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Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Before and during the Civil War, Huntsville was a center for railroad and river-based trade and commerce. The Tennessee River remains a favorite local spot for summertime fun. Even now, we boast one of the nation’s oldest existing railroad depots where Civil War-era graffiti still marks the walls from the Confederate soldiers who were held captive there. Unlike many Southern communities during the Civil War, Huntsville's buildings were mostly spared from destruction – leaving the Rocket City with one of the largest concentrations of antebellum homes in the South. The heart of this historic area is called Twickenham. Look at the structures across town and you’ll see a beautiful collection of antebellum homes, renovated manufacturing mills, iconic Greek Revival-style buildings, a perfectly preserved down-home hardware store – the oldest in the state – and even a few spaceships! Where else can you find that combination? In the middle of the 20th century, our bustling town became a critical support line for the U.S. Army before helping to launch the Space Race with the establishment of NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Space exploration is celebrated across all of Huntsville – we are known as “Rocket City USA” after all – but it’s especially celebrated at Alabama’s most popular attraction, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Expanding further into science, technology and other industries is Cummings Research Park, the second largest in the nation. Established in 1962, this impressive consortium of more than 300 companies adds a bustling population of engineers, doctors, students and creatives. The history of Huntsville has seen numerous influxes of new faces from all over the world, which makes our history and identity an ever-changing tapestry. From humble beginnings, the “Rocket City” has grown into a future-minded place to live, work, play... and, of course, to visit! Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube #iHeartHsv   IMG_3190

North Alabama

North Alabama

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A waterfall backdrop for a Native American love story, snow white tigers roaming with more than 130 other exotic animals, a casual meal snug in a rock canyon, rocketing to the stars at the world’s largest space museum, or jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to skydive through crisp blue southern skies. These are just a few of the surprising sights and unexpected experiences that awaits your visit to North Alabama. The region embraces the forest shrouded rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains chain and is split east-to-west by the mighty Tennessee River. The river is sliced into four tremendous recreational reservoirs by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams to create well-known Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, and Pickwick Lake. This setting provides a knapsack full of natural wonders and recreational experiences to complement our rich heritage destinations, eye-popping festivals, and unforgettable journeys. Let’s take a quick dash through some of the unexpected surprises in North Alabama. Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel and tourism industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. AMLA plans and advances the economic welfare of North Alabama by advertising, promoting, and encouraging further development of the natural, historic, and man-made tourist attractions and the recreational facilities and resources of the region through the cooperative efforts and support of its 500+ members. Twitter Twitter (2) Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

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North Alabama has Huntsville, with its U.S. Space & Rocket Center, exposes visitors to what’s beyond our earthly skies; caves and canyons spanning the foothills of the scenic Appalachia Mountains dip into what’s below. Alabama’s National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey, cuts through Bankhead National Forest, adding to the natural beauty. In Muscle Shoals, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”, the highs and lows take the shape of music notes. Birmingham dominates the central region with nightlife and urban sophistication as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights District and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Pinhoti Trail and biologically diverse, free-flowing Cahaba River cut across the region, giving hikers and paddlers something to enjoy. The quiet fades during races at Talladega Superspeedway and Barber Motorsports Track. At Ross Bridge, Oxmoor Valley and Silver Lakes, “drivers” take on a different look as golfers play courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement are celebrated in the Southern region. Montgomery was voted by readers of USA Today and www.10Best.com as America’s most historic city. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and winds its way to the State Capitol. East to Tuskegee, local museums also tell America’s civil and voting rights story. Eufaula’s Southern mansions, Dothan’s peanut past and the Alabama Scenic River Trail, make this region delightful. Sugar-sand beaches and turquoise saltwater, the Gulf Coast is like an oversized resort where every day is a vacation. Families bond over sand castles in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Seeking a day away from the beach? Mobile charms with its antebellum history. With numerous destinations to discover, from sugar-white beaches to picturesque mountaintops, Alabama presents dozens of reasons to pack up and hit the road. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Youtube


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Von Braun Center

Von Braun Center

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Located in northeast Alabama and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntsville is a high tech city with a history of Southern hospitality. The Von Braun Center, named for rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher Von Braun, is located in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville. A short drive from the International Airport and convenient to area hotels. The state-of-the-art South Hall provides over 100,000 square feet of continuous space and 82,000 feet of column-free exhibit space, as well as its own 500-space covered parking garage, in addition to meeting rooms and a 20,000+ square foot lobby and pre function area. North Hall and East/West Hall provide an additional 50,000+ of flexible exhibit, meeting, and banquet space. Meeting rooms accommodate groups of all sizes. The Von Braun Center is a multi-purpose entertainment venue equipped to accommodate major concerts, Broadway performances, ballets, symphonies and a full range of sporting events. The 10,000 seat Arena, 2,153 seat Concert Hall and 502 seat Playhouse Theatre can also be used as meeting areas for conferences or seminars. Huntsville's Von Braun Center is the perfect destination for your event needs. Twitter Facebook

