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San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

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Event professionals have a multitude of host cities to select from, but more and more are making San Jose, California, their top pick. What is it about San Jose that is wooing major companies and associations away from the competition? From June 5 to 9, Apple triumphantly returned its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to…

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Las Vegas Convention Center’s $1.4 Billion Expansion Receives Final Approval

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It’s finally official: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of Las Vegas Convention Center. In the works since 2016, the project had previously been approved by other local boards, but had yet to receive final approval from LVCVA. The expansion will add…

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

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The City of Bridges is making a big splash. Pittsburgh was once the world capitol of steel. Today, it’s a major destination for international business travelers and environmentally concerned meeting planners. Visit Pittsburgh, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, touts the area as walkable, affordable and livable. It’s situated amid the Alleghany Mountains and boasts…

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Asheville

Asheville Emerges as a Cosmopolitan City

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Asheville is known for arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and equally adventuresome people. Set among breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has thrived as a destination for trailblazers since at least the 1800s. Over the past decade, it has also emerged as one of North Carolina’s most cosmopolitan cities. The biggest challenge for…

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Portland, Oregon

Why Meet in Portland?

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Portland, Oregon, is all about progress. The forward-thinking city—known for its modern urban planning, environmentally friendly ordinances, and diverse population—is a top destination for business meetings. Travel Portland, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, boasts more than 175 hotels and over 21,000 guest rooms. With its many pathways and bridges, Willamette and Columbia rivers, and…

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Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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Indiana Pacers Bikeshare The largest cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. They’re all great places for companies and associations to meet. South Bend, Fort Wayne and Evansville have major universities where academia professionals share notes and corporate recruiters find talent. Indianapolis Indianapolis was named the No. 1 convention city in…

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Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings and tourism destination. Columbus is the state capitol. Cincinnati is famous for its big river, baseball and beer. Cleveland has the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Akron, where Goodyear is headquartered, is known as the city of inventions. All…

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Exhibition Industry Posts Modest First-Quarter Gains

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After a slight dip at the end of last year, the exhibition industry grew modestly, posting a year-over-year gain of 1.6 percent, in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). CEIR had previously reported that after 25 consecutive quarters of growth, exhibitions declined by 0.4 percent in the…

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