INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME HOSTS TOURISM AND TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS ANNUAL MARKETPLACE

ARLINGTON, Texas – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBMHF) hosted the 4th Annual Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond Marketplace at the International Bowling Campus (IBC) March 1, 2010.  Over 400 professionals from all over North Texas attended the 2010 DFW Tourism Council event to learn first-hand all of the new, exciting things  being offered this spring and summer in Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Over two dozen cities, attractions, hotels, restaurants and representatives from local convention & visitors’ bureaus set up displays throughout the museum and the IBC banquet room to visit with attendees and provide all the information they need to assist with tourism to North Texas this season.

“We have great tourism opportunities in our own backyard,” said James Yohe, executive director of the Nocona Economic Development Corporations.  “Our annual event helps remind us of those opportunities, plus this year it also highlighted this great new gem in the Arlington area, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.  It was the perfect setting for the event”

Besides learning about bowling’s 5,000 year-old history and engaging in the interactive exhibits, attendees and exhibitors were also treated to a tour of the new state-of-the-art International Training and Research Center where they bowled on the same lanes tour professionals and Team USA use to train for their upcoming events.

“The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and Training Center represent incredible venues for special events,” said Kay Webb, Tourism Director for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Not only did our guests get to enjoy the museum and training center (including actually bowling), but the vendors were extremely pleased with the layout of the facility and their ability to distribute their information.  The entire staff was incredible to work with … it could not have been better!”

Bill Supper, executive director of the IBMHF, says the venue is in a prime location to attract a diverse audience.  “We are so excited to be located in the Arlington entertainment district and feel very fortunate to work with the outstanding professionals of the entertainment and tourism industry,” Supper said, adding, “The Museum and Training Center combine history, education, technology, and entertainment under one roof make the IBC an ideal destination for events such as this.”

For information about planning a group tour, event or team-building outing, contact Anna Murphy at 817.385.8213.

About International Bowling Campus

The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; The Bowling Foundation; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the Bowling Writers’ Association of America; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.

Photographs available upon request

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