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Meet Rik Blyth

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.

Rik Blyth was recently hired as general manager at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager?

Let’s Go to Lansing

The more I travel—and the longer I edit this magazine—the more I appreciate convention and visitors bureaus. They are staffed with people who know their area inside and out, and are passionately committed to supporting and promoting it. In Michigan, in particular, we've needed voices telling our story to a country that often had it wrong. Our CVBs have done as much as anyone to do so and to turn our state’s fortunes around and attract the enthusiasm and investment that we need.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 Set to Break Records

The 2017 PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, set for Sept. 25–27 appears to be on track to exceed its 2015 numbers, according to The Association for the Packaging and Processing Technologies, PACK EXPO’s producer. PACK EXPO Las Vegas increased its sales by 10 percent and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is up by 20 percent. Their show is predicted to be sold out with more than 2,000 companies exhibiting.

LACC Reports Record Year

AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, provides venue management and other specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. This management has recently gained attention from its management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, as its 2015–2016 fiscal year yielded exceptional results. LACC reported a successful financial and operational year-to-date with the venue exceeding revenue expectations and nearly tripling the prior year’s profits.

Sedona CVB Project Wins Big

This year, the Arizona Office of Tourism created a “Grand Pitch” contest; the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Sedona Secret campaign was recognized for the best marketing presentation. The prize was $100,000 in in-kind marketing funds.

The Arizona Office of Tourism said the contest supports destination marketing efforts and increases the economic benefits of tourism activity across over the state.

Students: Apply Now for Hospitality Scholarship

Furthering and sustaining the hospitality industry is dependent on the students working to get into the field today. Without them, the future is shaky.

To help these students gain the education they need to truly succeed, the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Foundation created a partnership to award scholarships for education in the hospitality industry and promote its value.

Proven Fact: AC Events Significantly Impact Economy

Not just this year, but many years running, Atlantic City has been host to a plethora of events—from the New Jersey Education Association Convention to the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon. With such a wide variety of events, it’s not a shocker to think they have significantly boosted the economy.

VFTCB Looking Forward to a Successful 2016

2015 is coming to a close, and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is reporting that 2016 will likely be a strong for overnight stays at its area hotels.

Recently released metrics from the STR Global, a worldwide tourism data-analytics firm, show 2015 saw improvements across multiple fields:

Atlantic City Is Taking Meetings 'To the Next Level'

Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission had a fantastic year in 2015.

Just some of their accomplishments include booking two major industry shows—Meetings Professionals International and TEAMS, both who will host their 2016 events in Atlantic City.

Going Once! Going Twice! Sign up now for a PAMPI Auction

It’s time to open those wallets and start bidding.

The Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meetings Professionals International is hosting an auction with such donated items as vacation packages, celebrity autographs and catered dinners.

The deadline to register is just two days away on Dec. 9. Registering gets you many award-winning noms and two drink tickets.

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