2017 ATIA Convention Schedule

The convention schedule below is subject to change at anytime. Last updated September 26, 2017.

Location Abbreviations:
     Kodiak Harbor Convention Center - KHCC
     Food for Less - FFL

Monday, October 2

8:00am-7:00pm

Convention Registration Opens 

Sponsored by: Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (KPTMC)

Best Western Kodiak Inn Lobby 

9:00am

Transportation from accommodations to Afognak Center

 

10:00am-5:00pm

Marketing Rural Tourism Summit:
Rural Alaska: Marketing strategies that fit!
(Pre-registration required $)

With special guest Stephen Blancett, Alaska Native Heritage Center

Sponsored by: Northern Alaska Tour Company & Alaska State Council on the Arts

Afognak Center 

12:00pm-5:00pm

Trade Show & Lunch Table-top Displays Set-up for Vendors

Best Western Kodiak Inn          
Harbor Room     & FFL

3:30pm-5:30pm

2016-2017 ATIA Board of Directors Meeting

Sponsored by Alaska Coach Tours

KHCC - Katurwik Room

5:00pm-7:00pm

Arts, Culture & Heritage Chapter Social

Start convention with a beer and networking while you learn more about ATIA's newest chapter.  

 
Sponsored by ATIA Arts, Culture & Heritage Chapter

 

Kodiak Island Brewing Company

Tuesday, October 3

8:00am-5:00pm

Convention Registration Open

Sponsored by: KPTMC

Best Western Kodiak Inn Lobby

8:00am

Transportation from accommodations to Kodiak Harbor Convention Center

 

9:00am-4:00pm

All-day Coffee Service

Sponsored by: Phillips Cruises & Tours

Best Western Kodiak Inn Harbor Room

9:00am-10:00am

Continental Breakfast at the Trade Show

Get your morning started right with networking, coffee and light breakfast snacks at the Trade Show. Bring tour "passports" to be stamped to enter to win a great prize.

Sponsored by: Travel Juneau

Best Western Kodiak Inn Harbor Room

10:00am

2017 ATIA Convention Kick-off!

Co-Emcees: Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours & Sarah Leonard, ATIA President & CEO

KHCC - Pavilion Room

10:15am

Welcoming Remarks

Commissioner of DCCED - Chris Hladick
Kodiak Borough Mayor - Dan Roher
City Mayor - Pat Branson
Representative Louise Stutes

10:30am

2016-2017 ATIA Board Chair Dennis McDonnell Introduces Kick-Off to Convention!
Alaska's Tourism Industry Story
Sarah Leonard, ATIA President & CEO

11:00am

Annual Members Meeting / Voice of the Memberships
2016-2017 ATIA Board Chair Dennis McDonnell

An Alaska Statewide Tourism Improvement District & Introduction to Voting
Public Policy Q & A: What federal or state issues are impacting our industry?

Sponsored by: Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau

12:30pm-1:30pm

Lunch Panel: One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air: Industry Infrastructure Needs
Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group; Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines; Commissioner Marc Luiken, Alaska Department of Transportation; Bill O'Leary, Alaska Railroad; Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours.
Moderated by: Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

Sponsored by: Ted Stephens International Airport

FFL

2:00pm-3:30pm       

Concurrent Sessions:

KHCC

Working with Today's Travel Agents
Presenter: Ann Chamberlan, NACTA

Learn How to find travel consultants to sell your excursions and products. Find out the ins and outs to becoming a preferred supplier with consortia and host agencies. Gain tips on how to improve visibility and sales in the North American market through preferred relationships with travel consultants, host agencies and consortia.

Sponsored by: All Alaska Tours

KHCC - Pavilion Room

Mode and the Path to Purchase 
Presenter: Julie Hirt & Karen King, Spawn Ideas

Mode is a mind-set - the distinctive preferences and intentions of a person. Modes add depth and precision to what you do and are more specific than a demographic profile. When you get mode right, your marketing will more efficiently connect with customers in the micromoments when decisions are made. 

