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3rd Annual Restaurant Week upcoming
July 1, 2015 | Courtesy The Telegraph
Indulge your taste buds this summer during the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Third Annual All-Star Restaurant Week which kicks off Friday, July 10 and runs for 10 food-filled, delicious days before ending Sunday, July 19.
A record-breaking 20 restaurants in Alton, Grafton, Jerseyville and Brighton will serve up their signature cuisine which includes mouth-watering dishes featuring seafood, pepperloin steaks, barbecue, secret-recipe fried chicken, pizza, pork steaks and more. Diners during restaurant week can expect fixed price meals with lunch at $10 and dinners for $25. There are no passes to buy, and no cards to punch. Everyone is encouraged to simply bring their appetites to participating restaurants. Menus and details on the event can be found at www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.
“So many of the great rivers region restaurants offer diner delights and this week offers a great opportunity to celebrate the tastes of the region with residents and visitors alike,” said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Each year, this event grows to include more locally owned and operated restaurants. We have also seen a surge in visitors and residents enjoying meals at the participating restaurants which is a nice barometer of the impact of the event.”
USBC Youth Open & Junior Gold Bowling Championships Coming to DuPage County in July
June 25, 2015
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Stardust Bowl Group (SBG) are excited to announce that the USBC Youth Open Championships and Junior Gold Championships are just a few weeks away. These national events, being held between July 9 – 26, are open to the public.
The Junior Gold Championships feature the top youth bowlers in the country competing for national titles in six divisions: U12 boys; U12 girls; U15 boys; U15 girls; U20 boys; and U20 girls. It will be held July 11 – 17 and taped to air as a three-telecast series on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 4, 11 and 18 at 10:00 p.m.
The Youth Open Championships take place July 9-26, and are open to all USBC Youth members. This tournament has four age-based divisions (U8, U12, U15 and U20). Each participant bowls a maximum of nine games - three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team.
Three Stardust Bowl Group (SBG) venues – Stardust Bowl in Addison, Hillside Bowl in Hillside, and Classic Bowl in Morton Grove – will be sites for tournament play, as will Orland Bowl in Orland Park and Brunswick Zone in River Grove.
The Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Oak Brook is acting as host hotel, with 28 other DuPage County hotels also housing participants, their families and VIPs.
“This is the largest youth bowling tournament DuPage County has ever hosted, with roughly 3500 athletes with family members—equaling over 10,000 guest rooms,” stated Lisa Landers, CMP, director of sales for the CVB. “We wish to thank our friends Jim Saffold and Henry Barber at Stardust Bowl for helping to bring this tournament to DuPage!”
“The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to be hosting the Youth Open Championships and Junior Gold Championships,” added Beth Marchetti, DuPage CVB executive director. “This will represent an estimated economic of over $17 million for the county. These families are known to plan their vacations around this tournament, and we anticipate many of them will stay to experience DuPage County and the Chicago area.”
Contact Director of Sales Lisa Landers, CMP, at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information about these events and DuPage County’s involvement. She can be reached at (800) 232-0502, extension 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson City Travel Guide App Now Available on iTunes
June 24, 2015
In October 2013, Jefferson City was named America's "Most Beautiful" Small Town in Rand McNally's "Best of the Road" contest. Winners of the contest received a prize package valued at $15,000 including a feature in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas, special coverage on Maps.RandMcNAlly.com, inclusion as a point of interest in the Rand McNally RV GPS and Good Sam Trip Planner, and a free custom iPhone app and online travel guide promoting Jefferson City as a top destination which is now available to the public.
The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working closely with the Rand McNally team over the course of almost two years to develop the interactive app. Content in the app includes a local directory promoting historical attractions, locally-owned restaurants, and overnight accommodations. There is also a more expansive directory including retail businesses, outdoor activities, restaurants, arts and theater and more. Photos of Jefferson City and other visitor information including the best times to visit are available along with the ability to create a custom itinerary for your trip.
According to Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Communications Manager, Katherine Reed, Rand McNally's team developed the format and is in charge of maintaining the app. Reed mentioned the Bureau will continue to provide updates for content displayed in the app.
The FREE app can be found on iTunes and requires iOS 6.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is optimized for iPhone 5.
"The Bureau plans to promote the app via social media and inclusion on directories throughout the city," said Reed. "Our hope is that the app will enhance the visitor experience and allow them to explore all that Jefferson City has to offer."
To download the app click here or search for "Visit Jefferson City" in the iTunes store from your device.
The Links, Incorporated Celebrate Record-Breaking Attendance at 2015 Central Area Conference in Cincinnati USA, June 17-20
June 17, 2015
Members of international women’s volunteer service organization The Links, Incorporated will gather in Cincinnati June 17-20 for their 44th Central Area Conference. The group’s more than 1,000 attendees will immediately make their presence known downtown through the conference’s community service project, the We Care CTAG (Closing the Achievement Gap) Reading Rally on Fountain Square.
