2022 IFWTWA Conference

September 18-21 • St. Petersburg, FL

Get Ready!

You are Invited to IFWTWA 2022

Sunshine City, aka St. Petersburg, Florida
September 18-21, 2022
Hyatt Place, St Petersburg Downtown

Join us for IFWTWA 2022!

St. Petersburg, Florida, dubbed The Sunshine City, holds the record for seeing 768 consecutive days of sun! Once jokingly called “God’s Waiting Room,” the city today is home to a variety of cultural, artistic, culinary, sports, and outdoors activities.

IFWTWA 2022 is a great opportunity for professional development and networking with each other and sponsors during the conference. In addition, pre- and post-trips to locations in Florida as well as activities during the conference will inspire and delight you!

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg (DTSP), the Hyatt Place is a modern hotel within walking distance of Tampa Bay, the St. Pete Pier, museums, restaurants, bars, and more. The Hyatt offers free internet access, a fitness center, and a pool and sundeck. You can rent a bike or scooter or catch the Downtown Looper close to the hotel.

First and Second Floor of the Hyatt St. Petersburg
Seventh Floor Pool Area of the Hyatt St. Petersburg
Hyatt Place St Petersburg Florida

Conference Venue:

Hyatt Place St. Petersburg / Downtown
25 2nd Street N
St Petersburg, FL 33701

Group name: IFWTWA
Rate: USD 149.00 (plus 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax) per night
Parking: $15 per night (Instead of $18)
Dates of Group: 9/18/2022 – 9/21/2022
Rate is available 3 days before and 3 days after the conference subject to availability.

Group Code: G-IFWW

Cutoff Date for Reservations: Friday, August 19, 2022

For reservations, call toll-free: 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847) and ask for The IFWTWA rate.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa St Petersburg Florida

Tentative Conference Itinerary

This is the tentative itinerary for IFWTWA 2022. We will update as more information becomes available. Note that the order of workshops is subject to change.

Pre- and Post-Conference FAM trips


Punta Gorda / Englewood Beaches


Ft. Lauderdale
St. Petersburg / Clearwater / Tarpon Springs

Monica Willard photo from St Petersburg

Daily Schedule

Sunday, September 18

2:00 pm—Walking Tour of St. Pete Pier (Optional for those in town early)
6:30-8:30 pm Welcome Reception

Monday, September 19

6:30-8:30 —Breakfast
9:00—Welcome Address and General Meeting
9:30-11:30—Museum Tours (Optional)
10:00-11:00—Workshop (Upping YourTravel Writing Game) (Optional)
10:00-4:00—Marketplace (Open and appointments)
11:45-12:45—Lunch CUBA DAY!
12:15-12:45—Speaker TBA
1:00-2:00— Workshop (Creating Engaging Destination Videos)
1:00-2:00—Workshop (Mastering SEO- Expert Advice for the Blogger and Freelancer)
2:15-3:15—Workshop (Open)
2:15-3:15—Workshop (Landing the Very Best Press Trips)
3:30-5:30—Marketplace Reception
6:00—Dinner on your own
8:00-10:00—Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, September 20

6:30-8:30 —Breakfast
9:30-10:15—Keynote speech, Chef Dean Max
10:30-11:30—Culinary Panel, Andrew Harris, Moderator
11:45-12:45—Lunch GREEK DAY!
12:15-12:45—Luncheon Address, Tom Haines, Mainsail Lodging & Development
1:00-2:00—Workshop (Perfecting Your Pitch to Grab an Editor’s Attention)
1:00-2:00—Workshop (Top Trends in Travel for 2023)
2:15-3:15—Workshop (TBA)
2:15-3:15—Workshop (Everything You Need to Know About Instagram Reels)
3:30-5:30—Museum & City Tours (Optional)
3:30-5:30—Travel Writing Workshop (Limited to 15 participants)
6:00—Dinner….. TBA

Wednesday, September 21


Health & Safety Guidelines

Attendees are required to comply with CDC health and safety guidelines, as well as those of the hotel, city of St. Pete, and State of Florida.