Virginia Tourism Launches LGBT Campaign

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The longtime slogan for the state of Virginia is getting a slight makeover. Ever popular “Virginia is for Lovers” has become a little more diverse these days, replacing the traditional red heart used as the V in lovers with a rainbow-colored heart.

Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards

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Roanoke, Virginia. Chefs from Benchmark Hospitality at Deloitte Hotel and Conference Center in Westlake, Texas, and Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, have won IACC’s annual U.S. The post Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards appeared first on Smart Meetings.

One community bank’s novel approach to auto lending


Community banking Auto lending Auto industry Growth strategies Virginia Washington DCRather than jump right away into lending to car buyers, Access National will start by offering CRE and M&A financing to dealerships.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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The Omni Homestead Resort — Hot Springs, Virginia. pete beach tennessee the american club the broadmoor the don cesar the hermitage hotel the omni homestead resort the peabody the royal hawaiian virginia wisconsin

New Ski Conglomerate Purchases Deer Valley Resort

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Hotels & Resorts News california Canada colorado Deer Valley Resort Latest News mammoth resorts ontario quebec resort purchases ski ski resorts vermont west virginia

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Sip on This! 3 New Beverage Trends

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You can find brands like Stumptown Coffee Roasters in cafes and restaurants around the country, but nitro coffee is also popping up at smaller shops, such as Amazing Glazed in Virginia Beach. Craft brews and locally sourced wine are great, but you can get more creative by incorporating more of-the-moment beverage trends. These three options will have event participants refilling their glasses. Nitro Coffee. Think of the mouthfeel of beer, but in caffeinated (and nonalcoholic) form.

Powering Cvent CONNECT: Appointments


She’s a University of Virginia alumnus and a huge UVA Basketball Fan. Face-to-face interaction and one-on-one meetings are essential when it comes to attendee engagement at events. We aim to help this need.

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Construction Contracts And Arbitration Provisions: Is The Word “May” Mandatory? Maybe!


NCP of Virginia , the Supreme Court of Virginia held that the parties’ use of the word “may” in the dispute resolution provisions of their construction contract required mandatory participation in arbitration at the election of one of the parties. You don’t always say what you mean.

4 Smart Moves at Airlie, Radisson Blu and More

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Chris Ferrier Chris Ferrier will become director of food and beverage for Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia. Christine McDaniel Christine McDaniel was appointed to the role of director of operations at Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia.

4 Smart Moves at The National Conference Center, Palace Hotel and More

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Garcia The National Conference Center in Leesburg Virginia appointed Juan J. His most recent position was the director of sales and marketing at Hilton Arlington in Virginia. Juan J. Garcia executive director of sales.

40 Under 40: Ushma J. Suvarnakar, MTA, CMP

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Suvarnakar, MTA, CMP, 34, works in Arlington, Virginia, as d irector of meetings and conferences at American Anthropological Association. Ushma J. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Suvarnakar discusses her passion for the events industry. Connect with Suvarnakar on Twitter and Instagram. What I do: I am responsible for the logistical and strategic planning of the AAA annual meeting, biennial Africa conference series and smaller regional meetings.

'WCW' Event Series: Wellness and Business Advice That'll Make You More Productive

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Another of our panelists, Virginia Kinkel, founder and personal trainer at Bodymass Gym , suggested an analogy to help us reshape the way we think about getting started: "Think about a new workout routine or project the same way you think about brushing your teeth,” she said. “If If I had to do it all over again, I’d take the process [of starting a business] slower,” Virginia told us. “I

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6 Smart Moves for The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and More

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Jeyakaran was named general manager of the 253-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston, in West Virginia. Emily Cornelious St. Jane, in Chicago, appointed Emily Cornelious director of sales and marketing.

Al Hutchinson Moving From Mobile to Baltimore

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Prior to Mobile, the Alabama native spent 20-odd years perfecting Southern hospitality at CVBs in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Pittsburgh. Al Hutchinson is a friendly face to many in the meetings industry no matter where he is. Next up is Baltimore, where he’ll officially take the reins as president and CEO of Visit Baltimore next month after a two-year run in Mobile Bay , Alabama.

5 Earth Day Tips for Eco-Friendly Meeting Planners

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The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia , is doing its part to reduce the Beltway’s carbon footprint. The center helps local meeting planners organize a cleanup program near the Potomac River, or the creek flowing through the center’s Northern Virginia property.

5 Smart Moves at Palace Hotel, Wilmington Convention Center and More

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Most recently, Vilain has held positions as executive chef at Bridgeport Conference Center and corporate chef for Charles Pointe Hospitality, both in his hometown of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Virtual Meetings Lower Costs … and Interaction

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In previous years, it had held those meetings at the luxurious Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which the railroad owned at the time. “Intel’s annual meeting was entirely virtual.

