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Spotlight Travel Network

Post FAM - November 2-4, 2020

Day One, Saturday, November 2, 2019
After the conference, depart for Glenstone with Jimmy Johns box lunch.  Tour Glenstone  (TBA), a contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland, 15 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. It contains about 1,300 works in many mediums from post-World War II artists around the world, and is noted for its distinctive setting in a broad natural landscape.  Continue to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard before visiting  the Mansion at Strathmore.  Then tour Canopy Hotel DC Bethesda North before an included dinner at Pinstripes. 


Day Two, Sunday, November 3, 2019
Breakfast is included at the hotel.  This morning, drive by the NEW 9/11 Visitor’s Center.  The Center is slated to be built on Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard, in front of the Pentagon Memorial and along the flight path of 
Flight 77, the airliner that crashed into the Pentagon and killed 184 people on Sept. 11, 2001.  Then visit the  NEW International Spy Museum.  With exhibits such as Covers and Legends, School for Spies, Secret History of History, From the Ballroom to the Battlefield: A Spy’s Eye View of the Civil War, Spies Among Us, War of the Spies, Weapons of Mass Disruption, and The 21st Century you will become well versed in the language of spy at the first museum dedicated to international espionage!  Enjoy an exciting and entertaining Comedy Murder Mystery Show 
and luncheon in a very unique setting!   Continue to the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico where you will experience what it means to be a Marine! Enter a recruiting station. Step aboard the bus taking you to boot camp. Stand astride the famed “yellow footprints” and hear the roar of your first dreaded drill instructor 
issuing commands! See American history through the eyes of a marine. Drive by and discuss The National Museum of the United States Army which is being newly constructed to celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor our nation’s Soldiers – past, present, and future – regular Army, Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard.  The Museum will provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions, and will offer educational experiences to illustrate the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as humanitarian missions, public contributions, and technological and medical breakthroughs.    Enjoy a Reception with a Ride at the National Capital Trolley Museum, a 501 nonprofit organization that operates historic trolleys for the public on a regular schedule.  Then visit Brookeville Beer Farm for tasting and appetizers before an included dinner at the Manor at Silo Falls, 

Day Three, Monday, November 4, 2019
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Begin with a walking tour of Brookside Gardens and the Visitor Center.  See this award-winning 50-acre public display garden, which has several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden, and the Woodland Walk. Then visit the National Museum of Health & Medicine.  Founded by U.S. Army Surgeon General William A. Hammond as the Army Medical Museum in 1862, it became the NMHM in 1989 and then relocated to its present site at the Army's Forest Glen Annex in 2011.  Enjoy lunch included at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant.  Then visit the NEW! International Spy Museum With exhibits such as Covers and Legends, School for Spies, Secret History of History, From the Ballroom to the Battlefield: A Spy’s Eye View of the Civil War, Spies Among Us, War of the Spies, Weapons of Mass Disruption, and The 21st Century you will become well versed in the language of spy at the first museum dedicated to international espionage Then visit the National Law Enforcement Museum. The 57,000 square foot museum has 3 stories underground and more than 21,000 artifacts from every era of law enforcement! Feel what it's like to walk in the shoes of law enforcement with high tech interactive exhibits, see a bulletproof vest from c.1930 that was used by gangster Al Capone, and learn about the hard-working heroes that keep America safe.  Arrive at DCA for departures at 5:30pm and back at Gaithersburg Hotel at 7pm.  Post night available at Springhill Suites for additional cost. 

 

 

 



 

 


3rd Annual Spotlight on the Mid Atlantic

October 31 - November 2, 2019

Montgomery County MD

Post FAM

November 2-4, 2019

Save the dates – October 31 - November 2, 2019 in Montgomery County MD!   Spotlight on the Mid-Atlantic  is a tourism conference which combines educational seminars, networking functions and a trade show. Operators are primarily domestic (including Canada) and range from small operations to large receptive companies (and everything in between). The ratio of suppliers to operators is never more than 2.5 to 1.

Spotlight is casual and intimate. We don't just network - we build relationships at Spotlight. There are three days of interaction in which to conduct business.  The goal is to build lasting relationships. New tour itineraries to off-the-beaten-path destinations are highlighted, using the closest Southwestern gateway cities and all they have to offer as arrival and departure points.  

The first 30 operators to sign up will be included in the Spotlight Fam.  All operators must complete a Spotlight Qualification Form to be eligible.  

Who Has Attended Spotlight on the Southwest in the Past?  Tour Operators like All Aboard America, America 4 You,  Around and About Tours, Custom Holidays, Detours of Arizona, Fancy-Free Holidays,  Free Spirit Vacations & Events, Friends & Neighbors Tours, Getaway Tours of AZ,  Great Western Tours, Leisure West Tours & Cruises, Main Street Tours, Mirage Tours, New World Tours, Palm Spring Tours & More, RH Factor, Shebby Lee Tours,  Sports Empire, Sports Leisure Vacations, Synergy Tours, Talbot Tours, Travel Alliance Partners, Trapper Travel & Tours, World Span World Span Tours, Vaughan’s Southwest Custom Tours, Worldwide Pilgrimages, Lead USA, and Nagel Tours.  


​Spotlight Preliminary Agenda:
October 31, 2019:                        
1:00pm      Registration Table open - Early afternoon Arrival
5:00pm      Welcome Reception 

                 
November 1, 2019:                        
8:00am -   Continental Breakfast 
8:00am     Registration and trade show set up
9:00 am    Keynote speaker
10:30 am  Trade Show
12:30 pm   Lunch 
 2:00 pm    Brainstorming and Itinerary Planning Session
3:30 pm    Reception and Progressive Dinner 
9:30pm    Return to hotel

November 2, 2019:                
8:00am      Koffee Klatch and Continental Brearkfast

9:00 am     Sharing of Itineraries
10:00 am   Town Hall - Sharing of Best Practices
11:00 am   Spotlight Concludes