Impact and opportunities of the sharing economy to be the focus of day one of Hospitality NL’s 2017 Conference & Trade Show

Be part of this conversation and help shape the future of tourism in NL

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to highlight the sharing economy, an important influencer on the global travel and tourism industry, during the first day of the Annual Conference & Trade Show. While the concept is a part of the fabric of the younger millennial generation, Gen Xers and even Baby Boomers have begun to embrace the sharing economy and the new take on travel and tourism that it presents. 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.

Writer, broadcaster and futurist, Jesse Hirsh, will deliver the keynote presentation – Tourism, Travel and the Sharing Economy – to kick off the Conference program. During this session, Jesse will discuss various elements of the sharing economy and its impact on the dynamics of the tourism industry. Jesse will empower operators to leverage emerging platforms and maximize the opportunities presented by changing consumer dynamics. To learn more about the keynote presentation, please click here.

Following the keynote, Hospitality NL will bring together a panel of industry stakeholders and champions to further explore the opportunities presented by the sharing economy. Moderated by Jesse Hirsh, the panel will include:

  • Courtney Howell, Owner/Operator, Grate’s Cove Studios
  • Deborah Bourden, Owner/Operator, Anchor Inn Hotel & Suites
  • Dion Finlay, Owner/Operator, The Leaside Group
  • Carmela Murphy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture & Rural Development
  • Dave Lane, Councillor; City of St. John’s
  • Cathy Duke, CEO, Destination St. John’s

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 to learn more and register today!

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