Your Rocky Mountain “Hi”
National Federation of Tourist Guides Association Conference
hosted by - Rocky Mountain Guides Association
January 15 - 18th, 2014
Experience the Old West in a New Way!
When the newspapers back East spread the word about the 1859 gold rush, it took the pioneers two months, three months or more to get here. Now it takes only a few hours. In 1859, there were only a few teepees and Denver's first building – a saloon! Most of those early prospectors and settlers continued into the Rocky Mountains searching for their fortune.
Experience the Denver of 2014!
In the Denver of today, you'll find a metropolitan city with a very vibrant downtown, a rich ethnic history and diverse cultural heritage, winters that are mild, summers of sun-filled days and cool, comfortable evenings (more annual hours of sun than Miami and San Diego) and a warm friendly population that welcomes visitors.
With your conference fee, here's how you will experience the new west:
- Touring the new History Colorado Center at the opening reception with Colorado beer and wines and "heavy" hors d'oeuvres. You just might find yourself talking to one of Colorado’s famous characters such as Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, or Molly Brown.
- Shouting "WAUGH!" (Mountain Man lingo for "Right On!") with the Keynote Speaker, Holly Arnold Kinney who is a member of the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and the proprietress of The Fort Restaurant, a recreation of the 1830's Old Bent's Fort along the Santa Fe Trail, serving from the food trends of the 1800’s.
- Experiencing architect Daniel Libeskind's first U.S. building, the Denver Art Museum, with a tour and presentation on the internationally acclaimed Native American Art Collection.
- Enjoying Happy Hour in the Grand Hyatt's Pinnacle Club to take advantage of the top floor view of Denver and the Rocky Mountains at sunset. There's time afterwards to experience one of the restaurants in downtown Denver or to follow the Beer Trail to enjoy many of Denver's micro-breweries.
- Reliving the old west with an afternoon at the 108th National Western Stock Show to include a matinee rodeo, reception, historical presentation, and tour of the grounds.
- Learning about the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with a presentation and tour.
- Attending the closing reception at the Brio Tuscan Grille in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver's upscale shopping center, with time for shopping using your discount coupons.
- Networking with fellow guides during the three included Continental breakfasts.
- Participating with fellow tour guides in three mornings of tour guide related sessions:
- Tour Operator Panel
- "When the unforeseen happens..." Solutions Round Table
- Technology Available to Tour Guides
- Turning a Tour into an Experience
- America's Byways
- WFTGA Presentation