Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism: Know Before You Go #ICORT

ICORT 2012 

Know Before You Go


PRE-ORDER IDAHO TRAVEL GUIDES THIS WEEK-- We would like to offer you the opportunity to pick up Travel Guides while you are at the conference.  Please email the number of Travel Guides you would like before Thursday 3 May.  You can pick up your Travel Guide order at the Registration Desk during the Conference.  39 Travel Guides in a case.   Email laurie.zuckerman@tourism.idaho.gov

WITH LOVE FROM THE LOCALS– This year's Host Committee is ready to welcome you to our hometown! Look for local dining specials, area information, fun items in your attendee bags when you get to the ICORT registration area. Our volunteers will be available at the info table near the general session room throughout the conference. Have questions after hours? Just send us a tweet to @NITSummit and we are ready to assist! Check out the Host Committee information page before you travel for more area information, as well as lodging offers for pre- and post-ICORT stays.

NEED DINE AROUND SUGGESTIONS FOR TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY EVENINGS?– The Host Committee has suggestions for you! A handout version will be available at the host committee table onsite. Want to join a group for dinner outings? Check with the Host Committee staff at the information desk or just join us at Seasons of Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday for a no-host 7pm social/7:30pm dinner - the more, the merrier!

CONFERENCE ATTIRE SUGGESTIONS- the Host Committee has tips on what to plan for on the conference website.

READY FOR THE MINUTE CONNECTIONS EVENT AND BREAKFAST ON WEDNESDAY?- Meet your ICORT peers and share information on your products, services and news! Join us for the Minute Connections Event (Wednesday 7:30am in Bays 4-6, Coeur d’Alene Resort), presented by the North Idaho Tourism Summit.  Have you ever been in a room full of strangers and wondered how to break the ice and let them know about the great business you represent? We have the perfect opportunity for you to put your best foot forward and share who you are and what you have to offer through your business. “Minute Connections” is that opportunity, and we invite you to participate!  Come prepared with a box full of your business brochures, cards or special offers to share at a round table one-minute presentation to at least 50 different attendees. It’s fast paced, fun and networking at its best! Be sure to bring 150 business cards to breakfast on Wednesday so you don't run short in the middle of the networking!

CHECK YOUR ORIGINAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION EMAIL TO MAKE SURE IT IS CORRECT for your name, company/organization, address, Twitter/Facebook IDs, etc. The information you entered there will be used by our conference staff to create your name tag and the conference rosters. If you have changes, please email them to registration@frameworkmeetings.com

DIRECTIONS TO COEUR D’ALENE RESORT– If you are planning on flying into Spokane and need transportation to ICORT, round trip transportation reservations are available through The Coeur d’Alene Resort at 800.688.5253 ask for Transportation Reservations. The round trip rate is $69.00 per person. Have your flight information ready to give to the reservations agent: name of airline, flight number and time of arrival. Airport transportation is on a reservations-basis – be sure to reserve your pick up time to avoid unnecessary waiting at the airport.

REGISTRATION DESK HOURS AND LOCATION- Check in to registration and find local area information at the ICORT Registration Desk area in the Conference Center Registration Booth. Registration will be open:
o   Tuesday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
o   Wednesday, 7:00am-10:30am
o   Thursday, 7:00am-12:00pm

TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK– Celebrate the importance and impact of our tourism industry!  Wear red on Tuesday, May 8th, to join our tourism peers across the nation onU.S. Travel Rally Day Governor Otter has a special message supporting our industry and its economic benefits in our communities.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS–  Connect ahead of time and during ICORT via:

ICORT’s Facebook Fan Page
Twitter (@ICORT and follow the #ICORT hashtag for conversations)
New to Twitter? Why use it? Join Jamie Morgan for a quick Intro to Twitter at 4pm on Tuesday in the Resort’s Lobby Lounge area
Tweet Up, Tuesday, 4:30pm-5:30pm – join your fellow ICORT attendees in person to get started with the on-site networking in the Resort’s Lobby Lounge area
Twitter Tables, Thursday breakfast – special tables will be marked for Twitter tables – you can tweet to your heart’s content or just enjoy each other’s company!
If you have provided your Twitter handle to registration by Sunday, May 6th, it will be included on your ICORT namebadge

PACK LIST FOR FIELD TRIPS– if you’ve signed up for a field trip, be sure to come prepared for fun with the following:
o   Wallace and Silver Valley History Trip– jacket, camera, comfortable shoes, spending cash just in case
o   Culinary Tourism Field Trip(sold out) – jacket, camera, cash for purchases at the stops included on the route
o   Farragut Park Bike/Kayak Field Trip (sold out) – suggested clothing: tennis shoes; sandals or water shoes with heel strap; fleece jacket; rain jacket; lightweight, quick-drying pants/shirt (preferably non-cotton material); sunglasses with headstrap; hat; personal water bottle – Have you sent your gender and height in to registration yet for this trip? If not, please email that information to registration@frameworkmeetings.comso properly-sized equipment is ready for you at the trailhead!


Thank you to this year’s sponsors, exhibitors!

Thanks to their generosity and hard work, this year’s ICORT is sure to be the best yet!

Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel
Certified Folder
Coeur d’Alene Cellars
Coeur d'Alene Resort

Framework Meetings and Destinations
Golf Digest/The Lucky Group
Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce
Horizon Air & Alaska Airlines Magazines
Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association
Idaho State Historical Society
Madden Media
Mick Duffs Brewery
Media West
Meredith Travel Group
North Idaho Tourism Summit
Northwest Travel
Pend Oreille Winery and Bistro Rouge Cafe
Quality Insurance Services
Rocky Mountain International
ROW Adventures
Silverwood Theme Park
Sunset Magazine
Trip Advisor

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