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 posted in the future.

2016 National Bicycle Tourism Conference
(Tentative Schedule)

Wednesday ~ November 2, 2016

Noon
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR


2pm-5pm
Round Table Interactive Discussions
MAJESTIC BALLROOM

  • Interactive Discussion of Cycling Events
  •  Interactive Discussion of Bike Tourism

2pm-3pm
Technology Workshops
ROYAL PALM ROOM

  • Beginner’s Technology Workshop:  Learn to Effectively Map Routes
    Kevin Prentice – Head of Support & Business Development (Ride with GPS)

330pm-5pm
Technology Workshops
ROYAL PALM ROOM

  • Advanced Technology Workshop:  Learn to Effectively Manage Your Mapped Routes
    Kevin Prentice – Head of Support & Business Development (Ride with GPS) 

6pm-7pm

Newbie Welcome Reception for First Timers
BREEZEWAY & GROTTO ON ST. PETE BEACH

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

Thursday ~ November 3, 2016

7am-8:30am
Morning Rides/Runs along Beach
MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE

8am
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast
GROTTO 

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

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

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

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, National Director German National Cyclists’ Association (ADFC e. V.)

12:15pm -130pm
Networking Lunch & Jersey Contest
GROTTO 

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Breakout Sessions (3 simultaneous sessions)
MAJESTIC BALLROOM, ROYAL PALM ROOM & MEDITERRANEAN ROOM

3pm – 5pm
Interactive Discussions on Challenges & Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism, Destinations & Tour Operators
MAJESTIC BALLROOM, ROYAL PALM ROOM, MEDITERRANEAN ROOM & DATE BLUE ROOM
Breakouts discussions include sessions for:

  • Large Events
  • Small Events
  • Bike Tourism
  • Destination Bike Tourism

5:30pm
Transportation Provided to John’s Pass Village Dine-around
Join friends for dinner on your own at a variety of Johns Pass Village restaurants
Transportation sponsored by:  Clearwater/St. Petersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
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

7am-8:30am
Morning Rides/Runs along Beach
MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE

8am
Registration Opens
MAJESTIC FOYER – 2ND FLOOR

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast
GROTTO 

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

Noon-130pm
Networking Lunch
GROTTO 

1:45pm – 4:30pm
Outdoor/Mobile Breakout Sessions     

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

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

9am
Enjoy a Florida-style  Bicycle Tourism Adventure
(Ride the Pinellas Trail with guided stops along the way)
Hosted by Bike Florida
MEET IN FRONT OF COMPASS GRILLE

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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

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Here was the agenda for the 2015 Conference:

2015 National Bicycle Tourism Conference 

Wednesday ~ November 4, 2015

Noon
Registration Opens
Mission Bay Foyer

2pm-5pm
Round Table Series

  • Events 101 – Interactive Discussion of Cycling Events
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/B

    Moderator: Scott Garner (RAGBRAI)
    Topics include (Tentative):

    • Medical/Emergency Preparedness
      Mark Wyatt (Iowa Bicycle Coalition)
    • Crisis Management
      Chandler Smith (Ride the Rockies)
    • Route Planning/Signage
      Zach Schmesser (Bike Maine)
    • Media Relations
      Mia Bolton (Mixte Communications/San Diego)
    • Culinary/Nutrition
      Brooks Reynolds (BACooN RIDE)
    • Working with Towns
      Tara Corbin (Cycle Oregon)
    • Sponsorship
      Earl Grief (Ride Idaho)
    • Registration
      Todd Bellino (SignMeUp.com, Inc.)
    • Insurance & Risk Management
      Scott Ziller (McKay Insurance)
    • Social Media
      Liz Brown (Ride the Rockies)
  • Bike Tourism 101 – Interactive Discussion of Bike Tourism
    Mission Bay Ballroom C/D

    Moderator: Laura Crawford (The Path Less Pedaled)
    Topics include (Tentative):

    • Bicycle Travelers & their Needs
      Virginia Sullivan (Adventure Cycling Association) 
    • Understanding Mountain Bike Tourism
      Zachary Cole (UNC Greensboro)
    • Developing off-Road Riding Opportunities
      Zachary Jarrett (Bureau of Land Management)
    • Keeping Visitors Safe on Roads & Trails
      Saara Snow (Adventure Cycling Association)
    • Bike-friendliness & Bike-Friendly Business Programs
      Nastassja Pace (Travel Oregon)
    • Cycle Destination Marketing
      Russ Roca (The Path Less Pedaled)
    • Tracking Bike Tourism Success
      Linda McKenna Boxx (Great Allegheny Passage)
      Norma Nickerson (Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at The University of Montana)
    • Understanding Urban Bike Tourism
      Robyn Elliott (Bicycle Tours of Atlanta)
      Darryll White (Bike & Roll and Cycle Cities North America)
    • Bike Share & Bike Rentals for Tourism
      Brent Bernasconi (San Diego Tourism Authority)

630pm-730pm
Dockside Reception
William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat
Sponsored by OK’s Cascade Company

730pm-830pm
Dinner & Cruise
William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat around Mission Bay
Sponsored by OK’s Cascade Company

830pm-10pm
Dockside Reception
William D. Evans Sternwheeler Boat
Sponsored by OK’s Cascade Company

Thursday ~ November 5, 2015

7am-830am
Morning Rides/Runs/Exercise
Starts/Ends at the Pavilion Tent

Led by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

8am
Registration Opens
Mission Bay Foyer

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast with the Vendors
Pavilion Tent

9:15am – 9:45am
Welcome & Introductions
Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

T.J. Juskiewicz (President BTN & RAGBRAI)

