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Attendees hopped on and off Visit Phoenix’s #PHXpress party bus as it made the rounds at other industry parties before dropping off at Party with a Purpose on January 7 in Pittsburgh during PCMA Convening Leaders. Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed the party bus, and the people shown in this photo include, clockwise: Karen Whitebloom, American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST); Susan Harris, CHEST; Sarah Field, Phoenix Convention Center; Jerry Harper, Phoenix Convention Center; Michelle Lawrie, Visit Phoenix; Josh Coe, CHEST; DJ Manny; Lorne Edwards, Visit Phoenix; Sally Forrest, Visit Phoenix; Kayla Westman, Society of Gynecologic Oncology; Tori Scatena, Society of Gynecologic Oncology; Teri Jordan, Society of Gynecologic Oncology; Jessie Pare, Society of Gynecologic Oncology; and Amy Holtzman, Splash. Photo Credit: Visit Phoenix

VisitDallas Defends Spending after Caustic Audit

By Jonathan Trager

Leaders of VisitDallas defended the organization’s policies and practices at a press conference on January 9, after the group was harshly criticized in a newly released city audit.


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New Orleans & Company Chief
Guards Funding for Industry

By Jonathan Trager

Tensions rose earlier this month in an ongoing dispute over dollars devoted to promoting New Orleans when critical statements from the head of New Orleans & Company aired on a local podcast.

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The Freeman Company to Sell Encore Event
Technologies to PSAV

By Grant Broadhurst

PSAV – an event production company known for its audiovisual services – is adding Encore Event Technologies to its roster.

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Karen Kotowski Leaves Events Industry Council;
Search Begins for New CEO

By Grant Broadhurst

After ten years, Karen Kotowski is hanging up her hat as CEO of Events Industry Council (EIC).
Her departure was announced on January 11, but Kotowski discussed her move with her executive committee and began the transition process a few weeks before the public announcement. She plans to leave within the next month and has no immediate plans for down the road. EIC and SmithBucklin – which manages EIC – have begun a search for her replacement.



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The Song That Never Ends… This is the song that never ends. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends. But no, HOTS is not referring to “The Song That Never Ends” (though an excellent piece of musical torture it is) but rather the 1982 hit “Africa” by Toto, which now plays somewhere in the desert in all perpetuity – or at least until the desert has enough of it. German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf recently created a sound installation in the Namib Desert to play “Africa” by Toto on loop forever and ever using some speakers, solar batteries, and an MP3 player with a very narrow repertoire, reported the BBC. It’s a tribute to “Africa” in Africa. Of course, HOTS stopped following music closely around the time Rogers and Hammerstein broke up and so isn’t all that familiar with the song, but hey, art is art. Personally, when HOTS goes to the desert, HOTS likes to listen to a different composition on endless repeat: John Cage’s famous 4’33”. Nothing quite like it when standing in a vast, barren expanse filled to the brim with the rarest of all sounds: silence.

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