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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.
Minneapolis hotel revenue increased 59 percent during All-Star week
Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association, today announced that Minneapolis hotel revenue increased 59 percent during All-Star Week over a year ago, according to the Smith Travel Research (STR) report released this morning. The events of the 85th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game drove hotel occupancy gains for the Minneapolis hotel community to nearly 100 percent capacity on July 14 and 15. The events also increased room rates by as much as 74 percent vs. a year ago, with average rates above $265 on Monday and Tuesday nights.
“The MLB All-Star Game was an outstanding event for Minneapolis hotels and the hospitality community,” said Susan Mabry, complex general manager of the W Minneapolis – The Foshay and Le Méridien Chambers hotels. “This follows what has already been a very busy month in the city that has increased both our occupancy and revenue to our hotels.”
Additionally, T-Mobile All-Star FanFest attendees at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) spent an estimated $9 million in the city. According to MLB*, 114,878 fans attended the family friendly, interactive baseball theme park from July 11-15. These fans are estimated to have each spent approximately $79 per day, which is the average Minneapolis visitor spending per person per day (including local and out-of-town visitors) according to D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd. (2011).
This attendee spending estimate is based in an analytical approach that assumes FanFest is a singular event and does not take into account the fact that some FanFest attendees participated in other All-Star week events. Meet Minneapolis does not have the capability to capture the number of people that attended multiple events or the number of local versus out-of-town attendees.
“Clearly MLB All-Star Week exceeded our expectations,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “While the positive results continue to roll in -- from these outstanding hotel numbers, to the tax revenue generated and direct spending estimates – ultimately, one of the most impactful results for Meet Minneapolis is that the nearly 30,000 Minneapolis hospitality employees were working and making a good living for themselves and their families.”
Dave St. Peter, Minnesota Twins president, added to the positive news that in just three days of events at Target Field, tax revenues also are showing successful results for the city, county and state. “We project nearly $3 million in sales tax paid by Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and DNC Sportservice for ASG events at Target Field – including approximately $845,000 in taxes paid directly to the City of Minneapolis,” he said. “And that number could be low because DNC is still in the process of finalizing its numbers.”
The current estimate of more than $2.7 million in tax collections for those three days of Midsummer Classic events at Target Field includes those paid to the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis.
The MLB All-Star Game and related events joined the July Shriners International Imperial Session and June-July USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in what has been a record-breaking summer for Minneapolis with a combined $169 million estimated economic impact for just those three major events.
Continuing the busy summer season, Meet Minneapolis will welcome important industry event Meeting Professionals International 2014 World Education Congress and its 2,500 meeting professional members to the city in early August with a $5 million estimated economic impact and, in mid-August, the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit with 5,000 attendees and an estimated $10 million economic impact.
*MLB reported the numbers of attendees at various events during All-Star Week, including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, on July 18, 2014: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140718&content_id=85105672&vkey=pr_mlb&c_id=mlb.
ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS
Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.
Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.
Online: www.minneapolis.org and http://go.minneapolis.org
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meetminneapolis?ref=ts
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/meetminneapolis
On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/meetminneapolis/
When visitors attending events in the city have questions about where to go, what to do or just need directions, all they need to do is ask by using the Meet Minneapolis hashtag #askMPLS on social media. Staff members are on the ready to respond to questions and assist to ensure a great visitor experience for all who come to Minneapolis.
DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau Unveils New Look to Tourism Website
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced its launch of the newly redesigned DiscoverDuPage.com, DuPage County’s official tourism website. The site went live in June 2014, just in time for the peak summer tourism season in the Chicago area.
Already a popular online travel planning resource, DiscoverDuPage.com has been updated to more fully showcase DuPage County and its hospitality industry, as well as to meet evolving consumer expectations with more attention placed on expanded listings, enticing images, maps, itineraries, videos, blogging and social networking.
A modern design with simple-to-use navigation menus allows leisure travelers, meeting and event planners, and travel media to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily. Its responsive design also seamlessly converts the site for viewing on a variety of mobile devices.
The DuPage CVB website integrates with the bureau’s new content management system, providing members and partners with self-serve access to update their information, event listings, hotel packages, and more, so travelers can view the most current information available.
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau is the sole destination marketing organization certified by the State of Illinois to promote tourism in DuPage County, which is second only to Cook County in tourism revenue. According to the most recent annual statistics available, travelers to DuPage County contributed more than $2.25 billion to the state’s economy, generating over $132.36 million in state and $37.36 million in local tax receipts. Payrolls for tourism reached over $569 million, with over 21,000 people employed in the hospitality industry in DuPage.
For more information about planning a trip to DuPage County, visit www.discoverdupage.com or contact the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 232-0502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About DuPage County
DuPage County is the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east. Together, the two counties account for half of the state’s population. One of the nation’s wealthiest counties, DuPage is rich in many types of commerce and is second only to Cook in tourism revenue. With its well-developed highway and mass transit systems, DuPage is easily accessible from O’Hare and Midway Airports, as well as the City of Chicago.
About DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau was established through the efforts of a coalition of DuPage area hotel executives and business representatives in 1987, and was formally certified in 1989 by the State of Illinois. It remains the official agency for promoting the county’s multibillion dollar tourism industry and market DuPage County as an enticing destination for leisure and business travelers, meeting planners, groups and conventions, in order to enhance the economic development of the area.
American Legion Department of Ohio Brings Annual Convention back to Cincinnati USA July 11-13
The American Legion Department of Ohio will return to Cincinnati July 11-13 for its 96th Department Convention. Last held in Cincinnati in 2001, the event will bring in American Legion members and veterans from around the state of Ohio, representing approximately 1,400 room nights and more than $400,000 in economic impact.
While in Cincinnati, the American Legion Dept. of Ohio members will be honored at the Friday, July 11 Cincinnati Reds baseball game, at which the Harrison Veterans Color Guard will present the colors. The Millennium Hotel will host the American Legion Department Convention and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel will host the American Legion Department of Ohio Auxiliary Convention. Key programming will include district caucuses and a variety of sessions on the Legion’s key tenets, including Americanism, National Security, and Children & Youth.
“It’s an honor for us to be able to welcome the American Legion Department of Ohio back to Cincinnati,” said Dan Lincoln, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These veterans are leaders around the state of Ohio who make a positive impact on their communities. Their return to Cincinnati is a testament to our hospitality industry’s dedication to exemplary customer service."
The American Legion represents the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued aid to service members and veterans.
Click here for more information on the American Legion Dept. of Ohio.
The summer months typically mark the peak of Cincinnati’s convention season, and this year’s July bookings alone bring approximately 43,800 contracted hotel room nights and more than $13 million in economic impact. The influential nature of upcoming meetings is also expected to draw major national attention to the region due to the high profile nature of the events and meeting attendees.
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 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.
RNC Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland for 2016
Recommendation contingent on successful contract negotiation and approval from full RNC
The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention. The Site Selection Committee's recommendation will be presented to the full Republican National Committee when they meet in Chicago in early August.
The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation remains contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago.
Following the July 8 announcement, Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statements:
Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:
“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen. “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas. Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”
“I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.”
Courtesy Positively Cleveland
Educational Testing Service Brings 2,000 Educators to Cincinnati USA for 6th Consecutive Year in Region