Boston Articles http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/rss/ Recent Articles - Press Releases Sun, 24 May 2015 07:19:38 GMT 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. 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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/ 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 benefitting 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/ NEW MAGNA CARTA BOSTON HISTORY PASS LAUNCHED http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/NEW-MAGNA-CARTA-BOSTON-HISTORY-PASS-LAUNCHED/86/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Phoebe Fasulo & Kelsey Kintonmediarelations@bostonusa.com www.bostonusa.com617-867-8233BOSTON, MA (June 4, 2014) - Smart Destinations has released a brand new Boston Attraction Package in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and the upcoming exhibition, "Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty." The Magna Carta Boston History Pass features five top historical Boston attractions - including the MFA - that illuminate the influence of the Magna Carta on American history and its legacy in the modern political American system."Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty" is one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of Boston's visitor season. Featuring one of only four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta, this exhibition explores the legacy of that landmark document with a series of portraits and works of art selected from among the MFA's collection, alongside historical loans from the Massachusetts Historical Society and other lenders. Featured works include the MFA's own "Sons of Liberty Bowl," created by Paul Revere in 1768 and engraved with the words "Magna/Charta" and "Bill of/Rights," as well as sculptures, portraits, and historical documents related to early American political and social movements. The exhibition will be on display from July 2 - September 1, 2014.In addition to the MFA, the Magna Carta Boston History Pass also includes free admission to the Freedom Trail Foundation's Walk Into History Tour, the Paul Revere House, the Old State House Museum, and the Old South Meeting House. "We're thrilled to offer this new money-saving package in conjunction with the MFA," said Judy Gauthier, Regional Director with Smart Destinations. "The Magna Carta exhibit will be a rare opportunity for Bostonians and visitors to see one of the most important documents in American history and we don't want our customers to miss it.""We are expecting a 6% growth in visitor activity this summer and the Magna Carta exhibit is one of the major events that will drive visitors to Boston. Our industry owes a special thank you to State Representative Cory Atkins, the chair person of the Massachusetts House of Representatives' Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development who was responsible for bringing the Magna Carta exhibit to Boston and Massachusetts," said Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Patrick Moscaritolo. "Thanks to Representative Atkins and The Smart Destinations Magna Carta Boston History Pass visitors to Boston have a great opportunity to see the exhibit and to save money," Moscaritolo added.The Magna Carta Boston History Pass is available on the Bureau's website www.BostonUSA.com.  About the Great 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 visit www.BostonUSA.com.###  Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/NEW-MAGNA-CARTA-BOSTON-HISTORY-PASS-LAUNCHED/86/ GBCVB NAMES JOLIN ZHOU THE TOURISM MARKETING & SALES MANAGER - CHINA http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-NAMES-JOLIN-ZHOU-THE-TOURISM-MARKETING-SALES-MANAGER---CHINA-/85/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Phoebe Fasulo & Kelsey Kintonmediarelations@bostonusa.comwww.bostonusa.com617-867-8233 Boston, MA (May 20, 2014): The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) announced today that Jolin Zhou has been named the Tourism Marketing & Sales Manager -China for the GBCVB. Jolin will be responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing initiatives to promote and sell Boston to the China market, as well as developing new business relationships for GBCVB member companies. Chinese in-bound visitors to Boston have grown from 37,961 visitors in 2008 to 147,000 visitors in 2012, a 289% increase. By 2017, China will be the number one country sending visitors to Boston and New England.  "Clearly, this is a unique opportunity for the GBCVB and our members. Jolin's expertise will be key for us in targeting this rapidly growing market of in-bound visitors," said GBCVB President & CEO, Patrick Moscaritolo.Jolin, who was born in China and graduated from the University of Fudan, in Shanghai, China with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, has a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prior to accepting this position, she served as the Business Development Director at Sunshine Travel where she was responsible for forging partnerships with Chinese travel agents and tour operators and maintaining relations with Chinese government officials.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the GBCVB and on its China Ready Board Committee. "Jolin's deep understanding of the Chinese travel culture, her experience and proven track record in the Chinese market will ensure the success of our China Sales and Marketing initiatives," Moscaritolo said. About the Great 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 visit www.BostonUSA.com.###  Tue, 20 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GBCVB-NAMES-JOLIN-ZHOU-THE-TOURISM-MARKETING-SALES-MANAGER---CHINA-/85/ Governor Deval Patrick and the Heritage Guild Unveil Plaque on the Rose Kennedy Greenway http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Governor-Deval-Patrick-and-the-Heritage-Guild-Unveil-Plaque-on-the-Rose-Kennedy-Greenway/84/ MEDIA ALERT / PHOTO OPPORTUNITYTuesday, May 20 at 1:15 pm Governor Deval Patrick and the Heritage Guild Unveil Plaque on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Mark Location of First African-American Owned Home in BostonNew historic marker honors Zipporah Potter Atkins, who purchased her home in 1670.WHATGovernor Deval Patrick and members of The Heritage Guild will unveil and dedicate a new plaque in a brief ceremony in the North End Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to honor Zipporah Potter Atkins, the first African-American to buy property in Boston.  