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Tuesday, May 1
 

12:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean?? Never Heard of It! Tour
Our amazing host sponsor Québec City Tourism has teamed with the Québec Province Tourism Alliance to bring you this multi-day adventures before WITS ’18 in Québec City!
Please fill out the form linked below if you would like to apply to participate in the "Saguenay – Lac-Saint- Jean?? Never Heard of It!" Tour from Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4, 2018. Application closes on January 31, 2018 at 5pm ET. Application does not guarantee a spot on the tour. Participants will be contacted early February to confirm registration. Space is limited to up to 6 participants.
Please note that this tour is only open to registrants of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit. Applicants will be cross-checked.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO JOIN THIS TOUR
REQUIREMENTS
All activities and meals are provided free of charge including accommodation and ground transportation. It is the participant’s responsibility to book their flights accordingly to be ready to start the tour with the group. Transportation to Québec City is not included.
Participants should be able to walk, taste, relax, and smile (while recording your experiences). Participants should be in good shape and advise us of any disabilities, medical conditions, or physical limitations.
DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
The Fjord, the Lake, fantastic food, fascinating history, and fitness: the Saguenay – Lac-Saint- Jean region hits all the marks for story and photo possibilities just a short 2 ½ hour drive up the road from Quebec City! Did you know the Saguenay Fjord is the southernmost fjord in North America? That Lake Saint-Jean is a vast freshwater inland sea? Did you know wild blueberries, craft beer and artisanal cheeses are our regional specialties? Come dip your toes in our fjord, let your hair down on the shores of our vast lake, lounge in our Nordic spas, experience the essence of Quebecois history and culture, savour our creative boreal cuisine – sign up now for the Saguenay – Lac-Saint- Jean pre-tour!
Tuesday, May 1: 12:00 noon Depart by mini-bus from the Quebec City Airport: 2 ½-hour drive to Saguenay. Enjoy a scenic sunset flight in a classic Beaver floatplane over the majestic Saguenay Fjord. (Think Instagram gold!!) Dinner and overnight at Auberge des 21, renowned for their fine terroir cuisine, spa and views of the Baie des Ha! Ha! (Yes, that is actually the real name of the bay!)
Wednesday, May 2: Get your hands (and feet) dirty as you search for cool creatures in the tidal flats of the fjord. This is a great family activity offered by Musée du Fjord (rubber boots and shovel supplied) Lunch at Café du Presbytère. The chef here picks many of her ingredients from the adjacent boreal forest! Explore the vestiges of a historic 1900s pulp mill. The picturesque site is home to both local art and fascinating artefacts. Cocktail hour will be enjoyed at Domaine le Cageot, a local wine and spirits producer. Blueberry champagne anyone?? Top the day off with dinner and overnight at Auberge des Iles, a full-service inn nestled on the shores of Lake Saint-Jean, an inland sea.
Thursday, May 3: Caribou, moose, black bears, musk ox and more… these are the boreal animals you’ll see in their vast natural habitat at the Zoo sauvage in Saint-Félicien. (Tourists are put in cages here!) Lunch in the original family kitchen of the Perron cheese-making family. The home and factory is a museum (and a great place to eat all the local cheeses!) A visit to the authentic 1920s village of Val Jalbert will take you back in time. Visit the convent school, general store, workers’ houses and breathtaking waterfall. Your last evening will be spent at Chalets et Spa Lac St-Jean. Time to enjoy their Nordic spa and modern lakeside condo facilities.
Friday, May 4: Return drive to Québec City to arrive at 12:00 noon at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
Final itinerary may be different, but the activities remain the same.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO JOIN THIS TOUR


Tuesday May 1, 2018 12:00pm - Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm
Quebec City Airport 505 Rue Principale, Ville de Québec, QC G2G 0J4, Canada

12:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Whales and Wolves Encounter in Québec Maritime Tour
Our amazing host sponsor Québec City Tourism has teamed with the Québec Province Tourism Alliance to bring you this multi-day adventures before WITS ’18 in Québec City!
Please fill out the form linked below if you would like to apply to participate in the "Whales and Wolves Encounter in Québec Maritime" Tour from Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4, 2018. Application closes on January 31, 2018 at 5pm ET. Application does not guarantee a spot on the tour. Participants will be contacted early February to confirm registration. Space is limited to up to 6 participants.
Please note that this tour is only open to registrants of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit. Applicants will be cross-checked.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO JOIN THIS TOUR
REQUIREMENTS
All activities and meals are provided free of charge including accommodation and ground transportation. It is the participant’s responsibility to book their flights accordingly to be ready to start the tour with the group. Transportation to Québec City is not included.
Participants should be able to walk, taste, relax, and smile (while recording your experiences). This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Participants should be in good shape and advise us of any disabilities, medical conditions, or physical limitations.
DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
Do you dream of seeing the whales and admiring Québec’s famous coastal landscapes? Join us for a road trip to Tadoussac area in Côte-Nord region to fully appreciate Québec by the sea. Observe whales, encounter wolves, and let us introduce you to the mysteries of the St. Lawrence. Included on the tour: wildlife observation, breathtaking scenery, meeting with locals and lots of salt water!
Tuesday, May 1: 12:00 noon Depart by mini-bus from the Quebec City Airport: 3-hour drive to Sacré-Coeur. Enjoy a seaside scenic road trip in Côte-Nord region with stops along the St. Lawrence River for picture opportunities. Dinner and overnight stay in Sacré-Coeur.
Wednesday, May 2: Activities with Ferme 5 étoiles: ride an ATV excursion to explore trails through forest and mountains with spectacular views of the Saguenay Fjord and establish a very special and confident link with Jacob the grey wolf. Dinner and overnight stay in Sacré-Coeur.
Thursday, May 3: Discover Tadoussac village and its bay with an easy walk on Pointe de l’Islet trail. Zodiac excursion in the Saguenay – St. Lawrence Marine Park for whale watching and meet a biologist at Marine Mammal Interpretation Center. The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is celebrating its 20 th anniversary in 2018. Dinner and overnight stay in Tadoussac.
Friday May 4: Return drive to Québec City to arrive at 12:00 noon at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
Final itinerary may be different, but the activities remain the same.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO JOIN THIS TOUR


Tuesday May 1, 2018 12:00pm - Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm
Quebec City Airport 505 Rue Principale, Ville de Québec, QC G2G 0J4, Canada
 
Wednesday, May 2
 

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Wellness Tour
Le Monastère des Augustines is the heritage site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. This restored Canadian National Historic Site offers unique experiences, including accommodations in an authentic 17 th century cloister, a museum, a restaurant, and a variety of programs in holistic health. Discover this innovative wellness center, and participate in a dynamic activity designed to stimulate an harmonize the body while promoting self-reflection and renewal. The wellness activity will include a yoga practice that combines stretching and simple poses that anyone can do. It also includes the practice of cardiac coherence, a breathing technique recognized for its benefits on stress, anxiety, sleep, attention, and concentration.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: St-Roch Québec Food Tour
The Saint-Roch food tour is a guided 3 hour walking tour, with 6 tasting locations showcasing the rich, vast Saint-Roch foodscape. Each stop has its own area of refined expertise and unique flavours. The tour is designed to sample a variety of the best food from the area, including locally farmed raw milk cheese, and decadent chocolates. The food tastings you’ll enjoy on the tour make up a hearty, satisfying lunch, so come hungry! The tasting locations visited range from passionate cheese makers, to a craft beer gastro-pub, and even to a wholesome vegan bistro!

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: First Nations Tour: I am Wendake! Wendake Endi'!
Immerse yourself with the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation, the only indigenous community of Quebec City. Share unforgettable moments with guides of nation at the Huron traditional site and discover the history, the culture and the life style of your hosts. Then follow the steps of the bear trail to help you discover the unique Hôtel- Musée Premieres Nations an adaptation to modernity by combining authenticity with hospitality and gastronomy. Come immerse yourself in a warm historical and original atmosphere of the Wendat museum. Conclude your experience with a Wendat inspired hand craft beer at Sagamité, a renowned restaurant offering a unique Canadian indigenous cuisine. And with it all, we know that you will also become Wendake! Tiawenhk, entïio’ chia’ önenh!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Food Tour
Do you know what is so special about the food scene in Québec City? Go where the locals go and visit some of their favorite venues and enjoy regional cuisine. During this walking tour, you will sample organic deli, ice cider, maple products, and savoury tidbits from local restaurants and shops. All in the company of a professional guide who will also introduce you to the history of Québec City and its unique architecture.

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Microbrew Tour
Put on your walking shoes and follow your guide on a stroll through Saint-Roch, epicentre of Québec’s brewing scene. This neighbourhood has come a long way over the years and is now home to some thriving urban culture, great local shops, and standout microbreweries. Visit a brewhouse and learn about the process while you pick up some fun facts about beer and Québec City. Beer tasting, snacks, and general merriment included!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
 
Thursday, May 3
 

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Wellness Tour
Le Monastère des Augustines is the heritage site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. This restored Canadian National Historic Site offers unique experiences, including accommodations in an authentic 17 th century cloister, a museum, a restaurant, and a variety of programs in holistic health. Discover this innovative wellness center, and participate in a dynamic activity designed to stimulate an harmonize the body while promoting self-reflection and renewal. The wellness activity will include a yoga practice that combines stretching and simple poses that anyone can do. It also includes the practice of cardiac coherence, a breathing technique recognized for its benefits on stress, anxiety, sleep, attention, and concentration.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: St-Roch Québec Food Tour
The Saint-Roch food tour is a guided 3 hour walking tour, with 6 tasting locations showcasing the rich, vast Saint-Roch foodscape. Each stop has its own area of refined expertise and unique flavours. The tour is designed to sample a variety of the best food from the area, including locally farmed raw milk cheese, and decadent chocolates. The food tastings you’ll enjoy on the tour make up a hearty, satisfying lunch, so come hungry! The tasting locations visited range from passionate cheese makers, to a craft beer gastro-pub, and even to a wholesome vegan bistro!

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

#TravelSchwinn Bikes Available
One of the best ways to explore #QuebecRegion is on two wheels, and with Schwinn bikes on hand during select time slots throughout WITS '18, you can see the sites or hit the trails! Schwinn bikes will be available to borrow (for free!) exclusively for WITS '18 attendees at select times throughout the weekend.

Schwinn is also giving away a free bike to one lucky WITS '18 attendee! Here's how to win:
  • Rent a bike from Schwinn at WITS (just go down and out the front doors of the hotel and turn left, there will be a staff person outside with a sign-up sheet)
  • Post a photo on Instagram from your ride
  • Use hashtags #WITS18 & #TravelSchwinn
  • Tag @SchwinnBikes
  • Bonus: Show Schwinn that you entered – visit the Schwinn booth to claim a special prize for trying out the bikes

To take a look at the official WITS '18 Schwinn Bike Routes, click here or view the PDF file attached to this session.

You can also check out Schwinn's top tips for how to sightsee by bike and essentials to bring on a biking adventure.

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Thursday May 3, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Front Doors (to the left when exiting) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac | 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: First Nations Tour: I am Wendake! Wendake Endi'!
Immerse yourself with the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation, the only indigenous community of Quebec City. Share unforgettable moments with guides of nation at the Huron traditional site and discover the history, the culture and the life style of your hosts. Then follow the steps of the bear trail to help you discover the unique Hôtel- Musée Premieres Nations an adaptation to modernity by combining authenticity with hospitality and gastronomy. Come immerse yourself in a warm historical and original atmosphere of the Wendat museum. Conclude your experience with a Wendat inspired hand craft beer at Sagamité, a renowned restaurant offering a unique Canadian indigenous cuisine. And with it all, we know that you will also become Wendake! Tiawenhk, entïio’ chia’ önenh!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Shopping with Style
Start your visit with a fashion conference led by a professional stylist. Be treated with a goodie bag of fine products and discounts at our participating retailers. Enjoy a free make-up session with Sephora or Hudson’s Bay. Take advantage of all the services you need to fully enjoy your shopping experience including currency exchange store and payment by Union Pay or OTT Pay.

