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Cincinnati Welcomes Delegation from International Council of Museums; Readies Bid to Host 2019 General Conference
Every three years, more than 3,000 museum experts and professionals representing more than 100 nationalities gather for the General Conference of the International Council of Museums. This week, Cincinnati welcomed a delegation from the United States National Committee (ICOM-US) to plan a formal bid to host the 25th General Conference in 2019.
Cincinnati was presented as the U.S. host city for the bid at ICOM-US’ board meeting in Seattle, Washington earlier this year. If selected, Cincinnati would be just the second United States host city for the General Conference and the first since New York in 1965. The 2013 event was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2016 conference is planned for Milan, Italy. The event would bring more than 3,000 attendees, using 13,000 hotel room nights and delivering $3.8 million in economic impact.
Board leaders from ICOM-US arrived in Cincinnati last weekend and joined Douglass McDonald, a fellow ICOM-US board member and president and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center. This group included: Elizabeth Duggal, Deputy Director, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden; Kathy Dwyer Southern, Professor- George Washington University Museum Studies Program; Diana Pardue, Director, Museum Services Division, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum; and William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art.
“It has been a thrill to host our friends from the U.S. National Committee, and we’re so honored that Cincinnati has been selected by ICOM-US as the U.S. bid city for 2019,” said McDonald. “Cincinnati has cultivated one of the world’s great arts and culture communities, and this process will celebrate our history in the arts and the extraordinary organizations and individuals who continue to shape it.”
“We’re excited for this new opportunity to host another major international conference,” added Dan Lincoln of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This event has previously been held in places like Paris, Vienna and Moscow, and for 2019 we’ll be competing with cities in Asia and South America. We know our credentials as a world-class arts destination will measure up and our track record of successfully hosting high-profile events is second to none."
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Positively Cleveland Announces Name Change
Positively Cleveland, the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) of Greater Cleveland, announced today that it is changing its name to Destination Cleveland, effective immediately. The CVB’s Executive Board chose the name Destination Cleveland to better reflect the work the organization does to showcase Cleveland as a destination for leisure and business travel. The need for a new name surfaced during the two years of research that resulted in the organization’s destination brand launch earlier this year.
“Our job, first and foremost, is to position Cleveland as an exciting, vibrant destination for people who travel here from around the world, and for those who live here, as well,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO, Destination Cleveland. “Our new name, Destination Cleveland, perfectly describes our daily mission – and that’s to increase travel and tourism in Northeast Ohio.”
The name change also reflects the evolution of the organization’s business model, which now works in close partnership with the community to increase the economic impact of travel and tourism. The CVB adopted a new sales process, working with sales teams at the new Cleveland Convention Center, the I-X Center and local hotel community. The CVB also created a Destination Development and Community Affairs department dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and reinforcing the destination brand. In addition, the CVB’s marketing team now focuses all its efforts on promoting the destination brand for Northeast Ohio.
“The work we do as Destination Cleveland will not fundamentally change from what we’ve accomplished as Positively Cleveland,” said Gilbert. “We’re proud of what we’ve done, but our best work is still ahead of us and we will continue to offer world-class service and a world-class experience to our visitors, whether they’re here on vacation or for business.”
The organization’s new name will appear on its marketing materials immediately. Destination Cleveland’s website will remain thisiscleveland.com and updates to replace Positively Cleveland with the new name will be made throughout the site this week. All social media handles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest will remain unchanged.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland will continue to serve as the legal name of the organization, but will conduct business under Destination Cleveland.
Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau Helps Local Women Dress for Job Interviews
The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Poised For Success and holding a woman’s business clothing drive to help promote economic self-sufficiency in women. This initiative is a collection of suits and other professional attire to help disadvantage women make a first impression at interviews and land jobs that change their lives. Poised For Success serves women in Chicago and the western suburbs including Lisle.
“It may seem obvious but the right set of clothes can make or break a job interview,” says Lisle CVB Executive Director Diane Homolka. “However, many disadvantaged women just don’t have the means to go out and buy business clothes when they are unemployed. That’s why initiatives like Poised for Success are so important.”
When preparing your clothing donations, please keep in mind that we are providing clothing for women to wear on a job interview and to wear to work. All clothing donations should be current style or timeless design and either new, like new or gently used, cleaned, pressed and ready for women to wear out the door. Read the full release for a list of immediate needs.
A designated collection box will be at their office location- Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, 9-5 Monday-Friday. Members of the community can drop off their donations through December 31st. The Lisle CVB will take all donations to Poised for Success, 312 S. Westmore/Meyers Rd., Lombard.
For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle CVB Bureau Services Coordinator 630.769.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry Cook to Retire as Head of Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dr. Jerry Cook, president of the Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau, will retire Dec. 31, 2014, after 18 years of overseeing the nonprofit tourism organization, Board Chairman Bruce Boettcher has announced.
