Le Méridien New Orleans

The all new Le Méridien New Orleans (formerly W New Orleans) mixes contemporary culture with its European heritage, creating a culturally refined and meaningful atmosphere in downtown New Orleans. Just steps from the French Quarter but in a quieter location,…

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Le Meridien Rebrands Hotels in Charlotte and New Orleans

It’s been a busy week for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., with the rebranding and renovation of Le Meridien Charlotte and Le Meridien New Orleans. Le Meridien Charlotte, features 300 guest rooms with 18 suites. The hotel also offers 55,000 sq. ft. of expansive event space as part of the complex, which includes the…

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Jazz in New Orleans

All That Jazz: Smart Meeting New Orleans

We got our mojo on in a major way at the Smart Meeting New Orleans. The three-day event drew a stellar cast of planners and suppliers who networked in 25 one-on-one appointments and during multiple delectable meals and breaks. Attendees were welcomed to the Big Easy by a brass band, courtesy New Orleans Convention &…

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Smart Meeting National – New Orleans

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Smarty Pants: Games People Play

As a keynote speaker and married guy, I’ve often compared the process of putting together a conference to putting together a wedding. In both cases there are hundreds of people to please and a million decisions to make.  Some decisions are easy; for example, the daytime portion of your conference agenda follows a fairly standard template,…

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Speaker Profile: Wendy Ida

Problems and obstacles stop in their tracks at the sight of Wendy Ida. From her long list of personal accomplishments, it’s clear that Ida (pronounced Ee’da) is a woman who defies boundaries and expectations. Now in her 60s, she has the body and energy to rival women half her age. Today, Ida dedicates her life…

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New & Renovated: Like a Good Neighbor

The Westin O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Just in time to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Westin O’Hare, located minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), the property completed a $22 million renovation in September. The Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond hotel benefits from great airlift and is steps from the Donald E. Stephens…

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New Owner Plans to Rebrand W New Orleans

Just a few weeks after it bought the W New Orleans-French Quarter, 316 Chartres St., Chesapeake Lodging Trust announced that it has purchased the city’s other W hotel. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide sold the W New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., to the Maryland real-estate investment trust for $65 million. The two hotels are located…

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Bigger and Better: Associations and Citywides

As trends evolve for associations and citywides, convention venues are keeping pace As certain elements of large conventions, trade shows and meetings evolve year over year, many destinations and venues have become more proactive in helping planners make their events successful. Coordinating an event across multiple hotels plus a convention facility is not a job…

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Gave Loyalty Programs a Big Boost

Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, Ohio Starwood Hotels & Resorts has been busy on the programs front during the past year, launching a new loyalty-program feature for meeting and travel professionals, and collaborating with Emirates Airline to provide reciprocal benefits. SPG Pro, which was added in October, offers travel professionals credit toward elite status for…

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