2018 Agenda

The conference is scheduled for Sunday, August 26 - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, GA.

Speakers and sessions are still being confirmed.  Please check back for updates. 
Here's an overview of the schedule as of May 14, 2018:

The conference will begin at 1pm on Monday and conclude by 1:30pm on Wednesday at the end of the Governor's Lunch & Awards Ceremony.

Sunday, August 26th - early exhibitor move in, early registration check in

Monday, August 27th - regular exhibitor move in, pre-conference meetings, conference begins at 1pm

Tuesday, August 28th - conference sessions continue all day

Wednesday, August 29th - conference concludes at 1:30pm

All sessions take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue 
Atlanta  Georgia  30303 

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

Attire for the conference is business casual.  Attire for Monday evening is favorite college team. 
Attire for the Wednesday Governor's Luncheon is coat & tie.
 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time Session
All day

Early arrivals

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Open 

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Early Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Time Session
8:30am - 5:30pm Registration Open 
8:30am - 12:30pm Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup 
9:00am - 10:00am GACVB Board of Directors Meeting 
tbd RVIC Steering Committee
10:30am - 11:30am 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
2:15pm - 2:30pm Stretch Break 
2:30pm - 3:30pm

General Session

3:30pm - 4:00pm Refreshment Break 
4:00pm - 5:15pm Afternoon Breakout Series - to include sessions in these tracks:  Marketing/PR, Technology, Partnership/Collaboration, Leadership and Advocacy
 

Leadership Track: #Winning - Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness with Myers-Briggs Part 1 (Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)
Speaker:  Cathy Alford, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
Leaders for the 21st Century must understand that leadership requires enhancing relationships and creativity among team members. Caring, showing interest, fairness, demonstrating trustworthiness, and understanding while at the same time managing ambiguity, diversity, and system complexity are directly related to the success of the 21st century leader. Using MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) participants will understand their own leadership psychology. Participants will gain insights into the needs of those around them who are essential to fulfilling organizational goals. Participants will learn that failure and success are primarily tied to developing constructive relationships among members of the team; having effective communication between leader and team members; and demonstrating the value of human differences.  *You must attend both parts 1 & 2 of this session to earn LEC credit.*

 

Advocacy Track:  Accommodations Tax 101
Speaker:  Eric Lopez, Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs
This session by the Department of Community Affairs provides CVBs, hoteliers, and local governments what they need to know about reporting, audit disclosure, and general compliance requirements, as well as clarification of the allowable uses of the tax.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Transportation provided from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to the College Football Hall of Fame

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Evening Event - College Football Hall of Fame
sponsored by the Atlanta CVB
Just in time for college football season!  Enjoy a tailgate style dinner on the playing field at Atlanta's most interactive event facility.  Kick a field goal and close a deal in the same space!  Attendees will receive an all-access pass to experience three floors, five themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 45-yard football field and a three-story wall of over 750 college football helmets.  You can sing your school's fight song, show off school pride with digital face painting, even share screen time at the interactive ESPN College Gameday Desk - then review the plays over and over again with your all-access pass after the event.  Attendees will be given two drink tickets to use at the cash bar.  Attire:  your favorite college football team's colors/t-shirt/jersey.

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Transportation provided from College Football Hall of Fame to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Time Session
9:00am - 10:00am

General Session - Georgia's Tourism Division Update
Speakers:  Kevin Langston and Lisa Love, Georgia Department of Economic Development

10:00am - 10:30am Refreshment Break 
10:30am - 11:45am Morning Breakout Series - to include sessions in these tracks:  Marketing/PR, Technology, Partnership/Collaboration, Leadership and Advocacy
  Leadership Track: #Winning - Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness with Myers-Briggs Part 2 (Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)
Speaker:  Cathy Alford, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
Leaders for the 21st Century must understand that leadership requires enhancing relationships and creativity among team members. Caring, showing interest, fairness, demonstrating trustworthiness, and understanding while at the same time managing ambiguity, diversity, and system complexity are directly related to the success of the 21st century leader. Using MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) participants will understand their own leadership psychology. Participants will gain insights into the needs of those around them who are essential to fulfilling organizational goals. Participants will learn that failure and success are primarily tied to developing constructive relationships among members of the team; having effective communication between leader and team members; and demonstrating the value of human differences.  *You must attend both parts 1 & 2 of this session to earn LEC credit.*
12:00pm - 1:15pm Leadership Luncheon
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Series - to include sessions in these tracks:  Marketing/PR, Technology, Partnership/Collaboration, Leadership and Advocacy

 

Leadership Track:  Make it a Win/Win:  Conflict Resolution Part 1 (Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)
Speaker:  Kim Cantrell, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
People don’t leave work, they leave people. The toughest part of any job is dealing with the people around you. Using Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument participants will understand the process of conflict and its resolution. Conflict is not fun for most of us but avoiding it can cause irreparable damage to you and your team. Clarifying the facts, the players, and the positions in the conflict are key to the start of a REAL discussion on the most workable options to move to the most positive outcome and answer what are the legitimate needs and concerns of the people involved.  *You must attend both parts 1 & 2 of this session to earn LEC credit.*

 

Advocacy Track:  Accommodations Tax 201
Speaker:  Eric Lopez, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
This session will give attendees the opportunity to dig deeper into specific examples of proper and improper uses of the tax and what avenues exist for reporting misuse.  You can even send the speaker a question or case study prior to the conference by emailing gagtcinfo@gmail.com.    

3:00pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break 
3:30pm - 4:30pm

General Session

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Transportation provided from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to SunTrust Park

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening Event - Atlanta Braves vs. Tampa Bay Rays at SunTrust Park
sponsored by the Atlanta CVB & Cobb Travel & Tourism
Take me out to the ball game!  Tourism's Winning Team is headed to the beautiful new SunTrust Park in Cobb County to watch the Braves beat the Rays!  Our group will enjoy dinner, the game and some major league networking on the Hank Aaron Terrace.  Named in homage to our home run king, this spot in the park is perched above left field and features indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor seating plus private restrooms.  We'll have a full ballpark buffet including burgers, dogs, chicken, bbq, pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, even the cracker jacks!  Cash bars will be available.  Game time is 7:35pm.

9:30pm - 11:00pm

Transportation provided from SunTrust Park to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time

Session

8:30am - 9:45am

General Session

9:45am - 10:15am

Refreshment Break

 10:15am - 11:45am

Morning Breakout Series - to include sessions in these tracks:  Marketing/PR, Technology, Partnership/Collaboration, Leadership and Advocacy

 

Leadership Track:  Make it a Win/Win:  Conflict Resolution Part 2 (Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)
Speaker:  Kim Cantrell, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
People don’t leave work, they leave people. The toughest part of any job is dealing with the people around you. Using Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument participants will understand the process of conflict and its resolution. Conflict is not fun for most of us but avoiding it can cause irreparable damage to you and your team. Clarifying the facts, the players, and the positions in the conflict are key to the start of a REAL discussion on the most workable options to move to the most positive outcome and answer what are the legitimate needs and concerns of the people involved.  *You must attend both parts 1 & 2 of this session to earn LEC credit.*

noon - 1:30pm

Governor's Lunch and Tourism Awards Ceremony

1:30pm

Adjourn