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William Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami CVB, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto are pictured on Miami Beach with models and championship Brahman bulls in preparation and promotion of the 7th Annual Miami International Agriculture, Horse & Cattle Show (MIAHCS). The event, held in Miami April 11–13, 2014, showcases a cattle auction, equestrian shows, and local agriculture vendors. It’s attended by more than 60,000 visitors from more than 24 countries.

DMAI Announces Destination Arena Platform

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has announced an industry-led initiative to develop a comprehensive database of core DMO performance metrics..

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MPI Modifies Proposed CMM Program Alterations

MPI is stepping back from some of the dramatic changes it and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced they were making to the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) program.
An April 4 letter from Paul Van Deventer, MPI President & CEO, spelled out the revisions, including retaining the full Certificate in Meeting Management name.

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GOP Cuts Two Cities Vying for 2016 Convention

Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio, are out of the mix to host the Republican National Convention in 2016, having been dropped from the list of contenders in early April.
Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Kansas City, Mo., remain in the hunt, the Republican National Committee said. The event is expected to involve up to 50,000 visitors.

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Richard Green Honored with APAC Reception

Near the culmination of his brief address during an APAC reception in his honor at the J.W. Marriott, Jr. – ASAE Conference Center in Washington, D.C., Richard Green said, “I can’t think of a better group of people to be associated with.”

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Delightful Driving in D.C.

By Todd McElwee

Eastbound I-66 experienced significant delays on April 7 due to roadway damage on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, a main artery into Washington, D.C. Speaking with The Washington Post, Reggie Sanders, a spokesman with the District’s Department of Transportation, said a utility company “made a cut” in the roadway as they were doing work in that area. But the road appears to have “sunken down.”  

Add “sunken down” road to the list of commute calamities plaguing the nation’s capital on a daily basis. Traveling around metropolitan D.C. is a full-time position deserving of hazard pay. Commuters spend so much time on the road, they begin to install granite countertops in their cars and adopt orange road cones as their children. Not a year goes by when D.C. doesn’t make the list of worst traffic in the nation, and the capital is often right at the top.
It all begs the question: Is there a worst place to drive than Washington, D.C.?

A few years ago, I wrote a cover story for the now defunct Maryland Life Magazine featuring comedian Lewis Black, who grew up in Silver Spring, Md. Discussing the region and its notorious traffic, Black said: “This is one of the reasons you leave somewhere, when they build a beltway in your backyard. When they finished, I think in 1966, the Washington and Maryland sides were three lanes and the Virginia side was two lanes. That’s when you know you’re dealing with morons. And as soon as they finished the Beltway, it was obsolete.”

The Beltway is only the beginning. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Wow, that drive on I-270 certainly was a delight,” or, “Can you believe how well these D.C. roads are maintained? Talk about smooth.”

So, there’s mind-numbing traffic, potholed highways and byways, construction everywhere, speed cameras galore, freewheeling diplomats with get out of jail plates, and of course regular frequent presidential motorcades. Oh, and if you wish to attend next September’s Redskins’ season opener, leave your home now.

How did it get so bad? Why can’t the most powerful city in the world get me from Rockville to the Verizon Center in less than a hockey season?

Thankfully, Metro is so time- and cost-efficient. 



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