Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

Smart Meetings Newsletter – May 2007

Left My Service in San Francisco Southwest Airlines will return its service to San Francisco International Airport at the end of the summer. The airline stopped its service in 2000, claiming that foggy conditions affected arrival times. SFO has implemented new technology that allows more planes to fly in foggy weather and has lowered its…

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Not Your Assembly Line Meeting

His group will be meeting at MicroTek Computer Labs, where instead of handing out big, thick manuals, he’ll provide everyone with a JumpDrive for the entire presentation. When they plug it in, it’ll display the same (slide) as on the screen, with a notes page beside it. Chuck Salem, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is holding a…

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Off-Sites That Work II

AT THE MEETING – This is the second and final installment. (You’ll find Part I, “Preparing for the Meeting,” in our January issue.) Structuring an off-site isn’t the same as staging it. Unlike, say, board meetings, which can be as formal and stylized as Kabuki theater, strategic off-sites should be designed to induce genuine engagement,…

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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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