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Refresh your knowledge about all the opportunities you have as a Visit Albuquerque Partner at Partner Orientation. Partners are welcome to learn how to make the most of your benefits. Partner Orientations will occur every third Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your laptop with you for a live Partner Plaza demonstration!
When: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Visit Albuquerque Office (20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601, Albuquerque, NM 87102)
To reserve your spot, register here.
Visit Albuquerque’s Albuquerque Community Experience (ACE) training program is designed to brush up your employees’ customer service skills and strengthen their knowledge about the city. Graduates of the program can answer guests’ questions about things to do and places to visit. The program also provides training on topics such as first impressions, effective communication and handling conflict.
Don’t miss your chance to attend an upcoming class:
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023
Sandia Resort and Casino
Roadrunner Meeting Room
30 Rainbow Road NE, 87113
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost is $25 per person for Partner businesses and $40 per person for non-Partners. Snacks will be provided along with water and coffee. To register, call Trish Hathoot at 505-908-8178 or send an email to TKHTrainingABQ@gmail.com.
Graduates will be recognized as Albuquerque Community Experience professionals and will receive a complimentary Community Experience pass that allows each of them and one guest to visit attractions throughout the Albuquerque area. The value of each ACE experience pass is more than $500!
Seating is limited, so register your employees now!
Save the date for Visit Albuquerque’s Annual Meeting, the must-attend industry event of the year. Join us at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. for a recap of Visit Albuquerque’s marketing, sales and services efforts this past year, a review of local industry performance, and updates on exciting new initiatives. Following the program, enjoy complimentary drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres as you network with Visit Albuquerque Board members and staff, fellow Partners, industry stakeholders and special guests. Registration for this special event will open soon; watch your email for details.
A four-phase, multimillion-dollar renovation has been completed at Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque. All 261 two-room guest suites were updated, including new furniture and fixtures.
Albuquerque ER & Hospital opened a second location last month. The microhospital offers many of the same services available at a larger emergency room. The new location is near the corner of Montgomery and Wyoming on the east side of Albuquerque. Congratulations!
From right to left: City of Albuquerque Economic Development Director Max Gruner, CEO of Albuquerque ER & Hospital Dr. Sanjay Kholwadwala, City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the Kholwadwala family.
Bottger Mansion of Old Town joined Select Registry, a diverse portfolio of independent, boutique properties around the country. Members of Select Registry are evaluated on a series of rigorous guidelines covering everything from cleanliness to hospitality.
ZAHR Archery recently unveiled an upgraded arena that is 1.5 times bigger than the previous space. The larger space will allow ZAHR to accommodate six more people per game to play archery dodgeball.
World Balloon, the first ballooning company in New Mexico, is celebrating 50 years of professional ballooning in 2023. Started by Sid Cutter in 1973, the company is now owned by retired Albuquerque Police Commander Murray Conrad, Julie Conrad and Jim Kosinski. Congratulations on the milestone!
Tucanos Brazilian Grill reopened last month after remodeling the interior and the patio of the restaurant. Check out new furniture, flooring and walls inspired by the colorful sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro.
George Brooks has retired after serving as the Executive Director of Ski New Mexico for 17 years. Christy Germscheid has taken over as Executive Director. She has worked in the New Mexico ski industry for almost 25 years. We’ve enjoyed a great partnership and relationship with George. He is a legend in the NM ski industry, and we wish him all the best in retirement! We look forward to working with Christy in this new chapter for Ski New Mexico.
Congratulations to these Visit Albuquerque Partners for being recognized in the Albuquerque Journal 2023 Readers’ Choice awards.
Luna and Luz celebrated two years in business this month. Congratulations!
Kudos to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for navigating an unfortunate and difficult situation. After a car crashed into the center July 28 and a weekend closure, the NHCC is back up and running with its programming continuing largely as planned. The damage from the crash is being repaired over the next few weeks.
In case you haven’t heard, a new social media platform launched recently called Instagram Threads. Check out this breakdown of Threads to find out what the app is all about and if your business should join. And while you’re at it – follow Visit Albuquerque on Threads!
Guests have a lot of choices when it comes to a place to stay on their trip. Make sure they choose your property by elevating your Instagram to make it stand out from the rest.
Tourism Exchange USA is a B2B digital marketplace that connects inventory and availability from tourism businesses like yours with a diverse marketplace of OTAs, travel distributors and international buyers. The goal of this program is to help businesses increase their distribution and online visibility, including helping offline businesses with making inventory bookable online for the first time.
If you’re interested in learning more, plan to attend an industry webinar on Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. with information about the program and its benefits for your business and our community. Register here.
If you’re interested in being an early adopter to get connected to the Tourism Exchange, you can learn more and start the application process at tourismexchangeusa.com.
It’s easy to get more exposure for your business on Visit Albuquerque’s website. In partnership with DTN, Visit Albuquerque offers seamless ads that integrate with our VisitABQ.org website’s content to make your ad feel natural. With a variety of paid advertising opportunities throughout our website, we have options fit for businesses of every size, scope, and scale to capitalize on the fantastic visitor traffic that Visit Albuquerque is bringing to our market.
Coupons can be a great way to drive traffic to your business. If you have a current coupon or special running, please submit it to us so we can list it on our highly visited and shared Specials & Coupons page. We also promote these specials and coupons during special events, meetings and conventions being hosted in Albuquerque.
Click here to submit your current coupons and specials.
Visit Albuquerque’s ABQ365 Events Calendar offers a great opportunity to promote your events! The one-stop, all-ABQ encompassing calendar features primarily arts, entertainment and culture-focused events, appealing to both locals and visitors.
Event listings offer a great opportunity for additional exposure and promotion, and can help keep your business top-of-mind – for free!
We want to help you share your new initiatives. If you are offering a new type of service or concept, a new product, or have anything else exciting or new going on, we want to hear about it! Send anything and everything to Media@VisitABQ.org.
Dave Fontaine has been a volunteer with Visit Albuquerque for about 16 years. He’s a retired school administrator and wanted to share his knowledge of Albuquerque and New Mexico. Dave said he’s found his time at the Sunport Visitors Center very rewarding. “I love every minute to ensure we represent our mission in the most positive manner,” Dave said. “Helping our guests to find their way around our city and state and to ensure their time here is enjoyable and educational. There are so many aspects to the assignment and I enjoy being of assistance and being a guide.”
Visit Albuquerque’s Partners help support our mission to market the city as a top-choice destination for leisure travel, meetings and sporting events. Our thanks to the following Partners that recently joined or renewed their partnership with Visit Albuquerque. We appreciate your commitment to making Albuquerque a great place to live and to visit!