Open Monday to Friday until 9pm, Les Galeries de la Capitale is one of the largest commercial complex in Eastern Canada with a surface area of almost 2 million square feet. The centre offers numerous stores including Forever 21, H&M, Hudson’s Bay, MEC, L’Occitane, Sephora, Simons, Atmosphère/Sports Experts as well as a new food court with many restaurants. Combined with a fugacious indoor attractions park (Méga Parc) and the largest IMAX screen in the country, Les Galeries de la Capitale really is Quebec's ultimate shopping and entertainment destination!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Food Tour
Do you know what is so special about the food scene in Québec City? Go where the locals go and visit some of their favorite venues and enjoy regional cuisine. During this walking tour, you will sample organic deli, ice cider, maple products, and savoury tidbits from local restaurants and shops. All in the company of a professional guide who will also introduce you to the history of Québec City and its unique architecture.

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Microbrew Tour
Put on your walking shoes and follow your guide on a stroll through Saint-Roch, epicentre of Québec’s brewing scene. This neighbourhood has come a long way over the years and is now home to some thriving urban culture, great local shops, and standout microbreweries. Visit a brewhouse and learn about the process while you pick up some fun facts about beer and Québec City. Beer tasting, snacks, and general merriment included!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Thursday May 3, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

6:00pm

Wanderful Happy Hour
In Québec before WITS weekend?

Get an early start to WITS with a Wanderful happy hour! Join us at La Bûche (just up the road from the Château, our host hotel!), a traditional Québécois restaurant with a modern twist. Meet other attendees, speakers, and locals before we kick off the weekend. Cash bar available, and light Québécois-style bites will be provided.

Sponsors & Partners
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Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →



Thursday May 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
La Bûche 49 Rue Saint Louis, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 3Z2, Canada
 
Friday, May 4
 

9:00am

Mentor 1:1 Sessions
Want a little personal attention? Mentor 1:1 Sessions are one of the best offerings at WITS '18. For a nominal fee, you can have a one-on-one session (half- or full-hour) with many of our incredible speakers, each of whom brings experience and expertise in many different areas. Each year, attendees tell us their Mentor 1:1 sessions were one of the highlights of their WITS experience, and we're thrilled to be bringing it back for WITS '18.

Note: You must register at the link below in order to participate.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A MENTOR 1:1 SESSION!

Speakers
avatar for Glory Ali

Glory Ali

Founder, Muslim Travel Rocks
Glory Ali is a International Speaker, Business Coach, and the travel blogger behind Muslim Travel Rocks. Her blog encourages and motivate Muslims to explore the globe and at the same time Glory's mission is to combat Islamophobia through Travel and tackle the misconceptions that America is not a Muslim Friendly destination.Muslim Travel Rocks is a place where Muslim Travellers are... Read More →
avatar for Karen Alston

Karen Alston

Founder, The Spectrum Circle
An entrepreneur, female founder, marketer, brand expert, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is an award winning proven expert. She is affectionately known as The Advertising Diva or for her hashtag #beingkarenalston. In 2002, Karen stepped out... Read More →
avatar for Ciaran Blumenfeld

Ciaran Blumenfeld

Social Spirit Guide, Hashtracking
Ciaran Blumenfeld is a creative entrepreneur, publisher of the family lifestyle blog Momfluential.net and CEO & founder of Hashtracking.com, a social media analytics service that offers insight into hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  She has been named as one of the “15 Most Powerful... Read More →
avatar for Tabbi Burwell

Tabbi Burwell

Communications Manager, Visit OKC
Tabbi Burwell is the Communications Manager for Visit OKC where she promotes tourism to Oklahoma City, working with media from all over the world. She has landed spots major magazines such as Vogue, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, NY Times, National Geographic and many more.
avatar for Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas

Blogger and Travel Writer, Moi, mes souliers
Jennifer Doré Dallas is a corporate dropout turned travel blogger at Moi, mes souliers. Guidebook author, freelance writer and community manager for diverse clients in the industry, she's passionate about the travel world and the mysterious realm of blogging she has been navigating... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

Travel Content Creator, RachelTravels.com
After silently suffering from Anxiety Disorder and Depression for over a year, Rachel made a decision to ‘retire’ at 27, from a lucrative and promising corporate career to travel the world indefinitely. Her travel blog, RachelTravels.com is a digital platform dedicated to millennial... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Jimenez

Alexandra Jimenez

Editor-in-Chief, Travel Fashion Girl
Alexandra Jimenez is the editor-in-chief of Travel Fashion Girl, where she teaches an audience of 700,000+ monthly readers to pack in a light, stylish, and efficient way. She spent almost a decade traveling full-time and this year she’s one of the speakers, a mentor, and sponsor... Read More →
avatar for Cha Jones

Cha Jones

Speaker, Global Bound Consulting
Cha Jones is an intercultural trainer, international speaker, philanthropist, and author. Who helps people plan and prepare to live the life they desire anywhere in the world. Her passions are centered on advocating for, educating, empowering, and encouraging women and minorities... Read More →
avatar for Phylecia Jones

Phylecia Jones

EDx Speaker | STEM Advocate | Money Nerd | Researcher, Keep Up with Mrs. Jones LLC
Phylecia Jones is a two-time TEDx speaker, national TV financial contributor for Daily Blast Live, women in STEM advocate and Founder of iFind You Close helping speakers research and book more speaking engagements around the world.After being featured on hundreds of stages in the... Read More →
avatar for Gabi Logan

Gabi Logan

Dream of Travel Writing
Gabi Logan is a Certified Executive Coach, author, and co-owner of the Rosewood Writing Retreat Center and Dream of Travel Writing, which helps freelance travel writers grow their incomes. She is the author of The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map, and co-author of two new books coming out this spring available exclusively in advance for WITS attendees: 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer and... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Marinigh

Lauren Marinigh

Blogger, Twirl The Globe
Lauren Marinigh is a full-time social media and content marketing professional based in Toronto, Canada and part-time traveler and travel blogger who runs the blog, Twirl The Globe. Twirl The Globe focuses on part-time travel, aka maintaining a life and career at home while still... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Creative Director, Travel Lushes
Ashley Renne is an entrepreneur and content creator based in Atlanta, GA. Her blog Travel Lushes uses video and photography to show others how to live an adventurously green life—and stylishly at that. After 12 years of working professionally in TV and digital media as a Senior... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien

Founder, The Travel Women
Jennifer O’Brien is a professional photographer and videographer who loves to incorporate new technology like drones and 360 cameras into creating unique travel content. She loves creating 360 photography and videography and has created 360 content in 7 countries and counting! She... Read More →
avatar for Sue Reddel

Sue Reddel

Co-Founder, Food Travelist
After 25 years as a top executive in global advertising, Sue Reddel escaped corporate America to create her dream job as an entrepreneur. Combining her love of food and travel with decades of experience as a teacher, producer, manager, and social media strategist, Sue co-founded Food... Read More →
avatar for Annette Richmond

Annette Richmond

Travel Writer + Body Positive Advocate, Creator of Fat Girls Traveling
Annette Richmond is a  Travel Writer, Fashion Stylist and the creator of Fat Girls Traveling. She's currently a contributor at the Huffington Post and Ravishly. This self-proclaimed Fat Girl is a staunch supporter of the Body Positive Movement. Her Fat Girls Traveling Instagram and... Read More →
avatar for Danny Rivers-Mitchell

Danny Rivers-Mitchell

Founder & Creator, Black Girls Travel Too
Danny Rivers-Mitchell, a wife, mother and founder/creator of Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT), a social travel network that creates responsible travel experiences globally. Black Girls Travel Too was founded in January 2015 as a statement to women of color that yes, we do travel and... Read More →
avatar for Megan Stetzel

Megan Stetzel

WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com
Megan is a full time traveler, blogger and social media whizz. Her journey started in Cambodia and has led her to over 26 countries in 4 years with no end in sight. She recently combined forces with Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-SomethingTravel.com to relaunch and retarget as WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com... Read More →
avatar for Nina Zadeh

Nina Zadeh

Sidewalker Daily
Nina Zadeh is the co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Sidewalker Daily, a marketing consulting agency who works on both sides of the influencer equation. On one hand, she works with destinations and hospitality clients on their influencer marketing initiatives and social media... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:00am

#TravelSchwinn Bikes Available
One of the best ways to explore #QuebecRegion is on two wheels, and with Schwinn bikes on hand during select time slots throughout WITS '18, you can see the sites or hit the trails! Schwinn bikes will be available to borrow (for free!) exclusively for WITS '18 attendees at select times throughout the weekend.

Schwinn is also giving away a free bike to one lucky WITS '18 attendee! Here's how to win:
  • Rent a bike from Schwinn at WITS (just go down and out the front doors of the hotel and turn left, there will be a staff person outside with a sign-up sheet)
  • Post a photo on Instagram from your ride
  • Use hashtags #WITS18 & #TravelSchwinn
  • Tag @SchwinnBikes
  • Bonus: Show Schwinn that you entered – visit the Schwinn booth to claim a special prize for trying out the bikes

To take a look at the official WITS '18 Schwinn Bike Routes, click here or view the PDF file attached to this session.

You can also check out Schwinn's top tips for how to sightsee by bike and essentials to bring on a biking adventure.

Sponsors & Partners
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Schwinn

Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon, building some of the best-known and best-loved bicycles of all time. From cruisers to commuters, there is a bike for everyone. Our bikes are built to the iconic Schwinn quality standard. With 120 years of cycling heritage, passion, and... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Front Doors (to the left when exiting) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac | 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Pre-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Registration Open
Check in, get your nametag, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Friday May 4, 2018 9:30am - 6:30pm
Verchéres | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Wellness Tour
Le Monastère des Augustines is the heritage site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. This restored Canadian National Historic Site offers unique experiences, including accommodations in an authentic 17 th century cloister, a museum, a restaurant, and a variety of programs in holistic health. Discover this innovative wellness center, and participate in a dynamic activity designed to stimulate an harmonize the body while promoting self-reflection and renewal. The wellness activity will include a yoga practice that combines stretching and simple poses that anyone can do. It also includes the practice of cardiac coherence, a breathing technique recognized for its benefits on stress, anxiety, sleep, attention, and concentration.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: Microbrew Tour
Put on your walking shoes and follow your guide on a stroll through Saint-Roch, epicentre of Québec’s brewing scene. This neighbourhood has come a long way over the years and is now home to some thriving urban culture, great local shops, and standout microbreweries. Visit a brewhouse and learn about the process while you pick up some fun facts about beer and Québec City. Beer tasting, snacks, and general merriment included!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Pre-Conference Activity: St-Roch Québec Food Tour
The Saint-Roch food tour is a guided 3 hour walking tour, with 6 tasting locations showcasing the rich, vast Saint-Roch foodscape. Each stop has its own area of refined expertise and unique flavours. The tour is designed to sample a variety of the best food from the area, including locally farmed raw milk cheese, and decadent chocolates. The food tastings you’ll enjoy on the tour make up a hearty, satisfying lunch, so come hungry! The tasting locations visited range from passionate cheese makers, to a craft beer gastro-pub, and even to a wholesome vegan bistro!

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:30am

Blogger 101 Day: Lunch + Tips for WITS Newcomers
Fuel up, hear our best insights for WITS newcomers, and mix and mingle with future friends and partners!

NOTE: You must have purchased a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day in order to participate in Blogger 101 Day. This is not a regular WITS ticket. To purchase a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day, visit witsummit.com.

Sponsors & Partners
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Travel Awaits

Travel Awaits
At Travel Awaits, we do all the work so that our readers don’t have to. We search. We sift. We curate. We share. We spend our time looking for the unique, the hidden, the overlooked. Our intention is helping people plan life changing travel by providing them with meaningful travel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:30pm

Blogger 101 Day: An Insider Look at the Life of a Travel Blogger
So, you've just started out as a travel blogger or you're thinking about launching a blog. You haven't yet gone full time or you're simply wondering how this passion project of yours might pan out. Want to know what being a full-time travel blogger actually looks like? You've come to the right place. In this session, you'll learn about the realities of this industry and what to expect, different options you have and how you can evolve, what to strive for and what to steer clear of. Think of this as your crash course to the world of full-time blogging -- a no-holds-barred peek inside this exciting/frustrating/thrilling/challenging/rewarding industry.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What are the realities of full-time blogging/writing?
  • What can you expect in this industry?
  • What are some different options within the industry?
  • How can you grow and evolve your blog/brand/business?
  • What are some things you can strive for?
  • What should you steer clear of?

