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Certified Tourism Ambassador Program Launches in Cincinnati USA
April 2, 2015
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched the Certified Tourism Ambassador™ (CTA) program after months of research and preparation. Front-line hospitality employees, volunteers and the community are now invited to become Certified Tourism Ambassadors™, turning every visitor encounter into a positive experience.
“More than 24 million visitors travel to our region each year, and it is vitally important that we capture every possible opportunity to make a positive impression,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. “This summer alone, tens of thousands of visitors will visit Cincinnati for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, and the power and impact of our CTA program will be on full display. This group of ambassadors will enhance our destination’s reputation for years to come, helping us to attract future visitors, conventions and events.”
Read the full release at CincyUSA.com.
Director of Sales at DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau Earns CMP Recertification
April 1, 2015
Lisa Landers, director of sales at the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), has earned her second Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) recertification from the Convention Industry Council (CIC).
The CIC launched their CMP program in 1985 to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession, and advance uniform standards of practice.
Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.
Landers has held her CMP certification since 2005. CMPs are required to renew every five years.
“Staying current and relevant is so very important in this day and age, and especially in this industry. The CMP certification is the leader in this,” according to Landers.
“This certification has helped elevate my role in this industry,” she continues. “Based on what I see of other planners and suppliers who have their certification, I believe it adds an additional amount of respect for the dedication required.”
Lisa Landers can be reached at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau in Oak Brook, Illinois, at 630.575.8070, extension 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quad Cities CVB Launches New Blog
March 31, 2015
The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) announces a new feature on their website at www.visitquadcities.com/blog. They are adding a blog section with five local bloggers as part of the team.
The team, who are all Quad Cities residents, will post regularly throughout the month continuously spotlighting what we have to see and do in the Quad Cities area. This first week posts include indoor fun for kids, Vander Veer Conservatory, Whitey’s, outdoor recreation options, and Artisan Grain Distillery.
The QCCVB unveiled its new website using responsive design in January with easier navigation, new seasonal content, and new photo tiles replacing the previous text listings.
“The website is one of our most important sales tools for promoting the Quad Cities,” said Jessica Waytenick, QCCVB public relations & marketing manager. “This new blog will deliver even more content to our visitors with first-hand personal experience.”
Read the full release to learn more about the team of bloggers, then visit the blog to start discovering all there is to see and do in the Quaid Cities area.
Brad Van Dommelen of Traverse City Tourism named "CVB Star of the Year"
March 27, 2015
Brad Van Dommelen, president/CEO of Traverse City Tourism, has been named a “CVB Star of the Year” by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association.
The award was announced March 23 in Grand Rapids at the association’s “Stars of the Industry” awards dinner, part of the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Van Dommelen was cited by the awards committee for his “industry knowledge, determination, attitude and imagination” in bringing Traverse City to the attention of new national and international markets, as well as his leadership at the state level, including his work to bring about a change in Michigan law allowing destination marketing organizations to increase their tourism promotion funding to further benefit their communities and the state.
Organized in 1981 as the Traverse City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Traverse City Tourism is the area’s official destination marketing organization. Its focused mission is to stimulate economic growth by attracting convention business and developing leisure tourism.
Van Dommelen was among 14 awardees recognized at the annual banquet, including hotel and tourism workers from Detroit, Lansing, South Haven, Grand Rapids, Dearborn, Adrian, East Lansing, Harbor Springs, Gaylord, Port Huron and Frankenmuth.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Selects Cincinnati USA for 2017 International Leadership Conference
March 24, 2105
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that the region has been selected to host the 2017 International Leadership Conference of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi is one of the nine largest and most prestigious African American fraternal organizations in the world, often referred to as the “Divine Nine.”
Planned for August 2-5, 2017, the Leadership Conference is expected to bring approximately 1,500 room nights and 1,000 attendees to Cincinnati USA, with an estimated economic impact of nearly $450,000. The International Leadership Conference is the biannual national leadership conference for the fraternity, and will attract prominent African American men from around the United States. The event has recently been held in Kansas City, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Birmingham.
More than 60 years have passed since Cincinnati last hosted a national meeting of one of the “Divine Nine” composed of fraternities and sororities. The announcement is expected to draw increased attention to Cincinnati as a destination for other high-profile multicultural meetings and events.
