Wisconsin Fall Tourism Conference
Paddle ahead to the Wisconsin Fall Tourism Conference down by the rivers in Eau Claire, November 3 & 4, 2016. We're planning an exciting agenda that's sure to guide your organization forward, including our Destination Marketing in the Digital Age keynote by Aaron Nissen of Destination Think!. Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett will again join us and give us the latest from our Tourism Department, plus there will be breakout sessions on destination development, sports tourism, visual asset trends and management and more. A preliminary agenda is below.
Registration Rates & Policies: Registration will be available in early September. Early Bird Rates are $125 for WACVB members & $140 for non-members. To receive the early bird rate, registration must be competed by October 7, 2016. Rates are $145 and $160 after the 7th. No refunds will be provided for prepaid registrations after October 28, 2016.
Location & Lodging - The conference will be held at The Lismore Hotel, a new, boutique hotel in downtown Eau Claire. To make room reservations, call 715-835-8888 by October 3rd and ask for the $129/night WACVB rate. Additional rooms are available at the nearby Oxbow Hotel for $139/night. Call 715-559-8553 or book online.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities - WACVB invites you to be a Wisconsin Fall Tourism Conference sponsor or exhibitor. Sponsor and Exhbitor Online registration is now available. Learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities....
Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer Awards - Awards for the best Wisconsin tourism marketing and partnership campaigns will be presented by WACVB and WI Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett at the WI Fall Tourism Convention. APPLY TODAY! Application deadline is October 3, 2016. Learn more here...
Or, download a registration form and mail it in with payment.
Thursday, November 3 2016
|11:00 AM - 4:30 PM||
|12:00 PM - 2:00 PM||
OPENING LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Destination Marketing in the Digital Age
Discover how the digital revolution has affected consumer behaviors and how tourism business and organizations can benefit from it. Keynoter Aaron Nissen will offer an analysis of the marketing behind using current digital and social media best practices and demonstrate how they can drive your tourism organization forward. The session will feature a combination of theory and examples from around the world that will encourage attendees to reconsider what they know about talking to their consumers and give you key takeaways, ideas and tools you can use right away in your destination.
|2:15 PM - 3:15 PM||
|3:15 PM - 3:30 PM||
|3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||
REPEAT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
|4:30 PM - 6:30 PM||
MARKETPLACE AND RECEPTION
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while networking with our sponsors and exhibitors. Visit every booth for a chance to win prizes from our host, Visit Eau Claire.
|7:00 PM - 10:00 PM||
Located in the heart of Downtown Eau Claire, The Lismore Hotel is just steps away from some of the best cuisine in the city, be it Wisconsin cheese curds, Thai food, or fine-dining - Perfect for the Visit Eau Claire Dine Around.
Friday, November 4 2016
|7:30 AM - 9:30 AM||
On site registration
|7:45 AM - 8:15 AM||
|8:15 AM - 9:00 AM||
WISCONSIN TRAILBLAZER AWARDS CEREMONY & WI DEPT. OF TOURISM UPDATE
Join WACVB and Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett in recognizing the best in Wisconsin tourism marketing and partnership efforts. Sec. Klett will then give us insight into the latest happenings at the state agency.
|9:10 AM - 10:10 AM||
|10:20 AM - 11:20 AM||
REPEAT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
|11:30 AM - 12:30 PM||
Join us as we wrap up the 2016 conference with a look at how our host city's community investment is paying off. We'll also announce the location of the 2017 conference. Speaker: Nick Meyer, Volume One