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Butch Spyridon, President & CEO, Nashville CVC (right) speaks with Chris Hogan, professional speaker/author during
DMAI’s CEO Summit, on March 21 at the Westin Nashville. Hogan told the story of Nashville’s redevelopment and branding during the presentation. Photo by Chuck Fazio

Introducing DMAI’s New Identity:
Destinations International

By Jonathan Trager

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is adopting the name Destinations International as part of a comprehensive rebranding of the organization. The Destination & Travel Foundation will be known as the Destinations International Foundation.
DMAI made the announcement before 182 members and guests at its CEO Summit on March 21 at the Westin Nashville. The new monikers will go into full effect at the association’s annual meeting in Montreal from July 11–14 (registration opened on March 24). A re-imagined logo will be unveiled there as well.



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What Will It Be in San Diego?
Convention Center Expansion or
Convention Hotel?


By Grant Broadhurst

A developer demanded the Mayor of San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) cease and desist from advocating for a convention center expansion on property the developer says should be used for a convention center hotel.
But cease and desist they will not.
An attorney for Fifth Avenue Landing (FAL), the convention hotel project, wrote the letter on March 16, saying that the center cannot continuously expand on a waterfront lot owned by the Port of San Diego and leased by FAL until 2024. A letter written by the City Attorney on March 21 indicated Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office sees no legal reason against pursuing an expansion, and on March 22 his office advocated for taking the funding of the expansion to vote. SDCCC expressed their support of the mayor’s efforts in a statement to USAE.

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Travel Sector Reacts Predictably to Electronics Ban

By Todd McElwee

All four major U.S.-based travel-related organizations provided a chorus of support for the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) March 21 prohibition on carrying laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on nonstop foreign carrier U.S. inbound flights from eight nations.
Comments by the four – U.S. Travel Association, Airlines for America (A4A), Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – all seemed to be from the same hymnal.

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Arkansas Bathroom Bill
Appears Headed Nowhere

By Jonathan Trager

The sponsor of a “bathroom bill” in Arkansas had withdrawn the legislation from a state Senate committee and not brought it back up for a vote late last week.
With the legislative session adjourning this week, the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Linda Collins-Smith is most likely dead. Arkansas only has state lawmaking sessions every two years, so the earliest such legislation could be revisited would be in 2019.
The legislation would’ve required people in public schools and government buildings to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their birth gender.

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HOTS

Pass Quiz to Comment… One of the reasons HOTS doesn’t like the internet is the way uninformed people take every opportunity to rant and rave when that’s only productive if HOTS does it. However, Norwegian news site NRKbeta recently introduced a “feature” forcing would-be commenters to first pass a brief quiz on the article’s content. It’s only supposed to take 15 seconds, but the idea is to make sure everyone is commenting with the same basic understanding of the article’s facts. While so far it has helped keep conversations on-topic and civil, HOTS thinks such a policy could start a worrying trend of making reading articles seem like homework. HOTS should not be required to read and comprehend an article on heirloom tomatoes before HOTS writes an all caps essay in the comments on why the article is the worst ever.

 


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