Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Music City Center Commits to GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program

Music City Center in Nashville, TN, has announced its commitment to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Music City Center will implement stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

GBTA Urges Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation to Restore Safe Travels

GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, has released a statement reiterating the importance of cooperation between the E.U., Canada and the U.S. to restore safe travels and reboot the economy. GBTA is urging the European Commission, E.U. governments, Ottawa, and the White House to pursue talks to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, based on reciprocity, proportionality, and the latest scientific advice. 

GBTA Calls on Congress to Expand Relief for Distressed Business Travel Industry

As the U.S. Congress negotiates a new coronavirus relief package for individuals and businesses, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has called on Congressional leadership to enact measures to renew business travelers’ confidence and to curb the devastating effect of the pandemic on this sector of the global economy.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Names Adam Burke President and CEO

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism), the official destination marketing organization for the City of Los Angeles, announced that its board of directors has appointed Adam Burke as president and CEO, removing his interim title. Burke will be responsible for ensuring the achievement of the organization’s mission, which is to leverage the economic power of tourism to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos.

Explore St. Louis Selects VenueOps and Simpleview As Forward-Thinking Partners

EventBooking, a cloud-based venue software company, announced today that Explore St. Louis has selected VenueOps to manage its facilities, and Simpleview, a partner of EventBooking, to help manage client relationships and marketing of the premiere CVB. Explore St.

Small Meetings Are On the Rise at The Broadmoor

Many are exhausted from video chatting and are wanting the connection of getting things done together, in person.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs says it is seeing this trend first-hand as it hosts an increasing number of small corporate groups and associations drawn to the resort because of its 5,000 acres and ample space to spread out, both indoors and out.    

New Facilities in the U.S. Earn GBAC STAR Accreditation

Several convention centers and lodging facilities across the United States have recently secured GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA. By providing third-party validation, GBAC STAR’s 20-step, performance-based program helps facilities of all sizes establish and maintain an effective system of cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

Recently accredited facilities include:

Bonnie Carlson Inducted Into Destinations International Hall of Fame

Bonnie Carlson, president and CEO of the Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be inducted into the Destinations International Hall of Fame this week. This designation is the highest honor that Destinations International can bestow and will be presented during the organization’s virtual conference. Carlson was the second female chair of Destinations International’s board of directors when the organization was known as the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Introduces First Ever Reward Travel Sale for Members

Amtrak Guest Rewards (AGR) is launching its first-ever "Reward Travel Sale," offering a 25 percent savings on point redemptions. Members can redeem their points between July 14 and 16 to take advantage of the sale and enjoy summer travel for fewer points.

Amtrak Guest Rewards members can also purchase additional points if they don't have enough points for a trip. Sample trips include: