ATIA Virtual Convention Week Schedule
$49 in the 49!

Subject to change.
Updated: October 2, 2020

Links to each day’s itinerary will be sent to registered participants throughout convention week.

Monday, October 5

4:00 p.m. 2019-2020 ATIA Board of Directors meeting
5:30-6:30 p.m. Virtual Meet and Greet with fellow ATIA members, ATIA, Board of Directors and team members

Bring your own “quarantini” and favorite Zoom outfit

Sponsored by: Alaska Business

Tuesday, October 6

9:00 a.m. 2020 ATIA VIRTUAL Convention Kick-Off!

Welcoming Remarks and Land Acknowledgement
Aaron Leggett, President and Chair, Native Village of Eklutna
Governor Mike Dunleavy (recorded video/comments)

A Year in Review and Recovery
Dan Oberlatz, 2019-2020 ATIA Board Chair
Sarah Leonard, ATIA President & CEO

Sponsored by: Visit Anchorage

10:00 a.m. VIRTUAL SESSION 1: A Roadmap to Economic Recovery for Alaska’s Tourism Future

Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage
Erin Francis-Cummings, President and CEO, Destination Analysts

Sponsored by: Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau

11:00 a.m. VIRTUAL SESSION 2: Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Understanding in Travel

Camille Ferguson, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, AIANTA, ATIA Board Director
Emily Edenshaw, Alaska Native Heritage Center Executive Director
Martinique Lewis, ABC Travel Greenbook, Black Travel Alliance
Kellee Edwards, Travel Channel TV Host, Kellee Set Go!

Moderated by Thomas McIntyre, Thompson & Co, Open Doors Initiative

Sponsored by: First National Bank of Alaska

12:30 p.m. Yoga Flow with

Wednesday, October 7

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. VIRTUAL Annual Members Meeting / Voice of the Membership

Update to Membership on committee work
Holly Johnson, ATIA Board of Directors and Membership Committee Chair

Regional Membership Panel
Summary of pre-convention listening sessions and member comments

Sponsored by: Mat-Su CVB
Small Business Scholarships sponsored by: CLIA-Alaska

Lunch break on your own!
Snacks, meditation, walks, yoga are all encouraged

1:00 p.m. Alaska Tourism VIRTUAL Shark Tank

Sponsored by: Alaska Airlines, Alaska Railroad, GCI, Wells Fargo, and The Chuck West Family

Thursday, October 8

9:00 a.m VIRTUAL SESSION 1: A virtual chat with travel industry leaders about the future of Alaska cruise and air travel

Stein Kruse, CEO, Holland America Group
Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines

Moderated by: Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer

Sponsored by: Holland America Group

10:00 a.m. VIRTUAL SESSION 2: Alaska Tourism Marketing Program presentation

Colleen Stephens, Owner Stan Stephens Wildlife & Glacier Cruises, Chair ATIA Marketing Committee
Jillian Simpson, ATIA

Sponsored by: Ketchikan Visitors Bureau

11:00 a.m. ATIA Foundation Board and Annual Meeting
11:15 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
2019-2020 / 2020-2021 ATIA Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, October 9

9:00 a.m. Yoga Flow with
10:00 a.m. A Conversation with Dr. Anne Zink and the DHSS Team

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Department of Health and Social Service

Sponsored by: Northrim Bank

11:00 a.m. Recovering a Travel Community in the Face of Challenge

Brad Dean, Discover Puerto Rico

Sponsored by: Alaska Helicopter Tours


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