Final Day of Hospitality NL Annual Conference and Trade Show Underway in St. John’s

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2016 – Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual Conference and Trade Show enters its final day with a highly anticipated address from the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

“We are incredibly pleased to have Minister Chagger participate in our conference,” says Hospitality NL Vice-Chair, Dion Finlay. “Tourism offers tremendous economic and cultural benefits to Canadians. It is a dynamic and far-reaching sector employing Canadians across the country, in every region, and with the support of the Government of Canada, working in collaboration with tourism operators, our industry can continue to diversify the economy while helping to sustain culturally rich communities.”

Minister Chagger will preface the National Tourism Panel session by discussing how the Federal government collaborates with industry and is working to build a stronger, more sustainable tourism industry in Canada.

Delegates will also hear from leaders of three of Canada’s national tourism organizations: Gilles Verret, Vice-President, Strategy and Corporate Communications, Destination Canada, Philip Mondor, President, Tourism HR Canada and Adrienne Foster, Director, Research & Public Affairs, Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). The panelists will provide a synopsis of key national initiatives and priorities, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A to discuss how Newfoundland and Labrador fits into the national picture and how this province can maximize on and support these national efforts. Later in the morning, keynote speaker, Christina Miranda, will return to coach delegates on how to focus their efforts and maximize their marketing budget.

The Professional Development Luncheon will feature an address by Ms. Judy Rowell, Superintendent of the Torngat Mountains National Park, followed by the presentation of the 2016 Sustainable Tourism Award by Parks Canada in partnership with Hospitality NL. During the luncheon, delegates will also celebrate tourism professionals from across the province who have recently achieved emerit® Professional Certification.

Following the luncheon, delegates will hear from Darlene Thomas, Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Board, as she presents the refocused goals and objectives within Vision 2020 based on industry feedback and our collective focus on Destination Development.

Closing the Conference for another year, delegates will gather to honour the industry’s best and brightest at the Tourism Excellence Awards Gala, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Hospitality NL’s Annual Conference and Trade Show, the largest annual gathering of tourism operators within the province and is taking place in St. John’s, March 1-3, 2016 and is focused on how tourism operators can best identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to determine their paths to profit and maximize opportunities for business development and growth while maintaining their competitive edge. For more details visit

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Media Contact:
Leslie Rossiter, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
P: 709-722-2000, ext: 222
C: 709-690-9227

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