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CONTACT ’18 Preview: Charleston Educational sessions build your knowledge base and get you into the field This year at Contact, in addition to sessions on-site, you’ll have the opportunity to go out into Charleston and take part in a site visit focused on developing a specialty market. Here are some of the sessions in store. Education on the go! Sponsored by Explore Charleston Historical/ Heritage: Boone Hall Plantation Boone Hall Plantation is the only site in the South Carolina Lowcountry to offer a live presentation of the area’s Gullah culture. The tour allows guests to see how this Colonial Revival home blends recovered materials and antique furnishings to re-create a 19th-century rural atmosphere. Thom Singer General Session: Finding the Funny in Change Speaker: Jan McInnis, The Work Lady Whether it’s going green or myriad new rules that govern the industry, we are constantly reacting to a new playing field. Changes in industry rules and regulations routinely have professionals reassessing and re-evaluating their practices. All of this change causes fear, tension and miscommunications. Using humor, Jan will show you how to diffuse tension instantly, kick off tough conversations and facilitate communications. Additionally, she will share with you the latest research linking laughter and health—yes they’re actually studying this stuff! Public Relations in the Digital Age Speakers: Gina Stouffer and Melanie Mathos, Lou Hammond Group Join a team from the Lou Hammond Group, an award-winning marketing communications firm headquartered in New York, as they discuss how the internet has changed the travel PR industry. Explore the traditional media landscape and find out if communication tools like press releases are still important. Discuss the importance of working with bloggers and social media influencers and leave with tools for creating content that increases awareness and drives business. 24 January 2018 Hop on the trolley for a tour of the many acres of tea plants and the NTA member’s state-of- the-art greenhouse. You’ll walk through the entire tea production building and see all the equipment it takes to get fresh tea leaves ready for your cup. Your final stop will include a sampling of tea flavors and the chance to shop for tea-related paraphernalia at the gift shop. Faith: Why Charleston is called the Holy City St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Jeff Caplinger with All About Charleston Tours will lead this tour to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the oldest church in the city. It was built in 1761 and has welcomed George Washington. Also featured on this tour are Historical Circular Congregational Church and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the U.S. and the birthplace of American Reform Judaism. Speaker: Thom Singer, The Conference Catalyst You’ll network in a brand new way at this all-attendee, interactive, thought-provoking session. Thom Singer, the Conference Catalyst, will moderate, and participants will share information and proven solutions, discuss industry trends, communicate ideas for tour product and create partnerships. You’ll leave this session with ideas to benefit your company and with a network of new industry contacts. Agritourism: Charleston Tea Plantation FLICKR/COUNSE Opening Session: The Three Cs of Ne