Here is the SYTA Summit schedule at a glance.  Please use the drop-down menu to see the schedule by day.  Scroll down past the schedule to see full descriptions of the sessions and activities planned for you. 


Sunday, January 15 Time Location
Staff/Board of Directors/Early Arrivals Attendees    
Registration/SYTA Central 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Trillium
SYTA Executive Committee Meeting 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM California Boardroom
SERG Dinner (SERG Members Only) 5:30 PM Napa Rose
SYTA Board of Directors Reception/Dinner 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wisteria
Monday, January 16 Time Location
Attendee Arrivals    
Registration/SYTA Central 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Trillium
SYTA Board of Directors Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM California Boardroom
SYTA Board of Directors Meeting 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM California Boardroom
SERG Meetings, Lunch, Education 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Wisteria
SYTA Board of Director’s Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM California Ballroom
Sponsor Showcase Check-In 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sequoia Foyer
Tour Operator Showcase Check-In 4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Sequoia Foyer
Sponsor Showcase 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sequoia Ballroom
Summit Welcome Reception and Dinner 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sequoia Ballroom
SYTA Central 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Trillium
Tuesday, January 17 Time Location
SYTA Central 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Trillium
Breakfast Buffet 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia Ballroom
Education Session: Disney Imagination Campus Overview for Tour Operators 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia Ballroom
Depart to Tour of Disney Imagine Campus – Tour Operators 9:00 AM Sequoia Foyer
Disney Imagination Campus Tour (Tour Operators – Ticked Event) 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM Disneyland
Morning Joe 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Sequoia
Sponsor Forum and SYTA Update 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Sequoia
Education Session 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Sequoia
Depart to Lunch – Tour Operators from East Esplanade 11:45 AM Hotel Porte Cache Bus Lane (Main Lobby)
Depart to Lunch – Sponsors from Grand Californian Hotel 12:00 PM Sequoia Foyer
Welcome Lunch and Speaker 12:15 – 2:00 PM House of Blues
Depart to Honda Center 2:15 PM  
Tour and Reception at Impact Club for ocVibe Presentation 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Honda Center
Depart to Hotel 3:45 PM  
SYTA Central 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Trillium
Park Time, Disneyland (Park Passes Valid) 4:00 PM -10:00 PM Disneyland
Afternoon Break (Light Refreshments) 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Sequoia
Education Session 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sequoia
Evening at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (Dinner on Own) 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Golden Zephyr, Disneyland
Group Meets to Walk to World of Color 8:00 PM Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Zephyr, Paradise Park
World of Color and Dessert Reception, Disney’s California Adventure 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM TBA
SYTA Central 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Trillium
Wednesday, January 18 Time Location
SYTA Central 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Trillium
Breakfast Buffet 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia
Education Session 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia
Welcome SYTA Youth Foundation 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Sequoia
General Session 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM Sequoia
Morning Break 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Sequoia
Education Session 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Sequoia
Depart to Lunch – Knott’s Berry Farm 12:30 PM Hotel Porte Cache Bus Lance (Main Lobby)
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant –  Knott’s Berry Farm 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm Activities 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Knott’s Berry Farm
Meet for Optional Medieval Times 3:15 PM Starbucks, Knott’s Berry Farm
Medieval Times Meet and Greet (Optional) 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Medieval Times
Depart for Evening Cruise 4:00 PM Knott’s Berry Farm/Medieval Times
Sunset Dinner Cruise – Newport Beach 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Newport Beach
Depart to Hotel 8:30 PM Newport Beach
SYTA Central 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Trillium
Thursday, January 19 Time Location
Morning Joe 6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Sequoia Foyer
Meet for Departure 6:45 AM Hotel Porte Cache Bus Lane (Main Lobby)
Depart for Los Angeles 7:00 AM Sequoia Foyer
Summit Fan Experience – SoFi Stadium 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM SoFi Stadium
Guided Tour of Los Angeles on our way to the iconic Old Farmer’s Market and The Grove 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM SoFi Group Entrance
Lunch at the Old Farmer’s Market 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM Old Farmer’s Market
Meet at Clock Tower for Grove Tour 1:30 PM Clock Tower, Olf Farmer’s Market
Dessert Reception/Tour at The Grove 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM The Grove
Departure 2:45 PM  
Studio Tour and Reception at Warner Studios 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Warner Studios
Evening at Universal Studios Hollywood 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM  
Depart to Hotel 9:00 PM Universal Front Gate
Friday, January 20 Time Location
Load Luggage for Coach to LAX 5:30 AM Sequoia Foyer
Departure to LAX (only transportation to airport) 6:30 AM Sequoia Foyer

Friday, January 20

(Hawaii Post Tour – Oahu and Big Island (Separate Registration))

Time Location
Attendees arrive in Honolulu – Flights Booked on Own    
Hotel Check – Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Waikiki Beach 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Waikiki Beach
Welcome Reception and Dinner 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Queen Kapiloani
Saturday, January 21 Time Location
North Shore, Jualoa, PCC, Kualoa, PCC, Waimea Valley, Haleiwa, Dole Plantation 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM  
Free Time 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM  
Reception and Dinner 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  
Evening Activities 8:30 PM  
Sunday, January 22 Time Location
Student Itinerary – Honolulu Highlights, Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and More 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  
Free Time 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  
Sunset Catamaran Sail 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM  
Farewell Reception – Post Sail 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  
Evening Events – We will try and work schedule so attendees can participate Redeye Departures  
Monday, January 23 Time Location
Tuesday, January 24 Time Location
Option – Extension to Kauai with Evening at Luau Kalamaku (Hosted by Polynesian Adventure)   Attending Luau Kalamaku will require overnight stay


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

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.

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

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!

Steve Maehl, Global Travel Alliance

It was over ten years ago that I attended my very first SYTA event at the 2009 Summit. I learned a lot, and made new friendships, but what impressed me the most was discovering an organization that desired to come together to collectively improve our industry and continually works together to change young lives for good through travel.

Tara Hippensteel, National Director of Tourism, City Cruises

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!