NOTE: You must have purchased a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day in order to participate in Blogger 101 Day. This is not a regular WITS ticket. To purchase a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day, visit witsummit.com.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas

Blogger and Travel Writer, Moi, mes souliers
Jennifer Doré Dallas is a corporate dropout turned travel blogger at Moi, mes souliers. Guidebook author, freelance writer and community manager for diverse clients in the industry, she's passionate about the travel world and the mysterious realm of blogging she has been navigating... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Travel Awaits

Travel Awaits

Travel Awaits
At Travel Awaits, we do all the work so that our readers don’t have to. We search. We sift. We curate. We share. We spend our time looking for the unique, the hidden, the overlooked. Our intention is helping people plan life changing travel by providing them with meaningful travel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Mentor 1:1 Sessions
Want a little personal attention? Mentor 1:1 Sessions are one of the best offerings at WITS '18. For a nominal fee, you can have a one-on-one session (half- or full-hour) with many of our incredible speakers, each of whom brings experience and expertise in many different areas. Each year, attendees tell us their Mentor 1:1 sessions were one of the highlights of their WITS experience, and we're thrilled to be bringing it back for WITS '18.

Note: You must register at the link below in order to participate.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A MENTOR 1:1 SESSION!

Speakers
avatar for Glory Ali

Glory Ali

Founder, Muslim Travel Rocks
Glory Ali is a International Speaker, Business Coach, and the travel blogger behind Muslim Travel Rocks. Her blog encourages and motivate Muslims to explore the globe and at the same time Glory's mission is to combat Islamophobia through Travel and tackle the misconceptions that America is not a Muslim Friendly destination.Muslim Travel Rocks is a place where Muslim Travellers are... Read More →
avatar for Karen Alston

Karen Alston

Founder, The Spectrum Circle
An entrepreneur, female founder, marketer, brand expert, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is an award winning proven expert. She is affectionately known as The Advertising Diva or for her hashtag #beingkarenalston. In 2002, Karen stepped out... Read More →
avatar for Ciaran Blumenfeld

Ciaran Blumenfeld

Social Spirit Guide, Hashtracking
Ciaran Blumenfeld is a creative entrepreneur, publisher of the family lifestyle blog Momfluential.net and CEO & founder of Hashtracking.com, a social media analytics service that offers insight into hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  She has been named as one of the “15 Most Powerful... Read More →
avatar for Tabbi Burwell

Tabbi Burwell

Communications Manager, Visit OKC
Tabbi Burwell is the Communications Manager for Visit OKC where she promotes tourism to Oklahoma City, working with media from all over the world. She has landed spots major magazines such as Vogue, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, NY Times, National Geographic and many more.
avatar for Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas

Blogger and Travel Writer, Moi, mes souliers
Jennifer Doré Dallas is a corporate dropout turned travel blogger at Moi, mes souliers. Guidebook author, freelance writer and community manager for diverse clients in the industry, she's passionate about the travel world and the mysterious realm of blogging she has been navigating... Read More →
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Linda Enoh

Founder, Linda Enoh Coaching
As a college professor, Dr. Linda Enoh has taught courses ranging from Impacts of tourism to Event Management. Her research is focused on heritage tourism, with a specific emphasis on the representation of the "difficult" past like wars and slavery and how people can make sense of... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

Travel Content Creator, RachelTravels.com
After silently suffering from Anxiety Disorder and Depression for over a year, Rachel made a decision to ‘retire’ at 27, from a lucrative and promising corporate career to travel the world indefinitely. Her travel blog, RachelTravels.com is a digital platform dedicated to millennial... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Jimenez

Alexandra Jimenez

Editor-in-Chief, Travel Fashion Girl
Alexandra Jimenez is the editor-in-chief of Travel Fashion Girl, where she teaches an audience of 700,000+ monthly readers to pack in a light, stylish, and efficient way. She spent almost a decade traveling full-time and this year she’s one of the speakers, a mentor, and sponsor... Read More →
avatar for Cha Jones

Cha Jones

Speaker, Global Bound Consulting
Cha Jones is an intercultural trainer, international speaker, philanthropist, and author. Who helps people plan and prepare to live the life they desire anywhere in the world. Her passions are centered on advocating for, educating, empowering, and encouraging women and minorities... Read More →
avatar for Phylecia Jones

Phylecia Jones

EDx Speaker | STEM Advocate | Money Nerd | Researcher, Keep Up with Mrs. Jones LLC
Phylecia Jones is a two-time TEDx speaker, national TV financial contributor for Daily Blast Live, women in STEM advocate and Founder of iFind You Close helping speakers research and book more speaking engagements around the world.After being featured on hundreds of stages in the... Read More →
avatar for Gabi Logan

Gabi Logan

Dream of Travel Writing
Gabi Logan is a Certified Executive Coach, author, and co-owner of the Rosewood Writing Retreat Center and Dream of Travel Writing, which helps freelance travel writers grow their incomes. She is the author of The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map, and co-author of two new books coming out this spring available exclusively in advance for WITS attendees: 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer and... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Marinigh

Lauren Marinigh

Blogger, Twirl The Globe
Lauren Marinigh is a full-time social media and content marketing professional based in Toronto, Canada and part-time traveler and travel blogger who runs the blog, Twirl The Globe. Twirl The Globe focuses on part-time travel, aka maintaining a life and career at home while still... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Creative Director, Travel Lushes
Ashley Renne is an entrepreneur and content creator based in Atlanta, GA. Her blog Travel Lushes uses video and photography to show others how to live an adventurously green life—and stylishly at that. After 12 years of working professionally in TV and digital media as a Senior... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien

Founder, The Travel Women
Jennifer O’Brien is a professional photographer and videographer who loves to incorporate new technology like drones and 360 cameras into creating unique travel content. She loves creating 360 photography and videography and has created 360 content in 7 countries and counting! She... Read More →
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Sue Reddel

Co-Founder, Food Travelist
After 25 years as a top executive in global advertising, Sue Reddel escaped corporate America to create her dream job as an entrepreneur. Combining her love of food and travel with decades of experience as a teacher, producer, manager, and social media strategist, Sue co-founded Food... Read More →
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Annette Richmond

Travel Writer + Body Positive Advocate, Creator of Fat Girls Traveling
Annette Richmond is a  Travel Writer, Fashion Stylist and the creator of Fat Girls Traveling. She's currently a contributor at the Huffington Post and Ravishly. This self-proclaimed Fat Girl is a staunch supporter of the Body Positive Movement. Her Fat Girls Traveling Instagram and... Read More →
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Danny Rivers-Mitchell

Founder & Creator, Black Girls Travel Too
Danny Rivers-Mitchell, a wife, mother and founder/creator of Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT), a social travel network that creates responsible travel experiences globally. Black Girls Travel Too was founded in January 2015 as a statement to women of color that yes, we do travel and... Read More →
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Megan Stetzel

WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com
Megan is a full time traveler, blogger and social media whizz. Her journey started in Cambodia and has led her to over 26 countries in 4 years with no end in sight. She recently combined forces with Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-SomethingTravel.com to relaunch and retarget as WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com... Read More →
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Nina Zadeh

Sidewalker Daily
Nina Zadeh is the co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Sidewalker Daily, a marketing consulting agency who works on both sides of the influencer equation. On one hand, she works with destinations and hospitality clients on their influencer marketing initiatives and social media... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:45pm

Blogger 101 Day: Perfect Your Travel Niche: Learn How to Hone Your Business Ideas in the Massive Travel Industry and Begin Generating Income, Now!
There are thousands of travel companies and blogs in the world, and not all of them are unique. How do you stand out when there are budding businesses all around you? If you’re thinking of starting a business or looking for a new angle as you build your brand, this session is for you.
Learn from two travel experts who have identified and built upon strong niches that have allowed them to create an authentic personal brand. You’ll learn how to identify your competitive advantage by developing a killer business strategy that will help you turn your travel ideas into a profitable niche business.

What you can expect to learn:
  • How do you turn an idea into a viable business?
  • What should you know as you embark into entrepreneurship?
  • How do you define your niche?
  • How do you create a killer business strategy?
  • When do you know you've got a great idea?

NOTE: You must have purchased a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day in order to participate in Blogger 101 Day. This is not a regular WITS ticket. To purchase a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day, visit witsummit.com.

Speakers
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Cha Jones

Speaker, Global Bound Consulting
Cha Jones is an intercultural trainer, international speaker, philanthropist, and author. Who helps people plan and prepare to live the life they desire anywhere in the world. Her passions are centered on advocating for, educating, empowering, and encouraging women and minorities... Read More →
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Cha McCoy

Cha McCoy is the creator and founder of CHA Squared Consulting LLC,  a hospitality and tourism management company, and the co-founder of the blog, The Culture Bazaar.com. In 2012, she achieved her MBA in Rome, Italy; an opportunity which lead her to visit over 25 countries to date... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Under the terrace: a Château
Did you know that an archaeological crypt revealing the official residence and seat of power of governors from 1620 to 1834 is hidden under Dufferin Terrace? Accompanied by a Parks Canada guide, discover its history and stroll through the remains of Château Saint-Louis. Explore its lower court, outbuildings and culinary complex. Some 120 artifacts and technologically advanced devices will help you relive the lives of the château’s residents.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Food Tour
Do you know what is so special about the food scene in Québec City? Go where the locals go and visit some of their favorite venues and enjoy regional cuisine. During this walking tour, you will sample organic deli, ice cider, maple products, and savoury tidbits from local restaurants and shops. All in the company of a professional guide who will also introduce you to the history of Québec City and its unique architecture.

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Pre-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:00pm

Blogger 101 Day: Social Media 101: Best Practices for Brand Building Online
You've launched your blog but are lost in the sea of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and everything in between. You don't have time to be everywhere, but where do you start? How do you decide the networks to focus your attention on and which ones to kick to the curb? This session is for those still nailing down their social media strategy and which platforms are the best fit for their blog or personal brand. Lauren will touch on building a strategy, branding, best practices and things to avoid, and tools that can help you manage it all.

What you can expect to learn:
  • Where to focus your time when it comes to social
  • How to build a social strategy and set appropriate goals
  • Best practices and tools to guide you through the realm of social media

NOTE: You must have purchased a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day in order to participate in Blogger 101 Day. This is not a regular WITS ticket. To purchase a ticket that includes Blogger 101 Day, visit witsummit.com.

Speakers
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Lauren Marinigh

Blogger, Twirl The Globe
Lauren Marinigh is a full-time social media and content marketing professional based in Toronto, Canada and part-time traveler and travel blogger who runs the blog, Twirl The Globe. Twirl The Globe focuses on part-time travel, aka maintaining a life and career at home while still... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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Travel Awaits

Travel Awaits
At Travel Awaits, we do all the work so that our readers don’t have to. We search. We sift. We curate. We share. We spend our time looking for the unique, the hidden, the overlooked. Our intention is helping people plan life changing travel by providing them with meaningful travel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

4:30pm

Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Volunteers, & Staff Only: All-Hands Meeting
This is an important meeting for all conference speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff. We’ll go over the flow of the summit, answer any questions you have, and get ready for an amazing WITS! If you aren’t able to make this meeting, please reach out to your liaison (Marissa for speakers; Ana for sponsors/exhibitors; and Sara, Erin, or Ariel for volunteers) so they can brief you on what you need to know.

Friday May 4, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

5:15pm

VIPs & Speakers Only: Reception
**Speakers and VIPs, this one's for you! Speak to your liaison for location and more information.**

Friday May 4, 2018 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Ask your liaison!

7:00pm

Official Opening Party, Sponsored by Québec City Tourism
Kick off WITS '18 in style at the incredible Québec City Armoury, Manège Militaire!

This National Historic Site, constructed in 1885 and recently refurbished after a 2008 fire, was originally built as a a Gothic Revival drill hall for the infantry regiment, Les Voltigeurs de Québec. Home to incredible artifacts from this period of French Canadian History, the Armoury serves a uniquely Québecois event venue.

Be prepared to mingle with the attendees, savor local delicacies, discover Québec's country and international side, and dance the night away with new friends – all while discovering Québec City’s culture and people.

TRANSPORTATION: The Québec City Armoury is just a 15-minute walk from the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, but we will have a continuous shuttle running between the party and the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac through the evening. The first shuttle will be at the Fairmont at 6:30pm for a 6:45pm departure. The last shuttle will leave the Manège Militaire at 10:30pm.

ENTRY: Your WITS '18 badge is your official ticket to the Opening Party. You may pick up your badge during registration on Friday between 9:30am and 6:30pm at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (in the Verchéres room, at the top of the grand staircase off the lobby).

