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High Holidaze is a member of CTAI. The Cannabis Travel Association International is dedicated to advancing the mainstream adoption and integration of the Cannabis-related travel trend through advocacy, education, and networking. They promote safe and responsible Cannabis travel by demystifying Cannabis travel trends and work to unify the Cannabis, and related travel industries.
The CTAI empowers the development of favorable regulatory environments and facilitates meaningful discussions while promoting best practices in this emerging space. They work to advance the Cannabis travel trend in the greater global market. They are a fully registered 501c6 organization, and their members and partners include major Cannabis brands, tour operators, retailers, transportation companies, hotels, tourism boards, industry associations, media companies, and other organizations for whom Cannabis tourism advocacy is important.
Their core pillars of operation are:
EDUCATION: Our members and strategic partners have access to the best and most up-to-date information about the cannabis travel trend globally.
ADVOCACY: Our members and partners have access to tool kits that empower actionable advocacy in any market around the world.
NETWORKING: Our members and strategic partners have access to hyper-targeted networking.
On 7 February 2023 CTAI hosted their annual Cannabis Travel World Fair. They advocated for the incorporation of weed in the traditional travel environment. This panel shared about their ongoing collaboration with established travel industry businesses and colleagues. The two day sessions are collected in the three videos below.
Day 1: February 7
9:00 am PST Welcome: Georgi Gordon – CTAI Membership Chair
9:05 am Cannabis Travel Association International: An Overview with CTAI Founder and Chairman, Brian Applegarth
9:20am Keynote: Andrew DeAngelo
9:50 am Cannabis Travel International:
Travel the world with cannabis experts from Antigua, Canada, India, Jamaica, Portugal, Trinidad/Tabago, A video montage view of today’s cannabis travel around the globe.
The world is opening up to cannabis travel experiences. Our panel of international experts will share where their countries stand on the status of legalization and acceptance of cannabis. You will also learn the similarities and differences in the evolution of global cannabis travel. Matt Beaman, M. Omari Jackson, Marcus Ramkissoon B.Sc., MS, Susan Dupej, Priya Mishra, Kevin Nafte
10:35 am Staying Green:
Hemp and Agrotourism: How to incorporate sustainability in cannabis tourism.
CannaTourism is also about ecological consciousness. Find out how hemp and cannabis growers are integrating experiential travel by bringing visitors back to the roots of cultivation. Trichome TJ, Sam De La Paz, Paul Iglesia Moderator: Adelia Carrillo
11:05 am 30 Minute Speed networking
11:35 am Tour Activation: Coral Cove Wellness Resort—Keiko Beatie
11:40 am Putting the “Tour” in Tourism
Pioneers, property owners, and subject matter experts discuss best practices in Cannabis Experiential Tours
Wine tasting and tours have long been established in the hospitality industry. Learn about the next wave of enjoyment with experts who understand Tour Operation and Cannabis and where they intersect.
Ayanna Lawson, A.c Moon Cameron, Mike Schibel, Samantha Sage, April Price Moderator: Brian Applegarth
12:10 am The Travelers Predicament: Where can we smoke weed?
A look at the Dispensary and Consumption Lounge Experience: concerns and solutions
You’ve traveled to a location where cannabis consumption is legal. You’ve purchased some weed. Dispensary and Consumption lounge owners and operations talk about the challenges and successes of retail spaces that cater to consumers.
Sara Stewart, Arend Richard, Lauren Fontein Moderator: Scott Reiman
12:40 am Legislative Update: California Catering Bill Progress Report Jerred Kiloh
In this day 1 part II section Myrtle presents at the 53:00 mark.
Day 2: February 8
9:00 am PST Welcome with Georgi Gordon: CTAI Membership Chair
9:05 am CTAI Updates—Brian Applegarth
9:20 am Mainstreaming Cannabis:
How to collaborate with conventional travel partners
The CTAI advocates for the incorporation of weed in the traditional travel environment. This panel will share about their ongoing collaboration with established travel industry businesses and colleagues.
Veronica Castillo, Philip Wolf, Jamie Evans, Victor Pinho Moderator: Georgi Gordon
9:50 am Let’s Talk Technology
An in-depth open discussion about software platforms amongst the top executives in the cannabis event space.
OTAs (Online Travel Agents) have taken over much of travel booking all over the world. Find out from this panel about the technology they use to make booking travel and events user-friendly online.
Elizabeth Becker, Monique Fitzgerald, Adelia Carrillo Moderator: Ali Fakhri
10:20 am Tour Activation: Bulldog Café Amsterdam
10:25 am 30 Minutes of Speed Networking
10:55 am Tour Activation: High Dining
11:00 am A Story to be Told:
Successful marketing gurus share (some of) their secrets in making your cannabis destination, resort, experience, and brand thrive.
Our panel of top marketers in the cannabis space will give you guidance on branding and marketing your product, destination, experience, and/or service.
Lisa Snyder, Joyce Cenali Moderator and Speaker: Laura Hand
11:30 am Tour Activation: YVY Cannabis Wellness Centre
11:35 am Cannabis Travel in the U.S.A.
We will have representatives give their perspectives on what’s happening with travel and tourism in their state. We will take you on a trip through northern and southern California, Hawaii, Colorado, New York, Texas, Colorado, and Illinois.
Jackie Simion, Bryan Bergman, Sumer Thomas, Christopher LaPorte, Phil Cooper, Sam De La Paz
12:05 am Tour Activation: Cannabis Bud Bar
12:10 am Data Rules: Cannabis Tourism Publication
Join us as Amanda presents the data and insights from the CTAI 2022 Cannabis Tourism Publication. Discover the most up-to-date cannabis travel data – a 360 view of the cannabis trend as it exists today! The full report will be available for purchase on the website after the Cannabis Travel World Fair.
Presenter: Amanda Reiman Ph.D., MSW
12:30 am ANNOUNCE THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER: FREE 3 Night, 4-Day stay at Coral Cove Wellness Resort in Jamaica! (Note: Must be present to win.)