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More than 10,000 fans assembled in the Kansas City Power & Light District for a watch party of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 7.
U.S. triumphed 2-0 over the Netherlands. Kansas City is one of 17 final American cities vying to host the Men’s World Cup in 2026, with Visit KC a member of the KC 2026 Bid Executive Committee.

PCMA’s Roy B. Evans Jr. Dies at 83

By Todd McElwee

Roy B. Evans Jr., CAE, the former President & CEO of PCMA, passed away July 9 at his home in Birmingham, AL. He was 83 and suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.

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Airbnb Agreement with Houston First Likely to Yield
$3 Million in New Hotel Tax Revenue

By Grant Broadhurst

Airbnb is expected to collect and remit $3 million in hotel occupancy taxes as part of an agreement with the Houston First Corporation that took effect on July 1. As with other hotel occupancy taxes collected in the city, Houston First – which promotes the city as a tourism destination – will receive more than 80 percent of the tax revenue with the remainder going to city arts programs.

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D.C. Attorney General Sues Marriott Over Resort Fees “Bait-and-Switch Advertising”

By Grant Broadhurst

Many travelers find resort fees annoying at best, but D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine considers them downright illegal.

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Theft Trial of Former Kentucky CVB Official Rescheduled

By Jonathan Trager

The trial for Bridget Johnson, the former finance director of meetNKY | Northern Kentucky CVB accused of stealing about $4 million from the bureau, is being rescheduled, with a co-defendant in the case having been arrested.

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2019 E-Blast and
Turn the Page Hot Dates


HOTS Destination Chernobyl… In April 1986, a flawed – and poorly operated – nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in the Ukraine sent radioactive material into the air in a devastating steam explosion that left the region largely abandoned and grappling with radioactivity. Sounds like a fantastic place to vacation, doesn’t it? While one can already go on a tour of the area (though not the site itself, of course, since it is under a $1.7 billion giant dome and also brimming with radiation), it will eventually be a tourist destination. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky signed on June 10 a decree to turn the disaster site into a tourist attraction with better cellphone reception, some nice walking trails, greenery, waterways, new checkpoints, and an electronic ticketing system, according to the BBC. “Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine’s brand,” President Zelensky said, stating the obvious. He wants to change that, and HOTS for one might just wait a while – maybe 5,000 years or so – to visit what will probably become the hottest tourist destination around.


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