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Student & Youth Travel Showcase Opening Reception
Sponsored by Blue Man Group

Friday, August 25
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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 25
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Albuquerque Convention Center

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

Experience ‘All the Senses of Albuquerque’, featuring the aromas, flavors, sights and sounds of our multi-cultural heritage
Sponsored by Visit Albuquerque

Friday, August 25
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hotel Albuquerque

Get ready to experience the heart of Old Town at this Opening Event!  Once you arrive, you will be greeted with sights, sounds and aromas of Albuquerque. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided.

You will be treated to a variety of cuisines, including famous New Mexican dishes and beverages being prepared from stations representing our Hispanic, Native American and Old West influences, while enjoying the authentic culture. Local entertainment will be offered representing the various cultures of Albuquerque and our state.

Continuous transportation will be provided from the Convention Center for all attendees from 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm. 

All Delegate Breakfast & Show
Sponsored by Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau

Saturday, August 26
7:30 am – 9:00 am (performance begins at 8:00 am)
Ballroom, Albuquerque Convention Center

Branson’s Saturday morning breakfast will present musical surprises showcasing the youthful sounds of world-class performers you’ll only find in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Get up-close and personal with entertainers from America’s live music show capital as they present a dazzling glimpse of Branson’s lively and energetic music that student and youth groups love! We’ll begin serving Tequila Sunrises at 7:30 am!

Opening General Session Luncheon & Performance
Sponsored by Disney on Broadway

Saturday, August 26
11:45 am – 1:45 pm
Ballroom, Albuquerque Convention Center

From concept to opening night, join Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Group, and a special guest to explore the world of FROZEN and learn what it takes to bring this new Broadway musical to life on stage and why it is much more than your groups may expect.

Dine Around Albuquerque On Your Own

Saturday, August 26
7:00 pm

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’s Dine Around Guide. 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
[email protected]

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

Sunday, August 27
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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.

Best of Broadway
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at

Monday, August 28
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Kiva Theater, Albuquerque Convention Center

An all-star show awaits you in Albuquerque, featuring performances from Broadway’s most popular hits. The Best of Broadway is sure to be one of the most talked about events of the week, so arrive early and grab one of the best seats in the house! Shows currently scheduled to appear include: A Bronx Tale, Anastasia, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Once On This Island, School of Rock, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Band’s Visit, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

Closing Night Celebration
Sponsored by Visit Baltimore, 2018 SYTA Annual Conference Host City

Monday, August 28
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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!

Continuous transportation will be provided from the Convention Center for all attendees from 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm.

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