NOTE: If you cannot make registration, you may pick up your badge directly at the Opening Party.

Sponsors & Partners
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Québec City Tourism

Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is walkable and safe. Stroll the only walled city north of Mexico and its cobblestone streets.View full Québec City Tourism's sponsor profile.... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Manège Militaire – Québec City Armoury 805 Wilfred-Laurier Ave, Québec City, QC G1R 2L3, Canada
 
Saturday, May 5
 

7:30am

Doors Open + Breakfast
Hungry? Come grab something to eat and power up your day with breakfast! Doors open at 7:30 and our opening session begins at 8:30.

Saturday May 5, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

7:30am

Registration Open
Check in, get your nametag, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Saturday May 5, 2018 7:30am - 5:00pm
Verchéres | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

#TravelSchwinn Bikes Available
One of the best ways to explore #QuebecRegion is on two wheels, and with Schwinn bikes on hand during select time slots throughout WITS '18, you can see the sites or hit the trails! Schwinn bikes will be available to borrow (for free!) exclusively for WITS '18 attendees at select times throughout the weekend.

Schwinn is also giving away a free bike to one lucky WITS '18 attendee! Here's how to win:
  • Rent a bike from Schwinn at WITS (just go down and out the front doors of the hotel and turn left, there will be a staff person outside with a sign-up sheet)
  • Post a photo on Instagram from your ride
  • Use hashtags #WITS18 & #TravelSchwinn
  • Tag @SchwinnBikes
  • Bonus: Show Schwinn that you entered – visit the Schwinn booth to claim a special prize for trying out the bikes

To take a look at the official WITS '18 Schwinn Bike Routes, click here or view the PDF file attached to this session.

You can also check out Schwinn's top tips for how to sightsee by bike and essentials to bring on a biking adventure.

Sponsors & Partners
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Schwinn

Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon, building some of the best-known and best-loved bicycles of all time. From cruisers to commuters, there is a bike for everyone. Our bikes are built to the iconic Schwinn quality standard. With 120 years of cycling heritage, passion, and... Read More →



Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00am - 8:00pm
Front Doors (to the left when exiting) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac | 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:30am

Opening Session
Welcome to WITS! Let's kick-off our fifth (and first international!) conference with food, friends, and a whole lot of fun. Our brilliant and lively emcee Nicolle will guide us through what we can expect throughout the weekend, get us all to loosen up and break the ice so we can network at our best, and get us pumped for the rest of WITS!

Speakers
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Nicolle Merrill

Founder, GlobalMe School
Nicolle has spent her career hustling into jobs that let her travel. Her non traditional career has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. In 2017, Nicolle started her company, GlobalMe School, wit... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Marketplace Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some Wanderful swag, and see what other opportunities our amazing speakers and sponsors have to offer!

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Québec | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Sponsor Showcase Open
Meet our amazing sponsors and exhibitors! Network, build partnerships, win prizes, grab some swag, and find out all about these women-supporting companies and brands.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30am - 6:30pm
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:45am

Financial makeover: Getting Your Business in Order by Creating (and Maintaining) a Rock-Solid Budget
Are your business and personal expenses all coming from one bank account? You’re not alone. Managing that thin line of business and personal finances is a challenge for budding solo entrepreneurs. Luckily, there’s a way to get out of the rut. Budgeting expert Phylecia Jones draws from her own journey of managing money and from the many obstacles she has witnessed with clients to address the core principles it takes to organize your finances and make your budget work for you. This session delivers a powerful action plan to get started immediately with a successful business budget and spending plan so your business can thrive.

What you can expect to learn:
  • The differences between budgeting, accounting, and bookkeeping
  • The Importance of giving yourself a salary, no matter what
  • How a budget actually provides power in making good business decisions
  • A quick and creative way to get started with a one-year business budget and spend plan

Speakers
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Phylecia Jones

EDx Speaker | STEM Advocate | Money Nerd | Researcher, Keep Up with Mrs. Jones LLC
Phylecia Jones is a two-time TEDx speaker, national TV financial contributor for Daily Blast Live, women in STEM advocate and Founder of iFind You Close helping speakers research and book more speaking engagements around the world.After being featured on hundreds of stages in the... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:45am

Moving Beyond Tired Clichés: Ethical, Diverse, and Responsible Marketing for Your Business
We’ve seen it all before – the same stock photos exoticizing places (usually developing countries), the lazy representations of “the locals” in traditional garb, the clichéd aspirational/inspirational quotes. It’s tired, it’s boring, and even worse, some of this stuff is straight up problematic. As marketers and as influencers, we can do better and it’s time that we do.

From the images we use to promote destinations to how we write about people and places so seemingly different from where we call “home”, we have an opportunity (and a responsibility!) to represent our host communities with dignity and respect, to bridge cultures, and create the potential for empathy. Seem like a lot to take on? Well, no one said our work would be easy!

Get ready to work collaboratively with other WITS attendees in this interactive workshop! We’re about to take a deep dive into how we can level up our marketing collateral and ensure that what we’re putting out there is ethical, diverse, and simply more compelling. We’ll examine specific case studies of responsible marketing and get to know some best practices. Most importantly, we’ll arm ourselves with the tools to apply these lessons back at work and in all our marketing promotions!

Key takeaways: 
  • Unpack the power dynamics in the images and language we use to market and sell destinations and experiences. Understand why this matters.
  • Cut the lip service! Walk the walk on diversity and representation.
  • Harness our power as marketers to promote ethical stories about the places we go and the people we meet along the way!
  • Level up your marketing collateral and make it ethical! Take an ethical toolkit full of actionable steps to create more compelling videos, write unique and nuanced copy, and take powerful photos.

Speakers
avatar for Justine Abigail Yu

Justine Abigail Yu

Communications & Marketing Director, Operation Groundswell
Justine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist for the social impact space and has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. She is currently the Communications and Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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Everywhere Agency

Everywhere Agency’s award-winning campaigns leverage the power of influencers and compelling content to create buzz online for brands and help communicate more effectively to customers.View Everywhere Agency's full sponsor profile.... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:45am

Next Level Pinterest: From Social to Search Engine
News flash: Pinterest is NOT a social media channel. It’s time to shift your thinking with this platform from social to search. Keywords, strategic tagging, strategies for gaining those elusive repins, and traffic with Pinterest is the secret sauce your blog has been missing. Megan will walk you through the steps to take your Pinterest game to the next level. Learn the ins and outs of creating a Pinterest strategy for your blog to gain traffic, readers, and lifelong followers.

What you can expect to learn:
  • The most effective pinning strategies
  • How to double your Pinterest traffic month over month
  • How to interpret your analytics both within Pinterest and delving deep into Google Analytics and create strategies from them
  • Secrets of Pinterest: tagging within captions, adding extra $$ makers
  • Pinterest trend reports and how to use those to shape your editorial calendar
  • Pinterest ads: when it's time to spend $$ to make money

Speakers
avatar for Megan Stetzel

Megan Stetzel

WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com
Megan is a full time traveler, blogger and social media whizz. Her journey started in Cambodia and has led her to over 26 countries in 4 years with no end in sight. She recently combined forces with Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-SomethingTravel.com to relaunch and retarget as WhyWaitToSeeTheWorld.com... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:45am

The Emerging Wellness Travel Trend and What It Means for Influencers
Have you read an article or heard someone talk about self care lately? One of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry, wellness travel is on everyone's radar -- and for good reason. As people around the globe deal with high stress and anxiety levels, they are turning to wellness approaches to maintain and improve their health.This presentation will include a comprehensive explanation of the different activity sectors of wellness travel, the importance it has within the global tourism industry, and what this means for travel influencers who want to connect with wellness tourism brands.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What is wellness travel and why is it important?
  • How has wellness travel emerged in the last decade?
  • As an influencer, how can you work with wellness brands?
  • How can a media platform like a blog cater to the wellness travel clientele and their interests?

Speakers
avatar for Marie-Eve Perron

Marie-Eve Perron

Manager, Tourism Development, Le Monastère des Augustines
Marie-Eve Perron has 20 years of experience in the tourism industry, and has become specialized in travel media over the last decade. She is in charge of tourism development at Le Monastère des Augustines (Quebec City), one of the trendiest and most innovative wellness hotels in... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:45am

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:45am

Wanderful Media Lounge Open
Looking for a spot to file a story, interview a subject, have a quick chat, post an Instagram photo, record a Facebook Live video, or simply take a breath? The Wanderful Media Lounge is for you. Pop in throughout Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of the hot tea/coffee, ample plugs, and quiet space.

Sponsors & Partners
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Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45am - 12:30pm
Salon Rose | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:15am

Why Trademarks and Copyrights Are Actually Awesome
Trademarks and copyrights.... snooze. It doesn't have to be! In this presentation, Jamie will walk through trademark and copyright basics, answering the frequently asked questions she hears in her practice and giving actionable takeaways so you can protect all of your hard work. No boring lectures. Just real life examples, great stories, and lots of practical information to make you even more of a boss than you already are.

What you can expect to learn:
  • When and how to trademark
  • What can be trademarked
  • What is protected by copyright
  • How to stop people from using your copyrightable material

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lieberman

Jamie Lieberman

Partner, Hashtag Legal LLC
As the owner and found of Hashtag Legal, Jamie brings extensive experience drafting and reviewing contracts, advising clients on intellectual property issues, drafting website and mobile application terms and conditions, and negotiating on behalf of clients, coupled with a deep understanding... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:15am

PANEL: The ROI of Influencer Marketing
Fully capturing the ROI of an influencer campaign isn't always as simple as tracking sales and conversions. How do you communicate the value of some of the less tangible metrics? This panel discussion will tackle how to craft the right campaigns for your goals and how to measure them. Whether you want to see an increase in brand awareness or engagement, collect re-usable pieces of content, or garner a better share of the market, the ROI for influencer marketing can vary widely. Our panelists will be sharing real-life examples of campaigns and activations that prove influencers are worth the investment.

What you can expect to learn:
  • Different types of ROI for influencer marketing
  • How to identify clear, measurable campaign goals
  • How to align your goals with the deliverables of your campaign
  • How to illustrate the value of influencer marketing

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Dye

Kelly Dye

Vice President, Everywhere Agency
Kelly’s passion for solving problems, writing, people, and big-picture thinking have helped her build a track record of successful digital and influencer campaigns throughout her tenure at Everywhere Agency. Her role has evolved over the years to now include managing the Everywhere... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Woodbury

Jessica Woodbury

Director of Content Development, CJ Affiliate
Jessica Woodbury is the Director of Content Development at CJ Affiliate, where she works with more than 1,000 influencers and media sites in their Content Certified program. She previously began the Homemaker Blogger Program at Wayfair.com. She has been blogging since 2001, and still... Read More →
avatar for Nina Zadeh

Nina Zadeh

Sidewalker Daily
Nina Zadeh is the co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Sidewalker Daily, a marketing consulting agency who works on both sides of the influencer equation. On one hand, she works with destinations and hospitality clients on their influencer marketing initiatives and social media... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Everywhere Agency

Everywhere Agency

Everywhere Agency’s award-winning campaigns leverage the power of influencers and compelling content to create buzz online for brands and help communicate more effectively to customers.View Everywhere Agency's full sponsor profile.... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:15am

From Blog to Book: How to Write a Book Proposal That Excites Publishers
In today’s competitive publishing market, a great book idea is only half the story: it takes a well-crafted proposal to put your manuscript on the desks of agents and publishers. In this workshop, Robin will dig into the essential elements of a successful book proposal, from the cover letter and overview to the marketing plan and competitive title analysis.

What you can expect to learn:
  • Common proposal pitfalls
  • How to develop a distinctive voice
  • The best and worst times to self-edit
  • How to correct repetition patterns
  • Tricks professional editors use to sharpen a manuscript

Speakers
avatar for Robin Catalano

Robin Catalano

Owner, Robin Catalano Digital & Content Marketing
Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and digital and print marketing, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000 blog posts. The travel editor of th... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:15am

Doing the Most Good Before, During, and After Your Travels
As influential travelers, how can you be sure your travel is doing the most good and least harm possible, and how can you best communicate 'good' travel to your audience? It can be hard to know what impact our jet-setting has and how much money is actually going into the local economy vs. how much escapes back into other parts of the tourism industry. It’s also difficult to discern which organizations you can connect with are actually helping vs. those that (while likely well-intentioned) are actually hurting people or the environment in the areas they are trying to serve. In this session, we'll look at how to do the most good and least harm before, during, and after your travels, how to find responsible and sustainable ways to see the world, and how influencers can give back to places and communities that have enriched their lives. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to influence your audience to make better travel decisions, act as voices for sustainable travel, and join the movement to make travel 'good'.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What does it mean to do "good" while traveling, and how can you communicate this to your audience?
  • What are some areas of the tourism industry we should be looking critically at?
  • What are some of the red flags to look out for?
  • How can you give back in meaningful ways, particually as an influencer?
  • How can infuencers act as voices for sustainable travel?

