• Sedona CVB Project Wins Big

     
    POSTED August 12, 2016
     

This year, the Arizona Office of Tourism created a “Grand Pitch” contest; the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Sedona Secret campaign was recognized for the best marketing presentation. The prize was $100,000 in in-kind marketing funds.

The Arizona Office of Tourism said the contest supports destination marketing efforts and increases the economic benefits of tourism activity across over the state.

Sedona Secret 7 is a social media and digital campaign that sheds light on seven different categories of little-known sites in Sedona so visitors can explore the area like a local resident.

"We are extremely proud and honored to have been chosen as the winner of the new Grand Pitch contest," says Jennifer Wesselhoff, president/CEO, Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "We are thrilled to begin working with the media sponsors to promote Sedona in off-peak seasons and to share some off-the-beaten path locations and adventures. The Sedona Secret 7 will launch in the winter 2016."

There were 17 total entries, and four finalists were able to present their idea to a team of judges during the July 13 general session part of the conference. Each team had eight minutes to present and then five minutes to take questions from the judges.

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the media partners that were sponsoring the prize. The Grand Pitch sponsors included Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia, Golf Digest, Off Madison Ave, Sojern, TripAdvisor and Travel Zoo. From there, it went to a vote between judges accounting for 25 percent and audience participation accounting for the other 75.

In 2020, COVID-19 forced the early closure of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Last year, select events were held in person. But in 2022, the rodeo was back in full force as it celebrated its 90th anniversary. Successfully staging the largest rodeo in the world relies on the contributions of 35,000 volunteers.

 

Houston’s C. Baldwin hotel has debuted its event space: Parlour Hideaway. Located on the first floor of the hotel, it is accessible through a hidden door near the lobby. Accommodating intimate gatherings of up to 65 guests, Parlour Hideaway is available for event bookings only and not open to the public. Chef Chris Cosentino of the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, created a new curated catering and drink menu exclusive to the space.

 

Puttshack, a tech-infused mini-golf experience with food and drink, is opening a location at the Village on the Parkway, an open-air shopping destination within the Dallas metropolitan area. Opening in the summer of 2023, it will be Puttshack’s second location in Texas.