Sponsored by: Nome Discovery Tours

KHCC - Stellar Room

The Physics of Family Travel: Why Kids Matter for Alaska Tourism
Presenter: Erin Kirkland, AKontheGo.com

Two million people visit Alaska each year, and many bring children or grandchildren along. Learn best practices, tips, and valuable strategies for navigating the course of family friendly travel in the 49th state.

Sponsored by: Pike's Waterfront Lodge

KHCC - Katurwik Room

3:30pm-4:00pm

Networking Break

Enjoy a networking break at the trade show, get your "passport" stamped & visit with friends and colleagues!

Sponsored by: Mahay's Jet Boat Adventures

Best Western Kodiak Inn
Harbor Room

4:00pm-5:30pm

Speed (Dating) Networking!

Get ready to shake hands, meet lots of folks & put your face on with industry members in this fast-paced networking session. Don't forget your business cards!

Sponsored by: Well's Fargo

Best Western Kodiak Inn
Harbor Room

Destination Marketing & Management Organizations (DMMO) Round-table Discussions

For CVB & COC Executive Directors, Membership Managers & Sales Managers.

Sponsored by: Mark Kelly Photography

KHCC - Pavilion Room

6:00pm-8:00pm

Opening Night Reception

ATIA attendees are invited to an informal reception with beverages and light appetizers.  Delegates only - you must show your badge for entry to the venue.

Sponsored by: Holland America Line

Afognak Center

6:30pm-9:00pm

Transportation to accommodations

 

Wednesday, October 4

9:00am-3:00pm

Convention Registration Open

Sponsored by: KPTMC

Best Western Kodiak Inn - Lobby

9:00am

Transportation from accommodations to Kodiak Harbor Convention Center

 

9:00am-4:00pm

All-day Coffee Service

Sponsored by: Major Marine Tours / Hotel 360

Best Western Kodiak Inn - Harbor Room

9:00am-10:00am

Continental Breakfast at the Trade Show

Get your morning started right with networking, coffee and light breakfast snacks at the Trade Show. Bring your "passports" to be stamped to enter to win a great prize.

Sponsored by: Northrim Bank

 

10:00am-11:30am        

2nd Annual Tourism Shark Tank!

Watch ATIA members make real business pitches to our very own Alaska Sharks! Se if they are willing to invest or if they are out.

Co-Sponsored by: Alaska Railroad, GCI, Premier Alaska Tours

KHCC - Pavilion Room

12:00pm-2:00pm 

ATIA Tourism, Small Business Scholarship Luncheon    
Hosted by Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge and Kelly Bender, Lazy Otter Charters

Sponsored by: Princess Cruises

To make a donation to the ATIA Foundation, click here.    

FFL

Special Presentation by Samantha Brown

Sponsored by: Alaska Airlines

2:00pm-3:30pm

Concurrent Sessions:

KHCC

The Modern Leisure Traveler and The Last Frontier
Presenter: David Bratton, Destination Analysts

The leisure travel landscape is rapidly changing. Social media, generational changes, economic uncertainty, fluctuating exchange rates and mobile connectivity have all collided in recent years to create an unsettled travel landscape. Using data collected in Destination Analysts' on-going opinion tracking surveys of travelers in America and 14 of its largest international feeder markets, Bratton makes sense of current trends and reveals how Alaska is viewed by the world. Move your marketing forward with confidence of having a clear perspective on where Alaska stands in this highly competitive environment.

Sponsored by: Sophie Station Suites

KHCC - Katurwik Room

Co-op Marketing 101
Presenter: Laurie Booyse, ATIA

Bring your laptop and learn how you can make the most of the Alaska Tourism Marketing Program. ATIA's Laurie Booyse will help you get logged into your TravelAlaska.com Partner Admin account, show you around the marketing options and answer questions about how you can participate. Be sure to have your login info for you account before the session starts for best use of time for the session.

Sponsored by: Alaska Tour & Travel

KHCC - Pavilion Room

Oh Canada! Positive Partnerships Promoting Highway Travel
Panel: Blake Rogers, Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon; Al Koch, All Alaska Tours; Tyler Rose, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

It's the 75th Anniversary of the Alaska - Canadian Highway (ALCAN). What is the value of this historic symbol of international partnership among two northern destinations mean today? Panelist will discuss the history of the highway, challenges and opportunities associated with this special partnership between Alaska and Canada.

