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San Francisco Sets 2016 Tourism RecordsConvention CentersCVBsDestinationsTrends

Moscone Center No doubt bolstered by the Super Bowl, which took place in the Bay Area last February, San Francisco achieved 2016 tourism records for the seventh consecutive year, according to San Francisco Travel. San Francisco drew a total of 25.1 million visitors in 2016 for an increase of 2.3 percent over 2015. Visitors to San Francisco city and county accounted for $9.69 billion…

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Las Vegas, Los Angeles Break Tourism RecordsDestinationsTravelTrends

Bliss Dance by Barry Toranto, Las Vegas The 2016 numbers are starting to roll in, and it’s is looking like last year was huge for tourism records as evidenced by reports from Las Vegas and Los Angeles this week. Las Vegas set an all-time record in 2016 as it welcomed 42.9 million visitors, which surpassed its 2015 total of 42.3 million. Las Vegas Convention and…

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Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017Convention CentersDestinationsTechnology News

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the 50th annual CES convention, which took place Jan. 5-8. With an estimated 175,000 attending the largest gathering of innovation and connectivity in the world, many participants took advantage of the ability to use their CES badges for fast and convenient access to public transportation. Las Vegas…

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New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 ListHotels & ResortsMeeting Planning

The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers. A panel of hospitality experts created the original list of 20 properties, and readers cast their votes for the top 10. Most of the top 10 properties are also awesome boutique meeting hotels located in popular…

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NYC Invites You to Meet BrooklynDestinations

Move over, Manhattan. It’s time to meet Brooklyn. When NYC & Company heads to Austin, Texas, for the annual PCMA Convening Leaders event Jan. 8-11, representatives from the CVB plan to talk up Brooklyn for good reason. With more than 28 hotels in the pipeline, the borough expects to be home to over 3,500 hotel rooms by 2019….

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CVB Marketing Genius Makes HeadlinesCVBsDestinationsTrends

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards and making statements. The creative genius behind CVB promotional strategies not only fuel buzz that impact tourism and meetings, but help destinations tell their unique stories. Starting Jan. 9, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign that…

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Disturbing Breakdown at Customs CheckpointsInternationalNewsTravel

Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, had some harsh words for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following a four-hour technical disruption on Jan. 2 that caused long delays at checkpoints nationwide. According to the CBP, the service breakdown does not appear to be malicious, but it did create a lot of issues since…

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Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016Convention CentersCVBsDestinationsMeeting PlanningTrends

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for meetings and events in the new year. From San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney to Aberdeen, Scotland, convention center projects include major expansions and new builds that are born from demand. Houston, Texas Houston’s downtown convention district is…

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Hugs and KissimmeeCVBsDestinationsHotels & Resorts

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made Florida Encounter proud during the annual meetings and events trade show Nov. 30−Dec. 2. Often overshadowed by Orlando, one of the top meeting destinations in the world, next-door Kissimmee in Osceola County has…