The Annual Conference will Feature Educational Roundtables, Guest Speakers and Activities throughout Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va., July 9, 2009 – The Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau (NCVB) is pleased to announce its selection as the official host city for the 2009 Student and Youth Travel Association Conference (SYTA), August 28 – September 1, 2009, joining a list of notable past hosts, including Boston, Memphis, and Montreal.  A non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student and youth travel, this year’s SYTA Conference, Navigating the Future, is expected to draw more than 1,000 travel industry professionals. Highlights include multiple networking sessions; educational roundtables; trade meetings; a keynote address by Thomas Shumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Group; and an exciting line up of events hosted by the NCVB, showcasing the very best of Norfolk’s plentiful and diverse attractions.

“We are thrilled to host this year’s conference, and can’t wait to share the very best of Norfolk with all in attendance,” said Donna Allen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the NCVB. “Norfolk’s array of amenities will make it an ideal destination for SYTA’s attendees and help underscore the conference’s overall mission, which seeks to foster ideas within the travel industry to engage students and youths.”

In addition to the scheduled educational sessions, the conference, in partnership with the NCVB, will also provide an opportunity for participants to explore Norfolk.  This year’s participants can embark on a variety of site-seeing tours, including Norfolk’s Day of Art and Culinary Cuisine, with visits to the Chrysler Museum of Art, Rowena’s and Doumar’s; Let’s Set Sail!, showcasing Norfolk’s nautical heritage aboard the American Rover; In the Jungle, featuring a kayaking tour through the Norfolk Botanical Garden and an on-land exploration of the Virginia Zoo; and a variety of tours showcasing the Hamptons Roads region.

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