Ray Ezelle Lays Out Vision for Virginia’s Blue Ridge

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Ray Ezelle, vice president of sales and services at Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, has seen it all from all angles of the events industry. He now steps into Virginia’s Blue Ridge—a regional destination centered around Roanoke—after Alex Michaels left to lead Discover Lehigh Valley as their president and CEO. How do you want Virginia’s Blue Ridge to be viewed? Virginia Tech is doing a lot of medical research, so Roanoke is becoming a hub of medical research.

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.

Renewed Push for Headquarters Hotel at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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Norfolk’s Leading Local News. A headquarters hotel is an essential anchor for the convention center, according to officials, as it would be large enough and close enough for an event to hold its center of operations. ( 13 News Now ). Read More. Places & Spaces News Junkie

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.

10 Reasons to Choose Virginia’s Blue Ridge for Your Next Meeting

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Not only will the services and expertise of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the local hospitality industry make it easy on the planner, attendees will be excited to visit a destination with such a great combination of first-class facilities, scenic beauty, and leisure activities.

Humans of Hornblower: Hillary Wolford - Hornblower’s California Girl from West Virginia

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Born and raised in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, a town with just one stoplight, Hillary always knew she was destined to live in California — despite having never visited the Golden State. “I I cannot thank her enough for taking a chance on the girl from West Virginia.

And the Forbes Five Star Rating Goes to…

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Salamander Resort & Spa —a 168-room luxury escape in Middleburg, in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. The Academy Awards isn’t the only star-studded event this week.

The Momentary Joy of Doing Nothing and 3 Tips to Achieve It

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Dr. Timothy Wilson, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia conducted an experiment to explore the consequences of this new reality that gave participants two options. “…people never are alone now.

Warning: Hurricane Season is Here

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Editor’s Note : Updated June 2019. Hold onto your planner hat.

New & Renovated: Water Lapping at Your Toes

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Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel Overlooking Virginia’s Elizabeth River, this property recently completed a $12 million renovation, updating its lobby, fitness center, guest rooms and meeting spaces, all with the goal of emphasizing its riverside surroundings. The crashing of the waves.

New & Renovated: Of Business and Airports

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Courtyard Dulles Airport Herndon A new hotel in Herndon, Virginia, situated just across the freeway from Dulles International Airport (IAD), it’s also only a short commute to Washington, D.C.,

The Best Hotels to Celebrate National Nap Day

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Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, Alexandria, Virginia. Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia. If you are still reeling from losing an hour to daylight saving time, maybe you need to take 45 minutes off to recover.

Top Designer Lynn Easton Shares Her All-Time Favorite Venues for Events

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The Virginia-based event designer and hospitality veteran discusses where she entertains out-of-town guests, finds her favorite meal, gets work done on the road, and more

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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4 Ways For Women to Love Traveling Alone

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Women travelers are among the most enthusiastic users of offerings such as Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness rooms, now at 10 properties— Parc 55 in San Francisco, plus three Hiltons and six DoubleTrees in Texas, Virginia, New York, Florida and Illinois. As a woman, are you afraid of traveling alone? Actress Shirley MacLaine once said, “The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

Kurt J. Krause Named President and CEO of VisitNorfolk

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Krause, who most recently served as the managing director for a number of high-profile hotel openings, has been named president and CEO of VisitNorfolk in Virginia. Successful Meetings. Kurt J.

New Director Taking Helm of Revamped Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Formerly the VP of convention sales and marketing at the Virginia Beach CVB, Todd Bertka comes to Waco at a time of transformation in the city’s events industry leadership. wacotrib.com.

Top Picks for Mid-Atlantic Conference Venues

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We are wowed by the leading-edge visualization and collaboration technology available at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center in Arlington, VA. The Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center is ready to help you coordinate seamless and impressive presentation experiences for your guests.

