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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Colorado Springs Student-Friendly Hotel Tours (tour operator only; registration required)
Sponsored by: Visit Colorado Springs
11:45 am – 5:00 pm

Tour Operators: Visit five of the most student-friendly hotels in Colorado Springs. You’ll begin with lunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs before seeing four additional properties. Pre-registration is required. Transportation provided by Colorado Springs CVB.

Pre-Summit Sightseeing Tour(s) (registration required)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cave of the Winds, Discovery Tour ($75)
Cave of the Winds is an historic natural landmark filled with amazing formations just waiting to be discovered by you. This is one of the region’s original attractions and is a great year-round choice for family fun and adventure. Explore the electrically lit portion of the cave on a 45–60 minute guided walking tour which includes 15 rooms, a 1/2 mile of concrete walkways, and 196 stairs. Summit attendees will learn about the history and geology of the cave while being shown some of its most beautiful formations.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Dress Attire: Winter Casual/Comfortable Shoes

U.S. Air Force Academy ($75)
Set at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the U.S. Air Force Academy is so much more than an undergraduate institution and military base. With state-of-the-art technology and modern architecture, this campus offers Summit attendees a collection of awe-inspiring attractions to explore.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Dress Attire: Winter Casual/Comfortable Shoes

Welcome Reception – The Broadmoor: Pompeiian Room & Main Ballroom
Sponsored by: Visit Colorado Springs & The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor: Pompelian Room & Main Ballroom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join friends and colleagues for networking Thursday evening at the Summit’s Welcome Reception hosted by Visit Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor. After enjoying great food and conversation, attendees will pilot a networking app called Mixtroz! The networking app will be launched to the SYTA community at the SYTA Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. Please make sure to download Mixtroz before Thursday night’s event.

  • The dress attire is indoor business casual

Friday, February 8, 2019

Rise and Shine Breakfast
The Broadmoor: West Ballroom Foyer
7:30 am – 9:30 am

Attendees may enjoy a continental breakfast, provided by SYTA.

Reception & Dinner
The Broadmoor: Seven Falls Park & Restaurant 1858
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Located less than one mile from The Broadmoor, Seven Falls is one of Colorado’s most captivating natural wonders. This magnificent series of waterfalls is situated in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon between the towering Pillars of Hercules. Restaurant 1858 is a unique Broadmoor dining venue situated at the banks of Seven Falls. Taking its name from the Gold Rush era and the famous motto, ‘Pikes Peak or Bust’ of that time, Restaurant 1858 offers authentic Colorado cuisine in a rustic setting made of hand-hewn stone and reclaimed wood, with custom lantern mining inspired light fixtures. “Gold Rush” art from The Broadmoor’s Western Art collection is showcased throughout the restaurant, and is accented with historic photographs of the area from yesteryear.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Dress Attire : Winter Casual/Comfortable Shoes

After Glow
PLAY at The Broadmoor (Lobby Level, Broadmoor West)
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

PLAY is a sports bar in the West Building where you can enjoy nostalgic cocktails, Colorado microbrews, wines, spirits or an adult milkshake. The restaurant features bowling lanes, a shuffleboard table, a pool table, foosball and game monitors. We have reserved bowling lanes so dust off your bowling skills or play one of the other games we’ll have available. Attendees are on own for After Glow games, snacks and beverages. PLAY closes at 1:00 AM. To reserve a bowling lane call (719) 577-5796. The full menu is available until midnight.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Rise and Shine Breakfast
The Broadmoor: West Ballroom Foyer
7:00 am – 8:45 am

Attendees may enjoy a continental breakfast, provided by SYTA.

Off-Site Group Activity (All Attendees) 
10:45 am – 4:45 pm

As part of the Summit learning program, attendees will experience two student-friendly attractions in Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods Park and the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC).

Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Experience dramatic views, 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker theater experience. Delight in one of Colorado’s most photographed views from the terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.

From there we’ll head to the Olympic Training Center (OTC) which provides housing, dining, training facilities and other services for more than 500 U.S. athletes and coaches. Summit attendees will tour portions of this vast, 35 acre complex led by a Team USA athlete in training. Before departure, there will be time to browse the Team USA Shop (one of two in the country), which offers a wide assortment of unique Olympic, Paralympic and sport-specific merchandise.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Dress Attire: Winter Casual/Comfortable Shoes

Closing Reception & Dinner
The Broadmoor: Cheyenne Lodge
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A quick shuttle ride from The Broadmoor’s main building, the rustic yet elegant Cheyenne Lodge features a warm and cozy ambiance, while providing guests with a private setting that feels as though you are on a remote mountainside. The outside patio showcases breathtaking views of both the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Springs.

  • The dress attire for the evening is Western Chic/resort casual (dressy denim, slacks, collared shirts required; seasonal sport coat or blazer suggested; please no athletic wear, sport wear, shorts, pool attire or gentlemen’s hats).

After Glow Off-Site
Bristol Pub

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A quick cab ride from The Broadmoor, Bristol Pub is located inside the Ivywild School, an historic former elementary school that was built in 1916 and transformed into a community marketplace and local gathering spot. The pub offers a friendly, laid back vibe overlooking the brewhouse and fermentation room, with a classic shuffleboard table and a tasty menu. Attendees are on own for After Glow transportation, snacks and beverages. Bristol Pub closes at 11:00 PM.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Post-Summit Stay & Play

Discover the extraordinary activities and personalized service that has made The Broadmoor an iconic destination among Colorado hotels.


“The best part of a SYTA SUMMIT is that it provides the opportunity for travel professionals to meet in a conversable setting without the pressure of a 7 minute meeting or have to deal with the barrage of conference masses. Every tour operator has unique abilities, and since I am a big proponent of partnerships, SUMMIT becomes an ideal network to forge plans for new and exciting joint ventures.”

Dr. Michael A. Mazzarisi, President, Performing Arts Consultants

“To me, SYTA Summit is the most valuable conference that I attend. I always find the educational seminars very useful and because it is a smaller, more intimate conference, you get to build a much deeper relationship with the sponsors. This is also the only conference that I have ever really had the opportunity to get to know other attendees. I absolutely LOVE SYTA Summit!”

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

“SYTA Summit provides an unique opportunity to get up close with my SYTA partners and many of our buyers. The environment lends itself to a causal, natural environment – no pressure just building my network!”

Tara Hippensteel, Director of National Tour & Travel, Hard Rock Café

“SYTA Summit has been an invaluable resource for both personal growth and building partnerships with other tour operators and vendors that has helped strengthen our business.”

Steve Maehl, Vice President, Global Travel Alliance

“The Summit is great. I Love the destinations we have visited and the size of the event itself. There is a real opportunity at Summit to spend quality time with all of the attendees and in a relationship based business, that time is everything.”

Bob Hofmann, Vice President, Broadway Inbound

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