Category Archives: News

Hospitality Industry Has Image Problem

The hospitality industry needs to change its image to recruit more qualified, passionate people, according to one of the leading educators in the field. Gray Shealy, executive director of the Master’s in Hospitality Management Degree program at Georgetown University, wrote in a Skift blog that one of the main problems is the stigma associated with the word,…

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Hotel Price Index Reflects Travel Confidence

The White Tower, London The stable U.S. economy continues to positively impact all aspects of the travel industry as evident by The Hotels.com 2015 Hotel Price Index that was released Thursday. The report notes that U.S. travelers were willing to spend a little more on hotel rooms, while taking advantage of the strong U.S. dollar for great values abroad. London’s status…

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Sleepy Travelers No More!

Meetings and conferences are busy affairs, so at the end of the day it’s important for participants to get a good night’s sleep. However, this isn’t always easy due to personal concerns, jet lag, noises coming from inside and outside of hotels, light streaming in through windows and uncomfortable beds, among other things. Here are…

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North Carolina: A State of Contrasts

When you think of North Carolina, do you think of the sun slowly burning off the early-morning blue fog of the Great Smokies? The exciting technological advances of the Triangle? Or the rolling hills of Piedmont?

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Think Outside the Bottle

Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California Lesser-known varietals offered in unexpected U.S. wine countries America’s wine consumers have their favorite chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons and merlots—and boy, do they love them. In fact, they’re the best-selling wines in the country. Consumers also have their favorite wine country destinations—led by California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa…

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Meet Up in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Convention center district has cornered the market on convenience Last month, just as the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit was about to convene at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, the City of Brotherly Love was named the best place to visit in the United States by Lonely Planet. Philadelphia was already feeling blessed…

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Going Above and Beyond: Great Wolf Lodge

Exciting attractions and new prospects move Great Wolf forward There is a new kid on the block in theme park central. Southern California’s wide variety of amusement parks and attractions was joined by a neighbor from the north. Last month, Great Wolf Lodge opened a property in Garden Grove, its 13th resort in America and…

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Resort Renovations from Florida to Hawaii

From Florida to Hawaii, meeting and incentive properties are re-inventing themselves with dramatic resort renovations sure to impress. Here are a few updated properties that have caught our attention. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa This Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, golf destination is undergoing a $25 million refresh that began last year. The resort renovations include upgrades of…

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Meetings at Ponte Vedra Resorts: A Breath of Fresh Florida Air

Making a long-lasting impression is about delivering unique experiences, and with so many hotels and resorts attempting to make names for themselves, it’s not an easy promise to deliver on. At Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club, unique experiences start when you walk in the door, and they’re carried throughout…

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