• Sedona CVB Project Wins Big

     
    POSTED August 12, 2016
     

This year, the Arizona Office of Tourism created a “Grand Pitch” contest; the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Sedona Secret campaign was recognized for the best marketing presentation. The prize was $100,000 in in-kind marketing funds.

The Arizona Office of Tourism said the contest supports destination marketing efforts and increases the economic benefits of tourism activity across over the state.

Sedona Secret 7 is a social media and digital campaign that sheds light on seven different categories of little-known sites in Sedona so visitors can explore the area like a local resident.

"We are extremely proud and honored to have been chosen as the winner of the new Grand Pitch contest," says Jennifer Wesselhoff, president/CEO, Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "We are thrilled to begin working with the media sponsors to promote Sedona in off-peak seasons and to share some off-the-beaten path locations and adventures. The Sedona Secret 7 will launch in the winter 2016."

There were 17 total entries, and four finalists were able to present their idea to a team of judges during the July 13 general session part of the conference. Each team had eight minutes to present and then five minutes to take questions from the judges.

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the media partners that were sponsoring the prize. The Grand Pitch sponsors included Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia, Golf Digest, Off Madison Ave, Sojern, TripAdvisor and Travel Zoo. From there, it went to a vote between judges accounting for 25 percent and audience participation accounting for the other 75.

Benchmark is adding Washington's Skamania Lodge to its portfolio of resorts and hotels.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Visit Seattle experienced record-breaking tourism in 2018, with downtown Seattle hotel occupancies above 80 percent despite a 2,934-room increase with new hotel openings in 2018 and 2019. Meetings and conventions bookings peaked at 691,163 total room nights booked in 2018.