Category Archives: News

Magical Meetings

Meeting on the beach Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort creates unforgettable events During a recent tour of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, just outside Walt Disney World, a number of meeting groups had taken over the property. Meeting rooms, restaurants and even an outdoor…

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Return to Glory

Multimillion-dollar renovations enhance landmark properties Adolphus Hotel, Dallas Historic downtown Dallas has its grande dame back. Dating to 1912, Adolphus Hotel is undergoing a $50 million renovation that includes the makeover of all 407 guest rooms. A new rooftop pool and fitness room will debut in May. Adolphus will debut a new spa and remodeled food…

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Ponte Vedra Resorts Deliver Wow Factor

“The answer is yes…now what’s your question?” That’s the motto at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, sister properties less then two miles apart in an unincorporated seaside community in St. Johns County, Florida. It’s a tall order and quite a way to start off a press…

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All-Inclusives that Rock

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Hard Rock properties simplify the booking process Planning trips for groups is very challenging, mainly because many details need to be carefully arranged, but a plethora of planners are finding that all-inclusive hotel packages make their job much easier. Several hotel companies offer these packages, including the All-Inclusive Collection, which…

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Record-Breaking Year for San Francisco Tourism

San Francisco tourism reached record numbers in 2015, welcoming a total of 24.6 million visitors for an increase of 2.7 percent from 2014.  Leisure visitors and business visitors also rose 2.7 percent, with 18.9 and 5.8 million, respectively. Tourism accounted for $9.3 billion in spending, according to San Francisco Travel.  Visitors spent $8.5 billion for an increase of 3.4 percent over…

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Georgia, North Carolina CVBs Decry Controversial Legislation

Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta Convention and visitors bureau CEOs in Georgia and North Carolina are speaking out against discriminatory religious liberty legislation that they believe could harm tourism and potentially drive away conventions in their respective states. In breaking news Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed a controversial bill that many claim discriminates against…

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Anbang Sweetens Offer for Starwood

The Westin Costa Navarino, a Starwood property A high-stakes bidding war to acquire Starwood Hotels Worldwide continued on Saturday as a consortium led by Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group increased its bid to $14 billion, again topping an offer made by Marriott International. Starwood said that Anbang’s offer is likely to be a “superior proposal” to…

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Phoenix Airbnb Hosts

Study Casts Shadow on Phoenix Airbnb Hosts

Out of several major metropolitan cities in the U.S., Phoenix has been identified in a national survey as having a large percentage of Airbnb hosts renting properties for more than 30 days, as well as a substantial number of multi-unit operators who rent two or more units. Research was released this week by the American Hotel…

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Wyndham Launches Branded TV Sitcom

Wyndham Hotel Group has launched the hospitality industry’s first-ever branded TV sitcom. “Have Points, Will Travel”  is a reality-style mockumentary series that follows a young married couple as they travel down the west coast of the United States with just a backpack and one million Wyndham Rewards points. Sitcom Plot In the inaugural episode, blindfolded newlyweds…

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the Florida Keys

Best Places to Meet in the Florida Keys

White sand shores along the Florida Keys’ coral cay archipelago are what dream vacations are made of. The 125-mile-long island chain extends south of Miami in a gentle arc capped off by Key West, a popular cruise ship stop with air connectivity via Key West International Airport (EYW). But the Keys islands also make an…

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