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WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BLACK CVB PRESIDENT/CEO?
This year we are taking another close look at convention & visitors bureaus across the nation in our continuing effort to document the rate of progress that African-Americans are making in the hospitality/travel industry. The good news is that industry veteran Rickey Thigpen was selected to head Visit Jackson, after Wanda Collier-Wilson, who had held that post for a number of years, stepped down in 2018.
CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION AND ADDITION OF HEADQUARTERS HOTEL TO BEGIN
Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) are excited to announce that the project to expand the Broward County Convention Center and add a new four-diamond Headquarters Hotel in Fort Lauderdale has officially begun.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’S NEW OCEANS OF EXTRAS PROMOTION GIVES UP TO $750 IN ONBOARD PERKS
Guests Receive Up to $600 Onboard Spending Money Per Stateroom; Suite Guests Also Receive a Beverage Card and Signature Dining Package Holland America Line's new Oceans of Extras promotion gives guests up to $600 in onboard spending money per stateroom and awards bonus perks for suite bookings on select fall 2019 through spring 2020 cruises.
STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE UNVEILED TO THE WORLD IN EPIC GRAND OPENING CEREMONY AT DISNEYLAND PARK
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined by George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams to Mark Historic Moment for The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company celebrated the momentous dedication of Star....
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL STRENGTHENS GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING EFFORTS
The Company is Now a Member of ECPAT-USA's Code of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism After years of independent anti-human trafficking activity MGM Resorts has signed ECPAT's Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code), a worldwide network of organizations...
CARIBBEAN305 RETURNS TO MIAMI THIS SUMMER
A Celebration of the Culinary, Spirits and Cultural Wonders of the Caribbean Coming to Mana Wynwood, June 22 South Florida's premier Caribbean culinary and cultural celebration, Caribbean305, returns to Miami on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Mana Wynwood, a new location for the annual event.
GBCVB NAMES AARON JONES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has announced Aaron Jones as its new Executive Vice President (EVP). Jones joins the GBCVB after having served four years as CEO of MetroLacrosse, the largest urban lacrosse and youth development program in the United States. His primary responsibilities as EVP will include oversight of day-to-day operations, operating budgets, financial practices, and revenue generation.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES HOME RENTALS IN OVER 100 MARKETS
Homes & Villas by Marriott International Features Over 2,000 Highly-Curated Homes in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, All Participating in Marriott Bonvoy Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has announced Homes & Villas by Marriott International, a home rental initiative offering 2,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 100 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
DESTINATIONS INTERNATIONAL RELEASES NEW WEAPONIZATION OF TRAVEL RESEARCH AND TOOLKITS FOR DESTINATION ORGANIZATIONS AND MEETING PLANNERS
Destinations International recently released new research on the Weaponization of Travel as well as two toolkits for entities facing travel boycotts and bans. This most recent research led by Destinations International and funded in part by the Destinations International Foundation, includes both qualitative and quantitative research of meeting planners.
AFRICA TOURISM ASSOCIATION (ATA) SET TO HOST WORLD TOURISM CONFERENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Conference to Highlight the Opportunities the Tourism Sector Can Bring to African Economies The World Tourism Conference is set to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 22 - 26, 2019, and will highlight the opportunities tourism can bring to African economies.
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