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Traverse City Uncorked: A Month-Long Celebration of Local Wines

This May, a new month-long series of wine-related events called “Traverse City Uncorked” will be held throughout the Traverse City area. The event is a collaboration between Traverse City Tourism, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. It will showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene while also featuring specials at participating venues throughout the region.

Empire State Development Announces Design Team for Expansion

Empire State development president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky has announced the design team who will spearhead the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. After an extensive evaluation process, the panel has chosen LendLease Turner.

Associated Luxury Hotels International Hires New Director of Sales

Marnie Hock has been named director of sales for the New York City-based Associated Luxury Hotels International Northeast region.

Hock is tasked with assisting industry professionals, executives, specialists and more with Global Sales Organizations services and support.

Philadelphia Conventions & Visitors Bureau Opens Office in Copenhagen

In an effort to expand globally, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen. Atlantic Link will work with tour operators to develop itineraries that incorporate Philadelphia and the landmarks the city offers.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Appoints Sales Manager

AAA Four Diamond-rated 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y., has appointed Sam Toscano as their new sales manager.

“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”

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.

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.

Fairmont Pittsburgh Partners with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Fairmont Pittsburgh has partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation for the upcoming holiday season. Together, they have planned a number of initiatives to benefit the Free Care Fund, a program the guarantees that every child in the region receives the health care they need despite their family’s lack of insurance.

Gettysburg Reporting High Tourism Numbers

The number of overnight stays in Adams County, Pa., through October, is more than 4.1 percent higher than the same timeframe in 2014, according to the Smith Travel Research report which measures hotel occupancy, average daily rates and revenue generated through participating lodging properties.

National Auction Rolls in Unprecedented Economic Impact


A 1968 Shelby convertible, a 1931 Bugatti Royale and a number of classic Corvettes paraded through the Hershey Harrisburg Region July 30–Aug. 2 and resulted in an estimated economic impact of $10.5 million.

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