This is the last week to receive the discounted registration rate for the Global Symposium on Racing. Registration rates will increase by $100 starting on Nov. 28, 2019. The conference runs from Dec. 9-11, 2019 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., and is being presented by the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program.
The 2019 conference sessions focus on safety, welfare, public perception and thriving in a new environment. Topics include:
- Changing the Marketing Paradigm in Racing and Other Observations of the Sport
- Horse Racing's Social License to Operate
- Racing's Safety and Welfare Initiatives
- Maintaining the Critical Mass in Racing: The Owners
- Maintaining the Critical Mass in Racing: The Players
- Continuing the Quest for the Safest Racing Surface: The Natural Racing Surface
- Continuing the Quest for the Safest Racing Surface: Taking Another Look at Synthetic Surfaces
- Media Relations Workshop: How to Manage Racing's Message in the Media
- A Personal Perspective of Racing's Past, Present and Future
- Maintaining the Critical Mass in Racing: The Equine Population
- Making the Grade in North America
- The Digital Age of Breed Registries and Horse Identification
- Racing and Television – Unleashing the Opportunity of Increased Exposure
- Listening to the Racing Customer
- Good News Stories of Racing: A Look at the Rebirth of Racing in Virginia
Monday afternoon, December 9, the NTRA is hosting an NHC Handicapping Contest Workshop for tournament directors as well as racetrack GMs, marketing directors and ADW executives. The two-hour session will cover contest formats, marketing tactics, insurance bonus programs, and other factors that can help drive contest participation and revenue. The workshop is free to registered Symposium attendees who will also receive $500 off a 2020 NHC seat.
Other conference highlights include Steve Byk's radio show live from the Symposium; a prayer breakfast hosted by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America; tote protocol meeting; luncheon and awards presented by the Race Track Industry Program, Racing Officials Accreditation Program and the Turf Publicists of America; receptions every evening as well as a sold-out exhibit area.
For a full description of the panel sessions and invited speakers, visit https://ua-rtip.org/symposium/
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