The coastal communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach are as picture-perfect as a beach postcard. Surfers catch waves by the pier while volleyball players compete on the sand courts that dot the shoreline. A 22-mile bike path known as The Strand lures cyclists to pedal along the South Bay’s entire stretch of coastline.
Visit’s Plano’s Marketing Manager, Millerann Moya and Convention Servicing and Group Housing Coordinator Shane Sorenson have earned the Texas Destination Marketer credential. Both recipients were honored at the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureau’s (TACVB) Annual Conference held in El Paso on August 18.
Gettysburg may be synonymous with the Civil War, but this thriving town is stepping out of the shadows. “The travel experience in Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is more diverse than it’s ever been. Most people think of Gettysburg as a Civil War town, and that it is, but there is so much here that starts with history and ends with great food, outdoor recreation and a variety of shopping and unique events,” says Carl Whitehill, director of communications for Destination Gettysburg.
According to Watkins Research Group’s biennial Meeting and Convention Planners Survey, out of 40 North American cities, Vancouver, B.C. is the top convention city in Canada and the second in North America!
Watkins’ rankings are based on responses from nearly 900 industry planners and decision makers from around the world. In the survey, Vancouver was:
A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!
However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year.
As business and leisure travel continues to boom in Austin, the city’s inventory of hotel rooms is rising to take advantage of the demand. Six new hotels opened in Austin in 2015, according to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, currently Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the Americas. Two more hotels will open in 2016, and five hotels are set to open in 2017
Unique. Exquisite. Breathtaking. All words used by event planners whose corporate groups choose, time and again, to take advantage of all that Colorado Springs has to offer. The city at the foot of America’s mountain has it all: natural beauty, walking-distance convenience, elegantly appointed meeting spaces and ample teambuilding opportunities.
The Hub City has been welcoming guests with west Texas hospitality since the original settlement was founded in 1890. Home to Texas Tech University, multiple wineries and one of the largest collections of windmills on earth, Lubbock is attracting the attention of Texas meeting and event planners.
Built in 1962, the historic Drake Hotel in Oak Brook served as a game changer for the western suburbs of Chicago. It was the suburban counterpart to the iconic and lavish Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and proved that the suburbs could be ultra-cool too. ¶ That is, until the doors closed in 2009.
Known in later years as the Wyndham Drake, the hotel sat empty for years as the sounds of every party, every meeting and every celebration once held inside its doors echoed within the now shuttered halls.
That famous north woods lumberjack is a perfect representative for this vibrant Minnesota city, since Bemidji, like Paul, is historic, rugged and strongly connected to nature. “Gathering by the lake and among the tall pine trees makes every event more peaceful, productive and refreshing,” says Susan Goudge, executive director, Visit Bemidji. “We’re small enough to be comfortable and large enough to be convenient.”
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