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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.

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?

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.

Hiring Announcements for DMCVB

The DMCVB is taking on Dave Beachnau as senior vice president of sales, marketing and sports, and has promoted Kris Smith to director of the Detroit Sports Commission.

"The knowledge and expertise that Dave has contributed to the DMCVB is invaluable, and we look forward to what he will accomplish in his new role," says Larry Alexander, president and CEO. "In his short time with the DSC, Kris has helped increase our profile within the national governing bodies of the Olympic movement, as well as created local awareness of the DSC."

Meet Connie Kopecky

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.

Connie Kopecky was recently hired as the sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee?

Meet Geri Miller

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.

Geri Miller was recently hired as the master gardener at The Ranch Malibu.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as master gardener at The Ranch Malibu?

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.

Arlington CVB Study Shows Positive Tourism Results

Almost 14 million visitors spent an estimated $1.4 billion last year in Arlington, Texas, according to a study conducted by Longwoods International. This study was prepared for the Arlington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with a mission to provide an overview of Arlington’s tourism business in 2015. It included information about overnight and day visitors, how much visitors were spending and other relevant trends.

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