Meeting Facilities Resource Publishes Seventh 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

Every month, empoweringNews informs meeting and event planners of the latest destination news at convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the U.S., the easiest place online for meeting planners to search for meeting facilities and connect with destination expert organizations (DMOs), distributed the seventh edition of empoweringNews on Oct. 28. This announcement includes an online archive of the latest issue of empoweringNews.


Introducing the Newest Additions to
Tourism Montreal, Seattle CVB, Wilmington/Cape Fear CVB, Norman CVB, and Albuquerque CVB are the latest destinations to join, a network of more than 125 meeting destinations and 764 destination experts. CVBs featured on provide site selection services and local advice for meetings large and small. Meeting planners who give's destination search a try learn just how easy it is to send one RFP to multiple destinations and receive unlimited local advice:

Destination News—Northeast: International Meetings Choose Montréal over Any Other in North America
Montréal ranks first in North America for international meetings, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), whose network of suppliers to the international meetings industry spans 85 countries. For the top position, Montréal beat out popular destinations such as Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Boston, Mexico, Washington and New York.

Destination News—West: Pasadena Convention Center among Leading LEED-certified Facilities
Pasadena's expanded convention center is among only three in the United States to receive LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, a designation established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Pasadena's $150 million Convention Center expansion features a state-of-the-art 55,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 25,000-square-foot ballroom, 25,000 square feet of pre-function space, a 22,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, and administrative offices.

New Developments—Midwest: VISIT Milwaukee Names new DC-Based Sales Manager
Hotel sales extraordinaire Tiffany Backus is now sales manager of VISIT Milwaukee's satellite office in Washington, D.C. Backus brings more than 10 years of experience to her new position , which directly supports VISIT Milwaukee's mission to market Greater Milwaukee nationally and internationally to tourists, as well as convention and meeting planners.

New Developments—West: San Francisco’s Moscone Center to get $55 million upgrade
By the summer of 2012, San Francisco’s Moscone Center will have a gleaming, new look after a $55 million upgrade of the 1.2 million square foot facility. The work on the project by The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District has already begun.

Meeting Planners Benefit from
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 ( 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's DMOs and CVBs.

More than 100 official destination marketing organizations (also called DMOs or CVBs) have collaborated to create, the industry's first collective portal of meeting destinations and the largest repository of post-event reports. Powered by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), 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, 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 may contact Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, managing director of, available at 858-935-9179 or shimo AT destinationmarketing DOT org.

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