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The Hulk. The Fonz. Doctor Who. Frozen’s Young Anna. Cincinnati USA Welcomes Pop Culture’s Favorite Icons at Cincinnati Comic Expo
Calling all pop culture and science fiction fans! Cincinnati USA is set to host the 5th Annual Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center Sept. 19-21, 2014. If the story has a cult following, visitors will likely encounter some aspect of it at this year’s Expo. Actors who portray some of pop culture’s most memorable characters along with their creators will be in attendance. With activities for fans of all ages, the weekend promises a full schedule of events.
“Hosting an event with such enthusiastic attendees is something our entire hospitality community enjoys,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Many of the actors and celebrities that are coming in for this event are cultural icons for multiple generations of Americans. This is a great event, and I look forward to welcoming both the stars and the attendees to the region.”
This year’s expo expects 10,000 attendees, as well as more than a dozen comic legends, celebrities and star props, including:
Scheduled events include:
The Cincinnati Comic Expo opens on Friday 3-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm. More information can be found at cincinnaticomicexpo.com.
About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is an aggressive sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $4.1 billion industry annually in Cincinnati USA, employing 94,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 22.7 million visitors to the region in 2011. For more information, click here.
Fort Wayne to Welcome More Than 1,000 from Indiana Cities and Towns
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Visit Fort Wayne are ready to welcome more than 1,000 officials from cities and towns across Indiana. The 2014 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place September 9-11 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and will feature dozens of workshops for municipal government employees and elected officials.
“I’m pleased to once again be the host city for the IACT annual conference,” said Mayor Henry. “The conference gives us the opportunity to show hundreds of leaders from throughout the state the great things happening in Fort Wayne.”
Visit Fort Wayne estimates the IACT annual conference will have an economic impact of $425,000-$450,000 as attendees visit local eateries, hotels and shops.
“I see how proud our elected officials are when they host IACT,” said Dan O’Connell, president and CEO of Visit Fort Wayne. “They love showing off our convention center and downtown. I also see a little envy in those colleagues’ eyes, too. IACT is a great convention to host to showcase Indiana’s 2nd largest city to the rest of the state’s leadership.”
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on a variety of workshops, as well as weigh in on IACT’s 2015 Policy Platform. Events of note for the media include:
“We are thrilled to be back in Fort Wayne for this year’s IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition,” said IACT Executive Director and CEO Matthew C. Greller. “The Mayor, his team and Visit Fort Wayne have shown us once again that the city is an ideal location for our event. They provide the leaders of Indiana’s cities and towns with just the right atmosphere for learning the latest trends and techniques that help them be the most efficient and effective leaders they can be.”
New Features, New Functions Greet Event Planners In Chicago At Lisle CVB's Website
The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is welcoming guests and event planners in Chicago to the western suburb with a highly interactive new website. Located at www.stayinlisle.com, the new site is certain to make the job easier for event planners who need to find venues and hotels near Chicago.
Features of the new website include:
"The new site is highly interactive for visitors and very easy for us to manage on our end too. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. It has everything an event planner needs to get started identifying a venue in Lisle in a very easy to use format," said Diane Homolka, Executive Director of the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Event planners will appreciate the site's "Hotels" and "Meeting & Event Planning" sections, which are both informative and practical. Planners can submit RFPs online and download a free event planning toolkit and Visitor's Guide from the Bureau.
"Although we wanted the site to be useful to event planners, it's just as informative for residents and visitors. The 'Explore Lisle' sections contains plenty of information about what to do in Lisle and where to stay while the 'Local Events' calendar keeps site visitors up-to-date on the latest goings-on in the area," explained Homolka.
For those looking for a little more insight into the events and amenities Lisle has to offer, the blog section fits the bill. Between posts about specific events and those that highlight venues and special offers, the Lisle CVB blog is full of useful tips and insider information to help event planners settle on a venue location.
The Lisle CVB provides a full list of services to help event planners make their next event perfect. To learn more about the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau visit them at www.stayinlisle.com.
The new Lisle CVB website was designed by Design & Promote, a Naperville-based web design and internet marketing firm. Learn more about Design & Promote at www.designandpromote.com.
About Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau has established relationships with key local business partners to get things done quickly! Looking to book a business event? The staff at Lisle CVB can help businesses and visitors find the right spots for fun, meetings and more! LCVB can provide an extensive range of services and event collateral including: welcome bags, visitor guides, customized name badges or table tent cards, help set up registration for event, promote your event through a press release or social media, or just assist with our destination expertise! You may be surprised to find out how much we can and will help you!
Another Record Year for DuPage County Tourism Revenues
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce that DuPage County tourism expenditures continue to rise, with 2013’s revenues and tax contributions at all-time highs for the second straight year.
According to the U.S. Travel Association and the State of Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT), visitors to DuPage County contributed $2.316 billion to the state’s economy in 2013, representing a 3.1% increase over the previous year’s revenue.
DuPage County continues to rank second only to Cook County for overall tourism expenditures, tourism industry payrolls, employment figures, and state and local tax revenues.
Payrolls for DuPage County tourism reached over $584.18 million, an increase of 2.8%, while the number of tourism-related jobs increased to 21,300, up 1.1%.
Tourism in DuPage County was responsible for a 5% increase, to $138.95 million, in state tax receipts over the previous year. Local tax receipts reached $38.27 million, a 2.4% increase.