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen

Global Engagement Manager, Kiva
As Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica builds partnerships and community to alleviate poverty and create opportunity worldwide. She’s passionate about connecting people and ideas, and helping others unleash their capacity to impact the world for the better. Prior, Jessica... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:30pm

Lunch + Opening Keynote: Ana Flores
Now that we've nourished our minds, let's fill our bellies over a good meal together while hearing from keynote speaker Ana Flores before starting our afternoon in full swing.

Ana Flores is founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, the first and largest community of Latina digital influencers, hyperlocal events and annual Summit that boldly propels growth through partnerships and community development. Ana has been recognized by the prestigious Holmes Report among their 2015 Innovator 25 and was named as one of People en Español’s “Las 25 Mujeres Más Poderosas” of 2017. In 2016 she was invited to speak on two occasions at the White House, including the United State of Women Summit on gender diversity and women empowerment issues. She’s on NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative Advisory Committee, Common Sense Media’s Latino Advisory Council and currently sits on the Barbie Global Advisory Council. Born in Houston, Texas, raised in El Salvador and a graduate of the University of Florida, Ana is now settled in Los Angeles, where she lives with her daughter.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Flores

Ana Flores

Founder + CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network
Ana Flores is founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, the first and largest community of Latina digital influencers, hyperlocal events and annual Summit that boldly propels growth through partnerships and community development. Ana has been recognized by the prestigious Holmes... Read More →
avatar for Nicolle Merrill

Nicolle Merrill

Founder, GlobalMe School
Nicolle has spent her career hustling into jobs that let her travel. Her non traditional career has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. In 2017, Nicolle started her company, GlobalMe School, wit... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Becoming a Boss: What to Do When Your Blog Becomes Bigger Than You
Everyone talks about growing your team but how do you know if it’s the right time? The truth is, it’s not easy to trust someone else to do the things “only you know how to do” but if you’re serious about making money from your blog then you have to treat it like a business. And there’s one thing that’s certain: you’ll never take your blog to the next level if you’re limited by only the things you can do. Stop working in your blog and start working on your business. Don’t worry, growing your team can be more affordable than you think! Find out the right time to make your first hire, where to find someone, what to hire for, how to build trust, what to pay, how to pay, and what mistakes to avoid. Plus, learn the SECRET to hiring (and most importantly managing) like a boss!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Jimenez

Alexandra Jimenez

Editor-in-Chief, Travel Fashion Girl
Alexandra Jimenez is the editor-in-chief of Travel Fashion Girl, where she teaches an audience of 700,000+ monthly readers to pack in a light, stylish, and efficient way. She spent almost a decade traveling full-time and this year she’s one of the speakers, a mentor, and sponsor... Read More →
avatar for Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Founder & CEO, Wanderful
Beth Santos is a dynamic leader and inspired entrepreneur with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global sisterhood of travelers. Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

PANEL: Cracking the Code: The Latest in YouTube Analytics, Decoded
Ready to kickstart or up your game on YouTube? Join this open and frank discussion with three inspiring female YouTubers for a critical look at this dynamic platform and how it works within an integrated online presence. Panelists will dive into how YouTube has changed in the last year and how that affects other channels, what the "Youtube algorithm" is and how they have made it work for them, and how to grow an audience and maintain a relationship with viewers as your channel grows.

What you can expect to learn:
  • How to incorporate YouTube into a larger online presence
  • How to grow and maintain viewership
  • What is the YouTube algorithm and how does it work
  • How to evaluate your personal channel analytics
  • How to use both the algorithm and your analytics to your advantage

Speakers
avatar for Evelyne Budkewitsch

Evelyne Budkewitsch

owner, CulturEatz
Evelyne Budkewitsch is the owner of CulturEatz.com, a delicious blog featuring international dishes, exotic meal ideas, easy prep recipes and fun foods made with spices and exotic ingredients. Evelyne is also a part-time traveller who enjoys sharing her travel experiences on her YouTube... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Ashley Renne Nsonwu

Creative Director, Travel Lushes
Ashley Renne is an entrepreneur and content creator based in Atlanta, GA. Her blog Travel Lushes uses video and photography to show others how to live an adventurously green life—and stylishly at that. After 12 years of working professionally in TV and digital media as a Senior... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Stoppel

Natasha Stoppel

Owner, Artist, Vlogger, Artist Explores The World
Natasha Stoppel is a traveling artist exploring the world one drawing at a time. After leaving her corporate job in 2014 she launched Artist Explores the World, a blog designed to feature art and travel. Since then she has trailblazed the creative path into bullet journaling, videography... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for WordPress.com

WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

PANEL: Global Communities that are Smashing Stereotypes Faced by Diverse Women Travelers
Brace yourself to soak in a gold mind of knowledge from the influential female changemakers leading diverse communities of women travelers that are breaking the mold and smashing stereotypes: Black Girls Travel Too, Fat Girls Traveling, Muslim Travel Rocks, and Latinas Who Travel. This panel discussion will increase your knowledge about diverse communities of women, the challenges they face and how to handle these challenges in a more effective way. Learn how the panelists overcame societal and familial pressures to follow their passion to travel the world and find inspiration to pursue your dream of a career in travel, even (or, perhaps especially) if you are facing similar pressures.

What you can expect to learn:
  • Learn about these communities of diverse women travelers: Black Girls Travel Too, Fat Girls Traveling, Muslim Travel Rocks, and Latinas Who Travel.
  • How and why did each panelist create their community?
  • What is the mission of each community?
  • What challenges have they faced?
  • Why is it important to keep going in the face of these challenges?
  • What do they hope to achieve through these communities?

Speakers
avatar for Glory Ali

Glory Ali

Founder, Muslim Travel Rocks
Glory Ali is a International Speaker, Business Coach, and the travel blogger behind Muslim Travel Rocks. Her blog encourages and motivate Muslims to explore the globe and at the same time Glory's mission is to combat Islamophobia through Travel and tackle the misconceptions that America is not a Muslim Friendly destination.Muslim Travel Rocks is a place where Muslim Travellers are... Read More →
avatar for Olga Maria Czarkowski

Olga Maria Czarkowski

Founder, Dreams in Heels & Latinas Who Travel
Olga Maria is a Travel & Lifestyle Latina Blogger and a digital nomad (based between NYC, Germany and Austria). Through her blogazine, DreamsinHeels.com and her Bilingual Travel Community Latinaswhotravel.com, her aim is to inspire women to consider living a more adventurous lifestyle... Read More →
avatar for Annette Richmond

Annette Richmond

Travel Writer + Body Positive Advocate, Creator of Fat Girls Traveling
Annette Richmond is a  Travel Writer, Fashion Stylist and the creator of Fat Girls Traveling. She's currently a contributor at the Huffington Post and Ravishly. This self-proclaimed Fat Girl is a staunch supporter of the Body Positive Movement. Her Fat Girls Traveling Instagram and... Read More →
avatar for Danny Rivers-Mitchell

Danny Rivers-Mitchell

Founder & Creator, Black Girls Travel Too
Danny Rivers-Mitchell, a wife, mother and founder/creator of Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT), a social travel network that creates responsible travel experiences globally. Black Girls Travel Too was founded in January 2015 as a statement to women of color that yes, we do travel and... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Marketplace Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some Wanderful swag, and see what other opportunities our amazing speakers and sponsors have to offer!

Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Québec | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Wanderful Media Lounge Open
Looking for a spot to file a story, interview a subject, have a quick chat, post an Instagram photo, record a Facebook Live video, or simply take a breath? The Wanderful Media Lounge is for you. Pop in throughout Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of the hot tea/coffee, ample plugs, and quiet space.

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Wanderful

Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon Rose | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:00pm

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:15pm

Negotiating Your Way to Success
Negotiation is an important skill for every aspect of life, especially business. Join this workshop to learn the basics about how to negotiate for yourself, your blog, or your business. Topics include:
  • What is negotiation and why you need to perfect it
  • How to be a smart negotiator
  • How to navigate yourself through tricky negotiations
Attendees will have the chance to team up with other participants and practice what we've learned while receiving valuable tips and feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laskaris

Diana Laskaris

Co-Founder, Food Travelist
I eat, drink, cook, travel, and share my discoveries on FoodTravelist.com as well as other online and print publications, social media platforms, CVB blogs, and visitors guides.Food Travelist is a global network of food travelers around the world, including culinary professionals... Read More →
avatar for Sue Reddel

Sue Reddel

Co-Founder, Food Travelist
After 25 years as a top executive in global advertising, Sue Reddel escaped corporate America to create her dream job as an entrepreneur. Combining her love of food and travel with decades of experience as a teacher, producer, manager, and social media strategist, Sue co-founded Food... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:15pm

The Importance of Tapping Into Diverse Markets Utilizing Social Media & Travel Influencers
For a demographic that had a consumer buying power of $55B at the end of 2016 in travel alone, there still seems to be a huge gap and disparity with the representation of Black Influencers in the travel industry. A majority of Black American travel is highly concentrated in Mexico, the Caribbean, and cruises, leaving a huge opportunity for DMOs, tourism boards, and major brands to tap into a demographic who are heavy consumers of experiences. This session is designed for brands and travel industry professionals who desire to expand their reach and awareness to other demographics but would like to gain more insights, understanding, and tolerance about this demographic.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

Travel Content Creator, RachelTravels.com
After silently suffering from Anxiety Disorder and Depression for over a year, Rachel made a decision to ‘retire’ at 27, from a lucrative and promising corporate career to travel the world indefinitely. Her travel blog, RachelTravels.com is a digital platform dedicated to millennial... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Everywhere Agency

Everywhere Agency

Everywhere Agency’s award-winning campaigns leverage the power of influencers and compelling content to create buzz online for brands and help communicate more effectively to customers.View Everywhere Agency's full sponsor profile.... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:15pm

PANEL: Working with a CVB After Your Trip to Develop a Long-Term Relationship
So you've secured a trip to cover a destination, but how do you dive deeper in your relationship with the tourism board or Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)? This panel will cover what influencers can do to keep the relationship going, the best ways to stay in touch, and how to be considered for future opportunities.

Tourism boards and CVBs are also always looking for freelancers to create content for them such as visitors guides, blog posts, and more -- but it is often up to you to move the conversation forward. This session will give you insight into what CVBs are looking for in establishing long-term relationships, measuring success, and developing a team of freelancers, and how that will add more clout for your business as a travel writer, as well as lead to additional income for your business.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What are some different options for working with a CVB/tourism board after a press trip?
  • How can you nurture your ongoing relationship with a CVB?
  • What are CVBs and tourism boards looking for when working with influencers?
  • How can creating content for a CVB help your brand image?

Speakers
avatar for Paule Bergeron

Paule Bergeron

Account Executive, Quebec City Tourism
I am a Travel Media Specialist, passionate about my city: Quebec.If, like me, you have a taste for finer things, let me introduce you to one of the most fascinating places on earth. Stunning scenery, the great outdoors, a perfect blend of modernity and history is available for you... Read More →
avatar for Tabbi Burwell

Tabbi Burwell

Communications Manager, Visit OKC
Tabbi Burwell is the Communications Manager for Visit OKC where she promotes tourism to Oklahoma City, working with media from all over the world. She has landed spots major magazines such as Vogue, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, NY Times, National Geographic and many more.
avatar for Nicky Omohundro

Nicky Omohundro

Blogger, Little Family Adventure
Nicky Omohundro is a writer, digital influencer, freelancer, and speaker specializing in active family travel, outdoor recreation, and healthy living. She is based in Oklahoma City with her husband and three children. She founded her website LittleFamilyAdventure.com, an active family... Read More →
avatar for ONEIKA RAYMOND

ONEIKA RAYMOND

Oneika the Traveller
Oneika Raymond is the voice behind Oneika the Traveller, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. An international educator, writer, serial expat, and travel junkie, Oneika’s passion for discovery is boundless and her adventures abroad have taken her to... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

4:30pm

Power Networking
If you’re looking for a great way to meet brands, you’re going to love our revamped two hours of Power Networking on Saturday afternoon. We have an incredible lineup of brands coming to WITS '18 to meet with you! Now, you can get the wheels in motion to set up those 1-on-1 meetings. Our networking event works in two ways: through pre-scheduled 1-on-1 meetings, and through group meetings.

