All for One And One for All

Meeting Planning

Cowboys and Indians, a rite of passage for millions of children, is often the first role-playing experience they will encounter in their lives. This iconic matchup, of course, is simply one variation of hundreds of scenarios used by children across the globe to bring to life their favorite heroes and villains, but the effect is…

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Sands Expo: One Venue to Rule Them All

EventsIndustry Events

For the fifth consecutive year, IMEX America will take over Sands Expo and Convention Center in mid-October—and the 2015 incarnation of the event will utilize more of the convention center’s space than ever before. In addition to a whopping 1.2 million sq. ft. of flexible exhibition and meeting space, the Sands has a new look…

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Kendall College, Blackstone and Hilton Partner to Help Vets Join the Hospitality Industry

Hotels & Resorts

   Veterans are being trained for hospitality jobs   Yesterday, Kendall College in Chicago announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Blackstone investment group, and its portfolio company Hilton Worldwide to offer a hospitality educational program designed to prepare veterans and their spouse for a career in hospitality management. The curriculum includes…

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Which is the Greenest Airport of Them All?


The airline industry is massively fossil-fuel dependent, so it is no surprise numerous efforts have been made in recent years to be more fuel efficient, including designs with less wind drag, and biofuel made from algae and other renewable sources. Now, though, the spotlight is on airport terminals. Like hotels, convention centers and other spaces…

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Grandma Can Visit, Supreme Court Says


Immigration policy during the Trump administration jumped back into the news today, as the Supreme Court temporarily allowed the federal government to throttle back the nation’s refugee program, but agreed with a Hawaii court that grandparents be included among those allowed to travel to the United States to visit family. Both decisions were made pending…

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Island Meetings

3 Stunning, All-Inclusive Properties for Island Meetings


Planners seeking an all-inclusive, island paradise for their events can choose from a plethora of attractive properties that function as worlds unto themselves. One option is Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, which occupies an 18th-century tropical estate on Jamaica’s Montego Bay. The setting imparts a welcome historical ambience, but amenities are thoroughly modern. The…

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100 Destinations and Counting: Marriott’s CRN Continues to Grow

Hotels & ResortsNews

Cresent Terrace photo from Marriott’s press release Marriott International Convention & Resort Network (CRN) recently reached a milestone of 100 properties in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, was the latest property to come on board, the brand announced this week….

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Top 15 Hotel Brands Win Popular Vote

Hotels & ResortsNewsTravel

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California The people have spoken. The results of Travel & Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards survey were released on July 11. The publication asked readers to vote on travel experiences in a wide range of categories, including brands, cities, cruises and airlines. Several of the top 15 hotel brands also…

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10 smart moves

10 Smart Moves at Visit Santa Cruz, Benchmark, Turtle Bay Resort, Westgate Park City and More

Appointments & PromotionsMeeting Planning

Laura Manriquez  Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) in California has hired Laura Manriquez as the new director of sales and marketing. She brings more than eight years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and will focus on management of sales and marketing programs for group travel. She will target two primary markets: corporate group…

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California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations


California’s ban on state-funded travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws has set off a range of reactions in the eight affected states, including a full-blown political feud in one of them. Tennessee’s state Senate passed a resolution mocking California and calling for the state to pass a reciprocal ban. A website in Alabama speculated state-funded California collegiate sports teams might not…

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