2024 Hospitality Summit

Mark your calendars! We’re thrilled to host you at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa for our annual member summit, co-presented with the NYS Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSHTA). Prepare for an inspiring event filled with learning, networking, and fun!

Join us for an action-packed conference designed to:

  • Level up your skills: Attend ed sessions with experts and peers designed specifically for hospitality professionals.
  • Shape the future: Get industry and advocacy updates and have your voice heard on issues.
  • Unwind and reconnect: Enjoy fun social events and reconnect with fellow members in a relaxed setting.

Early Bird Registration (through August 16): $199

Regular Registration (through October 6): $249


October 6

2:00 pm (1:15 departure) | Wegmans Farm Tour (Limited spots available — be sure to register ahead here!)

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception

October 7

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  | Forecast Fluency: Learning How to Look Ahead, facilitated by Russ Webb

An interactive workshop, this session will step through a process of trend identification that can be used to look up to the horizon and focus on what will most enable mission advancement. Attendees will gain the ability to:

  • Learn and practice a framework of past, present, & future trend identification.
  • Discover what questions can connect trend fluency to better mission-focused decisions.
  • Bring back interactive facilitation methods to build a forecasting practice with your team.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a. m. | A Seat at the Table: Advocating for the Hospitality Industry (details to follow)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Intro to AI for Hospitality (details to follow)

12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Presentation: The State of DEI in the Restaurant & Hospitality Industries with Gerry Fernandez

In this session, MFHA President Emeritus and Founder, Gerry Fernandez will dive into the latest data, trends and current events in diversity, equity and inclusion. He will provide insights on the most pressing issues facing DEI in the foodservice & hospitality industry today.  Participants will hear how companies who have built a culture of inclusion have leveraged their efforts to establish themselves as an employer of choice to a broad range of applicants.

4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | ROC Your Tastebuds: A Three-Stop Food & Drink Tour

October 8 

9:30 a.m. Annual Member and State Board Meeting

Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

This year we will be at the iconic Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, a hotel with a rich history. While there, guests can book a treatment at the Spa at Woodcliff, enjoy a 9-hole golf course, and over 70-acres of hiking trails.

NYSRA Room Rate: $165.00++ | Address: 199 Woodcliff Dr., Fairport, NY 14450

*Room block closes September 6*


Become a sponsor!

There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available for the NYSRA & NYSHTA Hospitality Summit.