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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mountain Travel Symposium returns to Whistler March 31 – April 6


Tweet this: Mountain travel industry professionals from over 35 countries gather as #Whistler welcomes back the Mountain Travel Symposium Mar. 31 – Apr.6 @MTNTRVL

    Group of Skiers on a Sunny Spring Day - Photo by Vince Emond

Whistler, B.C. – Whistler welcomes the 44th annual Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) to the resort and the Whistler Conference Centre, March 31 – April 6, 2019. As the single largest and longest-running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals, MTS brings tour operators, vacation suppliers, as well as vendors and resort executives from over 35 countries to Whistler.

“This is our fifth time hosting MTS and we’re incredibly thrilled to be welcoming the conference back to Whistler,” says Karen Goodwin, vice president, destination & market development at Tourism Whistler. “As the meeting place for the global mountain travel industry, hosting MTS is extremely valuable for our destination as it allows us to meet and network with tour operators, ski cubs, and travel professionals right in resort.”

MTS offers its delegates tremendous value with the opportunity to engage with the mountain business community in a single location. The extensive schedule for the symposium blends together business development, networking and education through a selection of inspirational forums, multiple trade and group exchange appointments, and endless networking events.

“Whistler is a perfect and truly unique destination for MTS,” says Michael Pierson, executive director of Mountain Travel Symposium. “Its pedestrian village is surrounded by two incredible mountains and offers guests an unending choice of restaurants, bars, nightlife, shopping, and accommodations that spans the spectrum. But that’s not even the best part, it’s the people who live and work in Whistler that ultimately create the wonderful, friendly, and accommodating hospitality that sets the resort apart.”

While Whistler is well known for its winter and summer seasons, a key strategy for Tourism Whistler is growing its shoulder seasons of spring and fall. “Hosting MTS during the spring season is a great opportunity to showcase our resort to key travel professionals, truly showing them how special this season is,” adds Goodwin. “Our ski season is still running and the warmer weather in the valley opens up more activities, creating multi-sport days that guests can immerse themselves in all day long.”

With its stunning landscape, bucket-list appeal, pedestrian-only village and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture, it’s no surprise that MTS continues to choose Whistler as a host destination. To learn more about Whistler, visit Tourism Whistler’s website at www.whistler.com.

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.944.7853 and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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