Organizations throughout San Francisco pitched in to make the city shine for International Pow Wow, a major travel industry held in the city last week.
Held in a different city in the United States each year, Pow Wow offers more than 1,100 international and domestic tour operators from 70 countries the opportunity to “shop” the largest travel industry trade show in North America, with some 3,500 exhibitors from every corner of the United States. More than 450 international and domestic travel journalists also attended to report on the event and the destination.
The National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy collaborated to ensure that all Pow Wow delegates experienced something that makes San Francisco one of everybody’s favorite cities – the national parks at the Golden Gate.
The National Park Service opened up Alcatraz for the opening event in a way that it has never been opened before. On the island were almost 100 National Park Service rangers from several national parks, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy employees, and volunteers, re-enactors, former guards, inmates and residents of Alcatraz to greet and interact with Pow Wow attendees during this once-in-a-lifetime event on the most famous island penitentiary in the world.
Senior park management met Pow Wow participants and gave a walking tour of the Crissy Field Center and Crissy Field, celebrating the tenth anniversary of its amazing transformation.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park took participants for a special bay cruise in the historic 1891 sailing ship, the Alma, for high adventure and amazing views of the shoreline and city.
As a special gift to participants during the convention, the National Park Service staffed a visitor center in the convention center and offered free souvenir photos of visitors at many of the iconic national parks across the nation (with the magic of green screen photography).
“Being part of Pow Wow is a unique opportunity for the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to help our international guests learn more about San Francisco’s historic and natural wonders,” said Frank Dean, general superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.