Meeting Facilities Resource empowerMINT.com Publishes Tenth Edition of empoweringNews, a Monthly E-Newsletter Designed for Meeting and Event Planners

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empoweringNews Provides Meeting and Event Planners with News and the Latest Special Offers from Destination Marketing Association International

empowerMINT.com, where meeting planners can search for meeting facilities and connect with convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs) affiliated with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), has published the 10th edition of "empoweringNews."

empowerMINT.com, where meeting planners can search for meeting facilities and connect with convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs) affiliated with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), has published the 10th edition of empoweringNews, distributed on Feb. 9. This news release includes summaries of empoweringNews' latest stories and links to the issue's online, archived content.

EMPOWERING NEWS ARCHIVE:

Introducing the Newest Additions to empowerMINT.com

Boulder CVB, Minneapolis Northwest, Roanoke Valley CVB are the latest destinations to join empowerMINT.com, a network of 863 destination experts and more than 125 meeting destinations. CVBs featured on empowerMINT.com provide site selection services and local advice for meetings large and small. Meeting planners who give empowerMINT.com's destination search a try learn just how easy it is to send one RFP to multiple destinations and receive unlimited local advice:

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Product News—empowerMINT.com: Connect with CVBs at MeetingPlanningPartners.com, Our New Blog

empowerMINT.com has introduced MeetingPlanningPartners.com, yet another way for meeting planners to connect with CVBs. The latest posts at MeetingPlanningPartners.com, a meeting planner–focused blog, tackle topics such as post-event reports (PERs), why planners need to sell their meetings for the best hotel response, and the Walkie Talkie App for SmartPhones. Planners and CVB experts may become featured bloggers to share their own expertise. For details, contact Terri Roberts (troberts AT destinationmarketing DOT org).

General News—empowerMINT Subscribers Are Among HSMAI's 25 Most Extraordinary Minds

Several subscribers to empowerMINT.com may count themselves among the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's (HSMAI) Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. HSMAI honored winners during a private ceremony that immediately preceded the organization's 54th Adrian Awards Gala.

Destination News—Southwest: HSMAI Honors Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau with 10 Awards

At the 54th HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala, empowerMINT subscriber Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) won a total of 10—4 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze—in recognition of the destination's innovation in advertising, public relations and marketing. Work from the ICVB beat out entries from nearly 1,100 similar organizations worldwide.

Destination News—Midwest: Chicago CTB Appoints Well-tested Leader, Donald P. Welsh, to the Helm

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau (CCTB) has a new president and chief executive officer, Donald P. Welsh, a time-tested leader of other major U.S. cities' CVBs (e.g. the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association and the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau). Welsh will shepherd the CCTB as it aspires to secure ever larger events at this major U.S. destination for meetings of all kinds.

Product News—Southeast: The Largest, Newest Convention Center on North Carolina Coast Opens

Located in historic downtown and along the two-mile Riverwalk, the Wilmington Convention Center (WCC) features an array of facilities able to accommodate small and large meetings alike. A result of outstanding efforts on the part of the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast CVB and others, the WCC displays a maritime theme throughout the facility's 107,000 square feet of space.

Meeting Planners Benefit from empowerMINT.com

Every month, empoweringNews informs meeting and event planners of the latest destination news at convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the U.S. Those who subscribe to empoweringNews learn of the latest special offers from the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), receiving word first on the best hotel deals, important renovations or construction of major conference venues, and any other news pertinent to their profession. Meeting planners may complete free registration at empowerMINT.com (empowermint.com/Login.aspx?type=signup) Doing so automatically adds them to the list of empoweringNews recipients. Additionally, they may create a profile and access their meetings' post-event reports, serviced by empowerMINT.com's member CVBs.

About empowerMINT.com

More than 100 official destination marketing organizations (also called DMOs or CVBs) have collaborated to create empowerMINT.com, the industry's first collective portal of meeting destinations and the largest repository of post-event reports. Powered by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), empowerMINT.com is the fastest and easiest way for meeting professionals to send a request for proposal (RFP) to one or multiple destinations and connect directly with a local destination expert who can help planners save time and money, offer unbiased destination expertise and provide qualified lead distribution, all for free.

In addition, to simplifying the search for destinations based on the planners' requirements, empowerMINT.com allows access to the planners' post-event report, through the planners' profile. DMAI is advocating for accurate and complete histories since this data plays an important role in business qualification and negotiations for DMOs, hotels and planners.

Anyone interested in learning more about empowerMINT.com may contact Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, managing director of empowerMINT.com, available at 858-935-9179 or shimo AT destinationmarketing DOT org.

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