Resorts of Ontario Announces Program for 2012 Spring Conference & Trade Show

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Ontario’s premier association of resorts and inns, Resorts of Ontario, announces the program for the 2012 Spring Conference &Trade show to be held March 26th and 27th at the Casino Rama Hotel. This year’s conference will feature a variety of informative lectures, seminars and demonstrations by industry experts, as well as the Annual General Meeting, the Preferred Suppliers Trade Show, Presidents Evening Dinner and much more.

Resorts of Ontario (http://www.resortsofontario.com ) has unveiled its 2012 Annual Spring Conference & Trade Show program. The event’s organizers have planned a comprehensive program and are anticipating a high member turn out at this year’s conference. “The Spring Conference and Trade Show has always been a popular event with Resorts of Ontario members and we have been extremely pleased with this year’s registration numbers thus far,” states Grace Sammut, Managing Director of Resorts of Ontario. “2012 marks Resorts of Ontario’s 70th anniversary representing the province’s finest resort hotels, lodges, cottage resorts and country inns. We plan to celebrate this important milestone with our members at this year’s Convention,” adds Sammut.

The conference begins on March 26 with “Welcome to ResortNet”, an informative session that introduces this new and innovative mentoring program that allows resort managers to connection for networking, mentoring and education. Next on the schedule is keynote speaker and author Sofie Andreou, with a session on how to effectively use social media. Later, a panel of resort owners will discuss “Online Distribution Venues in Practice.” This session explores the opportunities online booking presents for accommodation properties. In the afternoon, after lunch, the AGM and the Preferred Suppliers AGM, there will be a question and answer session with the panelist from the morning sessions and a discussion based on actual resort case examples relating to social media and online distribution venues. The Resorts of Ontario Trade Show begins at 2:00 pm and features a variety of booths showcasing the latest products and services for the hospitality industry. At the same time there will be a reception to allow operators and exhibitors to network, and later, the Grand prize of $1,000.00 will be awarded. That night, Resorts of Ontario hosts one of the highlights of the Spring Convention; the Presidents Dinner & Evening. “High Rollers” is this year’s the theme and attendees are invited to dress up in sequins and glitter to enjoy dinner, dancing, fun and entertainment.

After breakfast on the second day of the convention, the program continues with the seminar “Do You Know How To Track Your Business?” Marketing and SEO expert Mark Coles (http://www.first-page-seo.com) shows resort owners how they can track and measure stats to improve their business’s bottom line. Next on the agenda are the “Progress Round Tables,” where delegates rotate between tables of industry experts and professional who will provide valuable information on topics such as Risk Management, Bed Bugs and Hiring, to name just a few. At noon, the Spring Convention wraps up with a few closing remarks and an informal bear pit session called “Coming Together On the Brighter Side…” offering delegates invaluable tips and ideas, and setting the stage for a growing resort network.

About Resorts of Ontario: Established in 1942 as a non-profit organization representing resort properties in Ontario, Resorts of Ontario is the provinces leading hospitality organization. Its members include lodges, country inns, resort hotels, conference resorts and housekeeping cottage resorts offering four-season vacations that symbolize the Resorts of Ontario hallmark for Quality, Service and Dependability. For more information about Resorts of Ontario, please visit: http://www.resortsofontario.com or call toll-free 1-800-363-7227.

Contact Information:
Grace Sammut, Managing Director
Resorts of Ontario
29 Albert Street North
Orillia ON L3V 5J9
Phone: 1-800-363-7227
Fax: 1-705-325-7999
Email: Grace(at)resortsofontario(dot)com
http://www.resortsofontario.com

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