SACRAMENTO, CA (August, 2008) – The California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA) is hosting the “Beyond the Gateways” conference this September 29 – October 1, 2008 at the Flamingo Resort Hotel in Santa Rosa, California. The conference, which will focus on California’s diversity, is aimed at visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, parks personnel, lodging operators, museums and cultural heritage and attraction managers. Cost to attend is $230.00 for members and $285.00 for non-CalTIA members.

Conference highlights include three keynote presentations, nine educational sessions, a business exchange with vendors and a “bright ideas” session. Keynoting the conference’s general sessions will be Cari Guittard from Business for Diplomatic Action and Jim Ferri, Ferri and Associates. To register for the “Beyond the Gateways” conference or for more information, please visit or call 916.932.2580.

CalTIA represents all travel-related business’ political concerns and advocates directly to the California Legislature and the Executive Branch and local and federal officials. Through this advocacy effort and education/collaboration activities such as the “Beyond the Gateways” conference, CalTIA assists travel businesses to deliver an exceptional California experience to the traveler.