More than 250 students from Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Dayton will participate in the rally on Wednesday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. The Links members will lead small groups of students through interactive activities, including reading a book, crafting, a performance from the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, and a closing dance. Each child will leave Fountain Square with a backpack full of books. The Links, Incorporated will also honor Cincinnati-area residents for their service to the community at a Civic Luncheon held on Friday, June 19 at noon, including Lighthouse Youth Services and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, among others.
“The members of the Central Area of The Links, Incorporated are excited to roll up our sleeves and leave our mark of service here in Cincinnati with our largest conference to date,” said Alice Strong Simmons, Central Area Director. “The CTAG Reading Really will culminate our eight-year journey to close the achievement gap with an emphasis on literacy and math.”
The 4-day conference’s workshops and sessions will take place at the Westin Cincinnati and Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati hotels, and local host activities planned by the Cincinnati (OH) and Queen City (OH) chapters include a Walk To Freedom at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
“We are honored to host such a prestigious and well-respected group with a presence that spans the entire country,” said Dan Lincoln, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to having The Links, Incorporated join our Cincinnati community this week and explore our revitalized downtown as they connect with the region’s students and continue a 65-year legacy of service.”
For more information about The Links, Incorporated and the 2015 Central Area Conference, visit www.centralarealinks.org.
MEET Chicago Northwest announces 18th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium to be held in Schaumburg, IL
June 11, 2015
The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) will hold its 18th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium in Schaumburg, IL June 24-27, 2015. The four-day event will feature a trade show, speakers, educational sessions and networking events for the snow and ice industry. “SIMA is excited to return to Schaumburg, the site of the 14th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium in 2011, which was our highest attended Symposium ever,” says Martin Tirado, CAE, SIMA CEO. “We look forward to the show as a way for snow and ice professionals to gain new ideas, share challenges and successes, and check out the latest industry equipment and services, all in one place.”
New for the 2015 Symposium will be two pre-conference workshops on June 24, one focused on operations and the other on sales training. There will also be two Keynote speakers, with Sasha Strauss presenting “Branding is the New Normal” on June 25, and Joel Zeff presenting “The Tao of Ta Da - Watch What Happens When Work Becomes Play” on June 26.
The Symposium will be held at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, and will also feature:
Registration and a full schedule of events are available now for the 18th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium at www.sima.org/show. For more information, contact Martin@sima.org, or call 414-375-1940. Press pass registration and a list of Symposium press releases are available at www.sima.org/show-press.
Flint & Genesee CVB to Hit the Road for Back to Bricks Promo Tour
June 8, 2015
The Back to the Bricks Promotional Tour is gearing up to hit the road, and the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau is hitching a ride.
On June 12-16, the CVB will join a long caravan of classic cars during the Back to the Bricks 2015 Westside Promotional Tour. The annual promo tour has been held since 2010. Last year’s was the largest yet – about 160 cars.
At least that many cars are expected this year since registrations are ahead of last year, said Roberta Vasilow, Events Chair for Back to the Bricks. The tour will make stops in Battle Creek, Whitehall, Manistee, Boyne City and West Branch.
“At each stop on the tour, the CVB will spread the word to car clubs and others about not just Back to the Bricks, but the all great things going on throughout Flint & Genesee,” said CVB Director Cheryl DeFrain. “What we’ve found is that if you get out-of-towners here for an event like Back to the Bricks, they love it, and they return for more of the great attractions and events we have to offer. We’re excited to join this year’s tour and help get the word out.”
In 2014, the CVB coordinated its Pure Michigan marketing and advertising efforts to reach the same areas visited by the Back to the Bricks “Michiana” Tour, which focused on parts of Michigan and Indiana.
The one-two punch paid off: Pure Michigan reported that the click-through rate from its website to the Flint & Genesee CVB website was up more than 700 percent last year.
“There’s still folks in Michigan who have never heard of the Back to the Bricks show in August,” Vasilow said, adding that the Promo Tour helps change that. “It also provides an economic impact for the cities we visit – they almost fight over having us visit them now.”
Read the full release here.
Springfield to Host National Speech & Debate Tournament in 2016
June 5, 2015
The Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that Stoa, a speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families, selected Springfield for its 2016 National Invitational Tournament of Champions.
The event is expected to bring about 3,000 high school and junior high students, parents, coaches and spectators to the city May 20-28, 2016, said Mark Russell, president elect of Stoa. The championships will take place on the Drury University campus.
“Drury is extremely pleased to play host to the 2016 Stoa national tournament,” said Rob Fridge, Drury’s chief financial officer. “We’re excited to help bring this group of highachieving students and their families to Springfield, and we expect nearly every room on our campus to be bustling with activity over the course of eight days next spring."
The CVB also expects the city to be bustling with families staying at hotels, shopping, dining and visiting attractions when they’re not busy at the tournament. The CVB estimates spending of about $125 per person per day.
Russell said Springfield was a natural choice for the annual tournament, which rotates to the east, west and central parts of the country.
“Springfield truly has a strong reputation with homeschoolers with the National Christian Homeschool basketball tournament,” Russell said.
Stoa is the second organization for homeschooled students to select Springfield for a large event.
“This is a great event for Springfield made possible by the collaboration and cooperation of Drury University a key in Stoa’s selection process,” said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the CVB.
Read the full release here.