Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s GO Cedar Rapids CVB ceased operations after incurring $2.3 million in debts from producing the “newbo evolve” festival, according to a report in The Gazette, a local area newspaper.
Steve Hill will replace Rossi Ralenkotter as Las Vegas CVA CEO on September 1, 2018.
Meetings Today Destinations Content Director Marlene Goldman sat down with Destinations International President & CEO Don Welsh during its 2018 Annual Convention in Anaheim in July 2018 to find out how the organization is helping DMOs adapt to the next generation of meeting planners, and the challenges DMOs face in areas such as destination boycotts and the “weaponization of travel.”
Las Vegas police are conducting a criminal investigation into the mishandling of funds by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), according to reporting published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
California’s Santa Clara CVB had its funding suspended for 60 days by the City of Santa Clara until a new management company can be found. Employee salaries and benefits will be paid during the 60 days.
The Memphis CVB changed its name to Memphis Tourism and debuted a new logo and tagline.
Visit Anaheim launched a major marketing campaign to show off the its fun new group offerings that appeal beyond Disneyland.
Almost all the CVBs and destinations in Florida were affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. While some hotels going through renovations at the time had some delays, other hotels that may have needed some sprucing up were strongly persuaded by Mother Nature to make much needed renovations. All in all, most came through the hurricane looking to the future, and 2018 looks bright.
MT: How has your first year been on the job? KL: It has been fantastic. We’ve accomplished so much, from more record tourism numbers to exciting new marketing programs and partnership opportunities. We have been working every day to promote Florida’s sunshine and good times.
A new day is dawning for the embattled tourism promotion industry in Puerto Rico, as CVB veteran Brad Dean, who helmed the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as CEO for 15 years, is set to take the reins of the newly created Puerto Rico Destination Marketing Organization (PRDMO).