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Tourism Symposium to offer winter updates

Amanda Tust Of the Record staff

The ski season is fast approaching and it’s time for the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau to host its annual Tourism Symposium On Nov. 16 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel guest speakers will reveal industry highlights and updates for the area, followed by a tradeshow and winter fashion show. "This is our winter pep rally and our winter kickoff," said Courtney Stern, director of member services for the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Stern said representatives from Rossignol and Quicksilver will reveal the details of their upcoming move to Park City and SKI Magazine will discuss reader rankings for local resorts. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will provide team information for the lead-up to the Torino Olympics and the three Park City ski resort presidents will participate in a question-and-answer panel during the presentation portion of the event. Bill Malone, executive director of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, said there will also be updates from Salt Lake City International Airport regarding construction and air travel plans. "In a short period of time we get to hear thoughts and ideas and details from a number of people in the hospitality business in one way shape or form," he said. Stern said the annual Tourism Symposium typically draws in 150 to 200 people, including Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau members and general public. Approximately 20 businesses will participate in the tradeshow and mixer following the speaker presentations, and recreational businesses and outfitters, resorts, transportation companies and retail shops will be represented. In a coinciding fashion show, approximately 12 local sports shops will show off the latest in ski-wear trends. Stern said the tradeshow and mixer provides exposure for businesses and networking opportunities for attendees. "It’s a great way to get introduced to the Park City area and the Park City products," Stern said.

Malone said the tradeshow and mixer offers a social atmosphere for people who will soon have busy schedules once the season gets underway. "It’s that time of year when there is a lot of anticipation of the upcoming season and what it brings," he said. Registration for the 11th annual Park City Tourism Symposium will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The speaker presentations are scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the tradeshow mixer and winter fashion show will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Prior reservations for the speaker presentations are required. Tickets for the Park City Tourism Symposium cost $10 and must be reserved by Monday afternoon. To reserve tickets for the Tourism Symposium call Barbara Wainwright at 658-9691 or email her at Barbara


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