TIAPEI semi-annual meeting highlights PEI tourism strategy

SLEMON PARK, PEI — The Tourism Industry Association of PEI (TIAPEI) hosted its semi-annual meeting on April 28 at the Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Centre.

Chef Michael Smith, at TIAPEI's semi-annual meeting.

Chef Michael Smith, at TIAPEI's semi-annual meeting.

SLEMON PARK, PEI — The Tourism Industry Association of PEI (TIAPEI) hosted its semi-annual meeting on April 28 at the Slemon Park Hotel & Conference Centre, and featured a new format and presented a number of sessions addressing the province’s tourism and hospitality industry.  

This year’s format featured a half-day meeting, and going forward, it will, each year, alternative between the east and west, allowing the entire Island to be involved.

Keynote speaker, chef Michael Smith, spoke about The Power of Authenticity on PEI, and working together to develop meaningful experiences for visitors to the province.

Meetings and Conventions PEI gave an overview of the growing MC&IT business, and outlined their approach to selling PEI as a meeting, convention and incentive destination. Doug Newson, of the Charlottetown Airport Authority, discussed their role in PEI’s tourism industry.  

Highlighted during the meeting was the new PEI Strategic Plan for Tourism: 2016-2021. Consultants for the project, Tourism Development International (TDI), presented an overview of objectives they plan to consider as part of the strategy.

TIAPEI wants everyone to get involved and be a part of the process. Whether you are part of a group, an individual, or would prefer a private anonymous survey, the organization wants your input. The majority of industry consultations will be completed by June 15, 2016. To get involved, please contact Peter McNulty at peter@tourismdev.com or call TIAPEI at 902-566-5008.

During the event, TIAPEI hosted the business-meeting portion, which outlined the organization’s budget for the coming year. All business meeting materials can be found on the TIAPEI website at www.tiapei.pe.ca. For more information, please contact Allison Clark at aclark@tiapei.pe.ca