Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2016 Partnership Summit! We enjoyed spending the morning with you and hope you will join us in 2017. The next summit will be January 31, 2017 from 8:30am to 12pm at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. For more information, contact Megan Menacher at 219-554-2176 or email her here.
Register below by Friday, January 27, 2017 to join us at the summit. Cost is $15 per person.
In case you missed it or would like to review the presentations from last year's summit, please click on the link below.
8:30-9:00am - Networking Continental Breakfast/Registration
9:00-9:45am - Destiny of the Destination: Proposed South Shore Convention Center
The closing of the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville will leave Northwest Indiana without conference space for small to medium sized groups. More than 90 groups have been rescheduled and will result in a loss of approximately $20 million in the local economy. Speros A. Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore CVA will provide updates on the state of the South Shore’s hospitality industry.
9:45-10:00am - R.O.S.E. Awards
Empower your employees. This mini session will guide you through the process of nominating hospitality’s unsung heroes for the recognition they deserve.
10:00-10:15am - Break & Networking (Sign partnership contracts)
10:15-11:00am - Marketing / Tech Talk
The South Shore CVA’s chief marketing officer, Heather Becerra, and chief technology officer, Luke Weinman IV, will discuss marketing and technology trends and why you need to know your audience. They will also talk about marketing campaigns and tools that were used to promote the South Shore in 2016 and campaigns that will be rolled out in 2017.
11:00-11:15am - Break (Sign partnership contracts)
11:15am-11:45am - Concurrent “Break Outs”
Social Media (Theatre)
Reach thousands of users for your next big event through Facebook promoted posts. This breakout explores messaging to niche audiences and how to create a following for your content. Tyler Malec, digital content specialist for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, will guide you through this advertising workshop.
Innskeeper Tax/MeetingMax (Boardroom)
Learn the new payment process for Innkeeper tax through the Partner Portal. Review the Meetingmax frontend redesign and see how your hotel is presented to the customer. This session will simulate the reservation process to give a full demonstration of the customer experience.