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Galveston.com & Company and Galveston Island CVB Launch New Mobile Site

[February 21, 2011] - Galveston.com & Company, creators of the official website of Galveston Island tourism and marketing, recently re-launched its mobile website,m.galveston.com.

The latest mobile version features a dramatically enhanced Galveston Island Calendar of Events, which allows users to not only view full event detail, but to share that information with friends, download to personal and web-based calendars (including Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google, and Facebook), subscribe for email updates as event details change, text yourself, and more. Currently, a fully-interactive calendar for Mardi Gras! Galveston is also available.

Other popular features of m.Galveston.com include live Island webcams; full attraction, shopping, cuisine, and lodging guides; meeting planning and services; and more.

The mobile website is sponsored by The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, a Galveston.com & Company partner since 2000.

About Galveston.com & Company...

Galveston.com & Company, Inc. specializes in destination portals, as well as online lodging, cruise, parking, and transportation reservations; and event ticketing via its proprietary DestinationNext module. The company's flagship website, Galveston.com, has been awarded a Silver Communicator Award for Best Travel / Tourism website; been named one of the Top 15 CVB websites in the United States by Convention South magazine; been named Best Regional Website from the Web Marketing Association; captured a Magellan Award by Travel Weekly magazine, and won a Stevie Award for Best Overall Website Design from the American Business Awards.

For more information, contact Galveston.com & Company at via phone (409)763-8676 or email at websites@galveston.com.

About The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau...

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), promotes the image of Galveston, generates tourism, solicits meeting and convention business and coordinates the marketing and advertising efforts for the entire island. It is important for our local citizens to understand how we operate and the economic impact of tourism to the island.

The CVB operates on an annual budget of $3 million, funded through hotel occupancy tax. The Bureau receives three (3) pennies from the local hotel occupancy tax for the operation of the Visitor Information Center(s), sales staff, convention solicitation, advertising, public relations and printing of promotional materials.

The CVB focuses their sales efforts in three areas: the leisure market, the meetings and convention market, and the group tour and travel market. The CVB aggressively promotes Galveston to these entities through advertising, direct sales, trade shows, entertainment, professional organizations memberships, and public relations. In addition to these efforts, the CVB partners with our hotels, attractions, restaurants, retail and the entire hospitality industry to increase overall revenues for the island. The CVB brings in qualified meeting planners to showcase the island as a resort destination.

To generate additional convention business, the Bureau opened a satellite office in Austin in September 2003. This allows direct contact to 75% of all Texas State Association meeting planners without daily travel expenses to Austin. Due to the success, and travel savings from our CVB office, Corpus Christi, South Padre, Dallas and El Paso CVBs have recently followed suit.

The Galveston Island CVB sales team, for the 2009/2010 fiscal year, booked more than 52,000 definite group room nights with $28 million dollars in economic impact for the tourism industry for future group business. 

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