Boston Articles http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/rss/ Recent Articles - Press Releases - Archived Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:10:34 GMT 2011 Stars of the Industry Award Recipients http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/2011-Stars-of-the-Industry-Award-Recipients/6/ Massachusetts Lodging Association Honors the 2011 Stars of the Industry Award Winners! The Massachusetts lodging industry came together at the Colonnade Hotel to honor exemplary properties, team members and industry leaders, at the 2011 Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony. Please help us in congratulating the Massachusetts Lodging Association 2011 Stars of the Industry Award Recipients Community Service Chain Kimpton Hotels of Boston (Kimpton Care Committee): Among the groups with which this organization maintains strong relationships are Rosie's Place, a center for poor and homeless women, and Cradles to Crayons, an organization dedicated to homeless and low-income children. >150 Rooms (tie) Best Western Plus - The Inn at Longwood Medical (Best Western Community Service Program): The Inn at Longwood, by virtue of its location among several major hospitals, has as part of its culture a philosophy of helping those in need. In addition to tending to the comfort and convenience of many of their guests (who are in-house under the most difficult of circumstances), the property and all of its staff raise money to support the hospitals and their many amazing programs. Hyatt Regency Cambridge (Work with Cambridge Community Services): Through a rigorous nomination process, Hyatt Regency Cambridge awarded Cambridge Community Services (CCS) with a significant $15,000 grant to further the organization's efforts in Education and Personal Advancement within the community. On a weekly basis, Hyatt Cambridge associates make the commute to CCS and offer their time mentoring/tutoring students. These students continue their education and in some cases return to CCS as mentors/tutors and some have even returned to CCS as active members of their leadership team. Employee Relations Chain Kimpton Hotels of Boston (FAAME Program): FAAME is an acronym for Focus, Action, Accountability, Measurement and Enjoyment. In each property, the Hotel GM and the Restaurant GM leads employees in bi-weekly discussions/open forums to encourage the team to focus not only in areas for improvement but also to accentuate hotel and restaurant successes. The program gives line employees opportunities to submit ideas and provide input, fostering a stronger bond with senior management and every other level of employee throughout the property. <150 Rooms Hotel Commonwealth (Fenway Family Fun Day): As you may know, the Hotel Commonwealth overlooks Fenway Park. Frequently, the hotel holds pre-game barbecues (with the managers cooking the food) for staff and their families. Then, the group heads over to the ballpark to cheer on the home team. These events provide a fun environment for employees after a hard day's work. >150 Rooms The Charles Hotel (Various Employee Relations Initiatives): The Charles offers several programs designed to maintain employee relations including family events, professional development and on-the-spot recognition. Among these activities are Breakfast with Santa events (a great event for employees and their families), complimentary memberships at the Wellbridge Fitness Center, monthly employee anniversary luncheons and many innovative professional development programs. Guest Relations <150 Rooms The Mandarin Oriental, Boston (Guest Relations Team): When a VIP group and their children are staying at the Mandarin, the hotel's Guest Relations team springs into action, transforming an adjacent room into a children's playroom and classroom, including art supplies, computers, tables and even special guests from firemen and the Franklin Park Zoo. The Team also arranges trips to the nearby library and the city's museums. >150 Rooms Four Seasons Hotel Boston (Kid-Kation Program): The Four Seasons welcomes guests of all ages with appropriate gift packages, toys and amenities, including a photo passport, and "adventure map", complimentary access to the Kids Movie Library and even cookie-making classes with Executive Pastry Chef Tim Fonseca. The goal of the program is to create for guests lasting memories for every guest. Prism Award The Four Seasons Hotel Boston (Work-Life Balance and Work Environment Teams): The Work-Life Balance and Work Environment teams at Four Seasons Boston are comprised of enthusiastic employees who joined forces in 2011 to come up with new initiatives to ensure the Hotel is always supporting staff unity. Among their activities the Cross-Divisional Day Training Series, which was created to give staff a greater understanding and appreciation for other departments - and individuals' roles - at the Hotel. The goal is to showcase just how important and integral every person and position are for the success of the hotel. Good Earthkeeping >150 Rooms The Colonnade Hotel (Various Good Earthkeeping Practices): During a national contest in 2011, the Colonnade lowered its overall energy usage by 1.81 percent, one of only three in the country to do so (and the most of any New England property). The Colonnade's Green Team meets monthly to discuss new ways to save energy and reduce waste. The hotel is an Energy Star Partner, a certified EPA WasteWise Partner and is an active member of Boston Green Tourism. General Manager David Colella is a member of Mayor Menino's Green Ribbon Commission, advancing Boston's effort for climate action. Last year, the Colonnade was recognized for its green business innovations by the Boston Business Journal. Special Events - Ongoing <150 Rooms Hotel Commonwealth (Various Literacy Events): Since 2010, the Hotel Commonwealth has partnered with the city of Boston's ReadBoston charity. The hotel has since hosted pajama and storytelling parties, along with other innovative fundraising events at the hotel. The Commonwealth's efforts have raised a great deal of money for this wonderful initiative, and participants in the hotel's many literature-oriented events have gained a wonderful experience while taking part. >150 Rooms The Westin Copley Place (Thanksgiving on the Mayflower): For the last three years, a massive Mayflower moving truck is parked at the Westin Copley Place on Thanksgiving Day. Inside the truck is a wonderful buffet meal prepared by the Westin Copley culinary team (who are on hand wearing Pilgrim costumes) for the benefit of the city's law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. The event is a demonstration of appreciation to the people charged with maintaining the public safety 24/7. Special Events - One Time <150 Rooms Ames Hotel (Official Host and Kickoff Party to FNO Boston at Quixote Studios): In the summer of 2011, Boston was named the "worst dressed" city by GQ Magazine. As FNO and Fashion Week kicked off in September of the same year, the pressure was on Boston to counter this perception. The Ames rose to the challenge - the hotel's tavern, Woodward, was actually recreated at Quixote Studios in Allston in order to host a party at which 500 fashionistas attended. The event helped launch the enormously successful Fashion Week. >150 Rooms The Westin Copley Place (A Military Wedding to Remember): In June of 2011, the Westin (after nearly a year of preparations), announced via its broadcasting partner, the Fox 25 Morning Show, that in honor of Massachusetts's members of the Armed Forces (past and present), the hotel would host a wedding for one lucky military couple. The Westin coordinated with a myriad of vendors for donations and also sifted through over 130 essays from candidates. On November 11, Lauren Joyce and her now-husband, Andy (who was returning from a third tour in Afghanistan) were married at the Westin in a wonderful military ceremony. Technology Innovation of the Year >150 Rooms The Royal Sonesta Boston (Extensive Software Overhauls Conducted by Preston Rowe): As any hotelier will attest, launching just one major piece of operations software is a major (and stressful) undertaking. The Sonesta's Director of IT - Corporate Projects, Preston Rowe, installed and launched seven such systems over the course of just one year, including a new communications system, digital reader boards and a state of the art housekeeping suite known as REX. The initiatives have significantly improved guest relations and delivered across-the-board efficiency to the hotel's operations. Industry Partner Employee of the Year Robyn Culbertson (Cambridge Office for Tourism): Robyn is the Executive Director of the non profit, Cambridge Office for Tourism and is a true partner of the MLA, the MLAEF, the GBCVB, Skal International and the hospitality industry. Her efforts on the industry's behalf have paid off: Cambridge has been singled out by ICCA three years in a row as the top US destination for international meetings. She also has been an advocate before the Cambridge city government and Cambridge city council on regulatory issues that impact our industry. Robyn is recognized by her peers for her energy, focus and resourcefulness on behalf of Cambridge hospitality. Outstanding General Manager of the Year <100 Rooms Bettina Landt (The White Elephant): 2011 was a banner year for the White Elephant, and Bettina's colleagues credit her leadership of this beautiful property as the key to that success. Bettina is rarely at her desk, preferring instead to be engaging her guests, circulating through the restaurant and helping out at the front desk. She implemented one of the most comprehensive and intensive staff training programs in the area, keeping the training process fluid so that she can incorporate guest suggestions and staff input into the program. Bettina has also involved the hotel in local charity work, strengthening the hotel's standing as a community leader. 