Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

Cvb Savvy

Convention and visitor bureaus are the smiling faces of otherwise faceless cities. They’re the cheerleaders, the Pollyannas and the folks who often know a city’s nooks and crannies best. Their mission: to serve as the official point of contact for convention and meeting planners, market their destinations and make sure planners get the tools and…

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Hypo Surface: Leonardo Would Have Loved This!

That’s da Vinci, not DiCaprio, incidentally, and, as arguably the greatest genius in human history, he would have a blast with this new medium were he around today, 500 years later. You see, HypoSurface is the world’s very first digital architecture. You are allowed a pause of 15 seconds here to absorb this concept. Get…

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Intelligence Report: August 2006

A year after its launch, Preferred Boutique has added four hotels in the West to its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide…. Posh Portfolio Additions A year after its launch, Preferred Boutique has added four hotels in the West to its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. The hotels include Alisal Guest Ranch…

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In The Steps Of A Meeting Professional

Surprises don’t upend Jan Marino, of Universal Conferences and Incentive Travel. Earlier this year, I was invited to spend a day following Marino, ably assisted by her colleague Kathleen Custis, to see how a professional planner works during an actual meeting. The attendees were coming together in La Jolla, Calif. to exchange new information and…

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Summertime

Rules of the PlaygroundWant to have some fun—or get even? Try the Dodge ‘Em Desktop Dodgeball Game. Just line up the figures and take aim with the sponge ball. You don’t have to assign a name to each figure, but we’ll bet you could. uncommongoods.comWillow Stream at Home productsIf your energy is flagging, check out…

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Location, Location, Logistics

Teeming sidewalks, busy restaurants, hotel lounges filled with friends sharing stories and a buzz around a city’s convention center are sure signs that a convention is in town. Though every city has its own definition of what “citywide” conventions entail, there’s one thing that’s certain: they are economic engines for a city’s visitor industry that…

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Tribal Gatherings

Not many meetings open like this: Elders from a local Native American tribe quietly, and with great dignity, give a spiritual invocation. They pray the meeting will be a success and personally fulfilling to all who attend. They pray for communion and understanding with the natural world around them. The prayers are followed by ancient…

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Say Good Bye To Plain Vanilla

When the prospect of another drywall-with-a-light-switch makes you yearn for an intriguing alternative, consider holding your meeting in a historic hotel. These one-of-a-kind properties offer character, a comfortable ambience and a bit of nostalgia for the past—or how we’d like to remember it. Because of the properties’ age, their owners had an exceptional choice of…

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