The 2015 conference will be held November 4-7, 2015 in San Diego, California.
KEYNOTES ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CONFERENCE
Where is Bicycling Headed? An Industry Update
Chris Speyer, Managing Director of Accell North America
Chris will give one of the keynotes for the National Bicycle Tourism Conference providing an industry update and give his perspective on where the bicycling industry is heading. Accell Group is a global leader in the bicycle industry best known in the US for their Raleigh and Diamondback brands.
Bicycle Tourism Trends: At Home and Abroad
Hear from three experts and active travel entrepreneurs in the world of bicycle tourism about emerging trends in global and national markets for bike travel, along with tips for developing products and attracting new customers.
Peter Eich, Bicycle Entrepreneur
Founder of the world’s largest bike tour operator (Radweg-Reisen) and several other cycling related companies. Peter studied mathematics and philosophy and he lives in Konstanz, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Within the last 15 years Peter has successfully founded 11 different companies, like Islandhopping, Cyclesprung and Bikemap.
Maria Elena Malpezzi Price, Experience Plus!
Maria co-owns ExperiencePlus! With her sister and manages the company her parents founded in 1972 from its US headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado. Maria Elena started her career when she was five years old, helping translate ice cream flavors on an early ExperiencePlus! tour. Since then, “M.E.” has led tours in more than 10 countries, specializing in Chile, Argentina, and Italy and Spain where she has lived and studied.
Moderator: Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling)
Jim is Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association, the largest cycling membership organization in North America, and dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.
BEST PRACTICES, LATEST TRENDS & NETWORKING TO BOOST BICYLE TOURISM IN YOUR AREA
Annually, the Bicycle Tour Network holds a national conference that allows bicycle event professionals and tourism professionals to meet and network with each other. The conference includes lectures, interactive sessions, group discussions and breakouts with a variety of topics related to the successful and safe administration of cycling events and tours and promotion of bicycle tourism. The conference also features a vendor expo giving companies an opportunity to market directly to the ride directors and bicycle tourism professionals.
The Conference is held annually by the Bicycle Tour Network and serves as their annual meeting for their member organizations.
WHY ATTEND THE NATIONAL BICYCLE TOURISM CONFERENCE:
- Improve your bicycle event’s performance and bottom line!
- Stay current of key issues and economic drivers in the bicycle tourism and events industry
- Expand your knowledge with interactive educational sessions
- Network with leaders in the bicycle tourism and bicycle event industry
Registration is now open!
- Registration Fees: $375/$400 (members/non-members)
- One Day Registration Fee: $175
- Bicycle Tour Network members save $25 on registration fees!
Last year, the conference was attended by nearly 250 bicycle event professionals, advocates, bike tourism leaders and cycling enthusiasts eager to learn and network with others in the bicycle industry.
ABOUT THE BICYCLE TOUR NETWORK
The BICYCLE TOUR NETWORK (BTN), formerly The National Bicycle Tour Directors Association (NBTDA) was formed over 25 years ago by a small core of ride directors for professional development, marketing and networking purposes. It has grown to include more than 100 organizations that direct nearly 350 bicycle rides and tours across North America. The primary purpose of BTN is to bring together the directors, coordinators, and organizers of multi-day bicycle tours throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico, Europe, and Asia to share ideas, learn ways to improve their events and promote responsible cycling.