St. Joseph’s College to Host Discover Long Island’s Travel Symposium

September 06, 2017

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Discover Long Island will hold its First Annual Tourism Symposium on Wednesday, September 13 from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at SJC Long Island in Patchogue.

During the all-day program, there will be a presentation by Fred Dixon, president and CEO for NYC & Company, and a 2018 Long Island tourism forecast provided by Ali Hoyt, director of consulting and analytics at Smith Travel Research (STR). The Symposium will also include a tourism technology panel by representatives from, Expedia and TripAdvisor.

Breakout sessions include the following:

  • Gon’ Local powered by Island Strong will discuss social media strategies for business of all sizes and budgets
  • HelmsBriscoe will share event strategies and best practices for planning meetings
  • Representatives from the Oyster Festival, Pride on the Beach, Alive After Five® and Winterfest  will talk about how to develop large-scale events

“As dedicated champions of the tourism industry, this event is designed to share best practices for industry advancement, provide forecasting research for strategic preparation and will unveil exciting collaborations with fellow industry leaders whose partnerships are taking us to new heights,” said Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO of Discover Long Island. “The tourism industry is a $5.6 billion economic driver for Long Island and it is essential that we stay at the forefront of innovation to remain competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace.”

This event is open to the public, but seating is limited so registration is required. To learn more about the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management at SJC Long Island, visit

Discover Long Island was established in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination’s travel and tourism industry. The organization contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events and related activities. For more information, call 631.951.3900 or visit

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.