About Eastman Tourism Development Conference

Eastern Manitoba is a sought-after tourism destination for the many attractions, events, and experiences available, yet tourism potential in the Eastman Region is far from being reached. Eastman Tourism and Community Futures Winnipeg River (CFWR), in partnership with our neighboring CF offices and key tourism sector agencies, aims to strengthen the Tourism Sector in Eastern Manitoba.

The main purpose of the conference is to better equip and position the local communities and tourism businesses to increase visitor attraction to the Eastman Region. By enhancing knowledge, enabling access to available resources, and motivating communities and businesses to work together, we will increase the ability to respond to tourism opportunities. After the conference, the partner agencies will continue to assist tourism agencies/businesses in meeting their own goals for development, expansion, or succession.

Tourism was growing before the pandemic, and it will thrive again after. We need to be responsive to current conditions and prepare for future growth in the Eastman region and beyond.











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Doug Lansky

After 20 years as a travel journalist, editor,  and author, Doug has given acclaimed lectures ...


Celes Davar

Is a tourism operator, facilitator, practitioner, and experiential tourism coach, creating innovative experiences with community ...


Allan Dubyts

Is a Trainer, e-learning specialist, and Entrepreneur. Learning is his true passion. He has an ...


Ben Dueck

Is a born and raised Manitoban who grew up in a family of entrepreneurs where ...


Frank Atnikov

Has over 30 years of experience and a passion to help people succeed. My job ...


Lesley Gaudry

Is a community economic development and tourism professional with over a decade of experience working ...


Cody Chomiak

Is responsible for leading marketing as it relates to Economic Development Winnipeg and Tourism Winnipeg. ...

Sylvie Foidart

Is a graduate of the Tourism Management program at the University of Saint-Boniface. She currently ...


Alex Krosney

Is a data-driven and strategy-focused digital marketer with a passion for her home province. Since ...


Holly Courchene

A member of the Peguis First Nation will lend her expertise to supporting Manitoba Indigenous ...

Conference Schedule

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Earth Rhythms Experiential Tourism

This three-workshop series is about reimagining the visitor experience for Eastern Manitoba.

-Introduction to Experiential Tourism

-Deep Dive into Experience Development, Marketing, and Sustainable Tourism

-Crafting Experiences, Storytelling, Business Resilience

*All three workshops build onto each other. It is essential to take all three. These sessions will not be recorded.

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Growth Made Simple

This session is designed as a high-level overview of the thinking and planning necessary for you to start or grow your business, or take on additional products or offer new service.

Fishing in a Sunset

What’s the Plan: Moving Forward with Community-Based Tourism

This session will inspire community-based leaders from both public and private sectors to come together and begin the process of establishing a vision for thriving tourism in your community.

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Francophone Tourism: An Opportunity to Expand Your Economy

This presentation will describe key francophone markets and highlight some of the best practices to attract this clientele and make the most out of what francophone tourism has to offer.


Succession Planning for Success

Learn how to plan for succession today by focusing on building into your people, into your systems, and into your business.


Creating & Transforming Experiences into Virtual Content

During this session, you will learn how using virtual experiences can generate awareness and revenue.

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Reaching the Right Audience Online

Learn how to use targeted digital marketing to put the right content in front of the right people at the right time.

Indigenous Tourism

Indigenous Tourism Development

What Indigenous Tourism development looks like in Manitoba and its role in sharing Anishinaabe culture with the world.

Register for the Eastman Tourism Development Conference

Click the resources button below for presentation material. Recordings of the presenters will be available after the conference.  Note that the Doug Lansky and Celes Davar sessions will not be recorded.

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