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Conference Schedule

Note:  All sessions are in Lake Huron B (conference center) unless otherwise noted.

Day 1: Sunday, September 17, 2023

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm      Vendor Set-up in Lake Huron B

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm      MACVB Membership Meeting – Riverview Room - Closed session for MACVB members only

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm      Check-in and refresh for evening

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm      Load buses in front of the hoteland head to the Wrigley Center

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm      Drinks at the Wrigley Center/Tours

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm      Enjoy dinner in the Wrigley Center *credit cards for the bar (no cash)

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm      Buses depart from the Wrigley Center and go to the hotel

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm    Afterglow in Freighters Bar


Note:  The Freighters Bar is open (at the hotel) until 11:00 pm.

Day 2: Monday, September 18, 2023

7:30 am - 8:30 am      Vendor/Silent Auction set-up, Lake Huron B

7:30 am - 8:30 am       Strolling Breakfast in the Lake Huron B - visit with vendors

8:30 am - 10:00 am     Opening Keynote - Paul Ouimet, MMGY/Destination Next

10:00 am -10:30 am    Morning Break - Visit Vendors and Silent Auction - Lake Huron B/Prefunction space

11:30 am -11:45 am    Break, Visit Vendors and Silent Auction

11:45 am - 1:00 pm     Lunch in the Abbey South (hotel)

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm       Visit Vendors

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm       Breakout Session I

                                       Andy & Nick Behling, Michigan's Playground, St. Clair B

                                       Matt Clement, Madden Media, Riverview B

                                       Nick Danowski, TwoSix Digital - Riverview A

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm       Afternoon Break - Visit Vendors

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm       Breakout Session II

                                       Andy & Nick Behling, Michigan's Playground, Riverview A

                                       Matt Clement, Madden Media, Riverview B

                                       Nick Danowski, TwoSix Digital  - St. Clair B

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm        DMO Round Tables - Riverview A, Riverview B, St. Clair B (rotate every 20 minutes)

4:45  pm - 5:30 pm        Visit Sponsors/refresh for dinner

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm        Reception in Lake Huron B/Patio - sponsored by MLive Media Group

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm        Dinner in the Abbey South

8:00 pm -10:00 pm       Euchre/games in the Abbey South sponsored by MLive Media Group

Note: Freighter's Bar is open until 11 p.m.

Day 3: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

6:00 am - 9:00 am       WJR Live Broadcast, sponsored by Travel MI and the Blue Water CVB

8:00 am - 9:00 am       Vendor Displays, Lake Huron B

7:30 am - 9:00 am       Breakfast in Abbey North

10:15 AM                       Silent Auction Closes

10:15 am - 10:30 am   Break/final hotel check-out

10:30 am - 11:45 am   General Session - Grants Panel, moderated by Jen Sistrunk, South Haven CVB

11:45 am                       Break, Vendor Tear Down.  Final Silent Auction items to be picked up.  Please pay a final visit to our sponsors and                                         thank them for their sponsorship!

Noon                             Boxed lunches - Abbey North

  Noon                             Vendors Lunch - Boxed lunches - grap 'n go or enjoy the patio for lunch

12:15 pm - 2::00 pm    Lunch and All Members Shirtsleeves session, Closed session for MACVB members only. Abbey North

                                       Note:  CVB's must RSVP in advance for the luncheon

2:00 pm                        Departure.  Travel Safely!

Silent Auction

Place your bids on a variety of gifts and packages at the 23rd Annual MACVB Silent Auction.  All monies raised will benefit the MACVB PAC.  Checks should be made payable to "MACVB PAC".  Personal checks and credit cards only. (No corporate payments.) Minimum bids must be met, or the item will be returned to the donor.  All winning bids are "final".

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