The 2019 Growing Rural Tourism Conference Presents: "Be the Change"

"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." — Albert Einstein

More speakers. More ideas. More tourism.

Growing Rural Tourism 2019 will feature a great selection of speakers and experts from across the country. Each of our speakers have been specifically chosen because they are exciting, dynamic and invested in using their sessions to educate our attendees.

Speakers

More Speakers Will be Announced Soon!

WHY Should I Attend the
Growing Rural Tourism Conference?


Conference Scholarship

A PROGRAM TO SUPPORT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP TRAINING

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference supports continuous learning and innovative educational opportunities for rural Alberta business. This year we will partially sponsor individual business owners or managers to attend the Growing Rural Tourism Conference.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Individual business owners, managers and full-time students who:

  • Presently own and operate a full-time tourism business in rural Alberta or businesses looking to incorporate tourism products or experiences into their existing business
  • Students enrolled in a full-time tourism program
    Students must include which post-secondary institution and tourism program (s) they are enrolled in
  • Are committed to lifelong learning
  • Willing to write a summary report and share their ideas and experiences with their community partners, consortia, chamber, colleges, etc.
  • Must be a first time applicant

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The scholarship will pay 50% of a regular conference registration. All travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Applications are not yet open for the 2019 Growing Rural Tourism Conference Scholarship. Please check back to see when the application is available.

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?

Space is limited to 25 participants, and will be offered on a first come, first served basis to eligible applicants. The conference committee will review the applications and notify the successful candidates.

Alberta Shows Off

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

The purpose of Alberta Shows Off is to showcase Alberta made products and to assist conference participants in connecting with key services and resources and to provide participants with vital contact information.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The Alberta Shows Off evening has not been determined yet for the 2019 Growing Rural Tourism Conference. Please check back regularily to see when it will take place. Thank you!

Accommodations

There are a lot of great places to stay near the conference in Camrose. Below you can see the Growing Rural Tourism Conference Hotel Block:

Best Western Plus Camrose

(780) 679-2379


** Please mention that you are a Growing Rural Tourism Delegate when booking at the hotel of your choice to recieve one of the blocked off rooms.

Our Partners

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our partners. We are extremely grateful for their help in making the Conference possible!

If you are interested in becoming a Partner/Sponsor of the Growing Rural Tourism Conference, please see the Partnership form by clicking here.

Please join us in thanking the following organizations:

Take a look back at the 2017 conference.

The 2017 conference was a huge success with the theme "Ignite the Change". We are extremely excited about this year's conference where we will "Be the Change".

11th Annual Awards Gala


The following awards were given out on Wednesday February 21st during the 11th Annual Growing Rural Tourism Awards Gala:

  • Rural Champion Award
  • People's Choice Award
  • Rural Tourism Operator of the Year Award
  • Rural Tourism Community of the Year
  • Online Marketing Campaign Award