Pre-Conference Press Trip
November 8-11, 2019

Albuquerque Soars 

Tourists ride hot air balloons during a mass ascension at the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Experience Albuquerque, one of AFAR, The Experiential Travel Magazine's Top Places to Go in 2019. The largest city in New Mexico is also the oldest wine-growing region in the county. Enjoy two nights’ accommodations at a uniquely Albuquerque property such as Hotel Chaco or Hotel Andaluz, soar high above the city in the hot air ballooning capital of the world, and learn more about the new wine & spirits bar opening at Hotel Chaco this summer/fall. We'll also visit Spanish-inspired Casa Rondeña Winery on two-wheels* via a Winery Bike Tour with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and savor the vibrant flavors of the area, including an immersive dining experience offered by StoryLab Interactive.

*alternate transportation or activity will be available

Trip Itinerary - Update

Friday, November 8

  • Attendees arrive in Albuquerque
  • Check into host hotel*

Saturday, November 9 

9:30 AM 

11:00 AM

  • Pueblo Harvest within the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Menu features several local brews

Young American Indian boy with Buffalo headress

Stop at hotel

1:00 PM 

  • Bosque Bike & Wine Tour with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals
  • Tandem bikes and SAG (support and gear) vehicle available. Alternate activity will be offered.

5:00 PM

  • Sip on a local wine or spirit at Craft+ed, the new wine & spirits bar at Hotel Chaco

7:00 PM

Overnight at hotel*

Sunday, November 10

6:00 AM

10:00 AM

  • Brunch at Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Santa Fe Huevos (eggs) with green chile

Stop at hotel

1:00 PM

  • Best of ABQ City Tour with ABQ Trolley Co.
    Includes an overview of Albuquerque with stops including Old Town Plaza, Route 66 (and the KiMo Theatre), Nob Hill, UNM, and more

4:00 PM
Dinner & Show


Overnight at hotel*

Monday, November 11 

Monday, November 11

  • Hotel Check Out
  • Depart for Santa Fe
    Transportation will be provided from Albuquerque to the conference venue in Santa Fe
* Hotel accommodations TBD - will be a uniquely Albuquerque property such as Hotel Chaco or Hotel Andaluz

Keep in mind that in order to be considered for this media trip:

  1. You must be registered for the 2019 Conference prior to applying for this trip
  2. Your dues must be current at time of application and during the time the trip will take place.
  3. Your IFWTWA website profile must be set for PUBLIC viewing and complete before applying.
  4. Social Media and Media Placements: Applicants selected are required to do social media pre and during the trip, and are required to produce at least one article within three (3) months of the trip.
  5. Travel: No travel reimbursement is included in this press trip unless expressly stated above.
  6. Your Cost: There is no IFWTWA fee associated with this press trip. Activity and restaurant tips are generally paid for by the host, however you may want to bring additional money to tip other entities such as hotel maid service. 

Registration closed

Note: IFWTWA vets all applications prior to submittal to the Host. Vetting includes verification of member's association status and member profile. Dues must be current at the time of application and during the time the media trip will take place. Your profile must be complete including Item #6 or 8 article links -- your choice, but at least one must be completed and we recommend both.