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In New York, Obama touts international tourist plan
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President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, traveling to the central section of New York to tout his administration's plan to boost international tourism. Obama spoke for about 15 minutes to an invite-only crowd in the museum's famed Plaque Gallery, where he stood among 300 bronze plaques commemorating the legends of the sport. He signed a memorandum directing members of his administration to develop a plan to cut wait times for customs processing at the 15 largest U.S. airports, a move he said will help the country's reputation with foreign visitors.
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New York City nixes 2024 Olympics bid
AFP via Yahoo
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has nixed any possibility the "Big Apple" could bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The administration decided not to pursue the Olympic Games after looking at the pros and cons. De Blasio had said he would consider the Olympics but Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said that top officials decided it "doesn't make sense."
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Pennsylvania program gets locals to 'bring home the business'
Philadelphia Business Journal
Those who work in the hospitality and tourism industry know that visitor spending is more than just an admissions ticket. Along with supporting the local economy by potentially bringing in millions to billions of dollars in economic impact, it also creates jobs. Locals, however, may not see the connection, prompting the launch of a new initiative. "Bring Home the Business," the new initiative in Pennsylvania by Visit Bucks County, the county's official tourism promotion agency, was launched with the hope of encouraging locals who are part of an association or group to consider bringing their meetings into the area.
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Bidders for 2022 Winter Games are melting away
The New York Times
As if the Winter Olympics did not have enough existential problems with concern about rising temperatures and melting glaciers, it now seems that nobody is much interested in staging them even while the planet still has snow. What once looked like a robust race to host the 2022 Winter Games has turned into a scramble for the escape hatch.
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Crowdfunding 101: How to raise money online
By Scott Steinberg
As a result of numerous successful online fundraising campaigns by leading organizations and associations, interest in crowdfunding and the number of total creations that the practice is successfully breathing life into are soaring. While it may be tempting to launch your own fundraising initiative, be aware that there's more to crowdfunding than either fundraising or immediate success. Many efforts die a quiet death, failing to garner widespread public awareness or meet funding goals — a fate your campaign can avoid with some careful forethought and planning.
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In New York, Obama touts international tourist plan
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President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, traveling to the central section of New York to tout his administration's plan to boost international tourism.

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The quest for sponsorships
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If you are of a certain age, you probably remember weekend afternoons in front of the TV set, watching Chris Schenkel call the Professional Bowlers Association tournament of the week.

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International Speedway Corp. revs up its fan experience
BizTech
It's not just the racers who have a need for speed at the tracks run and owned by International Speedway Corp. It's the fans too. In all, the company owns 13 motorsports facilities, including its flagship track in Daytona Beach, Florida. ISC facilities host some of the best high-performance cars that American racing fans will likely ever see. Now, the company has rolled out an equally turbocharged IT infrastructure to increase operational efficiencies and productivity and boost the fan experience.
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Matt Robinette appointed to Virginia regional tourism board
International Meetings Review
In Virginia, Richmond Region Tourism has appointed Matt Robinette to the role of director of convention and sports services. In this newly-developed position, Robinette will be responsible for managing the services provided to convention, meetings and sports event clients. He comes to Richmond Region Tourism from the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau where he served as sports sales manager.
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