Boston Articles http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/rss/ Recent Articles - Press Releases Sun, 29 May 2016 19:11:25 GMT Boston Lodging Market Poised for Continued Growth and Investor Appeal http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Lodging-Market-Poised-for-Continued-Growth-and-Investor-Appeal/124/ By Sebastian Colella The economy in Boston and Cambridge is driven by a diverse set of growth engines which have provided it with a level of stability through multiple recessions. While the city remains reliant on its traditional industries such as financial services, education and healthcare, it has also become a hub for innovation, technology, and life sciences, all of which drive corporate travel throughout the calendar year. The city's rich history, convention centers, amenities, and ease of access contribute to its ability to attract group and leisure travel. The Boston/Cambridge lodging market has now experienced six consecutive years of revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth with very few additions to supply since the most recent recession. As a result, the area has become one of the most sought after and desirable markets in the country for investment in both new projects and acquisitions.Demand Outpacing Supply   The Boston/Cambridge lodging market supply is made up of 101 hotel properties combined for approximately 23,000 rooms. Similar to many markets throughout the country, the economic environment following the 2008/2009 recession led to very little growth in supply. Between 2010 and 2015, the market welcomed seven new hotel properties of approximately 801 rooms, of which over 70 percent opened in 2015. When accounting for minor roomcount changes and expansions, the local market's room supply has increased 0.7 percent on a compound annual basis the last six years. During this same six year period, accommodated demand has increased year after year at a compound annual growth rate of 2.4 percent.Driven by the city's continued demand growth across all three primary demand segments, corporate, group and leisure, and its lack of new supply, operators have been able to increase rates considerably. In 2015, occupancy in the Boston/Cambridge market increased 0.2 points to 81.8 percent with average daily rate (ADR) increasing 6.4 percent to $254.10. The resulting RevPAR in 2015 increased 6.7 percent from the prior year to $207.83, a historic high for the market.  Future Changes to SupplyHistorically, Boston has not seen significant increases to its supply in the form of a "boom" but rather small increases over time. This was primarily due to the area's high labor costs, lack of available land, and an ADR that, in most cases could not justify the cost to build. Some of these factors still exist today however the recent growth across all demand segments has enabled developers to once again underwrite feasible projects.In 2015, new supply in Boston and Cambridge was limited to three new hotel properties and two guestroom expansions, combining for a total of 574 rooms. The Boston/Cambridge market is expected to welcome five new hotels (977 rooms) this year, a four percent increase to existing supply. The market has not seen a one year increase this large since 2006 when the InterContinental and the Westin Waterfront opened adding 1,217 rooms.There are proposed hotels, both select-service and full-service, throughout the city with projected opening dates in 2017 and beyond, many of which cannot be confirmed as moving forward at this time. As of February 3, 2016 there were 26 hotel projects, representing approximately 5,000 rooms, in the Boston Redevelopment Authority's (BRA) pipeline - this does not include the three hotels which have already opened this year. It is highliy unlikely that all of these hotel projects will move forward, however it is a good indication of the level of interest investors and developers have in the immediate area.  The lodging market, while volatile at times, is cyclical in nature. As evidenced by the Boston/Cambridge market's historic peaks and valleys in both occupancy and rate over the last twenty years, the local area is of no exception. While it is difficult to predict a lodging market's exact peak, one can apply the basic stages of a real estate cycle which would indicate the Greater Boston lodging market has been in the recovery stage since 2010 and has recently begun its expansionary stage as new hotels are approved, completed and opened. It is between this stage and the oversupply stage where investors benefit most from their property's peak real estate value. Although we are forecasting a slight decline in market occupancy, oversupply is not expected to be an issue in the immediate future given trends in demand growth.Seventy-five percent of the city's rooms supply is affiliated with a nationally recognized hotel brand. As such, the industry's consolidation among hotel companies striving to increase market share is another interesting way in which the city's supply could change overtime. The 16 Marriott International properties combine for over 4,700 rooms (20 percent market share) while Starwood Hotels & Resorts represents over 3,700 rooms (16 percent). Both of these hotel companies represent a sizeable portion of the city's group hotels, four of which are attached, or in close proximity, to the two convention centers. Hilton Hotels & Resorts represents 2,900 rooms (12 percent), while InterContinental Hotel Group and Hyatt Hotels, both having slightly over 1,200 rooms, represent approximately five percent. Increased Acquisition ActivityMany hotel owners have sought to take advantage of the current market conditions, selling hotel assets while their top and bottom lines continue to outperform previous years. Simultaneously, many national and international investors seek to enter the Boston market known for its high barriers of entry and are willing to pay record prices for existing assets due to the market's positive fundamentals, diverse economy, and robust demand growth in recent years.These two driving forces have resulted in nine hotels having been reported sold in the Boston/Cambridge since November, many of which were for prices per key well above previous sale prices and at relatively low capitalization rates.In November, Junson Capital, a Chinese real estate investor, purchased the 210-room Le Meridien Cambridge MIT. The following month, Oxford Capital sold the 242-room Godfrey Hotel, which had not yet opened at the time, to Germany-based Union Investment Real Estate. Other sales in December included the 471-room Renaissance Boston Waterfront, the 114-room Ames Hotel in downtown Boston, and the 13-room Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. In January, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group agreed to exercise its option to purchase the Mandarin Oriental Boston for almost $1 million per key, the highest sale price per room of any hotel in Boston history.  The Hotel Commonwealth was sold to Xenia Hotels & Resorts following its $50 million expansion which added 96 rooms and approximately 7,000 square feet of meeting space. Most recently, HHM (formerly Hersha Hospitality Management) purchased the Best Western Tria in Cambridge and the Blackstone Group purchased the 178-room Club Quarters in downtown Boston.The Greater Boston area will continue to be one of the most sought after markets in the country, attracting both national and international investors. Properties without encumbrances, be it a ground lease, management, a flag and/or union operations, will be the driver in higher acquisition prices as buyers pursue deals which minimize risk and maximize profits.Looking AheadStatistics for the overall Boston/Cambridge lodging market are positive indicators for the city's future prospects and illustrate the underlying strength of the broader market. Pinnacle Advisory Group has projected a seventh year of increased market demand in 2016 with the city projected to maintain an occupancy level above 80 percent. Current demand trends throughout Boston and Cambridge and the market's capacity constraints through much of the year will allow operators to continue increasing average daily rates, which are projected to be, once again, the driver behind RevPAR growth in 2016.Despite the risk of new supply, the positive fundamentals outlined above are expected to continue as the basis for underwriting new hotel projects and maintaining a high level of investor interest.  Macroeconomic issues facing the nation's economy today such as oil prices, the US Dollar, China's recent economic slump, the spread of the Zika Virus among others, should be monitored as they may have an impact to lodging markets across the country. In spite of these uncertainties, long term prospects for the Boston/Cambridge market are encouraging.   Wed, 18 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Lodging-Market-Poised-for-Continued-Growth-and-Investor-Appeal/124/ Boston and Gillette to Host 2017 & 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-and-Gillette-to-Host-2017-2018-NCAA-Men-s-Lacrosse-Championships/123/ 800x600 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 12, 2016Media Contact: David O'Donnelldodonnell@bostonusa.com  800x600 BOSTON, Mass. - The NCAA, Gillette Stadium, Harvard University, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27-29 in 2017 and on May 26-28 in 2018. "We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018," said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. "We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. I have a son who played lacrosse collegiately and three grandsons who I have enjoyed watching play and can speak to the tremendous growth of the game here in New England. The passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead." The agreement marks the fourth and fifth times the Championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317).  The Championships were also played in Foxborough in 2009 and 2012, attracting fans from 47 states and six international countries to the events. "My family and I are thrilled to bring the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships back to Gillette Stadium," said Dan Kraft, president international of The Kraft Group and a former lacrosse player at Tufts University. "We look forward to working with the NCAA and all of our partners to create a great experience for the players, fans and lacrosse community." The 2008 and 2009 Lacrosse Championships were the result of a partnership that included Gillette Stadium and the Kraft Group joining with Harvard University and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) in making a successful bid to bring the Championships to Gillette for the first time ever.  "The 2017 and 2018 winning bid continues on that unique partnership," said Patrick Moscaritolo, the President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Harvard is thrilled to once again partner with Gillette Stadium to serve as hosts of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 2017 and 2018," said Bob Scalise, Harvard's John D. Nichols ‘53 Family Director of Athletics. "We look forward to working with the NCAA and the lacrosse community to prepare for some exciting weekends of lacrosse at the upcoming NCAA Division I, II and III Championships." "We are very excited to once again welcome lacrosse fans from across the U.S. and across the globe to Boston and Foxborough," said Moscaritolo, "Lacrosse fans will enjoy exploring and discovering our extraordinary cultural attractions and historical sites, in addition to watching great lacrosse at Gillette Stadium, one of  America's premier venues." Ticket, hospitality, reunion opportunities and fan activity information will be announced at a later date. ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;}   Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-and-Gillette-to-Host-2017-2018-NCAA-Men-s-Lacrosse-Championships/123/ 120th Boston Marathon Economic Impact http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/120th-Boston-Marathon-Economic-Impact-/122/ For Immediate Release April 7, 2016 Media Contact:David O'Donnell, 617-867-8214 dodonnell@bostonusa.com       2016 Boston Marathon Will Mean $188.8 Million For The Greater Boston Economy The 120th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 18, 2016, and surrounding Marathon-related events including the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and the B.A.A. 5K, will bring an estimated $188.8 million (USD) in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, according to Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) President and CEO Patrick Moscaritolo. Held annually on Patriots' Day, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest consecutively run marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed and organized the Boston Marathon since the event's inception in 1897. This year, there will be just over 30,000 official participants in the Boston Marathon, including more than 6,400 runners from 98 countries outside the United States. In addition, more than 1,200 members of the media from more than 200 outlets are expected to cover the Boston Marathon, providing the Greater Boston region with unparalleled international exposure. "All of us in the Boston area visitor industry look forward each year to the Boston Marathon and the remarkable spending impacts this historic event brings to our community," said Moscaritolo. "The Boston Marathon is our region's largest, most beloved and most significant special event, and traditionally it marks the start of our region's tourist season." "We at the Boston Athletic Association are very excited to welcome participants, spectators, and media members from around the globe for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon," said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the B.A.A.  "The Boston Marathon represents far more than a 26.2-mile footrace: It is an event that celebrates the spirit of athleticism, all the while helping unite the local community. Nearly all of those involved in the Boston Marathon will patronize Greater Boston restaurants, hotels, shops, and other local businesses over the course of Boston Marathon week." The 2015 Boston Marathon generated $181.9 million (USD) and had an entry field of 30,251 athletes.  The estimated $188.8 million (USD) in spending impact will be generated from the following categories:   Total spending by more than 30,000 runners and their guests for Marathon and Marathon related events                                                            $103.3 million (USD) Charity fundraising by Marathon participants                                         $28.0 million (USD) Total spending by spectators & visitors at Marathon and Marathon related events                                                             $30.8 million (USD) Total sponsor and media-related spending                                            $15.2 million (USD) Total spending by the Boston Athletic Association                                   $11.5 million (USD) TOTAL $188.8 million (USD)  For the 31st consecutive year, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon will be John Hancock Financial. John Hancock Financial provided the first-ever prize purse for the Boston Marathon in 1986 and has provided over $18.1 million (USD) in prize money for the event. This year's prize purse totals $830,500 (USD), plus bonuses. The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will be located at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street from Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17. This Expo is widely regarded as the running industry's premier expo for new products and services and will feature more than 150 exhibitors and is estimated to attract more than 100,000 attendees in 2016. Boston Marathon participants must claim their bib numbers for this year's race at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. Also among 2016 Marathon-related events is the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 16, two days prior to the Boston Marathon. This year's B.A.A. 5K has an event record field size limit of 10,000 entrants. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes at historic Boston Common and takes participants across the Boston Marathon finish line. More than 600 participants from outside of the United States will participate in the event. About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2016. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.   MEDIA: For further information, please contact mediarelations@bostonusa.com   ### Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/120th-Boston-Marathon-Economic-Impact-/122/ Boston Abuzz With Hotel Openings http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Abuzz-With-Hotel-Openings/121/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}  Boston has added more than 900 new rooms to its hotel inventory, with properties opening in the Seaport District, Downtown Crossing, and at Station Landing in Medford.   On D Street in the Seaport District, adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. opened the Element Boston Seaport and Aloft Boston Seaport on January 14 and February 4, respectively.  The sister properties occupy a 5.2 acre parcel located just off the Lawn on D and increase the Seaport District hotel inventory by 510 rooms.  The Massachusetts Port Authority, meanwhile, is soliciting bids for development of a 500-room hotel across from the BCEC.   "We are excited to welcome the Element and Aloft brands to Boston," said Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB).  "These properties will help us better serve our city wide convention groups as well as serve the dramatic growth in international visitors and families looking for hotel availability in our Seaport district."Downtown Boston continues its robust revitalization with the opening of the 242-room Godfrey Hotel Boston.  The Godfrey brand opened their first hotel in Chicago in 2013 and quickly eyed a second location in Boston.  Oxford Capital Group purchased the Amory and Blake Buildings at 59 Temple Street and unveiled the new hotel on February 3 with an opening ceremony that included remarks from Bureau CEO Pat Moscaritolo as well as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Downtown Boston BID President & CEO Rosemarie Sansone.  The Godfrey Hotel Boston will open a restaurant and George Howell Coffee later this year. Boston will also see the arrival of three Marriott AC Hotels, a flag that's essentially brand new in the United States.  The first is the 152-room AC Hotel Boston North in Medford, which opened March 1 and is within easy walking distance to Assembly Row and Wellington Station.  Later this spring, a 150-room AC Hotel will open at Cambridge Discovery Park, and a third AC Hotel is slated to open in 2017 at the Ink Block Project in Boston's South End. Please visit the GBCVB Press Room for a comprehensive overview of upcoming hotel openings in the Greater Boston area.   ### Normal 0 false false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Abuzz-With-Hotel-Openings/121/ MARCH IN. DINE OUT. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/MARCH-IN-DINE-OUT-SHARE-YOUR-EXPERIENCE-/118/   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 11, 2016Media Contact: David O'Donnell 617-867-8214DODONNELL@BOSTONUSA.COM   Dine Out Boston® (formerly Restaurant Week) returns March 6-11 & 13-18, 2016, and diners are once again encouraged to share their experiences on Instagram for a chance to win $100 gift cards to participating restaurants.  The rules are simple: photograph your dish, post to Instagram using #DineOutBoston, and mention the restaurant where you dined.  Each day during Dine Out Boston the photo that gets the most likes is our winner!* Dine Out Boston celebrates its 15th year in 2016.  The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), in partnership with American Express, once again sponsors the biannual restaurant promotion. Providing diners an opportunity to enjoy the region's dining scene, and restaurateurs the chance to bring in new guests, this two-week celebration showcases Boston as one of America's premier culinary destinations. During the two weeks of Dine Out Boston, diners have numerous choices as they enjoy Greater Boston's finest dining coupled with significant savings. Dine Out Boston features a flexible pricing structure benefiting restaurants and guests alike. Restaurants can customize their lunch and dinner menus by choosing price-points: lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.  Over 170 exceptional restaurants in the Greater Boston area will participate, including 18 new restaurants such as Ocean Prime, Novara, Tuscan Kitchen, and Bostonia Public House.  Restaurants can offer as many courses as they desire at their selected price! "Dine Out Boston is a way to celebrate Boston as one of America's premier culinary destinations and provide locals and visitors, alike, with a unique opportunity to enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Greater Boston restaurants," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "We invite diners to take advantage of Dine Out Boston's great restaurant deals while embracing cultural and seasonal activities. Go to a game at the Garden, a concert, a theatrical performance, or one of many museum exhibitions and a Dine Out Boston meal for a quintessential Boston experience!" 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The charitable partner for March 2016 is Boston Harborfest, a 4th of July festival celebrating the nation's rich maritime history.  Gift Certificates provided by participating restaurants will be up for auction starting March 7 through March 23, with all proceeds benefiting Harborfest: DOBauction.com About Dine Out Boston: Dine Out Boston is a bi-annual value-driven dining program founded and presented by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express. Formally known as Restaurant Week Boston®, the program is now in its 15th year of offering exclusive savings throughout the region's top restaurants. During Dine Out Boston diners can enjoy a chef-customized lunch or dinner for a fraction of the normal dining cost. Due to high demand, reservations during Dine Out Boston are encouraged and can be made in advance at www.DineOutBoston.com. For more information or to inquire about having your restaurant involved in Dine Out Boston® please visit www.DineOutBoston.com. Check out Dine Out Boston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dineoutboston, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dineoutbos, and Instagram at instagram.com/dineoutboston.     *Entrants can only win once but are encouraged to keep sharing #DineOutBoston pictures after they win.   ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/MARCH-IN-DINE-OUT-SHARE-YOUR-EXPERIENCE-/118/ November Events at Fenway Generate Almost $30 Million in Visitor Spending http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/November-Events-at-Fenway-Generate-Almost-30-Million-in-Visitor-Spending/117/  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 1, 2015Media Contact: David O'Donnell 617-867-8214  The Red Sox today announced that the November football and hurling events at Fenway Park drew a total of 97,445 fans and helped inject millions into the City of Boston and the region's visitor economy.  According to conservative estimates from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, $28.7 million was generated in visitor spending for the City of Boston and the region by the events at Fenway Park in November, which included Notre Dame's Shamrock Series Football game, the AIG Hurling match and Irish Festival, and the four high school football games on Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving Day. "The City of Boston is proud to continually host some of the best sports talent from across the world at our very own Fenway Park," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Aside from the incredible economic benefits that the football and hurling events brought to our city, they also served as a source of family entertainment and allowed us to showcase our city to the world. The success of these events is encouraging and we look forward to collaborating with our partners at the Red Sox to explore what other ventures we can bring to Boston." Of the total $28.7 million generated for Boston's visitor industry, $18.6 came from direct spending, and another $10.1 from indirect spending. The majority of spending came from Notre Dame's Shamrock Series game on November 21. The sold out game against Boston College had an attendance of 38,686 and a total spending impact of $22.2 million - nearly 14 times more than a regular season Red Sox home game, which typically generates around $1.6 million.  "Our visitor industry received an early Christmas gift thanks to the Red Sox hosting these special events at Fenway Park," said Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Pat Moscaritolo. "This was new spending that benefited hotels, restaurants, and attractions in what normally is a very quiet time of year for our industry." The AIG Hurling match and Irish Festival had an attendance of 27,766 and generated about $5.4 million in visitor spending, and the four high school football games had a combined attendance of 28,521 and spending impact of about $1.1 million. "It has been a focus of this ownership group to bring new and unique forms of entertainment to Fenway Park throughout the year," said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. "Bringing back the tradition of football and hurling to Fenway Park after such a long hiatus was truly special, and being able to create lifelong memories for the college and high school students who played was a great privilege."    ### Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/November-Events-at-Fenway-Generate-Almost-30-Million-in-Visitor-Spending/117/ GBCVB Destination Video Wins Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts Silver W3 Award http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Destination-Video-Wins-Academy-of-Interactive-Visual-Arts-Silver-W3-Award/116/    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2015 Media Contact: David O'Donnell 617-867-8214 DODONNELL@BOSTONUSA.COM Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;}    The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) partnered with Brand USA, the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), and Miles Media to create 12 In-Language destination videos aimed at 4 international markets: United Kingdom, China, Japan, and Brazil.  The videos feature in-language narrations, not translated scripts, from fluent hosts who promote an eclectic Boston experience across themes of Culture, Urban Excitement, and Indulgence.  The GBCVB worked with producers and creative directors from Miles Media to devise dynamic Boston itineraries for the hosts and videographers to experience Boston over a 10-day period.   The hosts were granted access to iconic Boston institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  They also captured spectacular footage of Boston's great outdoor spaces including the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Boston Common, Public Garden, Copley Square, and the Boston Harbor Islands. The videos have attracted more than 100,000 views on Facebook, 10,000 views on the Brand USA website, and 6,000 views on YouTube.  In September of 2015 the UK Culture video received a Silver W3 Award from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.  The W3 Awards recognize superior creativity on the web, particularly with web videos. Boston welcomed over 1,400,000 international visitors (excluding Canada) in 2014 with China overtaking the United Kingdom as the top country producing inbound international visitors to Boston.  International visitors (excluding Canada) spent over $1 billion in the Greater Boston market, and visitation numbers and spending impact are projected to keep rising over the next several years. GBCVB President and CEO Patrick B. Moscaritolo said, "Boston and Cambridge are compelling, world-class destinations for international visitors.  We continue to focus on our traditional markets such as the UK and Germany, while building relationships and robust programs targeting the Middle East, Asia, and South America.  The GBCVB will continue to partner with Brand USA, Miles Media, and MOTT to promote Boston and Cambridge as alluring and dynamic destinations for overseas visitors."   ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Destination-Video-Wins-Academy-of-Interactive-Visual-Arts-Silver-W3-Award/116/ International Sporting Events Continue to Book Boston http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/International-Sporting-Events-Continue-to-Book-Boston/114/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2015 Media Contact: David O'Donnell 617-867-8214        DODONNELL@BOSTONUSA.COM  Boston is well known as a sports town with a long history of collegiate and professional sporting teams and major annual sporting events such as the Head of the Charles Regatta and the Boston Marathon.  Now, however, it's becoming the home of several international sporting events that draw athletes and spectators from around the world.   "We keep building partnerships that increasingly make us attractive as a destination for these events.  Working with Massport on new air service, our colleges and universities to host the events and the City of Boston among others has helped us to build on our successes," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our most recent partnership includes a collaboration with longtime partners Ken Brissette, Director of the Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports  & Entertainment, Larry Cancro, Senior Vice President Fenway Affairs, who also chairs the GBCVB Sports Marketing Committee and is Vice Chair of the GBCVB Board of Directors, and  Fenway Sports Management has helped draw Big Air at Fenway, an International Ski Federation World Cup and part of the U.S. Grand Prix tour."    On February 11 and 12, 2016, Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event. "Big Air at Fenway" will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and bring in athletes from around the world including Olympic and World Champions. As a U.S. Grand Prix and part of the International Ski Federation's (FIS) World Cup tour, Big Air at Fenway will bring in many of the top big air competitors including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kostenburg and Olympian Ty Walker.  In big air, snowboarders and skiers do a single trick off a ramp similar to those seen on slopestyle courses. Men's and women's big air snowboarding will debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Men's big air snowboarding has been part of the FIS World Championships since 2003. It was added to the World Cup tour for women a year ago, with Walker winning the opener at a city stadium event in Istanbul.  Since 2011, international air travel to Boston has been showing signs of steady growth. In 2014, there were almost 2.5 million inbound passengers on international flights into Boston's Logan International Airport, a 9.8% increase over 2013. Today, Logan airport offers non-stop international service to 51 destinations, including key locations, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. "With these new additions in air service, the Boston CVB has been able to attract more visitors and events from around the world," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.  As a result of the GBCVB's expanded international and sports marketing initiatives, Boston will also play host to a number of high profile, world-class events in 2016 and 2017. The GBCVB estimates that sports related special events in 2016 and 2017 will result in more than $200 million in new spending for Boston's visitor industry.  For the first time in its 130 - year history, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held in Boston March 28 - April 3, 2016. The ISU event will bring 200 of the world's greatest figure skaters, representing 37 countries, to the TD Garden to compete for the prized title of World Champion. "This event is the pinnacle for figure skating competition and fans from all over the globe will be headed to Boston for this event." Patrick Moscaritolo, President and CEO Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau said.  New to Boston in 2016, but scheduled to be an annual event through 2020, is the IndyCar series Grand Prix of Boston which will take place August 29 to September 5, 2016. As a major sporting event, the Grand Prix draw thousands of spectators and visitors from the United States and around the world. The race drivers come from 8 different countries and will bring with them their fans and support to Boston. Grand Prix in other US cities have typically drawn 250,000+ spectators over three days with $75-80 million in spending impact. As a first time event the IndyCar event, will also bring widespread media focus and attention to Boston. On average, each IndyCar race produces 6,000 media stories, with inaugural events producing almost twice that number.  In June of 2017, Boston will host the four-day Tall Ships Festival as part of the Canada 150 Tall Ships Regatta. Boston will be the only official American port for Tall Ship fans. And in 2018, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball East Regional will once again take place in Boston at the TD Garden.  "With the GBCVB's aggressive marketing efforts and its marketing partnerships, the international sports tourism industry has blossomed into a key part of Boston's booming visitor industry," said Moscaritolo. "Clearly sports related special events are paying off big time for our region's visitor industry meaning business for our hotels, for our restaurants and for our event venues." he added.  For more information on sports related meeting and events in Boston, contact: Stephanie Pappas, Director of International Meetings and Sports Sales at spappas@bostonusa.com or 1-617-867-8222. ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/International-Sporting-Events-Continue-to-Book-Boston/114/ GBCVB, Massport Celebrate Record Number of International Visitors in 2014 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Massport-Celebrate-Record-Number-of-International-Visitors-in-2014-/113/ For Immediate Release                                                                                                      Contact:  Turner Skenderian, GBCVB Aug. 21, 2015                                                                                                                                         (617) 867-8272 or Jennifer Mehigan, Massport (617) 568-3100 GBCVB, Massport Celebrate Record Number of International Visitors in 2014 International visitors to Bay State spent more than $1 billion more than 1.4 million overseas visitors came to Boston in 2014, a new record and the visitors spent more than $1 billion dollars, or $763, on average, per visit, according to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics. Massachusetts was the seventh most popular state to visit, trailing only New York, Florida, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Texas. The number of visitors was a 10 percent increase over 2013 and outpaced the U.S. as a whole, which was up 7.3 percent.   "The Commonwealth has a lot to offer the world whether people come here for business, leisure, or education,'' said Gov. Charlie Baker. "With new international nonstop flights to East and South Asia, Latin America and Europe, it is easier than ever to visit, work and study here.''   The statistics, which exclude Canada and Mexico, show that 2014 marked the first time that China became the top visitor market for air travelers visiting Boston. The city attracted 173,000 Chinese visitors, a 65 percent increase over 2013 and well above the national growth of 21 percent, due in large part to nonstop service to Beijing, which started in June 2014. The United Kingdom was second, with 159,000 visitors.   "Boston is an increasingly global city, and we will continue to support our tourism sector and make Boston a welcoming and thriving city for our visitors," said Mayor Walsh."   Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said service to China has been growing rapidly since the first nonstop between Boston and Beijing started in June 2104. "Hainan Airlines nonstop service to Beijing is 14 months old and its success led to the airline making Boston the first U.S. city in its route to have nonstop service to Shanghai this June,'' said Glynn. "Cathay Pacific started service this year to Hong Kong, which should make 2015 statistics even better.''   U.S. National Travel and Tourism office forecasts the number of visitors from China will more than double in the next five years, and markets such as Boston with nonstop service will fare especially well. Nearly one in four Chinese visitors was here for education.    Pat Moscaritolo, the president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, said easy international air service benefits the local economy in many ways.   "The international visitors spent the equivalent of nearly 3.8 million room nights in Boston hotels and shopping was their top activity followed by sightseeing, art galleries and visiting historical locations,'' he said.     About GBCVB   The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the primary private sector marketing and visitor service organization charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business. Our goal is to enhance the economy of Boston, Cambridge and the metropolitan area.   About Massport   Massport owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth in New England. For more information visit www.massport.com     ### Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Massport-Celebrate-Record-Number-of-International-Visitors-in-2014-/113/ Summer's Sweet Spot Returns August 16: Dine Out Boston®!! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Summer-s-Sweet-Spot-Returns-August-16-Dine-Out-Boston-/112/  Summer's Sweet Spot Returns August 16: Dine Out Boston®!!  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2015 Media Contact: David O'Donnell 617-867-8214 DODONNELL@BOSTONUSA.COM The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) hosts the biannual Dine Out Boston - Summer's Sweet Spot! - August 16-21 & 23-28, 2015. Dine Out Boston provides diners an opportunity to explore the region's dining scene and restaurateurs to bring new guests to their restaurants. The GBCVB, in partnership with American Express, is proud to sponsor this two-week celebration showcasing one of America's premier culinary destinations. During the two weeks of Dine Out Boston, diners will have numerous choices to experience Greater Boston's finest dining coupled with significant savings. Dine Out Boston features a flexible pricing structure which benefits restaurant owners and guests alike. Restaurants can customize their lunch and dinner menus by choosing price-points: lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Additionally, restaurants can offer as many courses as they desire at their selected price.  "Dine Out Boston is a way to celebrate Boston as one of America's premier culinary destinations and provide locals and visitors, alike, with a unique opportunity to enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Greater Boston restaurants," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "We invite diners to take advantage of Dine Out Boston's great restaurant deals while embracing cultural and seasonal activities. We encourage combining a baseball game, a concert, a theatrical performance or one of many museum exhibits with a Dine Out Boston meal for a quintessential Boston experience!" Dine Out Boston's August edition has over 150 exceptional restaurants in the Greater Boston area, including, but not limited to, city staples such as Davio's, Grill 23, and Mamma Maria, as well as must-try newbies, Bastille, Liquid Art House, and Serafina. The suburbs offer equally remarkable food finds such as The Fireplace, Artistry on the Green, and 80 Thoreau. Since 2008, the GBCVB has used this dining program to give back to a different local Boston charity each year. To date, over $300,000 has been raised for charities through the online auction component of DOB. The charitable partner for August 2015 is the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.  Gift Certificates provided by participating restaurants will be up for auction starting August 17 through September 2, with all proceeds benefiting the Greenway Conservancy. For more details regarding Dine Out Boston, head to the official site DineOutBoston.com. The easy-to-navigate website allows diners to view chef-customized menus, pricing and to make reservations. About Dine Out Boston: Dine Out Boston is a bi-annual value-driven dining program founded and presented by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express. Formally known as Restaurant Week Boston®, the program is now in its 15th year of offering exclusive savings throughout the region's top restaurants. During Dine Out Boston, diners can enjoy a chef-customized lunch or dinner for a fraction of the normal dining cost. Due to high demand, reservations during Dine Out Boston are encouraged and can be made in advance at www.DineOutBoston.com. For more information or to inquire about having your restaurant involved in Dine Out Boston, please visit www.DineOutBoston.com. Check out Dine Out Boston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dineoutboston, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dineoutbos, and Instagram at instagram.com/dineoutboston.### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Summer-s-Sweet-Spot-Returns-August-16-Dine-Out-Boston-/112/ Sports Events Bring Huge Benefits to Boston http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Sports-Events-Bring-Huge-Benefits-to-Boston/111/  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           July 23, 2015                                      Sports Events Bring Huge Benefits to Boston Boston, MA  (July 23, 2015): Boston's visitor industry and visitor economy are off the charts thanks in large part to the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau expanded sports marketing initiative. Added to annual events such as the Head of the Charles Regatta and the Boston Marathon as well as its professional and college teams, Boston will also play host to a number of high profile, world-class events in 2016 and 2017. The GBCVB estimates that sports related special events in 2016 and 2017 will result in more than $200 million in new spending for Boston's visitor industry. For the first time in its 130 - year history, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held in Boston March 28 - April 3, 2016. The ISU event will bring 200 of the world's greatest figure skaters, representing 37 countries, to the TD Garden to compete for the prized title of World Champion. "This event is the pinnacle for figure skating competition and fans from all over the globe will be headed to Boston for this event." Patrick Moscaritolo, President and CEO Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau said. "The event will generate more than $3 million, use more than 12 hotels and result in more than 15,000 room nights in business for Boston hotels." Moscaritolo added.  New to Boston in 2016, but scheduled to be an annual event through 2020, is the IndyCar series Grand Prix of Boston which will take place August 29 to September 5, 2016. As a major sporting event, the Grand Prix draw thousands of spectators and visitors from the United States and around the world. The race drivers come from 8 different countries and will bring with them their fans and support to Boston. Grand Prix in other US cities have typically drawn 250,000+ spectators over three days with $75-80 million in spending impact. As a first time event the IndyCar event, will also bring widespread media focus and attention to Boston. On average, each IndyCar race produces 6,000 media stories, with inaugural events producing almost twice that number. The Boston Bruins will play on a nontraditional field at Gillette Stadium on New Years' Day against the Montreal Canadians in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic. At the collegiate sports level, Boston will host the 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Fencing Championship at Brandeis University March 24-27, the NCAA Division II Women's Field Hockey National Championship at Stonehill College November 11-13 and football rivals Boston College and Notre Dame will play at Fenway Park on November 21st. In June of 2017, Boston will host the four day Tall Ships Festival as part of the Canada 150 Tall Ships Regatta. Boston will be the only official American port for Tall Ship fans. And in 2018, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball East Regional, will once again take place in Boston at the TD Garden. "With the Bureau's aggressive marketing efforts and its marketing partnerships, the sports tourism industry has blossomed into a key part of Boston's booming visitor industry," said Moscaritolo "Clearly, sports related special events are paying off big time for our region's visitor industry meaning business for our hotels, for our restaurants and for our event venues." he added. According to the National Association of Sports Commissions, direct visitor spending in the sport tourism industry in the U.S. for 2014 was $8.96 billion.  For example annual sporting events like the Boston Marathon and the Head of the Charles Regatta not only create huge spending impacts but they also draw visitors from across the world to Boston and Cambridge. The Boston Marathon and its related events usually generate more than $160M in spending with over 500,000 spectators (making it the most widely viewed sporting event in New England). The Head of the Charles Regatta is also a major driver of visitors to Boston as the 11,000 athletes and over 350,000 spectators account for more than $50M in visitor spending. The Tiger Woods Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day Weekend bring top caliber golfers and their fans to Boston while raising thousands of dollars for charity. The Deutsche Bank Championship generates over $55M in spending annually for the Boston visitor industry. For more information on sports related meeting and events in Boston, contact: Stephanie Pappas, Director of International Meetings and Sports Sales at spappas@bostonusa.com or 1-617-867-8222. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Sports-Events-Bring-Huge-Benefits-to-Boston/111/ GBCVB Partners with Revolution250 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Partners-with-Revolution250/110/          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2015 Media Contact: David O'Donnell dodonnell@bostonusa.com   Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to partner with Revolution250 to promote important anniversaries and special events related to the American Revolution.  This summer Boston embarks on a decade-long series of 250th anniversary events celebrating the city's seminal role in the fight for American Independence.  A collaborative forum called Revolution 250 - comprised of historians, historic sites, non-profit organizations and cultural tour groups - has come together to conceptualize, develop and promote programming and special events associated with key anniversaries.    To celebrate the 250th anniversary of American Independence, Revolution 250 activities will include a wide array of programs designed to engage and educate people of all ages, Massachusetts residents and visitors alike.  Thus far, several Bureau members such as the Boston National Historical Park/National Park Service, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House/Bostonian Society have all hosted seminars or unveiled exhibitions as part of Revolution 250 programming.   In addition to ongoing programming, Revolution 250 will build momentum around key anniversaries.  