Visit Austin just wrapped its sixth annual Airstream tour, which included stops in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City to promote Austin’s adorable weirdness. “The road trip was a chance for us to take a sample of Austin on the road and show other markets what we have to offer in our city,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Austin. “This series gave us the opportunity to promote the culture, music and creativity of our city.”

To do so, Visit Austin hosted tailgates, musical performances and film screenings across the country while livestreaming many of the activities. During the tour, Visit Austin gave away a trip to Austin and other prizes. For a closer look at this CVB on the road, check out the tour’s official hashtag, #ATXAirstream. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

The 18-story, 303-room Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is now open for business. Located within Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre, the hotel includes a 27,500-square-foot conference center with Regency and Junior ballrooms and additional breakout spaces, most with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light.