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Scott Upton (left), the Chief of the Northern Region for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,
spoke with California Governor Jerry Brown (right) amid scorched rubble in Santa Rosa, California on October 14.
Army National Guard photo by Captain Will Martin.

PCMA Dramatically Expands Hosted Buyer Program in Nashville

Todd McElwee

PCMA’s Hosted Buyer Program has been seemingly hidden in plain sight for a decade.
Merely a footnote on the Convening Leaders agenda since 2008, the program was available only to PCMA “partners;” 40 of whom participated last year in Austin; matched with 40 buyers.
This year, during Convening Leaders, Jan. 7-10, 2018 and a decade after its debut, the association is pulling back the curtain.

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Sonoma County, Napa Valley Reopening for Business as Blazes Under Control

Grant Broadhurst

With northern Californias wildfires being brought to heel, its tourism industry is reopening.
With a few exceptions, the hotels and resorts in Sonoma County and Napa Valley were spared from the devastation, and most have either reopened or plan to reopen soon. The industry is also playing its part in helping relief efforts, and the areas CVBs are continuing to engage their meetings community customers.

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Comptroller Report StatesChattanooga CVB
Policies Need Reform

Jonathan Trager

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a review of CVB spending that recommends the organization adopt more detailed accounting practices and written reporting.
Released on Oct. 18, the report focuses on expenditures from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. The annual report is required by Public Chapter 170, Public Acts of 2017.

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City Council Approves Visit Austin’s Budget;
Changes Are Coming

Grant Broadhurst

Visit Austin’s budget has been approved, but as a result the CVB is making changes in how it entertains clients.
The Austin City Council voted unanimously on October 12 to approve Visit Austin’s nearly $15 million share of hotel tax revenue, but $1.65 million of that budget is designated for programs outside the CVB’s operations, which means that the CVB’s operating budget is $2 million less. In addition, the CVB has promised to only use local Austin musicians and only use private funds to purchase alcohol.

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HOTS enjoys scooping other news sources as much as possible, but it has never been quite as easy for HOTS as it was for the Press of Atlantic City on Oct. 17. On that day, a Corvette crashed right into its newsroom in Pleasantville, N.J. The car’s driver fell asleep before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet, and then hurtling into the newspaper’s office, according to the Associated Press. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident. Talk about “breaking news”!

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