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 IMEX America Marks Earth Day 2014 With 9% Improvement in APEX/ASTM Sustainable Event Compliance
      Wednesday, April 23 @ 14:25:36 CDT
General News"The IMEX Group continues to demonstrate its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and producing trade shows which minimize environmental impact by publishing its annual IMEX America Sustainability Report 2013.

At the same time IMEX is using Earth Day (April 22) to launch a short campaign reminding all participants and partners of the essential contribution they make each year to the reuse, recycling and reduction of waste and vital resources during IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America.

The new sustainability benchmarking report - compiled and audited by IMEX’s sustainability partners MeetGreen® - illustrates that the trade show’s overall compliance with the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards improved by 9% in 2013, reaching a high of 72% (2013 target: 70%). Significant reductions in energy and water usage combined with a 10% improvement in waste being sent to landfill, and a marked increase in composting rates, defined the show’s green performance for 2013. In addition 8,590 pounds of show materials were donated to local charities, mostly comprising signage and carpet. Innovative use of all the plastic carpet covers ensured these were donated to a local Las Vegas co-op for reuse as greenhouse enclosures.

Host partners, Sands Expo®, surpassed their 2012 achievements with a waste diversion rate of 90.32% which, when combined with the results from IMEX America’s host hotels The Venetian®|The Palazzo®, resulted in an overall diversion rate of 79.6%. This resulted in the 10% improvement in waste diversion from landfill compared to 2012. Despite increased attendance figures, overall water use was also reduced by 16%.

The Sustainability Report highlights several other notable achievements: 32% of all food served met the APEX/ASTM sustainability standard for food and beverage operations, and over $5,000 dollars were donated to three local charities which IMEX America has pledged to support over the long-term - Opportunity Village, the Shade Tree and Clean the World. Donations were raised through the innovative IMEX Badge Back program, which gives $1 for every used visitor badge dropped into a sponsored recycling bin. A generous donation from MeetGreen® also allowed IMEX to invite visitors to create hygiene kits from reusable toiletries, which resulted in over 700 kits being made and donated to the Shade Tree shelter for women, children and their pets.

The Venetian/Palazzo's lobby display was designed to highlight their Eco 360 program and support IMEX America's sustainability efforts.

The report also includes full transparency on areas for improvement at IMEX America 2014 and beyond. These include increasing sustainable food options; encouraging and enabling more of the show’s additional hosted buyer hotels to report on sustainability practices and reducing post-show waste on the floor from exhibitor booth materials.

Says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group: “I’m really happy to share this report with other planners and peers in the meetings and events industry and to make our green efforts and results fully transparent to all. Every year and every show is different, and if there one’s lesson we’ve learned above all it’s that the communication and ‘championing’ of best environmental practice cannot stop. Every single individual in our complex supply chain needs to understand and act on our green objectives in order for us to keep on meeting or overtaking the previous year’s results. It takes constant vigilance, corporate commitment and caring at a personal level so Earth Day 2014 presents the perfect opportunity to thank everyone for doing their bit, and to encourage them to keep on helping, whether they plan to join us in Frankfurt or Las Vegas.”

Meetings industry professionals interested in taking part in the biennial IMEX Challenge, which is inviting volunteers to build a new healing garden at the Shade Tree on the weekend prior to IMEX America, can find out more and register at: http://www.imexamerica.com/challenge

More information on sustainability practices at IMEX America
IMEX and the MeetGreen® teams works with many organizations that help support and execute the show. The Sands Expo® and host hotels The Venetian®|The Palazzo® -- with their innovative Sands Eco 360 Program-- are key players. Other important stakeholders include IMEX’s general service contractor GES, transportation company Allied PRA; registration company Experient; AV provider Show Gear and others.

In addition, throughout the show IMEX asks hosted buyers, attendees and exhibitors to become part of the IMEX America ‘Green Team’ and show their support for sustainable meetings by wearing a green ribbon. In doing this they pledge to take certain green actions such as providing and asking for electronic materials vs. hard copies; building sustainable materials into their booths; finding out about the green options provided by destinations; attending at least one education session at the Sustainability Hub, and more."




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 3 Huntsville Venues Recognized Among South’s Top Meeting Locations
      Wednesday, April 23 @ 14:22:49 CDT
General News"U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Jackson Center recognized by ConventionSouth

(Huntsville, AL) – The meeting industry is big business for Madison County, pumping $997 million into the county’s economy and providing 14, 255 jobs, according to 2013 number by the Alabama Tourism Department. Attractions, hotel and meeting venues play a vital role in securing meeting business, and three local venues were recently recognized by ConventionSouth magazine for the exceptional experience they offer to meeting attendees and visitors.

