Branson, Irvine and Dunedin at the WITS '16 Destination Contest

Gain incredible exposure among 500 powerful travel influencers. Apply to host the Women in Travel Summit! Four finalists will be chosen and given the opportunity to promote their location at WITS ’16.


WITS '15 in Boston, Massachusetts

WITS ’15 in Boston, Massachusetts

The Women in Travel Summit (WITS) is the first-ever travel blogging summit by and for women. The event targets female travel bloggers and industry representatives, giving them an opportunity to meet one another, grow their expertise in travel business and blogging, and expand our global sisterhood of traveling women.

WITS ’16 is the third-annual summit, attracting approximately 500 influencers from around the world at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California. Join us for WITS ’16 and you could win the opportunity to host WITS ’17 in your city.


Irvine, California meets with WITS '15 attendees. Irvine was selected as the WITS '16 destination.

Irvine, California meets with WITS ’15 attendees. Irvine was selected as the WITS ’16 destination.

Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) and Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are invited to apply to host the Women in Travel Summit 2017 in their home city. We are looking for a great destination with:

–At least one hotel large enough to host the event

–Interesting activities, restaurants, and charm for WITS off-site events and tours

–Accessibility, including proximity to an airport and easy transport around town

–Enthusiasm and support for women travelers

If you feel your city would be a great site to host WITS ’17, fill out the application here and tell us why you’re the best! Four finalists will be chosen to host a booth and display their destinations at WITS ’16. This is your opportunity to “sell” your destination to our travelers (be creative!).

WITS ’16 attendees will vote for their favorite destination, which will count toward the final tally in choosing a destination for WITS ’17, announced live on stage at our closing ceremony.


WITS ’17 finalists are highlighted in a number of official WITS mailings and given an exclusive destination contest finalist package. This is an unmatched opportunity to gain exposure among travel bloggers and show them why your city is great.

The winning host will receive a special host sponsorship package for free at a value of $10,000, and will receive ample social media coverage from excited attendees when selected live on stage at WITS ’16. For more information about the packages, see the end of this document.


To apply, submit all application materials before 1 September 2015:

–Application form here

–Hotel rates from at least two hotels*

—–Rates must include weekends in March 2017 as well as any recommended dates during your city’s off-season

–Information about conference venues and menus*

–Preliminary A/V quote for venues*

*Submitted via CVENT to Jennifer Turner,


Applying is free. However, to be considered, applicants must:

–Agree to purchase an exclusive destination finalist sponsorship package at WITS ’16 for $5,000 IF selected as a finalist

–Host 2 WITS team members for one weekend in your destination, covering all expenses, to review the area as a prospective site for WITS ’17.

–Assist the WITS planning team in finding:

—–A local venue to host the event

—–Hotels near (or part of) the venue for lodging

—–Competitive A/V rates for the conference

—–Activities including FAM trips, local tours and other excursions for bloggers

If selected as host of WITS ’17, destination receives official WITS ’17 host sponsorship package detailed below, which includes hosting the WITS opening party the Friday evening of WITS ’17, a FREE exhibition booth + four free tickets to WITS, and more.


  • 1 June 2015: Applications open to host WITS ‘17
  • 1 September 2015: Applications close
  • 8 September 2015: Finalists are chosen
  • 8 September 2015 – 1 February 2016: WITS team members visit destinations for finalist review
  • 19 & 20 March, 2016: Finalists exhibit at WITS ‘16
  • 20 March 2016: WITS ’16 destination is chosen live at closing ceremony


Wanderful is an international community of over 10,000 adventurous, independent, globally minded women who travel. The company empowers women with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitates a trusted network that can help guide them in their journeys through online content, 17 global chapters and the annual Women in Travel Summit. Learn more at


WITS attendees get manicures at the Explore Branson booth

WITS attendees get manicures at the Explore Branson booth

Our four finalists receive a special destination finalist sponsorship package. This includes:

–Exclusive banner in one WITS newsletter highlighting your destination

–One three-minute video placement to be played at WITS opening session on Saturday or Sunday

–One article on with detailed descriptions of all four finalist destinations

–Option to sponsor activity of your choice at your table during WITS weekend

—–Enterprise Dunedin hosted a photo booth at their table; Explore Branson had a manicure and hand massage station; Visit Irvine hosted a magician. What special activity will you do to entice attendees?

–Option to sponsor themed cocktail to be served during networking hour

—–Our networking hour is the best time to meet attendees. Sponsor a cocktail reminiscent of your home turf and show off your destination!

–Exhibitor table and participation in networking hour

—–This is one standard six-foot table with two chairs. You’re welcome to be creative and decorate with standing banners, signs, or a fun activity!

–Option to include item in 500 attendee gift bags

—–We’re known for our generous attendee gift bags, thanks to our amazing sponsors. Provide a great goodie so our attendees can take your brand home with them.

–Premium logo placement on and all event collateral

–Personalized social media mentions before and during the summit

–3 attendee registrations at a value of $199 each

–Access to opt-in blogger contact list

—–This is a list of attendees who have opted in to be contacted by sponsors for the purposes of scheduling meetings and hearing about important initiatives relevant to WITS. In 2015, 78% of our attendees opted in — they want to hear from you!

–Exclusive admission to VIP speaker event


Our event host receives a special host sponsorship package, which guarantees premium exposure as our WITS host and the below items:

–Sponsor of official WITS opening party on Friday**

–Option to sponsor lunch with 10 minute presentation*

–1 exclusive article on featuring destination

–Logo recognition in 2 newsletters

–Option to sponsor 30 min coffee break with exclusive promotion/activities*

–Option to provide official giveaway item

–Exhibitor booth, participation in networking hour

–Option to include item in 500 attendee gift bags

–Premium logo placement on and all event collateral

–Personalized social media mentions before and during the summit

–Access to opt-in blogger contact list

–4 attendee registrations @ value of $199 each

–Exclusive admission to VIP speaker event

**Sponsorship of WITS opening party includes venue rental, food and beverages, any additional activities or music, and a celebratory welcome cake. These costs will be the responsibility of the WITS destination host.
*Based on availability. Additional costs and planning are responsibility of sponsor


Contest is void where prohibited. United States law governs this contest. Participation is limited to North American city tourism boards. To enter the entrant must complete the above-described application truthfully and accurately, and submit it as described above no later than 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on September 1, 2015. Entries that are misdirected, garbled, incomplete, inaccurate, corrupted or damaged are all void and will not be accepted. All entries become the property of Go Girl Travel Network, LLC (“WITS”). WITS is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost or misdirected entries. WITS (i) makes no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any prize or this contest in general, and (ii) disclaims any and all implied warranties. Proof of transmission and/or mailing does not constitute proof of delivery. Prize winners will be selected by a combination of votes at the WITS ’16 conference and votes of the WITS planning committee – all decisions are final and binding. Prizes shall be awarded as described above, and the aggregate cash value of each sponsorship prize is $400. Prizes include only what is explicitly listed above – prize winner shall be responsible for all other costs and expenses. WITS shall not be liable for any cancellations, date changes or issues that may arise in connection with a conference or prize. Winners will be notified by e-mail within 3 weeks of the selection of the prize winners. Income and other taxes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.