IFWTWA Conference 2016 – Coronado Island

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Conference 2016 – Coronado Island

Susan and Todd Montgomnery, Chairs

IFWTWA’S 2016 Professional Development Conference took place October 31 to November 3 at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado peninsula, just minutes from San Diego. Attendees experienced a full day of fascinating educational presentations, including an impressive keynote presentation on branding; a riveting chefs’ panel with topnotch Southern California chefs; and workshops on social media, writing about wine, finding publishing outlets, and tourism. We also enjoyed an outstanding Tourism Marketplace where we explored enticing new destinations to visit. The following days of the conference were highlighted by a trip to the Marriott Coronado Island Resort where we were treated to an innovative and healthy lunch and an inspiring presentation by Food Network star, Melissa d’Arabian; delicious dinners in La Jolla at the Marine Room and Georges at the Cove; a trolley tour of San Diego; and a scrumptious lunch, historical tours, and s’mores on the beach at the iconic Del Coronado Hotel.

Thank you to the following who contributed their time and talents
Keynote Speaker -Jeniffer Thompson, Monkey C Media
Chefs’ Panel Participants:
• Drew Deckman, Deckman’s En El Mogor
• Andrew Gruel, Slap sh Restaurant Group • Bernard Guillas, The Marine Room
• Duane Owen, Pechanga Resort & Casino • Maeve Rochford, Sugar & Scribe
Presenters:
• Mary Lansing
• Hilarie Larson CSW,FWS
• Susan Lanier-Graham
• Melissa d’Arabian
• Executive Chef, Michael Poompan, Marriott Coronado Island Resort

IFWTWA extends its sincere appreciation to the following organizations and businesses for supporting our Conference:
Coronado Tourism Improvement District • Todd Little, Executive Director
• Melissa Jacobsen, CTID Assistant
• Claudia Ludlow, CTID Chairperson
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
• Sean Clancy, Managing Director
• Lisa Himebaugh, Conference Manager • Chris Aguirre, Executive Chef
Marriott Coronado Island Resort
• Nusrat Mirza, General Manager
• Executive Chef Michael Poompan
Del Coronado Hotel
• Sara Baumann, Public Relations Manager • Wayne Harth, Director of Catering
• Christine Donovan, Hotel Historian
Old Town Trolley Tours
The Marine Room, La Jolla
Georges at the Cove, La Jolla
Travelocity
Europa Village Winery, Temecula

A special thank you to Whidbey-Camaro Tourism for sponsoring the purchase of our lovely tote bags and lanyards.

Thank you to the contributors to our tote bags and door prizes:
Coronado Taste of Oils
Coronado Lifestyle Magazine
1906 Lodge/Four Sisters Inns
Slapfish Restaurant Group
Whidbey and Camano Island Tourism
Europa Village Winery Temecula
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Temecula
Beto Duarte
VinOval,

Thank you to Tourism Marketplace participants:
Todd Little, Coronado Tourism Improvement District
Barbara Marrett, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Sherrye Wyatt, Whidbey Camano Island Tourism
Jo Duncan, Beenders Walker Group
Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Puerto Vallarta Tourism
Laura Kath, Solvang Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ron Antonette, Discover Claremont
Vickie Ashford, Greater Birmingham Convention
and Visitors Bureau
Susie Norris

Writers in Attendance:

MARIE-ANNICK ARAUJO (MEMBERSHIP PENDNG)
TERESA BERGEN
TERRI BREWSTER*
ALLEN COX
ROBIN DOHRN-SIMPSON
KAY DOUGHERTY
FREDERICA DUNN
JACQUI GIBSON*
KRIS GRANT
ANDREW HARRIS
MICHAEL HIGGINS
BRENDA HILL*
MARALYN HILL
M’LISS HINSHAW*
SHERRY JACKSON
LAURA KATH
LINDA KISSAM*
SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM
MARY LANSING
HILARIE LARSON
DEIDRE MICHALSKI
LINDA MILKS*
SUSAN MONTGOMERY
TODD MONTGOMERY
MAURIE O’CONNOR
ROGER PAIGE
CATHERINE PARKER*
RAQUEL PINEIRA
JOLIE PINK
TOM PLANT
RICK REINERS
LISA RICHARDSON
CHRISTINE SALINS
AURELIA SMELTZ*
LINDA STEWART

 

MEDIA LINKS (this is a partial list as more outlets are being added as they become available):


On-Line
:
Living the Dream: Aurelia’s Odysseys
S’mores for the Luxe Mom at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado
Coronado, California: An Insider’s Guide
Dining in Coronado
Book Review: Flying Pans by Ron Oliver and Bernard Guillas
Dining Perfection, The Marine Room, La Jolla, California
Best Beaches for Families in the US
The Lady By the Sea: San Diego’s Hotel Coronado
Blueprint for planning an exceptional conference
Charming Coronado, California


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