“We’re proud of our partners for their exceptional offerings that continuously enhance the experience of conference attendees as well as leisure travelers,” President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Judy Ryals said. “Our community’s unique offerings sets us apart as a one-of-a-kind meeting and visitor destination.”

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Huntsville Botanical Garden were named to ConventionSouth’s list of “99 Attractions in the South for Group Adventures.” The editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and Caribbean Seas region, selected 99 attractions located across 16 states in the South and the Caribbean Seas Region where groups can find unique adventures.

The Jackson Center, located in the heart of Cummings Research Park, was also recognized by ConventionSouth as one of the 2014 “Elite Conference Centers of the South.” Conference facilities were assessed based on various factors such as meetings technology and amenities; facility aesthetics, décor and appearance; and meeting planner reviews and recommendations. From there, editors asked a list of 80 to fill out a detailed qualification form, noting their offerings and best attributes such as videoconferencing capabilities, ergonomic seating, catering, recreation options and outdoor gathering areas.

A listing of elite attractions recognized by ConventionSouth can be found online at http://www.conventionsouth.com/attractions.htm and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/99-adventure-attractions-for-groups.

To view the complete listing “Elite 50 Conference Centers in the South” visit http://www.conventionsouth.com/conferencecenters.htm and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/50-elite-conference-centers-in-the-south.

For more information, please contact Jessica Carlton, Huntsville/Madison County CVB Marketing Manager at jessica@huntsville.org or 256.551.2294

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB works with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types."




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 Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Joins the Green Revolution Commemorating Earth Day
      Wednesday, April 16 @ 13:32:17 CDT
General News"Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles announces its inclusion in Earth Day celebrations.

In addition to the robust recycling program in place at the hotel, the hotel will commemorate Earth Day all week 04/21 – 25.

Guests parking Hybrid or Electric vehicles at the hotel will receive complimentary Valet Parking at the hotel on April 22nd, Earth Day.

Both the Restaurant and Bar will offer guests a “Treetini” signature cocktail. A donation of $2 per drink will be made to a local tree planting organization.

Throughout the week the hotel restaurant will offer Vegan dining options locally sourced minimizing the carbon footprint of the meal.

General Manager, Deepak Mehra said “we are thrilled to take a small role in our part to bring awareness to our place in the global community ‘going green’. Our team members understand that every little bit counts and our contribution, no matter how small will make a difference.”

About Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
Explore the Los Angeles area from the comfort of the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles hotel. Located just off Interstate 101, this LA hotel is 35 minutes’ drive from downtown and is surrounded by a number of notable businesses. Set in a beautifully open neighborhood, there is plenty to explore both in and around the hotel.

For more information on the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles, please visit our website at http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-woodland-hills-los-angeles-BURWCHF/index.html

About Earth Day Network
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

For more information on the Earth Day Network, please visit http://www.earthday.org/"




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 Balboa Bay Resort Offering New Short Term Summer Special Group Rate
      Wednesday, December 31 @ 18:00:00 CST
General News"Short Term Summer Group Rate available now through June 2014 at Balboa Bay Resort

NEWPORT BEACH – Balboa Bay Resort today announced they have implemented a new short term summer group sales program, available now through June, 30 2014 with rates starting as low as $169*.

For group bookings of 10 rooms or more per night, in addition to the special room rate, organizations will also receive a choice of the following inclusions:

- Complimentary 15% off resort outlet discount voucher and glass of wine or beer for all guests upon check- in
- Complimentary VIP one-hour Duffy boat excursion around Newport bay complete with wine & cheese
- Complimentary chair massages for group during meeting breaks
- One complimentary guestroom for every thirty rooms occupied
- Complimentary coffee break in your meeting room

In order to qualify for Balboa Bay Resort’s Short Term Summer group pricing and offer, a booking must be new and made contractually for 2014 booked between now and June 30, 2014, as well as for 10 rooms or more per night. The promotion is also subject to availability, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

For Resort group rates & information , please contact the sales department at 949.630.4125 or sales@balboabayresort.com

About Balboa Bay Resort
Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, offers stunning bay views and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Waterline Newport Beach is the resort’s new restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring a captivating water to table experience. With dramatic sunsets and picturesque views, Waterline offers the freshest seafood and a unique chef-driven concept. Also available is Blend™, the resort’s new gourmet coffee shop featuring freshly-brewed coffee, espresso, teas, fresh pastries, paninis, gelato, grab ‘n go sandwiches, desserts and more. Other resort amenities include a full-service 10,000-square-foot spa; full service salon, retail boutique and a wealth of outdoor recreation, including a year-round heated swimming pool and whirlpool, water activities, and for guests to rent from the private dock: electric boats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks; and more than 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Balboa Bay Resort at 949.645.5000; or visit the website at www.balboabayresort.com."




