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Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina the New Orleans CVB hosted a meetings industry panel, “A Convention Destination Once Again” at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Aug. 25. Shown here (left to right) Back Row: Tod Chambers, Roosevelt Hotel; Stephen Perry, New Orleans CVB; Robert Kolinek, Helen Brett Enterprises; Steve Pitt, National Automobile Dealers Association; Marty Balogh, American Bar Association; John Deveney, DEVENEY. Front Row: Cara Banasch, New Orleans CVB; Joy Profet, ESSENCE Communications; Pam Henry, Water Environment Federation; and Tara Letort, New Orleans CVB.

“Happy Birthday” Lawsuit Could Cost Association Millions

For more than 20 years, “Happy Birthday to You” has been music to the ears of the Washington, D.C.-based Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). However, royalties bequeathed by a descendant of the schoolteachers credited for penning the song, which have earned the association millions of dollars over the past two decades, may soon dry up as a federal lawsuit threatens to transform the tune from a Warner/Chappell Music property to the public domain.

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Hilton Axing X-Rated, On-Demand Offerings for Guests

Stating that providing pornography to guests “is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward,” Hilton Worldwide is ceasing to offer adult programming in its hotels.
Hilton, which has more than 540 hotels in 78 different countries, said on-demand pornographic videos will be phased out from September this year and will be entirely removed by July 2016. 

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Events DC Looking to Transform Area Around Convention Center

Events DC has hired Streetsense, a Bethesda, Md.-based multidisciplinary design and strategy firm, to lease retail spaces around the facility in order to provide better experiences for visitors and residents.
The official convention and sports authority for Washington, D.C., announced the project on Aug. 26. The partnership will activate retail spaces consisting of 11 locations, totaling approximately 19,000 square feet.

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Gadfly San Diego Attorney Would Fund Hotel Tax Petition Drive

When it comes to the city’s hotel room tax, one San Diego attorney is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
Cory Briggs, long a gadfly in San Diego on issues involving taxpayer dollars, wants to increase the city’s 10.5% transient occupancy tax to 15.5%. In exchange, the resulting ballot measure would end the current tourism marketing tax on hotel guests that funnels into the city’s tourism efforts and instead direct increased revenues into the city’s general plan coffers.

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HOTS Association Attendance Wish List

HOTS spent the initial half of August attending MPI’s WEC in San Francisco and ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit. Both were a terrific (and tiring) time, with HOTS not only reconnecting with industry friends, but also having some amazing experiences. These included viewing the first sketch of Mickey Mouse at a Disney Destinations reception; racing through Detroit in an IndyCar thanks to Visit Indy; and, Hello!, seeing Lionel Richie perform at the ASAE Foundation’s The Classic.
What more could HOTS ask for from the association sector? Funny you should ask, because HOTS has compiled a list of the 10 association/501(c) organizational events HOTS wishes to attend in the near future:

10. American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting
The research presented this January in Atlanta is alone worth the trip for a history buff such as HOTS.

9. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Bands in the Sand
Held every summer, Bands in the Sand is a lively party/concert along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, while raising funds to help preserve it. HOTS can already taste the Old Bay.

8. Consumer Electronic Association’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
HOTS would thoroughly enjoy toying around with both devices bound for the market, as well as prototypes of technologies destined to shape the future. Plus, as a residence of the Maryland, Las Vegas sounds terrific during icy January.

7. Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America
HOTS raises its glass to more than 10,000 craft beer enthusiasts, including 600 vendors, in one location—it will be Philadelphia in 2016. Surely, nobody will go thirsty.

6. Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) National Convention
Another January Las Vegas escape for an Eastern Seaboard resident, except this time with a fleet of high-performance cars and the people who love them. HOTS would certainly select the fastest two-door rental car available.

5. White House Correspondents’ Association’s Annual Dinner
HOTS looks fantastic in a tux, and there’s no better place to hobnob with politicians and celebrities.

4. The Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes or GRAMMY Awards
Did HOTS mention how good it looks in a tux?

3. National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final or National Football League’s Super Bowl
HOTS would prefer if the Washington Capitals appeared in the former and the Baltimore Ravens in the latter. An NCAA Final Four or football National Championship game would also suffice.

2. Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is a cause near and dear to HOTS. Walks are held around the nation throughout the year.

1. Any International Surfing Association World Championship

A day at the beach made even better by watching the world’s best surfers/waterman exhibit their skills.
Always open to suggestions and new experiences, HOTS is curious to know what else is out there. HOTS hopes readers will share their wish lists as well.



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