Pre-Scheduled 1-on-1 Meetings via TravTrade

Once you register for WITS, you’ll receive an email from TravTrade, our networking and scheduling platform, with all of your login information. The welcome email will have some tips on how you can update your profile and start getting connected with the WITS network. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the TravTrade team via email at wits@travtrade.com or call +1 212-808-0811.

Here’s what to do once you receive your invitation:
  1. Update your profile as soon as possible. This is going to help sponsors learn who you are, what your niche is, who your audience is, and why they should request to meet with you. 
  2. When your profile is set up, go ahead and start browsing through our list of sponsors. We recommend doing some good research to make sure you know which brands you want to meet with.
  3. About a month before the conference, you can start to request meetings with sponsors! (Note: you will not be able to request meetings until this feature is open. Please wait for this announcement.)
>>> Click here to watch a tutorial on how to set up your profile and request meetings with sponsors.

How does the meeting selection work?
  • There are 10 time blocks to meet with sponsors. You’ll be able to select up to 20 preferred brands to meet with until the Wednesday before WITS (May 2nd). You’ll do this all on TravTrade. 
  • On Wednesday, May 2, we will be running an automated preference matching tool to match you with the sponsors who also wanted to meet with you. You will get a confirmation notification when you are matched with a sponsor.
  • After that, sponsors will be able to manually schedule meetings until the Saturday of WITS (May 5th), so be sure to keep checking back to your profile!
If you are interested in meeting with someone but not sure you’d like a 1-on-1 or don’t get matched, don’t worry! We have something for you, too: group meetings (see below).


Group Meetings

While a small portion of our attendee base will be in 1-on-1 meetings during the Power Networking session, there will undoubtedly be moments when you aren’t meeting with anyone and would like to learn about a sponsor in a small group session.

Here’s everything you need to know:

What are Group Meetings?
If you're interested in meeting with a sponsor during our Saturday afternoon Power Networking session from 4:30 to 6:30pm but aren't ready to commit to a 1:1 or haven't been matched in TravTrade, Group Meetings are for you. Our mini group sessions will take place in the main ballroom of the conference. They will be 10-minute meetings with a brand rep who will talk about their company or organization, the types of bloggers they work with, and more. You can then use the information you gain from that meeting to approach them later (or even after WITS).

How do I sign up for Group Meetings?
It's easy: Click here to see who's participating and to sign up!

Are there any restrictions on signing up?
Yes! Any WITS '18 attendee is welcome to sign up for any Group Meeting. However, you cannot sign up for two meetings that happen at the same time (i.e. are during the same block). Additionally, this signup form will close at 12pm (noon) ET on Saturday, May 5th. Make sure you sign up before then!

What about 1:1 meetings?
If you're on TravTrade* and requested to meet one on one with a sponsor that also requested to meet with you, you will have received an appointment time slot yesterday. From now until May 2nd, you may still go into TravTrade and request meetings with sponsors, which they will be able to manually accept or decline. These will take place at the same time as Group Meetings during our Power Networking session, so just make sure you don't sign up for a Group Meeting during a time when you have a 1:1 already scheduled!

*I'm still missing my TravTrade login information!
If you have not received your TravTrade login information, please email wits@travtrade.com.


Going to both 1-on-1 appointments and mini group sessions?

It’s up to you to keep track of your networking appointments. If you prefer paper, go ahead and print out this schedule tool to stay organized.

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal), Verchéres, & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

6:30pm

Saturday Night on the Town
Take to the town Saturday evening and experience the best that Québec City has to offer!

After a long day inside the hotel, let's get some fresh air (and some delicious cuisine). Show your VIP Dining Card to receive 15% off to tons of participating restaurants all over town. You can also take a look at our official 2018 Women in Travel Summit Map and get some ideas for other cool sites and spots to hit in and around Québec City!

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Québec City Tourism

Québec City Tourism

Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is walkable and safe. Stroll the only walled city north of Mexico and its cobblestone streets.View full Québec City Tourism's sponsor profile.... Read More →



Saturday May 5, 2018 6:30pm - TBA
Around Québec City!
 
Sunday, May 6
 

8:00am

Opening Coffee
Join Hostelling International USA (HI USA) for a Sunday morning networking activity, with coffee sponsored by WordPress.com, and we’ll guarantee you leave with a new acquaintance, friend, or business partner!

At HI USA, we think of ourselves as experts in turning strangers into friends through old-fashioned conversation. And our spin on a traditional nametag should do the trick.

For those who need to fuel up before our first session, here’s a chance to grab some coffee and network before we dive into WITS Day 2. Don’t worry, food is coming — our famous Sunday Brunch is back after our first session ends!

Speakers
avatar for Nicolle Merrill

Nicolle Merrill

Founder, GlobalMe School
Nicolle has spent her career hustling into jobs that let her travel. Her non traditional career has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. In 2017, Nicolle started her company, GlobalMe School, wit... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Hostelling International USA (HI USA)

Hostelling International USA (HI USA)

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. HI USA promotes a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

Marketplace Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some Wanderful swag, and see what other opportunities our amazing speakers and sponsors have to offer!

Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Québec | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

Wanderful Media Lounge Open
Looking for a spot to file a story, interview a subject, have a quick chat, post an Instagram photo, record a Facebook Live video, or simply take a breath? The Wanderful Media Lounge is for you. Pop in throughout Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of the hot tea/coffee, ample plugs, and quiet space.

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Wanderful

Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Salon Rose | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

Registration Open
Check in, get your nametag, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 3:00pm
Verchéres | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

Sponsor Showcase Open
Meet our amazing sponsors and exhibitors! Network, build partnerships, win prizes, grab some swag, and find out all about these women-supporting companies and brands.

Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 3:00pm
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:00am

#TravelSchwinn Bikes Available
One of the best ways to explore #QuebecRegion is on two wheels, and with Schwinn bikes on hand during select time slots throughout WITS '18, you can see the sites or hit the trails! Schwinn bikes will be available to borrow (for free!) exclusively for WITS '18 attendees at select times throughout the weekend.

Schwinn is also giving away a free bike to one lucky WITS '18 attendee! Here's how to win:
  • Rent a bike from Schwinn at WITS (just go down and out the front doors of the hotel and turn left, there will be a staff person outside with a sign-up sheet)
  • Post a photo on Instagram from your ride
  • Use hashtags #WITS18 & #TravelSchwinn
  • Tag @SchwinnBikes
  • Bonus: Show Schwinn that you entered – visit the Schwinn booth to claim a special prize for trying out the bikes

To take a look at the official WITS '18 Schwinn Bike Routes, click here or view the PDF file attached to this session.

You can also check out Schwinn's top tips for how to sightsee by bike and essentials to bring on a biking adventure.

Sponsors & Partners
avatar for Schwinn

Schwinn

Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon, building some of the best-known and best-loved bicycles of all time. From cruisers to commuters, there is a bike for everyone. Our bikes are built to the iconic Schwinn quality standard. With 120 years of cycling heritage, passion, and... Read More →



Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:00pm
Front Doors (to the left when exiting) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac | 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:45am

Making A Brand Swipe Right: Getting the Relationships You Deserve With the Companies You Want
Selling yourself to a brand -- and then selecting the right brands for YOU -- is an important part of the partnership process, not unlike the world of online dating. Join Jenny Guy from Mediavine for a step-by-step guide on how to set yourself apart with brands, told as a tongue-in-cheek metaphor for Tinder. We'll look at the specific elements brands are looking for, how to solicit and implement honest and constructive site feedback, which brands to target for relationships, and how to construct an informed pitch that will stand out to brand representatives. Finally, we’ll close with tips and pet peeves gathered from years of experience working on influencer campaigns, speaking at conferences and on panels, and gathering feedback from other marketers.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What are brands looking for in a partnership?
  • What should you be looking for in a brand?
  • How to solicit and implement constructive site feedback.
  • How to construct an informed pitch that stands out.
  • What NOT to do once a partnership is formed.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Guy

Jenny Guy

Marketing Manager, Mediavine
As the Marketing Manager of Mediavine, Jenny Guy loves using her past experience as the head of influencer and affiliate marketing for a brand as well as her MFA in Acting and college teaching experience to represent the Mediavine brand she adores. From hosting Facebook Lives and... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:45am

From Blogger to Travel Editor: How to Break into Professional Travel Writing
What does it take to become a professional travel journalist? Can a travel blogger become a travel writer? Travel Editor Nikki Vargas straddles the line between travel blogging and travel journalism. In this candid presentation, Nikki will share actionable tips on how to break into travel writing, use journalist tricks to improve your own travel blog, and get paid well for your work.

What you can expect to learn:
  • The differences between travel blogging and travel journalism
  • Real journalist tricks that can be used to enhance one's own writing and reporting
  • Tips on breaking into travel writing and getting paid for your writing

Speakers
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Nikki Vargas

Travel Editor, The Pin the Map Project
Nikki Vargas is a Travel Journalist with bylines in Vice, Roads & Kingdoms, Food & Wine, INSIDER Travel, Matador Network, The Huffington Post and more. Previously, Nikki was the Travel Editor of Culture Trip, overseeing US editorial operations for the travel genre. As Travel Editor... Read More →

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WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:45am

Navigating the Pricing and Pay Gap for Multicultural Influencers (and How Mainstream Influencers Can Help)
It's the elephant in the room... The issue of pricing and pay rates in the blogger and influencer marketing space is a tricky one. Why do influencers who seem similarly positioned receive different pay and command different rates for the same campaign? Is it truly a matter of them being better negotiators or is there something else at play? The truth is, there are some unique nuances that can factor in to the campaign dynamics, especially when it comes to multicultural influencers. In this working session, influencer marketing leader, Stacey Ferguson, will share behind-the-scenes considerations for multicultural bloggers and influencers as they relate to marketing campaigns and sponsorships, and how all influencers can help us change the game.

Speakers
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Stacey Ferguson

CEO, Blogalicious
Stacey (also known online as Justice Fergie) is a digital brand strategist, sponsorships expert, veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social... Read More →

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Blogalicious

Blogalicious is a vibrant online community and IRL annual conference experience that elevates women multicultural social media influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Whether you are a media entrepreneur interested in connecting to a welcoming sisterhood or a brand looking to engage... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

8:45am

The Future of Travel Technology: How 360 and VR Will Transform Travel Content
Immersive travel VR experiences are taking the travel world by storm! Advances in 360 and VR technology have the power to transform how we capture and experience new perspectives on the “same old” destinations and explore new frontiers that might not be accessible. Previously, action cameras and drones led the way in travel content, but 2018 is the year of the 360 camera. From the perspective of a 360 photographer and videographer, learn how the latest 360 cameras are moving content forward with stabilization and directional editing. Top companies in the travel space are leading the way with unique 360 and VR travel experiences -- could you be next? Set your content apart and make your business stand out from the crowd with this immersive discussion on the past, present, and future of 360 and VR content!  

What you can expect to learn:
  • The difference between 360 content and virtual reality (VR)
  • How the latest 360 cameras are moving content forward
  • How companies and influencers are benefiting from using these travel technologies

Speakers
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Jennifer O'Brien

Founder, The Travel Women
Jennifer O’Brien is a professional photographer and videographer who loves to incorporate new technology like drones and 360 cameras into creating unique travel content. She loves creating 360 photography and videography and has created 360 content in 7 countries and counting! She... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:45am

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:15am

Sunday Brunch, Sponsored by your Destination for WITS '19!
We’re bringing it back: SUNDAY BRUNCH! And not just any brunch: the brunch where we find out the destination and dates for WITS ’19!

Speakers
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Nicolle Merrill

Founder, GlobalMe School
Nicolle has spent her career hustling into jobs that let her travel. Her non traditional career has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. In 2017, Nicolle started her company, GlobalMe School, wit... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:30am

Marketplace Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some Wanderful swag, and see what other opportunities our amazing speakers and sponsors have to offer!