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 City Sights, Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
      Wednesday, April 16 @ 15:23:10 CDT
General News"In January, the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, located in San Diego, expanded its Altitude Sky Lounge by adding a new indoor-outdoor venue called City Sights. Anny Rouillard, director of design at Stanford Hotels Corporation, the company that owns and operates the property, led the charge in converting a former fitness center into a sleek sky-high destination. Perched on the rooftop, 22 stories above street level, the new space allows guests to host sophisticated business meetings or intimate, year-round gatherings with a 360-degree look at San Diego’s most exciting sights. “We wanted this space to be multifunctional—to be a place for gathering where people could appreciate the beautiful view,” Rouillard says.

Flex Time
With modular chairs and a variety of cocktail tables, the furniture is flexible for a variety of applications. “The layout can be changed depending on the function,” Rouillard says. “We wanted people to be able to move around.”

Peekaboo
Because most of the walls in the space are neutral, Rouillard sought to create an accent wall. “The screen on the wall is a focal point,” she says. Made out of MDF, the cutout screen allows light to shine through for a whimsical effect.

Barfly
The corner bar, which attracts attention with up-lit bottles in the evening and posh stainless steel accents, can easily be hidden during daytime meetings by pulling down roller shades.

Mood Lighting
To transition the space from day to night, Rouillard and her team installed high-tech lighting that changes colors and intensity throughout the evening. “At night we have this fantastic light show that showcases different settings and different moods,” Rouillard says. “It gives the space a lot of energy.”"




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 Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Welcomes New General Manager
      Wednesday, April 16 @ 15:22:04 CDT
General News"Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles has welcomed Mr. Deepak Mehra as the new General Manager.

Mr. Mehra brings nearly 20 years of Hotel Management experience to the property. Mr. Mehra most recently served as General Manager at Kimpton Hotels, San Francisco. His experience spans some of the industry’s most well-known brands such as Hyatt, Intercontinental, Taj and Raffles Hotels. In addition to his postings in the United States, he has worked extensively throughout Asia.

Mr. Mehra is to oversee the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles multi-million dollar renovation of all guest rooms, public areas & meeting space due to commence in the coming months.

Mr. Mehra is instilling a service & customer centric approach to all guest interactions. “I want our guests to feel as if our hotel is their home away from home”, he said. From this traditional approach, he hopes to bring back the glory days of hospitality to the area. He went on to say that “the newly renovated hotel will become a central gathering place for guests, local residents and business executives.”

Mr. Mehra is no stranger to the challenges that hotel renovations can bring, but he and his Executive Management Team are gearing up to ensure that the customer experience is of the highest quality as the building is renewed.

Mr. Mehra has always worked in the Hospitality Industry and is passionate about travel having visited more than 12 countries and 41 cities. Mr. Mehra is married with a 4 year old daughter and 8 year old Golden Retriever.

About Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
Explore the Los Angeles area from the comfort of the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles hotel. Located just off Interstate 101, this LA hotel is 35 minutes’ drive from downtown and is surrounded by a number of notable businesses. Set in a beautifully open neighborhood, there is plenty to explore both in and around the hotel.

For more information on the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles, please visit our website at http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-woodland-hills-los-angeles-BURWCHF/index.html."




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 Prague to host the key European television industry event NATPE Europe
      Wednesday, April 16 @ 15:20:39 CDT
General News"Prague, April 16, 2014 - NATPE Europe, the most important television industry event dedicated to the central and eastern European market and featuring all of the major U.S. studios will take place in Prague for the first time this year. Focused on the dynamic and evolving TV content industry including movies, series and other formats. NATPE||Europe will take place June 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Prague Hotel. It will be the first opportunity for many representatives of local channels to view the latest American programs. Registrations are still available for TV industry professionals interested in attending as buyers and sellers. Prague Convention Bureau is a partner of the event.

The representatives of TV stations, cable and satellite companies and SVOD providers from Central and Eastern Europe will meet in June 2014 through the NATPE||Europe market and establish cooperation with representatives of the world´s top distribution companies, offering TV programs of all genres for all platforms. In recent years, the market has been regularly attended by around 125 exhibiting companies and more than 300 channels and stations interested in buying the rights to air television content, including among others HBO, MTM, CET, Chello, RTL, and Viasat.