Zipporah is the only 17th century woman of African descent known to have purchased land in Boston.The Heritage Guild research revealed that Zipporah Potter Atkins (c1645-1705) was born free - atypical for Africans in Massachusetts who were more often enslaved during that time. In 1670, she purchased her house and land on a site that is now the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  She remained a North End resident until 1699 when she sold her house and became the first woman of African-descent to sign her initials on a Deed in Suffolk County. WHO Governor Deval Patrick, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director, Museum of African American History Adelaide Cromwell, President, The Heritage Guild, co-founder of African Studies Department and African American Studies Program, Boston University Vivian Johnson, Researcher, The Heritage Guild         WHENTuesday, May 20 at 1:15 pm WHERENorth End Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, at the corner of Hanover Street and John Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston. About the Heritage Guild The Heritage Guild was founded in 1975 in Boston by 15 black women with a mission to preserve and commemorate the lives of Boston's black citizens whose stories enrich the City and the country. Zipporah Potter Atkins is the 14th African-American to be honored by The Heritage Guild with a plaque in Boston. Others honored by Heritage Guild plaques include: Lewis Hayden, 66 Phillips St. and Maria W. Stewart, 8 Belknap St (now 81 Joy St.) About the Museum of African American History, Boston and NantucketThe Museum of African American History is New England's largest cultural institution dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of people of African descent, and those with whom they found common cause in the struggle for liberty, dignity, and justice for all.Founded in 1967, the Museum's campuses feature four historic sites - three are National Historic Landmarks - and two Black Heritage Trails®.  The nation's first African Meeting House (1806) and Abiel Smith School (1835), first public school for black children, are on Beacon Hill.  On Nantucket, the African Meeting House (1820s) and Absalom Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (1774) represent the most vivid reminders of a thriving black maritime community. Lectures, concerts, education programs, and exhibits showcase powerful stories of black and white abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Maria Stewart. Web: www.maah.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/maah.orgTwitter: @MAAHmuseumAbout The Rose Kennedy Greenway and ConservancyThe Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston.  It is a roof garden atop a highway tunnel that connects people and the city with beauty and fun.  The non-profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.GreatNonProfits.org included the Conservancy in its 2012 and 2013 lists of Top Rated organizations, based on public reviews.  Boston Mayor Thomas Menino awarded the Conservancy a 2013 Greenovate Award for its sustainability practices.  BostInno named the Greenway as one of the 2013 "50 on Fire" for Arts & Entertainment.Web: www.rosekennedygreenway.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/rosekennedygreenwayTwitter: @hellogreenway  ###ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS:Charlie McCabeRose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy617-603-7723 Lynn DuVal LuseMuseum of African American History617-725-0022 x12  Mon, 19 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Governor-Deval-Patrick-and-the-Heritage-Guild-Unveil-Plaque-on-the-Rose-Kennedy-Greenway/84/ GREATER BOSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU TO PARTICIPATE IN “TOURISM DAY” May 14th AT STATE HOUSE http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GREATER-BOSTON-CONVENTION-VISITORS-BUREAU-TO-PARTICIPATE-IN-TOURISM-DAY-May-14th-AT-STATE-HOUSE/83/  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Phoebe Fasulo & Kelsey Kintonmediarelations@bostonusa.com  617-867-8233GREATER BOSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU TO PARTICIPATE IN "TOURISM DAY" May 14th AT STATE HOUSEBOSTON, MA (May 8, 2014) - On Wednesday, May 14, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will join state tourism leaders and legislators who will come together to foster awareness of Massachusetts' third largest industry during Tourism Day at the State House in Boston.  Tourism Arts & Culture Development Committee chairs, Representative Cory Atkins and Senator Kathleen O'Connor-Ives are expected to speak at the event, along with Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism director, Betsy Wall.  Vital to the Commonwealth's success, the Massachusetts tourism industry was responsible for more than 126,500 jobs and direct spending of $17.7 billion in the Commonwealth in calendar year 2012, while paying out $3.7 billion in wages for the same period. To celebrate these achievements and the importance of the industry to the state, the Massachusetts Regional Tourism Councils, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), and the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development are working together to present the event, which will be held from 11 am - 1 PM in the Grand Staircase and Hall of Flags in the State House. As part of the ceremonies, the Regional Tourism Councils will bestow their Champions of Tourism Award to Senator Kathleen O'Connor-Ives (D-Newburyport) and Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord), who are current co-chairs of the Joint Tourism, Arts, and Economic Development and successfully led to a 25% increase in regional marketing funds in the FY 14 state budget.  ###   Thu, 08 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/GREATER-BOSTON-CONVENTION-VISITORS-BUREAU-TO-PARTICIPATE-IN-TOURISM-DAY-May-14th-AT-STATE-HOUSE/83/ New / Temporary Photography Exhibitions Come to Parcel 12 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/New-Temporary-Photography-Exhibitions-Come-to-Parcel-12-on-the-Rose-Kennedy-Greenway/82/ New / Temporary Photography Exhibitions Come to Parcel 12 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway - Opening Thursday, May 1 WHATParcel 12 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway will be transformed into a temporary outdoor photography gallery with the installation of The FENCE and three shipping container galleries featuring photography from local and international artists. The Shipping Container Galleries include: I am Walé Respect Me by Patrick Willocq - artistic and documentary photography showing the daily experience of Ekonda pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Seekers by Calé - blurred portraits in urban settings exploring the temporal places in which we find ourselves. Take Me There by acclaimed Canadian and international travel photographers - this exhibit highlights the narrative power of photography and the importance of visual storytelling in our everyday lives.The FENCE  Each year, The FENCE - Brooklyn's premiere summer-long, outdoor photographic exhibition - invites photographers from around the world to explore and define the meaning of community across cultural boundaries and geographical lines.  