Mission & Vision

Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (MACVB) is a not-for-profit organization which provides member bureaus with legislative information, continuing education and public recognition of the tourism and convention industry in Minnesota.


Anna thill

November 2019

Success Goal setting, strategic planning, business plans; it’s that time of year where we look to the future and start formulating a plan for the next year.  These meetings can be extremely valuable and grow the success of an organization.   The MACVB Board recently went through a Strategic Planning session and I would like to […]

October 2019

Smarter, Wiser, and better Connected What a fantastic annual meeting with an amazing host!  Nort Johnson and his team at the Faribault Chamber of Commerce and Tourism really rolled out the red carpet to plan a great couple of days in Faribault!  If you were not able to make it, you really missed out.  However…lucky […]

September 2019

We Need You “Be passionate and be involved in what you believe in, and do it as thoroughly and honestly and fearlessly as you can”- Marie Colvin.  With our annual conference just days away, I want to extend an invitation for your involvement.  I think it’s safe to say that most of us are extremely […]

August 2019

What’s Next With the holiday weekend approaching, we find ourselves trying to squeeze as much summer in as we can.  This time of year is always bitter sweet for me.  Yes, I am sad that the short wearing, s’more eating, boat cruising, still light at 9pm, time is slipping away, but cool nights and crisp […]

July 2019

More than just fun    It was recently on a family trip that I was reminded of the importance of our role and impact that the tourism industry plays.  Just for clarity sake, I have three boys under the age of eight.  It is a family trip, NOT a vacation!  Of course, on family trips […]

June 2019

Summer has officially started! The days are longer, the sun shines brighter, and it’s what Minnesotans live for! I want to thank the Visit Cook County crew for rolling out the red carpet and showing us some amazing hospitality at our Education Summit the beginning of the month. Bluefin Bay was a perfect venue and North Shore […]

May 2019

Happy Barbecue Month, Bike Month and Hamburger Month! There was a lot to celebrate in the month of May, weather not necessarily being at the top of the list. May has been a busy month as we saw an end to another legislative session, last minute details for our upcoming Education Summit, and preparation for summer in […]

April 2019

Travel Matters This is the theme for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5 – 11.  This annual tradition for the U.S. travel community is an opportunity for travel and tourism professionals to share our stories and show the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and quality of life.  I would encourage you to […]

March 2019

It’s Official, Happy Spring! The large piles of snow we thought we might have well into July have begun to melt, and in some areas you may actually see bare ground!  It has been a long winter and a rough start to spring with some serious flooding in parts of the state.  Nevertheless, we’ll do […]

February 2019

Front Door Now more than ever we see the importance of the travel and tourism industry telling their story, showing their value, and measuring the impact.  We have seen proof, first hand, that “tourism is the Front Door to Economic Development.” The level and the roles at which we as DMO/CVB’s need to get involved […]

January 2019

We have almost completed the first month of 2019!  I hope it’s off to a good start.  I am excited to introduce myself as your 2019 MACVB Chair.  I have been involved on the Board since 2015 and have served as Public Policy Chair, Vice Chair and look forward to taking on this new role.  […]

December 2018

Acres of Diamonds There was a farmer in Africa who continued hearing stories about other farmers selling their farms and getting rich going in search of diamonds.  The farmer decided to chase diamonds, sold his farm and went all in.  After years of no diamonds and feeling defeated, he flung himself into a river and […]