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California Supreme Court Denies Request to Hear San Diego Hotel Tax Dispute

Controversial Ballot Initiative Would Expand Convention Center

By Jonathan Trager

The State Supreme Court in California has refused to weigh in on a measure that would in part pay for a major expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

The court’s decision in late November is the latest turn in a legal dispute that has spanned more than three years. The court gave no explanation for denying to rule on the validity of Measure C, which appeared on the March 2020 city ballot and garnered 65% of the vote.

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U.S. Travel Association Announces IPW 2026–2030 Host Cities… Greater Fort Lauderdale (May 2026), New Orleans (May 2027), Detroit (June 2028), Denver (May 2029) and Anaheim (June 2030) have been selected to host U.S. Travel’s international travel trade show. Los Angeles is hosting in May 2024, and Chicago is hosting in June 2025.


NCBMP Celebrating 40th Anniversary at Conference in Atlanta… Running from December 6–9 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals’ (NCBMP) 40th Annual Conference will include a full slate of education, business and networking. Find more here.


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Meet Boston partnered with the New England Patriots to activate the Patriots Haus in Frankfurt, Germany, in mid-November. Patriots Haus presented by Meet Boston was a free, three-day event at the Hilton Frankfurt City Centre. Former Patriots cornerback and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Butler (center) is pictured here with Meet Boston partners.

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The Meetings Industry Fund (MIF) held it first fundraising event on November 28, Giving Tuesday, at Pistone’s Italian Inn in Falls Church, Virginia. Shown here is David Giger, a MIF board member, giving remarks.

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On November 20, National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Steve Lykken (center) presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named Liberty to President Joe Biden during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House.

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U.S. Travel Association President & CEO Geoff Freeman, right presented Elliott L. Ferguson, II, President & CEO, Destination DC Hall of Leaders with the 2023 award.

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Horton’s Kids held its 16th Annual Give Thanks and Give Back on November 17 at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. The event raised $226,174 for Horton’s Kids. Left to right: Carlton Carter, Director of Purchasing, Fairmont; Erica Ahdoot, Executive Director, Horton’s Kids; Patricia Carre, Hotel Manager, Fairmont; Mark Huntley, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Fairmont; Shawn Chaney, Director of Engineering, Fairmont; and William Anderson, Director of Security, Fairmont.

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Hundreds of community stakeholders and industry partners adorned in costumes and masks gathered at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on October 31 for the Visit Tampa Bay Annual Meeting. The meeting celebrated a record year in Tampa Bay tourism and included the appointment of new board chair, board members, and advisory board members.

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Associations Honor Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor… Associations celebrated the life of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as an association justice of the Supreme Court, who died on December 1. The Alzheimer’s Association thanked O’Connor for publicly sharing her diagnosis of dementia in 2018.

“Former Justice O’Connor played an important role in making Alzheimer’s the national priority it is today,” said DrPH Joanne Pike, President & CEO, Alzheimer’s Association.

O’Connor was also honored by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) for her groundbreaking work in the Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006.

“As members of the National Association of Women Judges, we stand on the shoulders of giants like Justice O’Connor, who paved the way for the countless women who now serve as judges across the nation,” said Hon. Karen Sage, President, NAWJ.

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The Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis announced a series of outdoor adventures to celebrate winter. Activities include the Nordic Village, a guided sauna experience, ice fishing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, curling, snowmobiling, outdoor ice skating, and snow tubing.

“Inviting guests to participate in these seasonal events and outdoor adventures is another way we can bring people together and shine a light on our beautiful home state and all it has to offer. When you stay with us, you’ll get the best of both worlds: adventure by day and city by night,” said General Manager Florian Riedel.

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The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB in North Carolina earned a pair of tourism marketing awards at the annual North Carolina Tourism Industry Association (NCTIA) conference held in Raleigh, November 15–16.

The Sandhills Sentinel reported the CVB won the Platinum Award for Best Leisure Marketing for its “Pinecone Pathways Program” and the Gold Award for the Best Community Stakeholder for its “Moore Miracles for the Holidays” campaign. According to NCTIA, more than 80 entries were submitted from destination marketing organizations from across the state for consideration among four separate categories.

“Being recognized by your peers for all the creativity, innovation and hard work makes us extremely proud to represent such a world-class destination,” said Phil Werz, President & CEO of the CVB. “For a talented staff of four people and a couple of valuable part-timers, we are always looking for ways to engage people with fun and interactive experiences that draw visitors to the Pinehurst area and for all to enjoy.”

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