After an incredibly successful inaugural exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2012, UPI and PDN invited Flash Forward Festival as a partner and The FENCE was extended to include a special curated version for the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.  For more information, please visit http://photovillenyc.org. WHENThe FENCE will appear on the Surface Road side of Parcel 12 beginning May 1 and run through Columbus Day weekend. The shipping container galleries will only be on Parcel 12 during May, unveiled May 1-4 during the Flash Forward Festival and then open on selected days through May 29.  For dates and times, please visit http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/public-art/. WHEREParcel 12 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.Located between the North End Parks and Armenian Heritage Park. HOWAll exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.QUOTE"The Rose Kennedy Greenway is proud to be one of the Boston hosts of the Flash Forward Festival," said Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.  "The photography exhibits will enliven Parcel 12 and offer another arts experience for the local and international visitors who come to the Greenway as an oasis in the heart of the city." About The Rose Kennedy Greenway and ConservancyThe Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston.  It is a roof garden atop a highway tunnel that connects people and the city with beauty and fun.  The non-profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves the Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.GreatNonProfits.org included the Conservancy in its 2012 and 2013 lists of Top Rated organizations, based on public reviews.  Boston Mayor Thomas Menino awarded the Conservancy a 2013 Greenovate Award for its sustainability practices.  BostInno named the Greenway as one of the 2013 "50 on Fire" for Arts & Entertainment.Web: www.rosekennedygreenway.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/rosekennedygreenwayTwitter: @hellogreenway On site media contact:Charlie McCabe: Greenway Conservancy 617-603-7723cmccabe@rosekennedygreenway.org  Thu, 01 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/New-Temporary-Photography-Exhibitions-Come-to-Parcel-12-on-the-Rose-Kennedy-Greenway/82/ 2014 Boston Marathon® Will Mean $175.8 Million for Greater Boston Economy http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/2014-Boston-Marathon-Will-Mean-175-8-Million-for-Greater-Boston-Economy/80/  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: GBCVB: Kelsey Kinton & Phoebe Fasulo (617-867-8223; mediarelations@bostonusa.com); Boston Marathon® / Boston Athletic Association: media@baa.org2014 Boston Marathon® Will Mean $175.8 Million for Greater Boston EconomyBOSTON, April 14, 2014 - The 118th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 21, 2014, and surrounding Marathon-related events including the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and the B.A.A. 5K, will bring an estimated $175.8 million in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, the highest-ever Boston Marathon spending impact, 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 annual 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 35,660 official participants in the Boston Marathon, including more than 5,330 participants from more than 70 countries outside the United States. More spectators than ever before will line the 26.2-mile course on Patriots' Day to view the Marathon. In addition, more than 1,800 members of the media from more than 300 outlets will cover the Boston Marathon, providing the Greater Boston region with unparalleled international exposure.  "The spending impact of the 118th Boston Marathon provides a huge economic benefit for our visitor industry and it kick starts our spring tourism season," said Moscaritolo. "The 2014 Boston Marathon will be a special event for all of the people of Greater Boston and our sport as a whole," said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. "The B.A.A. welcomes participants and spectators from around the world who will patronize Greater Boston's shops, restaurants, hotels, and local businesses. This year, we will all come together to stand as one in celebration of the resilience of Greater Boston." The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996, which generated $172 million (USD), previously held the highest spending impact in Boston Marathon history. The 1996 Boston Marathon had a starting field of 38,708, which stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. The estimated $175.8 million in spending impact will be generated from the following categories: Total spending by 35,660 participants and their guests $103.7 million (USD) Charity fundraising by Marathon participants $27.5 million (USD) Total spending by spectators $20.0 million (USD) Total sponsor and media-related spending $14.0 million (USD) Total spending by the Boston Athletic Association $10.6 million (USD)                                                  TOTAL $175.8 million (USD)For the 29th 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 nearly $16 million (USD) in prize money for the event. This year's prize purse totals $806,000 (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 18 through Sunday, April 20. 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 2014. Boston Marathon participants must claim their bib numbers for this year's race at the Expo. Also among 2014 Marathon-related events is the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 19, 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 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 2014. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org. MEDIA: For further information, please contact media@baa.org.###  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/2014-Boston-Marathon-Will-Mean-175-8-Million-for-Greater-Boston-Economy/80/ Stephanie Pappas Named Industry Partner of the Year by the MLA http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Stephanie-Pappas-Named-Industry-Partner-of-the-Year-by-the-MLA/81/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Stephanie-Pappas-Named-Industry-Partner-of-the-Year-by-the-MLA/81/ Boston Welcomes New Shopping and Entertainment Destination http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Welcomes-New-Shopping-and-Entertainment-Destination/79/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.biz     Boston Welcomes New Shopping and Entertainment DestinationAssembly Row Adds to Boston's already great shopping    BOSTON, MA (April 2, 2014)   Opening spring of 2014, the Boston area will welcome the expansion of Assembly Square in Somerville, MA.  