Hitting the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Kentucky

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One-third of the world’s bourbon supply is distilled in Louisville, Kentucky.

Be One of the First to Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, a City That Always Brings Something Fresh to the Table

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If you haven’t visited Louisville, Kentucky, lately, you might not recognize it. But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center. The post Be One of the First to Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, a City That Always Brings Something Fresh to the Table appeared first on Connect Association. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization.

What Planners Can Learn About Incorporating Local Flavor from a New Louisville Icon

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Omni Louisville’s opening coincides with a $207 million renovation and expansion of Kentucky International Convention Center next door, which will reopen with 200,000 sq. Meeting Planning falls city kentucky KY louisville luxury market omni omni louisville south southern upscale

U.S. Open Honey Deuce & 4 Other Signature Sports Cocktails

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Kentucky Derby: Mint Julep. Woodford Reserve revealed its 2017 $1,000 Mint Julep Cup and guess who it is benefiting this year…the Kentucky Derby Museum! Doesn't this sound delicious… Woodford Reserve® 2017 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep 1.5 A post shared by Kentucky Derby (@kentuckyderby) on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:09am PDT. The Mint Julep has been the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1939. 21 and over?

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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In Kentucky, another of the banned states, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the travel ban a “real threat to our growing tourism economy” after a hotel in the city announced it had lost two conventions as a result. Reaction from Kentucky Gov.

America’s 5 Largest Convention Centers to Host Your Next Event

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Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY. Commonly called the “Fairgrounds”, the Kentucky Exposition Center is a unique venue to host your upcoming convention or large-scale event. The Kentucky Exhibition Center also has: 600 seat Broadbent Arena. Big events require big spaces.

Trend Alert: Conference Crashing

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Two years ago, we realized our planners’ needs were not truly being met with ‘blank slate’ experiences,” says Julie Kirkpatrick, CTA, vice president of sales and marketing at MeetNKY (the Northern Kentucky CVB), which recently hosted a site visit for medical planners during a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Who knew conference crashing could be a good thing? Cities and venues across the U.S.

Where You’d Least Expect Them

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Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah, Kentucky, known as “Quilt City USA.” If you’ve spent any time in the business-events industry, you know destinations like Las Vegas, Paris, Chicago, or Barcelona like the back of your hand.

Inclusive Cities are Thriving

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The report also outlines what four cities that improved their racial and economic inclusion during their economic recovery — Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Midland, Texas — share in common.

California Bans State Travel to Four More States; Texas Responds

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As of June 22, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas are now included on the list. Kentucky, on the other hand, recently passed a religious freedom bill permitting students to exclude LGBTQ peers from campus groups.

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3 Must-Follow Food Trails

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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is something of a senior citizen among modern food and drink trails. It was conceived by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 1999, and now sees 2.5 Like most places, Columbus, Ohio, has a few quirks that make it unique: German Village.

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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The 21c Museum Hotel Lexington in Kentucky is an 88-room boutique hotel. 21c Museum Hotel Lexington – Lexington, Kentucky. The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey. USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers.

KICC Is at the Heart of Transforming Louisville

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But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). For example, in the city famous for Bourbon, KICC is surrounded by four micro-distilleries; the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Angel’s Envy, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. If you haven’t visited Louisville, KY, lately, you might not recognize it. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization.

Marriott Pioneers Building Blocks to Fast Growth

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Four more modular hotels are under way—Courtyard Pullman in Washington, AC Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, AC Louisville in Kentucky and AC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Marriott Development ’s secret for scaling hotel development fast? Preassembled modular construction at a grand scale.

5 Reasons Flying Could Be Fun Again

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In April, security guards dragged a hapless Kentucky doctor off an overbooked United Airlines flight. It’s been an unsettling year, to say the least, for air travelers. In March, U.S. Homeland Security banned laptops in passenger cabins on flights originating from eight countries.

Cheers to Brew Pubs and Their Spaces!

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From a 20th century repurposed brewery in Lexington, Kentucky, to a swanky New York City rooftop , brew pubs and taprooms are the toast of their towns. Photo from Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Brew pubs are trending and so are the event spaces they provide.

Meet Monsieur, the World’s First Automatic Bartender

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Monsieur has been deployed at more than 20 locations including large sports and entertainment venues, like Churchill Downs Racetrack for the Kentucky Derby, Philips Arena in Atlanta, Arlington Raceway in Minnesota, Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, as well as Marriott hotels and Regal Cinemas locations. Monsieur is a tech company first and foremost (at least, that’s what the brand’s masterminds say).

ALHI Adds 4 Key Meeting Properties

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Atlanta and Louisville, Kentucky. Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has significantly enhanced its meetings and events portfolio by adding key properties in Washington, D.C., Two of the hotels— Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.,

United Airlines Adopts New Customer-First Policies

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After recent public blow-back against poor—and even abusive—service on U.S. airlines, are we witnessing the beginnings of a welcome customer-first era in air travel?

Tips on Culinary Marketing From a (Sometime) Food Writer

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Ditto for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail—created in 1999, it now attracts 2.5 For six years, I worked as a food and drink writer at various New England newspapers, and sometimes wondered how towns, states, and regions with similar food scenes could be in such varying stages of culinary marketing.

Why Your Next Event Should be a Cooking Class

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This Lexington, Kentucky-based culinary destination hosts an array of cooking classes for children, adults, and private groups, all situated in their state-of-the-art kitchen studio.

REAL ID Act to Bring Changes to TSA Checkpoints

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The remaining 10 percent, including residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, will need to present an alternate form of identification in order to fly.

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

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The Apiary, a special event venue in Lexington, Kentucky , offers a beautiful wine cellar for meetings and catered private dinners.

Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Situated along the Ohio River, across from Kentucky, Cincinnati has retained its Southern charm while remaining decidedly Midwestern. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has connecting flights to major airports and regional hubs.

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Game Changers: Sporting Incentive Trips

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In 2018, the event heads to Churchill Downs in Louisville, the storied home of the Kentucky Derby. Anyone who has attended a Super Bowl party or a pregame tailgate gathering knows that sporting events have a way of bringing people together.

Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) uses therapeutic miniature horses. Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert? Depending on your recreational habits, it could have been anything but a calming sight.

Discover Why Everything That Makes Louisville Different Is Different

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At the heart of it all is the expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center , which will soon feature: > 200,000 contiguous square feet of open, spacious exhibit space. > Louisville is changing the way people think about Southern destinations.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Louisville, Kentucky. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) uses therapeutic miniature horses. Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert? Depending on your recreational habits, it could have been anything but a calming sight.

Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Louisville, Kentucky. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Top Food Beverage Trends For 2017

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How does Culinary Capers Catering ‘s Chickpea Panisse (see above) with organic carrots, green beans and roasted cauliflower sound or Food Dudes’ Kentucky Fried Eggplant with grilled vegetables, smoked onion gravy, buffalo tofu sauce, pickled heirloom carrot herb slaw?

8 Pieces of Remarkable Hotel Art

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21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky 21c Museum Hotel Artwork: The 21c Museum Hotel offers a contemporary museum that’s free to the public, open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. What do you think of when you hear the term “hotel art”?

Ticketbud Tidbits Episode 5 - CJ Alderton

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With a bluegrass festival, we’d be getting people from Kentucky and wherever. CJ Alderton is a busy man - he runs Patrick Crossing, a church that takes place in a pub, and he also heads the annual Durango Celtic Festival in Durango, Colorado. We speak with him about what you need to do to get a strong festival going, how to scale it, and how to use word-of-mouth marketing. You can listen to the audio here, and as always, the transcript is right below. Enjoy!