Special Student Sessions

This year’s conference features a Student Day specially tailored to college students preparing to enter the industry. Tickets are $50 for one day and $75 for two days with a valid student ID.

Participation includes:

  • Access to all VA-1 conference sessions throughout the day, lunch, and access to the exhibit hall
  • Opportunities to interact with HTM students from across the Commonwealth – meet your peers!
  • Networking events with major tourism industry players – meet your next employer!
  • Special student sessions on November 13th.

Special Student Sessions

[ subject to change ]

  • Welcome from Brad Van Dommelan — Director, Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Roger Dow — President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association
  • Making the most of your time at the conference
  • Breaking into the Event Planning Field — a panel discussion with Lindsay Usher, Old Dominion University
    • Dianna Starkey – Tourism Director, Virginia Arts Festival
    • Nancy Rosen – Catering Manager, Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
    • Liz Le – Lead Wedding Coordinator, Norfolk Botanical Gardens
  • Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry — a panel discussion
    • Cliff Myers — Director of Administration, Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Kim Keene – Director of Human Resources, Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
  • Exhibit Hall
  • General Session + Lunch
  • VA-1 Breakout Sessions (volunteers needed as room monitors)

Student Sessions
Location: Energy Room Date: November 13, 2017 Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am Eric Terry Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association Roger Dow