“The Divine Nine organizations represent some of the most renowned, high impact groups in the multicultural market, so being chosen to host Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is not only an honor, but also an extremely important step for Cincinnati’s development,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Brother Christopher K. Welch, the 26th Fourth District Representative (Chief Operations Officer for Ohio and West Virginia) is pleased by the fraternity’s decision to hold the international event in Cincinnati, stating "There is a very strong and active graduate chapter presence in Cincinnati, and the brothers of Beta Iota Chapter will work hard to see that the meeting is a success for all stakeholders. I look forward to seeing the brothers enjoying a great time in Cincinnati. The city has the infrastructure to support an international meeting of this type and a thriving economy that is well situated to entertain the brothers who visit Cincinnati during the 2017 meeting.”
Read the full release here.
Lights, Camera...Flying Technology!
Thousands of Backstage Experts Gather at USITT’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo
March 12, 2015
Behind-the-scenes production professionals, including architects, set designers, costumers and technicians from theatres, universities and cruise lines will convene in Cincinnati March 18-21 for the 55th United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Annual Conference & Stage Expo.
The conference will include informational sessions and demonstrations from high-profile production companies like Cirque du Soleil and Disney Imagineering, as well as a live demo of the latest flying effect technology used in NBC’s live production of Peter Pan!
“Theatre technology has advanced to incredible new heights in recent years,” said David Grindle, USITT Executive Director. “Between our production professionals in attendance and the technology at our Stage Expo, our event showcases the magic behind a performance. Cincinnati’s rich legacy of performing arts, combined with the compact downtown, makes it an ideal location for us.”
The 4-day event is expected to attract more than 5,000 professionals to the city, bringing nearly $1.6 million in economic impact to the local economy. Event programming and Stage Expo will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center, with contracted room blocks at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown, and the Westin Hotel. The USITT Annual Conference & Expo is returning to Cincinnati for the first time since 2009.
For information about the 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo, as well as a detailed list of scheduled events, visit www.usittshow.com.
Read the full release here courtesy the Cincinnati USA CVB.
Fort Wayne, Embassy Theatre to Host 2015 North American Brass Band Championships
March 11, 2015
The best brass bands in all the land will compete in the 2015 North American Brass Band Championships in Fort Wayne from March 13-14.
The two-day contest welcomes 28 brass bands and over 900 musicians from across the United States and Canada. Bands will compete in six sections (classes) for a chance to take home championship honors. Performances will be held at the Embassy Theatre and Auer Auditorium.
The general public is invited to attend both championship days. Tickets are $25 for two-day adults; $15 for two-day seniors; and $10 for two-day teachers and students.
The championships were brought to Fort Wayne by Visit Fort Wayne and the Old Crown Brass Band, who will also compete in the open section on Friday evening.
For more information on the 2015 North American Brass Band Championships, contact Dave Jones, Old Crown Brass Band member at (260) 710-2908, or find a full list of bands and performance schedule here.
How Does Tourism Impact Q-C Lives?
by Joe Taylor, president and CEO of the Quad Cities CVB for QCOnline.com
March 10, 2015
As governments at all levels consider tough decision and look to reductions in investments in destination marketing, let’s examine how tourism improves all of our lives. How?
By providing jobs
The US Travel Association County by County report for 2013 shows that visitors spent over $800 million in Scott and Rock Island Counties and that spending generated 7,000 jobs in our hotels, restaurants, malls, convenience stores, attractions and more. The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau was one of several partners that collaborated to finalize the Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Study for the region. Nearly 2,000 Quad-Citians make their livelihood from our region’s arts and culture.
Read the full article at QCOnline.com.
CVB Annual Meeting Unveils Strong 2014 Results
March 9, 2015
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held its 2015 Annual Meeting today at the Duke Energy Convention Center in front of more than 600 business professionals, civic leaders and members of the regional hospitality industry.
Themed “The MVP Destination: Movement. Vision. Passion.,” the 2015 Annual Meeting highlighted the past year’s strong regional collaboration, which drove destination growth and brought new business, visitors and increased economic impact to Cincinnati USA.
Discussion centered around high-profile upcoming events, including the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and 2016 NAACP Annual Convention, as well as new initiatives being launched by the CVB in 2015, and the record-setting number of future room night leads generated in 2014. The meeting also recognized the work of pivotal industry partners and the 2014 Spirit Award winners.
Read the full release here.