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Benefits

The benefits of GBCVB Membership are limitless.

See our summaries below to learn more about  GBCVB membership.

For additional information regarding any of our benefits or to join the GBCVB, please contact:

Kamilla D. Carmignani
Director of  Membership Development
617.867.8277 | kdcarmignani@bostonusa.com

 

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Leads

888-SEE-BOSTON

Our toll-free visitor information line lets visitors and attendees talk to a GBCVB Visitor Information Representative for things to do, where to stay, where to eat, directions and more.

BostonUSA.com

Each member receives a free listing on our high-traffic website. Each listing includes your address, phone and fax numbers, links to your website and email, a 350 character description and images. List your special events and packages for no additional cost.

RFP

RFP on BostonUSA.com is our lead distribution site. Each member has a free listing.  You have the opportunity to receive leads directly from GBCVB convention sales and services managers.

Convention Calendar

A masterlist of conventions and events located in the member access (requires login) section of our website,  provides a schedule of meetings and events coming to the Boston area over the next few years. It also contains contact information for the primary meeting planner for most events,  available in PDF or Excel format.

Media & Tourism Leads

We send our members inquiries generated from domestic and international travel journalists, photographers, tour operators, travel agents and group tour leaders.

FAM Trips & Tours

We sponsor tours, sales missions and site visits for meeting planners and tour operators considering Boston. We can involve you so they can experience your services or products firsthand.

Trade Shows

We attend key domestic and international trade shows every year. Members have the opportunity to join us as we showcase the best of Boston.

Concierge Desk

We staff a restaurant reservation and visitor information booth during major conventions at the Hynes Convention Center and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Visitor Information Center Referrals

We manage a Visitor Information Center at the Boston Common to help visitors and locals find what they're looking for in Boston.
 

Marketing Promotions & Programs

Seasonal Promotions

Seasonal Programs encourage visitors to come to Boston and stay overnight by highlighting the best the season has to offer.

Hotel Package Promotions

We can promote your specials and packages on our website, in our various publications and marketing campaigns throughout the year.

Great Deals

We promote special member offers that appeal to visitors' varied interests. 

Dine Out Boston (March and August)

A hugely popular bi-annual event, restaurants in and around Greater Boston offer special two and three-course menus for lunch and dinner.
pdf icon   March 2020 Program Summary & Statistics

Partner Promotions

Participate in promotions with our industry partners: Massachusetts Lodging Association, Massachusetts Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Massachusetts Port Authority, to name a few.
 

Partnerships

Networking Opportunities

Once a month (excluding December) we hold open houses (networking meetings open to all members) at no charge. You can also host an open house to showcase your venue to members of the GBCVB.

Member to Member Marketing

Promote your business or special offer to over 1,200 members and 2,500 industry contacts with dedicated E-blasts and in our membership newsletter. We highlight special member-to-member discounts that add value to your membership and save you money. Connect with other members by writing a Member to Member Blog - a channel to lend expert business advice and promote your business.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is held in the fourth quarter to reflect upon the year and celebrate the successes of member companies and employees.

Industry Golf Tournament

The GBCVB golf tournament is held annually in late summer. Partner with us to meet new contacts and get yourself in front of important clients.

Member Contact Resources

Member mailing lists containing names and mailing addresses of the GBCVB membership are available to you in an Excel file format.  Please note, email addresses are not included.  For more information, contact Kamilla Carmignani.  

 

Business Promotion

Publication Listings

The GBCVB produces annual publications to attract visitors and conventions. Each member receives a free listings in the Destination Planners Directory and other publications including the Official Visitors Guide. All have large distributions, are heavily promoted, and are also available online.

Company Brochure Distribution

We can help you reach visitors once they've arrived in Boston. Members can display their brochures at our busy Visitor Information Centers located at the Boston Common and Boston's convention centers.

Media Relations Department

The media relations team acts as an extension of your company by helping spread the word about your business, new products and special happenings via monthly press releases and updates, press trips and media leads.

Social Networking

Spread the word about your special events and offers, comment or share your company's photos or videos through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, WeChat and Weibo accounts.

 

Powerful Resources

Economic Impact and Industry Reports

Throughout the year you will have access to several informative industry reports that serve as a resource and comparative tool.

Media Library

Images and videos are available for member use at no cost or a nominal fee.

Press Room

Important information, industry research, tourism statistics and recent press releases will be available to you throughout the year and can be accessed on BostonUSA.com. Let us know if you are looking for something specific.

Member Access Section, The Hub

This exclusive online section of BostonUSA.com is designed specifically for members. It contains bulletin updates, our convention calendar, RFPs, leads and other valuable reports and resources including open house invitations, member Post Board, the membership newsletter and member to member discounts.

Membership Newsletter

Distributed monthly, our membership newsletters serve as our main communication with members. In each edition you will find industry information and marketing opportunities, leads, open house invitations - virtually everything we have going on for members.

Membership Presentations

Members receive the opportunity to meet with the GBCVB staff to present your company's products and services. The more we know about your business, the better we can promote you. 

Link to our website

Add a powerful feature to your website by adding a link from your website to BostonUSA.com. Let your customer learn all about Boston and what's happening during their visit on BostonUSA.com.

Your Friends in the Industry

We're your contact in the tourism and convention industry. Let us know how we can help and we'll do our very best to assist you.

 

Advertising Opportunities

Publications and Marketing Pieces

Increase your presence in our publications and marketing pieces by advertising. Many different opportunities are available throughout the year.

Cooperative Advertising

Several cooperative advertisement opportunities are available throughout the year for the trade, visitor and meetings markets at substantial discounts.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Reach larger audiences by sponsoring our special events, newsletters, Dine Out Boston® (Restaurant Week) and more. Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Enhance Your Presence on BostonUSA.com

Along with your complimentary listing which includes 5 images, you can provide special event listings to appear on the Calendar of Events and, special deals to appear in "Great Deals" at no additional cost. Banner and text ads are available for purchase along with enhanced featured listings which appears first in site searches.

BostonUSA Visitor E-newsletter

E-newsletters are sent out monthly to over 25,000 subscribers highlighting special events, activities and packages available in Boston.

For additional information regarding any of our benefits or to join the GBCVB, please contact:

Kamilla D. Carmignani
Director of Membership Development
617.867.8277 | kdcarmignani@bostonusa.com

or, Join the GBCVB Now!