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JASON DUNN SR. ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL COALITION OF BLACK MEETING PROFESSIONALS
NCBMP makes bold move in name change and leadership For the first time, the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) - formally National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners - has selected a board chairman that is not a convention planner to lead the organization.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE TO INCREASE CAPACITY IN ALASKA WITH CARNIVAL FREEDOM SAILING FROM SEATTLE IN 2021
Carnival Freedom to Operate Week-Long Glacier Route Cruises from Seattle, Joins Carnival Miracle Offering 10- and 11-Day Voyages from San Francisco Carnival Cruise Line will increase its presence in Alaska, deploying Carnival Freedom from Seattle beginning in April 2021, operating Carnival’s popular week-long Glacier Route voyages, and joining Carnival Miracle which will operate 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises from San Francisco beginning in May 2021.
BAHAMAS ECONOMIST TO ADDRESS CARIBBEAN AWARDS EVENT IN FLORIDA
Former Bahamas Minister of Finance, Zhivargo Laing, currently the World Trade Organization Chief Negotiator for The Bahamas, will deliver the feature address at the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards slated for December 14 in Miami.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUR MEETING
SATISFIED: THE NEWEST HYATT KEEPS ONE MORE THAN SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE In the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington stands three Hyatt Hotels. The Hyatt Convention Alliance has the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Olive 8 clustered within walking distance. The Hyatt Regency Seattle, newest of the three, is a heartbeat among meeting and tourism space in the Pacific Northwest. New is good, and beautiful is best.
UNCF ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Richard Lee Snow to Lead the Fundraising Efforts for the Washington DC Region UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is pleased to announce Richard Lee Snow as its new regional development director leading fundraising efforts for UNCF across the Washington DC region, including its local office in Philadelphia PA. In this role, Snow is responsible for establishing short- and long-.....
INAUGURAL CONFERENCE LED BY WOMEN IN TOURISM & HOSPITALITY TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
W.I.T.H. Conference Filled With Lodging Educational Workshops and Keynote Speakers Set For March 19 and 20, 2020 Women in Tourism & Hospitality (W.I.T.H.) , will host its inaugural conference March 19 through 20, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley.
CAESARS FORUM BOOKS OVER ONE MILLION ROOM NIGHTS
Caesars Entertainment, one of the most diversified casino-entertainment companies in the world, announced recently more than one million room nights and over $390 million is contracted for meetings and events at CAESARS FORUM through 2020 and beyond.
BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION ELECTS DALE V.C. HOLNESS AS MAYOR
The Broward County Commission unanimously voted for Vice Mayor Dale V.C. Holness (District 9) to serve as Mayor recently at its reorganization meeting. Holness has served for the past year as Vice Mayor. The Broward County Charter stipulates that Commissioners, elected from single member districts, vote annually in November for the position of Mayor and Vice Mayor.
TANZANIA’S BIG FIVE: WHY TANZANIA IS AN AFRICAN LEADER FOR MEETINGS, CONFERENCES AND BUSINESS TOURISM
Tanzania is Moving to Ensure the Connectivity and Infrastructure is in Place to Welcome Growing Numbers of African Business Travelers Tanzania is emerging as an African leader in the rapidly growing meetings, conferences and events industry. Tanzania’s growth within the business tourism sector has been driven by growing international recognition of a tourism industry second to none in terms of diversity and quality of experiences.
ST. THOMAS NAMED BEST CARIBBEAN CRUISE DESTINATION
St. Thomas has been named the number one cruise destination in the Caribbean. The "Best Caribbean Cruise Destination" honor was bestowed upon the island by Porthole Cruise Magazine's readers in its 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the results of which are published in the November/December 2019 issue.
BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM MEDIA EXHIBITS AT IMEX AMERICA
Black Meetings & Tourism Media exhibited again this year at IMEX Am erica in Las Vegas. Taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center Sept. 10-12, IMEX Group reports an estimated 14,000 attendees participated in this year’s event generating an overall economic impact of more than $20 million. The show, which celebrated its ninth year in Las Vegas, included more than 3,500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries. In total, IMEX Group estimates a total of 76,000 individual and group appointments in 2019.
ATLANTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU’S MARCUS MARGERUM HONORED BY ATLANTA BUSINESS LEAGUE
Atlanta Business League (ABL) named Marcus Margerum, vice president, government and community affairs, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, to its annual Men of Influence list.
DESTINATION DC PREVIEWS YEAR AHEAD AND EXPANDING SALES INITIATIVES AT IMEX AMERICA
Attendees Get a First Look at Upcoming DC Developments and Continued Expansion of DC’s Asset-Based Sales Positioning Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, recently announced results to date of its asset-based sales positioning, top overseas convention markets in 2018 and initiatives to continue attracting new meetings to the nation’s capital during IMEX America (Oct. 16-18).
CVB HONORS ACCLAIMED ONCOLOGIST FOR DRIVING LIFE SCIENCE CONVENTIONS TO PHILADELPHIA
PHL Life Sciences Honors Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP with ‘Ultimate Solution Award’ L to R: Chair of Delaware BIO Chris Yochim, LabCorp CEO Dr. David King, Jefferson University Hospital oncologist Dr. Edith Mitchell, City Representative Sheila Hess, PHLCVB President and CEO Julie Coker Graham, PHL Life Sciences Executive Director Bonnie Grant.
GATEWAY CENTER ARENA @ COLLEGE PARK SLATED TO OPEN IN OCTOBER
South Atlanta’s Newest State-Of-The-Art, Multipurpose Venue to Debut Quality Entertainment and Events This Fall The highly anticipated Gateway Center Arena @ College Park is set to officially open its doors this fall – Friday, October 26 – with its first events scheduled for early November.
DESTINATIONS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES CAITLYN BLIZZARD, CDME AS VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
Destinations International recently announced the promotion of Caitlyn Blizzard, CDME to Vice President of Communications for Destinations International. Blizzard served as the organization’s Director of Communications since May of 2017. Blizzard will lead all corporate communications and public relations strategies for the association and the global destination organization industry.
A PILGRIMAGE TO PEARSON
Pearson College is located along the forested shores of the Pacific Ocean at Pedder In 1988, a scholarship to study for an International Baccalaureate diploma in British Columbia, Canada, took me away from the comforts of home in Barbados at 16 and literally and figuratively changed the trajectory of my life.
PNC 2019 – MORE THAN I IMAGINED
The Welcome banner for the 2019 Power Networking Conference (PNC) in Houston, ushered over 1,000 attendees into a magic carpet ride of workshops, exhibitor presentations, Power talks, networking practice sessions, gourmet meal award ceremonies, late night coaching and networking sessions and a jubilant Wakanda experience closing.
ATLANTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU PROMOTES FOUR TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) announces new roles for Pholeta Alexander as vice president, technology and facilities; Sheretha Bell as vice president, brand; Kristin Delahun t as vice president, convention services and Cynthia Mokotoff as vice president, human resources.
EMBRATUR PROMOTES BRAZIL'S MICE SEGMENT AT IMEX AMERICA
Brazil Tourism and Partners Met With Hosted Buyers in Las Vegas During The Most Prominent Global Business Event in the USA From October 10 th to 12 th, in Las Vegas, Embratur (the Brazilian Tourism Board) and co-exhibitors presented Brazilian destinations at the annual IMEX America Show. The event provided Embratur and partners with an opportunity to showcase Brazil as a destination for events, with a focus on corporate and incentive travel.
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