Empire State Tourism Conference

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SAVE THE DATE: Mon to Wed, April 28 to 30, 2014


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Syracuse
6301 State Rte. 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Mark your calendars and save room in your budgets for this 8th annual state-wide tourism industry conference.

Keynote Speakers

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Creating World Class Teams

John Kennedy, Speaker/Author Strategist
President, John Kennedy Consulting

For well over a decade, John has inspired over 100,000 audience members throughout North America, Europe and around the world.

His success was galvanized in the hospitalilty and tourism industry as a restaurant and hotel executive with a strong sense of teamwork, sales and leadership. He learned from the best and now speaks to many who want to be their best.

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I Love New York

Gavin Landry
Executive Director of Tourism, NYS Division of Tourism

In 2013 Gavin became the Executive Director of Tourism for New York State, working with members of the Tourism Division to lead the iconic I LOVE NY program, and develop and implement new strategies to support the growth of the tourism industry across the state.

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Reaching the Canadian Market

Jim Byers
Travel Columnist and Consultant
(Former) Travel Editor for the Toronto Star

Jim spent five years as Travel Editor at the Toronto Star. It is not only the largest paid circulation newspaper in Canada but has the largest travel section in North America, with two sections averaging more than 20 pages each week.

Jim made choices every day affecting destinations and hotels and attractions in North America and around the world. He knows what it takes to get the attention of an editor distracted by emails, tweets, Instagram updates and phone calls. He knows what photographs get an editor's attention and which get spiked at first sight. He knows what kind of press releases get read and which sink into that dreaded morass known as the bottom of the email in-basket.

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Examining "Pure Michigan"

Steve Yencich
Executive Director
Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association

The Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association was formed in 1905 and has undergone a variety of name changes. While the names have changed, its focus never has. MLTA has always been the only statewide trade association advocating for Michigan's lodging and tourism industries.

MLTA represents hundreds of hotels, motels, resorts, and bed & breakfasts, comprising over 50,000 guest rooms. MLTA membership also includes categories for allied/suppliers, convention and visitor bureaus, colleges and universities, students, attractions and transportation operators.

Keep checking back weekly! Conference schedule, presentation topics and descriptions, speaker bios, sponsors and exhibitors continually being updated and expanded.*

*Schedule, presentation topics and speakers subject to change.