101-300 Rooms Edward Friedrich (Ramada Boston): Ed Friedrich has proven himself to be one of the most influential and resilient leaders of the Ramada Boston. Overcoming economic strain, staff shortages, and a very demanding summer Ed has assisted the property in a complete overhaul of management, procedures and strategies. Ed is known as a mentor and good friend to all of his staff members (most of whom refer to him as "Uncle Eddy"). A former Marine, Ed has played a major role in helping renovate a homeless shelter for veterans and in the Marines' Toys for Tots program. Additionally, Ed has proven to be a leader throughout Greater Boston. He has long been an active member of the MLA, contributing whatever support he can offer to MLA and MLAEF events and initiatives. >300 Rooms John Murtha (Omni Parker House): John Murtha is seen as is a champion for both the Parker House and the industry as a whole. Mr. Murtha is a member of every committee at his hotel and truly embraces associates' successes and recognizes when individuals go above and beyond, including participating fully in all associate recognition events. Through John's dedication and leadership the Parker House continues to be among the top Omni hotels regarding lowest turnover and highest overall stability. A former Chair of the MLA Board, John remains an active leader in the MLA, serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee, the Political Action Committee and is a member of several other key Committees. He has become established as one of the industry's most invaluable leaders, both here in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Lodging Manager of the Year 101-300 Rooms Ryan Phillips (Boston Harbor Hotel): The Executive Steward of the Boston Harbor Hotel, Ryan went from aspiring police officer to a rising star in the Boston Harbor Hotel. During his tenure, he has demonstrated a "can-do" attitude toward any aspect of hotel operations, serving as an inspiring example for others to follow. He frequently contributes input on how to make the Boston Harbor Hotel experience unique and memorable for guests. Ryan continues to serve on a number of hotel committees in addition to performing his many and difficult tasks as Executive Steward. >300 Rooms Cathie Mesina (Fairmont Copley Plaza): During her 10 year tenure with The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Cathie has held increasingly responsible positions such as Payroll Coordinator, Accounts Payable and Senior Accountant before promotion to her current role of Procurement Manager. Cathie is identified as a valuable resource no matter what area of the hotel in which she is working. She has built strong relationships with colleagues and leaders who trust and respect her commitment and dedication to the work that she does for us. Cathie sets clear standards and holds others accountable, yet remains approachable at all times. Her colleagues describe her as a role model, an innovator and a major figure in the continued success of the hotel. Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year <150 Rooms Gabriella Monte (Nine Zero): To say that Gabriella Monte has emerged as a hospitality leader undersells the natural instincts and abilities that have made her the keystone of Nine Zero's operations. Gabriella is constantly challenging herself and her team members to be innovative in their approach to customer service. She is constantly thinking outside of the box when it comes to ensuring that guests have an exceptional and memorable experience. Additionally, Gabriella is an active organizer for the hotel's Kimpton Cares committee, which that plans community outreach activities (in all of which she has been an active participant as well). Additionally, she takes part in recruiting events throughout the state, using her experience to inspire others to join the Kimpton brand. Gabriella is seen by her peers as a wonderful, inspiring example that others are happy to emulate. >150 Rooms Sean Howe (The Westin Copley Place): Sean, the Westin's Director of Guest Services, embraces his role as a leader and has earned the respect and loyalty of his associates in leading by example. His team respects him for his honest, straightforward approach of treating each person with respect. Indeed, his associates view him as a mentor, even if he is younger than they are. Sean is known as someone who improves staff morale (even inspiring some retiring associates to remain in order to work with him). Sean is credited with significantly improving the hotel's Trip Advisor ranking through his guest services approaches and innovative ideas. Outside of the hotel, Sean is a member of the Greater Boston Concierge Association and is also a member of the community service committee at the hotel. He is currently involved in the early stages of a project to partner the Westin Copley with Horizons for Homeless Children in Massachusetts to donate toys, living supplies, and time to help keep their several locations across Massachusetts up and running. Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year 101-300 Rooms Ganesh Ramcharran (Mandarin Oriental, Boston): Ganesh is known for his passion, zeal for his work, a "can-do" attitude and a willingness to help his teammates. In addition to his duties as Houseman, he is constantly helping out in other departments. A native of Guyana but resident of Boston for 25 years, Ganesh's friendly style in guest relations has endeared him to repeat hotel guests. >300 Rooms Paige Savy (Fairmont Copley Plaza): Paige is known by her peers and supervisors alike as someone who goes above and beyond to ensure that the hotel's Banquet Department is successful in every endeavor. Paige can be counted on to help out her colleagues wherever and whenever she is needed. She is noted for her organizational skills, helping to keep the Banquet department running smoothly and efficiently. Even when staff is down, Paige can be seen filling in for multiple roles. Her work ethic and dedication to the hotel are great assets for the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Congratulations To All! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/2011-Stars-of-the-Industry-Award-Recipients/6/ 7th Winter Restaurant Week Boston: 220 Restaurants, 2 Weeks: March 18-23 & 25-30, 2012 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/7th-Winter-Restaurant-Week-Boston-220-Restaurants-2-Weeks-March-18-23-25-30-2012/7/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2012 Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, (617) 867-8203 sshreffler@bostonusa.com 7th Winter Restaurant Week Boston® 220 Restaurants: March 18-23 & 25-30, 2012   Official Website www.BostonUSA.com is open for reservations BOSTON, MA - Between March 18-23 & March 25-30, 220 of the region's best restaurants participate in Restaurant Week Boston®. Diners can take advantage of prix fixe three-course dinners for $33.12, three-course lunches for $20.12, and two-course lunches for $15.12. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Visitors looking for gourmet meals at bargain prices can go online to view all restaurants, peruse menus, and make reservations on the OFFICIAL website, BostonUSA.com. Diners can also access the website from their smartphone. Participants can choose from an impressive range of restaurants, from familiar favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known restaurant brands to local chef-driven bistros. "March is a great time to visit Boston because Restaurant Week can be combined with a Celtics or Bruins game, a concert, a theatre performance, or shopping," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety, and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston," added Moscaritolo. During the two-week promotion, diners are encouraged to take advantage of Restaurant Week-themed hotel packages, "Great Deals" and special winter events, all of which can be found at www.BostonUSA.com. Restaurant Week Boston® is proud to include a Charitable Partner and give back to the community. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express are pleased to include Melmark New England, a private, not for profit, community based organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents within the autism spectrum disorders as this winter's charitable partner. When diners use any American Express® Card at participating restaurants, .25 per transaction, up to $5000, will be donated to the charitable partner. In addition, participating restaurants have all donated $100 gift certificates to be auctioned off at www.RWBauction.com, starting on March 19, 2012. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Charitable Partner. Special Offer for American Express Cardmembers American Express Cardmembers can enjoy additional exclusive benefits during Restaurant Week Boston®. Cardmembers who dine at a minimum of three participating restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston® and spend a total of $100 or more will receive a $20 statement credit from American Express when they register and use any American Express® Card. To register cards, cardmembers should go to www.amexnetwork.com/restaurantweekboston. "We are excited to be partnering again with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau for Restaurant Week Boston® to support a good cause while bringing value to our cardmembers and merchants," said Don Shannon, Vice President & General Manager, Merchant Services at American Express. "This program is a great asset for the Boston area and a fantastic opportunity for diners to discover the wonderful array of restaurant options available to them." Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Greater Media, Inc. radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB), & Talk 96.9 (WTKK). Summer Restaurant Week Boston® returns August 19-24 & 26-31, 2012. # # #   Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/7th-Winter-Restaurant-Week-Boston-220-Restaurants-2-Weeks-March-18-23-25-30-2012/7/ 11th Restaurant Week Boston® August 14-19 & 21-26, 2011 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/11th-Restaurant-Week-Boston-August-14-19-21-26-2011-/8/ Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Tel: 617- 867- 8203, E-mail: sshreffler@bostonusa.com; www.BostonUSA.com is Boston's Official Visitor Website GET IN ON DINING OUT! 11th Restaurant Week Boston® August 14-19 & 21-26, 2011 New ‘SCVNGR' feature adds more fun and entertainment for diners Official Website www.BostonUSA.com is live and open for reservations BOSTON, MA, August 1, 2011 - Between August 14-19 and 21-26, 2011 more than 200 of the region's best restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week Boston®. Diners can take advantage of prix fixe three-course dinners for $33.11, three-course lunches for $20.11, and two-course lunches for $15.11. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Visitors looking for gourmet meals at bargain process can go online to view all restaurants, peruse menus and make reservations on the OFFICIAL website, BostonUSA.com. Diners can also access the website from their Smartphone. Participants can choose from an impressive range of restaurants, from familiar favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known restaurant brands to local chef-driven bistros. Many restaurants offer outdoor dining, perfect for a summer afternoon or evening. "August is a great time to visit Boston because Restaurant Week can be combined with a Red Sox game, a harbor cruise, a city festival, or a concert," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the GBCVB. "With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston®," added Moscaritolo. Diners are encouraged to take advantage of special Restaurant Week hotel packages, "Great Deals" and special summer events during the two week promotion, all of which can be found at www.BostonUSA.com Restaurant Week Boston® is proud to include a Charitable Partner and give back to the community. When diners use any American Express® Card at participating restaurants, $.25 per transaction, up to $5000 will be donated to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. In addition, participating restaurants have all donated a $100 gift certificate to be auctioned off at www.rwbauction.com beginning August 15, 2011. All proceeds from the auction will also benefit the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Special Offer for American Express Cardmembers American Express Cardmembers can enjoy additional exclusive benefits during Restaurant Week Boston®. Cardmembers who dine at three or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston® and spend a total of $150 or more will receive a $20 Gift Card from American Express when they register and use any American Express® Card. To register cards, Cardmembers should go to www.BostonUSA.com/restaurantweek And this year we've added a fun game element to help American Express Cardmembers unlock even more rewards. Starting August 14th, cardmembers can play Restaurant Week challenges on SCVNGR for a chance to earn points redeemable for rewards like restaurant gift cards or baseball tickets! Just download the free SCVNGR app for iPhone or Android phone and search for the restaurant name to get started. The more restaurants you play, the more chances you have to win. Visit scvngr.com/restaurantweekboston for details. "We are excited to be partnering again with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau for Restaurant Week Boston® to support a good cause while bringing value to our cardmembers and merchants," said Don Shannon, Vice President & General Manager at American Express Merchant Services. "This program is a great asset for the Boston area and a fantastic opportunity for diners to discover or experience the wonderful array of restaurant options available to them." Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Greater Media, Inc. radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB),Talk 96.9 (WTKK) and SCVNGR. ### Tue, 02 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/11th-Restaurant-Week-Boston-August-14-19-21-26-2011-/8/ For Boston's Visitor Industry, A Huge Assist From the Bruins http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/For-Boston-s-Visitor-Industry-A-Huge-Assist-From-the-Bruins/9/ Media Contacts: Larry Meehan, Tel: 617-867-8231, Email: lmeehan@bostonusa.com; Stacy Shreffler, Tel: 617-867-8203, Email: sshreffler@BostonUSA.com Boston Images for Media FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2011   For Boston's Visitor Industry, A Huge Assist From the Bruins 2011 NHL Playoff & Stanley Cup Finals games in Boston generate approximately  $40 million in spending   The Stanley Cup may be silver, but the championship performance by the Boston Bruins this spring was pure gold, not just for the team and its fans, but also for Boston's visitor industry.   In many ways, this was a "perfect storm" for the Bruins and the city. Start with the fact that on the eve of the NHL playoffs, only the most optimistic fans could envision the Bruins taking us on such a thrilling ride all the way to the team's first championship in 39 years. In hockey terms, it had everything-memorable plays, overtimes, heroes and villains. But it also had something that those of us in the visitor industry would have listed at the very top of our "Keys to the Playoffs"-duration! This was a championship odyssey that lasted 63 days and 25 games, from April 14th to June 15th. For hotels, restaurants, sports bars and retailers in Greater Boston, it was the gift that kept on giving. For two full months, fans, journalists, and NHL staff and event sponsors streamed into the city, and it wasn't just the fans of the opposing teams who were booking rooms. More than five thousand Bruins fans who attend home games live more than 50 miles outside the city; many of them stayed overnight as well. If all four rounds of the playoffs had gone the full 7 games, and if the Bruins had home ice in each series, the city would have hosted the maximum number of 16 games. We came pretty close, with 13. And many of those games were back-to-back, with an off-day in between. That stretched out visitor stays, and visitor spending. In the Tampa Bay series, for instance, the series opened in Boston on a Saturday, but Game Two wasn't until Tuesday, leaving plenty of time for visitors to tour, dine, and shop. Each home game in the first three rounds produced just over $2 million. With the Bruins hosting ten home games before the finals, $20-$24 million was generated. Once the finals began, the revenue flow increased significantly, with the huge influx into the city of national and international media, NHL staff, family members, marketing partners, and other groups. Nine different hotels in the city had rooms blocked out for Cup-related visitors. At $5 million per game in the final round, the three home games generated about $15 million citywide. Adding up revenue from hotels, restaurants and sports bars, retail, and transportation such as taxis and the "T" (Boston's subway), total new or additional revenue was approximately $40 million. All of this happened before the Bruins captured the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. When they did, they not only placed Boston once again at the center of the hockey universe, they created yet another bounce for the city's economy through a parade attended by a million-plus fans and a total blitz on stores to purchase Bruins memorabilia. When Boston hosts major events, it is a team effort fueled by the vision, hard work and advance planning of Mayor Menino and many political, business, community and civic leaders. Events such as the National Democratic Convention, the International Biotechnology Convention, the Ryder Cup, national lacrosse championships and men's and women's NCAA hockey and basketball tournament games enhance Boston's visibility and prestige around the country and the world. With the Bruins' triumph, Boston's pro teams have, remarkably, won seven championships over the past decade. The Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots have attracted millions of visitors and generated millions of dollars for our region in an unprecedented era of sports supremacy. Boston is truly Title Town USA. The bottom line is that we owe a special thanks to the owners of our sports teams. You have added significantly to our bottom line!   Patrick Moscaritolo is President and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau   Mon, 27 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/For-Boston-s-Visitor-Industry-A-Huge-Assist-From-the-Bruins/9/ Fairmont Battery Wharf Hosts First Annual Flash Forward Festival Boston, June 2-5, 2001: Emerging Ph http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Fairmont-Battery-Wharf-Hosts-First-Annual-Flash-Forward-Festival-Boston-June-2-5-2001-Emerging-Ph/10/ Contact: Suzanne Wenz Fairmont Battery Wharf (617) 867-8574 suzanne.wenz@fairmont.com Fairmont Battery Wharf Hosts First Annual Flash Forward Festival Boston, June 2-5, 2001: Emerging Photographers From Canada, the US, and the UK Boston, Massachusetts, May 9, 2011 - Go behind the lens this summer with The Magenta Foundation's first annual Flash Forward Festival Boston. Open to both professional artists and members of the general public, the one-of-a-kind photography event will take place from June 2 through June 5, 2011 at Fairmont Battery Wharf. Everyone from the ardent art aficionado to the casual admirer will delight in this educational and eye-catching extravaganza, which will include indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Set against a picturesque waterfront backdrop, the four-day festival will feature a carefully curated program of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and receptions. The activities are designed to celebrate contemporary photography. Exhibitions will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Do not miss the chance to see the rising art stars of tomorrow in the Flash Forward 2010 Group Show and Boston Emerging Photographers exhibitions. In addition to showcasing the work of emerging photographers from North America and the United Kingdom, Flash Forward Festival Boston will also give guests the opportunity to network with important industry personalities, gallery owners, content developers and potential patrons. Boston is only the second city, and first in the United States, to host the Flash Forward Festival. Developed by the Magenta Foundation, the visual arts series originated in Toronto in 2005. The Magenta Foundation is Canada's pioneering non-profit arts publishing house. Through publications, partnerships, and community collaboration, the organization raises recognition of Canadian and international artists around the world. For more information, please visit www.flashforwardfestival.com or www.magentafoundation.org. Flash Forward Festival attendees can take advantage of special festival rates from $279 per night. For additional information or to make reservations at Fairmont Battery Wharf please visit www.fairmont.com/batterywharf or call (800) 441-1414. Thu, 12 May 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Fairmont-Battery-Wharf-Hosts-First-Annual-Flash-Forward-Festival-Boston-June-2-5-2001-Emerging-Ph/10/ Alta Bicycle Share will launch new system this summer with 61 stations and 600 bicycles citywide http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Alta-Bicycle-Share-will-launch-new-system-this-summer-with-61-stations-and-600-bicycles-citywide-/11/ For More Information Contact: Mayor's Press Office Press.Office@cityofboston.gov For immediate Release Alta Bicycle Share will launch new system this summer with 61 stations and 600 bicycles citywide BOSTON- April 21, 2011 Today, surrounded by cycling advocates as well as city and state officials, Mayor Thomas M. Menino signed a contract with Alta Bicycle Share to bring a cutting-edge bike share system to the City of Boston, one of the first in the country. Dubbed Hubway specifically for the region, the installation of the system will begin soon with 61 stations located across the entire city, incorporating over 600 bicycles. The official opening of the system is scheduled for this summer and locations will include Kenmore Square, Roxbury, the South End, the Longwood Medical area, Allston, Brighton, the Back Bay and more. New Balance Hubway is a program under Mayor Menino's nationally recognized Boston Bikes Program that he launched to make Boston one of the world's premiere cycling cities. "Over the past four years, we have taken great strides toward making Boston a city that welcomes and encourages bicycling but this innovative bike share system may be the most significant step yet," Mayor Menino said. "We have worked tirelessly to build the infrastructure necessary to support such a system and we are confident that there is no better time to make Hubway a reality. We have had the goal of going from worst to first, and with Hubway we're nearly there. I want to thank Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch for their dedicated hard work in helping to secure crucial grant funding to make such an important project possible." "Biking is becoming a bigger part of urban transportation every day, and Boston has led the way incorporating bikes into the city," Senator Kerry said. "Now with this new bike share program, we're on track to remain one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. I'm glad that I had the chance to work with Tom Menino to bring this important program to Boston." Although Hubway will be installed, maintained and operated by Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Oregon, the equipment is a state-of-the-art, third generation, solar powered automated system developed by Public Bike System Company who runs the BIXI bike share program in Montreal. Hubway will feature "swipe card" payments and will cost about $5 per day with free trips that are 30 minutes or less, and $85 annual memberships. Similar systems are located in Washington D.C., Montreal, London and Melbourne. The technology allows users to rent bikes from one