Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Interior Tourism Conference that will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center. Explore Fairbanks will host this community event that covers a wide variety of topics related to the visitor industry including “Managing Your Online Presence” with Phil Giudice, DMO Senior Sales Executive-Northwest for TripAdvisor; China as an Emerging Market with Cliff Tian of Alaska Skylar Travel; and marijuana regulations updates from panelists Brandon Emmett, Alaska Marijuana Association and Christine Nelson, Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning. Registration is open to the public online through Sunday, January 24 at

This year’s keynote speaker is Melanie DePaoli, Brand Catalyst with Omicle, LLC. An internationally recognized author and national speaker, during lunch DePaoli will present, “Mastering the Social Media Experience.” She’ll share tips and tools on how to use and integrate social media tools into any business’ existing marketing strategy. Following lunch, DePaoli will share “Breakout Branding: How to Move Beyond Just Marketing”. In this session, DePaoli will outline the effect of focusing a business’ branding efforts on key factors it has control over allowing it to save money on marketing and increase its desirability in the market.

Registration options include:

  • Full Conference $75 
  • Morning Sessions with Lunch & Team Building Seminar $45
  • Lunch with Keynote Address $25 
  • Afternoon Sessions with Lunch & Team Building Seminar $45
  • Student Registration $20 (must have current student ID)

Tradeshow tables available for business-to-business networking throughout the day are also available for purchase. The cost is $20, and the tables can be reserved while registering for the conference.

Answers to registration questions and further information are available by contacting Charity Gadapee at or Iwalani Lauver at