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Spotlight Travel Network

2nd Annual Spotlight on the Mid Atlantic

October 10-12, 2018 

Dover DE

Pre-Fam - October 7-10, 2018

Save the dates – October 10-12, 2018 in Dover DE!   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.  Details and dates will be available soon.  

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 10, 2018:                          
1:00pm      Registration Table open - Early afternoon Arrival
5:00pm      Welcome Reception 

October 11, 2018:                        
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

October 12, 2018                   
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

 PREFAM - OCTOBER 7-10, 2018

Day One, Sunday, October 7, 2018 

Depart from Philadelphia Airport and drive to Dover.  Depart for Odessa and enjoy lunch at The Arsenal followed by tours of the New Castle Court.  Enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Homes and Grounds of Odessa.  Then depart for Greenville.  Tour Winterthur, Brandywine Valley’s breathtaking notable stands out for its internationally acclaimed collection of American decorative arts. A museum like no other, there are over 89,000 pieces of American Decorative Arts here, collected by Henry Francis DuPont, and it is considered to be one of the foremost collections of American antiques.  Dinner and overnight are at the award-winning Hotel du Pont, where you will be surrounded by turn-of-the-century elegance from America's Gilded Age.  

Day Two, Monday, October 8, 2018
Breakfast is included this morning.  Then visit the Hagley Museum and Library - Situated on 235 picturesque acres along the Brandywine River, Hagley is the birth site of the DuPont Company. Among industrial ruins and restorations, today's park-like museum depicts home and work life in a nineteenth-century industrial community along the Brandywine.  Lunch  is included in historic New Castle.  Located on the Delaware River, Newcastle was founded by the Dutch, conquered by the Swedes and then the British. Walk or drive along cobblestone streets dating from the Colonial era as you enjoy your tour of the historic town.  Then enjoy a tour and tasting at Nassau Valley Vineyards, a wonderful presentation by the Owner, a walk through a display about the 8,000-year history of wine and wine-making, and an opportunity to buy wine and accessories in the gift shop.  Dinner, fun and games are included at Lefty's Alley and Eats, Lewes.  This evening enjoy tasting and tour at Beach Time Distilling before checking into the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Behoboth.  
Valley Vineyards followed by an included dinner at Lefty’s  Then arrive at Beach Time Distilling for a tasting and tour.  Check in to Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rehoboth.

Day Three, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Breakfast is included this morning.  Tour the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an ever-changing exhibit that expands and diversifies with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered. Our collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck  artifacts both regional and worldwide. Our current location houses about 10,000 artifacts at all times, while the other 80% are rotated throughout museum exhibits around the world.  Enjoy the Historic Boardwalk and tax-free shopping before an included lunch and brewery tour at the Crooked Hammock Brewery and Restaurant in Lewes.  This afternoon tour  Historic Lewes. Originally discovered by Henry Hudson, in 1609, and settled in 1631 when members of a Dutch Company sought to establish a whaling station where the Bay met the Atlantic Ocean. Check into your hotel. Enjoy dinner included at Wicked R.

Day Four, Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Breakfast is included this morning.  Visit the John Dickinson Plantation (pending availability). Visit the home of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the U.S. Constitution, and "Penman of the Revolution." We invite you to visit this historic plantation and take a trip into the fascinating world of 18th Century America!  Enjoy a tour and lunch at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Then visit  the First State Heritage Park. The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware's first urban "park without boundaries" linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.  Visit the Johnson Victrola Museum. A premier collection of its kind, displaying sound recording industry items dating from the 1890's through 1929. Visit the Old State House and Begs Museum. Delaware's first permanent capitol building completed in 1791 on Dover's historic Green. The State House was the home of Delaware's General Assembly until 1933.  Then check in at Dover Downs in time for the Spotlight Welcome Reception.