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Visit Seattle Announces Partnership With Housing Services Provider

Visit Seattle has partnered with Experient to provide their event housing services.

“Experient is well respected in the industry and shares the same values and commitment to excellent customer service as our organization,” says Katy Willis, director of convention services, Visit Seattle. “This partnership will allow us to be even more laser focused on finding new and creative ways to differentiate Visit Seattle and the incredible services we offer.”

Shade Hotels Offers New Winter Package

Redondo Beach’s Shade Hotel is offering a winter package that allows a complimentary third night with the purchase of two nights. The seasonal offer is the result of a partnership with the Redondo Beach Visitor’s Bureau that allows guests to get away from the stress of the holidays.

VISIT Milwaukee Awarded MarCom Award

The 2016 MarCom Awards, a creative competition that recognizes marketing and communication achievements, have given four different awards to VISIT Milwaukee for their outstanding work.

The awards include the Platinum Award for their Meet Milwaukee Video, the Gold Award for their 2016 Official Visitors Guide, The Gold Award for their DearMKE Instagram Site, and an Honorable Mention for their International Brochures.

Meet Mary German

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as COO of Arlington CVB?

Visit Vacaville Wins Gold Adrian Award

Visit Vacaville in California has been awarded the Gold Adrian Award for Website Design from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. After a huge rebranding project in 2015, they partnered with Tempest Interactive Media to create a new digital marketing platform.

Joliet to Host Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the Joliet Area’s first-ever Restaurant Week! This winter, The City of Excitement will be heating things up by showing guests around some of the best eateries in the area. The big event, put on by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, will go through Feb. 17–26.

MIchigan CVBs Going High-Tech to Improve Travel & Meeting Experience

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Looking for ways to lure visitors to your destination? Convention and visitors bureaus across Michigan are embracing and deploying the latest technology to make planning leisure travel and destination events easier and more successful. Here are the most exciting things our state's bureau leaders are doing in the technology space. 

Responsive Websites 

Cutting-edge websites load quickly and function smoothly whether the user is on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Orange County Targets San Francisco in Marketing Campaign

OMGOC, a marketing campaign launched by Orange County, California Destination Marketing Organizations, is targeting San Francisco’s market to bring more tourism to Orange County.

This is their first campaign and it uses several digital ad banners and videos to showcase all the region has to offer. It also challenges Northern Californians about what they really know about Orange County.

The goal is to show that there is more to Orange County than meets the eye. The campaign was created by marketing agency, Greehaus, and will run through Dec. 10.

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

Rockford Prepares for Multiple Sports Tournaments

Four large-scale sports tournaments are set to be hosted in the Rockford, Ill., region next year. It’s estimated that the participants, coaches and fans flocking to the area will contribute $5 million to the local economy during their stay.

The tournaments that have been booked so far include: the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 23–25; Amateur Athletic Union Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships, May 5–7; Premier SuperCopa Championship, Jun. 9–12; and the Elite Clubs National Playoffs, Jun. 22–27.

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