In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the tourism department is inviting the public to be a part of the audience for Travel Tank, a fun and innovative promotional pitch event between New Mexico’s six regional marketing boards. The event, open to media and the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, from 10 am to noon at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. This “Shark Tank-style” event brings some of the best and brightest tourism marketing minds in the state face-to-face with New Mexico’s travel writers and news media. Similar to the popular game show Shark Tank where entrepreneurs offer an elevator pitch to potential investors, the regional board members will have just five minutes to garner interest from the media judges.


"Media Sharks" participating as judges in the event, include:

  • Dean Staley, Anchor, KRQE
  • Rebecca Valdez, Executive Producer, KRQE and Fox New Mexico
  • Marisa Maez, Morning Anchor, KOAT
  • Chris Ramirez, Anchor/Reporter, KOB
  • Rosalie Rayburn, Features Reporter, The Albuquerque Journal
  • Kate Nelson, Managing Editor for New Mexico Magazine
  • Judith Fein, Travel Writer
  • Emcee: Mark Ronchetti, Chief Meteorologist, KRQE and Fox New Mexico