• Sedona CVB Project Wins Big

     
    POSTED August 12, 2016
     

This year, the Arizona Office of Tourism created a “Grand Pitch” contest; the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Sedona Secret campaign was recognized for the best marketing presentation. The prize was $100,000 in in-kind marketing funds.

The Arizona Office of Tourism said the contest supports destination marketing efforts and increases the economic benefits of tourism activity across over the state.

Sedona Secret 7 is a social media and digital campaign that sheds light on seven different categories of little-known sites in Sedona so visitors can explore the area like a local resident.

"We are extremely proud and honored to have been chosen as the winner of the new Grand Pitch contest," says Jennifer Wesselhoff, president/CEO, Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "We are thrilled to begin working with the media sponsors to promote Sedona in off-peak seasons and to share some off-the-beaten path locations and adventures. The Sedona Secret 7 will launch in the winter 2016."

There were 17 total entries, and four finalists were able to present their idea to a team of judges during the July 13 general session part of the conference. Each team had eight minutes to present and then five minutes to take questions from the judges.

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the media partners that were sponsoring the prize. The Grand Pitch sponsors included Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia, Golf Digest, Off Madison Ave, Sojern, TripAdvisor and Travel Zoo. From there, it went to a vote between judges accounting for 25 percent and audience participation accounting for the other 75.

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”