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Thursday, August 23rd

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration & SYTA Central
7:00am – 6:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction 
9:00am – 9:00pm Tour Operator Pre-FAM: Best of Baltimore
Hosted by Visit Baltimore
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance at 9:00am.
9:00am – 12:00pm SYTA Board of Directors Meeting
12:00pm – 1:00pm Joint Board Luncheon
1:00pm – 4:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00pm – 6:00pm Showcase Set Up for Exhibitors
6:00pm – 7:00pm Leadership Reception (Invitation Only)
Sponsored by TravelAdvocates
7:30pm – 9:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Golf Classic Pairings Party (Ticketed Event)
Sponsored by Universal Orlando Youth Programs, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Friday, August 24th

7:00am – 2:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Golf Classic & Picnic
Sponsored by Medieval Times Entertainment & Gunther Charters
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance at 6:30am.
7:00am – 12:00pm Showcase Set Up for Exhibitors
7:00am – 7:30pm Registration & SYTA Central
7:00am – 7:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction 
8:00am – 8:30pm Sightseeing Tour Breakfast
Sponsored by Golden Corral
8:30am – 4:00pm Sightseeing Tours
12:30pm – 2:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Golf Classic Picnic (Ticketed Event)
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance at 12:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm Broadway Classroom Workshop
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
3:00pm – 6:00pm Headshot Studio
Sponsored by Broadway Inbound
4:00pm – 4:30pm Q&A for New Attendees
4:00pm – 6:00pm Welcome Networking Reception
Sponsored by Virginia Tourism Partners
4:00pm – 6:00pm The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
6:00pm – 10:00pm Opening Night Event: Culinary Delights and Underwater Sights
Sponsored by Visit Baltimore
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance to Columbus Center between 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM. Return transportation will depart the National Aquarium between 8:00 PM – 10:15 PM.

Saturday, August 25th

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration & SYTA Central
7:00am – 6:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction
7:30am – 8:00am Morning Joe & Light Breakfast
Sponsored by Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group – Pigeon Forge, TN
8:00am – 9:00am President’s Welcome & Meet the Candidates 
9:00am – 11:45am Safety Forum (All Attendees)
Sponsored by Disney Theatrical Group, Disney Youth Programs and Aon Travel Practice
9:00am – 10:00am Safety Forum: Keynote Speaker, Jeff Skiles
10:00am – 10:15am Coffee Break
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico
10:15am – 11:45am Safety Forum: Industry Panel: Preparation, Planning and Partnerships
11:45am – 1:00pm Annual Conference Kick Off & Lunch
1:00pm – 4:59pm Business Appointment Session I
1:30pm – 5:00pm Headshot Studio
Sponsored by Broadway Inbound
1:30pm – 5:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase
1:30pm – 5:00pm Tour Operator Lounge
Sponsored by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ellison Travel & Tours, Ottawa Tourism, Tourism Toronto, and Tourism Winnipeg
1:30pm – 5:00pm The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
1:30pm – 2:30pm Education Session: Fundamentals of a Crisis Assistance for Travelers and Families
2:45pm – 3:45pm Education Session:Tongue-Tied: Navigating Difficult Conversations and Communicating Effectively with Friends, Relatives, and Affected Populations
3:00pm – 4:00pm Education Session: Being Ready for the Unexpected While Visiting the 2018 Top Student Destination – Washington, DC
Sponsored by National Law Enforcement Museum 
4:00pm – 5:00pm Education Session: Certified Student Tour Organization (CSTO) Preview
6:00pm – 7:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Patron Reception (Invitation Only)
Sponsored by Entertainment Cruises & Gunther Charters
Transportation will depart the hotel lobby of the Hilton Baltimore East Building between 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM. Transportation will be provided to Six Flags America following the reception.
7:00pm SYTA Board of Directors Election Closes
7:00pm – 10:00pm SYTA’s Superhero Theme Party – Six Flags America
Sponsored by Six Flags America
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance between 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Return transportation will depart between 8:45 PM – 10:15 PM.

