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Sticking to the basics of event operations
By Bill Hanson
Simply stated, event operations is detail management — the identification and execution of all functions that lead to a successful event. The foundation of effective pre-event operations is communication. Members of the local organizing committee who are fully informed about details of the process then feel fully involved and will be more productive in their individual areas of responsibility. There are a number of tools that the event manager should make available and that should be updated throughout the process.
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Plans to bring rafting, expo center to Oklahoma City approved
KFOR-TV
Building Oklahoma City into a tourist destination is the goal of two multimillion dollar projects that got the green light recently. City leaders approved final plans for two MAPS 3 projects, including a whitewater rafting area along the Oklahoma River and a new expo center at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
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2014 Ironman impact: $5.5 million
The Spectrum & Daily News
This year's Ironman 70.3 St. George U.S. Pro Championship attracted more than 7,500 visitors to Southern Utah and directly infused an estimated $5.5 million into the local economy. Ironman 70.3 St. George is expected to generate more than just a one-time economic boost for the area. According to a survey completed by the tourism office during the May 3 triathlon, an overwhelming 82 percent of visitors reported that they plan to return and vacation in St. George.
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South Carolina county votes to pursue water park, indoor sports arena
The State
South Carolina's Richland County Council has signaled an interest in exploring two major tourist-based projects — a water park in Richland Northeast and an indoor sports arena south of Columbia. Decisions to pursue funding for the water park and an arena for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and taekwondo tournaments were made on 10-1 votes.
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Florida officials plan to build amateur sports fields
WJHG-TV
Florida's Bay County Tourist Development Council officials may not wait for a group of private investors, wanting to build a minor league baseball stadium. The group's plans also include amateur sports fields. Local tourism leaders say the demand for those fields already exists, and they want to get the ball rolling now.
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Greater Houston CVB to become part of Houston First Corp.
Meetings and Conventions
Effective July 1, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau will become part of Houston First Corp., the public/private group that runs the George R. Brown Convention Center and nine other city buildings and outdoor areas.
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Southwest Florida officially tapped to host 2015 world cup pentathlon event
Herald Tribune
International officials with Modern Pentathlon formally voted to make Southwest Florida the host site of the first world cup event of the series next year, after a solid debut with a cup event recently. A local organizing committee, headed by former lawmaker and state election official Katherine Harris, bid to host the world cup final and three more events in 2015 and 2016 — including an Olympic qualifier — last summer.
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Sticking to the basics of event operations
By Bill Hanson
Simply stated, event operations is detail management — the identification and execution of all functions that lead to a successful event. The foundation of effective pre-event operations is communication. Members of the local organizing committee who are fully informed about details of the process then feel fully involved and will be more productive in their individual areas of responsibility.

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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.

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Room block opens for Market Segment Meetings and Fall CSEE Module
NASC
The NASC is once again co-locating Market Segment Meetings with the USOC Olympic Sportslink to maximize our members' access to excellent educational and professional development opportunities.

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Offbeat road trips are on the rise
By Archita Datta Majumdar
During the recession, vacationers had to come up with innovative and inexpensive ways to satiate their wanderlust. They needed to get away, yet do it in the most economical way possible. Cutting down on air fares was the first thing that came to mind, so they turned to the road. Soon, this economical practice showed its innate promise of freedom and wonder. Now that they have had the taste of the adventure, Americans want more. The buzzword for 2014 is offbeat vacations, which are easy trips with something new in store.
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Los Angeles among 4 US cities in running for 2024 Olympic bid
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The U.S. Olympic Committee has officially narrowed the list of American cities still in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games — and Los Angeles has made the cut. Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are also included.
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There's going to be a 'Bitcoin Bowl'
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BitPay, the Atlanta-based Bitcoin payments processor, has signed a deal with a unit of ESPN to sponsor the NCAA football playoff game most recently known as the Beef O'Brady's Bowl. It will be called the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. The deal starts this year and will run through 2016.
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