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What Planners Need to Know About San Francisco’s Moscone Center Expansion

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Rendering courtesy of mosconeexpansion.com Now past the halfway point, the multiyear, $500 million expansion of San Francisco’s Moscone Center is making progress toward a late 2018 completion date. We recently talked with John Reyes, executive vice president and chief sales officer for San Francisco Travel, who filled us in on construction plans and facility upgrades….

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Philadelphia Records Highest-Ever Convention Booking Year

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Philadelphia’s prestige as a meeting destination dates to 1774, when the Continental Congress assembled in Carpenter’s Hall. Centuries later, that reputation continues to thrive. The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) reported 2016 as its highest-ever convention booking year, having secured 713 events using 903,199 hotel room nights for future years. Compared to 2015, the…

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Virginia’s Perfect 10

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For more than 47 years, Virginia has lured visitors with the promise, “Virginia is for lovers.” Martin & Woltz Inc., the Richmond-based agency that created the campaign, originally considered multiple variations on that theme:

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Downtown Meetings in the Heart of the Urban Jungle

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San Francisco skyline 8 cities revamped their downtown districts to better accommodate attendees When you want to get to know a city, it’s best to start at its heart: the downtown district. Downtowns in America are booming, with billions of dollars being put forward for renovations and new construction to make them more meeting-friendly. Whether…

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San Francisco Sets 2016 Tourism Records

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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 Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

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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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Sports Venues Score as Meeting Sites

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NRG Stadium, Houston Stadiums and ballparks move from hot dogs to haute deals It all started when the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in the 1960s: a sports venue used for nonsporting events. Today, stadiums and arenas nationwide regularly open their doors to conventions, trade shows and conferences, offering all the essential ingredients for a…

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Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

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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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