station and return them at another across the city. Typically, there will be about 10 bikes available at each station. "Alta Bicycle Share and our partners Public Bike System Company and Arnold Worldwide, are humbled and elated to help Boston and the metropolitan region continue to be a leader in innovation, technology and sustainability with the launch of the New Balance Hubway," Alison Cohen, President of Alta Bicycle Share, said. "With a great public transit system, burgeoning bicycle infrastructure and an amazing team of communities, Hubway will revolutionize the way people in Boston and surrounding communities get around." The planning for Hubway began in 2008 and would not have been successful without substantial assistance from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the FTA, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Hubway is specifically designed to be fully regional and at full size, the system could reach as many as 5,000 bikes across Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. "Bike Share will transform the region," said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. "It's a completely new part of our transportation network, giving people a green and healthy way to get around, closing gaps in the MBTA, and providing the first and last mile connection that often prevents people from using transit. We're excited to see Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville working together to make Bike Share happen." "Through our 'GreenDOT' policy initiative and under the leadership of Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray, MassDOT has demonstrated a strong commitment to healthy transportation options as essential to creating livable communities. This bike share system supports that commitment," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan. Hubway is completely funded by grants totaling $4.5 million including $3 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), $450,000 from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and $250,000 from the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant program. "Awarding this grant for this project is particularly meaningful as we celebrate Earth Day," said FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan, who was in Boston today to announce the grant. "Supplementing transit with bike sharing means a healthier and cleaner way to get around, while at the same time combating record gas prices and easing congestion." In addition to the grant funding, station sponsorships and revenue through a separate advertising program, as well as income generated by memberships and one time payments by individual users are expected to cover the annual operating costs for Hubway. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will oversee and work with Alta Bicycle Share to ensure they meet the individual requirements of the contract. Currently, 11 sponsorships have been secured for Hubway worth $1.5 million over three years including over $600,000 from New Balance, and Boston Bikes will continually seek more. As part of its sponsorship, New Balance retains naming rights of the system which is expected to become New Balance Hubway. Sponsors will be assigned stations where their logos will appear, they include:   Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Northeastern University Brigham and Women's Hospital Children's Hospital Procter & Gamble Gillette Harvard University Boston Properties Fallon Company/Fan Pier Colleges of the Fenway Equity Offices City Sports   "As a Boston-based company with associates who are eager to enjoy this new bike-share program, we are thrilled to partner with Mayor Menino and the City to make Boston a first class cycling city," said Matt LeBretton, Director of Public Affairs for New Balance. "New Balance's sponsorship of Hubway reflects and reinforces our long-standing focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles for Boston residents and visitors."   ###   Thu, 21 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Alta-Bicycle-Share-will-launch-new-system-this-summer-with-61-stations-and-600-bicycles-citywide-/11/ Boston Marathon Weekend 2011 will mean $132.2 million for Greater Boston economy http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Marathon-Weekend-2011-will-mean-132-2-million-for-Greater-Boston-economy/12/ GBCVB Contacts: Larry Meehan Tel: 617- 867-8231, e-mail: lmeehan@bostonusa.com; Stacy Shreffler, Tel: 617-867-8203, e-mail: sshreffler@bostonusa.com. www.BostonUSA.com is Boston's Official Visitor Information website. Boston Marathon-Boston Athletic Association Contact: Jack Fleming, Tel: (617) 236-1652 ext. 2627; email: fleming@baa.org  For Immediate Release Boston Marathon Weekend 2011 will mean $132.2 million for Greater Boston economy BOSTON, April 13, 2011 - The 115th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2011 will bring $132.2 million in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, according to Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau President and CEO, Patrick Moscaritolo. This year there will be 26,923 official runners including 4,307 runners from outside the United States. An estimated 500,000 spectators line the 26.2-mile course each Patriots' Day to view the Marathon in person. "The spending impact of the 115th Boston Marathon is the equivalent to our region hosting the NCAA Final Four. It is a huge economic benefit for our visitor industry and it kick starts our Spring tourism season," said Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau President and CEO, Patrick Moscaritolo. "Boston Marathon weekend is the unofficial start of Spring in Boston," said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, which has organized the race since its inception in 1887. "Every year, hometown heroes from every state and from countries worldwide come to Boston to test their fitness at the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon and in the process they patronize our shops, restaurants, hotels and stimulate our businesses like at no other time of the year. The B.A.A. is proud to provide the infrastructure and be responsible for this energy, enthusiasm and spending." More than 1000 members of the media from 200 outlets across the world will cover the Boston Marathon, providing Boston with unparalleled international exposure. No sporting event in Boston draws a larger or more diverse media corps. This year Marathon runners are from sixty-seven (67) countries including the United States. The estimated $132.2 million in spending impact will be generated from the following categories:   Total spending by 26,923 runners and their guests, including spending at John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo: $91.1 million Total spending by spectators: $10.0 million Total spending by the Boston Athletic Association: $6.0 million Charity Fundraising events by marathon runners: $15.0 million Total sponsors & media Marathon-related spending: $10.1 million   TOTAL $132.2 million The 115th Boston Marathon is second only to the 100th anniversary race in economic impact and number of runners. In 1996 there were 38,708 runners and spending impact reached $172 million. # # # Thu, 14 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Marathon-Weekend-2011-will-mean-132-2-million-for-Greater-Boston-economy/12/ BOSTON IS COOKING! 200+ Restaurants Set Their Tables for Restaurant Week Boston® March 6 -11 &13-18, http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/BOSTON-IS-COOKING-200-Restaurants-Set-Their-Tables-for-Restaurant-Week-Boston-March-6--11-13-18-/13/ For immediate release March 1, 2011 Contacts (Images, chef interviews, camera crew requests): Stacy Shreffler, (617) 867-8203, sshreffler@bostonusa.com  Sheila M. Green, (617) 204-4248, sgreen@conventures.com   BOSTON IS COOKING! 200+ Restaurants Set Their Tables for Restaurant Week Boston® March 6 -11 &13-18, 2011 BOSTON, MA - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and American Express announce that foodies and edible-bargain hunters can score reservations at over 200 restaurants serving up seasonal specialties that will absolutely chase away any winter blues. From March 6-11 and 13-18, 2011 diners can choose from an array of the region's best restaurants and bistros to enjoy three-course prix fixe lunches for $20.11 and three-course dinners for $33.11. Many are offering a two-course, Lighter Lunch, where diners can select an entrée and then enjoy either an appetizer or dessert as the second course for $15.11. "With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston®. It's a win-win for everyone, restaurant volume is up during a traditionally slow time of year, and dining guests save money and get to try new restaurants," said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's also a time when local chefs get to shine and show off their restaurant's unique atmosphere and service," added Moscaritolo. Visitors looking for gourmet meals at bargain prices can go online to view all restaurants, peruse menus and make reservations at the OFFICIAL website, BostonUSA.com. To go even easier on wallets, there are exclusive benefits for American Express Cardmembers. Cardmembers who dine at three or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston® and spend a total of $150 or more will receive a $20 Gift Card from American Express when they register and use any American Express® Card. To register cards, cardmembers should go to BostonUSA.com. Restaurant Week Boston® isn't just about great deals - when diners use any American Express® Card at participating restaurants, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express will donate* $.25 per transaction, up to $5000, to the Women's Lunch Place, a daytime community for homeless women and their children. "We are proud to continue our support of Restaurant Week Boston®," said Kyle Curtin, Regional Vice President & General Manager, American Express Merchant Services. "Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to sample the wonderful restaurants of Boston and we are delighted to also be able to give back to the community through this program." Diners can further support the Women's Lunch Place by bidding on Restaurant Gift Certificates at RWBauction.com. Continue to enjoy great dining savings while supporting an even greater cause! Bid early, bid often beginning March 6, 2011. Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Greater Media Boston radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB), 96.9 Boston Talks (WTKK), and TV Diner. * Purchases are not tax deductible and prices exclude beverage, tax and gratuity.   # # #   Tue, 01 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/BOSTON-IS-COOKING-200-Restaurants-Set-Their-Tables-for-Restaurant-Week-Boston-March-6--11-13-18-/13/ Boston Celebrates Black History Month February 2011 with great performances and tours http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Celebrates-Black-History-Month-February-2011-with-great-performances-and-tours/14/ Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations, Tel: 617-867-8203 Email: sshreffler@BostonUSA.com Boston Images for Media: BostonUSA Image Library BOSTON, January 26, 2011 - This February, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) encourages visitors to choose from an impressive sampling of performances, tours and special events, and celebrate Black History Month in Boston! Visitors to BostonUSA.com, Boston's official website for visitors, can search the Calendar of Events and find the following:   Guided Visit of the Museum of the NCAAA on the Eve of Black History Month: The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. The museum presents a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions in many media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts. Tour the museum with Director E. Barry Gaither, hear of the building's history and of the current exhibitions. Saturday, January 29, 1pm-3pm. Meet at the Museum of the NCAAA, 300 Walnut Ave, Roxbury, at 12:50pm. $5. Details 617-417-1006 or http://www.discoverroxbury.org. "Treasures" Exhibition at the Museum of African American History: Treasures from the Collections is an enlightening glimpse into the collections of the Museum of African American History and fascinating early African American domestic, cultural and activist life in New England. The Museum has gathered over 3,500 items in its diverse collections: narratives of the formally enslaved James Williams published in 1838 and in narratives of Frederick Douglass published in 1845; formal photographic portraits by Hamilton Sutton Smith; works by African American women sculptors, Edmonia Lewis, Meta Warrick Fuller and Elizabeth Catlett; hand-crafted and porcelain black dolls; and marvelous art from Haitian to Allan Crite's vibrant painting of Smith Court on Beacon Hill. Museum of African American History, Joy Street, Boston throughout February 2011, www.afroammuseum.org Roxbury's Black History Trolley Tour, February 12, 2011: Boston's Black community has been on the move politically, socially, and artistically for centuries. Once centered in the North End, the community moved to Beacon Hill, the South End, and then the highlands of Roxbury. Join fellow travelers on an informative trolley tour through three centuries of Boston's historic Black neighborhoods. Follow the progression of the Black churches, gain an appreciation for the importance of the arts, learn about the struggles during the civil rights movement and become more familiar with the movers, shakers, and strivers in Boston's Black history. Children under 10 ride free, with a limit of one child per paying adult. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Discover Roxbury office at 617-427-1006. Reservations recommended. Trolley tour pick up locations: Roxbury Heritage State Park/DCR, 183 Roxbury St. at 12:30 pm and Hotel 140, 140 Clarendon St., Boston at 12:50pm. Tickets are available at 617-417-1006 or www.discoverroxbury.org.  Boston's Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Black History Month Performances & Brunch February 5, 2011: Villa Victoria will celebrate Black History Month with the joyous sounds of outstanding youth and community groups, this exciting intercultural and all-ages event will feature a special performance by Gospel and R&B sensation Ayana McDonald . Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St, Boston. Details (617) 927-1707 or www.villavictoriaarts.org John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum Celebrates Black History Month: International storyteller Valerie Tutson shares tales adapted from African myths and songs, and African-American history. Some stories are filled with magic, others are filled with hope, and all will excite your imagination. February 22, 2011, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA. www.jfklibrary.org   Berklee College of Music Berklee Performance Center concerts during Black History Month:   Richard Smallwood February 3, 2011. Six-time Grammy Award-winner and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Smallwood will perform with Berklee's gospel choir The concert is produced by Africana Studies students and faculty, led by Bill Banfield, director of Africana Studies. Wayne Shorter Quartet February 8, 2011. Wayne Shorter's continually expanding body of work is inextricably linked to the history of modern music. Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz, Shorter has received substantial recognition from his peers, including 6 Grammy Awards. The Spiritual Song with John Blake Quartet and Afro Blue February 10, 2011. The John Blake Quartet and Howard University's Afro Blue alumni explore the spiritual song. Night of Soul with the Neo-Soul Ensemble and Guests. February 14, 2011. The Berklee Harmony Department presents GUIT(h)ARmony, a concert featuring the work of its four faculty guitarists: Eric Byers, Steve Kirby, Steve Rochinski, and John Stein. Each of these fine musicians has a distinctive approach to composition, improvisation, and the guitar and will lead his own group consisting of Harmony faculty members and guests in original works and arrangements. Caribbean Songs February 17, 2011, The music of African American Composers will be featured. Come and hear Berklee's Steel Pan Ensemble, the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and the Bob Marley Ensemble. Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts February 18, 2011. The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts features Big Head Todd and the Monsters, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside, and Lightnin' Malcolm. Remembering the Legendary Miss Lena Horne February 22, 2011. Miss Lena Horne was America's first International superstar of African descent, who was a trailblazer in film, music, and human and civil rights. Berklee faculty, students, and staff-along with special guest the incredible Jo Thompson from Detroit-will star in an elegant evening of dance, song, and spoken word as we pay homage to Miss Lena Horne. Miss Lena Horne was America's first International superstar of African descent who was a trailblazer in film, music, and human and civil rights. Her dignity, courage, pride, and talent influenced many who came after her. Berklee faculty, students, and staff-along with special guest the incredible Jo Thompson from Detroit-will star in an elegant evening of dance, song, and spoken word as we pay homage to Miss Lena Horne. The tribute will consist of an all star big band concert on February 22, a clinic with Thompson, and a panel discussion featuring Berklee veteran faculty who will recount their stories of working as musicians during this turbulent period in American history. Bobby McFerrin February 24, 2011 Bobby McFerrin performs an improvisational concert with students as part of Berklee's Africana Studies program. Ten-time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." His sound has been described as superhuman, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills. This concert is a culmination of a weeklong residency. Bobby McFerrin performs an improvisational concert with students as part of Berklee's Africana Studies program. Ten-time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." His sound has been described as superhuman, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills. This concert is a culmination of a week-long residency. Jetro Da Silva: The Secular Meets the Sacred February 28, 2011. After a long world tour with Whitney Houston, faculty pianist Jetro da Silva returns to the stage, but this time, celebrating his 43rd birthday in The Secular Meets the Sacred: My Life Story. He will perform some of his favorite compositions by J.S. Bach, Andrae Crouch, Djavan, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Villa-Lobos, and others. Da Silva will be joined by the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra conducted by Eugene Friesen, plus many surprise guests from the music business. Don't miss this spiritual and emotional experience. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. http://www.berkleebpc.com   Additional events and activities as well as tips on visiting and Great Deals! can be found on the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's official website, www.BostonUSA.com   ### Tue, 25 Jan 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Celebrates-Black-History-Month-February-2011-with-great-performances-and-tours/14/ RESTAURANT WEEK BOSTON® Celebrating 10 Years and Fresher Than Ever! http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/RESTAURANT-WEEK-BOSTON-Celebrating-10-Years-and-Fresher-Than-Ever-/16/ Media Contact: Sheila Green Office: 617-204-4248 Cell: 617-893-0260 Email: sgreen@conventures.com BOSTON, MA, August 10, 2010 - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), American Express and the JetBlue Card from American Express announced that foodies and edible bargain-hunters can score reservations at 220 restaurants serving up seasonal specialties that make these two weeks in August quite possibly the best part of summer. From August 15-20 and 22-27, 2010 diners can choose from an array of more than 200 of the region's best restaurants and bistros to enjoy three-course prix fixe lunches for $20.10 and three-course dinners for $33.10. Many are offering a two-course, Lighter Lunch, where diners can select an entrée and then enjoy either an appetizer or dessert as the second course for $15.10. New this year is the emphasis on locally grown foods from Massachusetts farms and shores, encouraging diners to not only eat out, but also to eat well. "Restaurant Week Boston® was created ten years ago by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express to showcase the region's culinary scene. We've come a long way in the past ten years, from only 36 restaurants serving 3-course lunches for just five days to 220 restaurants, 3 dining options and participation well beyond the city limits" said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston®. And August is the perfect time of year for chefs to get creative and showcase New England ingredients, from farm fresh produce and herbs to the catch-of-the-day. It's also the perfect time to enjoy the region's outdoor cafes, patios and harbor side dining", Moscaritolo added. Visitors looking for gourmet meals at bargain prices can go online to view all restaurants, peruse menus and make reservations at the OFFICIAL website, www.BostonUSA.com/RestaurantWeek. And this summer, it's easy to go local when searching menu options. The JetBlue Card from American Express is proud to be the corporate sponsor of Summer 2010 Restaurant Week Boston. For more information on the JetBlue Card or to apply, visit www.jetbluecard.com. To go even easier on wallets, there are exclusive benefits for American Express Cardmembers. Cardmembers who dine at three or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston® and spend a total of $150 or more, will receive a $20 Gift Card from American Express when they register and use any American Express® Card. To register cards, cardmembers should go to www.BostonUSA.com/RestaurantWeek . Restaurant Week Boston® isn't just about great deals - when diners use any American Express® Card at participating restaurants, American Express and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will donate* $.25 per transaction, up to $5000, to the Women's Lunch Place, a daytime community for homeless women and their children. "American Express is proud to support Restaurant Week Boston® for the 10th year, and continue giving back to the local community and Women's Lunch Place," said Kyle Curtin, Regional Vice President & General Manager, American Express Merchant Services. "Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to sample the wonderful restaurants of Greater Boston and we are delighted to provide our card members with added benefits when they participate in this great program." You can further support the Women's Lunch Place by bidding on Restaurant Gift Certificates at www.RWBauction.com. Continue to enjoy great dining savings while supporting an even greater cause! Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Corporate Sponsor, JetBlue Card from American Express, Greater Media Boston radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB), Talk 96.9 (WTKK), Cadillac, Metro Boston and TV Diner. * Purchases are not tax deductible. # # # Tue, 10 Aug 2010 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/RESTAURANT-WEEK-BOSTON-Celebrating-10-Years-and-Fresher-Than-Ever-/16/ New BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/New-BostonUSA-Accepted-Student-Days-discount-program/17/ New BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program March 12-April 30, 2010 Lodging, shopping, dining & attraction discounts for visiting students and families BOSTON, MA, March 10, 2010 - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), in cooperation with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), is enhancing the annual rite of college campus visits with its new BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program for visiting high school students and their families. From March 12 through April 30, 2010 participating hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, restaurants, tours, shops and museums are rolling out the red carpet to welcome students. The BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program offers more than fifty (50) lodging, shopping, dining and attraction offers and special perks for prospective students and their families. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts focused on making the trip to Massachusetts colleges affordable and productive. "College visits are a decisive factor in the college search for students and their families. The BostonUSA Accepted Student Days program offers discounts when visiting students and their families need them the most, in March and April when accepted students typically take one last look at the schools before having to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. In most cases, a decision must be made by May 1st," says Richard Doherty, president of AICUM which is an umbrella organization for 60 private colleges and universities across Massachusetts. "The BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program offers visiting families a range of special offers - from a savings of $75 a night on lodging to students receiving their first, official university sweatshirt from the school of their choice as a special welcome gift at check-in," says Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Details about the BostonUSA Accepted Student Days discount program are in the Visit section of the www.BostonUSA.com web site. To view directly click here: http://www.bostonusa.com/visit/bostoneveryday/be/acceptedstudent-days Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/New-BostonUSA-Accepted-Student-Days-discount-program/17/ Boston’s Flower & Garden Show 2010 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Flower-Garden-Show-2010/18/ Boston's Flower & Garden Show 2010 Monday, 08 March 2010 00:00 Boston's Flower & Garden Show 2010 30 indoor gardens at Seaport World Trade Center Flower Show coincides with last three days of Restaurant Week Boston® BOSTON, February 26, 2010 - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to Boston for the annual Flower Show, and the last three days of Restaurant Week Boston® - and great hotel getaway deals are posted on Boston's official visitor website: www.BostonUSA.com/GreatDeals. The Flower & Garden Show • BostonUSA Flower & Garden Show, March 24-28, 2010, Seaport Boston World Trade Center: From the first-time gardener to the greenest of the green thumbs, Boston's biggest annual horticultural happening will provide the tools and inspiration to kick off the season in style! Escape the grey days of winter and rejoice in the colors of the coming Spring where over 30 gardens will provide a Feast for the Senses! You will also find horticultural and gardening products, garden furnishings, ornaments, art and handcrafted gifts at the show. Learn about organic gardening, container planting, cooking from your garden, pruning tips, complementary floral design and more from a series of scheduled lectures and demonstrations. • Telephone 800-258-8912 for more information. Web site: www.thebostonflowershow.com Restaurant Week Boston - 215 restaurants! March 2010 celebrates the 5th anniversary of Winter Restaurant Week Boston® when restaurants will be serving the prix fixe meals from Sunday, March 14 through Friday, March 19 and Sunday, March 21 through Friday, March 26, 2010. Diners will enjoy 2-course lunches for $15.10, 3-course lunches for $20.10 and 3-course dinners for $33.10 throughout Boston, Cambridge, the suburbs and beyond. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuities. Diners can choose from old favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known chain restaurants to local chef owned bistros, from Asian or Argentinean fare to French, Italian, tapas and sushi, from the award-winning restaurants of Boston and Cambridge to the gourmet gems in the suburbs north, west and south of the city. Restaurant Week Boston® is brought to you by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau offers weekend hotel packages on their web site www.BostonUSA.com so it's easy to make this a great getaway. ###   Media Contacts: Larry Meehan, Vice President of Media & Tourism; Tel: 617-867-8231; e-mail: lmeehan@bostonusa.com; Stacy Shreffler, Manager, Media Relations & Tourism Sales Tel: 617- 867- 8203, e-mail: sshreffler@bostonusa.com; www.BostonUSA.com is Boston's official visitor website Mon, 08 Mar 2010 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Flower-Garden-Show-2010/18/ Boston’s Valentine’s Celebration 2010 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Valentine-s-Celebration-2010/19/ Boston's Valentine's Celebration 2010 The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to take a look at Boston's romantic options - romantic feasts, Valentines hotel overnight options & events on www.BostonUSA.com/GreatDeals BOSTON, January 22, 2010 - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to take a look at Boston's romantic options - romantic feasts, Valentines hotel overnight options & events on www.BostonUSA.com/GreatDeals Dinners, brunches on Land & Sea A great Valentines feast on a cruise: Boston's Spirit of Boston ship will offer a Friday or Saturday night cruise, or enjoy the romance of the 14th on Sunday evening. Upon boarding, receive a rose and toast your love with a complimentary glass of champagne. Enjoy a delicious dinner from the deluxe buffet at a private, intimate table for two, overlooking the breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor lit up. After dinner shake things up on the dance floor as a DJ play your favorite songs. Remember the evening forever with a complimentary boarding photograph. Boston's Odyssey ship will offer three romantic cruises to celebrate Cupids work. Upon boarding the luxurious vessel, take in the breathtaking views as you enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. An intimate three course dinner at your private table is awaiting you and your love. After dinner enjoy outstanding live entertainment and a decadent chocolate fountain. Commemorate your evening with a complimentary rose and keepsake photo...Boston's Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro nestled atop the cobble stone pathways of romantic Beacon Hill is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening. Share a cocktail in front of the fire in the bistro's charming bar area; then enjoy an amazing Prefix dinner presented by Executive Chef Jason Bond at the award-winning Bistro.. ..Davio's in Park Square will offer a 4 course pre-fixe dinner for $95 per person plus beverages tax and gratuity.. Avila in Park Square will offer a four-course pre-fixe menu during the Valentine's Weekend (Feb. 12, 13 and 14) for $58 per person plus beverages, taxes and gratuities. (Paired with wines is $75). Avila will also feature a Valentine's Day Brunch. This special menu will be in addition to their a la carte brunch menu. The hours for brunch are 1130am - 3 pm ....The Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Hotel will feature The award-winning Oak Room will offer a three-course prix fixe Valentine's Day Menu, in addition to its a la carte menu. The prix fixe menu, which will also be available a la carte, includes appetizers such as Vermont Bijou chevre on crispy crouton with baby mache, toasted pistachios and huckleberry-pomegranate vinaigrette or Jonah crab cocktail with hearts of palm, citrus segments, baby arugula and passionfruit emulsion. Entrée choices include filet of local Barramundi, asparagus tips, lobster vanilla sauce, and straw potatoes or petite filet Wellington style with Portobello cap and puff pastry heart, zucchini marbles, and truffle Madeira jus. And, enjoy a sweet finish with Chocolate Variations featuring praline crunch Marquise, chocolate wrapped raspberry bonbon, Kahlua espresso terrine. The prix fixe menu is available for $66 per person, including a glass of Rosé sparkling wine, and will be available from February 12-14, 2010. The Oak Bar will feature a series of Valentine's-inspired cocktails. The perfect elixir to stir one's heart, The Sweetheart Martini is comprised of Hendricks's gin, Monin rose syrup, fresh lemon and grapefruit juices and a float of Rosé Champagne, served with a dish of SweetheartTM Conversation Hearts. The Bésame (Kiss Me) is a combination of Christiania Organic Vodka, POM juice, Midori liqueur and a hint of Rosé Champagne. The Forbidden Love features Perrier Jouet topped with X-Rated Fusion Liqueur. These cocktails will be available throughout the Valentine's Day weekend. In Boston's South End- Enjoy a "Romantic, Fun and Funky" Valentine's Dinner at Tremont 647...The very romantic Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge is presenting Pre-Valentine's Lunch: Saturday Feb. 13, $38 prix fixe of aphrodisiacal delights 11-3 pm. A Valentine's Brunch: Sunday, February 14, $38 prix fixe brunch of aphrodisiacal delights and chocolate dessert. 