Manitoba's tourism industry felt the beat at June's Tourism Rally and now you're invited to see how the beat goes on at the annual Travel Manitoba Tourism Conference and Awards September 25 and 26 at the Delta Winnipeg.
"Manitoba's tourism industry is energized by the momentum we are experiencing along with the launch of our new Manitoba, Canada's Heart...Beats brand," said Travel Manitoba President and CEO Colin Ferguson. "Our conference provides a great chance to learn something new, create new partnerships and be inspired."
Presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the conference opens with a lunch keynote presentation by Jon Montgomery, the born-in-Manitoba host of The Amazing Race Canada and Olympic gold medallist. Entitled "Living Big: Dreaming Bigger", Jon will share his story of how living outside his comfort zone helped him to find his passion.
The rest of the afternoon will be an engaging session on how Manitoba's tourism industry can leverage Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017. We'll hear from the Canadian Tourism Commission on the opportunities to partner and invest in inspiring young Canadians to travel our country; from co-chairs Hubert Mesman and Mariette Mulaire of the Canada Games, coming to Winnipeg in 2017; and from Winnipeg's arts and culture sector on how to showcase our artists and attractions on a global stage in 2017. Conference delegates will then be able to provide their own ideas to help shape Travel Manitoba's vision and plan for 2017 with an interactive session lead by Lloyd Fridfinnson of Probe Research.
Day one concludes with an evening reception and tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Museum has extended this special invitation in recognition of the importance of partnerships with tourism industry stakeholders.
Day two begins with a breakfast keynote presentation on the power of technology to change the way we communicate with our customers. Kyle Lacy of Exact Target Marketing Cloud, will share tools to cope with a changes to the communication landscape brought on by consumer mobility, localization and the power of social media. Andrew Wiens of Trip Advisor will provide practical tips on how to manage your digital reputation. You'll learn why customer review sites matter, how to manage your listing, best practices in responding to users and where to access free assets.
The 2015 Partnership Opportunities will be unrolled at the conference prior to the 16th annual Manitoba Tourism Awards on September 26. The celebration honours the achievements of ndividuals and organizations in Manitoba's tourism industry. This lunch event, featuring the musical talents of Curtis Newton, will close this year's conference.