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VisitDetroit.Com Earns Spot on Skift's List of World's 25 Best Tourism Board Websites

Cruise around greater Detroit and you’ll see plenty of promotion — from metro airport wall displays to highway billboards — spotlighting Motown as America’s greatest comeback city.

And, fortunately for meeting and event planners, the metro area’s tourism website also has evolved during these many years of economic rebirth and marketplace rebranding.

So it was good to see the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau staff all smiles this week after Skift named the visitdetroit.com website as one of the 25 best tourism board websites in the world for 2017.

Sarasota County to See More Hotel Rooms

Sarasota County will see the addition of 1,112 new hotel rooms over the next two years. These new accommodations will largely fall within walking distance of downtown Sarasota and the dining, arts and scenery that it offers.

New National Food Experience Provides Food From 50 States

Flavored Nation, a new live experience that highlights the most iconic food from each of all 50 states, will be hosted at St. Louis' Dome at America's Center from Oct. 27-29. GateHouse Media, along with Richard Gore, will work together to produce this event for food-lovers across the nation. After conducting extensive research to identify each state's most iconic food, 12,000 attendees will be able to taste the 50 dishes all at one event.

Meet Tod Chambers

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.

Tod Chambers was recently hired as managing director of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Conrad Chicago.

Joining Forces

Due to the growth in tourism and group bookings in the Lansing area, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority have partnered to assign the Lansing Center's future sales responsibilities to the GLCVB.

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.

Meet Josh Lesnick

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.

Josh Lesnick was recently hired as president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels.

SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International have come together to offer a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The crossover between both industries and memberships sparked the idea for the event, taking place Jan. 12–14, 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Italy—a hotel in the heart of Rome.

Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces New Officers

The MACVB has appointed its new officers for the 2017 calendar. The newly elected officers are:

  • President: Jack Schripsema (Lansing)
  • Past President: Linda Freybler (Calhoun County)
  • Vice President: Linda Hoath (Sault Ste. Marie)
  • Secretary: Chris Rowley (Mount Pleasant)
  • Treasurer: Bob Lukens (Muskegon)
  • Members at Large: Tim Hygh (Mackinac Island)
  • Amanda Wilkin (Charlevoix)

MACVB is made up of the 46 member convention and visitor bureaus all throughout Michigan.

Greater Lansing CVB Announces Board

Proud to announce its new Board of Officers for 2017, The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau’s roster is finally complete. “We are very fortunate to have such a vital, dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders comprising our Board,” says Jack Schripsema, president. “I look forward to working with them to promote the Greater Lansing community.”

Board

Mark Alley, Chair from Emergent BioDenfense Operations Lansing, LLC

Kendric Hall, Vice Chair from Radisson Hotel & Lansing at the Capital

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