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.”