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, and Robotics Camp the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’sDream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The USSRC is more than just artifacts! Experience the physics of astronaut training like never before in simulators like Space ShotTM and G-Force. Our Spacedome IMAX® Theater and our National Geographic Theater transports you to different worlds with amazing documentary films like Hubble, and live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center! Notable Artifacts • National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket • Pathfinder – the world’s only full-stack space shuttle display • Apollo 16 Command Module • Skylab Orbital Workshop • Apollo 12 Moon Rock Twitter Twitter(2) Facebook Instagram Google+ Pinterest Youtube Snapchat: spacecampusa
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Roadie

Roadie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Roadie is the first on-the-way delivery network that puts unused space in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people who have items to send with drivers already traveling in the right direction. Roadie enables more efficient, low cost delivery for Senders and rewards Drivers on trips they were already taking. Make extra money on your next road trip or commute, or save on shipping across town or across the US by using Roadie!

Travelocity

Travelocity

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Travelocity encourages travelers to “Wander Wisely™” and is dedicated to being the champion of the customer with its Customer 1st Guarantee, making the traveling experience both simple and memorable with competitive prices, 24/7 customer service and more. It’s been said that life is a journey, and Travelocity strives to help people make more enlightening stops along the way. But what does that mean, exactly? It means helping travelers to have more fun dreaming and planning by offering trip and destination ideas that range from time-tested to unexpected via Travelocity’s Inspire blog. Giving customers more fulfilling journeys and more cherished memories by delivering innovative products combined with the Travelocity Customer First Guarantee which provides personal support before, during and after the trip. Based in Dallas, Texas, Travelocity is owned by Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes many of the world’s leading online travel properties.

Hashtracking

Hashtracking

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Everywhere you look, Hashtags are being used to curate content, build community and amplify campaigns. Understanding hashtags and hashtag trends associated with your brand can help you connect & engage with your audience, quantify the impact of your marketing efforts, and identify important influencers. Hashtags can be funny, they can be newsworthy, and they can have a lasting impact on your business. We’re here to help measure and support your success.

Hemsworth Communications

Hemsworth Communications

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with an office in Atlanta, Georgia. Hemsworth Communications is one of the fastest-growing full-service public relations agencies servicing the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. A boutique-sized firm with an impressive background and global reach, Hemsworth combines unprecedented passion, insight and connections to surpass client expectations. Areas of specialization include branding, corporate communications strategy, media relations, special events, influencer campaigns, thought leadership and more. Hemsworth Communications’ clients include the below, among others: AmaWaterways Bear’s Den Club Best Western Hotels and Resorts Coral Hospitality Driftwood Hospitality Management Exclusive Traveler Club GoBe Hello Locale Margaritaville Holdings Pearl Beach Club Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Sonesta Coconut Grove #HemsworthPR Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Oklahoma City is in the midst of an exciting urban renaissance. You can see it in its ever-changing skyline. You can feel it on a Friday night in the Bricktown Entertainment District. . You can hear it from 18,203 of the rowdiest fans in the NBA cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. And when you come here, you can experience it first-hand from some of the friendliest people on earth. It’s the kind of place you want to be. It’s the wow factor that makes you realize you picked the right place to visit and you can’t wait to explore. It’s why National Geographic named Oklahoma City “Best Trips 2015.” If you’ve never been to Oklahoma City, now’s the time. And if it’s been a few years since your last visit, you’ll be amazed by the progress. Over the past two decades, the city has transformed through more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit OKC—with nationally ranked festivals such as H&8th Night Market, world-class adventure on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District or the popularity of its 12 districts, many offering monthly street festivals, there’s never been a better time than now to spend a week or weekend away. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s a city that’s rich in cowboy culture as well. All you need now is to see OKC.


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Travel Massive

Travel Massive

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Travel Massive’s Mission is to unearth and connect travel insiders in every city in the world in order to empower change in travel. We are the world’s largest open community of travel industry insiders, leaders and innovators. We connect thousands of professionals to meet, learn and collaborate at events in over 100 cities world wide.

TravelMedia.ie

TravelMedia.ie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website TravelMedia.ie is a travel specialist full service PR, marketing, SEO, events, communications, content marketing and representation company, founded in 2006, and managed by Michael Collins. TravelMedia.ie started as an Ireland market only traditional PR company. In 2012 TravelMedia.ie pivoted to become a digital first travel specialist PR agency, focused on the European market. TravelMedia.ie is still based in Dublin (via London and Paris), but services clients throughout Europe and further afield, e.g. TUI, Phocuswright, Atout France, SAS, Interhome, and Greenlife Tours.


