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Thursday, August 24th

6:00am – 7:30pm Pre-Conference: Full Day Sightseeing Tours
7:00am – 6:00pm Registration
8:30am – 3:00pm SYTA Board of Directors Meeting (8:30am – 12:00pm)
Joint Board Luncheon (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Board of Trustees Meetings (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
1:00pm – 6:00pm Showcase Set Up for Exhibitors
6:00pm – 7:00pm Leadership Reception
Joint Board/Conference Committee/Past Presidents/Past Chairmen (Invitation Only)
7:00pm – 10:00pm Golf Classic Pairings Party & Casino Night Benefiting the SYTA Youth Foundation (Ticketed Event)
Sponsored by Group Travel Network in Memory of Jeff Lilley

Friday, August 25th

6:00am – 4:00pm Sightseeing Tours
6:30am SYTA Youth Foundation Golf Classic
Transportation departs the Convention Center
7:00am – 2:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Golf Classic and Awards Luncheon at Sandia Golf Club
7:00am Registration
7:00am – 12:00pm Showcase Set Up for Exhibitors
7:00am – 7:30pm Silent Auction
2:00pm – 3:00pm Education Session: Tax Planning for Business Owners
2:00pm – 3:00pm Music Education 101: A Guide to School Music Programs
3:30pm – 4:30pm Education Session: Tax Planning for Individuals
3:30pm – 4:30pm Education Session: Business Continuity
4:30pm – 6:30pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase Floor and SYTA Central Open
4:30pm – 6:30pm 2017 SYTA Annual Conference Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Blue Man Group
5:00pm – 6:00pm New Attendee Ice Breaker
7:00pm – 9:30pm Opening Night Event: Experience ‘All the Senses of Albuquerque’
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
Continuous transportation will be provided from the Convention Center from 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 26th

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration
7:30am – 6:00pm Silent Auction
7:30am – 9:00am All Delegate Welcome Breakfast & Show
Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau
9:00am – 6:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase and SYTA Central
9:00am – 10:00am Morning Joe
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
9:15am – 11:34am Business Sessions I: DMO/Receptive Operators Only
9:30am – 11:30am Tour Operator Panels: Non-DMO/Non-Receptive Operators
11:45am – 1:45pm Opening General Session Luncheon & Performance
Sponsored by Disney on Broadway
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Afternoon Joe
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
2:00pm – 5:57pm Business Session II: All Appointment Takers
2:00pm – 3:00pm Education Session: Safety Preparedness and Crisis Communications
3:00pm – 4:00pm Snack Break
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
3:30pm – 4:30pm Education Session: Business Continuity
3:30pm – 4:00pm Education Session: What is the SYTA Youth Foundation?
4:00pm – 4:30pm Education Session: What is the SYTA Youth Foundation?
(Repeat Session)
7:00pm Dine Around Albuquerque on Your Own

Sunday, August 27th

5:45am Transportation departs for the SYTA Youth Foundation’s Run/Walk/Slumber at Paseo del Bosque Trail
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
6:00am – 6:30am SYTA Youth Foundation Run/Walk/Slumber (Ticketed Event)
Check-in, light breakfast provided
6:30am – 7:15am SYTA Youth Foundation Run/Walk/Slumber
5K Fun Run/ 2K Walk
Transportation will be provided back to Convention Center
7:30am – 6:00pm Registration
8:00am – 6:00pm Silent Auction
8:00am – 6:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase and SYTA Central
8:00am – 8:30am Morning Joe
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
8:30am – 9:45am Education Session: Travel Insurance: How Are Today’s Turbulent Times Changing the Insurance We Offer Our Customers?
8:30am – 9:45am Education Session: Technology: Changes in Technology Ranks as Top Challenge for SYTA Members
8:30am – 9:45am Broadway Classroom Workshop
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
10:00am – 11:15am Education Session: Teach and Travel, the Dynamic Partnership Between Educators and Travel Providers
10:00am – 11:15am Education Session: Safety Preparedness and Crisis Communications
11:30am – 1:45pm SYTA Youth Foundation Luncheon
Sponsored by Merlin Entertainments
2:00pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Joe
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
2:00pm – 5:57pm Business Session III: All Appointment Takers
2:00pm – 3:00pm Education Session: Safety Preparedness and Crisis Communications
3:30pm – 4:30pm Snack Break
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
6:30pm – 8:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Patron Reception (Invitation Only)
Sponsored by Universal Orlando Youth Programs
8:00pm – 11:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Dance Your Meal Off (DYMO) featuring the SYTA All Star Band (Ticketed Event)

Monday, August 28th

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration
7:30am – 6:30pm Silent Auction
7:30am – 8:30am Morning Joe & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
8:00am – 9:00am Tour Operator Forum
9:00am – 6:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase and SYTA Central
9:00am – 10:00am Morning Joe
Sponsored by Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
9:30am – 10:30am General Session: Why a Winning Tourism Strategy Offers the Best Offense and Defense in Today’s Changing Times featuring Keynote Speaker, Doug Lansky
10:30am – 10:45am “Sweet Treat”
Sponsored by Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
10:45am – 12:15pm Best of Broadway
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
12:30pm – 1:30pm Presidential Speeches & Luncheon
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
1:45pm – 5:56pm Business Sessions IV: All Appointment Takers
2:00pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Joe
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
2:00pm – 3:00pm Education Session: Global Travel: How Doing Good is Changing Young Lives Through Travel
2:00pm – 3:00pm Education Session: Marketing Destinations in Turbulent Times (DMO/CVB)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Snack Break
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque
4:00pm – 5:30pm Tour Operator Panels: DMO/Receptive Operators
7:00pm – 10:00pm Closing Night Celebration
Sponsored by Visit Baltimore, 2018 SYTA Annual Conference Host City
Continuous transportation will be provided from the Convention Center from 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Tuesday, August 29th

7:30am – continued Post-FAM Tours Departs
8:30am – 7:30pm Post-Conference: Full Day Sightseeing Tours
Attendee Departures
Strategic Partners