The Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (MLCVB) mDEST 2017—the premier annual educational and networking event for New Jersey’s travel and tourism professionals—will take place this year on Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.
The Conference will offer topical information on how to attract and create life-long clientele among hard-to-reach but loyal demographics including foreign independent travelers (FIT), LGBT and millennials.
“Tourism is a $38.2 billion industry for New Jersey but there’s lots of competition from neighboring states so it’s critical for our hospitality industry to grab the attention of newly emerging demographics with appealing experiences,” said Judy Ross, vice president of the MLCVB and Meadowlands Regional Chamber (MRC). “We’ve put together a line-up of experts that will help New Jersey stand out for its superior hospitality to domestic and international visitors of all ages and creeds.”
“Our speakers, Jake Buganski from the NJ Division of Travel and Tourism; Jef Buehler, NJDCA place-making expert; Julie Payne, a group marketing strategist; Chloe Stewart, a creative development professional for Coca-Cola’s Sports and Entertainment assets; and Caroline Acosta, a specialist in partnership activation will provide a combined 75 years of experience staying relevant and worthy of tourists’ attention and hard-earned dollars,” said Jim Kirkos, President and CEO for the Meadowlands Regional Chamber. “mDEST attendees will walk away with new ideas of how to position their municipalities, regions and CVBs to market their already-existing and potential attributes.”
The schedule includes:
12:30 PM Welcome Remarks & Branding Exercise with Judy Ross, Vice President, MRC/MLCVB and Robin Cuneo, Executive Director, Meadowlands Exposition Center
1:00 PM Keynote Address by Jake Buganski, Acting Executive Director, State of NJ, Division of Travel and Tourism
1:30 PM Hospitourism Awards: The best in The Meadowlands Region will be honored for going above and beyond in the following categories: Best Marketing Practice, Best Visitor Experience, Best Dining Experience, Best Green Initiative and Community Impact. A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to Captain Bill Sheehan of Hackensack Riverkeeper for his dedication to eco-tourism and the Meadowlands for the last 20 years.
2:00 PM Meet Your Markets (Presented by NY Waterway). Julie Payne, Project Manager of RLB Marketing and Creator of Get FIT, will share how to attract the foreign independent Traveler, along with dynamic but very specific LGBT and millennial markets.
2:45 PM Placemaking to Activate & Enhance Your Community (Presented by RPM Raceway). An expert in revitalizing downtowns, Jef Buehler, NJDCA Placemaking & Place-Based Revitalization Specialist, will explain how to define your market so you get noticed — and entice new visits.
3:30 PM Workshop: What’s Your Experience? (Presented by 360sitevisit.com). Chloe E. Stewart, Creative Manager at Coca Cola and Caroline Acosta, Senior Manager of Partnership Activation at the NY Mets, will explain how to re-construct your destination within its capacity to provide unique experiences for target groups.
Additional mDEST 2017 sponsors include InThyme Catered Events, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Meadowlands Exposition Center, Coca-Cola and Personal Touch Experience.
Registration is $65 for members, $85 for non-members and $55 for DMO Representatives. Click here for registration and information on mDEST sponsorship opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Erb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 939-707.