Summit

Date: March 10-11, 2020
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus Hospitality and Resort Management Center - 2226 Switzer Rd. Gulfport, MS 39507


The purpose of the summit is to engage major stakeholders in a continuous conversation about our industry workforce challenges and demonstrate results from needs identified in the previous summit.  The theme for Summit 2020 is Through the Looking Glass: A Futuristic Outlook on Hospitality & Tourism Workforce. Summit 2020 will focus on industry trends and technologies that will affect change in workforce competencies, talent recruitment, training & development, and workforce retention and sustainability in our region.

Summit Information

Registration Fees
Early Bird Summit Registration - $145.00 (Registration@Eventbrite opens November 18, 2019)
On-site Registration - $175.00

Registration Dates
Early bird registration ends January 31, 2020 at 5.00 pm
On-site registration begins March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm

Payment Method
Individual Registration: Credit card only.
Group Registration: Call (251) 461-1902 to request corporate check payment or invoice.

Cancellation Policy
No Refunds.

Golden Nugget Biloxi Logo

Reserve Room at the Golden Nugget

Room type: Non-smoking Luxury King or Two Queen Beds
Room rate: $79.99 ++ ($12.99 resort fee and 12% tax (7% state tax and 5% occupancy tax)
For reservations, call: 1-800-777-7568 Group Code: S200341 or click on the above logo for the reservation link.
Reservation deadline: 2.25.2020


 Hard Rock Hotel

Reservations # - 228.276.7625
Reserve Room at the Hard Rock Hotel


 

Island View Casino

Reservations # - 228-314-2100
Summit Reservation Code: GUSA30
http://islandviewcasino.com/


 

Scarlet Pearl Logo

$89 + 12% tax  with NO RESORT FEE.
Guests may call 888-BOOK-SPC for reservations.
Mention code GUS0310.
Reservation cutoff date is Friday, March 6, 2020.
http://ScarletPearlCasino.com

Welcome Message from the Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies

Greetings from the College of Education and Professional Studies. We are honored that you joined us for the 4th Annual Regional Hospitality and Tourism Workforce Summit. As presented in the conference theme, Through the Looking Glass: A Futuristic Outlook on Hospitality & Tourism Workforce, you will spend two days engaging with industry leaders and visionaries considering how trends and technologies will impact workforce proficiencies, recruitment, professional development, and workforce retention and sustainability. With the common thread of education, from participating high school students to those who are well experienced in hospitality and tourism, your participation demonstrates your commitment to life-long learning for the betterment of the profession. Thank you for choosing to join us, and I wish you a great Summit!

Dr. Andi KentAndi M. Kent, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Laura Lee, SVP, Human Resources
MGM Resorts International

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ben Koff
President/Owner, Hidden Upside, LLC.

Sponsorship PDF 

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum $10,000

*Benefit: $740

8 Complimentary Summit registrations

4 Complimentary Serving Southern Hospitality™ Certification registrations

Prominently displayed exclusive sponsor signage

Exclusive rights to display or distribute promotional items on each general session table

Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

Verbal Acknowledgement at the event

Vendor booth

Distinctive name badge recognition

Large logo on all event print and electronic media including backdrop

Reserved front row seating (table for 8)

Reserved parking (4 parking spots)

 

Gold $5000

*Benefit: $400

4 Complimentary Summit registrations

2 Complimentary Serving Southern Hospitality™ Certification registrations

Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

Verbal Acknowledgement at the event

Vendor booth

Distinctive name badge recognition

Medium sized logo on all event print and electronic
media including backdrop

Reserved seating for 4

Reserved parking (2 parking spots)

 

Silver $3000

*Benefit: $215

2 Complimentary Summit registrations

1 Complimentary Serving Southern Hospitality™ Certification registration

Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

Vendor booth

Distinctive name badge recognition

Small logo and link on all event print and electronic media including backdrop

Reserved seating for 2

 

Bronze $1000

1 Complimentary Summit registration

Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

Small logo and link on all event print and electronic media including backdrop

Distinctive name badge recognition

Reserved seating for 1

 

Friends of HTWIA $500

Acknowledgement on program guide

Opportunity to provide promotional items for swag bags

Platinum Sponsor

Scarlet Pearl Casino

 

 

 Hospitality & Tourism Education and Career Showcase Sponsor

Wind Creek Hospitality

 

 

Gold Sponsor

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Logo

 

 

Silver SponsorsHarrah's Gulf Coast

Island View Casino

 

PCH Hotels & Resorts

 

Visit Mobile Logo

 

Sweet Home Alabama www.Alabama.travel

 

 

Bronze Sponsors

Coastal Alabama Community College Logo

 

Coastal Mississippi

 

Michael C & Patsy B. Dow Charitable Fund

 

Hard Rock Biloxi

 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Logo

 

MGM Resourts International Logo

 

SAWDC

 

 

Friends of HTWIA

Mississippi Apprenticeship Program

 

Bishop State

 

Beau Rivage Casino

 

Ed's Seafood Shed

 

Golden Nugget

 

IP Casino Logo

 

Spectrum Resorts Logo

 

Squid Ink

 

Sunset Pointe

 

Treasure Bay Casino