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Backpacks to Briefcases

On Nov. 16, I had the pleasure of engaging with Temple and Drexel Hospitality and Tourism students in an information filled speed networking hour, aptly named Backpacks to Briefcases with 20 other fellow MPI PHL members.

Meet Sarah Winters

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Sarah Winters was recently hired as the leisure sales director for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Philly Leisure Occupancy Rates Soaring from 2014

Center City Philadelphia is experience a stellar 2015 with its leisure tourism occupancy.

The first six months of the year, hotels have sold 416,000 room nights for leisure travelers—a 3.8 percent from the first half of 2014. And with the pope’s visit in September on the horizon, the area will hopefully result in a leisurely record year.

Keansburg Named Affordable Beach Town

New Jersey beaches have received much praise this year—Keansburg, N.J., is the latest town to be honored.

REALTOR Magazine—the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors—recently released their “Cheapest Beach Towns in America, list and placed Keansburg as No. 8, with a median list price for beachfront property of $140,000. The magazine looked at areas with a population of at least 1,000 to come up with their top 10 list.

Atlantic City Books Another Major Event

Atlantic City, N.J., has officially booked yet another major event to take place in the area.

Meetings Quest, the oldest series of education and networking events for association, corporate, government and religious meeting planners will be held in 2017.

Discover Lehigh Valley Launches Television Channel

Those looking for activities and areas to explore in the Lehigh and Northampton counties can now simply turn on their television instead of combing the Web for ideas.

Discover Lehigh Valley, the destination marketing organization for the area, partnered with RCN and Service Electric television stations to give viewers a taste of the Lehigh Valley area on Channel 189.

The Wildswoods Snags Ad Award

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association awarded the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority with the 2015 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award at this year’s New Jersey Conference on Tourism.

“The Wildwoods are richly deserving of this prestigious award,” says Sharon Franz, president, NJTIA. “The Wildwoods’ innovative campaigns continue to draw millions of visitors, which, in turn, contributes greatly to the economic prosperity of the great state.”

Lehigh Valley Added to Cvent

Cvent has created a separate region for Lehigh Valley on their website dedicated to event and meeting planners. The change signals big things for the area.

Prior to being listed as its own area, Lehigh Valley was lumped in the Philadelphia region, resulting in confusion and missed opportunities. The creation will help local properties, business and companies gain a dramatic increase in their exposure to planners.

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