Top Tips For Working With Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Top Tips For Working With Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Top Tips For Working With Convention and Visitor Bureaus

We are joined on this episode of Event TALK by Graeme Hughes, Director of Sales at Visit Tucson. Graeme has worked twenty-five years in the hospitality & tourism industry focusing on sales & marketing. His career includes four years in Destination Management, thirteen years with Westin Hotels & Resorts, Starwood and five years with Loews Hotels before joining the Visit Tucson in November 2007. He is responsible for the management and execution of the Bureau’s convention sales effort, positioning Tucson & Southern Arizona as a premier destination for group meetings, conventions and events. Graeme joins us to share his top tips for working with Convention and Visitor Bureaus. 

Listen to Eric Dye and Graeme Hughes discuss the following:

  • Is there a distinct difference between a Convention and Visitor Bureau and a Destination Marketing Organizations for meeting planners to be aware of?
  • What are the benefits for a meeting planner to be working with a CVB or DMO?
  • There are companies out there that help meeting planners with the sourcing of hotel rooms for meetings, Is a CVB a complementary service to this, or should planners looks at a CVB as a one-stop resource?
  • How does a planner typically initiate a relationship with a CVB, and what does a CVB need to be successful for the planner?
  • Are there any other services a CVB can offer meeting planners we may not yet have covered today?
  • What are your top 3 tips for planners to be successful in working with a Convention and Visitor Bureau?

LISTEN TO THE SHOW 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Graeme Hughes has worked twenty-five years in the hospitality & tourism industry focusing on sales & marketing. His career includes four years in Destination Management, thirteen years with Westin Hotels & Resorts/Starwood and five years with Loews Hotels before joining the Visit Tucson in November 2007. He is responsible for the management and execution of the Bureau’s convention sales effort, positioning Tucson & Southern Arizona as a premier destination for group meetings, conventions and events.

Professional memberships include Meeting Professionals International, Destination Marketing Association International & Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

Reach Graeme at Visit Tucson.