FAQS | Frequently Asked Questions About CVBs

What is a DMO or CVB?

A Destination Marketing Organization or a Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization charged with representing a specific destination and most are largely funded by hotel occupancy taxes.  CVBs give planners access to a wide range of services within their destinations, including but not limited to: arranging site inspections, checking hotel and meeting space availability, and linking planners to expert local service providers.  CVBs and their destination experts serve as extensions of your planning team. 

What is the advantage of using a CVB?

CVBs help planners save time and money with several meeting planning services.  CVBs employ sales professionals who serve as destination experts and advise planners on the appropriate hotels, meeting facilities, convention facilities, and meeting space perfect for the planners’ meeting.  On behalf of the planners’ needs, the destination expert researches price and availability of guest rooms and meeting space for the specific or range of dates at no commissions.  In addition to site selection services, CVBs may also provide site inspections, local business referrals, promotional brochures, registration staffing, housing services and attendance promotions.  At empowerMINT.com, finding a local expert is easy—simply search, compare and connect.

Is a CVB interested in only my large meetings?

No, a CVB handles meetings from 10 peak rooms up, and is willing to provide the same care and expertise to both large and small meetings.

Will a CVB send my lead out to all their members?

No, you can decide who you would like to receive the lead within the destination and how and when you would like to receive responses.  All you have to do is ask!

What is the advantage of using empowerMINT.com?

We simplify the planning process in the preliminary stages when you are considering multiple destinations with one stop shopping.   empowerMINT.com gives you the opportunity to search all your destinations of interest at one online portal.  Here you can find information on meeting space, conference facilities and hotels within each destination and offer one RFP to multiple destinations, and receive unlimited local advice from their destination experts.  

Is there a Cost for Meeting Planners to use empowerMINT.com.

No. There is no cost for planners to search and compare destinations, or to submit an RFP at empowerMINT.com.

FAQs for DMOs:

If your destination is interested in joining us with a destination profile at empowerMINT.com please see our home page at DMAI or email Terri Roberts at Destination Marketing Association International

FAQ for Hotels:

If your local CVB has a profile with us, please contact them directly to understand how you can link your hotel to their profile.  If they are not a subscriber, please ask them to contact us at the DMAI home page for more information or email Terri Roberts at Destination Marketing Association International