Member Marketing Update
December 2020
Happy New Year!
A Message from GBCVB President & CEO Martha J. Sheridan
As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on a difficult and unprecedented year while looking forward to a 2021 full of promise. Challenging times lie ahead. We remain gripped in a global pandemic that will not subside with the drop of a ball. However, we have faith that as vaccine distribution ramps up in the first quarter of 2021 we will see signs of recovery for our vital industry. And as recovery commences, we will continue to share critical resources and tirelessly advocate on behalf of the travel sector and our member companies. We embrace the role of leadership that will be required.
 
We recognize that economic recovery cannot restore all the dreams, businesses, and, most importantly, human lives that were lost or uprooted in 2020. When we speak of "recovery," we qualify that word with the very personal and poignant understanding that the toll will never be fully repaid. It can't be.
 
And yet we persist. We look ahead to 2021 as a year of strength, unity, optimism, and empathy, and we see travel as the key for families, friends and cultures looking to reconnect. Let's turn the page on 2020. We invite you to join us for a very special First Night Celebration tomorrow night. An iconic Boston tradition takes on a new form this year, but let's participate together as we usher in 2021!

Martha
First Night Boston 2021
We invite you to join us on NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston, and a livestream on the First Night Website as we ring in 2021. GBCVB President & CEO Martha J. Sheridan will appear on the broadcast with a special message of hope and optimism - be sure to tune in at 6 pm!
GBCVB Annual Meeting
GBCVB Annual Meeting 2020
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Annual Meeting on December 15th. We want to extend a special thank you to Governor Charlie Baker for joining us to discuss the challenges the tourism industry has faced throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate his insights, empathy, and support!

We were thrilled to present all of our campaigns, initiatives, and accomplishments from 2020, all carried out on behalf of our members and Boston’s travel and hospitality industry. We are always working for you and the betterment of our city as a tourism destination!

Missed the meeting? You can still watch the zoom recording or view the powerpoint deck. Additional member updates are archived on this page.
Holiday Toast & Jingle

Thank you to all who joined us for a virtual Holiday Toast & Jingle on December 9th. It was great to see you all and have some holiday fun! A big thank you also to Taylor Russo from Lola 42 for showing us how to make some delicious cocktails and Rob Peters for jingling in some merriment. Congratulations to our winners - Betty Salemme, Head Concierge at the Seaport Hotel and Rachael Morgan, Director, National Accounts for the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, for their festive attire and Dakeya Christmas, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport, for winning the Music Bingo.

If you are interested to participate in one of our upcoming virtual open house events, please contact Kamilla @ kdcarmignani@bostonusa.com.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year and looking forward to seeing you at our next event in January - invitation forthcoming.
Boston Neighborhoods Project: Roxbury
As part of the GBCVB Neighborhoods Project we recently produced a video on Roxbury, capturing scenes and testimonials that collectively tell an authentic story about Roxbury's past and present, as well as aspirations for the future. We spoke to small business owners, artists, retailers, restaurant owners and community ambassadors. Check out this new video and Roxbury guide.
#LiveBostonClassroom
The Bureau continues to build "Live Boston Classroom" destination experiences featuring hotel and cultural tourism packages that emphasize learning. For questions, or to submit a Live Boston Classroom offering, please contact David O'Donnell,Director of Strategic Communications via dodonnell@bostonusa.comLearn more about this initiative.
Take the Boston Safe & Strong Pledge
Businesses that take the Pledge may upload the Pledge banner to their website and spotlight their Pledge commitment wherever they see fit - the GBCVB will add it to their BostonUSA.com web listing as well. To join the Pledge businesses must comply with a checklist of specified practices. Additionally, to guide compliance, businesses must fill out a form that includes the terms & conditions necessary to participate in the Pledge.

Join us, and take the Boston Safe and Strong Pledge! 
Advertise on the Redesigned BostonUSA.com
Bostonusa.com
We recently unveiled a redesign of our bostonusa.com website which features visually dynamic advertising placements such as:


For more information, reach out to Michelle Natella at mnatella@bostonusa.com or 603-512-9650.
Reserve your ad space and get ready for for 2021!
A Warm Welcome to our Newest Member
The Hilton Garden Inn Boston-Canton
The Hilton Garden Inn Boston - Canton delivers exactly what the market needs – a brand new hotel with an onsite, concept restaurant, private dining and modern event space for corporate and social customers. In addition, it offers an indoor pool, fitness center and 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Member Renewals
We want to thank you for your continued support and partnership. Your investment in our organization and industry is more crucial than ever as we look towards rebuilding together. Your member benefits are at work for you and uninterrupted during these unprecedented times. Here are some examples of your Membership Dues at work.
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN NOVEMBER!
Accent Banner, LLC Agganis Arena at Boston University
Antico Forno Back Deck Basile Fine Italian Kitchen
Boston Marriott Long Wharf HotelBoston Red Sox
Bostonia Public House City Brew Tours Copley House
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Fun Enterprises, Inc.
Guide Service of BostonHoliday Inn Express & Suites Boston - Cambridge
La Morra Loews Boston Hotel Mare Ramada Boston
Staypineapple, A Delightful Hotel, South End
Terramia Ristorante The Castle Group, Inc. The Hotel Commonwealth
The Inn at Longwood Medical The Liberty Hotel Boston
The Mount Washington Cog Railway The Whitney Hotel
TownePlace Suites Marriott Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea TRACS Inc
GREATER BOSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
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