The inaugural commemoration arrives this summer, on August 14, which marks the 250th anniversary of the day when a group of Bostonians - some ardent patriots, most non-partisan colonists caught up in a tide of civic expression - came together at the site of the "Liberty Tree" to protest Parliament's enactment of the Stamp Act.    The original site of the Liberty Tree is at the corner of Washington and Essex Streets, and during these tumultuous times, 250 years ago, this location bristled as ordinary people called for political change and debated what form the change should take.  The upcoming anniversary is an opportunity to revisit the energy, ideas and community involvement that lit up the plaza in 1765. Seizing that opportunity, Medicine Wheel Productions, a Revolution 250 member, has identified five community groups to assist in creating 108 copper lanterns modeled on the historic ones that were hung on the Liberty Tree in 1765.   These lanterns will be displayed on the evening of August 14, near the original location of the Liberty Tree, as Boston remembers the political demonstrations that occurred 250 years ago. Citizens from Boston and beyond are invited to come experience the Liberty Tree and commemorate an event which many historians consider the beginning of the Revolutionary Era in Boston.  Follow Revolution250 on Facebook @Revolution250 and on Twitter @REV250BOS.   This project is being made possible with support from the Boston National Historical Park, Eastern National, and is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. Please learn more about Annual Celebrations, Unique Festivals, and Arts/Cultural Events taking place in Greater Boston.   ###  Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Partners-with-Revolution250/110/ CITY OF BOSTON KICKS-OFF 34th ANNUAL HARBORFEST http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/CITY-OF-BOSTON-KICKS-OFF-34th-ANNUAL-HARBORFEST/109/ Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston will kick-off the 34th annual Boston Harborfest at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:00 p.m.   "Each year, Harborfest brings thousands of residents and visitors to downtown Boston to celebrate the birth of our nation, right where it happened," said Mayor Walsh. "I would like to thank all of our partners for another great year of great events."   Boston Harborfest is a five-day festival with over 200 activities celebrating American Independence and honoring the city's colonial roots. City officials will be joined by Captain Claudia Gelzer, Sector Commander, United States Coast Guard Sector Boston; Commander Sean Kearns, Captain, USS Constitution; Pat Moscaritolo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Richard Doucette, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism; and Carol Troxell, President of Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association during the celebration to kick-off the festival.   Residents, visitors and businesses are invited to participate in the patriotic opening ceremony, which will feature the United States Navy Band Northeast's "Rhode Island Sound" vocalist Musician Second Class Laura Carey, who will lead the crowd in singing the National Anthem, and the ceremonial cutting of the Harborfest cake.  Captain Gelzer and Commander Kearns and special guests will use a cutglass (sword) to cut the cake, provided by Faneuil Hall Marketplace and created by Montillio's Baking Company. National Park Service Park Rangers and Freedom Trail® Players, dressed in 18th-century costume, will be on hand to offer historical information about Faneuil Hall and other sites along the Freedom Trail.   Held from July 1 through July 5, Harborfest celebrates the colonial and maritime heritage of America's independence in Boston. Over the years, Harborfest has grown from a local event to a national celebration. In 1982 there were 35 activities over the course of three days. Now in its 34th year, Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation.   For more Harborfest information and a list of activities, please visit http://www.Bostonharborfest.com ### /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/CITY-OF-BOSTON-KICKS-OFF-34th-ANNUAL-HARBORFEST/109/ Vacation Boston, You've Earned It!! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Vacation-Boston-You-ve-Earned-It-/108/   Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2015 Media Contact: David O'Donnell dodonnell@bostonusa.com   Vacation Boston, You've Earned it!! bostonusa.com Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} With the arrival of summer the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to unveil a dynamic summer promotion: Vacation Boston, You've Earned it!! "We welcome summer with open arms," said Bureau President and CEO Patrick B. Moscaritolo, "throughout Boston and Cambridge you can enjoy outdoor movies and concerts, al fresco dining, great festivals, and special events along the waterfront." Exciting festivals happening in Greater Boston this summer include Harborfest, Outside the Box, the Boston Seafood Festival, Revere Beach National Sand-Sculpting Festival, and North End Feasts & Festivals.  Please visit bostonusa.com to learn more about festivals in Boston this summer. These festivals are appropriate for all ages and represent just a sliver of the FREE experiences around Boston in July and August.  From Free Fun Fridays to Free Friday Flicks, Boston offers great activities at no cost and families are encouraged to take full advantage.  Many FREE events happen outdoors, like Wednesday concerts on the Esplanade with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (July 15-August 26), Shakespeare on the Common King Lear (July 22-August 9), and the Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square (July 25-26).  FREE outdoor exploration will keep you busy all summer in Boston: stroll the Harborwalk, browse eclectic markets of the Greenway below the Echelman sculpture, or Walk to the Sea and check out the Waterfront Neighborhood Weeks.  There's also a FREE weekend shuttle to Columbia Point, where museum-goers can visit the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, The Commonwealth Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Special events in Boston this summer include the arrival of the Hermione, a replica of the ship that carried Lafayette to Boston in 1780 which docks at Rowe's Wharf July 11-12 and is open for FREE public tours. FIGMENT Boston comes to the Greenway July 25-26 to inspire creativity and collaboration.  Also in July, the new Boston Public Market opens near Haymarket, an innovative and sustainable emporium of local produce and seafood.   And of course Dine Out Boston returns August 16-21 & 23-28, the biannual promotion of the Greater Boston restaurant scene: dineoutboston.com Broadway in Boston kicks off its 2015-16 season with Newsies (through July 5) followed by Kinky Boots (August 11-30) at the Boston Opera House.  Across the river, American Repertory Theatre commences its season August 2 with the world premiere of Waitress.   On the museum scene, the Hokusai exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts is on view through August 9 and the Institute of Contemporary Art summer program includes waterfront concerts and chef demonstrations. Vacation Boston, You've Earned It!! From the Boston Harbor Islands to the Back Bay Fens, and everything in between, an epic Boston summer is on deck so learn more at bostonusa.com and share your experiences on social media with the hashtag #VacationBoston. ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Vacation-Boston-You-ve-Earned-It-/108/ Aeromexico Launches Boston - Mexico City Route http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Aeromexico-Launches-Boston---Mexico-City-Route/107/ Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           June 3, 2015   Media Contacts: David O'Donnell, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (617) 867-8214 dodonnell@bostonusa.com   With Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, now flying to Boston Logan International Airport a new world of opportunity is available to Massachusetts residents and businesses and promises to fuel convenient travel between New England and Latin America. The market between Boston and Mexico City, combined with the airlines' other 45 destinations in Mexico and Central America, represents over 492,000 passengers and $134M in ticket revenue annually. "We are very pleased to add our 16th destination in the United States, reflecting the airline's commitment to increase our presence in one of our  most important markets. Boston is a city of great importance for Mexico and Latin America because of its global economic potential and extensive academic offerings that draw many students from Mexico and Latin America every year," said Anko van der Werff, Aeromexico Chief Revenue Officer. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the new route opens up connections to 16 major cities in Latin America including Buenos Aires, Lima and Bogota. "This new route not only opens doors for business, but it lets our diverse residents and visiting students easily connect to their families." Aeromexio began serving its new route between Boston and Mexico City on June 1st, 2015 with daily flights every day expect Tuesday. The new route is advantageous for both passengers traveling from Mexico on their way to the U.S. and Europe, and vice versa. As a member of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, Aeromexico is able to take advantage of code sharing with Delta and other partner airlines and use Boston Logan nternational Airport as a gateway to Europe. "We are thrilled to be adding Mexico City to the roster of extraordinary  international destinations one can fly to nonstop from Boston," Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said. "Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and dates back to the 1300s, our cities have several things in common. Like Boston, Mexico City is a place that honors its significant history, it is a cultural and political hub for its people, has a large concentration of universities, and it is a city that celebrates its diversity." Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE This new route is served with Boeing 737-700 airplanes with 124  seats -12 in the Aeromexico Clase Premier Business Class cabin. Flight 699 leaves Boston at 4:20 p.m. and arrives in Mexico City at 8:42 p.m. Flight 698 leaves Mexico City at 9 a.m. and arrives in Boston at 3 :05 p.m. Before now, Boston had been the largest U.S.-Mexico City air travel market without nonstop service. Boston beat out Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia for this new nonstop service. Last year, more than 45,000 passengers traveled between Boston and Mexico City. The estimated economic impact to the region of a Boston-Mexico City route is $45M annually. One element in gaining the new route was the work of a Latin America Task Force which connected the airline with local business and civic leaders.  "On behalf of the Boston visitor industry Iam pleased to welcome Aeromexico to Boston and New England. The new non-stop service will mean more visitors and significantly more spending from Mexico and Latin America for our city and for our hotels, restaurant, attractions and retailers. The Boston and Cambridge visitor industry could see as much as $54 million in new spending thanks to Aeromexico's new service," said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. With the start of this route, Aeromex ico now offers 80 daily flights between Mexico City and the United States carrying close to 9,000 passengers a day between these two countries, an action that confirms the airline's commitment to offer its customers better network connectivity with its world-class service. ### /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:none; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:none; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Aeromexico-Launches-Boston---Mexico-City-Route/107/ Boston Historical Black College Legacy Weekend Celebration http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Historical-Black-College-Legacy-Weekend-Celebration/106/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: GBCVB: David O'Donnell (617) 867-8214 mediarelations@bostonusa.com   GBCVB Supports Boston Historical Black College Legacy Weekend Mayor Marty Walsh, The Boston Area Church League, the Boston Red Sox, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau (GBCVB) are joining forces in support of the Boston Historical Black College Legacy Weekend Celebration, April 23-26, 2015. Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} The signature event of the legacy celebration is the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Open House on April 25th. Gates open at 10:00am and the event is free to the public.  Families are encouraged to attend.  The Fenway Park Open House will include a college fair on the EMC Level, career and job fairs on the Pavilion Level, and a showcase game between the Florida A&M Rattlers and the North Carolina Central University Eagles. There are five events over four days, including three games between the Rattlers and Eagles.  The first two games occur as part of the Historical Black College Doubleheader Baseball Game at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury on April 24th.  This marks the first time that an official conference standing Historical Black College Baseball Game has been played in a Boston city park. The morning begins with a youth baseball clinic at 8am and team workouts start at 9am. At 10:30am there will be a pre-game ceremony with students from Boston Public Schools singing the National Anthem, and the Color Guard from Boston Public Schools will be performing alongside the Suffolk County Sheriff Honor Guard. "The GBCVB is proud to join with Mayor Walsh, his Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment and his Boston Parks & Recreation Department, all of whom have provided remarkable support, along with the Boston Red Sox, for this historic weekend celebration," said Bureau President & CEO Patrick Moscaritolo.  Community organizations making the events possible include the YMCA, the Roberto Clemente 21 Sports League, the Red Sox Foundation, Red Sox RBI Girls Softball Program, the Red Sox Baseball Program, the Eliot Congregational Church, and Greater Grove Hall Main Streets.   ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Normal 0 false false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Historical-Black-College-Legacy-Weekend-Celebration/106/ Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrates One Boston Day http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Greater-Boston-Convention-Visitors-Bureau-Celebrates-One-Boston-Day/104/ Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2015 Media contacts: GBCVB: David O'Donnell (617) 867-8214 mediarelations@bostonusa.com;   GBCVB Celebrates One Boston Day   BOSTON, April 15, 2015 - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) participated, along with its members, in One Boston Day.  Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston conceived of One Boston Day as a day "for individuals to come together, for businesses and organizations to display their humanity, and for random acts of kindness" to take back the legacy of April 15. The anniversary now transcends somber reflection and is a celebration of Boston's enduring strength and re silient spirit.  Every year on April 15 these characteristics of civic pride will be exemplified across the Greater Boston community. Mayor Walsh describes the mission as, "providing acts of kindness, helping people, doing community service, it's a day to truly rally around the City of Boston."  On the morning of April 15, GBCVB President & CEO Patrick Moscaritolo, Senior Vice-President Cathy Doran, and Director of Visitors Services Diane Dinunzio greeted visitors at the Boston Common Visitors Center and thanked them for coming to Boston. In addition, they distributed gift packets to visitors as a gesture of appreciation and generosity.   The GBCVB also spread the word across the Boston and Cambridge tourism industry and the response from members was overwhelming. Here are just a few examples: The InterContinental Boston gave 1,000 rewards club points to guests checking-in on April 15; the Lenox Hotel hosted Captain Paul Ivens and BPD District D-4 for dinner; the Onyx Hotel provided $25 food and beverage gift cards to all police and fire personnel staying at the hotel; Paradise Bakery sent breakfast to their local firehouse; Legal Sea Foods delivered lunch to the Fenway Firehouse; The Museum of Fine Arts was free after 4pm; and the Old South Meeting House offered free admission all day.   "We were so pleased to participate in Mayor Walsh's One Boston Day celebration on April 15 and we are already planning along with our members activities for April 15, 2016," Bureau CEO Patrick Moscaritolo said.  For more information please visit onebostonday.com  ### Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Greater-Boston-Convention-Visitors-Bureau-Celebrates-One-Boston-Day/104/ 2015 Boston Marathon Economic Impact Report http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/2015-Boston-Marathon-Economic-Impact-Report/103/   2015 Boston Marathon® Will Mean $181.9 Million For Greater Boston Economy   BOSTON, April 14, 2015 - The 119th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20, 2015, and surrounding Marathon-related events including the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and the B.A.A. 5K, will bring an estimated $181.9 million (USD) in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, according to Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) President and CEO, Patrick Moscaritolo. Held annually on Patriots' Day, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest consecutively run marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed and organized the Boston Marathon since the event's inception in 1897.   This year, there will be more than 30,000 official participants in the Boston Marathon, including more than 5,400 participants from 86 countries outside the United States. In addition, more than 1,200 members of the media from more than 200 outlets are expected to cover the Boston Marathon, providing the Greater Boston region with unparalleled international exposure.    "After a very difficult winter for Boston's visitor economy we are all looking forward to this year's Boston Marathon and the remarkable spending impacts this historic event brings to our community," said Moscaritolo.   "The B.A.A. and Boston Marathon welcomes participants, spectators, and media members from around the world each April, nearly all of whom will patronize Greater Boston's shops, restaurants, hotels , and local businesses," said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. "This year we look to build off of the great success that was the 2014 Boston Marathon, celebrating the spirit of Boston and unity of our community."   The 2014 Boston Marathon generated $176.8 million (USD) and had a starting field of 32,458 athletes, second only to the Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 (38,708).     The estimated $181.9 million (USD) in spending impact will be generated from the following categories: Total spending by 30,000 participants and their guests                                $101.8 million (USD) Charity fundraising by Marathon participants                                               $25.0 million (USD) Total spending by spectators & visitors                                                          $30.0 million (USD) Total sponsor and media-related spending                                                                $15.0 million (USD) Total spending by the Boston Athletic Association                                         $10.1 million (USD)   TOTAL $181.9 million (USD)   For the 30th consecutive year, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon will be John Hancock Financial Services. John Hancock provided the first-ever prize purse for the Boston Marathon in 1986 and has provided over $17.3 million (USD) in prize money for the event. This year's prize purse totals $830,500 (USD), plus bonuses.   The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will be located at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. This Expo is widely regarded as the running industry's premier expo for new products and services and will feature more than 200 exhibitors and attract more than 100,000 attendees in 2015. Boston Marathon participants must claim their bib numbers for this year's race at the Expo.   Also among 2015 Marathon-related events is the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the Boston Marathon. This year's B.A.A. 5K has an event record field size limit of 10,000 entrants. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes at historic Boston Common and takes participants across the Boston Marathon finish line. More than 600 participants from outside of the United States will participate in the event.     About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with the international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2015. The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015. 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Moscaritolo reported last week. "With the addition of over 3,000 new hotel rooms opening over the next three years, Boston's hotel market is booming. The nearly three dozen new hotel projects will include full service hotels, boutique properties, as well as extended-stay facilities," Moscaritolo added.   More than half of the 3,000 new rooms will be in the Boston Waterfront area. A 330-room Aloft hotel and a 180-room Element hotel will open opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in early 2016. This $137.8 million project broke ground in December 2013 and will bring 510 new hotel rooms to the convention center district.   In addition, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority are reviewing proposals from parties interested in developing, financing, constructing and operating a 1,000 to 1,200 room flagship hotel at the BCEC.   The Envoy Hotel, a $70 million, 100,000 square-foot, 136-room, 6-story luxury "Autograph Collection" boutique hotel by Marriott will open this spring in the Fort Point neighborhood near the site of the landmark Boston restaurant, The Barking Crab.     "What's most exciting is these hotel development projects are adding inventory across Boston and Cambridge", Moscaritolo added.  Near Boston's North End two hotels are slated to open in 2017. A 210-room Courtyard Boston TD Garden/North Station and an extended-stay TownePlace Suites by Marriott are planned as part of the $165 million "Merano" development on the Beverly Street section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, adjacent to TD Garden.     Faneuil Hall Marketplace is proposing a dramatic overhaul of the historic property that would create a new boutique hotel and revitalize the shopping experience. The concept would transform the crowded central food court into more open retail spaces, bars, and sit-down restaurants. It would also add several glass pavilions for shopping and dining. In addition, developers Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle will build the Haymarket Square Hotel & Boston Public Market. The mid-priced hotel will add 180 rooms to this popular area and the Boston Public Market will include pushcart vendors, as well as the new indoor, year round 28,000 square-foot Public Market. Haymarket Square Hotel is projected for 2017 while the Public Market is set to open later this summer.   The Godfrey Hotel, opening in Downtown Boston this fall, is a luxury boutique hotel with 243 rooms, a full service restaurant, retail space, a coffee shop and a 1,500 square-foot spa center.   In the Back Bay, Boston-based Saunders Hotel Group purchased the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center and is restoring and converting it into an upscale boutique hotel. The 33-story project will include a 220-room hotel with meeting spaces, 142 residences, 100 parking spaces, and several restaurants and has a projected opening of 2017.   