Haines to host tourism symposium

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

Those involved in the Haines tourism industry who would like to discuss ideas on reviving business will have their chance at a symposium to be held later this month.

The city is hosting "From Here to Where" on Jan. 28. The conference will be held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation, and will likely run through the day.

Topics to be discussed include "More than just a pretty face," on Haines' selling points; the Golden Circle, among other regional marketing strategies; and "Creating a destination." Other discussions will focus on tourism statistics, how tourism should be defined in Haines, and developing creative possibilities to broaden the industry.

Speakers have yet to be confirmed, but Haines tourism director Michelle Glass said several local industry representatives will be involved, as will an official from the Alaska Travel Industry Association who, along with legislators and Alaska Hospitality Association representatives, will be in Juneau attending board meetings and tourism symposiums.

City Economic Development Director Robert Venables said the symposium will illustrate what the tourist business is doing around the state.

"The panel of experts will help give us guidelines on what it will take to put Haines in their arena," he said, adding Haines should focus on attracting land-based, rubber-tire traffic.

He said the symposium will serve a key purpose. "It will allow us to showcase Haines, and get people to understand the uniqueness and quality the town has to offer."

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