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Mountain travel conference looks at tourism trends

Sun Staff Report

KEYSTONE, Colo. Ask any experienced marketing professional in just about any major ski resort community in the U.S. and western Canada about Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) and the answer will be sure and swift. Quite simply, MTS is the single largest and longest-running annual gathering of mountain-travel professionals in North America. For more than 34 years, representatives from mountain-resort businesses have gathered each Spring to establish relationships, initiate and complete contracts, and take the first steps toward making the upcoming season an even greater success.Keystone, Colorado is hosting the 2009 Mountain Travel Symposium.The Sierra Sun will be covering the symposium every step of the way with updates, photos and in-depth articles from the proceedings. Starting March 29, go to http://www.sierrasun.com/mts for daily coverage of this annual event.Can’t make this year’s event? Want complete coverage e-mailed to you? Sign up now for the newsletter!E-mail arhodes@summitdaily.com and tell him you want the free Mountain Travel Symposium newsletter delivered to your inbox every day throughout the week of March 29 to April 4. Mountain Travel Symposium: March 29 April 4, 2009 in Keystone, ColoradoSymposium Calendar:The Trade Exchange March 30 andamp; 31, 2009A contracting trade show held over two days where ski product buyers meet one-on-one with ski service suppliers in a pre-scheduled appointment format. The Trade Exchange is the mountain travel industrys largest vacation planning trade show.The Symposium Forum April 1 andamp; 2, 2009The Forum is an intense series of general sessions and interactive workshops that examine current trends and review past season results. The Symposium Forum has become the place to analyze the past seasons performance and to start developing the strategy for next season.The Group Exchange April 2 andamp; 3, 2009The Group Exchange provides ski service suppliers and tour wholesalers with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with ski club and ski council decision-makers from across the country. The Group Exchange gives key ski clubs and ski council leaders from across the nation the opportunity to meet with suppliers and tour operators in a trade show format consisting of pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments.