March 22, 2006

A spokesperson for the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau said talk of expansion of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington is "more than speculation," although no formal plans have been designed. "We know we need to expand," the spokesperson said, echoing sentiments expressed by CVB commission chairman Dan Fay in the introduction of the bureau's 2005 annual report. Expansion at the center isn't likely to happen until 2010. The center currently has 110,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and prefunction space.

Mary Smith has been appointed executive director of the Hershey Capital Region (Pa.) Visitors Bureau and will begin her service on April 10. She currently is a sales director for the York County (Pa.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. Smith replaces Rose Mape, who left last year to work at the state tourism office.