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With 2013 coming to a close, DMAI would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of DMAI Newsbrief with a look back at the most trending articles of 2013.


San Diego settles dispute over tourism marketing funding
MeetingsNet
From April 4: A standoff in San Diego over funding to promote the destination ended last week when Mayor Bob Filner signed an agreement that would release $30 million in annual tourism marketing dollars.
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Greater Miami CVB unveils new strategy
Meetings Focus
From Nov. 7: Setting its sights on the future, the Greater Miami CVB presented its new five-year Strategic Plan, "Destination Miami," resulting from a year-long study taking a comprehensive look at the Travel & Tourism Industry in Greater Miami and the Beaches commissioned by the GMCVB.
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Visit Savannah launches new web and ad campaigns
Savannah Now
From April 11: Instead of relying solely on Savannah's beloved Spanish moss and cobblestone streets to attract visitors, Visit Savannah has unveiled a more interactive website that lets users see the city through the eyes of its visitors.
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Nashville succeeds by getting on lists
Nashville Ledger
From Aug. 1: Ten years ago, the Nashville CVB had a strategic planning process that brought more than 100 community leaders together from all industries, including health care, arts and music. The goal? Come up with the best way to market the city.
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New York unveils largest tourism campaign in decades
Travel Pulse
From May 16: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract more visitors to the state.
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DMAI announces 30 Under 30 selections
DMAI
From May 30: Destination Marketing Association International has named 30 future leaders of the destination marketing industry.
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CVB workshop in Macon, Ga., aims to convert locals into ambassadors
The Telegraph
From March 28: During the past few months, the CVB has hosted seven "I Am Macon" workshops, giving 187 participants a certificate proclaiming each of them a "Macon Tourism Ambassador." Participants came from Macon restaurants, hotels, museums, attractions and organizations, such as the Ocmulgee National Monument.
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Osceola, Fla., ponders privatizing its tourism promotion
Orlando Sentinel
From Oct. 3: Should county government be in the tourism-promotion game? That's the question public officials, business owners and consultants are mulling in Osceola County, as the area's second-biggest county for tourism reconsiders how best to operate its destination-marketing organization, Experience Kissimmee.
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National Sales Director - VA, NY or Midwest (3 Positions)
San Diego Tourism Authority

The National Sales Directors (NSD) will be located either in our Virginia office or work from home in New York or in the Midwest region and will be responsible for lead generation, solicitations and sales on behalf of approximately 130 convention and conference hotels in San Diego.


Brand USA to launch road trips campaign with Google
Skift
From Oct. 24: Brand USA, the public-private travel marketing arm of U.S. tourism, announced plans for a 2013-2014 Road Trips promotional campaign in partnership with Google, Enterprise Rent A Car, and Spotify.
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NSA leak prompts Vegas to rehash 'What happens here' slogan
Las Vegas Sun
From July 3: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is once again weaving news headlines into an ad campaign, this time encouraging companies receiving information requests from the National Security Agency to say no and tell them "What happens here, stays here."
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