“These record-breaking numbers can be attributed to the efforts of the friendly and hard-working members of our hospitality industry,” states Beth Marchetti, the newly appointed executive director of the DuPage CVB. “Visitors to the Chicago area recognize the value and hospitality that DuPage County offers both the business and leisure traveler.
“Just a few miles west of Chicago, DuPage County offers over 100 hotels, 16,000+ guest rooms and nearly 2 million square feet of meeting space,” Marchetti continues. “With easy access to O’Hare and Midway, major interstates and commuter rail lines, it’s not hard to see why so many people consider DuPage to be an attractive and affordable alternative to staying in the city. World-class shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s all right here in Chicago’s western suburbs!”
For more information about tourism’s economic impact on DuPage County, contact the bureau at 800.232.0502 or visit DiscoverDuPage.com.
The $50,000 Chicago Open Returns to DuPage County on October 5-7, 2014
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the return of the Chicago Open to Cantigny Park in DuPage County for the second consecutive year on October 5 – 7. This is an especially momentous occasion, because 2014 is both the 100th anniversary year of the first Chicago Open and the 25th anniversary of Wheaton’s Cantigny Golf. Spectators are welcome.
The Chicago Open boasts a Hall of Fame roster of champions that includes such golf icons as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. PGA Tour star and former World Number One golfer Luke Donald is a Chicago area resident and won the event in 2000 as an amateur playing for Northwestern.
The championship is again being conducted by and for the benefit of the Illinois Junior Golf Association (IJGA). IJGA is the second-largest junior golf program in the nation, serving 2,800 golfers between the ages of eight and 18, and managing more than 100 separate events throughout Illinois. The IJGA also is the umbrella organization for the Mid-American Junior Golf Tour (MAJGT), which specializes in conducting tournaments for higher-level junior players, particularly those seeking exposure to college golf coaches.
In 2013, the event drew a field of top amateur and professional golfers from 18 states and three countries, and served as a tune-up to the fall’s PGA Tour Qualifying School competition. The 2013 champion was Carlos Sainz, Jr., an Elgin native, former IJGA member and former Cantigny Golf employee. Sainz is now fully exempt on the PGA’s Web.com Tour and plans to return to defend his title.
“In reviving the Chicago Open, our goal was to provide an opportunity for aspiring tour pros and top amateurs to compete at a high level as they make their way toward their ultimate goal of playing on the PGA Tour,” said Marty Schiene, immediate past president of the IJGA and a former touring pro. “Playing in a competition with such a rich history can make the event that much more meaningful to the contestants.”
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Manistee County Visitors Bureau Launches Mobile App To Guide Tourists, Locals to Area’s Top Sites and Attractions
The Manistee County Visitors Bureau has launched a comprehensive new travel tool to guide visitors and locals to the area’s vast recreational, historical and natural attractions. Developed by VisitApps, with content development by RIGHTside design in Manistee, this innovative mobile app offers turn-by-turn directions to more than 500 outdoor recreation sites, lodging properties, shopping destinations, restaurants and historic sites, as well as a list of area events.
“This resource will bring the Manistee County region into the new age of travel and tourism. It is one of only a handful of mobile applications in the State of Michigan that are this comprehensive and available for free to anyone with a smartphone or tablet device,” says Brandon Jensen, owner/creative director at RIGHTside design. “This has been an amazing project to be a part of and I commend the Visitors Bureau and its partners for creating such a valuable resource for locals and visitorsalike.”
The Manistee County mobile app is available in Apple and Android platforms, and can be downloaded directly by using these links:
“This will quickly turn into your most valuable four-season digital resource when visiting the Manistee County region,” says Kathryn Kenny, Executive Director of the Manistee County Visitors Bureau. “Along with the M-22 and U-Pick Farm tours, the mobile app provides launching directions and float times for the Manistee and Pine Rivers, as well as staging areas for the snowmobile trailheads.”
The app also provides quick access answers to popular questions including how to find the Little Mac Suspension Bridge, Gravity Hill, Nordhouse Dunes and the North Pier Lighthouse, among other unique destinations.
“No matter what you’re looking for, or the time of year, it’s ALL there at your fingertips,” Kenny says.
Local business owners are also praising the app, as it provides information for those looking to visit, work or live in the Manistee area.
“If you’re looking to rent one of our distinctive vacation homes or condos, just click on the ‘More’ section at the bottom of the screen and then on ‘Lodging’ to access the CENTURY 21 Vacation Rentals’ interactive website. We can help you find a place to stay awhile … or forever!” says Owner/Broker Suzanne Riley. “You can also learn about our historic 1873 building/office (113 Maple Street) by clicking on ‘Tours’ and ‘Historic Buildings Tour.’”
Located along 25 miles of sugar-sand Lake Michigan beaches, Manistee is a Pure Michigan destination nestled in the heart of the Manistee National Forest. The scenic M-22 highway begins here, at the intersection of US-31, as it heads north 116.6 miles through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Manistee County Visitors Bureau is an official travel and tourism organization, incorporated in 1997, as a non-profit agency, to promote Manistee County. Its mission is to promote Manistee County as a travel destination, to increase overnight visits and be the lead organization focusing on building the local tourism economy.
Educational Testing Service Brings 2,000 Educators to Cincinnati USA for 6th Consecutive Year in Region