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Jessika Alexander Earns CTE Designation

Jessika Alexander of Visit Houston has earned her Certified Tourism Executive designation from the Travel and Tourism College offered by the Texas Travel Industry Association.

"I am grateful to Houston First/Visit Houston for allowing me the opportunity to grow professionally," says Alexander. "The program offered by TTIA was exceptional and with what I have learned, I know I will be better able to market Houston as one of the world’s premier destinations."

Ocean City Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opens

The new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot in Ocean City, Md., held its official ribbon cutting and opening ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Governor Larry Hogan and several other notable personalities, and signifies an exciting time for the prominent beach town.

“The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers visitors the perfect home base with access to all the wonderful attractions Ocean City has to offer,” says Alina Kellar, general manager. “Our goal is to provide our guests with the best service and allow them to create memorable moments here in Ocean City.”

San Francisco Proper Hotel Debuting in Flatiron Hotel Building

Opening in August 2017, the San Francisco Proper Hotel is transforming a flatiron hotel building into a luxury lifestyle hotel on the corner of 7th and Market. With San Francisco as its muse, the hotel helps resurge the area with its design as a culturally connected hangout in the up-and-coming rebuild of the neighborhood.

Denver Breaks Tourism Record

The city of Denver has broken its own record, earning $5.3 billion in tourism revenue in 2016. Based on the Longwoods International annual visitor profile study, Denver welcomed 31.5 million visitors (including 17.3 million overnight visitors) and is rising as a top tourism destination.

CHIHULY Welcomes Visitors to New York City for Summer Days & CHIHULY Nights

One of the most exciting events this summer for visitors of New York City is CHIHULY, an exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Artist Dave Chihuly created the artworks in the exhibit to be a sensory-filled experience offered between spring and fall, including art programs for children, weekend celebrations and CHIHULY nights.

EVERETT CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE GARDEN

VisitPITTSBURGH Wants Your Ideas

VisitPITTSBURGH has developed a fun promotional campaign to get locals more involved with its “Pittsburgh. Mighty. Beautiful.” theme and tagline. The organization kicked-off the “Mighty. Beautiful.” campaign and contest at its Annual Meeting luncheon by asking attendees to think of a third word to describe the city, e.g. Mighty. Beautiful. Welcoming. Among the words being used to describe Pittsburgh were: Inspiring. Proud. Reinvented. Welcoming. Legendary. Innovative.

Meet Brent Hockenberry

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.

Brent Hockenberry was recently hired as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown?

Governor Cuomo Breaks Ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center


In early March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo broke ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion on Manhattan’s West Side. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the first phase of the $1.5 billion expansion project.

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to Be Held in The Woodlands for Ninth Year

Planetary scientists from all over the world will come together at The Woodlands for the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 20–24 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The annual conference brings together international specialists to present the latest results of research in planetary science. It has been a focal point for planetary science research since 1970. It is a key meeting group for The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Greater Lansing CVB and Team Lansing Foundation Announce CTA of the Year

Michigan’s Team Lansing Foundation, along with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau,revealed Doug Klein, CTA, executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, as the 2016 Greater Lansing Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year. He received his award at the 2017 Greater Lansing CVB Annual Meeting held on Feb. 21 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing; Klein is one of more than 500 CTAs in the area.

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