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    1. 'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 20 2016)

      'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will once again take local dining to a new level with Double Decker Dine 2016. The event will take place Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. It's the latest in an annual series of events where diners get chauffeured around Springfield in either a double-decker Peter Pan bus or in a modern Peter Pan motor coach so they can sample different restaurants.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines   Mary Kay Wydra

    2. Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

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      Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

      Glenroy Buchanan, the manager of the Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market, says he hopes to "help Springfield revitalize the downtown area." The weekly Friday market kicked off the season on June 3 and is drawing new visitors each and every week, all summer long. Buchanan is hoping to grow the market both in terms of vendors and visitors. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Friday at Tower Square Park. It will continue through Oct. 28.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

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      Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

      The Eastern States Exposition turns 100 this year. For organizers of the 17-day fair every fall and a host of other events during the year, planning such a celebration comes easily. But the centennial is in many ways more than a party — it’s an opportunity to reflect on the Big E’s history, its place in the region, and the many challenges that stand in the way of continuing this tradition for the generations to come

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 12 2016)

      Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Great Savings on travel to Europe

      This offseason Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline is welcoming guests to the Emerald Isle and Europe with extra low fares, equating to seven months of savings! Take advantage of fares to Europe starting at $499* roundtrip. Sale ends on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Fares are available for travel on Aer Lingus’ scheduled, direct transatlantic services November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Seats are limited.

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    5. FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

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      FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

      Springfield's original rock band FAT closed the 2015 CityBlock Concert Series with a bang- the same way they opened the 2016 festivities in Court Square on Thursday night. Peter Newland, front man for the rock group, previously said the show is about more than just the music. "It is really about the city of Springfield and its people," Newland told The Republican's Donnie Moorhouse. "This is the place where FAT started, these are the folks who cheered us on and who welcomed us with open arms when our run was over. We love this city."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    6. Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

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      Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Nate Costa had what most people would consider an attractive position with the American Hockey League — with the operative word being had.  As a member of the AHL’s Team Business Services Department, Costa had a broad job description, but essentially he worked with all 30 of the league’s teams to improve revenues and attendance and deploy best practices to help their organizations run more efficiently and profitably. It was a job that took him across the country, to cities ranging from San Diego to Grand Rapids, Mich., to Utica, N.Y., and provided a host of learning opportunities ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    7. CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

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      CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      Chris Russell says the performers at this year’s CityBlock Concert Series will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. “The outdoor concerts have been a popular event for many years, and we worked hard last year to diversify the offerings,” said the executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, or BID, which stages the series. “But we think we’ve done an even better job this year.” The summer lineup includes a range of genres and showcases well-known groups whose music ranges from pop, rock, and folk to country, Motown, and blues. “We offer regional and national ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    8. CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 22 2016)

      CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) announced that the lineup for the CityBlock Concert Series, presented by MassMutual Financial Group, has been finalized.  The Thursday-evening shows start with FAT on June 30 in Court Square. The shows then move to Stearns Square for the rest of the summer, and include Ricky Nelson Remembered (July 7), Forever Motown (July 14), the Machine performs Pink Floyd (July 21), Natalie Stovall and the Drive (July 28), Terry Sylvester (Aug. 4), Max Creek (Aug. 11), Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18), and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 25). All concerts are at 6:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    9. Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

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      Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

      Springfield Thunderbirds, it is. The city's new American Hockey League franchise, and affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL, announced the team's nickname and mascot in a public event Wednesday at the MassMutual Center (watch that press conference here). "The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts," team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a release from the team. "It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    10. 'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

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      'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

      At a large gathering on the Quadrangle, the Springfield Museums Thursday evening launched the public portion of its $7 million capital campaign to build a Dr. Seuss museum — a place that will promote literacy and honor the legacy of the Springfield native whose books have helped generations of children learn to read. Donald D'Amour, co-chair of the fundraising campaign, said $5.3 million has been raised to date. "We are here to open the public phase of the campaign," D'Amour said. He said the campaign is asking for donations in any amount, especially from those living in the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    11. MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      Explore BusinessWest (May 27 2016)

      MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions taking place to host meetings and conventions. That’s no coincidence, said area tourism officials, as well as those who plan such events. Because of the casino and other visible forms of progress, they note, the city is now in a different, higher bracket for such gatherings.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Mary Kay Wydra

    12. Tourism, Arts, Culture Committee to Visit Hampshire County

      Explore BusinessWest (May 6 2016)

      The state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development continues its 2016 listening tours across the state in Hampshire County on Monday, May 9, beginning with a public hearing at 10 a.m. at the UMass Fine Art Center Concert Hall. This listening tour is part of a statewide series headed by state Sen. Eric Lesser and State Rep. Cory Atkins, committee co-chairs. Legislators from the committee and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Committee will join community members, artists, and local business owners ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    13. Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