NATPE||Europe relocates this year from its long-time location in Budapest. The transition will offer greater flexibility of the exhibition space and organization of the screenings, as well as special events. "We are excited about the benefits that the new location brings. There are myriad possibilities regarding the presentations, special events, parties and networking opportunities. The facilities of the Hilton Prague Hotel will also enable all of the activities to take place under one roof,” said the president and CEO of NATPE Rod Perth. Registrations are open and available on the website https://www.natpe.com/europe/register.

About NATPE
Celebrating more than 50 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. NATPE also annually organizes the NATPE||Miami “Market of the Americas,” which reflects a commitment to create the first – and most important – must-attend market of the year for the linear and digital content communities, and increasingly for advertisers and brands. NATPE breaks down the barriers by setting new expectations and possibilities, and creates the big-tent environment where deals start, and then get done across every platform.

See more information on the website https://www.natpe.com/about."




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 Bonaventure Resort & Spa Receives “South's Top 75 Resorts For Groups” and “South’s Top 25 Business Meetings Resorts” Awards
      Wednesday, April 09 @ 15:18:04 CDT
General News"Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 2014 … Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® and Benchmark Conference Center®, has announced that the property is a 2014 recipient of “The South's Top 75 Resorts For Groups” award and the “South’s Top 25 Business Meetings Resorts” award. The recipients of both coveted awards are selected annually by the readers of ConventionSouth magazine, a multimedia resource to 18,000 meeting professionals located across the nation for planning events and meetings in the South.

“This is indeed an honor for all of us at Bonaventure Resort & Spa,” said Charles Reece, general manager. “The fact that these awards are received through the direct involvement of readers of the magazine – our customers -- is especially gratifying for every member of our service team. We are grateful for this important recognition!”

"Meeting planners and groups find resorts in the South to be a top choice for their events," said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher & Editor Marlane Bundock. "These resorts provide the complete amenities and service standards needed to host meetings and special group events."

Bonaventure Resort & Spa is a top South Florida resort and conference center with 80,000 sq. ft. of indoor & outdoor distraction-free meeting space, 500 spacious guest rooms featuring 100 suites, Benchmark Hospitality’s award-winning conference concierge services designed to maximize a group’s meeting investment -- and endless Florida sunshine! The Four Diamond resort with award-winning cuisine and recreation amenities is in the middle of it all, easily accessible by land (I-95) and by air via the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Miami (MIA) International Airports, and close to the activities, excitement and eco-adventures for which groups come to sunny South Florida.

The combination of newly enhanced grounds and signature pools at Bonaventure, a renovated golf club featuring an 18-hole championship course under the same ownership as the resort, the nearby Cliff Drysdale tennis center, world-class 48,000 sq. ft. aLaya Spa, and endless off-site entertainment opportunities at the BB&T Center close by--for which Bonaventure is the official hotel, make the resort unsurpassed as the best meetings & events venues in South Florida.

Add to this Bonaventure’s recent multimillion dollar renovation of its meeting and event space, and the resort’s exceptional in-house Destination Management Service, as well as its world-class recreation and aLaya Spa programming, and Bonaventure Resort & Spa stands alone in South Florida as the best property for important corporate and association meetings.

For more information on Bonaventure Resort & Spa, the property’s special-value spring & summer meeting guestroom & package rates, or High Impact Meetings, call 954-349-5521, or visit http://www.bonaventureresortandspa.com/ftlauderdale_meetings/meeting_special_offer/ & http://www.bonaventureresortandspa.com/ftlauderdale_meetings/impactmeetings/ For a complete list of the ConventionSouth award recipients, visit www.conventionsouth.com/top_resorts.htm and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/conventionsouth/souths-top-resorts-for-groups

About Bonaventure Resort & Spa
Situated in the heart of the affluent Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers an unparalleled resort experience that offers guests well-appointed accommodations, gourmet culinary options and a world-class spa. The AAA Four Diamond Resort, which became part of Benchmark Hospitality International's portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012, features 500 spacious guestrooms and suites, four swimming pools, fitness center, the full service aLaya Spa, a championship PGA golf course and multiple dining options, including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland's Steakhouse. Conveniently located just west of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the resort is just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and offers guests easy access to area attractions, including the Sawgrass Mills Mall, Florida Everglades eco-adventures, and the BB&T Center home of NHL hockey, concerts and events , as well as nearby beaches. For more information or reservations, please visit www.BonaventureResortandSpa.com, “Like” us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests’ needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels."




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 Michael Hoffman Headlines AIBTM 2014 in Orlando
      Wednesday, April 09 @ 15:15:13 CDT
General News"Keynote Focus On “Being #1… Igniting a Culture of Success!”

