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    Omni Nashville Celebrates First Birthday (Successful Meetings, 10/1/14)
    In honor of the first anniversary of this Marketplace 2014 host hotel, the property has released some fun statistics from its inaugural year. I wonder how many pounds of coffee are attributable to ABA members....

     

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    Nashville tourism sets record in 2013 (WSMV-TV, 10/10/14)
    Nashville leaders said the city raked in $5 billion from tourists in 2013, which represents 30 percent of Tennessee's entire tourism income.

     

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    ABA Top 100 Event 'Centennial Festival of Riverboats' to have multi-million economic impact (Louisville Business First, 10/15/14)
    A motorcoach tour, which includes about 42 people, will spend an average of $20,000 in a city per trip. During the Centennial Festival of Riverboats being held in Louisville this week, there will be 93 motorcoaches full of passengers who will spend three or four days here. Those visitors alone will generate an estimated $1.9 million in tourism dollars to fuel the local economy.

     

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    Fall foliage colors Southwest Missouri countryside
    The Monett Times
    Southwest Missouri is known for its nooks, crannies, highways and byways that meander through quaint towns, along country fencerows, through national forests and atop scenic overlooks that are prime real estate for leaf watchers in the fall. In Cassville, Roaring River State Park is starting to dress in fall colors of red, yellow, orange and purple as the temperatures begin to dip and the days grow shorter.

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    Take an agritourism trip through Georgia
    Gainesville Times
    This may very well be one of the most glorious starts of a fall season. The weather has been beautiful with crystal-clear skies. Among the great attractions of the fall are the various forms of agritourism, a term used to describe a getaway to a place that dabbles in some kind of agriculture.

     

     

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    Virginia launches website to boost Chinese tourism

    With the number of Chinese tourists visiting Virginia booming in recent years, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced plans to add a new Chinese-language landing webpage to the state’s tourism website. The page will join 15 other language-based landing pages on the site.

     

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    5 Travel Apps You Need to Check Out

    Apps are no longer just helpful aids for travelers trying to get from Point A to Point B. Apps are a way of life for many travelers these days.

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    Minnesota Trying To Cash In On Craft Beer Tourism

    The latest to take note of Minnesota’s bubbling craft beer scene? The state’s tourism agency.
     
    This month, Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild partnered for an advertising campaign promoting “Brewcations” to the more than 50 craft breweries now operating in the state. Clint Roberts, the guild’s executive director, said the campaign spans a webpage with a map of breweries and reports on fall colors to brochures placed in visitor centers statewide.

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    Ontario cranberry farm masters the art of agritourism

    In the heart of Bala — the Cranberry Capital of Ontario — the Johnston family offers visitors a wide selection of experiences centered around the tart fruit. Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh has been in the family since the 1950s.

     

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    Clinton Tourism in Arkansas: Go Along for the Ride on a 'Billgrimage' (ABC News, 11/18/14)
    The first Billgrims came 10 years ago. After the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library Nov. 18, 2004, travelers descended on Arkansas like never before.