The International Tour Management Institute #ITMI Selects Ontario, California as the Destination for its 2016 Symposium #ITMISymposiumOntario

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Familiarization tours will showcase the greater Ontario area to leading domestic and international tour operators, event planners, tour directors and guides.

Ted Bravos, CEO, International Tour Management Institute

Ontario is only 30 to 45 minutes from Hollywood, Santa Monica, Lake Arrowhead and other popular tourist attractions.

The International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) will conduct its 29th annual symposium January 24th to 28th, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Ontario, California. This also marks the 40th anniversary for ITMI, the premier institute for professional tour directors, guides and custom training for the travel and hospitality industry.

The symposium is a unique tourism industry event that includes master classes, panel discussions and powerful keynote addresses by visionaries and thought leaders. Tour operators and cruise line representatives conduct job interviews and make hiring decisions for the coming tourist season.

"Most people think of Los Angeles, when they consider visiting Southern California," states Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI. "Ontario is only 30 to 45 minutes from Universal Studios, Disneyland, Santa Monica, Hollywood and many other popular tourist attractions. We are delighted to be showcasing this spectacular area to the tourism professionals who attend our event."

"We are looking forward to the 2016 Symposium, not only to learn more about ITMI, but to provide the group with familiarization tours that will show off all of the unique destinations and assets in our region," said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About the ITMI Symposium:
For the past 29 years, the ITMI Symposium has attracted leading tour operators such as Globus Family of Brands, Tauck World Discovery, Adventures by Disney, Trafalgar Tours, Collette Vacations, World Strides, Smithsonian Student Travel, Princess and Holland America Cruise lines to name but a few. The event includes interactive seminars and educational programs that provide forward-thinking content about industry trends and mission critical technology.

About ITMI
Since 1976, ITMI has been America’s premier training and certification program for professional tour directors, guides and travel staff. For more information about ITMI or the Symposium, contact Annemarie Osborne Annemarie(dot)Osborne(at)gmail(dot)com (800) 442-4864 (415) 957-9489 or visit

About the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally. A comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California. For meeting needs of all sizes or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. For more information, contact Sue Oxarart (909) 937-3058, soxarart(at)ontariocvb(dot)org or visit

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