Shop America Alliance LLC (SAA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have announced plans to present the second annual Shop The World Tourism Conference: Canada in Toronto at the Ted Rogers School of Management of Ryerson University on Monday, October 15, 2012. The conference is co-sponsored by Tourism Toronto.
This executive level educational and networking program is designed for retail, shopping center and tourism professionals who want to better understand the benefits of attracting tourist to their shopping centers and retail districts. Presenting Partners, Rosemary McCormick, President of Shop America Alliance and Tim McGuiness, Vice President of the International Council of Shopping Centers are the producers of this event and will chair the seminar. A reception hosted by Tourism Toronto will follow the program.
The Shop The World Tourism Conference: Canada faculty features the leading shopping center, outlet and tourism experts and local tourism leaders with great success stories to share. Noted presented include Susan Sweeney, President of SusanSweeney.com; Art Jimenez, Senior Director of Leisure Sales, Las Vegas CVA/Shop Las Vegas; Kim MacGregor, Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Lorrie King, Director, Deloitte & Touche; Dr. Kelly MacKay, Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management and Director, Institute for Tourism & Hospitality Research for Ted Rogers School of Management; Pamela Laite, Director of Industry Relations, Tourism Toronto; Rose Hapanowich, Director of Marketing, Destiny USA; Ann Fairley, Vice President of Ontario Motor Coach Association; Ted Goldenberg, Director, Gateway Coach lines and Michelle Tupman, Director of Operations for the Great Canadian Holidays.
Participants will include retail and shopping center developers, owners, leasing specialists, marketing and management professionals, travel and tourism leaders, destination marketers, hotel and tour operators, airline and transportation providers, credit card companies, publications, and travel partners. “Shopping and tourism are intertwined on many levels and creating these kinds of seminars help explain this connectivity and how to fully take advantage of it for our global membership was a natural evolution,” said Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of ICSC. “We are pleased to be partnering with Shop America Alliance, a leader in the shopper tourism field, to produce these seminars. “The primary objective of the Shop The World Tourism Conference: Canada is to promote retail as a tourism draw, boosting sales revenue for retailers and enhancing economic development for the local destinations,” said Tim McGuiness, ICSC staff vice president of global trade expositions and conferences. “Shopping and tourism leaders and tourism experts, will share expertise and best practices in marketing to attract high spending travelers.” “Developing programs about shopping and dining to appeal to international travelers is an essential strategy for success, especially in today’s challenging global economy. The most successful shopping centers, retailers, outlets and destinations in the United States and around the world market their unique shopping and dining as top attractions. Shop The World delegates will experience a full program of strategic business development, partnership opportunities, executive level idea exchange and networking,” said Rosemary McCormick, president of Shop America Alliance, whose firm has produced successful Shopping Tourism Conferences and marketed U.S. shopping tourism since 1998.” For additional information and to register for the Shop the World Tourism Conference: Canada, visit www.icsc.org/2012S52 or call 707-224-3795. Shop The World Tourism: Canada Planning Committee • Pamela Laite, Tourism Toronto • Christopher Barry, Tourism Toronto • Lucia Connor, Yorkdale Shopping Centre • Rashmi Sudan, Yorkdale Shopping Centre • Lesley Boughen, Vaughan Mills • Lorie Brodie, Toronto Eaton Centre About the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org. About Shop America Alliance (SAA) Shop America Alliance LLC (SAA) is the exclusive travel trade organization representing hundreds of premier shopping tourism destinations, retailers, shopping centers, museum stores and outlets in North America. Founded in 1998, Shop America Alliance produces the annual ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural Tourism and SASI-ONE Awards. SAA publishes Shop America Magazine, The Cultural Traveler Guide and markets shopping, dining and cultural tours in 40 cities at shopamericatours.com, theculturaltraveler.com and through leading tour operators and travel partners. For more information visit shopamericatours.com, ONEtravelconference.com, theculturaltraveler.com or call 707-224-3795.