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Spotlight Irvine

Where to Stay

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Irvine offers 15 full and select service hotels with 3,610 sleeping rooms. The majority of the properties are within minutes of the airport. MORE


2014-2015 Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

Whether here for a business trip or a family vacation, let our free Visitors Guide be your constant companion. MORE

About Destination Irvine

Mission

As the official Destination Marketing Organization (often referred to as a Convention & Visitors Bureau or CVB) for Irvine, the mission of Destination Irvine is to partner with the tourism and hospitality industry to brand and promote Irvine as a preferred overnight destination in Southern California for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. Destination Irvine's goals are designed to enhance the economy of the city of Irvine through sustained growth in tourism spending, resulting in an increase in economic impact.

Staff

Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing

Destination Irvine is a division of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

Irvine Chamber Economic Development

Linda DiMario, Sr. Director, Economic Development & Tourism


Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Tallia Hart, President/CEO

Kim Sherman, Director of Membership 


Destination Irvine Staff are members of the following organizations:

  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
  • California Travel Association (CalTravel)
  • Visit California
  • Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA)
  • U.S. Travel Association (TIA)
  • Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Travel & Tourism Section
  • Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

CVB Overview

It may be too simple to say that bureaus sell cities; but in reality, that is their primary mission. Convention & Visitors Bureaus, or CVBs, are charged with the task of developing an image that will position their cities in the marketplace as a viable destination for meetings and visitors. CVBs have another crucial role as well: that of working with meeting and travel planners.

The importance of this role can be seen through several key services the CVB offers:

  • The CVB acts as the broker or liaison between the planner and the host destination and its resources, thus, making the meeting or travel planner's job easier by providing contact names and local information.
  • CVBs can efficiently provide city visitors with any array of information that addresses a multitude of questions about hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping, recreation and entertainment opportunities. In this way, the CVB serves as a visitor's one-stop shop resource for ideas, inspiration and information.

CVBs solicit and service conferences and other related group business as well as engage in visitor promotions, which generate overnight stays for a destination, thereby enhancing and developing the economic fabric of the community. These goals can be realized through a variety of responsibilities delineated within a CVB's marketing program. Such programs tend to cluster around the following broad goals: to prospect, nurture, encourage, and invite associations and corporations to hold meetings and/or events in the city.

Other Objectives Include:

  • To assist associations and corporations with the coordinating of their conferences, seminars, and at trade shows while in Irvine, including housing, transportation, registration or other mutually agreed upon services
  • To work with the component elements of the visitor industry, coordinating their resources in support of bidding for conferences, seminars and trade shows
  • To provide an array of services to travel planners in developing tours into a city, including suggested itineraries and overnight accommodations
  • To provide leadership for the tourism industry, coordinating activities, encouraging marketing activities and providing a holistic image on behalf of the city

CVBs have a sensitive and important role to play in the leadership of the travel and tourism industry within a community. Without the dynamic and professional role of a CVB, a city is less likely to have an image in the marketplace among meeting planners and groups. As a result, the city will not gain the benefits that occur from having visitors spending time and money in their communities.

Bringing together local political, civic, business and tourism industry representatives requires skilled and sophisticated leadership. Those bureaus which have been most consistently successful in their marketing endeavors have been those which have sought and obtained that kind of quality personnel.

Upcoming Events

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Celebration of Orange County's "Quasquicentennial."

Oct 23 – Dec 31
OC's 125th Birthday - Quasquicentennial In 1889, locals voted to separate from Los Angeles…

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Oct 23 – Oct 31
Irvine Park Railroad's ninth annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Activities include train rides, hay rides,…

Knott's Scary Farm Irvine Hotel Packages

Oct 23 – Nov 1
Dying for a Knott's Scary Farm vacation getaway? Combine admission to Knott's Scary Farm with an Irvine area hotel to…

Halloween Zoo-tacular!

Oct 25
Fun activities include trick-or-treating (kids ages 12 & under), spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt and face painting! First 100…

Holiday Faire

Nov 7 – Nov 8
This year's event marks the 32nd Annual Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual Holiday Faire. Join us for family fun and holiday shopping for fabulous arts…

Where to Eat

Dining

Irvine offers global cuisine, with a selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. MORE