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“A key focus of our association’s efforts is the adaptation of innovative technology to support tourism operators’ growth and develop our province as a sought-after travel destination,” says Thomas.
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“Without a doubt, TripAdvisor has revolutionized the way travellers learn about destinations and ultimately decide where to travel next. “Mr. Wiens will share strategies on how to best manage online brand reputations and avoid common pitfalls.
“[His] experience working with travel icons such as Frommer’s and TripAdvisor, and the best practices and lessons he has learned, enable him to give our delegates actionable steps they can take away and immediately use to advance their operations,” Thomas added.
David Gyarmati, Research Director with the Social Research Demonstration
Corporation (SRDC), was announced as an addition to the line-up of speakers on Jan. 16.
the labour market issues affecting the growth and development of the
tourism industry is a key focus of industry initiatives planned for
2014,” says Hospitality NL Chair, Darlene Thomas. “We are very keen to
have Mr. Gyarmati share with delegates his expertise and research
regarding workplace training and resulting gains for employers and
Alan Doyle t
o provide keynote
Alan Doyle, best known as one of the lead singers for Great Big Sea, will kick start the conference on Feb. 27. After 20 years, the band continues to astonish crowds around the world with their energy, musical skill and an ingrained inability to take themselves too seriously. When not occupied with GBS duties, Doyle is in demand as a producer, arranger and general musical catalyst, not to mention his burgeoning career as a solo artist. While his success has taken him all over the world, Alan continues to return to his home province.
“Alan Doyle is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated and well-known artistic talents,” says Thomas. “His passion to share the culture, talent and opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador with the world is rooted in his deep pride for his home province. The tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador shares this tremendous pride—it is what fuels us in offering unique travel experiences to guests from all over the world.”
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Kathy Dunderdale, who stepped down from her job as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador this week, was scheduled to address luncheon delegates during the Provincial Tourism Luncheon, but following her resignation HNL says she will not be addressing the conference. As always, the evening entertainment for the first day of the conference will be the annual Fun Night, hosted this year by Steele Properties, Hotel Gander, Town of Gander, Comfort Inn and Destination Gander.
HNL’s Annual Conference and Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of tourism operators within the province. For more information, visit www.hnl.ca/conference