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2014 Growing Rural Tourism Conference - Call for Presentations

The Camrose Regional Exhibition invites stakeholders from Alberta to submit education breakout session proposals for the 14th annual Growing Rural Tourism Conference, March 3 - 5, 2014 in Camrose. 

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. This conference is an educational and networking event that is attended by over 200 people from Alberta.

Speakers gain valuable exposure in addition to making an important contribution to the tourism industry in Alberta. 

We invite presentations on the following topic areas:  marketing, success stories, customer service, leadership, sponsorship, grant writing and community engagement.  

Submission requirements:
Keynote sessions are typically 75 minutes in length and breakout sessions 60 minutes. We encourage submissions for both a keynote session and a breakout session. The Growing Rural Tourism Conference encourages more than one submission from the same speaker.  Panel presentations may not have more than three speakers. 

Include the following personal information with submission:
•              Name
•              Organization/Business Name
•              Title/Position
•              Full Mailing Address
•              Contact telephone number
•              Email address
•              Years of experience in the tourism industry
•              Professional credentials
•              Brief personal bio (approximately 100 words)

*please include the above information for any co-speakers.

Include the following presentation criteria with submission:
1.            Presentation title (maximum 10 words:
2.            Target audience
3.            Brief description of presentation (50-75 words)
4.            Learning objectives (min - 2, max -4)
5.            Number of times presenter is willing to present session throughout the conference
6.            Audio &/or visual requirements – be specific
7.            Date and place topic was last presented (if applicable).  If the topic was presented at another conference, please include a sample of the material covered such as PowerPoint or video.

Each speaker receives one full conference registration including one ticket to the Rural Tourism Champion Awards evening. All presenters will be reimbursed for their transportation and hotel expenses with copies of receipts.

Deadline for submission:  Friday, November 1, 2013. Submissions sent after deadline will not be reviewed.  Notification of selected speaker(s)/presentations will be no later than November 30, 2013.

All submissions will be reviewed by the GRT Conference Committee.  The committee reserves the right to accept any or none of the submissions received.  All committee decisions are final.  

All submissions must be sent electronically to:

Criteria for review of submissions:
1.            Clear indication of topic and presentation material
2.            Relevance to the rural tourism industry
3.            Number of submissions within a topic area

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference is an initiative of the Camrose Regional Exhibition, Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development and Travel Alberta.

Camrose Regional Exhibition