2017 Utah Tourism Conference – Sept. 12-14 in Vernal!

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Early bird registration is $229 per person and ends on July 1, 2017.  Regular registration is $249 per person.   Registration includes all conference sessions, meeting materials, 2 breakfasts, opening reception/dinner, 2 lunches and 3 breaks.

Conference venue is the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal. All educational sessions, breakouts, general sessions and meal functions will take place at the conference center.

Download agenda here

Highlights include:
Opening Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 12 -Join us for a night under the stars in Dinosaur National Monument at Split Mountain. Attendees will hear from Governor Gary R. Herbert, enjoy a Dutch Oven dinner, entertainment, drinks, and an opportunity to walk along the Green River, view the World Famous Wall of Bones, and Star Gaze into some of the darkest skies in America. Transportation will be provided by Wilkins Bus lines and will leave from the Marriott Hotels and Uintah Conference Center at 5:30 pm. Your Welcome to drive your own vehicle, but parking is limited and we would encourage you to take the bus or carpool.

Wednesday evening, Sept. 13: After you have experienced Vernal’s restaurant scene — join us at the “After Party”.  You told us you wanted more “Networking” time and we heard you!!! Join us Wednesday evening after the Dine Around in Vernal for the “After Party” at the Towneplace Suites by Marriott. Starting at 8:00 pm. Come Network with conference attendees, participate in the “Live” auction for the PAC, and Karaoke with your tourism industry friends and coworkers. Enjoy local brews by Vernal Brewing Company and sodas by the Soda Shack!

Check back for updates, agenda subject to change.

See info below on post-conference activities in Flaming Gorge.

Accommodations Information:
We have arranged room blocks at the following properties.  Please use the links below to book your room.  Be sure to stay Thursday night if you are going to participate in the post-conference activities offered in Flaming Gorge!

Vernal SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1219 W. Highway 40
Vernal, UT  84078
Rate is $109 per room per night plus taxes

TownPlace Suites by Marriott
1219 W. Highway 40
Vernal, UT  84078
Rate is $109 per room per night plus taxes

Holiday Inn Express Dinosaurland
1515 W. US Highway 40,
Vernal, Utah  84078
Rate is $95 per room per night plus taxes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Utah Hotel and Lodging Association Board Meeting
Utah Tourism Industry Association Membership Meeting
Utah Office of Tourism Board Meeting
Lunch on your own
Registration open
Exhibitor Move-in
Activities from 1-4:00 pm
Opening Reception & Dinner in Dinosaur National Monument

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Registration  & UTIA silent auction open
Welcome and Opening General Session
Concurrent Workshops
Lunch and General Session
General Session
Concurrent Workshops
DMO Brochure Exchange
Dine-o-round in surrounding area
After Party at the Marriott

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Registration Open
General Session
General Sessions
Lunch and Closing Remarks
Silent Auction winners claim/pay
Flaming Gorge Activities

Post Conference Flaming Gorge Activities
We hope you will consider staying Thursday night Sept. 14 and joining in the great activities that evening and on Friday, Sept. 15.  As you register in the Regonline system, be sure to check the Flaming Gorge Post Conference Activities — you will then be contacted by our hosts and they will assist you with additional information & confirmation.

Thursday, September 14th — Join us for a FREE Evening on the Gorge!

When: 3pm-Sunset
Where: Dutch John Draw (look for marked turnoff just before the town of Dutch John)

We hate to see you leave the Conference without a glimpse of Flaming Gorge, so all are invited for a FREE evening of fun; including tasty food, local brews, live entertainment, scenic boat tours and some paddling (SUP’s and kayaks) in a wondrous location. Advance reservations are required.

Friday, September 15th

  1. Rafting on the Green. $15/pp. Don’t miss one of our most popular adventures – self-guided rafting on the incredibly scenic Green River. Meet at the Flaming Gorge Dam parking lot at 10am for this 3-4 hour trip. Shuttle, snack bag and raft rental included. Advance reservations are required
  2. Gorge Highlight Tour. $10/pp. Let us show you the best spots along our National Scenic Byway (and see some of our famous local wildlife)! Meet at Flaming Gorge Dam Parking Lot at 10am for this 3-4 hour tour. Transportation, guide and snack bag included. Advance reservations are required.
  1. Catch Trophy Trout. (It’s why Flaming Gorge is famous!) Visit flaminggorgecountry.com to view our excellent Flaming Gorge Angler’s Guide, geared to inspire anglers of all abilities. The flyfishing on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam is some of the finest in the country. Check out our list of fun-loving guides and get in on the action!
  2. Tour the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway. Yep, it’s way scenic, but around here we consider it our pathway to all the great outdoor adventures that Flaming Gorge has to offer. From watersports to trails, you can read all about it in the Flaming Gorge Adventure Guide (don’t worry, we’ll put one in your convention bag) or check us out on flaminggorgecountry.com.

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 Utah Tourism Industry Association
The Utah Tourism Industry Association (UTIA) is the  trade association for the tourism industry in the state of Utah. The overall mission of UTIA is to serve as the coordinating body for the combined interests of associations, chambers, organizations, businesses, and individuals engaged in serving and developing tourism in Utah. UTIA is an organization that focuses on issues of concern to all organizations involved in tourism rather than just the narrower interests of individual tourism entities.


Utah Office of Tourism
The Utah Office of Tourism promotes tourism into the state through advertising and media. We are an office within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Our mission is “to brand and promote Utah’s great experiences and destinations for visitors and citizens in an inspiring way to support and enhance economic vitality and quality of life in our state.” We operate several programs to assist Utah’s tourism industry including marketing and advertising, research and planning, publications, information services, media relations and cooperative programs.

The Utah Tourism Conference is produced in partnership with the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association.

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