2017 Agenda

Updated September 7, 2017 at 1:10pm

Due to Hurricane Irma, the conference is rescheduled for October 30 - November 2, 2017 on Jekyll Island.

Here's an overview of the new schedule:

Monday, October 30th - early exhibitor move in, early registration check in, GACVB BBQ & Cornhole tournament

Tuesday, October 31st - conference begins at 1pm

Wednesday, November 1st - conference continues all day

Thursday, November 2nd - conference concludes at 1:30pm 

In speaking with the conference presenters, most of them will be able to come during the new dates so we expect to be able to offer an agenda almost identical to what we had planned originally.  

If you are not able to attend the conference due to a conflict with the new dates you will be able to cancel your room.  And we will refund your registration fees.  

Remember that your conference office located in Savannah as well as our hotels and convention center on Jekyll Island are evacuating.  Our area is expected to be affected Sunday - Tuesday next week.  Emergency officials have indicated that after the storm passes it could be 7 days before we'd be allowed back in.  So, you probably will not get your email confirmation this week.  But please be assured the rescheduling arrangements for our lodging and our conference are being made for us.

Please keep all of the people in Irma's path in your thoughts and prayers.

All sessions take place at the Jekyll Island Convention Center

75 N. Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527

Below is the schedule as it stands now.  An updated agenda will be posted as soon as all of our speakers are re-confirmed.  Thank you.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Time Session
All day

Early arrivals

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Open - Marshside Registration

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Early Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF


GACVB Scholarship Benefit BBQ & Cornhole Tournament - Great Dunes Park Pavilion
Sponsored by the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bring a lawn chair, wear your flip flops and come join GACVB for a super casual BBQ dinner at the Great Dunes Park Pavilion.  $50 dinner ticket includes catered BBQ buffet with pulled pork, chicken, all the sides, banana pudding, tea, lemonade, beer and wine.

Want to enter the tournament? $25 per person registration fee to enter - two person teams required to play. If you don't have a partner we can pair you with someone.  Tournament limited to 32 teams.  First place team wins $100 prize.  2nd place team wins a $50 prize.

Tournament begins at 5pm.  Dinner buffet opens at 6pm.  This event is not included in full conference registration.  Add your $50 ticket when you register for the conference.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time Session
8:30am - 5:30pm Registration Open - Marshside Registration
8:30am - 12:30pm Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF
1:00pm - 2:15pm Conference Begins - Opening General Session
Atlantic Ballroom AB

2:15pm - 2:30pm Stretch Break - Atlantic Ballroom AB
2:30pm - 3:30pm General Session:
Atlantic Ballroom AB
3:30pm - 4:00pm Refreshment Break - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF
4:00pm - 5:15pm Afternoon Breakout Series
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Creatures & Cocktails Evening Dinner Event 
Jekyll Island Convention Center Oceanfront Terrace, Ben Porter Salon, Oceanside 4 & 5

Sponsored by Atlanta Magazine Custom Media
Grab a cocktail and get up close and personal with native Jekyll Island wildlife. From 6:30-7:30pm, staff from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will have their resident terrapins, snakes, and even a baby gator at the party so you can learn more about these incredible coastal creatures and maybe even get a selfie. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy an island-inspired meal on the oceanfront terrace while live music plays.  Each attendee will be provided two drink tickets for the beer & wine cash bar.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time Session
9:00am - 10:00am

General Session: Coordinates for Discovery - Mapping Out the Future
Atlantic Ballroom AB
Speakers:  Kevin Langston, Lee Thomas, Lisa Love, GDEcD Tourism Division
Georgia’s economic outlook is bright as GDP, jobs and business relocation and expansion projects multiply. As a key industry sector, tourism in Georgia continues to experience record-breaking growth on the strength of its product, people and partnerships. The Georgia Tourism staff will present its annual recap, spotlight the Year of Film and look ahead at trends that are set to potentially become dominant themes in travel and tourism marketing of the near future.

10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF
10:30am - 11:45am Morning Breakout Series
12:00pm - 1:15pm Leadership Luncheon
Atlantic Ballroom AB
Sponsored by Meredith Travel Marketing and 365 Degree Total Marketing
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Series

3:00pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF
3:30pm - 4:30pm

General Session:
Atlantic Ballroom AB

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Historic Taste & Tour Evening Dinner Event 
Jekyll Island Historic District

Sponsored by Southern Living
We’ll start the night with a stroll through four exquisite winter cottages of millionaires like William Rockefeller. This will be a special treat for us as all of these cottages are rarely open to the public.  Sip a regional craft brew or glass of wine while Club members from the turn-of-the century tour you through their beloved homes. Afterwards, we’ll feast on dinner from the Jekyll Island Club Resort in the Morgan Center, the former indoor tennis court of J.P. Morgan.   Stroll begins at 6pm, dinner begins at 7:30pm.  Beer & wine during the historic stroll included.  Full cash bar at Morgan Center.  Transportation provided from the Westin Jekyll Island, Hampton Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Resort.  Conference guests lodging at the Jekyll Island Club & Resort are within walking distance.  Parking is also available for those who wish to drive.

Thursday, November 2, 2017



8:30am - 9:45am

General Session:
Atlantic Ballroom AB

9:45am - 10:15am

Refreshment Break - Atlantic Ballroom CDEF

10:15am - 11:30am

Morning Breakout Series

11:45am - 1:30pm

Governor's Luncheon and Tourism Awards Ceremony
Atlantic Ballroom AB
Sponsored by AAA, Creative Mischief and Georgia Power