Also in the Back Bay, 1 Dalton Street broke ground January 14, 2015 on two towers. The 211-room Four Seasons Hotel will occupy the first 20 floors of the building with 180 condos spread across the upper 40. The opening is projected for early 2018.   Also in the works is a $66 million Theatre District Hotel. The 21-story, 202-room, boutique hotel is planned for 2017.   A Towneplace Suites Boston Logan Airport Chelsea opened in March and a Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport will open later this year, both in close proximity to Logan International Airport. The new Towneplace Suites features 140 studio and one-bedroom hotel suites. It will be followed by the 178-room, $32 million Hilton Garden Inn.   Cambridge is also seeing new inventory: the 123-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Boston Cambridge opened in March and the 65-room Porter Square Hotel is set to open in the spring of 2016. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is located just steps away from Lechmere Station, Colleges and Universities, and only three miles from Logan International Airport. The Porter Square Hotel will include a restaurant with a full bar, private dining facilities and an outdoor rooftop garden.   In Somerville, Hay Creek Hotels will manage a new, upscale independent hotel. The project will break ground this spring and the yet-to-be named hotel will feature 45-oversized guest rooms and suites, small meeting facilities and a street level restaurant. In addition, five development teams are vying for the rights to build a 100-room boutique hotel on Day Street in Somerville's bustling Davis Square.  For more information go to: www.bostonusa.com. Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Cambria","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Cambridge-Hotel-Market-Is-Off-The-Charts/98/ Dine Out Boston® – For the Good of the ‘Hood! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Dine-Out-Boston-For-the-Good-of-the-Hood-/94/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MEDIA CONTACT: David O'Donnell dodonnell@bostonusa.com 617-867-8214    BOSTON, MA (February 19, 2015)-   Dine Out Boston® - For the Good of the ‘Hood!  If you missed out or messed up on Valentine's Day an opportunity for redemption is around the corner! Support Boston's resilient restaurant community as the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) hosts Dine Out Boston.  The GBCVB, in partnership with American Express, is proud to sponsor this two-week celebration showcasing one of America's premier culinary destinations. This season's Dine Out Boston will be held March 1-6 and March 8-13, 2015.   New Ingredient. . .This March we invite social media enthusiasts to share their Dine Out Boston experiences and qualify to win a $100 Gift Card to a participating restaurant.  Simply take a picture of your meal, tag your location, and then share over Facebook or Instagram using #DineOutBoston.  The GBCVB will award two gift cards per day, one over Facebook and one over Instagram.   Dine Out Boston features a flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests, alike. Restaurants have the ability to customize their lunch and dinner menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Additionally, restaurants can offer as many courses as they desire at their selected price.  "When we debuted Dine Out Boston in March of last year, we wanted to create a way to celebrate Boston as one of America's premier culinary destinations as well as provide locals and visitors, alike with a unique opportunity to enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Greater Boston restaurants," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "We will continue to invite diners to take advantage of Dine Out Boston's great restaurant deals as well as embrace all the cultural and seasonal activities that Boston has to offer. We encourage combining a hockey game, a concert, a theatrical performance or one of many museum exhibits with a Dine Out Boston meal for a quintessential Boston experience!"   Since 2008, the GBCVB has used this dining program to give back to a different local Boston charity each year. To date, over $300,000 has been raised for charities through the online auction component of DOB. The charitable partner for March 2015 is ArtsBoston, Inc.  Gift Certificates provided by participating restaurants will be up for auction starting March 2, with all proceeds benefitting ArtsBoston.   For more information please visit www.DineOutBoston.com. Check out Dine Out Boston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dineoutboston, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dineoutbos, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/dineoutboston. Normal 0 false false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Dine-Out-Boston-For-the-Good-of-the-Hood-/94/ GBCVB-Visit Seattle Super Bowl Package Bet http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Visit-Seattle-Super-Bowl-Package-Bet/93/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           January 29, 2015   Media Contacts: David O'Donnell, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (617) 867-8214 dodonnell@bostonusa.com   David Blandford, Visit Seattle (206) 461-5806/dblandford@visitseattle.org     Seattle and Boston Bet City Travel Package on Super Bowl Outcome Local Charities to Benefit; Airlines, Restaurants, Visitor Attractions "All In"   BOSTON - Visit Seattle and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will wager a travel package based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX. The "Super 2 Days in Seattle/Boston" Travel Package includes roundtrip airline tickets, hotel accommodations, dining and visits to attractions in either Boston or Seattle, depending on the winning Super Bowl team.      Contingent upon a New England Patriots win, Visit Seattle will contribute a travel package to the Emerald City, which the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will donate to Boston's NE Patriots Charitable Foundation for auction to raise funds for the foundation. The Seattle travel package includes: Two round-trip tickets from Boston to Seattle on Alaska AirlinesTwo night stay at Seattle's Fairmont OIympic Hotel, a four-star luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle, within walking distance to all major attractions Dinner at The Georgian restaurant in the hotelBreakfast in the hotel each morningTwo Seattle CityPasses which can be used for entrance to the Space Needle, Museum of Flight, Argosy Cruises and Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and EMP Museum        Contingent upon a Seattle Seahawks win, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will offer a travel package to Boston, which Visit Seattle will donate to Fare Start, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, for its fundraising purposes. The travel package includes: -more- Two round-trip tickets from Seattle to Boston on JetBlue Two-night stay at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, a four-star luxury hotel located in fashionable Back Bay and walking distance to all major attractions.   Dinner for two at the Top of the Hub restaurantA Boston Harbor luncheon cruiseDinner for two in Boston's Little Italy with the President of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the President of the Massachusetts Lodging AssociationA VIP Experience at Boston's Tea Party Ships & Museum where winners will throw tea wrapped in a New England Patriots  jersey into Boston HarborTwo Boston CityPasses, which can be used at the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Museum of Natural History or Old State House        Additionally, the CEOs from each convention and visitors bureau have agreed that the "losing" CEO will pose for a photo in the winning team's uniform in a major tourism industry publication.      "The Patriots will win for sure," said Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.      "Two in a row for the Hawks - no doubt about it," said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle.      Destination marketing organizations such as Visit Seattle and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau work collegially with the U.S. Travel Association via its travel advocacy campaign The Travel Effect to promote the importance of the travel experience. The campaign proves through new and original research the economic, societal, business and personal benefits of travel, demonstrating the real truth behind the "hidden" impacts that travel can have on us all. To learn more, visit www.traveleffect.com.   About The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the primary private sector marketing and visitor service organization charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business. Our goal is to enhance the economy of Boston, Cambridge and the metropolitan area.   About Visit Seattle Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County's official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.     ### Normal 0 false false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-Visit-Seattle-Super-Bowl-Package-Bet/93/ Dine Out Boston® – it’s Winterlicious! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Dine-Out-Boston-it-s-Winterlicious-/92/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MEDIA CONTACT: David O'Donnell 617-710-0603 dodonnell@bostonusa.com   BOSTON, MA (January 23, 2015)-     Dine Out Boston® - it's Winterlicious!  The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is hosting the second annual Dine Out Boston - the new approach for the former Restaurant Week Boston® that debuted for the first time in March 2014. Dine Out Boston provides diners an opportunity to explore the region's dining scene and restaurateurs to bring new guests to their restaurants. The GBCVB, in partnership with American Express, is proud to sponsor this two-week celebration showcasing one of America's premier culinary destinations. This season's Dine Out Boston will be held March 1-6 and March 8-13, 2015.   During the two weeks of Dine Out Boston, diners will have numerous choices to experience Greater Boston's finest dining coupled with significant savings. Dine Out Boston features a flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests, alike. Restaurants have the ability to customize their lunch and dinner menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Additionally, restaurants can offer as many courses as they desire at their selected price.    "When we debuted Dine Out Boston in March of last year, we wanted to create a way to celebrate Boston as one of America's premier culinary destinations as well as provide locals and visitors, alike with a unique opportunity to enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Greater Boston restaurants," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "We will continue to invite diners to take advantage of Dine Out Boston's great restaurant deals as well as embrace all the cultural and seasonal activities that Boston has to offer. We encourage combining a hockey game, a concert, a theatrical performance or one of many museum exhibits with a Dine Out Boston meal for a quintessential Boston experience!"     Dine Out Boston's March edition has over 170 exceptional restaurants in the Greater Boston area, including, but not limited to, city staples such as Ruth Chris Steak House, Toscano and Tresca, as well as must-try newbies, Bastille, Bar Boulud and Earls Kitchen +Bar. The suburbs offer equally remarkable food finds such as Seasons 52, Artistry on the Green and Zebra's Bistro & Wine Bar.   Since 2008, the GBCVB has used this dining program to give back to a different local Boston charity each year. To date, over $300,000 has been raised for charities through the online auction component of DOB. The charitable partner for March 2015 is ArtsBoston, Inc.  Gift Certificates provided by participating restaurants will be up for auction starting March 2, with all proceeds benefiting ArtsBoston.   