The conference will explore many of the issues facing the tourism industry and guiding. Featured speakers will include representatives from the National Park Service, the Visit Philadelphia Tourism Information Center and local technology experts as well as representatives from some of NFTGA's Industry Tourism Partner organizations.
Wednesday, February 21
A visit to Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. In addition, to food and drink, we will be able to visit the entire museum.
Thursday, February 22 - We’ll be focusing on the tourism and the guiding profession. Highlights are:
Welcome from VisitPhilly™
The State of the Tourism in the US
This session led my members of the U.S. Travel Association will focus on state of tourism in the United States including trends and expectations. It will also cover the key challenges facing tourism as well as an overview of the upcoming legislation that could impact travel. Included will be a description of the many activities in which the US Travel Association is engaged and how guides and guide associations can be involved in and benefit from their activities.
Business of Guiding
This session will focus on the tourism industry, the various types of tourism organizations and their functions, individual guide and association business considerations e.g. taxes, insurance etc. Panel members include representatives from CaldwellCPA who are business advisors to many of those in the tourism industry.
Celebrating NFTGA 20th anniversary
National Parks and Tour Guides - Working Together
This session led by NPS Tourism Program Manager Donald Leadbetter will focus on updates, and information from the agency. Topics will include policy and budget news, updates on entry fee and commercial use authorization policies, visitation trends and challenges, and digital tools and resources.
Working with our Industry Tourism Partners
This session will focus on how NFTGA associations and their members can work most effectively with our Tourism Industry Partners. The panel will include representatives from NTA, ABA, SYTA and NAI.
Visit to One Liberty Observation Deck. 57 stories up with its spectacular views followed by dinner at the restaurant, La Buca.
Friday will focus more on specific guiding skills including technology, the international tourist and incorporating African American and other ethnic group perspectives in our tours.