Meeting Facilities: Launches Blog, a Resource to Help Meeting Planners to Find and Connect with CVBs

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The DMAI-affiliated Web Property Again Expands its Online Footprint Bringing Together Meeting Planners and Destination Experts throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico

" is another online property for DMAI to help meeting planners to identify the destinations that best meet their needs," said Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, managing director of, where meeting planners search for meeting facilities and connect with convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs) affiliated with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), has launched, a planner-focused blog. Continually updating, guest-contributed blog content from meeting planners and CVBs' destination experts alike draws attention to how CVBs are planners' best meeting planning partner, focusing on the many benefits meeting planners can realize by working together, with destination experts.

" is another online property for DMAI to help the meeting planner to identify the destinations that best meet his or her needs," said Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, managing director of "Throughout the blog, links take visitors to CVBs' destination profiles at, whose objective is to raise the visibility of destinations and their experts in the meetings market and provide the connection between planners and CVBs' destination experts. The connection is how CVBs help planners simplify their search for where to best hold their meeting because CVBs are local experts and can save a planner a lot of time. CVBs have local relationships, which planners can leverage."

Visitors to will encounter a wealth of information and advice presented in pertinent categories such as the following:

  • "Planner Perspective," where meeting planners share insights into their greatest challenges and how they manage their jobs
  • "CVB Experts Voice," where DMOs explore how they can become ever-improving partners to meeting planners
  • "Reasons to Use a CVB," a video series by ConventionNewsTV
  • "What Planners Have to Say about Meeting Facilities & Destinations," a collection of testimonials extolling the virtues of CVBs whose profiles appear on (additionally, an ever-present slide show displays images of CVBs featured in section)
  • "Planner Resources and Stuff," a collection of in-depth information and advice regarding strategies, tactics and tools helpful to the meeting planner
  • "Shimo's Corner," her section of the blog, where she most recently asked, "What Are You Not Going to Do in 2011?"

Destination Experts whose CVBs subscribe to may look into becoming featured bloggers and thereby contribute relevant content to CVB Experts Voice. For details, contact Terri Roberts (troberts AT destinationmarketing DOT org). is yet another tool that provides in its continually growing online footprint to facilitate the job of meeting planners, who may also join's LinkedIn group, DMAI’s Network for CVBs and Meeting Professionals; follow on Twitter @CVBconnect; view informational and educational meeting planning videos at CVB Connect,'s YouTube channel; join the opt-in list to receive empoweringNews,'s monthly e-newsletter highlighting important information on CVBs throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; and submit RFPs via's powerful CVB search tool.

Should event planners have questions about upcoming meetings they have planned, can connect them to the top 100-plus destinations. Or, by simply entering a destination name at, a meeting planner may quickly connect with the destination he or she is seeking. Any registered member of may create a profile and thus gain access to 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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