ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador kicked off its Annual
Conference and Trade Show Feb. 21 with tourism development leader, Doug Lansky, addressing delegates to the sold-out conference. In 2018, Hospitality NL celebrates 35 years of serving as the voice of tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador and working with the members to build industry growth and progress. Hospitality NL’s Conference and Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of tourism operators in the province.
“The travel and tourism industry is in a constant state of transition,
driving industry operators to continuously work on developing or enhancing
their tourism product or experience,” said Hospitality NL chair, Dion Finlay.
“We are excited to have Mr. Lansky with us throughout the Conference to lead
the discussion on experience development and help operators discover new ways
of adapting their tourism strategy by putting the visitor at the core of the
experience, and tapping in to their most valuable resource: their fellow
Following the keynote address, Lansky was joined on stage by a panel
of industry champions to further explore the best practices of experience
development. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and
Labrador, addressed delegates at the Provincial Tourism Luncheon and
presented the Cultural Tourism and Tourism Achievement Awards. An afternoon
session featured the results of the 2016 Provincial Exit Survey presented
by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.
To cap off the day, Destination St. John’s held an exciting
evening of great food and music at O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub.
The Conference and Trade Show entered its final day with a look at tourism
from the national perspective, including an address from The Honourable
Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for St. John’s South-Mount
“We are pleased to have a large delegation of national tourism partners
on hand to present attendees with an accurate picture of the national tourism
strategy,” said Finlay.
“It is important for
operators here in Newfoundland and Labrador to understand our country’s tourism
strategy and how this province’s tourism industry fits into that national
picture. We are very much looking forward to hearing national perspectives on
topics such as policy, advocacy, labour market and marketing,” Finlay added.
“Last spring the Government of Canada launched Canada’s New Tourism
Vision outlining how we are planning on capitalizing on the tourism potential
of this great country,” said O’Regan.
“We’re going to do
that nationally by making key investments in the marketing of Canadian tourism,
by making it easier for international tourists to come visit us and by
investing in tourism operators so those visitors will come back time and
Closing the conference for another year, delegates gathered on Feb. 22 to honour
the industry’s best and brightest at the Tourism Excellence Awards Gala.