Sunday, August 26th

6:00am – 7:30am SYTA Youth Foundation Fun Run/Walk/Slumber (Ticketed Event)
Sponsored by Fly My Group & Golden Corral
8:00am – 6:00pm Registration & SYTA Central
8:00am – 6:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction
8:00am – 6:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase
8:00am –  9:00am Morning Joe
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico
8:30am –  5:00pm Headshot Studio
Sponsored by Broadway Inbound
8:30am – 10:42am Business Appointment Session II
8:30am – 10:45am Tour Operator Lounge
Sponsored by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ellison Travel & Tours, Ottawa Tourism, Tourism Toronto, and Tourism Winnipeg
8:30am – 10:45am The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
8:30am – 9:30am Education Session: Forensic Pathology Workshop
Sponsored by National Law Enforcement Museum
9:45am – 10:45am Education Session: Word Crimes and Digital Blunders
11:15am – 1:15pm SYTA Youth Foundation Luncheon
Sponsored by Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
1:30pm – 5:00pm Tour Operator Lounge
Sponsored by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ellison Travel & Tours, Ottawa Tourism, Tourism Toronto, and Tourism Winnipeg
1:30pm – 5:00pm The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
1:45pm – 5:00pm Business Appointment Session III
1:45pm – 2:45pm Education Session: Understanding the New GDPR for Travel Companies
3:00pm – 4:00pm Education Session: Fingerprints and Impressions Workshop
Sponsored by National Law Enforcement Museum
3:00pm – 4:00pm Education Session: Real Literacy for a Fake News World
Sponsored by Newseum
4:15pm – 5:15pm Education Session: The Power of a Polished Message
6:45pm – 9:00pm Witness a Battle of Champions! Reception, Dinner and Show
Sponsored by Medieval Times Entertainment & Gunther Charters
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance between 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Transportation will be provided to Hard Rock Cafe and the Baltimore Convention Center at 9:15 PM
9:30pm – 11:30pm SYTA Youth Foundation Dance Your Meal Off (DYMO) (Ticketed Event)
Sponsored by Hard Rock Café
Return transportation will depart to BCC between 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM

Monday, August 27th

8:00am – 8:45am Tour Operator Forum
Sponsored by SYTA Leadership
8:45am – 9:45am Morning Joe
Sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico 
8:00am – 6:00pm Registration & SYTA Central
8:00am – 6:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction 
8:45am – 6:00pm Student & Youth Travel Showcase
9:00am – 12:00pm Headshot Studio
Sponsored by Broadway Inbound
9:00am – 10:00am Education Session: The Meaningful Travel Map to Jordan
Sponsored by Tourism Cares
9:00am – 10:00am Education Session: Enriching Travel Experiences with Experiential Learning
9:00am – 12:02pm Business Appointment Session IV
9:00am – 12:00pm Tour Operator Lounge
Sponsored by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ellison Travel & Tours, Ottawa Tourism, Tourism Toronto, and Tourism Winnipeg
9:00am – 12:00pm The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
10:15am – 11:15am Education Session: Ensuring a Successful Tour
10:15am – 11:15am Education Session: Multi-media Storytelling Training
12:30pm – 2:45pm Presidential Speeches & Best of Broadway Luncheon
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
3:15pm – 5:41pm Business Appointment Session V
3:30pm – 5:45pm Tour Operator Lounge
Sponsored by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Ellison Travel & Tours, Ottawa Tourism, Tourism Toronto, and Tourism Winnipeg
3:30pm – 5:45pm The Branson Ice Cream Social Booth
Sponsored by Branson CVB
3:30pm – 4:30pm Education Session: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) 2018 – How it Affects Your Businesses and Individuals
3:30pm – 4:30pm Education Session: Enriching Travel Experiences with Experiential Learning (repeat session)
4:45pm – 5:45pm Education Session: Business Succession Planning
6:00pm SYTA Youth Foundation Silent Auction Closes
7:30pm – 10:00pm Closing Night Event: Get Down South!
Sponsored by Greater Birmingham CVB
Transportation will depart the BCC Pratt Street Entrance between 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM. Return transportation will depart between 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM.

Tuesday, August 28th

8:30am Post-FAM: Hallowed Ground to Historic Downtowns (Tour Operators Only)
10:00am Post-FAM: Get Inspired in Gettysburg, PA (Tour Operators Only)
10:30am Post-FAM: Gateway to the Mid-Atlantic: BWI/Washington, DC (Tour Operators Only)

CONFLICTING MEETINGS OR SOCIAL EVENTS – SYTA sponsors should not extend invitations, call meetings, or otherwise encourage absence of attendees from official conference events as outlined above.

SYTA Strategic Partners