggers/influencers and broadcast journalists. Official media delegate badge holders are determined through an application process well in advance of the event. If you applied for a media badge but were not accepted, or if the media application window is now closed, you are also welcome to register as a regular event delegate (without media credentials). Local and regional media (radio, newspaper, television) seeking to attend may be eligible for a media day pass granting access to select sessions and/or events To make your request, email [email protected] and include your press credentials with your inquiry.
ATWS – MARKETPLACE Q&A ***2017 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 up to 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.
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