What started in 2015 as a grassroots concert featuring Tempest's house band, has grown into a full-blown event featuring talented vocalists and musicians from across the travel and tourism industry. Check out the Convene article to learn more about the story behind Travel Jam. See how Gregg Shapiro, our President and Chief Creative Officer, was able to work with Destinations International to source talent and bring a mix of voices and musicians to the stage.
Along with many big events, the 2020 Destinations International Annual Convention pivoted to a virtual format this year. Even though the annual convention will be different, that can't stop the Destinations International House Band from putting on a show. The band will get back together again in 2020 to help connect people, raise everyone's spirits, and promote recovery through the healing powers of music!
As a teaser for the 2020 Travel Jam performance, check out this original tune "That's What DMOs Are Made To Do," featuring performers from across the industry. You can learn more about the spirit behind this song in PCMA's Convene Magazine.
Opening Reception for Destinations International Annual Conference
We're honored to be featured in the October 2019 issue of Convene magazine. The article highlights the creative origin story behind Travel Jam, the performance that rocked the opening party of Destinations International 2019 Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO.
The Travel Jam house band took the stage at Ballpark Village in St. Louis, MO before a crowd of 1,000-plus attendees at Destinations International Annual Conference. Check out these highlights from the band's rehearsal session, the excitement backstage, and the big performance.
Here's a clip from the Travel Jam band's rehearsal session.
"The Party Formerly Known as Travel Jam" at Destinations International Annual Conference
"Travel Jam" has become part of the Destinations International opening reception. So when Tempest and a group of industry partners put on an an after party at The Tin Roof in St. Louis, we called it "The Party Formerly Known As." Here are a few highlights from this event where Tempest beach balls made a big splash.
Tourism Academy in Pittsburgh, PA
The Travel Jam house band played a classic rock themed set at Mike's Beer Bar during the Tourism Academy conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Spirit of Hospitality in Washington D.C.
Members of the Travel Jam band were able to sit in and play a few tunes with the Pat McGee band at the Destinations International 2018 Spirit of Hospitality event in Washington, D.C.
Tourism Academy in Louisville, KY
We had a rocking good time at Fourth Street Live during Tourism Academy in Louisville, KY.
Destinations International Advocacy Summit in Philadelphia, PA
The Travel Jam band played the after party at The Raven Lounge for the 2018 Destinations International Advocacy Summit in Philadelphia, PA.
2017 Destinations International Annual Conference in Montreal, QC
The Travel Jam band played Metropolis, a popular venue in Montreal, QC. The unique masquerade theme made this party one to remember!
Tourism Academy in Long Beach, CA
It was a blast to play at Federal Underground for the Tourism Academy conference in Long Beach, CA. This unique venue is in an old underground bank vault.
2016 Destinations International Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN
It was a thrill for the Travel Jam band to play at legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN for the 2016 Destinations International Annual Conference.
Tourism Academy in Philadelphia, PA
The Travel Jam Band kicked off with a rare acoustic set, before heating up with more hard rock at Chris' Jazz Cafe for Tourism Academy in Philadelphia, PA.
Destinations International Annual Conference in Austin, TX
The Travel Jam band played a few sets at Speakeasy in Austin, TX for the Destinations International Annual Conference.
Tourism Academy in Minneapolis, MN
This is where it all started. The Travel Jam band played at the 2015 Tourism Academy conference in Minneapolis, MN. The venue was Hell's Kitchen, an underground bar and club.
We hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Check out the full feature article in Convene magazine and look for the Travel Jam band at more upcoming travel and tourism events!