Welcome to WITS North America.
We’re thrilled to be heading to Portland, Maine from May 3-5 for our 2019 WITS North America.
WITS North America is our flagship event. We began in Chicago, Illinois in March of 2014 and have traveled across the United States and Canada each year thereafter. Will you join us?
Sessions, tours, mentor meetings, FAM trips, parties, and more. It’s all live!
88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Rooms at our host hotel are sold out, but we have blocks at neighboring accommodations available:
Already registered for WITS? Make sure you’ve read through the conference program, aka our Attendee Guide! It has all the info you need about registration, the schedule, offsite activities, tour or mentor signups, networking, travel and lodging, pre-WITS prep, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of sessions does WITS offer? What are the tracks?
Sessions are offered at beginner and advanced levels and are broken up into multiple tracks. Click here to view the schedule.
Who should come to WITS? Do I have to be a woman to attend?
Anyone who works in the travel space is more than welcome at WITS. You do not have to be a woman to attend, though our programming and all related activities will be focused on women in travel. At WITS you’ll find bloggers, journalists, travelers, writers, creators, PR/brand reps, entrepreneurs, nonprofiteers, business developers, coders, videographers, photographers, teachers, and more. At WITS, we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. We aim to make our events inclusive for attendees of all ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender expressions, ages, and abilities. If you have a suggestion for how we can better accommodate you, we’d genuinely love to hear from you.
How can I get involved with WITS?
There are a few ways you can get involved: purchase a ticket, get your company or brand to sponsor or exhibit, or volunteer with us (sign up for our newsletter to find out when volunteer opportunities open).
What does a ticket to WITS get me?
So much! Access to any session you’d like to attend, entry to all our official parties and events, meals, coffee breaks, our famous Sunday Brunch, plus the opportunity to network with amazing influencers and brands, the chance to snag a ticket for some special city tours and FAM trips, and a ton of free swag. Note that in order to attend Blogger 101 Day, you must purchase a “+ Blogger 101 Day” ticket.
Which type of ticket should I buy?
Industry tickets are for empowered travel professionals and travel company reps. Media tickets are available at a discount for influencers who will be covering WITS on social media and their websites during the summit. We have a limited number of press tickets available for journalists who will be covering WITS in major news publications. Please contact us to inquire about a media ticket. You must be able to show proof of employment at a major news organization in order to qualify for a press ticket.
What is Blogger 101 Day?
Blogger 101 Day is an extra pre-conference block of programming (with breakfast included!), specifically designed for attendees who are new to blogging and digital content creation and interested in becoming a travel influencer. This is an opportunity for beginner bloggers (or those who have not yet started a blog but would like to) to get a head start on the exciting and informative sessions taking place at WITS. Participants will learn from experienced bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs about content development and promotion. Blogger 101 Day costs $100 USD more than a regular ticket, and will take place on the morning Friday, May 3rd, before regular sessions begin. If you’d like to attend, be sure to purchase a “Blogger 101 Day” inclusive ticket. If you have purchased a regular ticket and would like to add Blogger 101 Day, contact us and we’ll sort you out. Blogger 101 Day cannot be added to transferred tickets.
I can’t afford a ticket. What should I do?
A limited number of volunteers will be offered free tickets to WITS in exchange for their service at the event. Sign up for our newsletter to find out when applications open.
I don’t have a credit card/You don’t accept my credit card. Can I still come?
Contact us and we’ll see if we can work it out.
What is your ticket refund/cancellation/transfer policy?
All WITS tickets are nonrefundable. "Flash Sale" and "Earliest Bird" tickets to WITS North America purchased BEFORE May 15, 2018 may be transferred to another individual NO MORE THAN ONE TIME and ONLY UNTIL March 1, 2019, after which time these tickets are non-transferrable. Ticket transfers may only be requested by completing this form. All "Early Bird" and regular tickets are non-transferrable. Individuals buying or selling a ticket must coordinate any transfer of funds individually. If applicable, Blogger 101 Day cannot be added to transferred tickets. Tickets to WITS North America cannot be used at or transferred to WITS Europe, or vice versa. Both parties will receive a confirmation email when the transfer is complete, within one week of submitting the form.
How do I get to Portland?
All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to attend WITS. Portland is a well-connected city with many transportation options, including: Flying direct into Portland International Jetport; flying to another airport like Boston Logan International and taking an Amtrak train up to Portland; taking any of the number of bus, train, and even ferry (!) options available; driving – click here to see the WITS North America carpool buddy list, which you can use to either find someone driving up to Portland to hitch a ride with or offer space in your car to another attendee (Note: WITS does not match roommates or carpool buddies. It is your responsibility to make these connections).
When should I arrive to Portland?
Official WITS activities begin on the morning of Friday, May 3rd and last through the evening of Sunday, May 5th. Pre- and post-conference tours and FAM trips begin a few days before the 3rd and end a few days after the 5th. Regardless of if you plan to join us on a tour or FAM trip, we recommend coming into town one to three days before and/or after WITS weekend so that you can maximize your time sightseeing in the area.
Will I need a car?
Probably not. Portland is a very walkable city. Cabs, rideshare services, and shuttles are also available from the airport and train station (as well as throughout the city). Additionally, any tours or official events (like our opening party) that stray far from the hotel will have transportation provided.
How can I or my company sponsor WITS?
Check out our partnerships page. We are seeking inspired companies that are interested both in growing or enhancing their relationship with women travelers and working with travel content creators and influencers. Partnership opportunities include online promotions, booth space, giveaways, official parties, coffee hours, tours, and more. This is just a taste; we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can give your brand the exposure it deserves.
I have an idea for a speaker, session, or something else at WITS. Where can I tell you about it?
Where can I ask my question if it isn’t answered here?
Try our Attendees Group on Facebook.