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Rochester Certified Tourism Ambassador Program Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary With Recognition Of 108 Employees

One-hundred and eight dedicated individuals who have served as Rochester Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) for five years will be recognized for their commitment to enhancing the visitor experience at a celebration at Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Center from 5-7 p.m. this...more

Beyond Heads in Beds: Opportunity and Innovation in Rochester’s Hospitality Industry

The growth and change transforming Rochester, MN are generating tremendous opportunities in the hospitality industry and spurring innovative efforts in destination development and visitor experience by the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) and its partners.more

First Medical Lodging Licenses Issued

Olmsted County issued its first medical lodging licenses earlier this spring, marking a significant step forward in ensuring Rochester's medical visitors are directed to safe, quality lodging.more

Rochester Launches Hospitality-Industry Accreditation Program

First of its kind initiative will facilitate high-quality customer experiences for patients, visitors, and community members.more

Jones Awarded “Outstanding Individual in Tourism”

Brad Jones, Executive Director of the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau, was recognized for his commitment to the hospitality and tourism industry during the annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference by being awarded the “Outstanding Individual in Tourism” award. The awards banquet was held at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN, the evening of February 2 and is hoste...more

Convention Center Expansion at Mayo Civic Center Available for Events Beginning April 2017

The convention center addition to the Mayo Civic Center is available for hosting events beginning April 1, 2017. The $84 million project for the City of Rochester includes a 38,500 square-foot ballroom, 14 new meeting rooms, and pre-function space adjacent to a beautiful 7,5...more

Touch Screen Kiosk Takes Off at Rochester International Airport

A new interactive touch screen kiosk that was installed in the Rochester International Airport in mid-November has become the second most popular of several kiosks maintained by the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) in partnership with the City of Rochester. The kiosk contains visitor information such as lodging, dining, shopping, transportation, events, maps, ...more

Feasibility Study Recommends New Arena to Draw Entertainment and Sports Events to Rochester

The Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned a strategic feasibility study to evaluate the Rochester market in order to gauge demand for sports, entertainment, concerts, family shows and other events. The study was conducted in an effort to explore a public-privat...more

Mayo Civic Center Construction Surpasses Milestones

Work begins above ground to construct the two story convention center addition to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.more

Five Facts about the Mayo Civic Center's Demolition Waste Management

The convention center addition to the Mayo Civic Center required some demolition of the existing building to make room for the two story addition and riverfront plaza. Here are five facts about the efforts being made to recycle the construction materials.more

Meet the New Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota

Work is underway on a $84 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, set to debut in 2017. When complete, the expansion will nearly double the size of the center’s meeting and event facilities, giving event planners countless new reasons to explore Rochester.more

Construction Proposals Sought for Convention Center Addition

The City of Rochester is initiating work on an expansion of the Mayo Civic Center (MCC), which will nearly double the center to more than 200,000-square-feet upon completion. The City plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction procurement tomorrow, with a preliminary timeline calling for construction to begin in the first quarter of 2015.more