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Student & Youth Travel Showcase Opening Reception

Friday, August 25th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Showcase Floor, Albuquerque Convention Center

Attendees are invited to explore the Showcase floor, connect with friends and colleagues and enjoy a beverage as they prepare for an exciting Annual Conference.

New Attendee Icebreaker

Friday, August 25th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Albuquerque Convention Center

New attendees and mentors connect in a fun networking session. Find your dine-around buddies for Saturday evening.

A Taste of Albuquerque

Friday, August 25th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Plaza, Albuquerque Convention Center

Albuquerque is home to one of America’s most unique and cherished regional cuisines, so it’s no surprise that food is one of the things that people remember most about a trip to New Mexico – some people say they moved here just to be closer to the source!

New Mexican cuisine is based on native ingredients like corn, beans, squash and chiles, and incorporates Mexican, Native American and Spanish flavors – but chile is always the most important element. In fact, our official state question is “Red or green?” and both types of chile can be instantly addictive, bringing visitors back year after year.

Beyond New Mexican cuisine, Albuquerque dining has a rich and diverse culinary scene, filled with Albuquerque restaurants including sushi bars, pizzerias, Mexican taquerias and cutting edge fine-dining restaurants. Attendees will immerse themselves in the wonderful food, award-winning wines and brews under the stars.

SYTA Dine Around

Saturday, August 27th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Take advantage of this open night to experience the “Albuquerque Food Scene” with customers, colleagues and friends!  This the only open evening where there is not a planned conference event. Please note: SYTA does not coordinate the Dine Around evening.

Conference attendees will connect with each other either in advance or on-site and select a restaurant! You can plan ahead by visiting the Visit Albuquerque website. Many of the restaurants are located in Albuquerque’s trendy neighborhoods and are a quick cab ride from the conference hotels.

For groups of 10 or more planning their evening, we recommend that you contact Sally Lane with Destination Southwest. Sally and her staff are available to make recommendations for large groups and/or private parties as well as coordinate group transportation. Click here for a list of suggested restaurants.

Destination Southwest
Sally Lane
Phone: 505-766-9068 or 1-800-999-3109

“Dance Your Meal Off” DYMO featuring the SYTA Band (Ticketed Event)

Sunday, August 27th, 8:00pm – 11:30pm
Ballroom, Albuquerque Convention Center

Enjoy a Route 66 themed networking reception followed by the sounds of the SYTA Band.

Proceeds from this evening benefit the SYTA Youth Foundation. Registration includes two drink tickets, great food and amazing music. Tickets are available in advance or onsite at SYTA Central. New attendees will not want to miss this staple of the SYTA Annual Conference. Over 400 attendees dance their meal off year after year.

Closing Night Celebration

Monday, August 28th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Baltimore offers the perfect combination of history, culture and family fun, with a touch of hometown hospitality. If the word-famous Inner Harbor is its heart, its diverse neighborhoods are its soul. During this Closing Night Celebration, we’ll bring a bit of Baltimore to Albuquerque with a 50’s themed event sure to knock your socks off!

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