2016 Governor's Conference Program

2016 Governor's Conference on Tourism Program

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Sunday, March 13 Lineup

11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: REGISTRATION TICKET OFFICE OPEN
Rogers/Bentonville Rooms, Holiday Inn

11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: THE NATURAL STATE POP-UP GIFT SHOP OPEN
Fayetteville/Siloam Springs Rooms, Holiday Inn

2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: EARLY BIRD BIKE RIDE ON THE RAZORBACK GREENWAY
(Meet in the Holiday Inn Lobby)

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: SPECIAL SCREENING OF "THE FIRST BOYS OF SPRING"
Hall II, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Featuring: Documentary by Fayetteville filmmaker Larry Foley about the history of early baseball spring training in Hot Springs

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: SKYBOX HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Ozark Room (just off Holiday Inn Lobby)
Baristas and Libations: Courtesy of Arkansas Broadcasters Association

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: OPENING RECEPTION & EARLY BIRD PARTY
Holiday Inn Ballroom
Hosted by: Springdale Chamber of Commerce


Monday, March 14 Lineup

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: REGISTRATION TICKET OFFICE OPEN
Rogers/Bentonville Rooms, Holiday Inn

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: THE NATURAL STATE POP-UP GIFT SHOP OPEN
Fayetteville/Siloam Springs Rooms, Holiday Inn

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH - OPENING CEREMONY
Main Entrance, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: FIRST INNING OPENING GENERAL SESSION -
“SOUTHERN RENAISSANCE”
Stadium Hall II, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Featuring: Phillip Rhodes, Executive Managing Editor, Garden & Gun Magazine

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: SECOND INNING STRETCH REFRESHMENT BREAK
Stadium Hall I, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. First Base Session: “Why Be Bicycle Friendly?”
Salon F-G, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring: Joe Jacobs, Arkansas State Parks staff, and Editor, Arkansas Outside

B. Second Base Session: “Scouting Out Native American Tourism!”

Salon H, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring: Panel Presentation

C. Third Base Session: “We’re On Your Payroll—Your Tourism Team!”

Salon E, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring: Panel Presentation with Joe David Rice, Arkansas Tourism Director + Company

Noon-1:30 p.m.: TOURISM HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON
Stadium Halls III & IV, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Featuring: The Natural State’s own gardening and lifestyle guru P. Allen Smith of Little Rock
Special Presentation: Tourism Hall of Fame Inductions

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. First Base Session: “Drive Revenue Through Customer Experience Satisfaction”
Salon E, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring: Bradly Sax, Corporate Director of Delaware North, in affiliation with Southland Park Gaming & Racing

B. Second Base Session: “Heritage Tourism: Taking Pride In Our History!”
Salons F-G, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
Panel Presentation from Arkansas Department of Heritage

 

C. Third Base Session: “Clean & Green Makes a World of Difference. For Arkansas it Makes Dollars & Sense!”
Salon H, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) Commission panel presentation with Robert Phelps, Director, KAB + Company

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: FIFTH INNING STRETCH REFRESHMENT BREAK
Stadium Hall I, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: “MAKING IT A GRAND SLAM FOR ARKANSAS TOURISM 2016!”
Stadium Halls III & IV, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Featuring:
Special presentation by your front office marketing teams from advertising agency CJRW; web developer Aristotle, Inc.; and the staff of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: ANNUAL ARKANSAS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION AUCTION
Salons A, B, C & D, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
The World Series of Silent and Live Auction items, refreshments and ball park entertainment

8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.: SKYBOX HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Ozark Room (just off Holiday Inn Lobby)
Baristas and Libations: 
Courtesy of Arkansas Broadcasters Association

Tuesday, March 15 Lineup

7:00 a.m.-Noon: REGISTRATION TICKET OFFICE OPEN
Rogers/Bentonville Rooms, Holiday Inn


7:00 a.m.-Noon: THE NATURAL STATE POP-UP GIFT SHOP OPEN
Fayetteville/Siloam Springs Rooms, Holiday Inn


7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: TEAM COACHES’ BREAKFAST
Stadium Halls III & IV, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Presiding: Kane Webb, Executive Director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Featuring:
Darley Newman of Washington, D.C. - TV host, writer, producer, travel and social media expert, as well as star of Travels With Darley and the PBS series Equitrekking

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. First Base Session: “Live Your Brand: From Marketing to Leadership”
Salon E, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
Martin and Melissa Thoma of Little Rock, Principals in Thoma Thoma Consulting

B. Second Base Session: “Sports Marketing Is A Natural!”
Salon F-G, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
Panel Presentation of Arkansas Sports Marketers

C. Third Base Session: “Geo-Tourism In The Arkansas Delta”
Salon H, Holiday Inn Ballroom
Featuring:
Terry Eastin of Fayetteville, Executive Director, Big River Strategic Initiative

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: SEVENTH INNING STRETCH REFRESHMENT BREAK
Stadium Hall I, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: NINTH INNING GENERAL SESSION—“HOW TECH-SAVVY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE WINNING IN 2016”
Stadium Hall II, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Featuring:
Panel discussion on the “how to” of effective social media

Noon-2:00 p.m.: HENRY AWARDS LUNCHEON AND VICTORY CELEBRATION
Stadium Halls III & IV, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Presiding:
Kane Webb, Executive Director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Featuring: The Honorable Asa Hutchinson, 46th Governor of Arkansas
Special Presentation: The annual Henry Awards for excellence in tourism