• Event Profile: An Illuminating Evening at Sea

    POSTED December 22, 2014

    Photo credit: Chris Miller 

    <p><em>Photo credit: <a href="http://www.imagineimagery.com" target="_blank">Chris Miller&nbsp;</a></em></p>

There are worst ways to spend a holiday evening than on a yacht called Just Dreamin’ in sweater-and-scarf-perfect weather enjoying the Newport Beach Boat Parade while sipping champagne and dining on crab claws, shrimp and filet mignon. Our host for the viewing cruise was the Greater Palm Springs CVB. And, yes, you don’t see a lot of boats in the Coachella Valley, but as Rick Blackburn, the CVB’s vice president of convention sales & destination services explained the choice of venue, “The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a wonderful historic and fun event.  It provided the perfect opportunity to thank our meetings and travel trade clients during the holiday season.”

The boat parade is more than a century old. It began in 1907 when an Italian gondolier joined with the founder of the Balboa Ferry line to launch what they called the Tournament of Lights. Now, in its 106th year, the procession is called the Newport Beach Boat Parade and features some 100 illuminated vessels contending for Ring of Lights honors.

Here are some sights from a memorable night.


Who: Hosted by MPISCC, SITE SoCal, PCMA Southwest & Pacific, and ILEA

For a full list of attendees, click here!

What: Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the event industry to showcase the positive impact that events have on our local communities. The evening will include games, prizes, live music, networking, drinks, bites and property tours.


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