Full agenda planned for MHA convention & trade show

WINNIPEG — A full agenda, including an annual general meeting, a session on boosting bar food sales and a keynote from a former professional football player, is on tap for the Manitoba Hotel Association’s 88th annual convention and trade show, taking

Obby Khan, keynote speaker.

Obby Khan, keynote speaker.

WINNIPEG — A full agenda, including an annual general meeting, a session on boosting bar food sales and a keynote from a former professional football player, is on tap for the Manitoba Hotel Association’s 88th annual convention and trade show, taking place Oct. 24 – 25 at Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, in Winnipeg.

Slated for the morning of Oct. 24, the annual general meeting will provide an update on the MHA’s activities over the past year, including financial performance, membership visits and recruitment and the Hotels Matter campaign from the recent provincial election.

An afternoon session on Oct. 24 will bring together local food suppliers with hoteliers who want to expand or improve the food offerings in their bar. Attendees can sample bar food, interact with the participating food suppliers, and learn how to boost sales with easy and affordable food options.

The Oct. 24 keynote speaker, George Leith, will teach delegates how to build a relationship through social media, how to be found online, and other essential factors that can make or break a hotel in the age of digital media. 

Kicking off the Oct. 25 agenda is keynote Obby Khan, athlete, business owner, chef and community supporter. Khan played 10 years in the CFL and now owns five restaurants in Winnipeg. In addition to providing the Tuesday keynote address, Khan will honour some of the hotel industry’s long-serving staff and announce the IMPACT award to a deserving MHA member hotel.

The trade show takes place Oct. 25, and if past years are any indication, it should be well attended.

“Each of the past four years, we’ve filled the room, which is about 120 booths. Last year, we had more than 650 verified attendees, owners and managers from hotels and restaurants from around Manitoba,” said Jerry Weir, executive director, MHA.

Convention delegates who register by Oct. 7 will be entered into a draw for a set of tickets to the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, taking place Oct. 23. The package also includes tickets to the Alumni Game, which will be played Oct. 22. Both games will be played at Investors Group Field, in Winnipeg.