Program Schedule

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Dover, Delaware 


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Registration & Networking
An opportunity to network before we get our day of activities started.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Welcome
Welcome from Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Delaware Tourism Office Director Jessica Welch.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Roundtable/Fireside Chat with Industry Leaders 
Start your day off with moderator Carrie Leishman and panelists from SoDel Concepts (Mike Dickinson), Winterthur (Chris Strand), DE Turf (Bill Strickland), Bally’s (Derrick Stanley), and the Freeman Arts Pavilion (Patti Grimes).

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Quick Break 
It's coffee o'clock! 

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Morning Breakout Sessions
Choose one of the below topics for an in-depth session and Q+A:

  • "How Small Businesses in Tourism can work with the Media for Success" with Tara Smith, Instructor of Strategic Communication and Public Relations at the University of Delaware
  • "Data Driven Decision Making in Sports Tourism" with Jon Schmieder, Founder and CEO of Huddle Up Group LLC
  • "Profiting from the Latest Group Travel Trends" with Jeff Gayduck, President of Premier Travel Media
  • "Accessibility in Delaware’s Tourism Industry" with Emmanuel Jenkins, Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Disabilities Council, and Robert Parrett, Guest Operations Manager & Safety Officer at Mt. Cuba Center

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch & Keynote Speaker 
Enjoy lunch and good conversation with Keynote Speaker Sara Meaney.

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Choose one of the below topics for an in-depth session and Q+A:

  • "How Small Businesses in Tourism can work with the Media for Success" with Tara Smith, Instructor of Strategic Communication and Public Relations at the University of Delaware
  • "Data Driven Decision Making in Sports Tourism" with Jon Schmieder, Founder and CEO of Huddle Up Group LLC
  • "Profiting from the Latest Group Travel Trends" with Jeff Gayduck, President of Premier Travel Media
  • "Accessibility in Delaware’s Tourism Industry" with Emmanuel Jenkins, Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Disabilities Council, and Robert Parrett, Guest Operations Manager & Safety Officer at Mt. Cuba Center

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks 

3:00 p.m. |  Event concludes