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:30am - 3:00pm
Québec | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:30am

Wanderful Media Lounge Open
Looking for a spot to file a story, interview a subject, have a quick chat, post an Instagram photo, record a Facebook Live video, or simply take a breath? The Wanderful Media Lounge is for you. Pop in throughout Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of the hot tea/coffee, ample plugs, and quiet space.

Sponsors & Partners
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Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:30am - 3:00pm
Salon Rose | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:00pm

How to Swiftly Build a Business That Supports You Financially From Your Blog – TODAY
In today's day and age, countless blogs come and go -- most often because the owner uses the blog as a springboard to something else, or things go the other direction. The blog and community are fun, but the author can't find a way out of the hobby zone to make the blog pay for the time put in. Today, your blog can allow you to become a well-paid influencer or hone your writing skills before you transition into the also well-paid world of content marketing, but scaling your established blog base is actually easier than ever.

In this session, learn about case studies from within the travel blogging industry and beyond to highlight tested and proven tracks for making the transition from meh to major blog business income. By pulling together tactics from other blog business verticals that are way ahead of the travel blogosphere, this talk will leave you, no matter how long you have or haven't been in the game, with new strategies.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What are some ways you could morph your blog into a different kind of business?
  • How do you leverage the community you built through your blog and develop brand loyalty?
  • When do you know the time is right to make the leap?
  • What are some areas former bloggers are making money in today?
  • How can you use a blog to boost your business?

Speakers
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Gabi Logan

Dream of Travel Writing
Gabi Logan is a Certified Executive Coach, author, and co-owner of the Rosewood Writing Retreat Center and Dream of Travel Writing, which helps freelance travel writers grow their incomes. She is the author of The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map, and co-author of two new books coming out this spring available exclusively in advance for WITS attendees: 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer and... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:00pm

Algorithms, Pods and Shadowbans Oh My! How AI is Changing Social Media, And How You Can Stay Ahead Of It
Social Media is undergoing a renaissance right now. Artificial Intelligence is changing our feeds, and how our content is discovered and shared. Old rules no longer apply. The good news is this: this might be the best thing that has happened in years for creatives. This session will present the challenges that content creators and marketers are facing currently and illuminate why, thanks to new AI engines, so many proven social growth schemes no longer work. But don't despair! We'll talk through simple, clear, and effective strategies and tactics you can start using right now to make a greater splash.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What is artificial intelligence?
  • How has social media changed with the influx of artificial intelligence?
  • How can this actually be a good thing for creatives?
  • How can you tag your images for optimal discovery, community growth, and SEO in this new AI era?
  • What are some tactics to avoid?

Speakers
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Ciaran Blumenfeld

Social Spirit Guide, Hashtracking
Ciaran Blumenfeld is a creative entrepreneur, publisher of the family lifestyle blog Momfluential.net and CEO & founder of Hashtracking.com, a social media analytics service that offers insight into hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  She has been named as one of the “15 Most Powerful... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:00pm

Optimal Networking Circle: Diversity Leads to Success
Building impactful relationships is key to driving business and success. Considering that we live and work in a world of rapidly shifting demographics and are more connected to those around the globe than ever before, diversity is more relevant than ever.  In this session, participants will be guided to discuss what makes them special and describe their unique attributes and talents highlighting their diversity. Included are fun and engaging exercises on the “comfort zones and biases” we create in all aspects of our lives. Participants will learn how adding diversity can improve the odds for success in business and life, and how to create optimal networking circles to increase their brand, revenue, and growth.

Speakers
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Karen Alston

Founder, The Spectrum Circle
An entrepreneur, female founder, marketer, brand expert, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is an award winning proven expert. She is affectionately known as The Advertising Diva or for her hashtag #beingkarenalston. In 2002, Karen stepped out... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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Blogalicious

Blogalicious is a vibrant online community and IRL annual conference experience that elevates women multicultural social media influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Whether you are a media entrepreneur interested in connecting to a welcoming sisterhood or a brand looking to engage... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

12:00pm

When Travel Is Too Much: How Influencers Can Help Combat Overtourism
Overtourism hit its peak last summer, when local residents in European cities like Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Venice, voiced their displeasure at the toll tourism was taking on their hometowns using spray paint, signs, and protests. With the growth of the travel industry comes the possibility of overtourism in all corners of the world, from large cities to rural villages, but there are many ways that we can combat this phenomenon. What the industry needs is educated, quality travellers that understand what it means to travel responsibly.

There are so many ways to be a responsible traveller, and in this session, we’ll focus on what action you can take to be responsible traveller that gives back to the local economy, promotes small business, empowers disadvantaged communities, and leaves a place better than it was when you arrived.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What causes overtourism and where are the world’s most affected areas?
  • What are the indicators of overtourism and how can influencers highlight the trend to their followers?
  • What are the best ways to combat overtourism and promote responsible travel?
  • How can you best demonstrate to your audience how to support the local economy while they travel?

Speakers
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Alanna Wallace

Global Coordinator, Planeterra Foundation
As a Global Coordinator for the Planeterra Foundation, based in Toronto, Alanna focuses on harnessing the travel industry to improve the lives of women, youth, and underserved communities, with a focus on Europe and Africa. Holding a Masters in Global Development Challenges from the... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Info Session: Travel to India with Wanderful and Purposeful Nomad
Have you ever been to India? Join Wanderful and Purposeful Nomad to learn about a life-changing women's trip happening over International Women's Day March 2-12, 2019. You'll be able to ask questions, meet other interested travelers, and learn about Purposeful Nomad's commitment to impactful travel experiences.

Want to learn more about the trip beforehand? Click here!

Sponsors & Partners
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Purposeful Nomad

Purposeful Nomad is an international travel company providing socially responsible, hands-on experiences for women who seek deeper cultural exploration and a desire for transformative adventure. Our programs are based on established and trusted partnerships with organizations and... Read More →
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Wanderful

Wanderful is an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. Our mission is to connect women travelers together by empowering them with the tools they need to go abroad and facilitating a trusted network that can help guide them... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Salon Rose | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Getting Your Biz in Order: Tax and Legal Considerations for Influencers
From creating dynamic content to taking amazing photos, influencers are already balancing a million plates at once. But before you post one more picture on Instagram, make sure you’ve laid the proper foundation to support your business. Often in the hustle and bustle, things like establishing businesses, protecting copyrights, and making smart tax decisions fall by the wayside. However, these are the exact issues that influencers, who are looking to transition from hobby to business, are starting to pay attention to. How to disclose a sponsorship? What expenses can be written off on our taxes? This workshop will discuss legal and tax aspects of great importance to bloggers: from write offs to FTC compliance to brand protection, so you can focus on what you do best.

What you can expect to learn:
  • What should you be doing today to protect your blog -- and yourself?
  • How and when should you incorporate, if at all?
  • What blogging income and compensation can you expense?
  • How do you ensure FTC compliance?

Speakers
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Crystal Colon

Crystal Colon is a mother, business owner, auditor, blogger, author and speaker. She has an accounting degree and MBA and has audited small businesses for over 11 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge as an IRS auditor and is very proficient with tax law.  She has the unique perspective... Read More →
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Tyra Hughley Smith

Attorney/Blogger, Hughley Smith Law/BarrisTourista Travel Blog
Tyra Hughley Smith is an attorney who has been practicing for almost 10 years. Her firm, Hughley Smith Law, specializes in copyright, trademarks, business law, and contracts. Tyra penned a legal guide entitled Insights from the Inside: A Legal Guide for Small Businesses and Content... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Montmagny | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

What's Under the Hood? The Tech Tools Every Successful Blogger Needs
Most bloggers learn how to write killer content, take awesome photos, and work social media, but they never take the time to look under the hood of their blog and understand what makes it tick. All the SEO in the world will not help if your site is not running smooth. These tech tools go hand-in-hand with SEO and SERP to make your site run faster and smoother, and create a competitive edge for bloggers in 2018.

What you can expect to learn:
  • How to set up Webmaster Tools, analyze the data, and stay on top of crawl errors and 404’s
  • Why and how to edit your robot.txt file
  • How to make a sitemap and fix sitemap errors
  • The best ways to ensure you have a mobile friendly site
  • What is AMP (accelerated mobile pages) and how to set it up
  • How to stop spam and security issues before they start
  • Tips to improve your site speed
  • What is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and how to comply

Speakers
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Julie Cohn

Writer, A Cork, Fork, & Passport
Food & travel writer with A Cork, Fork, & Passport. Freelance travel writer.

Sponsors & Partners
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WordPress.com

WordPress.com
WordPress.com helps millions of people create beautiful sites for small business, blogging, and publishing — and we host sites for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, News Corp., and The New York Times. The WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

How to Use Cultural Diversity to Leverage Your Business Relationships and Grow Your Brand
There are many ways to grow a profitable business. And there are ways to do so while also impacting social change. As a leader, you’re in a unique position to do both.  During this presentation, you will learn specific strategies to grow your business while impacting social change in the area of cultural diversity.

Have you ever wondered how you can grow your business by embracing diversity and building a more inclusive brand? Have you considered the profound impact that building a culturally diverse brand can have on our tremendously divided communities?  If you have ever felt inspired to build cultural diversity but don't feel equipped or know the steps to take, then this presentation is for you.  In this interactive session, you will learn simple and practical strategies for using cultural diversity to leverage your business relationships and to grow your brand. This workshop invites you to understand the impact that growing a diverse brand can have on social change.

Speakers
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Monique Melton

Author, Speaker, Coach, Monique Melton
Monique Melton is a business coach, relationship expert, published author of the book EntrepreFriendships, a motivational speaker and diversity advocate. She supports creative business owners in building profitable and purposeful businesses while maintaining healthy relationships... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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Blogalicious

Blogalicious is a vibrant online community and IRL annual conference experience that elevates women multicultural social media influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Whether you are a media entrepreneur interested in connecting to a welcoming sisterhood or a brand looking to engage... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Petit Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Indigenous Tourism and the Ethical Role of Influencers, Sponsored by Visit Billings
Fundamental to the idea of transformative and adventure travel is another idea—being exposed to concepts and cultures that are unfamiliar, and being open to having your understanding of the world changed in the process. Indigenous tourism can be challenging, both for the providers as well as the visitors. We are going to talk about Indigenous tourism experiences in Canada, and how you can (and should be) talking to your audiences about it too.

Speakers
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Dené Sinclair

Director of Marketing, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Dené Sinclair (Ojibwe-Anishinaabe) serves as the Director of Marketing for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, and is of the leading Indigenous voices for tourism in Canada. She, along with her colleagues at the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), are at the... Read More →

Sponsors & Partners
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Visit Billings

SHAPED BY THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER AND SHELTERED BY THE RIMS, BILLINGS IS THE CRADLE OF PROGRESSIVE REGIONAL COMMERCE PROVIDING HEALTHCARE, TRANSPORTATION, DIVERSE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, CUISINE, ARTS AND CULTURE.Whether you are seeking adrenaline-pumping adventure or easy paced... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:30pm

Break, Mingling, and Networking
Take a breather, meet our amazing exhibitors, and mix and mingle with other future friends and partners!

Sunday May 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Verchéres & Frontenac | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

3:00pm

Closing Session + Keynote: #MeToo, #TimesUp, What’s Next? How Travel Influencers Can Lead the Global Sexual Harassment & Assault Conversation
Let’s gather one final time to examine some lessons learned, hear from our final keynote panel, and discuss how to move forward as empowered, professional women. You won’t want to miss this.

Our society is at such a pivotal moment for women, as stories of sexual misconduct and assault, particularly in the workplace, have dominated the news cycle. These stories continue every day. Stories that don’t make the front page. And they are from every industry, including our own.

The endlessly smart and perceptive women joining our panel each have their own story. They come from different backgrounds. They attack this issue in different ways. They are all affected. We are all affected.

PANELISTS
Hannah Logan: Hannah Logan is a Canadian travel writer and blogger who has written for Fodor's Travel, World Nomads, Livestrong, Good Housekeeping, Intrepid Travel, Hostelworld, and more. She secretly aspires to be just like Indiana Jones and her adventures to date have taken her to 45 countries across 4 continents. You can keep up with her (mis)adventures on her travel blog, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel, where she shares her stories and tips as a female traveller.

Justine Abigail Yu: Justine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist for the social impact space and has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. She is currently the Communications and Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell, a non-profit organization that facilitates educational programs on social justice issues around the globe. She has also recently launched Living Hyphen, an intimate journal that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians and examines what it means to be part of a diaspora. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.

