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California Tourism Safety & Security Conference
Set for May 1, 2008
Conference to address hospitality health & safety, other timely issues

March 26, 2008 - Tourism safety and security goes far beyond the aftermath of terrorist attacks or hurricanes. Nothing has been more evident in recent months. A fire at a Las Vegas Strip hotel; damage to hotels from a surprise tornado in Atlanta; a well-preserved body found in a room in Newport Beach, Calif.; and an assault on a young guest by a security guard in Florida highlight reasons why tourism professionals, meeting planners, venue operators and law enforcement personnel need to be educated and prepared for a variety of crises that can affect visitor perception of a city. Missteps may impact the number of visitors to a city and reduce visitor spending--and reputations are difficult to repair.

The 2008 California Tourism Safety & Security Conference will provide timely training on handling safety and security issues in the industry. The one-day conference, in its ninth year, is time-effective and cost-effective for people wanting to be at the forefront of providing tourist-oriented services to visitors.

The conference is set for May 1 at the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif. and will run from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Attendance is restricted to regional law enforcement agencies, security teams, tourism agencies/venues/attractions, hotel personnel, meeting planners, convention managers, tour operators, and others actively working in tourism. The training conference is co-hosted by the Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Hilton Anaheim, and the California Tourism Safety & Security Association. Members of the media are invited to cover the event with advance notice.

Pre-registration is required; cost is $99. Price includes all programs, hosted luncheon, plus digital video surveillance technology displays.

Training topics include:

  • Hotel/motel safety
  • Special event security
  • Marketing safety and security
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Criminal/terrorist profiling for tourism venues
  • Health and food safety
  • How to detect counterfeit IDs, cash, checks or credit cards
  • Prosecuting crimes against visitors

To download a registration form:

Dave Wiggins
Ann Gallaugher

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