Latest News – February 22
SLV Tourism Conference on Thursday in Monte Vista
The San Luis Valley Tourism Association (SLVTA) is hosting its annual conference this Thursday, Feb. 25. The event will take place at the Vali 3 Theater in Monte Vista from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with evening entertainment available through 7 p.m.
This event will be an opportunity for the San Luis Valley community to come together, share their successes and find out what’s new. The summer season is right around the corner, if you are in the tourism business in the San Luis Valley, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to network. All attendees will have an opportunity to share what is new in tourism in their area or business. Combined efforts and resources go so much farther!
The keynote speaker will be Luis Benitez, the new director of the Colorado Department of Outdoor Recreation (CDOR). Benitez will share his personal outdoor recreational experiences including climbing Mt. Everest 6 times! He will also share his goals for promoting Colorado tourism through (CDOR).
Cathy Ritter, new director of the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO), will give an update on Colorado’s tourism industry. Laura Grey, CTO’s Director of Heritage & Agritourism, will present on heritage and agritourism. Dave Fluegge, CTO’s Social & New Media Contractor will get us up to speed on what’s new in social media advertising.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the conference goes from at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments, lunch, dinner, and evening entertainment are included with registration. Lunch and dinner will be served at the Monte Villa Inn. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a veterinarian on Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets for 11 seasons. Dr. Fitzgerald also performs at Denver Comedy Works.
Conference registration is $35/person. Membership to the San Luis Valley Tourism Association is $35/business. Get both for $60! Guests for dinner and evening entertainment are welcome! Cost for guests is $20 per person. Parking for the event will be behind the Monte Villa Inn and Rio Grande Savings and Loan. Vali 3 Theater is located at 139 Adams St, Monte Vista, Colo.