HARTFORD, Conn., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Connecticut Office of Tourism (COT) brings together tourism and cultural professionals from across a wide array of industry sectors for the Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism on May 12, 2015 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. As the state's premier travel and hospitality industry event, the conference features an address from Governor Dannel P. Malloy, along with a special report on the results of the Connecticut still revolutionary integrated marketing campaign to date and a preview of the spring and summer campaign. Additionally, the conference includes more than a dozen interactive workshops, valuable seminars providing practical takeaways for professionals and business owners, an exhibitor showcase and extensive networking opportunities.
New this year is the Connecticut Governor's Tourism Awards, five awards that honor and celebrate those who show excellence in the tourism industry and contribute to the success of the state and health of Connecticut's economy. Award categories are Tourism Leader of the Year, Tourism Rising Star, Tourism Partner of the Year, Tourism Legacy Leader and Tourism Volunteer(s) of the Year. To nominate an individual or business headquartered in Connecticut, the deadline for submissions has been extended to April 24, 2015 and can be uploaded to http://www.cttourismconference.com/awards/.
The keynote speaker for Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism is Peter Yesawich. As vice chairman of MMGY Global, a leading travel marketing, advertising and public relations agency, Yesawich is one of the most respected sources of insights on the emerging habits, preferences and intentions of American travelers and the winner of many awards. He is also a frequent commentator on travel trends in publications such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Workshops take place throughout the day and topics range from how to attract visitors through storytelling, mobile marketing, social media and media coverage to managing the online reputation of a business to working with meeting planners. The day culminates with a networking reception at 4:15 p.m. for tourism and cultural professionals.
To purchase an all-access pass for $99 and learn more about the day's scheduled events, visit http://www.cttourismconference.com. An all-access pass includes breakfast, lunch and admission to all workshops. The conference will be held on May 12, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Conn. To join the conversation online, follow #CTTourismConf.
The Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism will be held in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of Tourism (in partnership with the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau) and the state's many tourism partners. Platinum sponsors for the Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism are the Connecticut Convention Center, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun and the Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. Among its gold sponsors are Adams & Knight and MMGY Global. Silver sponsors include Allied Printing Services, Inc., the Capital Region Development Authority, Madden Media and Populace. Other top sponsors are FleishmanHillard, Media Storm, TripAdvisor, AAA, Bradley International Airport, Collinson Media & Events, News12 Connecticut, Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., Eversource, Onyx Moonshine, Orbitz, and Two Roads Brewing Company.
About The Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism
Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism is the state's premier tourism industry event, bringing together professionals from hotels, restaurants, casinos, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, historic sites, and cultural and arts institutions. The event is designed to share best practices and valuable insights from national and state tourism and travel experts. Introduced this year, the Connecticut Governor's Tourism Awards honor and celebrate those who demonstrate excellence in the tourism industry and contribute to the success of the state and health of Connecticut's economy. For more information or to purchase an all-access pass for $99, visit http://www.cttourismconference.com/ To join the conversation, follow #CTTourismConf or log on to https://www.facebook.com/CTGovernorsConferenceOnTourism.
SOURCE Connecticut Office of Tourism