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      Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the Springfield Armory National Historic Site as the winner of its 2016 Spotlight Award, part of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant positive contribution to the tourism industry in Western Massachusetts, according to a news release.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    14. National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

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      National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

      The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. announced that its 2018 Fall Leadership Conference will take place in August 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place and MassMutual Center. According to the Republican, the event is expected to draw more than 600 insurance professionals to the city from around the U.S. and should generate about $1 million in local economic activity.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    15. State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

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      State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

      Ash said that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are focused on drawing more tourists to Massachusetts in general, and to the Pioneer Valley in particular. Six flags is a major regional employer and pays a large amount taxes, making it a valuable asset to Agawam and the commonwealth as a whole, according to Ash.  'Six Flags New England brings tourists and locals to the area, supporting local vendors and economic growth,' Ash said. 'The Baker-Polito administration is committed to working with local and regional officials, including Rep. Boldyga, to leverage unique local assets and drive economic development and job ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    16. Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The Springfield Falcons will be sold to the Arizona Coyotes in a deal that could end the city's 80-year affiliation with the American Hockey League.  Falcons owner Charlie Pompea confirmed to The Republican the imminent deal that could foreshadow a franchise shift to Tucson, Ariz. Officials from the Coyotes have not commented, but according to media reports from Arizona last week, the National Hockey League team is interested in bringing its minor league team closer to home, making player transfers easier and branding the state of Arizona as their hockey market.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Falcons   Springfield   The Republican

    17. 2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

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      2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

      Every year the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates people living and working in Western Massachusetts who have gone above and beyond for their customers.  This year the bureau has named 52 individuals as finalists for the 2016 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The awards program, established in 1996, was created to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    18. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

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      Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

      pringfield has a storied rowing history, and in 2012 PVRC took up residence in a century-old building that formerly housed Bassett Boat’s showroom. It sits on the edge of North Riverfront Park, which recently received a $1.3 million makeover, and is backed by the 3.7-mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  Quick said the club is delighted with the new pergola, pavilion, picnic tables, nautical flagpole, and sitting walls at the park, and works closely with the city to maintain it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    19. Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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      Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

      This year’s class includes 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, two-time NABC Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, the first African-American coach in a professional league John McLendon; three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal; and four-time WNBA Champion Sheryl Swoopes. Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game also selected four directly elected members. They include Zelmo Beaty from the Veterans Committee, Yao Ming from the International Committee, Cumberland Posey from the Early African American Pioneers Committee and Jerry Reinsdorf from the Contributor Committee

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    20. Western Massachusetts tourism continues to help drive economy: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Western Massachusetts tourism continues to help drive economy: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

      At Six Flags New England, 2016 will see the unveiling of a new roller coaster ride named the 'Fireball' along with a re-launching of the 'Bizarro' coaster back to its original concept 'Superman, The Ride.' Roller coaster enthusiasts from far and wide are already buzzing with anticipation.  Our many other one-of-a-kind attractions ranging from candle emporiums to sports shrines to specialty museums and more will continue to draw thousands of visitors from and to our region daily. All of this activity makes cash registers ring, supporting jobs, creating tax revenue and enhancing the area's quality of life.  Conventions, meetings ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    21. Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

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      Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

      In the Pioneer Valley, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, received $200,000 from the $6 million in tourism council funding, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, The grant must be matched with funds from member businesses and destinations. The money goes to fund tourism promotion including a guide book updated annually, a website and ads run by the Bureau runs out of this market touting attractions like Six Flags, the Museums and the Big E.  And there is a local tourism industry, Wydra said, it generated $750 million in local spending ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    22. USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

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      USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

      USRowing will host its 2016 Annual Convention at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel a year from now, Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2016.  The news was announced at the sport's 2015 convention in Philadelphia.  The four-day convention in Springfield is expected to draw 800 people. The 2016 convention is coming to Springfield through the efforts of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, a bike, paddle-run and row sports organization located on the Connecticut River in North Riverfront Park; through the Western MA Sports Commission which seeks to bring sports-related tourism to the region and through the Greater Springfield Convention ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    23. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page.  There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.  The awards program was created by the GSCVB in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers. After ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    24. Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

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      Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

      The two-day Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Based brought in hundreds of planes, more than 300,000 visitors and pumped about $11.6 million into the local economy this spring, according to a new study.  Westover officials, Chicopee Mayor Richard J. Kos, University of Massachusetts officials and the Galaxy Community Council, a non-profit agency which supports the air show, released Tuesday the results of an economic impact study done on the show.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee

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