Sponsored by: John Hall's Alaska

KHCC - Stellar Room

3:45pm-4:15pm

Networking Break

Enjoy a networking break at the trade show, get your "passport" stamped & visit with friends and colleagues!

Sponsored by: Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Tours

Best Western Kodiak Inn - 
Harbor Room

4:30pm-6:00pm

Concurrent Sessions:

KHCC

Public Lands
Presenters: Jim Adams, National Park Service; Ethan Tyler, Alaska State Parks; Eric Adam, US Forest Service; Kelly Chang, National Park Service; Hans Klausner, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge; James King, National Forest Service; Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures

Join in a discussion with representatives from State Parks, National Parks, Forest Service & Wildlife Refuge about the challenges and opportunities for tourism businesses in Alaska's public lands.  Moderated by Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures

Sponsored by: Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau

KHCC - Pavilion Room

Sustainable Tourism - Adventure Green Alaska (AGA) & Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Panel: Blake Rodgers, TIA Yukon / GST Board; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; Tanya Carlson, ATIA / AGA

Sustainable tourism is no longer a niche market. In fact, 2017 is the International Year for Sustainable Tourism Development. Join this session to hear the simple things your business can do to be more sustainable, what Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) & the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have partnered to create and AGA's plans for the program in the future.

Sponsored by: Alaska Wildland Adventures

KHCC - Katurwick Room

Tips for Improving Business Operations
Presenter: Jim Culley, Northrim Bank

Technology and finance experts team up to share business operations recommendations and best practices. Topics include cyber-security, industry analysis,marketing, financing, outsourcing, contingency planning, and human resources.

Sponsored by: Alaska Coach Tours

KHCC - Stellar Room

6:15pm Buses Start Loading

Community Night!

Gather at your assigned time at the entrance of Food for Less to hop on a bus!

Buses leave from FFL


Thursday, October 5

9:00am-12:00pm

Convention Registration Open

Sponsored by: KPTMC

Best Western Kodiak Inn - Lobby

9:00am

Transportation from accommodations to Kodiak Harbor Convention Center

 

9:00am-12:00pm

All-day Coffee Service

Sponsored by: Miles

Best Western Kodiak Inn - Harbor Room

9:00am-10:00am

Continental Breakfast at the Trade Show

Get you morning started right with networking, coffee and light breakfast snacks at the Trade Show. Bring your "passport" to be stamped to enter to win a great prize.

Sponsored by: Aspen Hotels

Best Western Kodiak Inn -Harbor Room

10:00am-11:30am    

The State of the Cruise Industry in Alaska 
Presenters: John Binkley, CLIA Alaska; Linda Springmann, Holland America Group; Dan Blanchard, UnCruise Adventures; Zak Kirkpatrick, Alaska Dream Cruises

Sponsored by: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

FFL

12:00pm

Trade Show & Registration Closes

Best Western
Kodiak Inn

11:45am-1:00pm

Alaska's Tourism Marketing Program: Research, Strategies and Implementation
Presenters: Jillian Simpson, ATIA VP; Heather Haugland, The McDowell Group

Sponsored By: Thompson & Company Public Relations
Box Lunches Sponsored by: Subway

FFL

1:00pm-2:00pm

60-Second New Product Presentations

Check out what is new & happening in the industry with emcee Matt Atkinson.

Sponsored by: Explore Fairbanks

FFL

2:00pm-5:30pm

Afternoon of Adventure Tours

Tours Vary

3:00pm-3:30pm

ATIA Foundation Board & Annual Meeting

KHCC - Katurwik Room

3:30pm-5:00pm

2016-2017 ATIA Board of Directors Meeting

Sponsored by: Alaska Alpine Adventures

6:00pm-7:00pm

Closing Reception

Sponsored by: Alaska Collection by Pursuit

FFL

7:00pm-10:00pm

2017 Alaska Travel Industry Association
Awards Banquet & Live Auction

Emcees Dave W. Karp & John Kreilkamp

Sponsored by: UnCruise Adventures
Wine Sponsored by: Knightly Tours

10:00 pm

Transportation from banquet back to accommodations begins