Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

Smart Sites August 2009

Mission Inn Possible Like they say in the real estate trade, it’s all about location. And you can’t find a much more desirable setting than the rugged hills and dramatic seascape of the Monterey Peninsula area along California’s Central Coast, where you’ll discover the newly renovated Carmel Mission Inn. If that weren’t location enough, the…

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Tom Terrific

Quick—whose face appears on the front of the two-dollar bill? If you said Eddie the Eagle, very funny. But if your answer was Thomas Jefferson, give yourself a high five. The rather obscure two-dollar bill is not quite as odd as the three, but most people would be hard pressed to remember the last time…

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Smart Sites July 2009

Desert Digs The Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona is surprisingly alive with a variety of hardy flora and fauna, including 350 bird species and the famous saguaro cactus. In the midst of this arid wonderland is The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, the perfect desert retreat near the Tortolita Mountains and just north of Tucson (and Tucson…

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Where in the West June 2009

This statue, located at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake, was erected in 1994 in Austin, Texas.  Visitors can catch views of the Austin skyline and the work itself commemorates the life and music of legendary guitarist and blues singer, Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Known casually as the “Patron Saint of Austin Music,” Stevie Ray Vaughn…

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Smart Sites June 2009

Hawaii Gold With Hawaii celebrating 50 years of statehood in 2009, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has done its part by dressing up for the big event with a major renovation, marked by a grand reopening in early April. Recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 150 best works of architecture…

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Did You Know? Speakers Web

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And while tough times can bring out creative ideas both in business and meeting planning, it’s also a prime opportunity to follow the fundamentals of economics in action. Case in point: as the demand for hotel blocks and meeting space has gone down, so too have…

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Where in the West May 2009

This high-flying vehicle is the Portland Aerial Tram and the snow-capped mountain in the background is Mount St. Helens. The Southwest Waterfront and the Convention Center areas in Portland are also in view, as are the bridges over the Willamette river. Image courtesy of Travel Portland.

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Planning 101

Value is a big attraction for planners these days, and a buzzword currently ringing through the industry. Room rates are being negotiated down, food and beverage budgets are squeezed to the last drop, and hotels are coming up with ever more creative ways to bundle deals for meetings groups. But there’s more to value than…

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Did you know? April 2009

No one can argue that a planner’s duties are many and varied. There’s the blocking of hotel rooms, booking meeting space and event venues, getting the right audiovisual in place and organizing the food and beverage, to name just a few. They require the skills of a contract negotiator, number cruncher, crisis manager and social…

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Efficient Strategies for Green Meeting Planning

It also concluded that, “During the course of those three days, that meeting attendee will account for the emission of more than 1,400 pounds of greenhouse gases—the amount a typical driver produces driving his or her car for a month.” These statistics demonstrate very clearly how one meeting can multiply our ecological footprint.   It…

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