Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

ConventionPlanit.com’s Stellar Tips

Go to ConventionPlanit.com and click onto the Stellar Tips link in the “For Planners Only” menu to tap into the flow. For the last three years, meeting industry professionals have been posting their best tried-and-true ideas on this site, and thereby entering a monthly contest to win a $100 gift certificate. It’s awarded for the…

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A “Private Island”?

The resort, located in Lanai’s cool, pine-scented upcountry, joins its sister property on Manele Bay for a pairing that creates, in effect, a “private island” with two distinct meetings options. Once the largest producer of pineapple in the world, the island of Lanai is just 13 miles wide and 18 miles long (its population is…

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Off Sites That Work

The points on best practices for designing off-sites are of such merit that we want to present the feature to you in its entirety, beginning with this issue. You’ll find Part II in February. —The editors. Whether convening at a resort, at a Marriott around the corner, or in a conference room down the hall,…

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Industry Event Planner

In this wonderful profession, you get to be a: careful listener & creative visionary – compelling case-maker & persuasive motivator – don’t-take-no closer dutiful employee (or attentive vendor) – legal beagle, high-tech whiz, team-nurturer – budget-builder, then neo-Nazi negotiator – detail diva – food & wine connoisseur – savvy internationalist & protocol expert – crisis-resolver…

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The Prince of Paper

..that’s if you’ve been the fortunate recipient of a communication by Marc Friedland, aka “Stationer to the Stars.” It is said that true, blazing talent emerges in early childhood: Mozart composed at five; Tiger made Golf Digest at five. But what meteoric career could Marc Friedland’s parents have envisioned out of their wunderkind’s travel postcards…

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Reinventing the Airport Hotel

Only minutes from LAX, this 802-room property recently completed a $14-million renovation that transformed its nondescript persona from “typical airport hotel” to “contemporary boutique property”—a move that added style and comfort to its convenience. Purchased in 2002 by Kor Hotel Group, the Gateway has been infused with hip, urban luxury, starting in the reception area,…

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Brand new

But, in spring 2007, parent Auberge Resorts debuts both a new property and an entirely new brand. Solage Calistoga, an 89-room studio-style resort opens with a style that’s described as “Napa Barn meets San Francisco loft”—in other words, a fresh, contemporary approach to the wine country experience. The property will be flagged under the new…

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Did You Know?

Christo and Jeanne-Claude would be proud: They’re not the only ones swathing inanimate objects in colorful cloth. Bernie Gaps has been doing it for almost 20 years, bringing a more streamlined, contemporary form to function—er, meeting functions, that is. Gaps’ event-design company, Spandex USA, does it all—from manufacturing various products to shipping, even set-up if…

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The Care And Feeding Of Small Meetings

…though “serenaded” isn’t precisely the word Julie uses to describe what happened. “Our group was in the middle of their conference, and next door this choir organization was beginning their awards lunch,” she recalls. “Every award that was given, there was cheering, applause—and a song. It all came bleeding right through the air-wall that separated…

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Trade Show Tips

Do you Feel like Dorothy walking through the woods when you’re at a trade show? Admit it: there have been times that you’ve walked down the aisle of a trade show wearing your “buyer” badge when you’ve felt a little like Dorothy wending her way down the Yellow Brick Road—beset by a cast of characters…

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