Just 8 minutes north of Boston, Assembly Square is undergoing a $1.2 billion expansion.  The large majority of this development has been named "Assembly Row".    This destination is being highlighted as Boston's newest premiere-brand outlet, dining and entertainment village, including a 62,000 square foot AMC movie complex.   Some outlets to mark on your must hit list when it opens on May 29 are: Brooks Brothers, Charlotte Russe, Chico's, Clarks, Converse, Le Creuset, Nike Factory, Orvis  and Saks Off 5th,  among others.  The Assembly Row family also welcomes well known restaurants such as Papagayo and JP Licks. In July, Earl's Kitchen & Bar, Fuji, Legal C Bar and Sugar Heaven will be added and in the fall, look for Ann Taylor Loft, Ernesto's, PAUL Bakery and Tony C's.   This destination will be a must see, shop and dine for all ages.     Assembly Row is a 45-acre, one-of-a-kind, mixed-use neighborhood unlike any other place in the Boston metro area. It has its own subway T-stop, is directly accessible to I-93 and Route 28, and will grow a rich network of bike paths connecting to Boston. Assembly Row will include 1.75 million square feet of new office space, more than 500,000 square feet of retail space and 2,100 new apartments, plus a six-acre park along the Mystic River.       Speaking of fun for all ages, who doesn't love LEGOLAND?  Assembly Row will be the home to the $2.8M LEGOLAND Discovery Center a 44,000 sq. ft. indoor facility. LEGOLAND broke ground October 16, 2013 and is scheduled to open May 29,  2014. Looking for a full shopping getaway, visit the other wonderful shopping areas around Greater Boston such as:Newbury Street.  "Boston's most enchanting street" is eight blocks long and filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining. Boston's Newbury Street has something for everyone.The Shops at Prudential Center.  Located in the center of the city you will find unique shopping, including places like Vineyard Vines, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Vera Bradley. Plus you'll find a variety of popular activities, and restaurants such as Legal Sea Foods and 5 Napkin Burger, and it's all under one roof.  The Shops at Prudential Center are easy to get to, and easy to get anywhere from. It should be the starting point of every Boston Visit.Copley Place.  Located in the historic Back Bay and connected to The Shops at Prudential Center, Copley Place is Boston's most distinctive shopping destination with 75 stores including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Intimacy, Tourneau, Salvatore Ferragamo, David Yurman, A|X Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Elie Tahari, Christian Dior, Burberry, and BCBGMAXAZRIA.  The upscale center includes two levels of shopping, restaurants, four office buildings, 1,400 parking spaces and two hotels, The Westin Hotel and The Boston Marriott Copley Place.Faneuil Hall Marketplace. With more than 100 of the finest shops and specialty pushcarts visitors enjoy Boston shopping at its best. Locally-owned treasures, nationally recognized retailers, and the Bullmarket...the world's first "fleet" of wholly unique pushcarts featuring New England artisans and their fabulous wares. Customers enjoy unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized shops while indulging in the worldwide cuisine at our restaurants, pubs, and in the world-famous Quincy Market Colonnade.  Faneuil Hall Marketplace is located in downtown Boston just steps away from the waterfront. Keep in mind there is no tax on clothing purchases of $175 and under in Massachusetts and if you go over that, you only pay tax on the difference. If you buy a coat for $200, tax is paid only on the $25 difference. All major credit cards are accepted at most places; however, some smaller retailers may not accept American Express. Most American stores will allow returns. Be sure to check each store's individual return policy.For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Welcomes-New-Shopping-and-Entertainment-Destination/79/ Foodies Love Boston & Cambridge http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Foodies-Love-Boston-Cambridge/78/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.bizFoodies Love Boston & CambridgeBOSTON, MA (April 2, 2014):  One of the biggest decisions a visitor to Boston has is what kind of food they want to eat!  From fine dining to late night diners, food trucks to cafes, there's something for everyone.  But no matter where you go, you're sure to find some of the best chef's in the country in the kitchen, many of who are women!James Beard Award winner and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Barbara Lynch is regarded as a leading chef and restaurateur not just in Boston but also in the country.   A born and raised Bostonian, Barbara received her first kitchen job at the age of 13 however, it wasn't until her high school years where a job with Chef Mario Bonello influenced her to become a professional chef.  Now, Lynch holds her place showcasing a wide variety of restaurants throughout the city of Boston:  No. 9 Park (named one of the "Top 25 New Restaurants in America" & "Best New Restaurant" by Food and Wine when they opened in 1998); B&G Oysters; The Butcher Shop; Drink; Sportello and her latest concept Mention which opened in 2010.It's easy to say Lydia Shire was born a chef.  At age four she was found peeling garlic along side her father as he cut out recipes from the New York Times. From her first job as a salad girl at Boston's Maison Robert through her education at London's Cordon Blue Cooking School, Lydia developed the basics that made her the eminent chef she is today. Enjoy her culinary specialties at Scampo Restaurant, located in Boston's Liberty Hotel.  Scampo's menu is designed from Italian-inspired cuisine that draws on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East.  Lydia has been honored by the James Beard Foundation not once but three times:  1984 - "Who's Who of Food & Beverage"; 1992 - "American's Best Chef- Northeast"; 1996 - "One of America's Top Five Chefs".You may recognize Jody Adams from BRAVO's famous series Top Chef Masters, as Adams was a competitor during Season 2.   This James Beard Award winner's career was launched back in 1983 where she began as a line cook at Seasons restaurant under Chef Lydia Shire.  From there she grew to become an Executive Chef and now sole owner of the famous Rialto Restaurant in the Cambridge area.  