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February 2018

Everything You and Your Board Should Know for 2018: Annual Compliance Review for California Improvement Districts

February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

2018 is in full swing! We know that you are off to a great start to the year and are looking forward to continuing the momentum. Whether you operate on a fiscal or calendar year, we believe that a solid organization foundation and legal understanding of many improvement district compliance requirements should ensure 2018 is a great year! A solid foundation begins with the Board of Directors. The board serves as the steward of the organization’s mission and as the…

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Resources to Help Defend Your Budget by U.S. Travel Association

February 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

New this year, U.S. Travel is introducing a webinar series, “Research POV,” where they plan to share the latest economic data affecting our industry, analyze tourism trends and highlight new research tools and report. John Lambeth, President & CEO, will participate in the first webinar which will focus on the tools and resources available to states and destinations to justify and defend marketing budget. Join this webinar to arm yourself with the powerful ammunition needed when communicating the importance of…

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Wyoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism

February 26, 2018 - February 27, 2018
Little America Hotel & Resort, 2800 W Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY United States
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Dedicated to celebrating and educating Wyoming’s tourism industry, the Wyoming Governor’s Conference is the year’s single event that brings together over 400 influential tourism and hospitality industry representatives. Learn More

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Cal Travel Winter Board Meeting and Rally Day

February 27, 2018 - February 28, 2018
The Sawyer, 500 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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This is a vital role that you can play in promoting California tourism, continuing your personal education, and expanding your professional network. Learn More

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March 2018

Non-Profit Policies You Should Have!

March 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Good governance requires the right ingredients. These ingredients include the right mix of board members, a chef to provide leadership and accountability, and careful mixing and stirring of candid discussions, transparent practices, and governance policies. You can help your board master the recipe with the right resources. This webinar will provide your organization with the resources you need by identifying principles, practices, and standards for excellence. The policies discussed are a basic recipe for good governance. Policies include those that…

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Establishing an Improvement District for Economic Development by California Association for Local Economic Development

March 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn from experts on how improvement districts have helped raise funding to further economic development efforts.

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West Coast Urban District Forum 2018: The Pros and Cons of Different Approaches to Funding Downtown Improvements and Programs

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Are you looking for ways to sustain and/or diversify funding for your organization? Considering implementing a tourism or property-based BID or looking to expand the current boundaries of your district? Bring your questions to this session, and hear from three experts in the industry who work across California and the country assisting downtown and neighborhood districts with funding models. Join Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, the California Downtown Association and IDA for the 2018 West Coast Urban District Forum March…

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CALED Annual Training Conference: Tourism Improvement Districts – A stable funding source

March 16, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Monterey Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940 United States
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Historically Business Improvement Districts have been public-private partnerships focused on improving commercial areas. Marking an evolution of the concept, in 1989 the first Tourism Improvement District was formed, by hotels in West Hollywood, California, to fund group marketing efforts. The TID phenomenon has now spread to eleven states, one state travel office with three others expected to follow suit this year, and three international destinations. The session will include an introduction to TIDs, provide the history behind TIDs, case studies,…

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Destination Capitol Hill

March 21, 2018 - March 22, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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The program combines a legislative day on Capitol Hill and provides delegates with an opportunity to learn about upcoming legislation that impacts travel, network with peers and meet with members of Congress to stress the importance of travel as an economic driver. Learn More

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April 2018

Identifying the Best Funding Source for Your Strategic Plan

April 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A financial revolution is transforming the tourism industry. There was a time when government funding for DMOs was sufficient. However, as budgets tighten, competition for dollars has resulted in reductions in tourism funding. Out of necessity, the industry has evolved to explore new mechanisms to provide reliable and sustainable tourism funding. Throughout years of experience supporting destinations across the nation through securing sustainable tourism funding, Civitas has become familiar with the range of funding sources available, as well as the…

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Evolution of Property-Based BIDs – Funding Downtown & Main Street Improvements & Programs

April 25, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Every day, more than 2,000 property improvement districts are at work making downtowns and business districts cleaner, safer, attractive, and more profitable. Whether your goal is to provide ongoing services like marketing, security, and maintenance, or to fund large infrastructure projects like parking garages and convention centers, a property improvement district can make that goal a reality. Authorized in nearly every state, property districts place an assessment on property owners within a distinct downtown or commercial area. This webinar will provide…

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May 2018

National Travel and Tourism Week

May 6, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, this week of events serves to champion the power of our industry. Travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy. Learn More

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2018 Cal Travel Summit

May 29, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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The most important tourism event of the year, CTS brings together the entire travel and tourism industry in the state for 3 days of timely, issue-driven content, expert insights, interactive workshops, motivation, and one-of-a-kind opportunities to network. You will leave the Summit inspired, informed, and energized. Learn More

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July 2018

2018 U.S. Travel Association Summer Board of Directors Meeting

July 25, 2018 - July 29, 2018

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August 2018


August 11, 2018 - August 14, 2018
Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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The U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) is the only national forum where destination marketing professionals at the state, regional and local level get critical tools, tips and information to help them better market and grow their destinations. Learn More

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March 2019

Webinar: Staying Competitive On and Off the Sports Field

March 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, destination management organization… what do all of these have in common? Competition. Each one is competing to win the tournament, to win the meet, to win the event. Parents are spending an exorbitant amount of money on trainers, coaches, and advanced leagues to help their children excel in hopes of winning and future scholarships. Destination management organizations are investing hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars to renovate and/or build the best sporting venues to attract large…

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June 2019

City Nation Place Americas

June 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
The Jeremy Hotel, 8490 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
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The Forum for Strategic Place Branding and Marketing

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July 2019

2019 Destinations International Annual Convention

July 23, 2019 - July 26, 2019
TBD, St. Louis, MO United States + Google Map

Destinations International’s 2019 Annual Convention offers unmatched opportunities to connect with over 1,600 top decision-makers from 400+ destination organizations, tourism boards and convention & visitor bureaus.

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August 2019

ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations)

August 17, 2019 - August 20, 2019
JW Marriott Austin, 110 E. 2nd Street
Austin, 78701 United States
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ESTO is the premier annual learning and knowledge-sharing forum for destination-marketing professionals. ESTO is unique: It's not open to other industry sectors, with the exception of a limited number of official sponsors. ESTO is a non-sales environment where destination professionals go to learn about new trends and tools, share best practices and debate the pressing issues currently affecting them.

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