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Your Favorite Meeting Venues in the South

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The Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center in Sweet Briar, Virginia, feels bigger than it is due to its location on the Sweet Briar College campus, says Elizabeth Young, outside sales officer at I Hotel and Conference Center. Williamsburg, Virginia. Your favorite venues in the South represent some of the best facilities in the country. Congratulations to all involved for ensuring the events business continues to grow.

Sporting events not to miss in 2018


Interesting fact: The oldest tennis tournament in the world hasn’t had a British winner of the Women’s Single competition in over 40 years (since 1977, when Virginia Wade won the title). …and a Happy New Year.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Virginia Beach, Virginia. Richmond, Virginia. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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7 Things To Do for Halloween in Atlanta


If Midtown isn’t your scene, move over to Virginia Highlands to trick or treat the adult way: by hopping from bar to bar! After a long summer, the Atlanta heat is finally letting up. The leaves are taking on all kinds of fun colors, and a little more sunlight gets trimmed off each day.

How to Onboard Millennials

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I wish I knew more about them,” says Peggy Marilley, founder of Alexandria, Virginia–based Precision Meetings & Events. Next month, Convene’s CMP series will explore best practices for building and managing internships. We talked to meeting planners about how they work with Millennials to create the best experience for everyone. There’s a certain mystique surrounding the demographic group. “I

Hilton Announces 14th Brand, Tapestry Collection

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It’s the 14th brand for the fast-growing McClean, Virginia-based hotel company. – Hampton, Virginia. Hilton Worldwide launched its Tapestry Collection brand last week, but meeting planners will have to stay tuned to find out about meeting potential at the properties.

6 Things To Do for Halloween in Atlanta


If Midtown isn’t your scene, move over to Virginia Highlands to trick or treat the adult way: by hopping from bar to bar! After a long summer, the Atlanta heat is finally letting up. The leaves are taking on all kinds of fun colors, and a little more sunlight gets trimmed off each day.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Virginia Beach, Virginia. Richmond, Virginia. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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5 Smart Moves at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Zelos and More

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Sam Rogers Visit Norfolk, Virginia, has named Sam Rogers its interim president and CEO. Linda Menshon Linda Menshon has been appointed director of sales and marketing at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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Charlottesville, Virginia. Lynchburg, Virginia. As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners.

Energize Attendees with New Approaches to Breaks

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At National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, extended breaks are taking place more frequently on a shaded outdoor plaza rather than the typical indoor spaces.

Creative Ways to Negotiate Resort Fees

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To find out the best way to approach negotiating fees as part of a package, we turned to Walt Galanty, president of AIM Meetings and Events in Alexandria, Virginia.

Think Outside the Ballroom: 5 Unconventional Event Venues

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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia. Less than 10 miles away, in Alexandria, Virginia, stands a hilltop memorial built and maintained by the Freemasons of the United States in honor of George Washington, Father of Our Country and noted mason.

4 Smart Moves from Benchmark, Visit Denver and More

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Visit Denver Julie Davis-Petit Benchmark named Julie Davis-Petit director of sales and marketing for Stonewall Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Roanoke, West Virginia.

5 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency, Kimpton and More

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Lockwood has previously held the role of general manager at two Arlington, Virginia hotels—Key Bridge Marriott and Crystal Gateway Marriott, as well as the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Lessons from Smart Monday at IMEX 2017

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Whether it’s learning contraption theory by building Lego chairs in the Live zone, defining play with help from Play with a Purpose or frolicking with puppies sponsored by Visit Norfolk, Virginia, doing something with your hands is always more powerful that hearing about it from stage.

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Meeting Professionals Applaud Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

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6 Things to Do Before Starting an Event Coordinating Business

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When I moved my business from Virginia to California I had to go through the process of dissolving and should have taken more time to research other possibilities!

Updated: Cvent Acquisition Cleared by Department of Justice

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Cvent, which is based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, will become a privately held company. Cvent Connect 2015. This week, the acquisition of Cvent, Inc.,

The Top 8 Conferences Event Professionals Have to Attend

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Location: Hilton Hotel – Springfield, Virginia. I just love to travel, even if it’s for events or business trips. Well, there are certain aspects I don’t love — I’m not particularly a fan of flying. It has nothing to do with the flying part, that doesn’t bother me.

Best Beaches Roundup

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” Other notable beaches singled out by respondents in the Tipspoke survey include La Jolla, California; Pismo Beach, California; Long Beach, California; Ocean City, New Jersey; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A Visual Guide to 18 of the Best Summer Venue Ideas


Location: Suffolk, Virginia. From breezy ocean views and city rooftops to twinkling string lights in the woods, we’ve created a visual summer venues guide so you don’t have to look far to be inspired for your next event. Location, location, location!”

Hospitality Industry Embraces Employees with Intellectual Disabilities

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Across the country in Leesburg, Virginia, The National Conference Center paired up with Loudoun County Public School System and the nonprofit organization Didlake for a similar program, Project Search, to help people with intellectual delays transition from high school to the real world.