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Nov. 19, 2009
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Experts See Brighter Days Ahead for County Tourism Industry in California
from Noozhawk
As tourism-related businesses from all over Santa Barbara County recently gathered, panelists at the 2010 Tourism Outlook discussed the industry's recession recovery. Dan Mishell, research director for the California Travel and Tourism Commission, said the industry expects to reach 2007 levels by 2011. Most businesses took a hard hit this year but expect some growth next year. More

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Keep Flu in Mind When Holding Mass Gatherings
from The Associated Press
Organizers of big sporting and cultural events should take steps to prevent the spread of swine flu, especially if local health systems aren't prepared to handle mass gatherings, the World Health Organization said. The global body said there was "ample evidence" that any unusual gathering of 1,000 people or more can help spread infectious diseases such as swine flu. More

Korean Festivals Face Budget Cuts
from The Hollywood Reporter
Local film festivals and award ceremonies might face a cutback in government funding if public sentiment is critical of the programs. Referring to the recent controversy over jury standards for the nominees of the Grand Bell Prize Film Award, Yu In-chon, Korea's minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, expressed in a briefing with a local film body that the government should stop funding the award "if there is a continuing noise" about the venue's legitimacy. More

San Francisco Green Festival 2009 Shows How a True "Green" Event Should Be Run
from Tree Hugger
San Francisco held Green Festival, the nation's largest green consumer living event. Over 40,000 people packed into the Concourse Exhibition Center to see over 350 businesses, artists, nonprofits, and over 125 speakers and musicians for a weekend of all things green. Everything was represented, including the latest in clean technology, green building, socially responsible investing, eco-fashion, renewable energy, green careers/green collar jobs, natural foods, groundbreaking films and ecotourism. More

Hillary Clinton Appeals for Sponsorship for Shanghai World Expo U.S. Pavilion
from Xinhua News Agency
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to 2010 Shanghai Expo site, when she appealed for sponsorship for the U.S. pavilion. Clinton addressed the sponsors in front of the U.S. pavilion, which finished topping-off last month. More

U.S. Recovery is a 'Fragile' One, Travel Industry Panel Says
from Hotel News Now
Recovery was the topic at hand, and pricing was the biggest concern. Travel industry experts who were gathered at IHG's Americas Investors & Leadership Conference provided a sober look at the factors affecting recovery for the hotel industry. More

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European Sponsorship Association Slams Alcohol Claims
from SportBusiness
The European Sponsorship Association, the trade body representing the sponsorship industry in Europe, has rejected claims by academic journal Addiction after it called for a ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport. Scientists writing for the journal said earlier this week that governments should outlaw the practice based on previous findings that alcohol-industry sponsorship of elite and community sport is associated with hazardous drinking among sport participants. More

Let There Be Light: How Festivals Allow Cities to Shine
from Guardian News
Unlike the rest of the country, the residents of Durham, U.K. couldn't wait for it to get dark this weekend. The city synonymous with cobbled streets and pitch-black collieries was brought to life by 60 contemporary artists in Lumiere, a four-night festival of light. More

First Tucson Festival of Books Raised $200,000 for Literacy Efforts
from The Explorer
The Tucson Festival of Books Committee has raised $200,000 for literacy. At a recent event, checks were presented to the Literacy for Life Coalition, Reading Seed and the University of Arizona. "This is the real success of the first Tucson Festival of Book," said Bill Viner, one of the festival's founders. "We are able to significantly help promote literacy in our community." More

The World's First Non-Profit, Green Social Web site
from Atlantic County Woman
Shawna Schenk, local college writing professor, has started a new trend—playing on the craze of Myspace and Facebook, the emerging non-profit organization, The University of the Green has provided an outlet for people of all ages to connect together to help support environmental protection causes and raise awareness on the going green lifestyle. More


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