The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold its annual celebration of the hospitality industry on Sept. 17 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf.
The keynote speaker is David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. He will discuss "From Customer Service to Community Awareness: The New Destination Development."
Since 2000, the sports commission has attracted and created more than 140 events in the Greater Cleveland area, including the NCAA Women's Final Four, National Senior Games, NBC Gravity Games, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Gymnastics Championships, International Children's Games, McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game and U.S. Olympic Trials Box-Offs.
The events contributed more than $400 million in local economic activity.
Positively Cleveland, the region's convention and visitors bureau, is a private, nonprofit civic organization that generates demand for business and leisure tourism in the region. The organization's efforts contribute to the region's $13 billion tourism industry and support the 163,000 jobs created by 29 million visitors to the 17-county region.
The lunch buffet begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. The cost is $2, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 10. To register, visit visitquadcities.com under Partners or call 309-736-6826.