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Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, led the pack at a SoulCycle class on July 7 with managers and executives from the Loews Regency Hotel. SoulCyle is a fitness studio chain that combines indoor spinning with inspirational coaching, motivation, high-energy music, and mind-body exercise. Pictured here in top tow (left to right): Thomas Lunsford, Leigh Wynn, Jonathan Tisch, Nora Sheehan, Dan Muney, Megan Brock, Ian Pomerantz, and Derek Damon. Bottom: Jim McPartlin and Chris Koliopoulos.

ASAE Names Summit Award Winners

The 2014 class of ASAE’s Summit Award winners was unveiled on July 10. Honorees are The Society for Neuroscience; United Fresh Produce Association Foundation; Professional Ski Instructors of America - American Association of Snowboard Instructors; American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin; and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Cleveland Lands 2016 Republican National Convention

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Ohio, a traditional “swing state” considered crucial for the party’s effort to retake the presidency.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus announced on July 7 that Cleveland had beat out Dallas to snag the coveted convention.

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Austin Convention Center Evacuated
Due to Bomb Threat

A bomb threat on the evening of July 1 caused police to evacuate about 5,000 people from the Austin Convention Center, where the RTX 2014 gaming conference was taking place.

An unknown person called in the bomb threat to 911 at about 5:30 p.m. It turned out to be a hoax.

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Louisville Set to Increase Hotel Bed Taxes

The Louisville Metro Council is expected in coming weeks to approve a 1% increase in hotel bed taxes, with earmarks expected to raise $176 million to pay for improvements at the Kentucky International Convention Center.



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Is London Bridge Falling Down? Or Are Journalistic Standards?

By Jonathan Trager

Often during natural disasters, destination-marketing officials bemoan the presentation on television and in newspapers. They say the coverage gives a false impression that an entire city has been devastated when the affected area isn’t even near the city’s core—where convention centers and most hotels and attractions are located.

But the Lake Havasu (Ariz.) CVB is bemoaning a report of a disaster it claims doesn’t exist at all.

USAE reported recently on the standoff between the Lake Havasu CVB and Britain’s Sun newspaper. A June 16 cover story in the popular tabloid alleged that London Bridge, an iconic landmark in the city, is crumbling and might soon be bulldozed, among other accusations.

The claims ignited a fierce reaction from Lake Havasu officials. They charge that there are 14 “demonstrably false” claims and fabrications the writer created “out of thin air.” They want to publish a letter in the paper addressing those claims, as well as receive a retraction and apology from the publication for each of the claims that were published. The CVB also threatened to file a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.

On July 14, the bureau provided USAE with a letter from Philippa Kennedy, Sun Omsbudsman, saying the article in question had been removed from the publication’s website. She also offered to run a correction on page 2 of the paper (where corrections are published) as well as online, as well as run a short follow-up article detailing the recent investments and upgrades made to the area.

Doug Traub, President & CEO of the CVB, says that offer isn’t good enough. He believes the city’s reputation has been unjustly tarnished and visitation will suffer as a result.

Whatever the outcome of this conflict, this writer feels that sensationalism in journalism has become a serious issue. In an age in which so many outlets are vying for consumer attention, it can be easy for journalists to lose sight of the fact-reporting purpose of the news and slide into hyped-up claims of questionable veracity. Ultimately, however, any news source that follows that practice risks losing its credibility with its audience—which is the biggest repercussion of all.

 


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