KEYNOTES

  • 9:45 am – 10:45am
    Fun for Everyone – Growing Cycling in North America
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D
    Chris Speyer (Accell North America)
    Tim Blumenthal (PeopleforBikes)
  • 11am – Noon
    Keynote Panel: Bicycle Tourism Trends: At Home and Abroad
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Peter Eich (Bicycle Entrepreneur)
    Maria Elena Price (Experience Plus)
    Moderator: Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling)

Noon-130pm
Networking Vendor Lunch & Jersey Contest
Pavilion Tent
Sponsored by Interbike

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    Creating a Bicycle-Based Tourism Destination… From Infrastructure to Hospitality
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Linda McKenna Boxx (Allegheny Trail Alliance)
    Sara Petyk (Bike the GAP)
    Jonathan Growall (South Side Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce)
  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    Accessorize your Event: Adding Expos, Summit and Route Announcement Parties
    Ventana Room – 1st Level
    Renee Wheelock (Ride the Rockies)
    Trevor Steward (Oklahoma Freewheel)
    Steve Schulz (Cycle Oregon)
    Moderator: T.J. Juskiewicz (RAGBRAI)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 3pm – 5pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Large Cycling Events (1,000+)
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Discussion Leader: Steve Schulz (Cycle Oregon)
  • 3pm – 5pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Small/Medium Cycling Events (Under 1,000)
    Ventana Room – 1st Level

    Discussion Leader: Kim True (Bike Maine)
  • 3pm – 5pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Bicycle Tourism, Destinations & Tour Operators
    Pavilion Tent

    Discussion Leader: Jim Sayer (Adventure Cycling)
  • 5pm – 6pm
    Interactive Discussion on Challenges & Opportunities for Urban Bicycle Tourism
    Pavilion Tent

    Discussion Leader: Robyn Elliott (Bicycle Tours of Atlanta)

6pm-730pm
Networking Vendor Reception
Pavilion Tent

Friday ~ November 6, 2015

7am-830am
Morning Rides/Runs/Exercise
Starts/Ends at the Pavilion Tent

(Led by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition)

8am-9am
Networking Breakfast with the Vendors
Pavilion Tent

GENERAL SESSIONS

  • 9am-10am
    Economic Impacts: How & Why of Counting the Dollars
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Norma Nickerson (Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at The University of Montana)
    Ginny Sullivan (Adventure Cycling)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 10:15am-11am
    Building Better Brands for Bike Travel & Events
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    David Lowe-Rogstad (Owen Jones & Partners)
  • 10:15am-11am
    Mountain Bike Tourism: What Mountain Bikers Want
    Ventana Room – 1st Level
    Mike Van Abel (IMBA)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 11:15am – 12:15pm
    Endurance Adventure: Positioned for Growth
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Mike Gann (Niner Bikes)
    Ravi Rajcoomar (Consortium Marketing Agency)
    Matt Dunn (Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches CVB)
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm
    European Perspective on Cycling:
    What We Can Learn from the Success of the European Cycling Tourism Industry?
    Ventana Room – 1st Level

    Theo Jorna (Hicle/Holcus Buiten BV)

12:15pm-1:30pm
Networking Vendor Lunch
Pavilion Tent
Sponsored by Primal

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 1:45pm-2:45pm
    Social Marketing 3.0: Influencers, Hashtags and Unique Campaigns
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Caitlyn Hassler (Travel Montana)
    Andrea Parrott (RAGBRAI)
    Katy Clair (Travel Oregon)
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm
    Opportunities & Innovative Bicycle Success Stories in Parks and on Public Lands
    Ventana Room – 1st Level

    Bob Ratcliffe (National Park Services)
    Zachary Jarrett (Bureau of Land Management)
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm
    Developing Partnerships Between Cities, Bike Tour Operators & Hosting Bike Events
    Pavilion Tent

    Shaun Boylan (Santa Monica Bike Center)
    Patrick Tuttle (Joplin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau)
    Andrea Zeppilli Aponte (Santa Monica Bike Center)

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • 3pm-3:45pm
    Bright Ideas for Cycling Events (7 short 5-minute presentations)
    Mission Bay Ballroom A/D

    Moderator: Andy Hanshaw (San Diego County Bicycle Coalition) 

OUTDOOR/MOBILE SESSIONS

  • 3pm – 4:30pm
    Gateway Drugs For The Bike-Curious:
    The Marriage of Bike Tourism and Local Food & Culture (Mobile Session)
    Start at Pavilion Tent

    Ellee Thalheimer (Into Action Publications)
    Megan Ramey (Bikabout)
    Shea Mayer (Fitz & Follwell)
  • 3pm – 4:30pm
    Bicycle Traveler Experience Interactive Session (Mobile Session)
    Start at Ventana Room – 1st Level

    Russ Roca & Laura Crawford (Path Less Pedaled)
    Ginny Sullivan (Adventure Cycling)
    Nastassja Pace (Travel Oregon)
  • 3pm – 4:30pm
    E Bike Demos and the Future of E Bike Tours/Tourism
    Start outside of Pavilion Tent

    “Turbo” Bob Bandhauer (E-Bike Blogger & Enthusiast)
    Jonathan Weinert (Bosch eBike Systems)

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Business Meeting for BTN Members
Ventana Room – 1st Level

BTN Board of Directors

5:30pm-6:30pm
SWAG SWAP
Pavilion Tent

6:30pm-8pm
Beachfront Reception on the Bay
Mission Bay Beach near Marina

Saturday ~ November 7, 2015

10am
Fun, Active Group Activity
Starts/Ends at the Pavilion Tent
(Led by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition)

Presenting Sponsor

people for bikes