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Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives State Funding for Madison Hotel Week 2015
The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is thrilled to announce they have been awarded a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Department of Tourism for funds up to $7,000 to help promote Madison Hotel Week. Hotel Week runs from February 13-23, 2015. This is the second year that the GMCVB has been awarded these funds from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Hotel Week, now in its second year, offers visitors to the greater Madison discounted rates on accommodations in our area.
Hotel Week consists of a partnership between the GMCVB and local hoteliers to showcase the incredible offerings of our local accommodations to a wide range of visitors. The 10-day long event (Feb 13 -23, 2015) encompasses Valentine’s Day and President’s Day and features rooms available at either $75 or $100 a night. Hotel Week has an online presence featuring itinerary and additional activity suggestions for guests to enjoy while they are visiting the Madison area. For all the latest information, be sure to visit madisonhotelweek.com.
“We were excited by the idea of creating Hotel Week and by partnering with the GMCVB and others in our hotel industry once again. We were guided by the principle of creating a great deal on a great experience and in Hotel Week we truly feel we have created something quite special for guests to Madison,” said local hotelier Jason Ilstrup, General Manager of HotelRED.
“We’re grateful for the additional marketing assistance from the Department of Tourism,” said Deb Archer, President and CEO of the GMCVB. “We’ve had good success in the first year of this program and are hoping for an even better second year. This is a novel program for the industry and Madison is proud to join the ranks of bigger destinations like New York City, Los Angeles and Boston who are the other communities that have Hotel Week programs,” she said.
CVB Accepting Award Nominations Through Dec. 15
Nominations are being accepted by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau for individuals and businesses deserving of the Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards.
The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 and awards will be presented at a banquet Feb. 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel. To submit a nomination, go to http://bit.ly/2014nomination.
Awards are presented in five categories:
Pinnacle Award – for individuals who have been active in the travel industry for many years and have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s travel industry.
Hospitality Award – presented to an attraction, lodging facility or restaurant which demonstrates outstanding hospitality to the traveling public and exhibits a team spirit in promoting growth of Springfield area travel and tourism.
Diplomat Award – presented to a government official, organization or employee who has provided significant support to the Springfield area travel industry.
Spotlight Award – presented to an individual, business or organization not usually considered part of the travel and tourism industry for noteworthy contributions in advancing travel and tourism in the Springfield area.
Ambassador Award - presented to individuals or organizations who generated significant economic impact for the area by working to encourage tourism or secure a major convention or event in Springfield.
To view a list of previous award recipients, go to http://bit.ly/RrDDfZ. Previous recipients are eligible to receive additional awards.
For more information, call the CVB at 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767.
Sarpy County Tourism Launches New Website
Sarpy County Tourism is excited to launch their new Website.
Travelers utilize a variety of sources to obtain information when planning a trip or an event. A well-planned, up-to-date website is essential to that process.
The new website for Sarpy County Tourism will provide basic information to the travelers and will include maps, things to do, places to stay, restaurants, hiking and biking trails, shopping and a multitude of other information.
The website is not only designed for the traveler, but for our local and area residents as well, with addresses, hours, phone numbers of the area attractions and recreational sites to assist them when they are looking for something fun right here in their own backyards.
Check it out at www.gosarpy.com
NAACP Selects Cincinnati for its 2016 Annual Convention
Pictured: Front Row (from L to R): Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black; Cincinnati NAACP Chapter President Ishton Morton; Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley; Council Member Christopher Smitherman; Cincinnati NAACP Chapter past president Edith Thrower.
Back row (from L to R): Members of the NAACP Cincinnati Executive Committee (11 total), Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. President David Ginsburg; Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Dan Lincoln; and Cincinnati USA CVB Director of Multicultural Affairs Jason Dunn.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - along with the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the City of Cincinnati - have announced that Cincinnati USA has been selected as the host city for the NAACP’s 107th Annual Convention in 2016.
“The NAACP National Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 107th Annual Convention of the Association will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the U.S. “Cincinnati was an outstanding host city for our 99th Annual Convention in 2008 and we are sure that everyone involved will work to ensure that our experience in 2016 will far surpass that memorable event. Cincinnati is an excellent location to work to inspire the current generation of civil rights change agents.”
