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Destination Dialogues is a virtual event designed to inspire, inform and empower rural destination development professionals. Following the success of the 2023 event, Destination Canada proudly presents the second edition, with a free 90-minute webinar on September 12, 2024.

Webinar

 

RETHINKING EXPERIENCE DEVELOPMENT IN CANADA’S DESTINATIONS

Date and Time: September 12, 2024, 8:30 am – 10:00 am PDT / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Location: Online

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As global travel trends and climate conditions evolve, local communities are seeking sustainable revitalization and innovative solutions
to attract the right guests. In response, destinations, organizations and individuals have been crafting and offering unique storytelling-based experiences in rural areas.

Throughout this process, many questions and challenges arise:

  • What is experiential tourism?
  • What can make it regenerative in practice, and why does this matter?
  • How can experiential tourism involve more non-traditional community partners?
  • What kinds of innovative Canadian experiences are generating new revenues, attracting different visitors, and exemplifying excellence in hosting, storytelling and a sense of place?



In this webinar, your host and facilitator Celes Davar (Earth Rhythms, Nova Scotia) will answer these questions through:

  1. A keynote address featuring a short presentation, case studies and insights about experience development.
  2. A panel discussion with two remarkable award-winning Canadian Experience Hosts, Lourdes Still (Masagana Flower Farm, Manitoba) and David Schonberger (Ottercreek Woodworks, Ontario). They will share their in-market experiences, journeys and lessons learned in developing a new visitor experience.
  3. Interactive question and answer sessions.

Speakers

 

HOST AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Celes Davar

CELES DAVAR

Celes Davar is president and owner of experiential tourism company Earth Rhythms, founded in 1995, located in the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in western Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley. Celes is a storytelling guide, community workshop facilitator, champion of regenerative tourism, community catalyst, and experiential tourism coach. His background includes facilitation methods, appreciative inquiry, art of hosting, climate change science and training, and enabling community collaboration throughout Canada in regenerative and experiential tourism.

Read More About Celes

 

CANADIAN EXPERIENCES HOSTS AND OUR SPEAKERS

David Schonberger

DAVID SCHONBERGER
Founder, Ottercreek Woodworks Inc.

Read David’s bio
Lourdes Still

LOURDES STILL
Experience Guide and Founder, Masagana Flower Farm & Studio

Read Lourdes’ bio

 

 

Contact

 

For more information, please contact us at: destinationdevelopmentteam@destinationcanada.com