10 am to 3 pm. An "Au Chocolat" Valentine's Teas: Saturday Feb. 13th (3:00-5:00 pm) and Sunday, Feb. 14 in the Soirée Room (12:30 to 3:30 pm): Valentine Chocolate Zebra Tea: $32 . A Valentine's Dinner in the Monday Club: $85 ($135 with Champagne or wine pairings). A Valentine's Dinner in the Soirée Dining Room: $125 ($175 with Champagne or wine pairings). There will also be Valentine's specials all weekend, with special aphrodisiacal desserts and dishes ...Since the 14th falls on a Sunday this year, Luminere in Newton will be offering most of the Valentine's Day menu items a la carte and as part of the five course Chef's Tasting Menu on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th.....Saturday, February 13 - Valentine's Chocolate Bar in Café Fleuri at Langham Boston Hotel : Nothing says romance more than chocolate. The Chocolate Bar buffet offers a delicious assortment of chocolate desserts including specialty cakes, made-to-order chocolate crêpes, cotton candy, delicate truffles, a chocolate fountain and more. This special Valentine's Chocolate Bar will include a glass of sparkling wine. The cost of the Valentine's Chocolate bar is $42 for adults and $28 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations are available at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. ...The Beehive in Boston's South End Celebrates Valentine's Day with a Weekend-Long Celebration of Food, Cocktails and Performance! Friday, February 12, 2010 - Sunday, February 14, 2010 The Beehive, in Boston's South End, will be presenting "3 Days of Luv'n!" A 3-day long love fest of Valentine's Day inspired brunches & dinners accompanied by romantic live music and menu specials including: Roasted Scallop Nicoise Salad, Oysters-3-Ways, Spanish Paella for Two, and Porterhouse Steak with Truffle Butter just to name a few. Pair the brunch or dinner of your choice with one of New England's most extensive and unique champagne lists!Tangierino will feature a 4 course Valentine Menu with champagne toast finish! Our entertainment for the evening will include Belly Dancing, music, and Tarot Card Reading....This Valentine's Day, Sensing at Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel offers something very special for dessert. Order a bottle of Dom Perignon with your dinner on Sunday, February 14, and get a room for the evening at Fairmont Battery Wharf for only $10...North of Boston at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem an evening of romance and culinary delights with Nathaniel's a La Carte menu and a special holiday menu created by our own culinary romantics accompanied by live piano music. Special hotel packages - from Sweet to Addicted To Love Packages The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to take a look at ten (10) Valentines hotel overnight options on their www.BostonUSA.com/GreatDeals web site including special packages such as: Romance Getaway at the Boston Harbor Hotel ; Sweet Romance Package at the Doubletree Hotel Boston; A Touch of Paris in Boston Package at Hotel Eliot: Be My Valentine Package. At Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel; Valentine's Weekend Dinner Package , Do Not Disturb Package , Romance Rejuvenation Package , Addicted to Love Package at Hotel Indigo, Sweetheart's Valentine Package or Couple's Ultimate Escape at Langham Boston Hotel. From chocolate to music to boats & motorcycles The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau offers romantic visitors ideas for the Weekend in Boston: ? Ice- Skating on Frog Pond in the Boston Common Boston's Chocolate Trolley Tour - Saturdays in February "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey" Boston Athenaeum February 9-April 30, 2010 Boston Symphony Orchestra Opera star Renee Fleming sings Strauss with BSO conducted by James Levine Feb. 11, 12, 13, 2010 54th New England Boat Show, Boston Convention & Exhibition Ctr (BCEC) Feb. 13-21, 2010 Tegan & Sara in concert TD Garden February 13, 2010 Northeast Motorcycle Expo Bayside Expo Center Feb. 13-14, 2010 "Dreamgirls" musical Colonial Theatre Feb. 2-14, 2010 "Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" exhibition Museum of Fine Arts Feb 2- May 9 2010 A reminder that Reservations open online for Restaurant Week Friday, February 19, 2010. Details on www.BostonUSA.com/restaurantweek ... Restaurant Week Boston® is on Facebook.   # # #   Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations, Tel: 617-867-8203, Email: sshreffler@BostonUSA.com  Images for Media: BostonUSA.com Media Library Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-s-Valentine-s-Celebration-2010/19/ Boston Celebrates St. Patrick’s Weekend, March 17-20, 2011 with great performances, tours and the St http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Celebrates-St-Patrick-s-Weekend-March-17-20-2011-with-great-performances-tours-and-the-St/15/ Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations, Tel: 617-867-8203 Email: sshreffler@BostonUSA.com Boston Images for Media: BostonUSA Image Library BOSTON, January 14, 2011 - Considered America's most Irish city, Boston offers visitors a packed schedule of entertainment, food and drink during the 4-day St. Patrick's Weekend and offers an experience unrivalled anywhere outside of Ireland. During St. Patrick's Weekend and throughout the month of March, Boston becomes the stage for live music, comedy and sports. The weekend offers live music performances ranging from Irish and South African folk music to classical and jazz performances. Boston boasts of 100+ Irish pubs within walking distance of hotels and easily accessible by public transit, so there is no need for a car the entire weekend. Visitors can walk the Irish Heritage Trail, a 2.5 mile trail of 20 landmarks that mark the Irish experience in Boston (http://www.irishheritagetrail.com/). Free maps for self-guided tours are available at the Visitor Information Centers on Boston Common and at The Shops at Prudential Center, Center Court. The weekend also includes the second week of the Restaurant Week Boston, March 13-18, with dining deals all over town, and marks the start of spring with the March 16-20, 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show at Seaport World Trade Center. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) suggests celebrating St. Patrick's Weekend in Boston and sampling some of the great events for visitors:   The St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 20, 2011, attracts 100,000 visitors to South Boston's main boulevard and features more than fifty (50) marching bands and organizations, politicians, and plenty of local color The annual Dropkick Murphys performances; there are four this year, March 16, 17 & 18 at Boston's House of Blues on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park Visitors can wear their green when the Boston Celtics play the Indiana Pacers at home at the TD Garden on Wednesday, March 16 to kick off the weekend. "Celtic Woman" in concert has been added this year on March 13th at the Citi Performing Arts Center On March 19th, the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum presents: New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta On Saturday night, March 19th visitors can see comedienne Paula Poundstone at the Wilbur Theatre or The Del McCoury Band with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Hall On Sunday, March 20th, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (one of the main inspirations of Paul Simon when he recorded the groundbreaking album Graceland) appears in concert at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge  St. Patrick's Weekend events and activities can be found on www.BostonUSA.com - Calendar of Events.   Boston Visitor information - events, tips on visiting and Great Deals! are on the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau www.BostonUSA.com   # # #   Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Celebrates-St-Patrick-s-Weekend-March-17-20-2011-with-great-performances-tours-and-the-St/15/ Boston wins bid to host 10th International Gay & Lesbian Tourism Conference November 2009 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-wins-bid-to-host-10th-International-Gay-Lesbian-Tourism-Conference-November-2009-/20/ BOSTON, Mass. - On October 9, 2008, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) announced that Boston won the bid to host the 10th International Gay & Lesbian Tourism Conference for November 2-5, 2009. The announcement was made in Vancouver, Canada where this year's International Conference is taking place. "Working with the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Special Events & Tourism, we have focused our marketing efforts on the international gay and lesbian travel market and are very pleased to have won this bid to host one of the key international marketplaces that draws gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender planners and suppliers from all over the world," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President and CEO of the GBCVB. "This is a great opportunity for the Massachusetts and Boston visitor industry to generate significant new business and new visitor spending," said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Based on tourism industry data from the US Department of Commerce and Community Marketing demographics, the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers is approximately $64.5 billion in the US alone. Research by the Travel Industry of America (TIA) has shown that GLBT visitors spend more and travel more, and have an average annual salary of $96,000.00. "Studies have found that GLBT visitors favor gay-friendly travel destinations that are known to be culturally welcoming and support diversity and GLBT civil rights," said Moscaritolo. "That, clearly, is what Boston, Cambridge, and Massachusetts offer, and that's one of the reasons the 2009 International Conference is coming to Boston," he added.   # # #   Media Contacts: Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler 617 867 8203 sshreffler@bostonusa.com Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Media Contact: Lisa Simmons 617-973-8508 lisa.simmons@state.ma.us  International Gay & Lesbian Tourism Conference Media contact: Thomas Roth (415) 437-3800 tom@CommunityMarketingInc.com Fri, 09 Oct 2009 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-wins-bid-to-host-10th-International-Gay-Lesbian-Tourism-Conference-November-2009-/20/ Boston & Cambridge Win Top Destination in USA Award for International Meetings http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Cambridge-Win-Top-Destination-in-USA-Award-for-International-Meetings/21/ Boston & Cambridge Win Top Destination in USA Award for International Meetings Boston, August 14, 2009 - For the second time in three years, Boston & Cambridge, MA have been named the Top Destination in the United States for International Association Meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). According to the ICCA report in 2008, Boston & Cambridge hosted a record number of meetings, making it the number one destination for international association meetings in the United States. "Boston's top ranking is the direct result of the Bureau's partnerships targeting the international meetings market," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB). "Over the past three years the GBCVB and the Cambridge Office for Tourism have been collaborating on programs to grow our international meetings market share. Clearly, as this top ranking for 2008 demonstrates, our dedicated sales and marketing campaign is paying dividends." The GBCVB's overall meetings campaign includes attendance at international tradeshows, sales missions with GBCVB members, educational trips and a dedicated senior staff member to head up the overall sales and marketing effort. In addition, the campaign includes special client events built around Boston sports teams andperforming arts groups as they play and perform in key overseas markets. In 2007 the Boston Symphony Orchestra toured Europe, the Celtics played in Rome, and the Boston Ballet performed in South Korea and Spain. In 2008, the