April 17, 2015
He just might be the most interesting man in the hospitality world. Sir Rocco Forte reminds me of the guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials, with a commanding presence balanced by an intriguingly inviting air, in addition to an eloquent international accent.
April 16, 2015
Pop quiz: What do The Tower of London and the Mohegan Sun casino and resort have in common? They’re both bordered by the Thames River. Well yes, technically they’re different rivers, the former being in England and the latter located in Uncasville, in the heart of the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut.
April 16, 2015
In support of North American Meetings Industry Day 2015, we asked one of our staff members, Don Power, to relate his experience of how he joined the meetings and events industry. This is what he had to say.
April 15, 2015
While email is an essential business tool, most professionals find that their inboxes easily become overloaded.
April 13, 2015
I must admit that I felt a little trepidation when my editor chose me to represent our magazine at the Westin’s inaugural Wellness Escape event in San Diego. Although I hike regularly and consider myself moderately fit, I began to worry when I discovered that the all-women retreat would be led by fitness guru Holly Perkins. Perkins, who has trained many A-list celebrities and has an abs as flat as an ironing board, would be shepherding us through grueling boot camp sessions designed to build muscle and burn fat. Although the thought of having a stomach like hers was enticing, it was also intimidating. The fact that she was insisting that we all pack a bikini made me start to sweat.
April 08, 2015
Smart Meetings profiled Michigan’s vibrant musical scene in the April issue. While locations such as Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City all present musical events, especially in the summer, Michigan’s capital, Lansing, is particularly active. In any given month, there is guaranteed to be at least one musically-oriented event scheduled in the Greater Lansing area. Most of the events are annual happenings.
April 07, 2015
Today’s nonstop texting and tweeting takes its toll on cellphone batteries. On Road Warrior Voices, writer Jelisa Castrodale reports that Stanford University researchers have created a new aluminum-ion battery that will charge smartphones in just one minute. An added benefit is that they are less likely to catch on fire than the lithium-ion batteries typically used in today’s smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.
The new super battery has a much longer lifespan than its lithium counterparts—it can withstand up to 7,500 discharge cycles, while the average lithium battery has a life of about 1,000. This makes it more environmentally friendly.
There are many great things about Cincinnati USA as a destination and host city to entice meeting planners and attendees, but consistently we hear the top deciding factors are our compact convention footprint, easy accessibility, VIP service and exciting entertainment options.
Cincinnati USA has always been a city with a rich heritage of cultural arts, sports and hospitality, but those who haven’t checked us out in while may not know yet that Cincinnati USA has undergone a stunning renaissance of entertainment, hotel growth and dining. And, because we wanted to harness that explosive energy to create a better environment for meetings and conventions, we made certain the epicenter for the rebirth was right downtown, within steps of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Here are some examples:
- Five new downtown hotels and multi-million-dollar renovations — more than 3,000 rooms
- Five downtown entertainment districts
- A brand new casino
- Cincinnati Red and Bengals
- More than 200 boutiques and department stores
- New restaurants catering to every cuisine and price point
- Art, opera, theatre and music
The beautiful downtown area, nestled in the bend of the mighty Ohio River is a stunning sight to behold. But that’s just the beginning. From the moment the cityscape reveals itself on the easy approach from the airport, you know you’re in for something special. Cincinnati USA packs countless sights, sounds, tastes and adventures into a space roughly comparable to the footprint of a big box hotel.
“On a stroll about town, Cincinnati shows more tricks up its sleeve. Downtown proves dense, walkable and handsome – filled with skyscrapers of many eras. We rock on metal swings as big as park benches, facing the river…I’m sitting on Ohio’s front porch.” – National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Visitors can walk through historic neighborhoods that border cosmopolitan chic dining districts. They can sample scores of cuisines, from gourmet mac and cheese to upscale dining in authentic art deco settings, including some of the top restaurants in the country. The museum scene ranges from contemporary art to historic museums with old world masters. Shopping includes eclectic boutiques in centuries-old buildings, as well as upscale department stores offering the latest styles. Best of all, this enormous range of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences is available in a single stroll around downtown.
“Cosmopolitan cool meets historic chic in Cincinnati…a riverfront hub of breweries, museums, art venues, and entertainment.” – Prevue Magazine
“Best Walking City In Ohio, 20th In The Nation” – Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association
“Home to a flourishing arts neighborhood… not to mention venerable cultural institutions, like the second oldest opera company in the country” – Sherman’s Travel
Our history as host city to meetings and conventions of every type and size has taught us a lot about how to help you make your next meeting a raving success. When it comes to treating meeting attendees to unforgettable energy, excitement and one-of-a-kind experiences…all in a compact, walkable downtown…nothing beats Cincinnati USA.
Esquire Magazine – Top 10 “Cities that Rock”
Money Magazine – “Top 20 Fun Places”
Lonely Planet – “#3 Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations”
Mashable.com – “Most Social City”
For more information or to start the conversation about a meeting in Cincinnati USA, please call 800.543.2613, email JBrich@CincyUSA.com, visit CincyUSA.com or submit your RFP at http://meetingplanner.cincyusa.com
April 07, 2015
There’s nothing like dry, recycled air and cramped, close quarters to feel tired and grubby after a long flight. It has become the norm for airlines to shortchange passengers on snacks and space, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing a few amenities of your own on board.
April 02, 2015
Planners that want to hold their events in San Francisco are often shell-shocked when they discover how much hotels, meals and other amenities cost. Diablo Valley, located 30 miles north of San Francisco and easily accessible to the City by the Bay via public transportation, is an ideal alternative.