Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

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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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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