IMEX America 2021 Bodes Well for the Industry’s Future

LAS VEGAS, NV — The consensus at this year’s show was that “it’s good to be back.” Held last week at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, IMEX America 2021 was special not only because it was the show’s 10th edition, but also as the first in-person edition since 2019. More than just a milestone, IMEX America drew robust participation despite […]

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Opens

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve debuted on Nov. 3. The 14-story hotel, positioned adjacent to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort, offers 349 guestrooms (including 151 suites) with floor-to-ceiling views of the resort. Booking Agents “With its relaxing atmosphere, fascinating design, stunning views, perfect proximity, and adjacent location […]

Meet Hawaii Appoints Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) has appointed sales veteran Adrienne Nudo as Meet Hawaii’s Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region. Working remotely from Chicago, Nudo will be responsible for promoting Hawaii as a preferred destination for citywide conventions and generating citywide leads and bookings for the Hawaii Convention Center and MCI hotels. Nudo is a hospitality sales leader with more […]

Atlantic City Convention Center to Welcome Back Three Annual Events in November

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — November will see the return of three annual events to the 2021 F&D Prime Site Award-winning Atlantic City Convention Center, two of which are the largest conventions Atlantic City hosts. The annual 2021 New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention will return to the Atlantic City Convention Center from Nov. 4-5. NJEA attendees will experience a series of workshops […]

Arlington CVB Names New CEO

Arlington Cvb Names New Ceo

ARLINGTON, TX — Brent DeRaad, current President & CEO of Visit Tucson, has been chosen to lead the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). He will start his new position on Dec. 6, 2021. DeRaad is replacing Ron Price, who had been President & CEO since 2013. Price resigned in May to head Visit Phoenix in Arizona. “The Executive Committee, […]

Prime Site Award-Winning Owensboro Convention Center Earns GBAC STAR Accreditation

OWENSBORO, KY — Spectra, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter, recently announced that the two facilities have achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter have implemented the most stringent protocols […]

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Managerial Hire and Promotion

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has hired Monica Coleman as Manager, Convention Services, and promoted Alecia Zackery to Content and Social Media Manager, Group Markets. Coleman will manage groups ranging from 250 hotel room nights on peak to major citywide accounts. She is a hospitality veteran with more than two decades of experience, returning to the ACVB after […]

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Completes Sales Team With Three New Appointments

SAN ANTONIO, TX — The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has appointed Kip Reuman to the position of Destination Sales Executive. Reuman joins two recent new hires to the sales and marketing team, Nina Shokrian as Senior Marketing Manager and Molly Horton as Associate Director of Group Sales. Reuman previously served as the resort’s Director of Room Operations and has held […]

Philadelphia CVB Appoints SVP, Convention Division

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has appointed Maria Grasso as Senior Vice President, Convention Division. Grasso will lead the convention sales and services team in growing convention bookings, while positioning Philadelphia as a premier destination for meetings, conventions and events. A more than 20-year veteran of the organization, Grasso joined the PHLCVB in 1999 as […]

Meet Hawaii Appoints Senior Director, Citywide Sales

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) welcomes strategic sales leader Lynn Whitehead as Meet Hawaii’s Senior Director, Citywide Sales. In the role, Whitehead will be responsible for covering the eastern U.S. region, promoting Hawaii as a preferred destination for citywide conventions and generating citywide leads and bookings for the Hawaii Convention Center and MCI hotels. Whitehead is a hospitality sales veteran with more […]