Rialto has been named a "world's best hotel restaurant" by Gourmet Magazine in 2004, "one of the best restaurants in the country" by Esquire Magazine in 2007 and was recently awarded a four star rating from Mobile Travel Guides. By combining her love of Italian food with local New England ingredients to develop her menus, Jody was awarded "Best New Chef" by Food and Wine Magazine. Now you can meet Jody at  Rialto which offers cooking classes, "Cooking with Jody".  Also, experience her meals in the comfort of your home with her In the Hands of a Chef cookbook.But it's not just women leading the food movement in Boston.  The Cambridge area is home to the culinary genius Peter Davis.  As an avid conservationist, he describes his culinary philosophy as "fresh and honest... fresh from the farm and honest-to-goodness New England cooking."  When dining at a Peter Davis restaurant you will only enjoy products grown using sustainable agricultural methods and native ingredients.  You can appreciate these practices first hand at Peter most spectacular endeavor, Henrietta's Table.  Approaching their 20th anniversary, this restaurant, located in The Charles Hotel, has been claimed the "richest brunch in town" by the New York Times.  In 1999 Food & Wine called the dining experience "outstanding" and Travel & Leisure has described the restaurant as "wonderful".Tom Borgia, a Johnson and Wales graduate, enjoyed experiencing time abroad in Italy before placing his stamp on Boston.  Lucky for us, visitors to his restaurants are able to experience his Tuscan cuisine which still influences his cooking today.  Tom Borgia was recently the opening chef de cuisine for Legal Harborside.  Now you can find him as the Executive Chef at Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square.  Named "Best Cambridge Restaurant" for Boston Magazine in 2012, this new American tavern delivers a seasonally inspired menu of modern interpretations of American classics.  Have a taste to find out more about Boston chefs and their great restaurant?  The list goes on!  For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com.   Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Foodies-Love-Boston-Cambridge/78/ Fogg Museum Re-Opens After Three Year Renovation http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Fogg-Museum-Re-Opens-After-Three-Year-Renovation/77/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christina Pappas 1-617-536-0590 cpappas@openthedoor.biz   Fogg Museum Re-Opens After Three Year Renovation The work of Renzo Piano can be found in Boston and Cambridge   BOSTON, MA (April 3, 2014):  In 2008,  the Fog Museum at Harvard University, located in Cambridge, MA, closed its doors to the public for the first time since opening in 1927.  The museum has been undergoing a major renovation and expansion over the past eight years.  The public opening, scheduled for November 2014, will showcase the new Harvard Art Museum.  This new structure will bring together the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums and their collections all under one roof for the first time.   World renowned architect, Renzo Piano, was the architect hired to take on this project. An Italian, Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Piano was selected by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the 10th most influential person in the "Arts and Entertainment" category.   Understanding this history of the Fogg Museum and keeping the character of the building was an important piece of this project.  While the face and courtyard remains intact, many changes have been made to the interior.  The majority of the space inside this 86- year-old building has been reconstructed or completely rebuilt. Now fully transformed, the building has kept historic parts which were described by Renzo as "the bones of the museum."      The Busch-Reisinger Museum, located behind the Fogg Museum,  was knocked down and developed into a building that combines it with the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The Fogg and the new building are now connected by an 8-foot-wide vertical glass seam.  This new complex retains some of the historic "bones" while offering many wonderful new features to enjoy.    Visitors to the new Harvard Art Museum complex will be welcomed by one of Piano's more interesting structures.  On one side of the complex, a dramatic and unique rectangular building with a shell made up of wood twisted fan blades and a rising glass and steal roof greets visitors.   This is not Renzo Piano's first work in the Greater Boston area.  In 2004, Renzo and his team were selected to design a new wing at the Isabella Stewart-Gardner Museum in the Fenway-Kenmore Neighborhood of Boston.  Stewart-Gardner was a visionary and a women of the arts. Her love of the city and of Italian culture was the inspiration behind the design of the museum in the early 1900s.  Piano team was hired to preserve  the historic building and provide updated space for programs that would continue Isabella Gardner's legacy.  This new wing opened in January of 2012.   For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com. --> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Fogg-Museum-Re-Opens-After-Three-Year-Renovation/77/ Boston’s Waterfront Continues to Evolve http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Waterfront-Continues-to-Evolve/76/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.bizBoston's Waterfront Continues to EvolveNew Developments America's Walking City Better than Ever!BOSTON, MA  (April 3, 2014):  Boston's waterfront has a long tradition of history and innovation. From the famous Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the home of the oldest commissioned warship in the Navy, the USS Constitution, the waterfront of Boston is one of the liveliest and continually changing areas of the city.  And now, new developments to Boston's Waterfront District once again have made the harbor home to a variety of activities and events that satisfy all interests.  A significant amount of hotel development will be taking place over the next few years along Boston's waterfront.  