"Under Jerry's leadership and commitment, Overland Park's hotel occupancy has reached its highest levels, and the city has evolved into a premier destination for meetings, conventions and sports events," said Boettcher, general manager of the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. "He has always represented Overland Park in the best of ways and we thank him for his countless contributions."
Among the highlights of Cook's tenure include his role in the development and promotion of the Overland Park Convention Center, Sheraton Overland Park Hotel and the Overland Park Soccer Complex. He has served on many boards including the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas, the Hotel and Lodging Association of Kansas City and Destination Marketing Association International.
Following his retirement, Cook plans to continue his role as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Johnson County Community College as well as serve as the Chairman of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas State Coordinator for the national Association of Community College Trustees.
Leawood-based executive recruitment firm EFL Associates has begun the national search for Cook's replacement. For more information about the search process, please contact Angie Salmon at email@example.com or 913.234.1576.
Bublr Bikes Bring Convention Attendees and Visitors a New Way to Get Around Town
Milwaukee has rolled out its new Bublr Bikes bike share program, which currently includes 10 rental stations to help visitors and convention attendees travel around the already walkable city with several more stations coming in the next year.
“We are thrilled to be a sponsor of Milwaukee’s new Bublr Bikes,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “Not only will this greatly benefit tourists visiting our city, but it will also provide an invaluable service to convention attendees looking to get around town more efficiently.”
Bublr Bikes are a cost-effective and healthy way to travel around Milwaukee, and the program has already proven successful; within the first six weeks of operation, roughly 80 percent of Bublr Bikes users have been visitors to Milwaukee. Bublr Bikes received its name by playing off a uniquely Milwaukee word for what locals call their drinking fountains.
“These bikes are for trips that may be too long to walk, but too short to drive and provide new ways of seeing the city,” said Kevin Hardman, launch director of Bublr Bikes. “Bike sharing is an urban choice for public transportation, another easy way to get from point A to point B.”
Weather dependent, the bike stations will remain in operation for an eight-to-nine month season—they will be removed during winter months for safety and sidewalk cleaning. For more information about locations and pricing, please visit http://bublrbikes.com/.
Springfield, Illinois Tourism’s New Brand is “Always Legendary”
Mayor Mike Houston and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed the city’s new tourism brand at an event in downtown Springfield Wednesday evening September 24. Approximately 250 hospitality industry employees and tourism supporters were in attendance.
Titled “Always Legendary,” the brand will set the tone for all future marketing campaigns, publications and projects of the convention and visitors bureau. The SCVB is the chief marketing, sales and services organization for Springfield, Illinois tourism.
According to SCVB Acting Director Gina Gemberling, “We have spent the last several months working with both our local hospitality partners and our advertising agency to develop a cohesive and consistent message that represents our appeal as a destination for visitors. This new brand will be used to show the unique and authentic experience travelers can expect when they visit Springfield.”
Leaders from a variety of hospitality market segments participated in a branding discovery session with the convention and visitors bureau and digital media and marketing agency USDM earlier this year. The session resulted in a strategy to best represent the city’s many assets to travelers. Member of the branding discovery session included representatives from the President Abraham Lincoln-a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel; the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center; the Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center; the Springfield Airport Authority; the Prairie Capital Convention Center; the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; the Illinois Office of Tourism and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
The Wednesday evening event included a presentation from USDM in which they outlined the new brand which showcases Springfield’s authentic and unique voice to tourists. According to USDM, “Always Legendary” respects the city’s identity and is at the core of what visitors expect. Having a clear brand allows the Springfield CVB to compete in a cluttered market of first and second-tier cities for meetings, conventions and leisure tourists. “Having a clear brand, one that is memorable and that reflects how the visitor thinks and feels about a destination, can be the tipping point to drive attendance and occupancy” said Cliff Ward, Chief Creative Officer of USDM.
Following the presentation, the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed new full window graphics featuring their new brand identity. The SCVB is located at 109 N. 7th Street.
Mayor Mike Houston said, “Tourism numbers were up in 2013, and we wanted to make sure we kept the momentum moving forward. 2015 will be a big year for our community, with the 10th Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Funeral commemoration and the opening of the Kidzeum, plus the many national conventions we are hosting. We’ve got a lot of reasons to welcome more people here in the future.”
Tourism is an economic engine for Springfield, employing over 3,000 people in Sangamon County and generating $7.53 million dollars in local tax revenues in 2013. The tourism industry encompasses hotels, restaurants, recreation, entertainment, shopping and special events and includes partners such as the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Downtown Springfield, Inc., the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Capital Area Sports Commission and the Springfield Commission on International Visitors.
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau works to promote, service and sell Springfield, Illinois as a leisure and convention destination of distinction.
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