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Thank you for attending Winter Chautauqua!

The Northwest Georgia Travel Association would like to thank you for attending the 33rd Annual Winter Chautauqua Conference!

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Reignite Your Storytelling Lauretta Hannon

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Storytelling burnout is real. This talk will arm you with tips, takeaways, and a beautiful case study-- all designed to energize, inspire, and bring the spark back to your storytelling.

Open Containers: Big Impact on a Small Town
Aundi Lesley

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This presentation will detail how after years of trying with no success, we tackled a small town mindset through extensive data-driven studies, which ultimately changed our alcohol ordinance.

Useful Marketing Tools That Won’t Break the Bank
Sandy White

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This presentation will discuss different tools and resources that can be used to market your destination successfully even on a limited budget.

G4 Analytics: How to Decipher Data and Grow Your Business

Chris Reidenbaugh
In this seminar, you’ll learn about Google Analytics and how to use the collected info from social media, your website, and more to make informed decisions in your marketing and business. 

GACVB Update - Amanda Dyson-Thornton, Executive Director

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Explore Georgia Update - Jay Markwalter, Statewide Tourism Director

Lunch Keynote Speaker - Your Story Matters Garrett Nudd

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Marketing metrics matter, but the most meaningful stories matriculate through a combination of mundane minutiae and masterfully orchestrated moments. Pause. Step back. Reframe and refocus on how leaning into your authentic story can help others write their own stories, too.

Elevate Your Engagement: Social Media Trends & Strategies
Jess Gutman

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Join us as we explore the latest social media trends you can leverage to captivate your audience and how to incorporate these trends into a solid social media content strategy.

Elevating Destinations:
The Strategic Impact of Public Relations in the Tourism Industry Laurie Rowe

Learn how investing in effective public relations pays off by establishing and sustaining a vibrant, appealing brand for your tourism destination.

Georgia Grown & Agritourism

Cheryl Smith

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Learn about the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown Division and the Agritourism program and how agribusinesses can benefit from various programs.

Incentives and Funding for Vibrant Placemaking
Sadie Krawczyk

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An overview of what placemaking is and how to creatively fund placemaking projects for your community. Crowdfunding, community donations, grants, and more will be discussed.

The Power of Partnerships: TRED Trail Talk
Julie Smith

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Learn how your community can utilize existing features and create partnerships that can help develop new trails or add to existing trails.

Exploring the World of Food Tourism
Kyle Bennett

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Learn more about Visit Woodstock GA’s Food & Drink events and marketing efforts, and how you can grow Food Tourism in your community.

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