A 330-room Aloft hotel and a 180-room Element hotel will open opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This $137.8 million project broke ground in December 2013 and will bring 510 new hotel rooms with the opening scheduled for 2015.In addition, The Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have issued a Request for Qualifications from parties interested in developing, financing, constructing and operating a headquarters hotel near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The RFQ is the latest step by the quasi-public agencies in an effort to build a 1,200-room hotel near the corner of Summer and D streets. The $700 million hotel project is contingent upon legislative approval of the convention center's proposed $1 billion expansion, which would double the size of the center. The Envoy Hotel a $70M, 100,000 square-foot, 136-room 6-story luxury ‘Autograph Collection' boutique hotel by Marriott will open in spring 2015 in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston on the site of landmark Boston restaurant, The Barking Crab. Plans for the new hotel include a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with commanding views of the downtown skyline and Boston Harbor, and 4,000 SF of ground level restaurant space.In addition, a 156-room select-service hotel with restaurant and retail space has been approved for the corner of West Broadway and Dorchester Ave. The property will cater to business travelers with its close proximity to downtown and convenient access to public transit. Boston's Waterfront Neighborhood is also home to restaurants by Boston celebrity chefs and the options keep growing, not only for dining, but also for special events.  Celebrity chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and Iron Chef has opened a new Asian gastro pub in South Boston called Blue Dragon.   Legal Harborside offers 20,000 square feet, comprising three floors on Boston Harbor.  Empire is a 14,000 square foot boutique Asian restaurant and lounge, just steps from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and can accommodate groups up to 650 people in private dining space.   And Smith and Wolensky's waterfront location on Atlantic Avenue offers 10,000 square feet of space for private events with unique rooms such as, Patriots Corner, among others, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront and Boston Tea Party Museum.Along the harbor, you'll find the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Moakley Courthouse, both of which offer views of the harbor and city from their glass covered atriums, perfect for evening receptions and gala dinners.  Just steps away, the Intercontinental Hotel and the Boston Harbor Hotel offer waterfront and city views for their guests.  You'll also find the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, with replicas of three tall ships, interactive exhibits, and special event space, so that historic night in Boston Harbor can be relived over two centuries later.  This vibrant city has it all. Whether it's great dining, world class shopping, or the vibrant arts and cultural community, it's easy to see why Boston is the ideal place for any visit.  For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Waterfront-Continues-to-Evolve/76/ Boston is Bursting with new Special Event Venues for Groups of All Sizes http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-is-Bursting-with-new-Special-Event-Venues-for-Groups-of-All-Sizes/75/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.biz   Boston is Bursting with new Special Event Venues for Groups of All Sizes   BOSTON, MA  (April 2, 2014):  Just when you thought you knew all that Boston had to offer for groups of all sizes, more venues have been added and expanded.  You will find that the top Boston must-sees on your favorite app are also the best special event venues for your group.  Here's a quick guide to what's new in Boston venues:   As one of the most historical cities in the nation, visitors flock to Boston to see traces of the Revolutionary War and learn more about our Founding Fathers. If Boston history intrigues you, you may try the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.  The Tea Party Museum, which opened in 2012,  commemorates one of the nation's most famous revolutionary events, and visitors truly step into the past as reenactments of the events surround them.  Hold your event in the Tavern & Tea Room or on the decks of the Museum any evening of the week.   If you value culture, like famous works of art or masterly pieces of music, two of Boston's icons may prove to be the perfect backdrop to your event.  Located on Huntington Avenue, the newly expanded Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with over 450,000 pieces of work.  The new expansion doubled the size of the museum to include the new Art of the Americas Wing, a renovated European gallery, and a glass enclosed courtyard,  beautiful spaces that can accommodate  intimate luncheons for 30, a seated dinners for 500, or a reception for 3,000. Just down the street from the MFA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently expanded with a Renzo Piano addition, providing a collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars.   As an educational hub, Boston & Cambridge have been the host to many brilliant minds over the centuries. Scholars, professionals, and experts' legacies are preserved and underlined in museums and libraries throughout the city.  Newly established by Mass General, the MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation explores the hospital's history of research, patient care, and medical discovery across three centuries. Welcome your guests amidst the great history of medicine and the future of medicine.   Go across the river into Cambridge and explore invention and innovation as the MIT Museum inspires guests of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology. Also in Cambridge, the Harvard Art Museums, among the world's leading art institutions, will offer an opportunity to meet in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Adolphus Busch Hall while the Fogg Museum of Art and Busch-Reisinger Museum currently undergoes a major renovation and expansion designed by architect Renzo Piano.  The Harvard Museum will be re-opening November 2014.   From the Public Garden, to the Harbor, to the Esplanade, Boston has an abundance of beauty. The best event venue may not pertain to what is inside the building, but rather what you can see out the windows.  Located on the Charles River, Community Rowing is an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system. Treat your group to a teambuilding event crewing on the Charles, followed by a dinner in the boathouse.  With beautiful balconies overlooking the water, windows that frame the setting sun and provide a stunning 150-degree view of the River, Community Rowing's Boathouse is the most elegant and inviting new space in Boston.    Another gem is the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.  Home to America's oldest car collection, the museum offers the perfect setting for a special event, whether inside the 1888 Carriage House or outside on the lawn.   Guests will be entertained in the main gallery amid the Museum's priceless automobile collection and exhibits, fully enjoying all that the Museum has to offer.   