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Registration Open for Growing Rural Tourism Conference

Rural communities in Alberta and across Canada have begun looking towards tourism as a viable industry to diversify their local economies. The Growing Rural Tourism Conference brings together groups who have embraced innovative Tourism strategies and partnerships, and those looking at how they might bring new sources of revenue and employment to their own communities.

Renowned Rural Tourism experts and participants from a broad cross-section will share successes, challenges, and ideas for future growth. Comments from last year’s participants indicated that the conference was a powerful tool in initiating strategic tourism planning.

This year’s keynote speakers:

  • Jill Harrington – Pump Up Your WOO Factor
  • Doug Griffiths – 13 Ways to Kill Your Tourism Initiatives
  • Saunders Farm – Amazing Customer Service = Amazing Repeat Customers
  • Frederic Gonzalo – Mastering the Travel Marketing Trinity in 2016

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference takes place in Camrose, Alberta from February 22-24, 2016. Registration is now open and the early bird deadline is January 22, 2016.

Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Growing Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Challenge is hosted by Camrose Regional Exhibition as part of the Growing Rural Tourism Conference. The challenge helps tourism operators develop new products and experiences and grow their businesses. Participants will receive valuable feedback from industry experts to kick-start their projects.

The prize for coming in first place is $10,000 and one year of mentoring from industry expert judges. 2016ChallengeApplication

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