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


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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.”.

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.

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 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.

Revolutionize Your Next Corporate Retreat


Our Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which was renovated last year, has been rated as one of the top five golf courses in Virginia.

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.

A Higher Meetings Education: Future-Proof Your Career

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I want to be a well-rounded association executive,” said the senior manager of membership for Water Environment Federation in Alexandria, Virginia. She posted a notice looking for people who might be interested in creating a study group and found six people in the Northern Virginia area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Will Airline Pilot Shortage Cripple Second-Tier Markets?

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The crisis has already landed at the regional airline level, according to Peter Gall, a former American Airlines pilot and now a professor at West Virginia University. Everyone loves to complain about air travel today. Cramped cabins. Added fees for everything.

10 Reasons To Visit Arlington, Va.

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The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service is a Virginia Green Supporting Organization, pledging to promote Virginia Green to its partners and clients; hold green meetings and conferences; and practice recycling and conservation measures that promote good environmental practices. Why Arlington you may ask? Here are 10 great reasons to hold your meeting or event in Arlington: We’re Accessible!

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.

Alex Michaels Returns Home to Lead Discover Lehigh Valley

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and most recently, Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Alex Michaels knows from first-hand experience Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, is a great place to grow up. But he admits that his teenage self never saw the region—comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton—as a particularly desirable destination, let alone what might be his career’s final destination. Yet Michaels is now back home, having officially become Discover Lehigh Valley’s president and CEO on Oct.

20 Creative Fundraising Event Ideas


Source: Virginia Hemophilia Foundation. The Virginia Hemophilia Foundation for inherited bleeding disorders held a “red tie party” and gift basket silent auction to support the work of VHF.

'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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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.

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.

2018 40 Under 40: Diane E. Kovats

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Kovats, CAE, CMP, 36, works in Leesburg, Virginia, as executive director at International Society for Computational Biology. Diane E. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Kovats discusses her passion for the events industry. What I do: I am responsible for the strategic and operational management of the organization.

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‘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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.