It's clear that being rich in history, innovation, and beauty, Boston continues to offer a broad range of venues for special events of any size that will make your experience extraordinary.   For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com.       Normal 0 false 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;} Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-is-Bursting-with-new-Special-Event-Venues-for-Groups-of-All-Sizes/75/ International Visitation to Boston Continues to Grow as New Air Service Takes Off http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/International-Visitation-to-Boston-Continues-to-Grow-as-New-Air-Service-Takes-Off/74/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.biz   International Visitation to Boston Continues to Grow as New Air Service Takes Off   BOSTON, MA (April 2, 2014):  The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is forecasting record growth in overseas visitors to Boston and Cambridge over the next three years. This growth will be fueled by robust Brand USA Marketing initiatives, increased promotional funds from the Massachusetts State Legislature, a unique GBCVB and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) international marketing partnership and an aggressive and successful campaign by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to attract new international airline service to Boston's Logan International Airport. International air travel to and from Logan Airport has been showing signs of steady growth since 2010. It 2013, it handled 4,545,799 international passengers, a 3.7% increase over 2012, which saw a 9.8% increase over 2011. The airport offers service from 35 key European locations, Asia, the Middle East and several other markets around the world. Recent additions include non-stop service from Dubai on Emirates, with Turkish Airlines adding a non-stop flight from Istanbul in May.  In June, the Chinese airline Hainan Airlines, will be offering the first non-stop service from Beijing to Boston. The recent increases in international air service will help to further improve international visitor numbers and the GBCVB will continue to focus sales and marketing efforts on the MICE markets to support these new routes. For three of the last five years, Boston & Cambridge has been named the top destination in the United States for International Association Meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).  The economic impact of these international meetings to the Boston and Cambridge economies is in excess of $60 million.   For the last two years, Boston has been named Best Destination for MICE North America by Business Destinations UK magazine, and in 2012, the GBCVB was named Best Convention Bureau in North America for The Annual MICE Report Awards.   "The international meetings coming to Boston these days are hitting the sweet spot of our brand," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "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. And now it's easier than ever for international visitors to get here."   The GBCVB is launching a broad China initiative to help increase numbers from this important market. Inbound numbers from China to Boston have grown from 60,000 visitors in 2010 to 147,000 visitors in 2013. Additionally,  Chinese market also represents 28% of the 46,000 plus international students attending college in the area.        This Boston CVB's China initiative includes a "be China ready" element, that is helping to educate GBCVB members on the market, as well as attendance at sales missions and events targeting Chinese tour operators, hosting familiarization trips, participating with MOTT in Brand USA's China initiative, launching targeted advertising in key publications and creating a board working committee on marketing to China, chaired by Sheraton Boston General Manager, Angela Vento. Committee members include representatives from the Cambridge Office for Tourism, MOTT, Harvard University, Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, Legal Seafoods and other GBCVB companies.  In addition, the GBCVB will be adding a dedicated Chinese specialist to the sales and marketing team to focus on growth from the Chinese market.   "We've seen a lot of encouraging signs that we're moving in the right direction," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "Going forward, I expect Boston to build on its reputation as a great destination for all kinds of international travelers and to expand its presence in the minds of travelers from Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world."   If there's one thing that's certain, it is that Boston's international business is growing stronger by the day and this growth is largely driven by the rapidly increasing international flights to Logan.  For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com.           Normal 0 false 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;} Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/International-Visitation-to-Boston-Continues-to-Grow-as-New-Air-Service-Takes-Off/74/ Boston Booming with New Hotel Plans http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Booming-with-New-Hotel-Plans/73/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Christina Pappas 1-617-536-0590 cpappas@openthedoor.biz   Boston Booming with New Hotel Plans 3,000 new hotel rooms will be added by 2018   BOSTON, MA  (April 3, 2014):  Booming is the word to describe the hotel industry in Boston. In addition to the many hotel expansion and renovation projects currently underway, plans for approximately two dozen new hotel projects are taking shape. These projects will add as many as 3,000 new hotel rooms to the city's inventory over the next four years. More than half of these 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. This $137.8 million project broke ground in December 2013 and will bring 510 new hotel rooms with the opening scheduled for 2015. In addition, The Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have issued a Request for Qualifications from parties interested in developing, financing, constructing and operating a headquarters hotel near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The RFQ is the latest step by the quasi-public agencies in an effort to build a 1,200-room hotel near the corner of Summer and D streets. The $700 million hotel project is contingent upon legislative approval of the convention center's proposed $1 billion expansion, which would double the size of the center.  