Hospitality NL Kicks Off Annual Conference in Gander with Keynote on Impacts of the Sharing Economy

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2017 – Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is excited to kick off its Annual Conference and Trade Show today with writer, broadcaster and futurist, Jesse Hirsh, delivering the keynote address to delegates. The Conference, taking place in Gander from February 21-23, will provide a platform for tourism stakeholders learn about and discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist within the tourism industry currently.

“Hospitality NL wants to ensure that all tourism stakeholders – operators, organizations and government – are educated on the rise of the sharing economy and prepared to maximize opportunities, address regulatory concerns and most importantly, continue to deliver safe and unforgettable tourism experiences that showcase the best of Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Hospitality NL Chair, Dion Finlay.

Following the keynote address, Jesse will be joined on stage by a panel of industry stakeholders and champions to further explore the opportunities presented by the sharing economy. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, will address delegates at the Provincial Tourism Luncheon and present the  Doug Wheeler Award. Hospitality NL will present the Cultural Tourism Award. The afternoon sessions will feature a discussion on tourism product development priorities and best practices in experience development, including a panel led by Carol-Ann Gilliard, Director of Strategic Product Development at the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.

To cap off the day, the Gander Host Committee has planned an exciting evening that gives delegates the chance to dress up and have a wild time at a country western themed Fun Night!

Hospitality NL’s Annual Conference and Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of tourism operators within the province and is taking place in Gander, February 21-23, 2017. Visit for more details.

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Media Contact:
Melissa Ennis, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
P: 709-722-2000, ext: 231
C: 709-227-1863

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