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Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Float down the Singing River to see how it has influenced the lives of early Native American Settlers to produce a thriving community just as it compelled W.C. Handy to reproduce the sounds of our unique Southern Soul. Stories of overcoming adversity abound throughout the Shoals, from enduring the battles of the Civil War era to the inspirational accomplishments of Helen Keller. Today the “Shoals” area includes Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Florence is the largest city in Lauderdale County. The small town flavor of our soul and the large city refinement are evident as you stroll through our charming historic districts, play 18 holes of world-class golf, reel in a trophy size bass, explore the factories of the masterminds behind high fashion or indulge yourself in our tantalizing array of southern cuisine. Florence is the home to The University of North Alabama and is ranked as the fifth safest place to live in the nation. This area is the perfect place for your next vacation or future retirement!

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website About Ontario All four seasons in Ontario are packed with the adventures, experiences and attractions that make a trip of a lifetime. Try paddling, camping, hiking or snow-shoeing in Ontario’s 280 provincial parks. Dance until dawn in Toronto or Ottawa nightclubs; marvel at Niagara Falls; and pair fine VQA vintages with regional delicacies prepared by top chefs. Step into history at living museums, thrill to the color and ceremony of pow wows on Manitoulin Island and Ottawa’s changing of the guard. And throughout Ontario embrace the internationally celebrated theatre, literary, music, fashion and film festivals that light up Canada’s cultural scene all year. About the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a vision to position Ontario as a preferred global destination. OTMPC’s mission is to generate increased visitation by Ontario, Canadian and international tourists, enhance tourism expenditures in Ontario, and contribute to provincial economic prosperity through impactful marketing and results oriented investment partnerships. Launched in 1999, the OTMPC, together with its industry partners, develops and delivers exciting, integrated marketing programs in Ontario and eleven countries around the world. For more information on travel to Ontario, visit www.ontariotravel.net, like Ontario Travel on Facebook, or follow @OntarioTravel on Twitter and Instagram and follow #DiscoverON.

Roadie

Roadie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Roadie is the first on-the-way delivery network that puts unused space in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people who have items to send with drivers already traveling in the right direction. Roadie enables more efficient, low cost delivery for Senders and rewards Drivers on trips they were already taking. Make extra money on your next road trip or commute, or save on shipping across town or across the US by using Roadie!

Travelocity

Travelocity

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Travelocity encourages travelers to “Wander Wisely™” and is dedicated to being the champion of the customer with its Customer 1st Guarantee, making the traveling experience both simple and memorable with competitive prices, 24/7 customer service and more. It’s been said that life is a journey, and Travelocity strives to help people make more enlightening stops along the way. But what does that mean, exactly? It means helping travelers to have more fun dreaming and planning by offering trip and destination ideas that range from time-tested to unexpected via Travelocity’s Inspire blog. Giving customers more fulfilling journeys and more cherished memories by delivering innovative products combined with the Travelocity Customer First Guarantee which provides personal support before, during and after the trip. Based in Dallas, Texas, Travelocity is owned by Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes many of the world’s leading online travel properties.

Hashtracking

Hashtracking

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Everywhere you look, Hashtags are being used to curate content, build community and amplify campaigns. Understanding hashtags and hashtag trends associated with your brand can help you connect & engage with your audience, quantify the impact of your marketing efforts, and identify important influencers. Hashtags can be funny, they can be newsworthy, and they can have a lasting impact on your business. We’re here to help measure and support your success.

Hemsworth Communications

Hemsworth Communications

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with an office in Atlanta, Georgia. Hemsworth Communications is one of the fastest-growing full-service public relations agencies servicing the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. A boutique-sized firm with an impressive background and global reach, Hemsworth combines unprecedented passion, insight and connections to surpass client expectations. Areas of specialization include branding, corporate communications strategy, media relations, special events, influencer campaigns, thought leadership and more. Hemsworth Communications’ clients include the below, among others: AmaWaterways Bear’s Den Club Best Western Hotels and Resorts Coral Hospitality Driftwood Hospitality Management Exclusive Traveler Club GoBe Hello Locale Margaritaville Holdings Pearl Beach Club Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Sonesta Coconut Grove #HemsworthPR Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Oklahoma City is in the midst of an exciting urban renaissance. You can see it in its ever-changing skyline. You can feel it on a Friday night in the Bricktown Entertainment District. . You can hear it from 18,203 of the rowdiest fans in the NBA cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. And when you come here, you can experience it first-hand from some of the friendliest people on earth. It’s the kind of place you want to be. It’s the wow factor that makes you realize you picked the right place to visit and you can’t wait to explore. It’s why National Geographic named Oklahoma City “Best Trips 2015.” If you’ve never been to Oklahoma City, now’s the time. And if it’s been a few years since your last visit, you’ll be amazed by the progress. Over the past two decades, the city has transformed through more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit OKC—with nationally ranked festivals such as H&8th Night Market, world-class adventure on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District or the popularity of its 12 districts, many offering monthly street festivals, there’s never been a better time than now to spend a week or weekend away. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s a city that’s rich in cowboy culture as well. All you need now is to see OKC.