HNL turns 35 and celebrates provincial tourism

Delegates attend the opening reception in the Trade Show area

Delegates attend the opening reception in the Trade Show area

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.

Keynote speaker Doug Lansky discusses the world's best practices in tourism.

Keynote speaker Doug Lansky discusses the world's best practices in tourism.

“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
tourism colleagues.”

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 Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl brings greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada during the National Tourism Panel moderated by Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Chair of the All-Party Tourism Caucus, with panelists Charlotte Bell, Tourism Industry Association of Canada; Maureen Riley, Destination Canada; Philip Mondor, Tourism HR Canada; and Keith Henry, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl brings greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada during the National Tourism Panel moderated by Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Chair of the All-Party Tourism Caucus, with panelists Charlotte Bell, Tourism Industry Association of Canada; Maureen Riley, Destination Canada; Philip Mondor, Tourism HR Canada; and Keith Henry, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.

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
Pearl. 

“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
again.” 

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.

H. Clayton Sparkes Accommodator Award of Excellence presented to the Royal Inn + Suites by Judy Sparkes Giannou of Clayton Hospitality Inc.

H. Clayton Sparkes Accommodator Award of Excellence presented to the Royal Inn + Suites by Judy Sparkes Giannou of Clayton Hospitality Inc.