August 21, 2016

2017 Garden Tourism Conference

2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference
Toronto, Canada
5th Biennial Conference
March 13 to 15, 2017

The biennial North American Garden Tourism Conference is where Gardens, Garden Experiences and the Tourism industry meet to discuss best practices and new and emerging strategies geared to growing both sectors from a Garden Tourism perspective.

The Conference takes place in Toronto, on March 13, 14 & 15, 2017, in conjunction with Canada Blooms, the country’s largest flower and garden event. Conference delegates and speakers are from Canada, the US and International. The majority of delegates are from Canada and the US, however, as this is now the only Conference of its kind in the world, we very much look forward to welcoming International delegates as well.

The coveted Canadian, International and ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For’ Garden Tourism Awards will also be presented at the Conference.

On behalf of the Ontario Garden Council, the Garden Tourism Conference is managed by the Canadian Garden Council, in collaboration with the American Public Gardens Association and Communities in Bloom.

The 2017 Conference theme is:  Garden Experiences + Partnerships = Tourism Success

Garden Experiences: Developing and focusing on the all-important criteria of appealing product and tourism market-readiness
Partnerships: Bringing Gardens, the Tourism Industry, Destination Marketing Organizations and private sector tourism ‘worlds’ together with a common Garden Tourism marketing vision
Tourism Success:        Enhancing the competitiveness of a destination’s garden tourism assets and offerings resulting in increased tourist visits and spending for the destination

If you would like to speak at the Conference about a shining example of Tourism Success as a result of your Garden and its Partnerships, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Conference Registration will open in October 2016.  In the meantime, check back often as we begin to announce our outstanding roster of speakers.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto in March 2017!