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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE
It is with much sadness that I must report that Matthew Thomas, our dear friend and longtime supporter of and contributor to Black Meetings & Tourism, has met an untimely death. We first met Matt ... read more
SONYA BRADLEY?SERVES AS CHIEF OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT VISIT SACRAMENTO
As a 25-year veteran of the tourism industry, Sonya Bradley felt a deep, personal call to use her expertise, widespread relationships, and experiences to create a better path forward for people of col ... read more
MICHELLE MASON KEEPS MAKING US PROUD
Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE , serves as the President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), where she is focused on advancing the professional practice of association manage ... read more
CTO CHAIRMAN HAILS SUCCESS OF BUSINESS MEETINGS IN SAINT-MARTIN
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) concluded its business meetings recently in Saint-Martin, marking a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts to strengthen and revitalize the Caribbe ... read more
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ANNOUNCES LARGEST CALENDAR YEAR TOURISM NUMBERS
Despite strengthening headwinds, Florida-fatigue and lower numbers at the state level, Visit Tampa Bay announced calendar year results for Hillsborough County tourism bucked the trend and grew both ho ... read more
VISIT MILWAUKEE HIRES MEISHA BRIDGES AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
VISIT Milwaukee is proud to announce it has hired Meisha Bridges as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With this appointment, Bridges assumes a pivotal role in steering the financial and strategic ... read more
DEI SCHOLARSHIP NAMED IN HONOR OF RETIRED VISIT ALBUQUERQUE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF SALES
Visit Albuquerque’s Associate Director of Sales Larry Atchison retired in January after 31 years with the organization. In recognition of his work and impact on the community, the organization announc ... read more
ACVB HIRES NEW CITYWIDE SALES EXECUTIVE AND INTERNATIONAL TOURISM SALES MANAGER
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) announces the hiring of Jon Herr as citywide sales executive and Haewon Jang as international tourism sales manager. Herr joins ACVB to sell and market ... read more
PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER AND ARAMARK SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF RENOVATED CONCESSION OFFERINGS
The Pennsylvania Convention Center and Aramark Sports + Entertainment (Aramark, NYSE: ARMK) marked the completion of a major renovation project with the grand opening of six permanent concession stand ... read more
HOTEL TONNELLE UNVEILS STUNNING RENOVATION IN THE HEART OF NEW ORLEANS' GARDEN DISTRICT
Hotel Tonnelle , part of Marriott’s Tribute portfolio, announces it has completed a comprehensive renovation that has transformed every corner of the New Orleans property, including guest rooms, meeti ... read more
FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HOST A MEETING TO REMEMBER IN MIAMI
Versatile Space: Personalize the Miami Beach Convention Center to your meeting's needs. Enjoy plenty of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, made up of over 500,000 square feet of flexible exhibition s ... read more
GREENSBORO CVB CELEBRATES THE RETIREMENT OF SALES DIRECTOR
The Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (GACVB) is celebrating the retirement of long-time Director of Sales Ava Pope. Pope served as the sales director for 32 years before retiring at the ... read more
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC, ART, CULTURE, AND MORE THROUGHOUT ST. AUGUSTINE, PONTE VEDRA AND THE BEACHES
Florida’s Historic Coast is well known for its rich Spanish and British history, but it’s becoming even more recognized for its significant place in African American history. It spans centuries, from ... read more
ANGELLA LOPEZ CONTINUES TO EXCELL AT VISIT LAUDERDALE
Angella Lopez has been giving warm welcomes for over 40 years. As a national sales executive at Visit Lauderdale – a position she has held for 28 years – Lopez prides herself on connecting multicultur ... read more
CTO CELEBRATES 35 YEARS, ANNOUNCES 2024 THEME
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Dona Regis-Prosper has welcomed 2024 by recognizing January as the organization’s 35th anniversary and inviting regional tourism stakehold ... read more
VISIONARY PROFESSIONAL AND HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION EXPERT JOHNNIE WHITE NAMED NEW CEO OF AACE
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) recently announced the appointment of Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP, as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2024. Mr. White brings over ... read more
VISIT TAMPA BAY UNVEILS MOST EXPANSIVE OUT-OF-STATE CAMPAIGN FOR EPIC ESCAPES
Brace yourself for Visit Tampa Bay’s most impactful and expansive out-of-state winter campaign to date. Geared towards captivating new audiences, Visit Tampa Bay has invested $4.6 million in the campa ... read more
PRINCESS CRUISES SALUTES 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALASKA STATEHOOD AS LEADING CRUISE LINE READIES FOR ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING SEASON IN 2024
Princess Cruises, a name synonymous with elegance, adventure, and world-class hospitality, proudly celebrates Alaska today on the momentous occasion of its 65th anniversary of statehood. As the leader ... read more
CHTA EMPHASIZES THE NEED FOR BETTER AIR CONNECTIVITY TO FOSTER TOURISM GROWTH
The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) wants a full-court press from regional stakeholders to boost air connectivity this year. “As tourism rebounds, there is absolutely n ... read more
FROM HOSPITALITY TO HARMONY
Born and bred in Memphis, Shayanna McNeil isn't afraid of hard work. Balancing textbooks with hospitality shifts throughout her college years, she honed her people skills and discovered a deep satisfa ... read more
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