The Rocket City has been chosen among four U.S. destinations to compete to be the host city for the 2017 Women in Travel Summit (WITS), the first and only travel blogging summit by and for women. Organized by Wanderful, an international community of women who travel and aim to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad, WITS brings together hundreds of travel enthusiasts – many of them bloggers – each year. 

“Encouraging and supporting travel is not only good for the soul but fantastic for local economies,” President and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Judy Ryals said. “WITS is a conference you have to earn, and we’re excited to work hard to share with attendees what makes the Rocket City a great travel destination.”

WITS meeting planners selected Huntsville as one of only four finalist destinations in the United States to compete for the conference.  In its third year, WITS has been hosted in Chicago, IL and Boston, MA, and will be held in Irvine, California, March 18 – 21, 2016. WITS conference attendees will vote for their 2017 host destination on the final day of the 2016 conference.

A team from the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau and representatives from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Green Pea Press form the Rocket City delegation traveling to Irvine, CA, to recruit the conference.

The Huntsville/Madison County CVB has worked with local vendors to make a uniquely Rocket City splash in Irvine.  Huntsville-based company Media Fusion has produced a video showing off Huntsville area offerings to WITS attendees. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s TOPPS astronaut will be making a special appearance at the conference, and rumor has it NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Launch System inflatable will also be present. Green Pea Press will be screen-printing Rocket City t-shirts on location, and conference attendees can expect other Huntsville inspired goodies over the weekend.

As part of outreach to WITS attendees prior to the conference, the CVB published a blog on the CVB’s visitor and meeting planner blog on  “5 reasons to travel to Huntsville (from one traveler to another).”

To learn more, contact Charles Winters, Huntsville/Madison County CVB Executive Vice President at 256.551.2235 or


About Huntsville/Madison County CVB


The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB works with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types.