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.

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

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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.

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.

Power in Numbers: The Mighty SMERFs

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Locations such as Virginia Beach, Virginia , have long benefited from SMERF groups. And given our rich history, robust military community and variety of attractions, Virginia Beach also excels in the military reunion arena.”.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Cvent and Lanyon Merger Announced

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The new company will be based in Cvent’s headquarters of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Cvent Founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent Connect 2016. Today, two leaders in event technology have become one.

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.

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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.,

5 Smart Moves at Philly CVB, Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito & More

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Virginia and Maryland-based associations. Melissa Richter-Piraino Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed Melissa Richter-Piraino to the post of national sales manager in the convention sales division. She’ll focus on booking meetings for Washington, D.C.,

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.

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.

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Washington Dulles International, Virginia (IAD). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

National Parks: A Natural Choice for Meetings

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Billed as ‘an eastern park in the western tradition,’ Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park lies approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C., and is also easily accessible from Baltimore, Maryland, and Arlington and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Planning for disaster: Best practices and essential terminology

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For large-scale events like conventions, we work closely with hotels and they give us a heads up,” says Ashley Savage, public information officer at the Arlington County Police Department in Virginia. “We

Andy Cohen & Residence Inn Lend Helping Paws to Adoptable Dogs

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Wacha is the most important thing in my life—he is my best bud and opened my heart,” Andy Cohen says of his beagle-foxhound mix who he rescued in 2013 from a West Virginia shelter. “I

How Inclusive Are Your Meetings?

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For the 2017 Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, next month, AORE asked presenters to self-identify in a number of categories, including race, gender, and sexual orientation, in order to bring in a more inclusive speaker lineup. Illustration by Ping Zhu.

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

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Venues Leading by Example: Virginia Beach Convention Center provides meeting planners the online resources they need to find out about hybrid vehicles, carpool parking, green dining, efficient hotels and community outreach programs.

Smart Women 2017: Doer

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Company or organization: Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. Company or organization: Barcelo Hotel Group in Hampton, Virginia. Company or organization: AMS Meetings Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia. Kimberly Greene.

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2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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Virginia Beach CVB. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings. After much voting and decision-making, the 13th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals.

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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.

Which Hotels Rank on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’?

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The MacLean, Virginia-based hotel giant won praise for “endless opportunities,” Fortune noted. Four hotel companies grabbed spots on Fortune’s list of the “ 100 Best Companies to Work for 2017.” ” The leader of the pack: Kimpton Hotels & Resorts.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels High on Boutiques

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The Lodge and Cottages at Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards were announced on July 6, and if there’s a theme among the Top 100 Hotels in the World it’s that “boutique is better.”

Are You Utilizing All of Your Event Data?

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It also means you can run trend and segmentation analyses — figuring out whether people who bought a dis-counted ticket, for example, had a different experience than those who paid full price, or whether people from New York tended to participate more than those from Virginia.

Using Data to Improve Your Event-Marketing Strategy

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In October, Bear Analytics hosted a live program called “Getting Real With Data,” which it billed as a discussion on “how associations and event professionals are using data to enhance sales, marketing, planning, and every-thing in between.”

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

Best in Show 2016

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Bryan Panhorst , Director of Event Services, Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC), Richmond, Virginia Nominated twice, including by Karen Surmacewicz, Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Bryan is an outstanding professional representative at the GRCC.

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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.

Collaborating for a Cause: 6 Hotels That Give Back

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The hotel also raised over $15,000 for the Nova Viva Vets 5K to support veterans in the Virginia area and participated in GO RED to promote awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women in North America. Sheraton Kuaui Resort.

And Then There Were 20

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Arlington, Virginia, USA. Fairfax, Virginia, USA. “Kids today” have always gotten a bad rap, whenever “today” happens to be.

Bathroom Ban to Cost North Carolina $3.76 in Lost Business

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– Commercial real estate firm CoStar broke off negotiations to provide 732 Charlotte-area jobs, which instead went to neighboring Virginia. In North Carolina, the economic impact of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act , also known as HB2, continues to mount.

6 Things to Do Now for a Better Wedding Season


We like to use the early months in the year to organize as much as we can,” says Taylor Gillan, events manager for Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia.

Tailor-Made Team Building

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To bolster the nation’s declining honeybee population, Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia, added beehives to the property and hired a resident beekeeper to care for them. Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new!

2017 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted Smart Meetings honor.

Monte Durham’s Tips To ‘Jack Up’ Meetings

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His new MONTE hair care line consists of five products and is available at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia (and in a 2-ounce bottle travel kit for swag bags).