Hospitality NL Opens Annual Conference and Trade Show Announcing the 2017 Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2017 – Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the opening of its 2017 Conference and Trade Show today in Gander, starting with its Annual General Meeting and the announcement of the 2017 Board of Directors.

“I would like to extend sincerest thanks to the dedicated members who are finishing up terms on Hospitality NL’s Board of the Directors this year,” says Hospitality NL’s Chair, Dion Finlay. “Our Board members are volunteers, spending time away from their own businesses in order to help lead the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador to new heights. The level of commitment is truly remarkable. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Board members and the newly-elected Directors throughout the coming year.”

New to the Board are:

  • Rhonda Hutton, Director of Marketing, Destination St. John’s – Director-at-Large
  • Darlene Thomas, Owner/Operator, Bonne Bay Inn & Seaside Suites – Director-at-Large
    • After completing a two-year term on the Board in 2016, Darlene has been re-elected.
  • Deborah Bourden, Owner/Operator, Alphabet Fleet Inn B&B – B&B Sector rep
  • Todd Perrin, Owner/Operator, Mallard Cottage – Food & Beverage Sector rep
  • Larry Laite, General Manager, JAG Boutique Hotel – Hotel/Motel Sector rep

The complete Board listing, including appointed positions, sector representatives as well as bios and pictures will be available within the next few days at

Hospitality NL’s 2017 Conference and Trade Show will feature an exciting line-up of sessions and events, a supplier-focused trade show and exclusive learning and networking opportunities for all tourism stakeholders in attendance. In addition to the invaluable connections to be made with fellow tourism operators and leaders, the event features Hospitality NL’s Annual General Meeting, partner Luncheons, local fun night and, of course, the Awards Gala recognizing some of our industry’s most innovative and talented individuals!

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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