The 2015 National Bicycle Tourism Conference will include a vast array of workshops and topics and will also boast a number of high profile speakers, special guests and industry celebrities.  The fun evening socials will give attendees the opportunities to meet and network with other tour directors and professions in the bicycle tourism industry.

Tentative Schedule
2015 National Bicycle Tourism Conference

Wednesday ~ November 4, 2015

Noon
Registration Opens

2pm-5pm
Round Table Series

  • Events 101 – Interactive Discussion of Cycling Events
    Topics include (Tentative):

    • Medical/Emergency Preparedness, Greening your Event, Sponsorship, Insurance & Risk Management, Route Planning/Signage, Media Relations, Crisis Management, Social Media, Culinary/Nutrition & Working with Towns
  • Bike Tourism 101 – Interactive Discussion of Bike Tourism 
    Topics include (Tentative):

    • Bicycle Travelers & their Needs,  Assessing Bike Tourism Potential & Building Community Consensus, Developing Riding Opportunities – On Road,  Developing Riding Opportunities – Off Road,  Safety, Bike-friendliness & BFB programs, Marketing, Tracking Success, Bike Share & Bike Rentals for Tourists

630pm-730pm
Dockside Reception on William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat

730pm-830pm
Dinner & Cruise on William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat around Mission Bay

830pm-10pm
Dockside Reception on William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat

Thursday ~ November 5, 2015

7am-830am
Morning Rides/Runs/Exercise
(Led by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition)

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast Buffet with the Vendors

9:15am – 9:45am
Introductions

KEYNOTES

  • 9:45 am – 10:45am
    Keynote: Where is Bicycling Headed? An Industry Update
  • 11am – Noon
    Keynote: Global Bicycle Tourism: What We Can Learn

Noon-130pm
Networking Vendor Lunch & Jersey Contest

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    Destination Trail Building – Vision to Business
  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    Accessorize your Event: Adding Expos, Summit and Route Announcement Parties
  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    Bike Friendliness Audit of Hotel Walking Tour

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Large Cycling Events (1,000+) 
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Small/Medium Cycling Events (Under 1,000)
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism, Destinations & Tour Operators

6pm-730pm
Networking Vendor Reception

Friday ~ November 6, 2015

7am-830am
Morning Rides/Runs/Exercise
(Led by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition)

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast Buffet with the Vendors

GENERAL SESSIONS

  • 9am-10am
    Economic Impacts: How & Why of Counting the Dollars
  • 10:15am-11am
    Building Better Brands for Bike Travel & Events
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm
    Endurance Adventure: Positioned for Growth

Noon-130pm
Networking Vendor Lunch

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 2pm-2:45pm
    Social Media Panel: Influencers, Hashtags and Unique Campaigns
  • 2pm-2:45pm
    Opportunities & Innovative Bicycle Success Stories on Public Lands
  • 2pm-2:45pm
    Developing Partnerships Between Cities, Bike Tour Operators & Hosting Bike Events

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 3pm-3:45pm
    Bright Ideas for Cycling Events (7 short 5-minute presentations)
  • 3pm-3:45pm
    Perspectives from European Cycling, Events & Fairs

OUTDOOR/MOBILE SESSIONS

  • 3pm – 4:30pm
    Gateway Drugs For The Bike-Curious:
    The Marriage of Bike Tourism and Local Food & Culture (Mobile Session)
  • 3pm – 4:30pm
    E Bike Demos and the Future of E Bike Tours/Tourism

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Business Meeting for BTN Members

5:30pm-630pm
SWAG SWAP

630pm-8pm
Beachfront Reception on the Bay

Saturday ~ November 7, 2015

10am
Fun, Active Group Activity
(Hosted by San Diego County Bicycle Coalition)

Presenting Sponsor

Here is information from our 2014 Conference: