2017 Agenda

Below please find the schedule only - Speakers and sessions are still being confirmed.  Please check back for agenda updates.  

All sessions take place at the Jekyll Island Convention Center
75 N. Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA  31527

Sunday and Tuesday night events are off site.  Monday night's event is at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Schedule at a glance:
Conference begins at 1pm on Monday and concludes on Wednesday by 1:30pm at the end of the Governor's Awards Luncheon.

Sponsors and exhibitors have the option of setting up on Sunday from 1-5pm or Monday from 8:30am - 12:30pm.  Sponsors and exhibitors cannot break down until 10:30am on Wednesday.

Come early and enjoy some time in the Golden Isles and on Jekyll Island.  Check out all of the island's activities and consider scheduling a tour before the conference.  Early arrivals can join in the fun Sunday night at the GACVB Scholarship Fund BBQ & Cornhole Tournament.  

Golf or tennis anyone?  Reserve a tee time or make a tennis reservation.  

Stay on Jekyll Island after our conference and enjoy the Shrimp & Grits Festival!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time Session
All day

Early arrivals

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Open

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Early Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup

1:00pm - 4:30pm

Georgia Travel Association Board Meeting & Planning Session
Meeting Room 3


GACVB Scholarship Benefit BBQ & Cornhole Tournament - Great Dunes Park Pavillion
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.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Time Session
8:30am - 5:30pm Registration Open
8:30am - 12:30pm Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup
9:00am - 10:30am GACVB Board of Directors Meeting
9:00am - 12:00pm RTA Leadership Meeting
tbd RVIC Steering Committee Meeting
tbd Georgia Tourism Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
11:30am - 12:00pm First Time Attendees Meet & Greet
1:00pm - 2:15pm Conference Begins - Opening General Session
2:30pm - 3:30pm General Session
3:30pm - 4:00pm Refreshment Break
4:00pm - 5:15pm Afternoon Breakout Series
  Advocacy Track 

Leadership Track


Marketing, Sales & PR Track 


Partnership & Collaboration Track 


Technology Track 

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Creatures & Cocktails Evening Dinner Event - Jekyll Island Convention Center Oceanfront Terrace
Sponsored by Atlanta Magazine Custom Media
Grab a cocktail and get up close and personal with native Jekyll Island wildlife. Staff from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are bringing their resident terrapins, snakes, and even a baby gator to 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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time Session
8:30am - 10:00am

General Session: Tourism Division Update 

10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break
10:30am - 11:45am Morning Breakout Series

Advocacy Track 


Leadership Track 


Marketing, Sales & PR Track


Partnership & Collaboration Track 


Technology Track

12:00pm - 1:15pm Leadership Luncheon
Sponsored by Meredith Travel Marketing
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Series


Advocacy Track 


Leadership Track 


Marketing, Sales & PR Track 


Partnership & Collaboration Track  


Technology Track 

3:00pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm General Session
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Historic Taste & Tour Evening Dinner Event - Jekyll Island Historic District
Sponsored by Southern Living
We’ll start the night with a stroll through the exquisite winter cottages of millionaires like William Rockefeller. Sip a regional craft brew 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017



8:30am - 9:45am

General Session

9:45am - 10:15am

Refreshment Break

10:15am - 11:30am

Morning Breakout Series


Advocacy Track - House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development & Tourism


Leadership Track


Marketing, Sales & PR Track


Partnership & Collaboration Track


Technology Track

11:45am - 1:30pm

Governor's Luncheon and Tourism Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by AAA and Georgia Power