Explore St. Louis, the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry, will welcome over 1,600 of the world’s top meeting planners and tourism professionals to St. Louis for Destinations International 2019 Annual Convention at America’s Center July 23-25.
Just a 15-minute drive from the center of one of the country’s most vibrant cities, Cincinnati North provides its own distinct personality and opportunities. As Cincinnati experiences urban renewal in the heart of downtown, this relaxed, cityside locale is also undergoing a renaissance of its own.
VISIT Milwaukee announced today that Paul Upchurch has informed the Board of Directors of his resignation as the president and CEO. Upchurch has led the organization for more than nine years. During Upchurch’s tenure, tourism spending doubled from $1.6 billion in 2011 to $3.2 billion in 2018, and Upchurch recently assisted the DNC Host Committee in securing the DNC 2020 bid.
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The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Katie Buschbach as the events coordinator, a new position within the organization.
"We are excited to have found someone with such enthusiasm and a sales-oriented attitude," said Sonya Moller, director of the Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I think Katie will be an asset to our team."
Read more at MitchellRepublic.com
The Midwest Gaming Classic, one of the largest all-encompassing gaming trade shows in the country, returns to southeast Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Center on April 13 and 14. This trade show is open to the general public, and guests can play thousands of games of all types with the price of admission.
The facility, which remains under construction, will be called Community First Champion Center Fox Cities.
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Greater Lansing Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month With Community-wide Sensory-Friendly Initiative
Pictured is (Left to Right) Kelly Stuible-Clark with the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Julie Pingston with the Greater Lansing CVB and Catherine Blatnik with the Mid-Michigan Autism Association accepting the Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration at the 2019 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
The Greater Lansing region prides itself on being a welcoming community and it is our goal to provide the best experience to all guests that visit. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Therefore, in 2017 the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau began a collaboration with regional attractions to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorder, and other neuro-diverse individuals and their families.
Cincinnati USA CVB Announces New Initiative to Broaden Visitor Market, Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Programs
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced a new initiative to enhance its focus on diversity and inclusion, making it more relevant in the community and more attractive to visitors.
To lead the initiative, Jason Dunn, CTA, has been named Group Vice President, Diversity Sales and Inclusion, said Julie Calvert, President & CEO.
"The destination marketing industry attracts 26 million visitors and generates $5 billion in economic impact annually to Hamilton County,” said Calvert. “Over the next two decades, studies show that the majority of new U.S. travelers will be people of color and varying nationalities. Trends also show LGBTQ+ travel will be strong. We want to be prepared to sincerely welcome and engage these visitors. This initiative, and Jason’s new role, will help us accomplish that.”
Not only does Ohio's Hocking Hills region offer breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences, it also boasts a host of lodging options that are truly one-of-a-kind, with these wildly diverse offerings making it easy for an entire family, a couple or a group of friends to escape into the woods for some uninterrupted time together. Travelers can book lodging and find out about this unique area via ExploreHockingHills.com.
New this year, a beautiful, comfortable oasis was crafted from three 40-foot-long steel shipping containers. The Box Hop is a family getaway and rental cabin built by Seth and Emily Britt, a realization of a college dream that had stuck with Seth for years. The structure is set on 18 lush acres in the midst of the Hocking Hills. It features a full kitchen, two bathrooms, three bedrooms and sleeps eight. A gas fireplace, rooftop patio and six-person hot tub are among other amenities. This unusual 900-square-foot cabin rents through Airbnb with detailed information and images found at TheBoxHop.com.
Celebration of Hospitality Industry and Call for Engagement Highlight Cincinnati USA CVB Annual Meeting
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrated record-breaking tourism results and recognized key contributors to the local hospitality industry at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Highlights from the meeting included changes to the CVB’s Board of Directors and bylaws, a call for increased community partnership and engagement and the presentation of the CVB’s Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards.