(Subject to change)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH
12 :00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RVIC Steering Committee Meeting
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RVIC Program Orientation
Silent Auction Bidding Begins
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn about some of the tourism product on St. Simons Island.
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own & Concert
>Redfern Village, St. Simons Island
THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Preserving Heritage Through Creative Marketing Efforts
In this session you will begin to immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of the Gullah Geechee people and learn how the St Simons African American Heritage Coalition found unique ways to preserve their heritage through creative marketing efforts.
Speaker: Helen Ladson, Harrington School
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Communication Without Confrontation
Stop treating people the way you want to be treated. Maintain positive conflict resolution by treating others the way they want to be treated. During this interactive and upbeat session, you will have fun laughing and learning about two key components in reducing defensiveness.
Speaker: Vincent Ivan Phipps M.A., CSP, Communication VIP
10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Creating a Visitor Experience-Part 1
In order to increase visitor traffic, you have to think outside the box. Learn how these RVICs made some bold, exciting changes to their center to create a visitor experience.
Speakers: Stacy Brown, Woodstock Visitor Center, Toni Seals-Johnson, Augusta & Co.-Augusta CVB, Nicole Kirksey, Americus Welcome Center
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What's New in Georgia
Become familiar with the new attractions and accommodations throughout the state.
Speakers: Jessica Godbee, GDEcD, Briana Coakley, GDEcD
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
>Grand Dining Room
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Creating a Visitor Experience-Part 2
RVICs will share information on how they implemented special promotions, events, and displays to build awareness for their visitor center.
Speakers: Sharon Dupont, Villa Rica Welcome Center, Millie Perez, Lake Lanier CVB, Kyle Bennett, Woodstock Visitor Center
2:25 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Secrets to the New ExploreGeorgia.org
Get insider tips and learn how to use the new and improved ExploreGeorgia.org to drive more traffic to your destinations with free listings.
Speakers: Lindsay Isaacs, GDEcD, Lori Hennessy, GDEcD
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
How well do you know Georgia? RVICs will battle it out for the chance to be crowned Best of the Best!
9:25 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Speaker: Marcie Kicklighter, Golden Isles CVB
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2020 Host Presentation
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Silent Auction ends
10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Georgia Tourism Update
There have been some exciting changes within the Tourism Division. Attendees will learn more about our next steps and receive an update on the Visitor Information Center program.
Speakers: Cheryl Hargrove, GDEcD, Brittney Gray, GDEcD
Lunch and Adjourn