Boston Red Sox opened their season in Tokyo and the American Repertory Theatre performed in Hong Kong. Threetime Super Bowl Champion, the New England Patriots will play in London this fall and the Boston Ballet will tour Ottawa in January 2010. The centrepiece of the GBCVB and Cambridge Office for Tourism initiative revolves around partnerships that have been developed with Boston & Cambridge hotel members, Massport, and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism in an effort to leverage resources. "Partnering with the GBCVB in these international sales and marketing programs affords us an outreach that we could not obtain on our own. This top ranking for Boston & Cambridge confirms that the partnership has worked well for our cities," said Robyn Bell, Executive Director, Cambridge Office for Tourism. GBCVB President & CEO Patrick B. Moscaritolo pointed out that the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and Logan International Airport play an important role in Boston & Cambridge's international meetings initiative: "The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism's international marketing team and their representative firms in eight overseas markets have significantly contributed to the success of this partnership." Logan International Airport currently provides international service to 36 destinations with more than 1,500 flights a day arriving and departing from the airport. "This summer," Moscaritolo added, "a Spanish corporate incentive group visited Boston as a direct result of an initial contact made by the Bureau's staff. This booking generated over 2,400 room nights at six Boston properties, as well as numerous dinners, shopping excursions and sightseeing trips in and outside of Boston. They chartered four 747's and the group spent over $4 million on this one incentive trip." # # # Press Contacts: Larry Meehan, VP, Media Relations & Tourism Sales; Tel: 617- 867-8231; lmeehan@bostonusa.com ; Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations & Tourism Sales Manager, Tel: 617-867-8203; sshreffler@BostonUSA.com; www.BostonUSA.com/Plan is Boston's Official Information Website for Meeting Planners Fri, 14 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Boston-Cambridge-Win-Top-Destination-in-USA-Award-for-International-Meetings/21/ "Travel Matters" Boston & Massachusetts Celebrate Economic Impact of Tourism U.S. Travel Rally Day http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/-Travel-Matters-Boston-Massachusetts-Celebrate-Economic-Impact-of-Tourism-U-S-Travel-Rally-Day/22/ "Travel Matters" Boston & Massachusetts Celebrate Economic Impact of Tourism U.S. Travel Rally Day: Tuesday May 12, 2009: Boston Hotel, Tour, & Attraction Tourism Icons Gather for Salute Visitors have $7.5 Billion Impact on Region BOSTON - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau was joined by Boston Duck Tours, The Freedom Trail Foundation, The Shops at Prudential, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Fairmont Battery Wharf, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common; Sheraton Boston Hotel, Cambridge Office for Tourism, and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism on the official Boston Red Sox Duck Tour vehicle "Red Sox Nathan" to kick off the summer visitor season today and to demonstrate their support for travel and its importance to state and local economies. "The combined spending at hotels, restaurants, museums and shops by visitors to Boston and Cambridge generates $7.5 Billion for our region's economy," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The visitor industry also employs more than 80,000 people across our region. The bottom line is travel really does matter for our economy. The Boston and Massachusetts visitor industry has worked very hard to attract millions of visitors this summer from all over the world that will leave their dollars, euros and pounds behind in purchases and tax revenue," Moscaritolo added. Travel Industry Fun Facts Did You Know that travel and tourism is a $1.6 trillion industry in the United States? If one dollar bill equaled a second of time, then $1.6 trillion would equal almost 51,000 years. Did You Know that travel and tourism generates $110 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments? If you place 110 billion one dollar bills end-to-end, they would circle the world 419 times. # # # Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (617) 867-8203; sshreffler@bostonusa.com Tue, 12 May 2009 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/-Travel-Matters-Boston-Massachusetts-Celebrate-Economic-Impact-of-Tourism-U-S-Travel-Rally-Day/22/ The Road to the Final Four® Goes Through Boston 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/The-Road-to-the-Final-Four-Goes-Through-Boston-2009-NCAA-Division-I-Men-s-Basketball-East-Regional/23/ The Road to the Final Four® Goes Through Boston 2009 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball East Regional in Boston March 26 & 28, 2009 Boston, MA: The road to the Final Four® travels through Boston when the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball East Regionals are held at the TD Banknorth Garden March 26 and 28. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Massachusetts Sports & Entertainment Commission and Boston College booked the NCAA® Regionals four years ago. "This is a great event for the city during what is traditionally a slow time of year for our visitor industry," said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The weekend is expected to generate more than $7 million in economic spending for the region's visitor industry, in addition to the exposure Boston will receive as the games are broadcast nationally by CBS," Moscaritolo said. Although the games are sold out, the NCAA® has opened the practices on Wednesday, March 25, to the public. Open Practice Day runs from 11am - 4pm at the TD Banknorth Garden and gives fans the opportunity to see four NCAA® Men's Basketball Regional participant teams up close as they prepare for their games the following day. Pittsburgh will take on Xavier on March 26 at the TD Banknorth Garden with a 7:27p.m. tip-off. And the much awaited Villanova vs. Duke game will follow at approximately 9:57p.m. The winners at Thursday's games advance to the Regional final game on March 28 at the TD Banknorth Garden and that winner will move on to Detroit for the Final Four®. In 2006, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Sports & Entertainment Commission began working together with local sports teams, colleges, universities and city and state officials to secure sports events and sports related meetings. Sporting events and sports related meetings have significant impact on Boston, representing almost 3 million visitors and $1.6 billion dollars in spending for the region. "The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's collaboration with our local colleges and universities, city and state officials and the Massachusetts Sports & Entertainment Commission have driven this success," said Moscaritolo. Already this year, Boston has hosted the 2009 Champions Cup Boston, an annual series for senior tennis players; 2009 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships; the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals; and the 2009 NCAA® Women's Frozen Four®. Later this year Boston will play host to major events such as the world's premier global race and nautical adventure, the Volvo Ocean Race. This nine-month race will make its only stop in North America when it comes to Boston April 25 to May 16. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is forecasting a $20 million shot in the arm from the Volvo Ocean Race, with 20,000 hotel room nights occupied. Once again, the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships will return to Gillette Stadium, May 23 - 25. Last year, more than 131,000 fans attended this event over Memorial Day weekend, driving $17 million in visitor spending. The 2009 BDO Women's Jr. World Cup Field Hockey is set for August 13 - 16. Boston, the birthplace of field hockey in the United States, will serve at the showcase of the sports newest wave of international talent. Scheduled for August 3-16, 2009, the 16-team Junior World Cup will be held at Harvard University hosted by USA Field Hockey. Held every four years, the Junior World Cup represents the top international event for athletes under the age of 21. # # # Contact: Stacy Shreffler Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (617) 867-8203 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/The-Road-to-the-Final-Four-Goes-Through-Boston-2009-NCAA-Division-I-Men-s-Basketball-East-Regional/23/ Travel & Leisure readers name Boston “America’s Favorite City” 2008 http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Travel-Leisure-readers-name-Boston-America-s-Favorite-City-2008-/24/ Travel & Leisure readers name Boston "America's Favorite City" 2008 BOSTON, October 15, 2008 - Following weeks of multi-stage, online voting for Travel + Leisure's coveted title of "America's Favorite City," Boston emerged the 2008 winner. Starting three weeks ago on travelandleisure.com, 25 US cities vied against each other in a head-to-head battle for the title. Just twelve cities advanced to Round Two, Boston among them. In Round Two, Boston beat Miami (70% vs. 30%); in Round Three, Boston beat New York and Chicago by capturing 46% of the votes (New York had 29%, Chicago had 25%). In the competing bracket, San Francisco (51% of the votes) beat Honolulu (20%) and San Diego (29%). In the final round, Boston went up against San Francisco, another USA coastal city worthy of a chance at the title. "Boston trounced San Francisco to win this year's title," said Nancy Novogrod, Editor-In-Chief of Travel & Leisure magazine. According to Novogrod, "Boston may be steeped in history, but it is madly evolving. The combination of the new waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the urban park created by the Big Dig project, and Boston's hotel scene with new arrivals such as the Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel, waterfront InterContinental Boston, the Liberty Hotel, and next - the Fairmont Battery Wharf on the waterfront, all add up to a vibrant international destination." Patrick Moscaritolo, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau is, of course, in agreement with the decision: "Boston, as everyone knows, played an important part in founding this country. It also has been the center of creativity and innovation for more than 300 years, but what makes Boston so popular today is its scale, livability, cultural attractions, historical treasures, and its championship sports teams that drive 'civic pride.'' We are thrilled to have been voted American's Favorite City." # # # PRESS CONTACTS: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Larry Meehan, VP, Media Relations & Tourism Sales Tel: 617- 867-8231, lmeehan@bostonusa.com; Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations & Tourism Sales Manager, Tel: 617-867-8203 sshreffler@BostonUSA.com; www.BostonUSA.com is Boston's Official Visitor Information website Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:00:00 GMT http://www.bostonusa.com/partner/press/press-releases/view/Travel-Leisure-readers-name-Boston-America-s-Favorite-City-2008-/24/