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GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE EXPANDS CULTURAL AND HERITAGE TOURISM
Black History Month kicks off the awareness and fundraising campaign for Broward County's next big cultural and heritage tourism attraction - a multimillion-dollar tennis training facility and museum that will draw amateur players and enthusiasts of the sport from around the U.S. and the Caribbean to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
MEET AC ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES
Meet AC is reporting that Gary Musich, vice president of sales for Meet AC has announced his retirement from the tourism and hospitality industry to pursue other passions in life, which will be effective March 2.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDS ITS WEST COAST PRESENCE AND OFFERINGS
Carnival Cruise Line recently announced several significant initiatives designed to further bolster its leadership position on the West Coast: the deployment of Carnival Panorama to Long Beach in 2019 - the first new Carnival ship based in Southern California in 20 years; the grand re-opening of its 146,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art Long Beach Cruise Terminal, and a multi-million-dollar port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, that will provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences ashore.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS LAUNCHES 150-DAY MARKETING PLAN
Following the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes in September, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has developed a 150-day rolling marketing plan to share with industry stakeholders.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR MEETINGS & EVENTS REINA HERSCHDORFER NAMED ONE OF PR NEWS' TOP WOMEN IN PR
Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR, "Caesars Entertainment" or "Caesars"), the world's most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company, announces that its Marketing Director Reina Herschdorfer has been named PR News' Top Women in PR for 2017.
NEWSEUM RELEASES REPORT ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
The Newseum recently released a report on its groundbreaking Power Shift Summit held on Jan. 9, in which more than 130 newsroom leaders, editors, reporters, educators and advocates participated.
VISIT KC ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF RONNIE BURT
Ronnie Bur t, President and CEO of Visit KC, announced recently his resignation, effective Jan. 31, 2018. Over the next few weeks, Burt will assist the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors with a smooth, seamless transition process to ensure the important work of Visit KC continues.
LOS ANGELES WELCOMES RECORD 48.3 MILLION VISITORS IN 2017
Tourism Industry Grows for Seventh Consecutive Year, International Visitation Outperforms Projected Forecast Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. recently announced Los Angeles welcomed 48.3 million visitors in 2017, setting a new tourism milestone for the seventh consecutive year.
CEREMONIAL GROUNDBREAKING HELD TO CELEBRATE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER DISTRICT PHASE TWO EXPANSION
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and local leaders gathered recently to celebrate the historic ceremonial groundbreaking for the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Phase Two Expansion project.
NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM HUGH RILEY SECRETARY GENERAL CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION
Delivered on December 28, 2017 This has been a challenging year for Caribbean tourism. While the first half of the year saw exciting growth in both tourism infrastructure and tourist arrivals over the previous year, in September we were hit hard by a series of unusual hurricanes that not only destroyed property, but also took the lives of many of our citizens. We must never forget the souls we lost along the way.
ABA ANNOUNCES BALTIMORE AS SITE FOR 2021 CONVENTION
Recently, the American Bus Association (ABA) - the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach, travel and tourism - announced Baltimore as the site of its 2021 ABA Annual Meeting & Marketplace.
AWARD-WINNING EXEC ELEVATED AT COMFORT SUITES PARADISE ISLAND
Comfort Suites Paradise Island has promoted Yasmine Mills-Strachan as its director of Sales. Strachan's career in hospitality began in 2000 at SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas, where she mastered various responsibilities, ranging from retail, front office, sales and weddings.
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS VACATIONS® ANNOUNCES 10 % OFF ALL PACKAGES TO AFRICA FOR TRAVEL IN 2018
Air-Inclusive Packages on Sale through February 28th * South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®), the leisure division of South African Airways, kicks off the New Year with savings on all of their air-inclusive vacation packages.
Earning Business From The African-American Meetings Market
One of the questions I am frequently asked is How do I get more African-American groups to meet in my city, hotel or convention center? The answer is actually quite simple - for starters you need to invite them!
Visit Baltimore Hires Industry Executive as New Chief Operating Officer
Visit Baltimore, the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, recently announced that destination marketing veteran Charles Jeffers II has joined the organization as chief operating officer.
Carnival Corporation Honored for Supporting Women’s Leadership and Workplace Diversity
Catalyst CEO Champions For Change recognizes world's largest leisure travel company for its commitment to workplace diversity and advancing women into leadership position
U.S. Virgin Islands Shares Updates On Territory's Recovery Process With Journalists And Travel Leaders
The U.S. Virgin Islands delegation meets with the team at Carnival Corporation in Mérida recently.
Holland America Line's ms Eurodam Continues to Set Records with 12th Consecutive Score of 100 on U.S. Public Health Inspection
Holland America Line's ms Eurodam made it an even dozen by earning its 12th consecutive perfect score of 100 on a routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Caesars Entertainment Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Eleventh Consecutive Year
Caesars Entertainment Maintains Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Position with Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality
Visit San Antonio President & CEO Casandra Matej Receives TSAE Distinguished Affiliate Award
Visit San Antonio President & CEO Casandra Matej has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Affiliate Award by the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE).
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