The 2016 National Bicycle Tourism Conference will include a vast array of workshops and topics and will also boast a number of high profile speakers and industry leaders.  A complete schedule including workshops, topics, presenters and networking socials will be finalized in the future.

2016 National Bicycle Tourism Conference
(Tentative Schedule)

WEDNESDAY ~ NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Noon
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR


2:00pm-5:00pm
Round Table Interactive Discussions
MAJESTIC BALLROOM

  • Interactive Discussion of Cycling Events & Tourism
    Moderator: Laura Crawford (Path Less Pedaled / Portland, Oregon)

    • Routes
      Bob Lincoln (Tour of Minnesota / Chaska, Minnesota)
    • Branding
      Doug Haney (Cycle Adirondacks & GreatRange / Saranac Lake, New York)
    • Working with CVBs
      Mina Thorgeson (
      Ridgeland Tourism Commision / Ridgeland, Mississippi)
    • Starting a Small Event
      Justin Hanneken (Ends of the Earth Cycling / Ft. Myers, Florida)
    • Destination Bike Tourism
      Robyn Elliott (Bicycle Tours of Atlanta / Atlanta, Georgia)
      Darryll White (Bike & Roll and Cycle Cities North America / Sidney, Maine)
       
    • Marketing
      Matt VanSlyke (Cycle Adirondacks & Leatherstocking Bicycle Adventures / Clinton, New York)
    • Off-Road Cycling
      TBA
    • Volunteers
      Joy Hancock (Bike Florida / Clearwater, Florida) 

2:00pm-3:00pm
Technology Workshops
ROYAL PALM ROOM

  • Beginner’s Technology Workshop:  Learn to Effectively Map Routes
    Kevin Prentice (Ride with GPS / Portland, Oregon) 

3:30pm-5:00pm
Technology Workshops
ROYAL PALM ROOM

  • Advanced Technology Workshop:  Learn to Effectively Manage Your Mapped Routes
    Kevin Prentice (Ride with GPS / Portland, Oregon) 

6:00pm-7:00pm
Newbie Welcome Reception for First Timers
BREEZEWAY & GROTTO ON ST. PETE BEACH

7:00pm-10:00pm
Welcome Dinner & Beach Party!
BREEZEWAY & GROTTO ON ST. PETE BEACH

THURSDAY ~ NOVEMBER 3, 2016

7:00am-8:30am
Morning Rides/Runs along Beach
MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE
Lead by Bike Florida

8:00am
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR

8:00am-9:00am
Networking Breakfast
GROTTO 

9:15am – 9:45am
Welcome & Introductions
MAJESTIC BALLROOM

9:45am – 10:45am
General Session Keynote
MAJESTIC BALLROOM

  • TBA
    TBA

10:45am – 11:15am
Morning Networking Break with the Vendors
MAJESTIC BALLROOM/BACKSTAGE AREA
Sponsored by: Bike Bentonville

11:15am – 12:15 pm
General Session Keynote
MAJESTIC BALLROOM

  • 10% of Nationwide Tourism Turnover in Cycle Tourism?  That’s “Made in Germany”!
    Burkhard Stork (German National Cyclists’ Association / Berlin, Germany)

12:15pm -1:30pm
Networking Lunch & Jersey Contest
GROTTO
Sponsored by: Primal

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Breakout Sessions  (3 simultaneous sessions)

  • Building Relationships with Sponsors (Panel Discussion)
    MAJESTIC BALLROOM

    Dave Edwards (Primal / Denver, Colorado)
    Steve Mathews (Paceline Products/Chamois Butt’r / Kansas City, Missouri)
    Adam Robbins (USA Today / Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cyclenomics
    ROYAL PALM ROOM
    Aaron Hautala (Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew / Cuyuna, Minnesota)
  • A CVB as your FBO (Forward Base of Operation)
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Patrick Tuttle (Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau / Joplin, Missouri)

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Interactive Discussions on Challenges & Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism, Destinations & Tour Operators

Breakouts discussions include sessions for:

  • Large Events – Over 500 
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Moderator: Renee Wheelock (Ride the Rockies / Denver, Colorado)

  • Small Events – Under 500
    ROYAL PALM ROOM
    Moderators: Arlen Hall (Adventure Cycling Association / Missoula, Montana)
    & Zach Schmesser (BikeMaine / Portland, Maine)

  • Bike Tourism
    MAJESTIC BALLROOM
    Moderator: Scott Bricker (Travel Oregon / Portland, Oregon)
  • Destination Bike Tourism
    DATE BLUE ROOM
    Moderators: Robyn Elliott (Bicycle Tours of Atlanta / Atlanta, Georgia)
    Darryll White (Bike & Roll and Cycle Cities North America / Sidney, Maine)
     

5:30pm
Transportation Provided to John’s Pass Village Dine-around
Transportation Sponsored by: St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join friends for dinner on your own at a variety of Johns Pass Village restaurants
First bus leaves at 5:30 pm for roundtrip to Johns Pass Village restaurants, shops & pubs
(Buses will run continuous loops back to Sirata Beach Resort – Village is 15 minutes away)

