Category Archives: CVBs

Orlando CVB Rebrands Itself

Jan. 14, 2011 The Board of Directors of the Orlando CVB in Orlando, Fla., announced that the organization is changing its name to Visit Orlando. “The bottom line is that ‘CVB’ doesn’t have the same meaning as it once did in today’s lexicon.  It doesn’t reflect the vibrancy of the Orlando experience or the focus…

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Memphis CVB Takes Over

Nov. 23, 2010 As of Jan. 1, 2011, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau will take over management of the Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Tennessee. SMG, the current management company, will be on a contract service agreement with the MCVB. John Christison, president and chief executive…

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Don Horner Takes on Hawaii CVB

Nov. 23, 2010 In 2011, Don Horner, the chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, will start his position as chairman of the board of directors for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. He succeeds Mark Dunkerly, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, who has been the chairman for two years. Horner is…

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SFCVB to Change Name

Nov. 18, 2010 The board of directors from the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau voted unanimously to change the organization’s name to the San Francisco Travel Association. Because the organization has grown and developed over the past century, Joe D’Alessandro, the president and CEO of the SFCVB, says that the word “bureau” doesn’t accurately…

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SFCVB Opposes Hotel Tax

Nov. 2, 2010 Today, San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to pass Proposition J, a bill that will increase the city’s hotel tax from 14% to 16%. In addition to Tourism Improvement District fees, the passage of Prop J would raise the hotel tax to as much as 17.5%, which is more than…

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Boise CVB Loses Funding

Sept. 16, 2010 In July, the Greater Boise Auditorium District voted 3–2 to stop funding the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, and decided to use the destination marketing money in-house through the Boise Centre. The CVB brings $30 million worth of meetings and events each year to the city, according to Boise Weekly, but on…

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San Diego CVBs Converge

Aug. 9, 2010 The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to merge their sales and marketing efforts with the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (ConVis). The partnership allows both CVBs to work together on a marketing plan that will improve efficiencies and create business for the San Diego region. sandiego.org

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Oakland CVB Goes Private

The city of Oakland, Calif., has stopped funding for the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau. A proposal is now underway to increase the previous budget of $650,000 to $1.5 million by tapping into private funding. Hotels would add a $1.50 to $2 charge per night on guest rooms, joining cities such as San Francisco, San…

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