ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. - The 53rd annual Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association convention is slated for Oct. 23 - Oct. 25 at the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel.It has been 13 years since the convention has ...
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. – The 53rd annual Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association convention is slated for Oct. 23 – Oct. 25 at the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel.
It has been 13 years since the convention has been held in Newfoundland, and convention chairman Kevin Philpott of U-Can Universal is excited that the APTA is taking it back to the province where he was born and raised.
“It won’t be your ordinary convention,” he promised participants.
The annual event will be held in one of the most beautiful places in Canada, said Philpott, and on top of that, the convention committee has planned for outstanding entertainment, food and dancing.
“We are bringing in two professional speakers. One of them is Dan Baker from Bulverde, Tex. who speaks 100 per cent to the industry and brings a lot of relevant things to the table in a really fun way,” said Philpott.
“We have also arranged for Donald Cooper, who is part of the hockey equipment Cooper family, to speak about marketing and image building discussing how you present yourself in the marketplace,” he added.
But the aforementioned speakers are just a few of the convention’s highlights, according to Philpott.
“It is a perfect opportunity for the industry to come together and discuss issues of concern as well as have a few laughs,” he said.
The APTA is expecting about 450 participants. Philpott, who has been monitoring the room bookings at the hotel in St. John’s closely, said 300 people had already booked rooms as of press time, not including the local Newfoundlanders who have already registered as well.
“One of the APTA’s concerns with hosting such a big event in Newfoundland was the cost of flying everybody out there,” said Philpott. “We have been very fortunate, we did some hunting and we found some really great fares from CanJet and Air Canada. The travel agents we have been directing people to use have found some really amazing deals and have done a great job in working with us on this.”
For more details about the convention, contact the APTA at 506-853-7424 or visit www.apta.ca
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