FRIDAY ~ NOVEMBER 4, 2016

7:00am-8:30am
Morning Rides/Runs along Beach
MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE
Lead by Bike Florida

8:00am
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR

8:00am-9:00am
Networking Breakfast
GROTTO 

9:15am – 10:00am
Breakout Sessions  (3 simultaneous sessions)

  • Success Story: Dirty Kanza
    MAJESTIC BALLROOM

    Jim Cummins (Dirty Kanza 200 / Emporia, Kansas)

    Casey Woods (Emporia Main Street / Emporia, Kansas)
  • Measuring Trends in Bicycle Tourism: From the National to Local Level
    ROYAL PALM ROOM
    Marian Mithanim (Eco-Counter / Montreal, Quebec)
    Louisa Mursell (Ontario by Bike / Ontario, Canada)
  • Links in the Chain: Connecting Offline, Digital and Social to Market Your Bicycle Tourism Business
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Jason Hackett (Brier Katama/ New York, New York)

10:15am – 11:00am
Breakout Sessions  (3 simultaneous sessions)

  • Southern Spokes: Two Southern Mayors Talk About Bike Tourism
    MAJESTIC BALLROOM
    Mayor Gene McGee (City of Ridgeland, Mississippi)
    Mayor Blake Sanders (City of West Pelzer, South Carolina)
  • Reviving a Cross State Bicycle Tour – Bicycle Ride Across Georgia
    ROYAL PALM ROOM
    Franklin Johnson (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia / Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Truths about the Media Today: How to Optimize Speech and Interview Opportunities
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Coach David B. Thorpe (ESPN NBA Analyst & NBA Consultant / Clearwater, Florida)

11:00am-11:30am
Morning Networking Break with the Vendors
MAJESTIC BALLROOM/BACKSTAGE AREA
Sponsored by: Ridgeland Tourism Commission

11:30am – 12:15am
Breakout Sessions  (3 simultaneous sessions)

  • Developing a Statewide Bicycle Tourism Marketing Plan – The Case of Pure Michigan
    MAJESTIC BALLROOM
    Dr. Sarah Nicholls (Michigan State University & Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan / East Lansing, Michigan)

  • USA Cycling and your Event
    ROYAL PALM ROOM
    Joan Hanscom (USA Cycling / Colorado Springs, Colorado)
    Stefanie Larson (USA Cycling / Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Bike and the Law
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Timmy Finch (Bike Law / Charleston, South Carolina)

12:15pm-1:30pm
Networking Lunch
GROTTO 

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Outdoor Breakout Session

  • Global Bike Tourism Discussion
    GROTTO
    Burkhard Stork (German National Cyclists’ Association / Berlin, Germany)
    Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling Association / Missoula, Montana)

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Elevating Women’s Experience at Cycling Events
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Brooke Wissler (Moxie Cycling / Minneapolis, Minnesota)

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Outdoor Breakout Session

  • Bright Ideas! Open Forum to Briefly Share Successful Ideas 
    GROTTO
    Moderator: Andy Hanshaw (San Diego County Bike Coalition & Bike the Bay / San Diego, California)

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Adding Diversity and Pizzazz to your Events
    MEDITERRANEAN ROOM
    Nelson Vails (Ride with Nelly / San Diego, California)

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

5:30pm-6:00pm
SWAG SWAP Set-up
BREEZEWAY ON ST. PETE BEACH

6:00pm
Happy Hour Reception & SWAG SWAP
BREEZEWAY ON ST. PETE BEACH

7:00pm
Area Dine Around (On Own)
WALK TO LOCAL BEACH RESTAURANTS
Join friends for dinner on your own at a variety of St. Pete Beach restaurants within walking distance.
About 50 restaurants within ½ mile walk of the resort including resorts restaurants.

7:00pm
OPTIONAL:  BREW BUS SHUTTLE TO SEVERAL LOCAL CRAFT BREWERIES
Craft Brewery Bus Tour  (Fee of $35 per person)
Join friends for a 3-hour tour to a variety of St. Pete area breweries.
Tour includes 2 complimentary Brew Bus Brewing craft beers per person.
Tour is limited to 30 people and sign-ups are limited and required.  First come, first served.
Sign-up is available with on-line registration.

BrewBus

SATURDAY ~ NOVEMBER 5, 2016

9:00am
Enjoy a Florida-style  Bicycle Tourism Adventure
(Ride the Pinellas Trail with guided stops along the way)

MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE
Lead by Bike Florida

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Sessions include keynotes addresses, panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and outdoor workshops.

outdoor sessions

The fun evening socials will give attendees the opportunities to meet and network with other tour directors and professions in the bicycle tourism industry.

socials

Complete information about the program, speakers and activities will be published in the future.

The 2015 conference was held November 4-7, 2015 in San Diego, California.

Download/View the 2015 Conference Program
Download/View the 2015 Speaker Bios
Download/View the 2015 Attendees

Cover of Program     

 

Presenting Sponsor

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