The Envoy Hotel a $70M, 100,000 square-foot, 136-room 6-story luxury ‘Autograph Collection' boutique hotel by Marriott will open in spring 2015 in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston on the site of landmark Boston restaurant, The Barking Crab. Plans for the new hotel include a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with commanding views of the downtown skyline and Boston Harbor, and 4,000 SF of ground level restaurant space. In addition, a 156-room select-service hotel with restaurant and retail space has been approved for the corner of West Broadway and Dorchester Ave. The property will cater to business travelers with its close proximity to downtown and convenient access to public transit. No matter which neighborhood you're interested in visiting, finding a new hotel to explore will not be a difficult task. Near Boston's North End, the 210 room Courtyard Boston TD Garden/North Station, is slated to open in 2016 as part of the $165 million "Merano" development on the Beverly Street section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The project site, which features unobstructed views of Boston's iconic Zakim Bridge and skyline, will also add shops and restaurants. A 178-room, $32 million Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport is set to open in late 2015. The hotel will be located in close proximity to Logan International Airport. Near Faneuil Hall Marketplace, developers Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle will build the Haymarket Square Hotel & Boston Public Market. The 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. Both are set to open in 2016. The new market, located on the ground level of the hotel at 136 Blackstone Street, will showcase the best of seasonal New England foods, allowing consumers to buy directly from local farmers, fishermen, and wine makers. The Godfrey Hotel, opening in Downtown Boston, 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. The hotel is projected to open in early 2015 as part of the "59 Temple Place" development and will occupy the upper floors of the historic Blake Building at the intersection of Temple and Washington streets. In the Back Bay, Boston-based Saunders Hotel Group has purchased the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center and the Boston Redevelopment Authority recently approved their plans to restore and convert it into an up-market boutique hotel. The project will include a 220-room hotel with meeting spaces, 142 residences, parking and several restaurants and has a projected opening of 2016. Carpenter & Co. also won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build two towers next to Boston's Christian Science Plaza; one tower will be 58 stories, containing a 250-room hotel, condos, stores and restaurants. The other tower will be approximately 28 stories and include 255 apartments and retail space. Construction is set to begin in 2014. Near Fenway Park, The Verb Hotel, an unconventional 94 room hotel, will open this summer. The Verb will meld the best of Boston's past, with the vibrant, spirited culture of the modern-day Fenway neighborhood incorporating rare music and pop-culture memorabilia from Boston's heritage. The Hotel Commonwealth Hotel Commonwealth is expanding on the property's parking lot. The additional space will house approximately 94 rooms, a 63 percent increase over the Commonwealth's existing 149-room layout. And a 220-room hotel has been approved as part of New Balance's $500 million New Brighton Landing real estate development project in the Brighton section of Boston. The sneaker giant recently opened a flagship apparel and sneaker store in the Back Bay. The headquarters, sports complex and the hotel portions of the six-phase project are expected to be completed by 2016. For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com.   Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Booming-with-New-Hotel-Plans/73/ New Food Trucks to Hit the Streets of Boston this Spring http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/New-Food-Trucks-to-Hit-the-Streets-of-Boston-this-Spring/72/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590cpappas@openthedoor.biz                                                                                                   New Food Trucks to Hit the Streets of Boston this Spring   BOSTON, MA (April 2, 2014):  Boston has always had a great dining scene, and now there's a new option - food trucks! The food truck phenomenon has grown substantially over the past few years throughout the city of Boston.  From Thai to Barbecue to Grilled Cheese to Cupcakes there are numerous delicious choices to choose from.   With nicer weather right around the corner, it is a perfect time to share some of the new trucks visitors and Bostonians will be able to find serving up their tasty bites around the city.   Marblehead, Massachusetts own Evans New York Style Deli will be making its journey to Boston on April 1st.   Offering a variety of deli sandwiches, this food truck will be driving around seven days a week and can be spotted on the Greenway, Back Bay, Cleveland Circle, Seaport District and the South End. Don't miss their fan favorite pastrami!   Zo, a Greek take-out hotspot located in both Boston's Faneuil Hall and Government Center, is launching Zo on the Go.  To be seen on the streets this April, Zo on the Go will offer their authentic gyros the city of Boston has already embraced.   Get Stoked!  Who doesn't love wood-fired pizza? Coming soon, the Stoked Wood Fire Pizza Co. truck, traveling with an actual wood-fired pizza oven inside, will be offering this beloved style around the city.  Slated to be available early this spring, this will be the only truck of its kind.   Follow the Moyzilla food truck to enjoy their yakitori and dumplings.  This "kitchen" is all about offering honest, homemade delicious food.  With their hand cut meats and homemade sauces this truck is a must try. Moyzilla will also be present at numerous festivals in and around the Boston area.   Posto, a restaurant located in Davis Square, will be debuting their food truck later this summer.   Set to operate five days a week, this truck will be serving up their popular Neapolitan pizzas and delicious pastas to the streets of Boston.   How do you choose?  Whether you have a favorite style of food you are looking for or are in need of an option close to the office, the City of Boston offers an online schedule allowing you to view each trucks daily schedule and locations and also a link to their websites.  https://www.cityofboston.gov/business/mobile/schedule-tabs.asp   Can't get enough of the Boston food truck scene?  Starting April 1, 2014 Boston will offer a new late night option with select trucks staying open until midnight.   For more information, go to http://www.bostonusa.com. 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