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The Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park’s Inspiration Point in Utah. On Aug. 25, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th Birthday.
Photo by Chuck Fazio, “Artist-in-Residence, American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization.”
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Destination & Travel Foundation Reenergizing
Annual Giving Campaign

By Todd McElwee

Destination & Travel Foundation and DMAI leadership have recommitted to the former’s Annual Giving Campaign looking to founder and former Foundation Chairman, Craig Davis, President & CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH, to reset the program. Telling USAE it’s, “time to put this back on track,” Davis believes the campaign can exceed the $860,000 annually from the 109 DMOs and other organizations it had previously secured before a detour while mentioning a goal of $1 million.

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Visitation Unaffected by Zika, Miami CVB Says

By Jonathan Trager

Despite widespread publicity about the presence of Zika virus in heavily trafficked Miami Beach, the overall impact on visitation to the city has been nil thus far, according to the Greater Miami CVB.
Some experts have warned the outbreak of Zika cases could mean a serious blow to the tourism economy. But recent reports the virus has spread from the Wynwood area to Miami Beach haven’t resulted in any significant decline, said Bill Talbert, President & CEO of the Greater Miami CVB.

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Destination DC Announces Record Visitation at Annual Marketing Outlook Meeting

By Todd McElwee

A record 21.3 million visitors generated $7.1 billion in visitor spending in 2015, Destination DC announced Aug. 24, before more than 500 industry stakeholders during its Annual Marketing Outlook Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Chargers Study, TMD Study Yield Conflicting Results

By Jonathan Trager

After releasing a study that recommends building a $1.8 billion NFL stadium and separate downtown convention center, the San Diego Charges are poised for a showdown with local hoteliers, as the firms each hired are vastly at odds in their projections.

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HOTS needs a break from politics. And the best vacation from this seemingly everlasting election cycle’s vitriolic atmosphere appears to be business trips: DMAI’s Annual Convention and ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Of course politics feature on both events’ agendas and will be discussed by attendees. (USAE has convention coverage in the current issue.) HOTS however is confident nobody will be screaming “Lock her up,” during an Opening General Session at either event.

HOTS is also certain DMAI and ASAE will be a far better time than either the Republican or Democratic National Conventions; and that’s not a reflection on either Cleveland of Philadelphia. Standing on an arena floor holding signs for speech after speech sounds hideous, though not as torturous as actually navigating security to get to said arena. Also, are delegates afforded free food and drink like they are at DMAI or ASAE attendees, or are they paying premium stadium prices?

Sure, the future president is not appearing in Minneapolis or Salt Lake City, but these meetings do have a significant economic impact. And HOTS has never seen a protester outside an association event.

The election is roughly three months away and at the moment reasonable political talk between colleagues and friends gets HOTS’ vote.

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