Ontario-Rancho tourism marketing district launches campaign

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A national ad campaign promoting Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga as a travel destination is set to roll out in the new year.

Officials with the Greater Ontario Tourism Marketing District have cleared their first legal hurdle, which was a challengie to the validity of the improvement district.

Read the whole story here.

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Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer set for Wednesday

For the seventh consecutive year, Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer returns Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bringing together hundreds of local business people and more than 20 local chambers of commerce at the Ontario Convention Center Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way,
Ontario, CA 91764.

Businesses interested in purchasing exhibitor space or tickets should call 909-560-2800 or visit www.iemixer.com.

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New visitor’s map available for greater Ontario area

Did you know that Evel Knievel made his daring 1971 motorcycle jump here, or that Greater Ontario is home to California’s oldest winery (dating back to 1839)?
Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2013-14 Visitors Guide, an annual publication was released recently, for the first time in years, to promote the region, its activities, restaurants, retail outlets, hotels and attractions to leisure travelers and tour groups from outside of the area.
The guide showcases things to do and places to go, along with a little bit of history and insight into the region.
It will be available at local hotels and venues, welcome centers at the Ontario Convention Center and Ontario Mills, airport and travel locations, and will be distributed to travel agents and agencies both domestic and international.
A digital version will be incorporated into a comprehensive leisure ad campaign, and posted on a new GOCVB website due for unveiling soon.
-Courtesy of Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau’s
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2013 Chocolate and Wine Festival coming to Ontario Convention Center

Molten chocolate cakes, truffles, fudges and puddings.
Now that I’ve got your attention, you’ll be happy to know that some of the most regarded chefs in the Inland Empire will be competitng for the “best chocolate dessert’ at the 2013 Chocolate & Wine Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 8 at the Ontario Convention Center.
It gets better. You will be able to sample food during the three-hour presentation, including 10 chocolate desserts vying for the coveted title. In addition, 10 California wineries will also be included in ongoing tastings.

Hors d’oeuvres and food samples will be presented by SAVOR… Silent and Live Auctions, “chocolate-themed” opportunity drawings, and Sweet Shop delicacies will also be available throughout the night.

Tickets start at $55, with proceeds benefitting the Rancho Cucamonga Community and Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting arts programming and education at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and throughout the region. Visit www.rccaaf.org for information.

 Visit www.chocolateandwineie.com for details.
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Ontario Convention Center to host Mother’s Day brunch

Forget the long lines on Mother’s Day, the Ontario Convention Center has designed the ballroom to provide an intimate setting filled with the sounds of live Latin Jazz for your entertainment this Sunday.

Guests can enjoy a champagne brunch featuring a Prime Rib carving station, fresh seafood and delicious made-to-order omelets and waffles.

$35 per person and $15 for children under 11.

For reservations, call 937-3063.

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Ontario Convention Center hires new director of Sales and Marketing

The good news seems to just keep on coming out of the Ontario Convention Center since the arrival of Michael Krouse.

Krouse, who has been at the helm of the facility since September has already ushered in a series of changes. The latest is the arrival of the new director of Sales and Marketing for the convention center — Sean Keliiholokai.

The new director previously worked at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, where he directed a 10-person sales team that was responsible for bringing in $8.8 million annually in hotel and meeting room sales, according to the Convention Center.

Keliiholokai also served as a senior consultant with Deloitte & Touche, where he played key roles in several marketing campaigns at a regional and national level where he helped generate of $10 million in new business.
Keliiholokai holds a Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University.
In case you missed my write up about Krouse and his plans to bring activity to the region, here it is.
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Foreclosure Prevention Workshops in Ontario

There may be some relief in sight for Inland Empire homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Bank of America and Wells Fargo are holding several workshops in the cities of Ontario and San Bernardino to give homeowners the opportunity to meet with HUD-approved housing counselor or with their lender. Continue reading

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Dancing with the Stars winner to speak at Ontario Convention Center

Ontario City Library will host J. R. Martinez, actor, inspirational speaker, radio talk show host, and author of “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit,” at the Ontario Convention Center on April 10.
Martinez will deliver his message of hope, “Facing Adversity with Optimism and Resilience,” followed by a book sale and signing. Martinez most recently won the 13th season of the television show “Dancing With the Stars.”
In addition, Martinez has received many awards and honors for his military service and his commitment to helping others: the 2012 National Red Cross Spirit Award, the 2012 National Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, and the 2012 California Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, to name a few.
He has also appeared on numerous television programs, and he is involved with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Rebuilding American Warriors, and the USO.
Martinez was born in Shreveport, La. He was raised in Shreveport and in Dalton, Ga. Growing up, he was an athlete who enjoyed playing football in high school. Following his graduation, Martinez joined the U. S. Army and viewed his enlistment as a way to give something back to the country that had given so much to him and his family.
After Martinez underwent basic and advanced training, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
He was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month into his deployment, while driving a Humvee, he hit a roadside bomb.
Trapped inside the vehicle, he suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body.
He spent 34 months in recovery and underwent 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
This event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free. It is open to the public of all ages.
For more information, call 909-395-2252.
Ontario Convention Center is at 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.
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Convention Center hosts Mother’s Day brunch

The Ontario Convention Center will be hosting the Latin Jazz & Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch – for any size family – on May 12.
Moms and their guests will be able to choose a 9 a.m. or noon seating, providing them with a two-and-a-half-hour window to come and celebrate with family and friends.
The brunch is ideal for any size group, including very large parties: big families that may not find seating together at other locations.
Live music will fill the Mayoral Ballroom, where families can spend time celebrating at their leisure. A breakfast buffet with live-action waffle station, seafood, Mexican food and a carving station will be served up hot throughout the day. Champagne will also be served along with desserts and a chocolate fountain.
To make a reservation contact: Victoria VanDamme, 909-937-3063 or by email at vvandamme@ontariocc.com.
Cost $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Parking is free.
Ontario Convention Center is at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario.
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New company takes over production of auto show at Ontario Convention Center

Ontario Convention Center and Visitors Bureau announced today that a new production company would be taking over the Inland Empire International Auto Show when it is held on August 23-25.

Castle Communications, Inc., under the leadership of owner Stacey Castle, is a special event, marketing and public relations company that currently produces the Sacramento International Auto Show.

“We watched what they had done expanding the Sacramento International Auto Show from a 75,000-square-foot inside-space-only show to over a million feet inside-and-out, and knew this was the company for us.” said Michael Krouse, the president and CEO of the Ontario Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.

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