This is the last week to register for the National Bicycle Tourism Conference!

We’re putting the finishing touches on our portions of the National Bicycle Tourism Conference, checking off to-do lists, reaching out to our colleagues who we’ll see in a few weeks – and we wanted to write up one last pitch for you to join us in San Diego.

If you’re interested in where and how bicycling and tourism intersect, then we think you should consider attending the conference. This year’s agenda is full of interesting topics and conversation starters – from mountain bike tourism to urban bike tourism – from the big picture experience of a bicycle visitor to the nitty-gritty of putting together a route or a ride.

And, of course, the most valuable component is the opportunity to connect with folks from around the country (and beyond), to learn from each other, and to brainstorm interesting new ways to bring bike tourism into your community.

DMOs/CVBs: If you’re a tourism industry professional or work for your local Chamber or Business District, and you want to learn current best practices and how you can better incorporate bicycling into your tourism offerings, you should attend.

Bicycle Advocates: If you want to broaden your message of bicycles as economic development, or want to be able to speak to constituents who aren’t necessarily cyclists, you should attend.

If you’re interested in starting a Bike-Related Business, and you want to see what the gaps are in the market and learn from others who have started similar businesses, you should attend.

Trail Advocates: If you want to attract more visitors to your trail and learn about successes from other trails, you should attend.

If you’re involved in Economic Development, whether at a local or larger level, and you want to learn more about using bicycling to kickstart new opportunities, you should attend.

If you represent a Bicycle Brand or work in the Bicycle Industry, and you want to get in on the discussion of combining bicycling and tourism, which will ultimately help you sell more bikes, you should attend.

Over the last two years, we’ve seen the conference grow and change to become more inclusive of destinations and styles of riding beyond just fast-paced road events. We’re proud to be involved and look forward to the interactions that we’ll have this year – and we hope that you’ll consider joining us.

Registration ends on October 20. So, if you’re going to jump on the opportunity, now is the time to do so.