Several of Georgia’s top tourism officials were honored this month with awards at the 2013 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. All of the winners were nominated by members of the state’s tourism industry. Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives: The Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award: Laurie Rowe, owner of Laurie […]
Winds this week will largely determine what happens along the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as the worst oil spill in U.S. history nears the two-month mark. Forecasters have been most concerned about the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands and the Florida Panhandle. Thousands of vacationers, meanwhile, are changing plans, either hoping to catch […]
After years of dwindling visits from international tourists, the government is pushing for improvement with the passing of the Travel Promotion Act. The bill, referred to as H.R. 1035 on the House floor, was passed by a vote of 358 to 66 last week. The legislation was initially passed in September, but Senate procedure made […]
Tourism is Mexico’s third-largest source of revenue and foreign exchange. Its recent decline has greatly impacted the four million Mexicans employed by the industry. From the economic downturn to the Influenza A H1N1 outbreak, Mexico is still weathering a financial storm, but wants everyone to know it’s open for business.
Long referred to as Florida’s “hidden coast,” Northwest Florida is emerging as a major contender for the state’s valuable tourism and destination meetings dollars. With its abundance of natural resources — beautiful beaches, coastal lakes, varied topography — and an interesting and growing mix of venues, from resorts with conference facilities to cottages for executive housing, the area is getting more and more attention.
Adding a local culinary treat to an event’s menu is an effective and easy way to introduce attendees to a destination’s local attractions. Since this is the “Year of Alabama Food,” the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel has several resources available, including Alabama food recipes, food-themed books and the PDF “100 dishes to eat […]
More than 21 million visitors flock to San Antonio every year. The city’s strong convention and tourism business combined with the relatively inexpensive cost of land has made San Antonio America’s fastest-growing hotel construction market; this year alone, construction will begin on 7,360 new rooms in 44 hotels.
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Winning the bid to host the 2008 Democratic Convention was just the beginning; during the next three years, expect to see big things opening up in Denver.
Tourism bureaus in Fresno, Calif., and Palm Beach County, Fla., are fighting to survive after independent audits in December discovered convention and visitors bureau (CVB) employees were using taxpayers’ dollars in questionable ways.
Got a group heading to the islands? Consider slipping a novel of life, love and the oil industry into their goody bags. Promoters of “Crude! A Story of Passion in Aruba” are not only billing the newly released book as a sure-fire way to enhance travel to the Caribbean this year, but are also expecting […]