Meetings Watch Spring 2021
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Virtual Tours: Midtown Raleigh Meeting District 
Take a look around the Midtown Raleigh meeting district with our new Threshold 360 virtual tours! Plan a meeting at some of the destination's most popular meeting hotels with plenty of familiar and local restaurants, shopping and things to do on downtime nearby. VIEW TOURS
Visit Raleigh Announces Retirement of Destination Services Director Julie Brakenbury
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Last week Visit Raleigh announced the retirement of director of destination services Julie Brakenbury, CGSP®, effective July 30, 2021. Tammy Jeffries, CGSP®, who is currently the assistant director of destination services, will be promoted to director of the department, replacing Brakenbury. READ ARTICLE
Smart Meetings Features Julie Brakenbury's Debut as ESPA President
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To top off her wonderful career in the industry, Julie recently became the new president of the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA)! Her presidency news was featured recently in Smart Meetings: READ ARTICLE
Recent COVID Guidelines in Raleigh, N.C.
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Since our last Meetings Watch email, N.C. lifted all capacity and social distancing guidelines! And that goes for meeting spaces, too. See the latest on N.C.’s response: READ MORE
American Airlines Expands Service from Orlando and Nashville at RDU 
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Great news for upcoming meetings! American Airlines has added its 39th nonstop route at RDU International Airport from Destin/Ft. Walton Beach. American has also announced new service from Orlando and Nashville: READ ARTICLE
30 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.
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Summer is here, and Raleigh, N.C., has opened back up and is ready for groups. Here are 30 things (in no particular order) you shouldn't miss while you're in town: SEE LIST
The Best Restaurants for Special Occasions in Raleigh, N.C.
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We see good times ahead! For group gatherings, meetings, weddings, team dinners, post-COVID get-togethers and more, these Raleigh area restaurants know how to host a celebration. SEE LIST
Fly Confident. Fly RDU.
Fly Confident at RDU International Airport
RDU International Airport has been hard at work deploying new safety measures around the terminals. On your next visit, look for new distancing signage, hand-sanitizing stations and much more. READ MORE
Count on Me NC
Count On Me NC: A Pledge for Safety
Count On Me NC is a mutual pledge to keep our state's restaurants, hotels and attractions—plus their guests—safe and protected. Take the pledge and find participating hospitality businesses here. SEE MORE

COVID-19 Advisory
N.C. is in Phase 3 of its plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. For information and helpful resources, visit our COVID-19 response portal, here.

Take a Look Around Raleigh, N.C.
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Knightdale Environmental Education Park@trippylifeblog

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