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Visit Portland's 2024 Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce our 2024 Annual Meeting! Join us and 250 industry leaders and your fellow Visit Portland community for a day of networking, workshops, and more.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | Innovation Hall at University of New England

 

AGENDA
8:30am – 10:00am
Registration | Networking + Exhibits

10:00am – 12:00pm
Brunch | Marketing Update + Awards

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Workshop Sessions

 

REGISTER NOW

$65 partners
$75 non-partners

Workshops

Breakthrough Networking

Abbie McGilvery

FACE YOUR FEAR OF NETWORKING

Do you dread the idea of engaging in small talk with new people at yet another “networking event”? You’re not alone. But, we all must do it if we want to grow our businesses. It’s important to build relationships both online and in person because the connections you make face-to-face can be incredibly valuable.

How can you make networking more enjoyable? Join Marketing Coach and Social Media Strategist, Abbie McGilvery, as she takes you through an interactive activity that will change how you approach networking. You’ll also receive a list of engaging questions you can use to break the ice in those awkward moments.

Abbie McGilvery is a Marketing Coach, Social Media Strategist, and Owner of From The Nest in Southern Maine.

Photo Provided by Abbie McGilvery From The Nest Social Media Marketing
The Beginners Guide to ChatGPT

Cary Weston

CURIOUS ABOUT CHATGPT?

Turn your curiosity into capability. Join Cary Weston, President and Chief Marketing Offer of Bangor-based Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, for an interactive ChatGPT workshop.

Cary is a leading voice in explaining and teaching ChatGPT. His ability to demystify complex concepts and convert them into actionable and practical strategies has made him a sought-after resource for those interested in integrating ChatGPT into their business and marketing efforts.

He shares his expertise through his popular weekly newsletter and podcast, The ChatGPT Experiment. Your idea treadmill will be spinning with ways to make your daily work form efficient and effective with the use of the problem-solving tool.

Cary. Photo Provided by Cary Weston

2024 Award Winners

MEET IN MAINE AWARD

RUSSELL WALTERS

for Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) AdventureELEVATE

Presented to the local individual or organization whose commendable efforts produced the convention with the largest economic impact.

Headshot provided by RUSSELL WALTERS
BEACON AWARD

PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Presented to a partner who is an icon in the Greater Portland region, achieved through continuing passion, excellence, and consistency. This partner is a shining example of Greater Portland’s unique character, and is recognized and anticipated by visitors and locals.

Orchestra. Photo Provided by Portland Symphony Orchestra
PARTNER OF THE YEAR

PRENTICE ORGANIZATION

for Development and Revitalization

Presented to a partner recognized for their exceptional contributions to our community’s vibrancy and sustainable tourism appeal through development and revitalization.

Prentice Organization Illustration
HOSPITALITY + TOURISM EXCELLENCE

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

& Theatre of Maine – Presented to a partner whose values, efforts, and achievements best represent to visitors the authentic nature of the Greater Portland region. This partner has contributed in numerous ways to our region’s reputation by providing creative thinking, world-class products and services, and exemplary customer service, which enhance our destination’s appeal among visitors, as well as those who work and live here.

Exterior side, Photo Credit Sean Alonzo Harris Photography, courtesy of Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine

exhibitors