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November 1-5, 2019 | Branson, Missouri


WATCH VIDEO: Why ITMI Alumni have been attending to Symposium for the last 34 years

ITMI hosts the Annual Symposium for all ITMI Alumni and Tour Operators to attend.

The event brings together ITMI Alumni and Tour Operators from around the world in an unbeatable networking, learning and fun-filled conference-style event with included optional FAM tours, social events and more.

Alumni may chose to add-on a Marketplace experience to their symposium ticket, which includes in-person interviews with tour operators.

ITMI’s 34th Annual Symposium

November 1 – 5, 2019 | Branson, Missouri


Why go to this Symposium?

  • Interview with top tour companies who are hiring

  • Reunite with your classmates, have fun, and meet new industry friends

  • Meet an hire the top ITMI graduates

  • Network and share knowledge with travel industry leaders

  • Learn new skills, tips, and strategies to become more successful in your career

How to get hired by tour companies at Symposium!

In this short audio, ITMI Founder Ted Bravos shares a secret to connecting with tour operators and getting hired for your next tour at symposium.


What’s Included in Symposium?

Symposium is a way for you to reunite & network with your ITMI Community. To develop lasting friendships & partnerships with Tour Operators & Alumni. Join us to laugh, sing, dance, & share inspiring that help you make a difference in people's lives through travel.

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Education, Professional Development & Networking

  • Network with Tour Operators & ITMI Tour Directors & Guides

  • Regional Networking Breakouts

  • Professional Experts, Speakers & Thought Leaders

  • Ask the Tour Operator Panel

  • Tech & Media Roundtable Workshop

  • Ask the ITMI Home Team Open Forum

  • Caldwell & Companies CPAs. Here's your chance to get all of your tax questions answered!

  • Marketplace Face-to-Face Job Interviews & Mixer (additional $100)


Meals & Events

  • Three Networking Luncheons

  • Opening Night Gala Event

  • Themed Finale Gala Formal Oscars Event with Red Carpet, Awards Show, Live Music & Dancing!


Familiarization Tours

  • Four Fams to select from (see descriptions below)

Chateau on the Lake Hotel Rate

  • $69.50 Share Room, per person, per night plus hotel tax

  • $129.00 Single Room, per night plus hotel tax

  • Includes continental breakfast daily

  • Includes Resort Fee


Optional Post Symposium Master Class

  • Civil Rights Movement: Its Legacies & Musical Impact of a Generation

  • November 5 – 10, 2019

  • Branson to Atlanta


FAM Tours

Select from one of the following four options (November 1: all tours depart and return to the Chateau on the Lake)

“A Sensational Ship & Sip” : 8:30 am to 12:00 Noon – 50 people max

  • Titanic Museum Attraction…Celebrating 10 years, it’s not simply a museum; it’s an interactive attraction that shares the stories of those who were onboard for the famous ocean voyage that has fascinated the world for more than a century.

  • Curling Vine Winery…..Enjoy a fun-filled tour and tasting experience at Curling Vine Winery as you watch the process of putting the bubbles in your bubbly. Sample many varieties of wines.

  • National Enquirer Museum….New in 2019…The sensational tabloid magazine at the center of some of the most exciting untold stories of the past 100 years will bring its most famous stories to life in Branson, MO.!

  • Hollywood Wax Museum….Come Play with the Stars at Hollywood Wax Museum. Guests can walk right up to the stars for fun photo ops while getting to know them better through posted facts about their lives.

“Yuletide Talents and Treats” : 9:00 am to 12 Noon – 50 people max

  • Hurts Donut Company…This one won’t hurt a bit as you enjoy this one-of-a-kind donut shop that offers a very unique selection of doughnuts that are somewhat larger than a normal donut and most of them have crazy names and are covered with tons of toppings.

  • A Brett Family Christmas Show at Dick Clark’s American Band Stand Theater…This yuletide treat offers world-class singing, dancing, comedy, songwriting, musicianship, and an exciting production. You’ll feel the joy, the nostalgia, the reverence, the fun, and all of the best feelings of the season presented by this amazingly talented family.

“A Canyon Full of Fun” : 8:30 am to 2:00 pm – SOLD OUT

  • Dogwood Canyon- A one-of-a-kind nature park experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools.

  • A Chuck Wagon Lunch - Enjoy nature’s beautiful surroundings while looking out at the picturesque streams, lush flowers and fauna as you savor a chuck wagon cookout with hamburgers, hotdogs and all of our favorite side dishes and sweet treats. You’ll love dining in the Canyon with the wildlife as your guests.

“Laugh Your Yak Off” : 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – 50 people max

  • Yakov Smirnoff Show…Fresh from touring the world and with plenty of new materials from the political scene, Yakov delivers huge laughs while sharing unique insights into life in these United States. During his show Yakov goes from “red to redneck”, gives a heartfelt salute to Lady Liberty, and conducts a presidential press briefing and much more.

  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen New in 2019, at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, guests will enjoy classic Deen family recipes in a unique family-style setting just like they do in their very own homes. They’ll serve up endless portions of Southern-Style entrees and side dishes, and every visitor ends their meal with a dessert of their choice!

  • Shopping at the Branson where a beautiful open-air, waterfront setting is home to over 100 shops, restaurants and attractions, as well as the Hilton Promenade and a $7.5 million water and fire spectacular fountain.

* Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond ITMI's control

About Branson, Missouri

There is an adventure awaiting everyone in Branson. From outdoor fun to amazing live entertainment, there’s no shortage of great things to do in Branson.

Enjoy fishing on Table Rock Lake to catch big bass. Scream with delight on thrill rides at Silver Dollar City. Explore one of our fun museums.

Play a round at a local golf course. Indulge in some retail therapy with a great day of shopping in Branson. Enjoy a visit to a local winery. Fly over the Ozarks in a helicopter or soar over on a zip line.

If you're in the mood to relax, plan a tranquil day at a luxurious spa in Branson. Whether on land, air or water, there’s lots of ways to enjoy yourself in Branson — whether you want to get out and be active or just take it easy and unwind. No matter how you love to vacation, Branson offers something for everyone.

Chateau on the Lake

Just 10 miles from downtown Branson, Missouri, discover an Ozark Mountain oasis.

Our modern-day “Castle in the Ozarks” welcomes guests with upscale resort amenities, friendly Midwestern hospitality and spectacular lakefront views.

We’re the perfect base to enjoy Branson’s live shows, Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake and our surrounding nature trails. After a fun-filled day, unwind at Spa Chateau, our scenic outdoor pool or award-winning restaurants. 



  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Business Center

  • Concierge service

  • Bell service

  • Outdoor pool

  • 24-hour indoor pool

  • Poolside service

  • 24-hour Fitness Center

  • Spa Chateau

  • Movie theater

  • Tennis courts

  • Nature trails

  • Full-service Marina

  • Complimentary shuttle to Marina

  • Dry-cleaning service

  • Pet-friendly rooms