Twillingate Tourism Development Conference

  • 10 Apr 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Anchor Inn Hotel, 3 Path End Twillingate
Twillingate Tourism Development Conference 1 April 2014

9:00 am – 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:15 am

Building Place

Marilyn Coles- Hayley, Campus Administrator for the College of the North Atlantic Bonavista Campus, Chair of Tourism Elliston

When empty coffers forced the Town of Elliston to turn its streetlights off, things started to change on the Bonavista Peninsula. Learn about Building Place, the Bonavista Cultural Institute and the Puffin and Roots Rants and Roars Festivals.

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Tea Break

10:45 am - 12:00 noon

The Gros Morne Evolution

Colleen Kennedy, Executive Director of Gros Morne Co-operative Association
Katherine Lockhart, Cultural Co-ordinator, Gros Morne Co-operative Ass.

Gros Morne is a leader the Province in tourism development, using its natural and cultural assets and building strong partnerships.  Colleen and Katherine will share Gros Morne’s tourism evolution and provide an overview of Gros Morne Co-op with focus on Gros Morne Gatherings and the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint.  

12:00 to 12:45 pm


12:45 to 2:00 am

Folklife and Festivals: Project Planning for Cultural Events

Ryan Davis, Founder and Executive Director of the Mummers’ Festival

Cultural planning involves a process of inclusive community consultation and decision-making. Folklife Festivals and other celebrations effectively harness the essence of cultural resources for use by community members. By examining the Mummers Festival, this presentation will explore the strategies and issues involved in creating cultural events. 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Role of Hiking Trails in Season Extension

Marieke Gow, Chair Eastern DMO, Manager Artisan Inn, Trinity
Marieke will provide an operator perspective of trails in Trinity/Bonavista and will share her experience of the role of trails in tourism in exotic destinations such as Australia and the Galapagos Islands.

Andy Hennebury
“Walking / hiking has been identified as one of the top activities visitors participate in while visiting the province (Exit Survey 2011). Increasingly trails are being promoted as a tourism product to extend the tourism season with opportunities to develop quality experiences that are unique and authentic to a region or season. This presentation will highlight national and international examples of trail development as a tourism product, along with provincial examples of community groups and businesses recognizing the value of their community trails”.

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Tea Break

3:20 pm - 4:10 pm

Tourism Assurance Plan (TAP)

Craig Foley, Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador

What is TAP, how does it affect each tourism operator and what is needed to be compliant by May 31, 2014? Get the facts and ask the questions.


Colleen Kennedy

Executive Director of Gros Morne Co-operative Association

Colleen KennedyColleen Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, She has been a leader in Tourism Development in Gros Morne, and recent recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and the Doug Wheeler Award for her long-term development work in the tourism industry.

This short biography does not do justice to the impact Colleen has had the growth of Gros Morne’s tourism industry and we look forward to learning from the ideas and models that were implemented on the west coast of Newfoundland.

Katherine Lockhart

Cultural Co-ordinator, Gros Morne Co-operative Ass

Katherine is an experienced administrator with a background in event and project planning with a strong passion for the arts and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Katherine is the coordinator for the implementation of the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint.

Marilyn Coles-Hayley

Campus Administrator for the College of the North Atlantic Bonavista Campus, Chair of Tourism Elliston

Marilyn Coles-HayleyMarilyn has a Diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelors Degree in Post­Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Education.  She has worked as a Business Education Instructor at the Bonavista Campus, College of the North Atlantic; as Contract Training Officer for the Bonavista and Clarenville campuses; and, for the past 23 years, as Campus Administrator of the Bonavista Campus.

Marilyn is also Managing Director for the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism. Marilyn is very involved in the community. She is an active volunteer on many committees including the Office of Public Engagement Regional Council, the Eastern Destination TDVAA (Tourism Destination Visitor Appeal Appraisal Advisory Committee), Eastern Destination TASC (Tourism Association Subcommittee), the Discovery Geopark Committee and Chair of Tourism Elliston.

Ryan Davis

Founder and Executive Director of the Mummers’ Festival

Ryan Davis, Mummers FestivalRyan Davis is the Mummers Festival's founding coordinator and executive director.  Now entering its 6th year, the Mummers Festival is a recipient of the Hospitality NL Cultural Tourism Award and a Manning Award for Excellence in Community Development.

Ryan holds a Masters degree in Folklore from Memorial University with a focus on cultural tourism, festival, ritual, and public display.    

Andy Hennebury

Tourism Development Officer, DTCR

Born and raised in a small rural fishing community on the Burin Peninsula. As part of a fishing family he spent countless hours in the boat either cutting cod tongues as a boy or hauling lobster pots and other fishing gear as a teenager. Always appreciated and respected the natural environment, and seen the value in providing visitors an opportunity to experience our spectacular coastlines by means of historic footpaths and trails.


Andy is an Industry Development Officer with Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation with a Science Degree (Physical Geography) from Memorial University with an concentration on coastlines. Over the past Andy 12 years Andy has been involved in the tourism industry with a nature based focus – 8 of which with the Department of Tourism Culture and Recreation. He works closely with municipalities, community groups and businesses to sustainably develop quality walking and hiking trails.


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