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NOV-DEC 2016

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12 selecttraveler.com N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 T he 2017 Select Traveler Conference will have interesting sightseeing opportunities for dele- gates, along with inspirational and educational speakers. The annual conference is scheduled for February 5-7 in Ontario, California, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It will be the fi rst time the conference is being held on the West Coast. "We will be excited to welcome the Select Traveler Confer- ence to the Greater Ontario region," said Michael Krouse, presi- dent and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Southern California is beautiful in the month of Febru- ary, and it is no wonder that so many people fl ock to this area with our sunshine, outdoor activities and major destinations." Joe Cappuzzello, president and CEO of the Group Trav- el Family, which organizes the conference each year, is im- pressed with the beautiful Ontario Convention Center, which will be the host site. "It will be a great venue for us, an almost brand-new convention center," he said. Ontario International Airport is a convenient alternative to crowded Los Angeles In- ternational Airport. Ontario is on the edge of the California desert and is a win- BY DAN DICKSON ter home for many "snowbirds" who make the area their head- quarters in January, February and March, especially those es- caping the brutal winters back home. "The winter season is really gorgeous in Southern California, and we are really kind of spoiled rotten," said Sue Oxarart, communications director for the Ontario CVB. She said Select Traveler delegates are in for a treat. EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS Although the sightseeing schedule for the conference is yet to be fi nalized, Oxarart is certain that activities for delegates will include the great outdoors. The wide variety of land and water options makes the area an excellent choice in wintertime. "We will try to put together opportunities that can be includ- ed in a full package of organized outdoor activities, or we will let people decide what they want to do and provide our visitors guide and staff experts to help them," said Oxarart. "Some may want to shop, others to play golf or to go to a great metropolitan area like Los Angeles or the Orange County beaches." Oxarart likes to brag that visitors have been known to get Zip line in Ontario CALIFORNIA COOL SPEAKERS AND SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHT SELECT TRAVELER CONFERENCE C O N F E R E N C E connection Photos courtesy Greater Ontario CVB

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