Conference encourages tourism industry to “Make Your Mark” on Utah

This year's conference will be hosted at USU Sept 17-19.

LOGAN- The 2019 Utah Tourism Conference will be held at Utah State University September 17-19 and will feature three days of speakers, workshops, and networking under their theme, “Make Your Mark”.

The event will highlight tourism and hospitality professionals from across the state as their chance once a year to get together. It brings together any business that is part of the tourism economy and who touches the tourism industry in any way, including hotels, restaurants, destination marketers, creative agencies, PR firms, etc.

Kaitlin Eskelson, Executive Director of the Utah Tourism Industry Association, said the theme “Make Your Mark” came because they really wanted to focus not only on professional learning opportunities but personal ones as well.

“In the industry, we have a lot of ability to be creative and think outside the box. Make Your Mark is an individual approach. They will have a tactical takeaway to bring back to their office and make the mark on their professional and personal lives,” Eskelson said.

Keynote Speakers at this year’s Utah Tourism Conference. Held at USU Sept 17-19.

Four internationally-renowned keynote speakers will be featured this year:

  • James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits
  • Kindra Hall, President, and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective
  • Phil Hansen, Artist, and speaker
  • Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible”

“We have a fantastic lineup this year,” Eskelson said. “The keynotes are all really different from each other. They’ve been carefully curated to start with that motivational aspect with Phil Hansen and Kindra Hall. Anthony will really provide some tactical business solutions and ideas, and commencing is James Clear, who will take what you’ve learned at the conference and how you how to apply it today.”

It has been over 10 years since the Utah Tourism Industry Association has held its conference in Cache Valley. Eskelson said she’s looking forward to being on Utah State University’s campus and enjoy the American West Heritage Center.

Registration is still open with a variety of ticket options. Visit for all the details.

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