2019 40 Under 40: The In-Crowd

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Arlington, Virginia. Richmond, Virginia. Woodbridge, Virginia. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Roanoke, Virginia. Burke, Virginia. Meet the “In-Crowd,” our 2019 Connect Association 40 Under 40. This year’s group celebrates the diversity inherent in the events industry. Honorees range from company presidents to budding CVB stars. They come from myriad backgrounds, using different strengths to advance their organizations and careers.

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Let's all cry at conferences

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In a wonderfully honest portrayal of the high-octane emotional state we get in to when we come together at a conference and discuss all that goes into what we do, why we do it, and what we do when we don't, Virginia Roberts suggests that we should all cry.

The Mixer: Jennifer Hoff

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Jennifer “Jen” Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, a full-service trade show and management company in Arlington, Virginia, says she loves the “melting pot of skills and personality” it takes to make the show happen. The Virginia Beach native says maybe it’s having grown up in a tourist town, but she likes finding off-the-beaten-path activities when she’s at a trade show. My college roommate got a job as an accountant at an association in Northern Virginia when we graduated.

2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

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Arlington, Virginia. Leesburg, Virginia. Alexandria, Virginia. Reston, Virginia. While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40. Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.”

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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.”.

College & University Venues Revving Up the DMV Area

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Maryland, and Virginia. While history abounds on this campus, located in the equally historic colonial town of Williamsburg, Virginia, groups will find modern charm with classrooms that accommodate 20-60 people and auditoriums that can host up to 450 people.

2019 40 Under 40: Melissa N. Grigsby, Independent Electrical Contractors

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Grigsby, 33, works in Woodbridge, Virginia, as d irector of communications and events for Independent Electrical Contractors. I also coach girls high school basketball at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia. Melissa N.

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Springtime in the Mid-Atlantic

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While history abounds on this campus, located in the equally historic colonial town of Williamsburg, Virginia, groups will find modern charm with classrooms that accommodate 20-60 people and auditoriums that can host up to 450 people.

Idea Spark: Cultural Conversations About Ethnicity

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Take attendees out of their comfort zones with an eye-opening icebreaker, inspired by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary adjunct professor Virginia Ward’s talk at The Orange Conference. Her big idea: Discuss ethnicity, heritage and culture. Everybody has an ethnicity, not just people of color,” says Ward. Have those awkward conversations, and don’t be afraid to talk about race and ethnicity.” Our take on the idea: Have attendees pair up to ask questions about each other’s heritage.

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.

Top 10 Places for Event Management Certification

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This is a University of Virginia program for meetings. When you work in the event industry, sooner or later you will need qualification and certification of your skills to stand out from the bulk of planners and to provide proof of your expertise.

Best of Smart Meetings’ 2018 Destination Stories

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Mid-Atlantic (June): Virginia features some of the most famous, historically significant homes and other structures in the United States. We take readers to Fauquier County, Loudon County , Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Williamsburg to describe some of the top spots.

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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.

7 Smart Moves at The Elizabeth Hotel and More

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VisitGreenvilleSC and Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. VisitGreenvilleSC and Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. More: 7 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency Austin and More.

Insider Tips for Planners Bringing a Meeting to St. Louis

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In fact, just steps away from our hotel’s doorstep is the Old Courthouse where Dred and Harriett Scott sued for their right to freedom and Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote.

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.

Top Pick Venues for Holiday Parties in 2019

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Beginning in Alexandria, Virginia, the Carlyle Club is the go-to venue if you’re searching for a location only a few miles from Washington, D.C. As the warm summer months continue to fly by, planners begin to think about the holiday season that is right around the corner.

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What Amazon’s HQ2 Search Means for Business Events Industry

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The company recently selected New York City and Northern Virginia as sites for its second, and split, headquarters. New York City and Northern Virginia — the eventual winners of the split headquarters — emerged on his shortlist.

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.

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.

New & Renovated: Early America

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The Bristol, Virginia With a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains from the rooftop bar, this 65-room hotel provides a little taste of history upon stepping inside.