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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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Let's all cry at conferences

Tito Blog | An Event Blog for Organisers

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.

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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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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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.”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. expands US coverage with Carr Workplaces partnership

Event Industry News customers can now book meeting spaces online at any of the Carr Workplaces extensive portfolio around the United States including California, Washington DC, New York, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia., the global leader in meeting venue discovery and bookings is delighted to announce the addition of Carr Workplaces to the platform.

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.

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

'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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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.

2018 Platinum Choice Winners Announced

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Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Distinguished hospitality partners earn coveted Smart Meetings honor. After much voting and decision-making, the 15th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by the Smart Meetings magazine judges.

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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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7 Smart Moves at W San Francisco, Kimpton Los Angeles and More

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Since 2011, he’s held this same dual title at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. More: 7 Smart Moves at Delano, ExCeL London & More. Vanessa Mina W San Francisco appointed Mina as W Insider.

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!

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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