Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel,

Lush, tropical and elegant: three little words that say a lot about The Monarch Bay Courtyard at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, along Southern California’s Orange County coast. Graced by a rustic Mediterranean fountain, the Spanish-tiled courtyard can accommodate 250 guests for a reception and 180 for a dinner. Its other spectacular feature, of course, is…

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The US Grant, San Diego

Defined by its striking, mahogany-clad Art Deco columns, the 5,632-square-foot ballroom is part of a recent $56-million renovation of the historic, 1910 hotel. Tuck your group of 500 reception-style or 375 banquet-style into this sumptuous space, and they’ll feel positively presidential (in fact, 13 U.S. presidents have stayed at or visited the hotel since 1919)….

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Omniscient Accounting

Americans are inundated with offers to take advantage of the latest promotion, sign on the dotted line and receive a brand-new extension of pure, untouched credit. We’ve got our regular card, our mileage program card, our Chevron card, our business card—the list goes on and on. But the latest offer from Visa won’t be arriving…

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The Palm Court at Arizona Grand

Open to a bright night sky, the Palm Court at Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix glows with sparkling white lights that accent its namesake trees. Set on 164 scenic acres at the base of South Mountain Preserve, the Arizona Grand Resort can host 600 guests reception-style in this unforgettable setting or, as pictured here, up…

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Meet Me Online

While the majority of the meetings you plan may be in-person and face-to-face, there are instances where a smaller, shorter meeting simply does not justify the travel, time and expenses involved. Still, you need to bring everyone together, and an ordinary conference call just won’t make the grade. You may have already heard of WebEx,…

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Walking Out of Thin Air

Sure, the effect will certainly wake up an audience and draw some applause, but isn’t it a little old-fashioned? Instead, imagine your CEO magically appearing out of thin air, walking onstage right through a perfect image of the company logo. This sleek scenario is made possible with a new technology by FogScreen, Inc., which uses…

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The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Location is important—but so is ambience! Just a short walk from Costa Mesa’s theater district—not to mention 280 top-tier boutiques—The Westin South Coast Plaza features 393 guest rooms and 26 meeting spaces. The most popular event space at this newly designed hotel is the Waterfall Terrace (1,856 sq. ft.), a sheltered, tranquil area that takes…

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Travel 2.0

While Internet technology has caused sweeping changes in most industries, many consider travel (and meeting planning, for that matter) to be a bit behind the curve. But, although the Internet will never be able to replace timeless activities like lounging at the pool, a round of golf or face-to-face meetings, it can help iron out…

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Presidental Views

The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, near Beverly Hills, may have had politics in mind when it decided to undertake a significant multiphase renovation, slated for completion this month. After all, when you’ve hosted every president since Lyndon B. Johnson—and with a new president coming to the Oval Office in less than a year—you’d better be…

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