May 23, 2014: Obama Promotes Tourism From Baseball Hall of Fame, the Secret Way to Get Tickets at Cannes, Bullfighting Festival Cancelled After Gores

By Beth Kormanik May 23, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

1. OBAMA PROMOTES TOURISM FROM BASEBALL HALL OF FAME: President Obama became the first sitting president to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and he used the occasion to promote travel and tourism, as well as to donate the jacket he wore when he threw out the first pitch at the 2009 M.L.B. All-Star Game. CBS News: “He's signing an executive order to expedite the entry process for travelers, starting with the 15 largest airports. The process will be led by the Commerce and Homeland Security Departments. Additionally, DHS is expanding the use of technology, such as automated passport control kiosks, to streamline the entry process. Lastly, different government agencies are launching new marketing efforts to encourage travelers to visit the U.S.”

2. THE SECRET WAY TO GET TICKETS AT CANNES: Most screenings at the Cannes Film Festival don't sell tickets to the public, but a subculture of movie fans have found ways to work the system to get tickets. Los Angeles Times: “When the festival grants tickets to someone—say an allotment to a producer or an individual ticket to a reporter—it electronically tracks if those tickets are used. Though festival organizers have never confirmed this, the widespread belief is that hitting a certain threshold of unused tickets would result in a downgrade in one's badge the following year. So festival-goers have an incentive to make sure their tickets are used, no matter by whom.”

3. BULLFIGHTING FESTIVAL CANCELLED AFTER GORE: Two bulls at Spain’s top bullfighting festival caused a bloody and premature end to the event when they gored all of the matadors on the bill, leaving no one to fight the remaining bulls. CNN: “Between them, they gored or bashed three bullfighters, putting them out of action, and forcing authorities to suspend a bullfight at the San Isidro Festival in Madrid for the first time in 35 years.”


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COAST TO COAST:  Las Vegas and Cincinnati withdrew bids to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The remaining contenders are Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City.

BOSTON:  International Special Events Society of New England will host a benefit for the Make-a-Wish Foundation at Boston’s Howl at the Moon on May 28.

CHICAGO:  Fig & Olive opens on Oak Street on June 26. The restaurant will offer two private dining rooms with seating for 14 and 30; the menu has a core ingredient of olive oil.

LAS VEGAS:  After becoming the world’s first casino property to accept Bitcoin, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel is now installing the first Bitcoin ATM at a casino property, from fellow Vegas-based company Robocoin.

BLT Steak is now open at Bally’s Las Vegas.

The World Series of Poker kicks off Tuesday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

LONDON:  Freeman announced the opening of its new United Kingdom-based regional headquarters in Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, England.

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation will host a California wine and paired hors d'oeuvres tasting in Bel Air on June 19.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Chef Carla Pellegrino, who will host her sixth dinner at the James Beard House in New York on June 11, will host a James Beard Preview June 2 at her new restaurant Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant.

NEW YORK:  The venue 3 West Club is hosting an open house for meeting and event planners June 24.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has appointed Nick Anderson group sales account director, with responsibility for accounts in the New York and New Jersey markets.

PHILADELPHIA:  Budweiser Made in America, the two-day music festival held during Labor Day weekend, announced its lineup including headliners Kanye West and Kings of Leon. The announcement came via the festival's Instagram and Twitter feeds and included posters by designer Rizon Parein with photorealistic 3-D renderings of neon.

SAN DIEGO:  The San Diego Convention Center Corporation announced new fees and protocol for event staff and security for events held at the San Diego Convention Center. Meeting and event planners will be charged a “facility improvement fee” of $5 fee for each 10 by 10 equivalent booth and a “lobby advertising fee” of $1 a square foot on any paid advertising in the lobby of the convention center; they will also be required to use the convention center’s contracted security firm and event staffing services.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Tom Spano, former head of event marketing for Twitter, has joined Goombal as head of sales and marketing. Goombal is a cloud and mobile event management system.

TORONTO:  The National Ballet of Canada will host its benefit “Mad Hot Ballet” at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on June 11. The event has a Cinderella-inspired “Spellbound” theme.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  TNT will debut its original series The Last Ship with a premiere June 4 at the Newseum with the cast and producers. The series was filmed on an active Navy destroyer, and the Navy will participate in the premiere.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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