Oneika Raymond: Media personality and travel journalist Oneika Raymond is the host of two Travel Channel series (“Big City, Little Budget” and “One Bag and You’re Out”) and is a travel expert on CTV Canada’s “Your Morning”. A true travel junkie, her adventures have taken her to over 100 countries. Oneika’s also the voice behind "Oneika the Traveller", an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring women and people of color to see the world. She's written for and been profiled by publications such as the BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, BuzzFeed, and CNN.

MODERATOR
Ariel Goldberg: Ariel Goldberg is a queer, mixed-race writer, activist, survivor, traveler, consultant, and sometimes-poet based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Creative Director for the Women in Travel Summit and the Deputy Digital Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest legal organization serving LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the United States. Her passion is for communication and expression, and she is fascinated by the ways in which storytelling manifests in art and in our hyperconnected world. Previously a content strategist with Federated Media Publishing and an editorial director at Wanderful, she has worked, edited, and traveled across the globe. You can find her around the web tweeting and writing on survival, queerness, fat acceptance, travel, and more.

We know this will be a challenging, thought-provoking, and emotional panel, but we have so much confidence in the women leading this conversation to use it for social good, both within the WITS community and in the greater travel space.

Speakers
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Ariel Goldberg

Program & Creative Director, Women in Travel Summit, Wanderful
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Hannah Logan

Owner, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
Hannah Logan is a Canadian travel writer and blogger who has written for Fodor’s Travel, World Nomads, Livestrong, Good Housekeeping, Intrepid Travel, Hostelworld, and more. She secretly aspires to be just like Indiana Jones and her adventures to date have taken her to 45 countries... Read More →
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Nicolle Merrill

Founder, GlobalMe School
Nicolle has spent her career hustling into jobs that let her travel. Her non traditional career has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. In 2017, Nicolle started her company, GlobalMe School, wit... Read More →
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ONEIKA RAYMOND

Oneika the Traveller
Oneika Raymond is the voice behind Oneika the Traveller, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. An international educator, writer, serial expat, and travel junkie, Oneika’s passion for discovery is boundless and her adventures abroad have taken her to... Read More →
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Justine Abigail Yu

Communications & Marketing Director, Operation Groundswell
Justine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist for the social impact space and has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. She is currently the Communications and Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom (Salle de Bal) | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

5:00pm

Mentor 1:1 Sessions
Want a little personal attention? Mentor 1:1 Sessions are one of the best offerings at WITS '18. For a nominal fee, you can have a one-on-one session (half- or full-hour) with many of our incredible speakers, each of whom brings experience and expertise in many different areas. Each year, attendees tell us their Mentor 1:1 sessions were one of the highlights of their WITS experience, and we're thrilled to be bringing it back for WITS '18.

Note: You must register at the link below in order to participate.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A MENTOR 1:1 SESSION!

Speakers
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Glory Ali

Founder, Muslim Travel Rocks
Glory Ali is a International Speaker, Business Coach, and the travel blogger behind Muslim Travel Rocks. Her blog encourages and motivate Muslims to explore the globe and at the same time Glory's mission is to combat Islamophobia through Travel and tackle the misconceptions that America is not a Muslim Friendly destination.Muslim Travel Rocks is a place where Muslim Travellers are... Read More →
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Karen Alston

Founder, The Spectrum Circle
An entrepreneur, female founder, marketer, brand expert, women’s leadership advocate and authenticity guru, Karen Maria Alston is an award winning proven expert. She is affectionately known as The Advertising Diva or for her hashtag #beingkarenalston. In 2002, Karen stepped out... Read More →
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Ciaran Blumenfeld

Social Spirit Guide, Hashtracking
Ciaran Blumenfeld is a creative entrepreneur, publisher of the family lifestyle blog Momfluential.net and CEO & founder of Hashtracking.com, a social media analytics service that offers insight into hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  She has been named as one of the “15 Most Powerful... Read More →
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Tabbi Burwell

Communications Manager, Visit OKC
Tabbi Burwell is the Communications Manager for Visit OKC where she promotes tourism to Oklahoma City, working with media from all over the world. She has landed spots major magazines such as Vogue, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, NY Times, National Geographic and many more.
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Jennifer Doré Dallas

Blogger and Travel Writer, Moi, mes souliers
Jennifer Doré Dallas is a corporate dropout turned travel blogger at Moi, mes souliers. Guidebook author, freelance writer and community manager for diverse clients in the industry, she's passionate about the travel world and the mysterious realm of blogging she has been navigating... Read More →
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Rachel Hill

Travel Content Creator, RachelTravels.com
After silently suffering from Anxiety Disorder and Depression for over a year, Rachel made a decision to ‘retire’ at 27, from a lucrative and promising corporate career to travel the world indefinitely. Her travel blog, RachelTravels.com is a digital platform dedicated to millennial... Read More →
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Alexandra Jimenez

Editor-in-Chief, Travel Fashion Girl
Alexandra Jimenez is the editor-in-chief of Travel Fashion Girl, where she teaches an audience of 700,000+ monthly readers to pack in a light, stylish, and efficient way. She spent almost a decade traveling full-time and this year she’s one of the speakers, a mentor, and sponsor... Read More →
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Cha Jones

Speaker, Global Bound Consulting
Cha Jones is an intercultural trainer, international speaker, philanthropist, and author. Who helps people plan and prepare to live the life they desire anywhere in the world. Her passions are centered on advocating for, educating, empowering, and encouraging women and minorities... Read More →
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Dream of Travel Writing
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Sunday May 6, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bellevue | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
 
Monday, May 7
 

9:30am

Post-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

9:30am

Post-Conference Activity: History & Heritage Tour
Québec City’s history is a multilayered affair — Aboriginal land, the birthplace of French North America, a British colonial city…Share in the storied past of this fortress, seaport, beacon of religion, and seat of power. Its French and British heritage is observable through its institutions and architecture. Unveil the treasures of this coveted stronghold located along the St. Lawrence River, gateway to the Great Lakes and starting point of the exploration of a continent once known as New France.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Post-Conference Activity: Wellness Tour
Le Monastère des Augustines is the heritage site of the first hospital in America north of Mexico. This restored Canadian National Historic Site offers unique experiences, including accommodations in an authentic 17 th century cloister, a museum, a restaurant, and a variety of programs in holistic health. Discover this innovative wellness center, and participate in a dynamic activity designed to stimulate an harmonize the body while promoting self-reflection and renewal. The wellness activity will include a yoga practice that combines stretching and simple poses that anyone can do. It also includes the practice of cardiac coherence, a breathing technique recognized for its benefits on stress, anxiety, sleep, attention, and concentration.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

10:00am

Post-Conference Activity: Farm & Market Tour
A charming outing to the countryside! Head over to Île d’Orléans, Québec’s prettiest source of fresh produce. You’ll discover a unique setting where culture and agriculture are in full bloom. Get an insider’s view of the island’s agritourism business and meet some of the artisans who help it thrive: wine makers, cassis producers, cider, chocolate, and nougat. Upon returning to the city make a stop at the Old Port Market and sample more of the region’s finest products.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Post-Conference Activity: Under the terrace: a Château
Did you know that an archaeological crypt revealing the official residence and seat of power of governors from 1620 to 1834 is hidden under Dufferin Terrace? Accompanied by a Parks Canada guide, discover its history and stroll through the remains of Château Saint-Louis. Explore its lower court, outbuildings and culinary complex. Some 120 artifacts and technologically advanced devices will help you relive the lives of the château’s residents.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Post-Conference Activity: St-Roch Québec Food Tour
The Saint-Roch food tour is a guided 3 hour walking tour, with 6 tasting locations showcasing the rich, vast Saint-Roch foodscape. Each stop has its own area of refined expertise and unique flavours. The tour is designed to sample a variety of the best food from the area, including locally farmed raw milk cheese, and decadent chocolates. The food tastings you’ll enjoy on the tour make up a hearty, satisfying lunch, so come hungry! The tasting locations visited range from passionate cheese makers, to a craft beer gastro-pub, and even to a wholesome vegan bistro!

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Post-Conference Activity: First Nations Tour: I am Wendake! Wendake Endi'!
Immerse yourself with the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation, the only indigenous community of Quebec City. Share unforgettable moments with guides of nation at the Huron traditional site and discover the history, the culture and the life style of your hosts. Then follow the steps of the bear trail to help you discover the unique Hôtel- Musée Premieres Nations an adaptation to modernity by combining authenticity with hospitality and gastronomy. Come immerse yourself in a warm historical and original atmosphere of the Wendat museum. Conclude your experience with a Wendat inspired hand craft beer at Sagamité, a renowned restaurant offering a unique Canadian indigenous cuisine. And with it all, we know that you will also become Wendake! Tiawenhk, entïio’ chia’ önenh!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:00pm

Post-Conference Activity: Shopping with Style
Start your visit with a fashion conference led by a professional stylist. Be treated with a goodie bag of fine products and discounts at our participating retailers. Enjoy a free make-up session with Sephora or Hudson’s Bay. Take advantage of all the services you need to fully enjoy your shopping experience including currency exchange store and payment by Union Pay or OTT Pay.

Open Monday to Friday until 9pm, Les Galeries de la Capitale is one of the largest commercial complex in Eastern Canada with a surface area of almost 2 million square feet. The centre offers numerous stores including Forever 21, H&M, Hudson’s Bay, MEC, L’Occitane, Sephora, Simons, Atmosphère/Sports Experts as well as a new food court with many restaurants. Combined with a fugacious indoor attractions park (Méga Parc) and the largest IMAX screen in the country, Les Galeries de la Capitale really is Quebec's ultimate shopping and entertainment destination!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

1:30pm

Post-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Post-Conference Activity: Food Tour
Do you know what is so special about the food scene in Québec City? Go where the locals go and visit some of their favorite venues and enjoy regional cuisine. During this walking tour, you will sample organic deli, ice cider, maple products, and savoury tidbits from local restaurants and shops. All in the company of a professional guide who will also introduce you to the history of Québec City and its unique architecture.

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Post-Conference Activity: Microbrew Tour
Put on your walking shoes and follow your guide on a stroll through Saint-Roch, epicentre of Québec’s brewing scene. This neighbourhood has come a long way over the years and is now home to some thriving urban culture, great local shops, and standout microbreweries. Visit a brewhouse and learn about the process while you pick up some fun facts about beer and Québec City. Beer tasting, snacks, and general merriment included!

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Monday May 7, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
 
Tuesday, May 8
 

9:30am

Post-Conference Activity: Art & Architecture Tour
Québec City’s rich history lives on in its architecture and cultural treasures. Let a specialist guide you through the streets of Québec to discover its unique buildings and parts of the city’s extensive outdoor art collection. Admire the various architectural styles ranging from the XVI up to the 20th Century created by famous architects and works of art spread throughout the City.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

11:00am

Post-Conference Activity: St-Roch Québec Food Tour
The Saint-Roch food tour is a guided 3 hour walking tour, with 6 tasting locations showcasing the rich, vast Saint-Roch foodscape. Each stop has its own area of refined expertise and unique flavours. The tour is designed to sample a variety of the best food from the area, including locally farmed raw milk cheese, and decadent chocolates. The food tastings you’ll enjoy on the tour make up a hearty, satisfying lunch, so come hungry! The tasting locations visited range from passionate cheese makers, to a craft beer gastro-pub, and even to a wholesome vegan bistro!

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada

2:00pm

Post-Conference Activity: Food Tour
Do you know what is so special about the food scene in Québec City? Go where the locals go and visit some of their favorite venues and enjoy regional cuisine. During this walking tour, you will sample organic deli, ice cider, maple products, and savoury tidbits from local restaurants and shops. All in the company of a professional guide who will also introduce you to the history of Québec City and its unique architecture.

ALLERGY ALERT: Unfortunately, we cannot adapt the samplings to allergies and dietary restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: Please note that tours are open only to ticket holders of the 2018 Women in Travel Summit and registrants will be cross-checked. All tours meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited, so if you find that you can no longer participate in this tour, PLEASE cancel your registration so that we can allow other attendees to take your spot. Thank you!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that adding this tour to your schedule in Sched does not register you for the tour. You MUST register through the Eventbrite link above (the "Register" link if you're on a mobile device) in order to be included.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Lobby | Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada