Category Archives: CVBs

National, State Tourism Groups Can Now Join DMAI

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has expanded its membership rules to include national, state and provincial tourism organizations. Effective immediately, groups such as the Mexico Tourism Board and Visit Florida can join the CVBs and other local organizations that make up the trade association. DMAI’s membership overwhelmingly voted for the change to the bylaws, which…

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San Diego CVB Takes Over Convention Center Marketing

The San Diego City Council agreed Tuesday to give control of marketing and sales for the city’s convention center to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. The move was proposed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to advance a $520 million expansion of the 615,701-square-foot San Diego Convention Center, which hosts more than 200 events annually,…

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Missing S.C. Hospitality Spokesman Found Dead

Tom Sponseller, the president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, was found dead today in his office’s parking garage, ending a 10-day search that made national headlines. Police say that Sponseller committed suicide. He was last seen at his office on Feb. 18, and his car was parked in the garage. Police found…

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S.C. Hospitality Association CEO Missing

Police in Columbia, S.C., are searching for the president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, who was last seen Saturday afternoon at the association’s downtown offices. Tom Sponseller’s family reported him missing after he did not come home from the routine office visit and failed to return phone calls or text messages. His…

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St. Louis' Football Blues

Yes, the NFL season officially ended after another fantastic finish in Super Bowl XLVI last Sunday. For the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, however, there is still one game left to be played. In case you haven’t heard, the CVC is currently in heated negotiations with the St. Louis Rams football organization over the…

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Chicago Combines Tourism Offices

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced a plan to combine the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau with the tourism-focused portion of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. Current CCTB CEO and President Don Welsh will lead the new organization, which will have its formal launch in summer. The city estimates that streamlining its tourism…

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Association Selects Laguna Beach as Top CVB

The North American Travel Journalists Association has honored the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau with its Grand Prize for Convention & Visitors Bureaus/Destination Marketing Organizations, singling out the California bureau’s social-media efforts. The 2011 NATJA Awards Competition, in its 20th year, celebrates outstanding travel writing, photography and other media in 59 categories.  Most of…

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Charlotte CVB Sets Spending Limit

Aug. 24, 2011 The board of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has set a spending limit for hosting potential and existing clients, including meetings and events planners. The new rules were set in the wake of accusations against the CRVA for purchasing extravagant gifts for local businesses and public officials. They dictate that gifts must be…

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New Orleans CVB Chooses Management Partner

Aug. 10, 2011 The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau has chosen Experient as its housing services partner.  Experient will operate in tandem with the New Orleans CVB to help planners populate their housing blocks and iron out any housing issues that they have while in New Orleans.  The partnership will allow the New Orleans…

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Phoenix CVB Aids Wildfire Victims

July 6, 2011 Employees of the Phoenix CVB have currently raised more than $2,000 for victims of recent eastern Arizona wildfires. The first blaze, dubbed The Wallow Fire, started on May 29. It turned out to be the largest wildfire in Arizona history, igniting more than 530,000 acres of forest. Soon after, the Monument Fire…

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