New England Society of CVBs Newsletter

Celebrating over 20 years as an organization

September, 2011 Issue

In This Issue
The Hotel Viking
Equinox Resort
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
North of Boston CVB
Greater Springfield CVB
Central MA CVB
Greater Portland CVB
Greater Hartford CVB
Greater Boston CVB
Vermont Convention Bureau
Newport, RI CVB
Greater Merrimack Valley
Providence Warwick, RI CVB
Destination Worcester
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The Hotel Viking


Hotel Viking Many thanks to the Hotel Viking and our friends at the Newport, RI CVB for hosting the May 6, August, 2011 NESCVB meeting.  

Recently renovated, meeting planners visiting for the first time or returning once again will be delighted to choose from original and updated guestrooms and suites, complete with beautiful furnishings and luxurious bedding amenities.  

The hotel also offers over 14,000 square feet of meeting and wedding banquet facilities. Experience the warmth and character of a small Rhode Island boutique hotel of yesteryear, registered with the Historic Hotels of America, yet updated with modern amenities, including the decadent pampering of SpaTerre and the acclaimed fine dining at One Bellevue.

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Equinox Resort 

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Many thanks to the Equinox Resort  and our friends at the Vermont CVB for hosting the August 22, 2011 NESCVB meeting.  The Equinox Resort has long been considered a premiere destination in the Northeast with 195 well appointed guest rooms and 18,500 ft. of function space, the resort has been welcoming guests for over 250 years.  The Equinox offers a wide variety of unique and memorable activity choices such as championship golf, award winning spa, British School of Falconry, Land Rover off-road driving, Orvis fly fishing and wing shooting, hiking and horseback riding. To learn more about the Equinox for your group, click here:



Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce 




Cape Cod "Calm on Down".  15 towns and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard offer a wide range of accommodations and discriminating venues for all of your meeting needs. Year round events and activities enhance any meeting.  


Here are just a few of the events for the fall and winter: 


Go to 

for help with your meeting or contact  

Patti Lloyd VP of Sales at:


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North of Boston CVB


America's Oldest Fair returns this fall! The Topsfield Fair offers diverse venues with a variety of options. Tops Field FairGreen Meadows Farm inn Hamilton can be a fun and unique setting with scenic hayrides, farm animals, and a "get your hands dirty" team-building experience in the fields!   


Spend Christmas in Salem and enjoy tours of the city's charming historic district decked out for the holidays!  


For more information, visit or contact 

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Greater Springfield CVB   


The LorPioneer Valley - Lobbyd Jeffery Inn, a landmark property in Amherst, MA is nearing the completion of  a significant transformation and will reopen its doors in late fall.  While the Inn will continue to reflect its rich history, there will be fresh touches of contemporary color and furniture to evoke the spirit of a new generation of modern comfort.  The property features 49 state-of-the-art guestrooms, and has added a restaurant, ballroom and a tented garden area.


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Central MA Convention & Visitors Bureau

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 Central Massachusetts offers a wide array of lodging options and facilities. Worcester (New England's second largest city) boasts a state-of-the-art convention center, the DCU Center, with more than 100,000 square feet of space. If accessibility and affordability are key when planning your event, Central MA provides numerous convention sites and services to fit any budget.


To plan your next event contact Billie Kenyon  / 508-755-7400 x221 at the Central MA and Worcester County CVB.

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Greater Portland CVB


Visit GWine GLassreater Portland, Maine for two annual events ~ Harvest on the Harbor, October 20 - 22, Maine's premier food and wine festival!  


Maine Destination Days, November 3 & 4, offers meeting planners a rich itinerary of tradeshow, tours, luncheon, early evening reception and complimentary overnight rooms.  


Please see for more information and feel free to contact Convention Sales  

at 207-772-4994 ext. 225 or 227.     

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Greater Hartford CVB 


AirportMany meeting planners book Connecticut for Autumn because of the variety of meeting venues and off-site relaxation and recreation opportunities with spectacular panoramas of the leaves' changing colors. This Fall, the Greater Hartford CVB welcomes the return of the national expos of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), among others. From golfing to "leaf peeping" driving tours, our gateway to New England delivers successful and memorable experiences.


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Greater Boston Convention Bureau


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Green Visitor News: The Boston bike sharing network began on July 26, 2011 with 61 stations located across the entire city.


New Air Service: Nonstop Tokyo-Boston: Japan Air Lines Tokyo to Boston service begins


For the 3rd consecutive year, Boston & Cambridge named Top Destination in the U.S. for International Meetings.


In June 2012 Boston will host BIO, the global event for biotechnology, attracting 15,000+ delegates & exhibitors from 31 countries.

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Vermont Convention Bureau



The magic of fall in Vermont will soon be upon us.  Fortunately, many regions of the state were unaffected by Tropical Storm Irene.  Interstate highways were not affected and rebuilding and repairs are underway to other travel routes and bridges that were impacted. The Vermont tourism industry is open and ready to help you book your next meeting or event. Click here about the importance of traveling to Vermont now more than ever! 


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Newport, Rhode Island CVB


Congratulations to the Hotel Viking and the Newport Marriott who have won Meetings East "Best of the East" for 2011.  Click here to view the Meetings East digital edition.    Americas Cup Vessel


America's Cup World Series comes to Newport from June 23 to July 1, 2012.  Click here for futher information.   



To learn more about how to plan your next meeting in  

Newport, RI, please visit:  


Greater Merrimack Valley CVB 

The Greater Merrimack Valley is the perfect place for your group this fall. September 16 - 18 history buffs won't want to miss Billerica's Yankee Doodle Homecoming Celebration, complete with a
Open Studiosre-enenactment of a colonial encampment.  


Visit the studios of hundreds of artists October 1 - 2 at the 11th Annual Lowell Open Studios ( Our hotels are offering great deals for groups of all sizes.  



  for more ideas and information.


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Providence Warwick, RI CVB


PumpkinsThe Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular once again returns to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, promising hundreds of professionally carved pumpkins and sensational seasonal sights.  From October 6-30, the walkways and trails of the zoo will be transformed into a magical and mysterious display of artistry and adventure.  Etched with painstaking detail, these pumpkins will display Hollywood icons, varied vignettes and so much more.  Don't miss this group-friendly event that was hailed by USA Today as "extraordinary!"


Destination Worcester


The second-largest city in New England, Worcester combines the historic charm of a small town with the convenience of a thriving metropolitan city.  Our central location to Massachusetts and all of New England makes Worcester an ideal location for meetings and events.


Recently renoWorcester Picvated, The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts has become a cultural cornerstone for Central Massachusetts, presenting Broadway, Music, and More! From Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein to South Pacific, your groups will laugh, cry, and sing along to world-class entertainment all year long. Conveniently located in downtown Worcester, less than 10 minutes from the Mass Pike!  


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Patti Lloyd, President
Phone:  508-362-9351