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On July 14, six CVBs held their “Six in the City” BBQ Event at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C. Pictured here (left to right): Joe Marinelli,
President of Visit Savannah; LaKeesha Willson and Felicia Kelly, American Association of Blacks in Energy; and Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach,
with M2J singing in the background. The participating cities were Birmingham, Ala.; Columbia, S.C.; Fort Worth,
Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Savannah, Ga.

Connecticut Governor Eliminates Funding for
Regional Tourism Districts

By Jonathan Trager

Eastern, Western, and Central Tourism Regional Districts in Connecticut are fighting to stay afloat after Gov. Dannel Malloy axed nearly $1.2 million in state funding to help close a budget gap.
Officials representing the three districts were stunned when Malloy wiped out their funding—along with slashing other expenditures—on June 30 for the new fiscal year starting on July 1. The organizations had split the money equally to market their regions.



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D.C. Council Tables Paid-Leave
Legislation Until September at Earliest

By Todd McElwee

The D.C. City Council is taking some time off on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016.
Left off the July 12 agenda, the recessing council will not address the controversial bill, which provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave, until at least September ensuring the earliest it could be implemented is 2018, the Washington Post reports.

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PCMA Education Foundation Announces
2017 Awards Event Date

By Todd McElwee

The 2017 PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards event will be staged May 3, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Lifetime Achievement Award honorees will be recognized with Professional Excellence Awards winners also announced.

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AccorHotels Completes Buy of FRHI Hotels;
New CEO Announced

By Dan Bennett

AccorHotels Group has completed its purchase of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, following a shareholder vote last week.
The $2.9 billion purchase involves $840 million in cash and $46.7 million in Accor stock shares. The acquisition brings to the Paris-based AccorHotels three luxury hotel brands – Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel.

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Applications for 2016
Forty Under 40 Awards
Opens June 1;

Submission Deadline July 31

Association Forum and USAE are again partnering to produce the 4th annual Forty Under 40® Awards. This recognition highlights accomplishments of up-and-coming association or nonprofit professionals who are:

  • Under the age of 40;
  • Demonstrate high potential for success; and
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession.

 

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