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MPI Announces Organizational Changes

Meeting Professionals International, the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, has announed an organizational realignment. This includes the introduction of new leadership positions, the reconstruction of teams and their roles, and realignment of management responsibilities, to improve the company’s long-term position.

Cannon River Winery Has New Owner

Minnesota-based winery and event venue, Cannon River Winery, has announced its acquisition by entrepreneur, Ron Stowell; co-founders, John and Maureen Maloney will be minority owners of the company.

“Cannon River Winery represents the best part of a growing preference among Minnesotans for high quality, homegrown products,” says Stowell, now the president and CEO “By increasing production, distribution and brand recognition, we plan to take John and Maureen’s original vision to the next level.”

SelfEco Reveals New Compostable Line

SelfEco recently revealed a new line of disposable, eco-friendly dishes called Compostable without Compromise. The line features more than 20 products with 12 separate designs that will allow event planners to go green in style.

The bioplastic products include a variety of drinkware, catering ware and utensils, which can be used for a range of different events.

Arlington CVB Study Shows Positive Tourism Results

Almost 14 million visitors spent an estimated $1.4 billion last year in Arlington, Texas, according to a study conducted by Longwoods International. This study was prepared for the Arlington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with a mission to provide an overview of Arlington’s tourism business in 2015. It included information about overnight and day visitors, how much visitors were spending and other relevant trends.

Destination Gettysburg Welcomes New Members to its Board

Two new members have stepped up to Destination Gettysburg’s board of directors.

The CVB recently elected Andrea Proulx, director, sales and marketing, Gettysburg Hotel and Bryan Johnson, CTA, general manager, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson hotel to serve three-year terms on the board, starting July 1.

PHLCVB Reveals Partnership with MPI

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year. 

Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.

New Board of Directors President for VFTCB

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recently announced the appointment of Richard J. Odorisio to the president of the CVB’s Board of Directors.

Odorisio, currently the COO of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association, is replacing Former president Michael Bowman, who is now the VFTCB president.

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