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    1. 2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

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      2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

      Tourism promoters from around the Pioneer Valley announced this year's Howdy Award finalists during ceremonies at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House this week.  The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will announce the winners at a banquet on Monday, May 18, at the Log Cabin. The event begins at 6 p.m.
      Tickets are on sale at $65 per person, and $625 for a table of ten, according to the bureau.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    2. Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

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      Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

      The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is led by Chairman Mansour Ghalibaf, of the Hotel Northampton. Under Mansour's leadership, we expect a great 2015. We look forward to the thousands of visitors to the Eastern States Exposition every year, the continued success of the University of Massachusetts athletic programs and some great local events throughout in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    3. Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

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      Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

      The Springfield Falcons have already taken advantage of MGM Springfield's presence in the community, long before the resort and casino's grand opening in 2017. The two sides have been marketing partners since the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, and the relationship continues to grow. Chris Thompson, Vice President of Business Development for the Falcons, negotiated the marketing agreement with MGM Springfield. He calls it "a pretty well-rounded partnership" that allows MGM Springfield to gain brand exposure in the MassMutual Center while giving back to the community through the Falcons.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    4. Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

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      Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is proud to announce a contest with a prize of a full night out in Downtown Springfield

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra   Springfield Business Improvement District

    5. Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

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      Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

      A team of 75 students majoring in sport management at Springfield College will be all over the Spalding Hoophall Classic next week. "This event offers a great opportunity for our students to experience how to be a professional. They'll be working behind the scenes in various roles," said Kevin McAllister, assistant professor of sport management and recreation at SC. The Hoophall Classic, which serves as a showcase of local and national high school basketball talent, will consist of 28 games, starting Thursday and running through Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19. All games will be played at Blake ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Holyoke

    6. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 20th 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 visitors bureau in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

      About 300 tour buses from across the Northeast will roll through Bright Nights, Spirit of Springfield's annual holiday light spectacular in Forest Park, this winter carrying a total of 15,000 passengers.  Those buses also represent a significant economic boost to the region, according to officials with Spirit of Springfield, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the American Bus Association who sat with the reporters and editors at The Republican Thursday for an editorial board meeting.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    8. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

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      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    9. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

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      Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

      The Basketball Hall of Fame has always made it a point of pride to celebrate individuals in different areas of the game – to be more than an NBA hall of fame – but this year’s class brings together a especially diverse group geographically as well. NBA icons Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning starred on opposite coasts in their professional careers, as Richmond made a name for himself in the Bay Area and Sacramento while Mourning dominated the paint in Charlotte and Miami.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    11. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    12. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

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      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    13. On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists

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      On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists

      The Springfield Business Improvement District, which runs the concert series, also has maintained a strict start (usually 7:30) time over the years and limits the sets to usually about 90 minutes thus allowing for people to have a fun night and still get home at a decent hour.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    14. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals.  The awards are meant to honor front-line service workers who often do not get the recognition they deserve. The bureau also awarded a Spotlight Award to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The spotlight award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contribution to the region's hospitality industry.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    15. Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

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      Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will honor Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno with its 19th Annual Howdy Spotlight Award.  The Spotlight Award is given during the Howdy Awards. The visitors bureau gives out Howdys every year to recognize front-line hospitality workers. The winners are selected from among local nominees by a panel of hospitality industry judges from outside our area to ensure impartiality.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Holyoke

    16. Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

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      Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      he Big E is hosting a news conference today to reveal the results of an economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models Inc. of Amherst.  This study is an update of one completed in 2008 which showed that the annual 17-day fair generates 2,800 full-time jobs and $85 million in personal income for Hampden County's economy.  In 2008, economists found that the Big E resulted in $225 million a year in economic activity just from visitors who came from outside Hampden County. The average visitor spent $128 both on the grounds and off, not counting admissions, according ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amherst

    17. Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

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      Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Many familiar faces and sounds will be returning to downtown Springfield next month with the return of the annual Stearns Square summer concert series at Worthington and Bridge streets. The Thursday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Returning acts include John Eddie, The Smithereens, Roomful of Blues, and FAT. Unlike last summer, there will be no opening acts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    18. Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

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      Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      The walls are up for for the 87-room, $4.4 million Hampton Inn and Suites now under construction at 851 East Columbus Ave. in the city's South End.  Developer Dinesh Patel has said the new hotel will be perfectly positioned to attract travelers headed north on Interstate 91. It is expected to be ready in July or August. He expects about 24 employees on staff once it opens.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Going All In | BusinessWest

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      Going All In | BusinessWest

      Mary Kay Wydra says she understands how some tourism-based businesses might not like the idea of a major casino company setting up shop in downtown Springfield.  “We have 260 members, and not all of them are for it,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB). “Big brands like Six Flags and Yankee Candle are very much for it, but among the smaller businesses, many of them remain concerned about what a casino will do to business.”

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center

    20. Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

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      Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      The sale of the Springfield Armor and the franchise's move to Grand Rapids, Mich., was made official on Tuesday by the NBA Development League. The move was first reported on March 26 by David Mayo, the Detroit Pistons beat writer for MLive.com, an Advance Digital sister site of MassLive.com, which subsequently reported the Armor's departure from Springfield. The D-League on Tuesday announced that SSJ Group, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Armor and relocated it to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. The team will be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has entered into a marketing partnership agreement with MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield is believed to be on the cusp of getting the region's only casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has meetings scheduled in Springfield Tuesday,. April 1.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    22. Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

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      Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will itself travel to Long Island next week to promote the region to operators of bus tours.  Patricapting with the Bureau will be the the Berkshire Visitors Bureau , the Mohawk Trail Association, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The idea is to promote this region as a great destination for bus tours.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

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      Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

      “The MCCA was proud to play a role in helping to bring professional basketball back to the Pioneer Valley,'' executive director James E. Rooney said in a statement Wednesday. "It is unfortunate that the Armor was unable to draw enough attendance and build a strong following to support their future in Springfield. We are committed to our investment in Western Massachusetts and will continue to support the efforts of the Western Mass. Sports Commission in their efforts to bring new and diverse sporting events to the area and specifically to the MassMutual Center.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    24. MAAC basketball tournament returns to MassMutual Center in Springfield for last time

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      MAAC basketball tournament returns to MassMutual Center in Springfield for last time

      The city is poised to welcome 15,000 fans and about $2.3 million in economic activity March 6 through 10 when the MAAC conference brings its men's and women's basketball championships back to the MassMutual Center for the third, and final, time.  'It's a great event. My restaurant is full,' said Michael E. Hurwitz, chairman of the Greater Springfield Convention Visitors Bureau and the owner of the Uno Chicago Grill near the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 'It's feet on the street and its heads in the beds.'

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

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