Tropical Holiday Reception and Auction

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The Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau will celebrate its 21st Annual Holiday Reception and Auction December 2nd, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center in downtown Yakima.  There will be great food, local wines to taste, live music, a cash bar plus our famous raffle and silent auction.

Our theme this year is Tropical Holidays so expect some sunny-fun. Zuva Marimba will perform their high energy, marimba style music.

TROPICAL THEMED RAFFLE! Each ticket eligible for THREE prizes: You can win a chance for A MEXICO OR CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR TWO from Holland America OR a second chance for a $600 value two night stay to Tulalip Resort and Spa OR a third chance for a Leavenworth getaway.  Raffle tickets are $10 each (maximum of 500 sold) and are available at  the Yakima Convention Center main office on 10 North 8th Street in Downtown Yakima plus the night of the reception (Need not be present to win).

In addition, our famous Silent Auction will be on hand with dozens of great items up for bid.  Here’s the complete catalog of items for the auction (there’s a lot so be patient while it downloads!)

Thanks go to our sponsors for their support:

American Family Insurance, Fairfield Inn, McDonalds, Terril, Lewis & Wilke , Wells Fargo Insurance  and Yakima Federal Savings and Loan

Admission is $10 per person, pay at the door. To RSVP e-mail Barbara at or call 800-221-0751, (509) 575-3010.

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Yakima Valley Visitors Center Open House and Tweetup

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. To celebrate join us at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center, Thursday, November 18th 4-7 pm. for an Open House. Learn about the many events coming this holiday season, enjoy scrumptious catered food and beverages. Try out our new wine tasting dispenser plus get 25% off pre-made git baskets or orders placed that night! And for you Twitter fans, the VIC is now Wi-Fi so come and tweet about the festivities.

We’ll be offering tastings of Kana, Gilbert Cellars, Knight Hill and Milbrandt Winery varietals. The wineries will have representatives available and/or tasting notes for each wine offered for tasting. Non alcoholic beverages will be also available.

Catering Creations by Toni, “the best little secret in our valley,” will be catering this event with appetizers that pair well with the wine selections.

For you Twitter fans, the VIC now has wi-fi so come and tweet about the festivities.

Go to to sign up!

Government Limits Travel for Environment

Today we received an email from Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S.Travel Association regarding policies that could limit federal government travel. It was well stated and worth sharing. Below is the email in its entirety:

Two steps forward, one step back: that seems to be the state of play for the travel industry under the Obama Administration. For every Travel Promotion Act or export initiative that focuses on tourism – two areas where President Obama and his team have been tremendously helpful to the seven million employees in our industry – there is a public statement or policy that is harmful. The latest example is an Obama Administration directive advising federal agencies to limit government travel in an effort to protect the environment.

The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that limiting government travel is one of the most effective means of reducing carbon emissions and achieving the President’s goal of creating a more environmentally friendly federal government. Specific language included in the GSA directive:

  • “In every case, the trip not taken is the least expensive and most sustainable.”
  • “Reducing or eliminating travel is one of the most effective means for agencies to minimize travel costs and reduce GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions. Agencies should review internal policies, and where appropriate or practicable, develop travel policies and practices that significantly reduce or eliminate official travel.”

In response to the Administration’s directive, 72 government agencies developed plans as to how they will limit government travel in the name of protecting the environment.

We Share Administration’s Goal, Oppose Approach

We share the Obama Administration’s goal of protecting the environment and creating more sustainable travel. But we strongly disagree that arbitrary travel cuts are in the best interests of the American economy, our industry’s employees or taxpayers who count on government to efficiently and effectively address their most pressing needs. Looking beyond government travel, we are particularly concerned about the message this sends to the private sector.

Plan of Action

We will work with our Board of Directors, CEO Roundtable and Meetings, Incentives and Trade Show Council to address this troubling issue. We will meet over the next several weeks with officials at the White House, GSA and key government agencies to express our concern with this policy and interest in working together to protect the environment. Nearly two dozen leading industry CEOs are joining us in Washington on November 11-12, and this issue will be a prime agenda topic and focus of our meetings with the Obama Administration. We will also engage the more than 300,000 members of our Power of Travel Coalition if necessary and at the appropriate time.

This is an issue that affects every aspect of our industry. As I’ve mentioned at other times, an attack on one aspect of travel is an attack on all aspects of travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s business or leisure, government or private. We cannot let this stand, and will continue to make the case for why travel matters in the most aggressive way possible.

Roger Dow


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