ORLANDO–Michael Hoffman, President of Igniting Performance, has been chosen to keynote AIBTM’s 2014 high-caliber Knowledge Program taking place on June 10th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. His presentation, “Being #1… On Purpose! Igniting a Culture of Success and Mastering the Tornado!” will present tactics and techniques for successful, high performance results.

Michael Hoffman comments, “Success is not genetic. The success chromosome is not part of our DNA. Our success is built by the things we say and do to have an impact. Business is and will always be about ‘people’. How we approach our customers both internally and externally will set us apart from our competitors.”

“Coaching, motivation and interaction are key elements to master the tornado of the meeting planning business,” according to Hoffman. The keynote session will offer a highly interactive presentation to involve attendees’ views on best practices, skills and attitudes to ignite high performance in businesses.

Hoffman further adds: “The real challenge is that this tornado impacts your attitude and the quality of your communication when it’s most critical. It’s in these tornados that the masters of the meetings industry rise. Learning how the tornado of business and life impacts our communication and the skill sets necessary to be an agent of influence can be a game changer in equipping and igniting your people to be #1… On Purpose.”

Here are some of the skills, which will be ignited in this program:
- Communication that ignites an engaged culture
- Creating/perfecting leadership skill-sets and conversations
- The secret to build involvement for commitment
- Getting the most done in any coaching situation
- The secrets to nail both the personal and any practical needs
- When you need more than a team
- Creating loyalty through conversations
- Develop the #1 skill that creates sought after coaches
- Have your interactions have more impact and more influence

Michael Lyons, Reed Travel Exhibitions, AIBTM Exhibition Director, commented, “We are very excited to have Michael Hoffman as our keynote speaker at AIBTM this year. The session will showcase once again that business is more than ever about building relationships both internally and externally, that never change despite social media, online meetings software and streaming media.”

AIBTM 2014 will provide further complimentary, valuable and interactive sessions for all attendees, including:
• To Certify or Not to Certify – Is this the next “meaning of life” question for the meetings and event industry? Presented by RecertTrack
• Energize Your Meeting with Experiential Design. Best Practices presented by PCMA Corporate Track
• Transform Your Events from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Presented by MPI
• What Your Event Planner CV Needs in 2014. Presented by etouches
• Extend the Life of Your Meeting – Transforming Attendees into Year-Round Participants. Presented by PCMA Association Track
• Do you have a Digital Playbook for your next event? Presented by IAEE
• The Mobile Revolution: Are you on the guest list? Presented by Cvent

AIBTM 2014 will take place from 10th – 12th June, 2014. To participate as an exhibitor, apply as a Hosted Buyer or register as a Trade Visitor, visit www.aibtm.com. Join AIBTM on Linked in, Facebook, Twitter , Youtube and i-MEET"




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 Free, guided historic walking tours to take place every Saturday in April in Huntsville
      Wednesday, April 09 @ 15:13:13 CDT
General News"
Tours explore Twickenham and Madison Historic Districts

(Huntsville, AL) – Ever been curious about the stories behind the Rocket City’s most historic homes? The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is sponsoring free, guided walking tours to explore the stories behind two of the area’s five historic districts. The April Walking Tours take place every Saturday in April and explore the Twickenham Historic District (April 5th and April 12th) and the Madison Historic District (April 19th and April 26th). The tours are free, and no reservations are required.

All walking tours depart at 10 a.m. every Saturday in April. The Twickenham Walking Tours will leave from the Confectionery Shop at Alabama Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville, and the Madison Walking Tours will depart from the Little Roundhouse in downtown Madison.

“Huntsville is home to the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes in the Twickenham Historic District,” President and CEO Judy Ryals of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB explained. “These walking tours give visitors and residents alike the opportunity to explore Madison County’s past, learn a bit of our history, and hopefully be entertained along the way.”

Tour guides for the April Walking Tours include Jan Williams & Jacque Reeves (April 5th), Van Brown (April 12th), Cindi Sanderson (April 19th) and Charles Sturdivant (April 26th).

Among the city’s several historic districts, the downtown Huntsville historic districts, Twickenham, Old Town and Five Points, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This official list contains places considered worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

October Walking Tours will highlight Huntsville’s historic districts not featured in the April tours. They will take place on Saturday, October 4th and 11th and will explore the Old Town and Five Points Historic Districts that accompany the Twickenham District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Free walking tours exploring Alabama’s past were initiated by the Alabama Tourism Department in 2003 to foster the exploration of Alabama’s history and culture, especially in downtown areas.

Alabama is the only state with annual coordinated, state-wide walking tours.

For more information, visit www.huntsville.org/WalkingTours or contact Jessica Carlton at jessica@huntsville.org or 256.551.2294.

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types."




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