Tourism Vancouver Island’s annual conference offers three days of networking, activities and guest speakers for industry stakeholders.
The 48th annual conference is set for Sept. 20-22 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
The event begins with a barbecue, hosted by the Nanaimo Airport, prior to the tee-off of a golf game at Cottonwood Golf Course. The welcome reception, hosted by the Dinghy Dock Pub, features guest speaker Pat Bell, minister of jobs, tourism and innovation.
Educational sessions, community activities and the gala dinner and industry awards will be held at the conference centre.
Keynote speakers include Peter Legge, award-winning motivation and business speaker, who kicks off the conference by inspiring delegates with positive happenings within the tourism industry.
Keith Henry, CEO of Aboriginal Tourism B.C., speaks about his organization’s activities, accreditation program, as well as successful projects on Vancouver Island.
Jim Brody, Senior International Sales Manager of TripAdvisor, will speak to how using his business can benefit a business or organization.
Additional program events include a debate from students in Vancouver Island University’s master of arts in sustainable leisure management program.
Delegates will also see the Vancouver Island Mayors’ Jeopardy session, where participants will discover what they know (or don’t know) about tourism on the Island.
Delegates will also explore the Nanaimo area by choosing from activities at WildPlay Parks, paddling a replica war canoe, or discovering Newcastle Island by harbour ferry.
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