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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, Sept. 20, 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.
Don’t miss 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. The annual meeting is free to attend, but you must register beforehand.
As we prepare to welcome visitors for the Balloon Fiesta, the City of Albuquerque is encouraging people to participate in its “Company’s Comin’ Cleanup” to help make the city shine. The citywide cleanup effort is taking place on Sept. 30. Volunteers can sign up to work at Balloon Fiesta Park or they can organize a cleanup event to help beautify their own neighborhoods.
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:
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Historic Lobo Theater
3013 Central Ave. NE
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!
Painted Lady Bed & Brew recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. There are lots of exciting developments happening at this historic property. The Ghost Light Saloon is officially open with eight local craft beers on tap. Painted Lady is also expecting to have its own beers on tap this fall. Congratulations!
New brewing equipment
Three Visit Albuquerque Partners recently won awards from “Wine Spectator.” Campo received a Best Award of Excellence, which means it has 350 wine selections or more over a wide variety of regions and styles and offers training to staff to help customers choose a wine. Level 5 and Scalo each received Awards of Excellence. These restaurants offer 90 selections or more, including quality wines not often found in stores, that match the restaurant’s cuisine. Way to go!
Pureland Kava celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. Kudos!
Rude Boy Cookies opened for business nine years ago in July. Congratulations!
Suzanne Sbarge, the founder and executive director of 516 Arts, will step down from her role next month. She founded 516 Arts in 2006. She will transition to an artist and consultant for the organization. Deputy director April Chalay will step in as interim director beginning Oct. 16.
Suzanne Sbarge, left, and April Chalay, right
Electric Playhouse received a Tripadvisor 2023 Travelers’ Choice Award. That means Electric Playhouse is in the top 10% of attractions globally. Way to go!
Collaboration posts on Instagram are a fairly new feature. Creating a collaboration post is a great way to boost engagement and reach a wider audience. Learn about more of the benefits of collaboration posts and how to create them.
As we prepare for our 2023 Annual Meeting, we are excited to invite you to participate. This event fosters collaboration and networking within our industry, and your participation will contribute to its success. Help us enhance the event by donating an item for a door prize or contest prize. These items will not only enrich the attendee experience but also offer a unique platform to showcase your products and services to an audience of industry leaders, professionals and partners.
Your generosity will not go unnoticed, as we will be proud to recognize your contribution at the event. We sincerely thank you for considering our request and look forward to your continued support. Fill out this form if you would like to make a donation.
How are bookings for this year’s Balloon Fiesta performing so far? If you are associated with a lodging property or an attraction or tour that sells tickets in advance, please take this quick, two-question survey and let us know what you’re seeing. Responding will take less than a minute, and your feedback will provide us with valuable insight that helps with our marketing decisions.
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 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.
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!