For more details regarding Dine Out Boston, head to the official site DineOutBoston.com. The easy-to-navigate website allows diners to view chef-customized menus, pricing and to make reservations. About Dine Out Boston:   Dine Out Boston is a bi-annual value-driven dining program founded and presented by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express. Formally known as Restaurant Week Boston, the program is now in its 15th year of offering exclusive savings throughout the region's top restaurants. During Dine Out Boston, diners can enjoy a chef-customized lunch or dinner for a fraction of the normal dining cost. Due to high demand, reservations during Dine Out Boston are encouraged and can be made in advance at DineOutBoston.com   For more information or to inquire about having your restaurant involved in Dine Out Boston, please visit www.DineOutBoston.com. Check out Dine Out Boston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dineoutboston, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dineoutbos, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/dineoutboston.     Normal 0 false false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Dine-Out-Boston-it-s-Winterlicious-/92/ GREATER BOSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS PAUL J. SACCO CHAIRMAN http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GREATER-BOSTON-CONVENTION-VISITORS-BUREAU-BOARD-OF-DIRECTORS-ELECTS-PAUL-J-SACCO-CHAIRMAN/91/ The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is pleased to announce it has elected Paul J. Sacco for a  two year term as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Sacco has served on the GBCVB Board since 2010. Currently President and CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, a statewide trade association representing and promoting the Massachusetts' lodging industry, Mr. Sacco also served as the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.  Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Belvedere Hotels Ltd., Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and as a Vice President for regional operations for Omni Hotels. He has also managed a number of hotels in his extensive career including Managing Director of the Omni Parker House Downtown Boston, the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and The Netherland Plaza - Cincinnati. Mr. Sacco also serves on the board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Sail Boston, The Governor's Advisory Commission on Travel & Tourism, Creative Economy Council and Freedom Trail Foundation Board.  He has served on the Board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Discover New England, the Travel Industry Association of America, Skal International Boston Board and as Chair of the Board of Historic Hotels of America. "I am thrilled to be elected the board chair of such an active and well respected CVB in one of the worlds most vibrant cities," said Paul J. Sacco, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and GBCVB Chairman of the Board. "I look forward to assisting the terrific team at the GBCVB." "We are fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and so respected across the industry leading our board," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Paul brings a wealth of experience and proven leadership which will help us drive new business, new jobs and more visitors to the region." About the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB)?The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the primary private sector marketing and visitor service organization charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business to enhance the economy of Boston, Cambridge and the greater metropolitan area. For more information on what to do, where to stay, and what to see when visiting Boston, call 1-888-SEE-BOSTON, or visit www.BostonUSA.com                 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Cambria","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GREATER-BOSTON-CONVENTION-VISITORS-BUREAU-BOARD-OF-DIRECTORS-ELECTS-PAUL-J-SACCO-CHAIRMAN/91/ USA Indoor Track & Field Championships to Return to Boston http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/USA-Indoor-Track-Field-Championships-to-Return-to-Boston/90/ The 2015 USATF Indoor Championships will return to Boston February 27-March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, USATF announced. "The Reggie" was the site of the 2003-2009 USA Indoor Championships, on the campus of Roxbury Community College. The USATF Indoor Championships return after being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 2010-2014.   "This Reggie Lewis Center is a truly incredible community resource, from being the home of Roxbury Community College's high powered athletic programs, to hosting a 'Sensational Senior' fitness program for senior citizens, and now to continuing its record of hosting world-class Olympic-style track and field events," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Our investments in the Center have ensured that Roxbury Crossing remains the prime destination for track and field in Massachusetts and all of New England for many years to come." "USATF is excited to be returning to Boston," said USATF CEO Max Siegel. "With the city abuzz after Meb Keflezighi's Boston Marathon victory, the profile for our sport in Boston is at a peak.  A fast track, knowledgeable fans and great media market make it an ideal place for our indoor championships." The announcement comes as the Reggie Lewis Center undergoes facility upgrades and renovations - thanks to a $4 million award from Governor Patrick. The project scope calls for a resurfacing of the track, renovations and upgrades to HVAC, audio visual, security, and IT systems, a refurbished entrance, and general repairs to the facility's interior and exterior. Dr. Valerie Roberson, RCC President, said, "These renovations through the Governor's funding will position the Reggie Lewis Center at RCC to remain one of the best track facilities in the country!  We look forward to continuing to host local, regional and national activities." In its seven-year run as site of the USATF Indoor Championships, "the Reggie" saw several national and world records fall.  In 2003, women's pole vault pioneer Stacy Dragila set the indoor women's world record, flying over the bar at a then-unprecedented 4.78m/15-8.25 in front of a sold-out crowd.    Other records set at the RLTAC include Erin Gilreath's 2005 world record toss of 24.46m/80-3 in the women's weight throw, the 2003 American record time of 7.74 in the women's 60m hurdles by Gail Devers and most recently, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr's then-American Record in 2009 of 4.83m/15-10 in the women's pole vault. The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will be celebrating its 20th season in 2015. The "Reggie" hosts over 90 high schools, collegiate and national track meets annually and including the USATF Indoor Championships, the renowned New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and the Massachusetts High School State Championships. Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., which conducts the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, will act as the local organizing committee. About USATF USA Track & Field is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country's No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org. About Roxbury Community College The primary mission of RCC is to facilitate the success of students in achieving their educational goals. Now in its 41st year, RCC is a comprehensive, multicultural, urban, student-centered and open-access community college, providing learning opportunities for all who may benefit.  The College serves the educational needs of Roxbury, surrounding communities and other diverse populations in the Commonwealth. For further details visit: http://www.rcc.mass.edu.   Media Contacts: Susan Hazzard Director of Public Relations USA Track & Field 317.713.4664 Susan.Hazzard@usatf.org Kelley Chunn Marketing Consultant to Roxbury Community College 617.388.7148 kchunn@rcc.mass.edu   Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/USA-Indoor-Track-Field-Championships-to-Return-to-Boston/90/ ICCA Reports Boston & Cambridge Rank #1 in United States for International Meetings http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/ICCA-Reports-Boston-Cambridge-Rank-1-in-United-States-for-International-Meetings/89/   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christina Pappas July 22, 2014 1-617-536-0590 cpappas@openthedoor.biz ICCA Reports Boston & Cambridge Rank #1 in United States for International Meetings Boston, MA (July 22, 2014): International Meetings to Boston and Cambridge continue to grow. According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), in 2013, Boston and Cambridge hosted a record number of 56 international meetings, up from 44 in 2012, making it the number one United States destination on the list, with a ranking of 39 world-wide, up from 49 in 2012. In fact, in three of the last five years, Boston & Cambridge have topped this list for the United States. The economic impact of these international meetings to the Boston and Cambridge economies is $88.3 million. According to the US Department of Commerce, Boston and Cambridge saw 1.28 million overseas visitors in 2013, a 3% increase over 2012. "I am delighted that Boston and Cambridge have once again topped the ICCA list for North America. This didn't happen by accident. With increased competition from our North American counterparts, we've had to continually step-up our game, and the results are clear. To jump ten spots in one year (in 2012, our ranking was 49 and in 2013 we're 39th in the world) is the result of hard work and understanding our client's needs," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Through the years, we have established strong relationships with our members and clients. We've worked hard to link our international meetings initiative to our local colleges, medical institutions and research facilities in Boston & Cambridge and continue to collaborate to grow our market share." The sales efforts have not only resulted in an increased number of meetings over the past few years, but also an increase in international air service to Boston, including increased non-stop air service from Europe, as well as non-stop service from the Middle East, Latin America, Japan and China. "Partnering with the GBCVB on these international sales and marketing programs has really paid off for Cambridge. Our joint initiatives enable us to showcase the city to the international market, which benefits the Cambridge hotels and the hospitality industry immensely," said Robyn Culbertson, Executive Director, Cambridge Office for Tourism. Moscaritolo added that the international meetings hit the "sweet spot of our brand. Boston is a magnet for meetings related to education, medical and life sciences, which are the kinds of industries that contribute to our local economy. The wealth of colleges and medical schools that we have here are huge resources for these meetings." In fact, ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated recently that Boston has been smart in leveraging its intellectual capital to attract medical and scientific/technical association meetings - the most popular category of association meetings. He also said that "over the years, Boston quietly linked its CVB with universities such as Harvard and MIT. They've understood that international meetings are economic drivers that draw venture capital and that doctors, academics and scientists can influence where association meetings take place." Boston & Cambridge are American cities that have it all. Whether it's great dining, world class shopping, or the vibrant arts and cultural community, it's the ideal place for any meeting or event. For more information, contact Stephanie Pappas by e-mail at spappas@bostonusa.com or by phone: 001-617-867-8222. ### Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/ICCA-Reports-Boston-Cambridge-Rank-1-in-United-States-for-International-Meetings/89/