Governor’s Colorado Tourism Conference Itinerary
The 2012 Governor’s Colorado Tourism Conference brought tourism marketing professionals from across the state to Steamboat Springs. Making the most of the Base Area Conference Center, the conference held events at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Steamboat Grand, and Thunderhead Lodge. Attendees enjoyed all the benefits that come with taking in a bit of the fresh mountain air and inspiring vistas between sessions.
The conference kicked off with registration in the Sheraton Foyer followed by the Taste of Steamboat Welcome Reception at the top of the gondola. Attendees took the picturesque gondola ride to Thunderhead Lodge where local food and beverages were served and a local band entertained while the sunset over the valley stole the show.
Registration continued in the Sheraton Foyer. The Exhibitor Tradeshow ran all day in The Steamboat Grand Priest Creek Foyer. Breakfast was served in the Steamboat Grand Priest Creek Ballroom.
Next, the attendees took a short walk across Mt. Werner Circle to the first General Session located in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Concurrent Breakout Sessions filled the rest of Thursday morning in the Steamboat Grand breakout rooms.
Back in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom a delicious lunch was served while Al White and team presented the latest Colorado Tourism Office initiatives. A post-lunch break gave attendees the opportunity to browse the Exhibitor Tradeshow, meet with peers in Gondola Square, or tie on a pair of sneaks for a quick hike up Mount Werner, just steps from both host hotels.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions were held in the Steamboat Grand breakout rooms followed by a Colorado Tourism Office Open House in the Steamboat Grand Priest Creek Foyer with a natural flow in and out of the Exhibitor Tradeshow.
The evening was left free for attendees to explore Steamboat Springs. The free bus system moved everyone to all locations throughout town with ease and swiftness. The mountain bus stop is conveniently located between the Sheraton and Steamboat Grand.
Attendees convened for breakfast in the Steamboat Grand Priest Creek Ballroom and headed over to Sheraton Grand Ballroom for the General Session, A Morning with an Olympian. Steamboat has been the hometown to over 80 Winter Olympic athletes since 1932, more than any other town in the US. Steamboat native and veteran of five Olympics at the time of the conference (now six), Todd Lodwick, shared what motivates him to be a world-class athlete and how to apply that focus to your business.
The Friday mid-morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions were held in the Steamboat Grand. Before the conference came to a close the Governor’s Tourism Awards Luncheon took place in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.
Though the conference ended on Friday afternoon, many attendees chose to stay for a few days longer and experience the endless recreation, eclectic restaurants and bars, and relaxing hot springs.