Planned for July 9-12, 2016, the NAACP Annual Convention is expected to draw nearly 10,000 attendees, a multi-generational group of delegates, observers, exhibitors and other advocates. Visitors are expected to use 7,550 hotel room nights and deliver an economic impact of more than $2.2 million to the region.
Read the full release at cincyusa.com.
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Hotel Week 2015
The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is excited to announce the return of one of the Greater Madison area’s favorite promotions—Hotel Week! Hotel Week 2015, one of the first in the nation, consists of a partnership between the GMCVB and local hoteliers to showcase the incredible offerings of our local accommodations to a wide range of visitors. Special Hotel Week packages will be available at $75 or $100 per night. The 10-day long event will run from February 13 to February 23, 2015. This offer will have an exclusive website associated with it featuring itinerary and additional activity suggestions for guests to enjoy while they are visiting the Madison area. For all the latest information, be sure to visit madisonhotelweek.com.
“We were excited by the idea of creating Hotel Week and by partnering with the GMCVB and others in our hotel industry. We were guided by the principle of creating a great deal on a great experience and in Hotel Week we truly feel we have created something quite special for guests to Madison,” said local hotelier Jason Ilstrup, General Manager of Hotel RED.
The GMCVB is honored to play a key role in supporting the more than 19,000 Dane County jobs supported by tourism. Promoting tourism in Madison since 1972, the GMCVB continues to work strategically to expand upon the more than $1.7 billion dollars generated by visitor spending in Dane Country every year.
Welcomers Community Volunteer Network Celebrates Milestones, Recognizes 24 Volunteer Managers
One of the nation’s largest local collaborations of volunteers for arts, cultural and special events is celebrating three major milestones since launching in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky last year. Based on the enormous success of the 2012 World Choir Games, Welcomers volunteers are dedicated to enhancing the region’s economy and image by helping to host and attract large conferences, conventions, and other events.
The Welcomers Community Volunteer Network is celebrating 14 active partner organizations, more than 4,000 experienced volunteers collectively and 24 experienced Volunteer Managers, trained to use the Welcomers common technology platform.
"The Welcomers’ turnkey volunteer system connects high-profile events to the more than 4,000 volunteers who love their hometown," said Bob Castellini, CEO of the Cincinnati Reds. “Major League Baseball’s volunteer technology will provide links through the Welcomers’ network so its volunteers can help us host the All-Star Game in 2015."
The Network offers event organizers a database and powerful integrated software to contact and schedule volunteers, while managing their particular volunteer needs. By being a part of the Network, partner organizations can reach all 4,000 Welcomers volunteers interested in volunteering with multiple organizations. The Network gives those volunteers “one-stop” access to information related to the entire gamut of volunteering options available throughout the Network. Volunteers fill traditional hospitality roles such as helping visitors get directions, find area resources and register at events.
The Welcomers Network was created by Shannon Carter, 2012 World Choir Games USA co-chair and founder of Crayons to Computers, and Louise Hughes, board chair emeritus of the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, and retired Director of Community Engagement at P&G. Carter and Hughes co-chair the 25-member Welcomers Advisory Committee, which represents a broad spectrum of civic and cultural organizations.
“Finding local volunteers is a time-consuming task for event organizers. Welcomers makes their job easier, and our region more attractive as a venue, by providing turnkey support for large-scale, one-time, national and international arts, cultural and special events,” said Carter. “These events bring business to our region’s hotels, restaurants, stores, and cultural institutions.”
Volunteers can learn more about the Welcomers Network and identify opportunities at the Network’s web site: www.volunteerwelcomers.com. New host organizations and arts, cultural and special events are added to the web site regularly. Welcomers can register and event planners then schedule and confirm candidates that best meet their needs.
“Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have a strong culture of volunteerism. One in four adults are volunteers. People take pride in using their skills and experience to give back to the communities where they live and work,” noted Hughes. “The Welcomers Network gives them a powerful way to channel that spirit and find new opportunities to make friends while having fun.”
For more information, contact Rhonda Dickerscheid, Welcomers Network manager, at email@example.com and visit the Welcomers website.
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