Category Archives: News

Diamonds in the Desert

Set into the hills overlooking Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage enjoys gorgeous views of Coachella Valley and the Santa Rosa Mountains and provides a desert escape for many of the same stars and VIPs that hide away in the Hollywood hills. By September, Brad Pitt and friends (and your next executive group) will be able to…

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Everyone Can Be a Star

but you’re dealing with a few couch potatoes who might not be keen on the idea of a vigorous team-building afternoon.  No sweat—now there’s a solution that involves television.  Or, at least the general themes of today’s most popular reality shows. TeamWorx has been the catalyst of camaraderie for more than 25 years. President Wayne…

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Start Your Wining

With a polished display of élan, he presents the selected bottle, deftly pries out the cork, trickles a few ounces of wine into your glass and patiently awaits your response. As you bring the glass to your lips, you notice the table has gone quiet. All eyes are on you—are you prepared to show your…

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A Second Ritz

Scheduled for a 2010 opening, The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will be a part of the first mixed-use project in the capital city, and will feature 170 guest rooms (in addition to several luxury residences). The hotel will also have variety of function space, including two ballrooms, two meeting rooms, a board room and prefunction space….

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San Jose Upgrade

After a $7-million renovation, The Crowne Plaza San Jose in northern California now offers a more technological focus (iPod docks, Internet connectivity, etc.) for its guests. Located in downtown San Jose near the McEnery Center, the 239-room hotel has upgraded all the guest rooms, meeting space, restaurant and bar with a “fresh, contemporary look.” sanjosehotels.crowneplaza.com

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Shift of Ownership

The renowned Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, Calif. will change flags early next year. The 392-room property, which currently offers 60,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including three ballrooms and 23 acres of gardens, will become The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. The Hong Kong-based Langham Hotels International will acquire…

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SMARTER EDGE – DialDirections.com

So you’re driving a rental car to that morning conference in an unfamiliar city, and you’re already running a tad late. The Mapquest print-out is sitting in your hotel room, and you just took a wrong turn that funneled you onto the freeway. We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, not all of us have the good…

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Big Gets Bigger

Get ready for a gigantic addition to the meetings scene in Las Vegas. The new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino is celebrating a soft opening on December 20. The resort will be part of the Las Vegas Sands Megacenter—a destination combining the new project with the Venetian, Sands Expo and the convention center for a total…

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Rise and Shine

You re-emerge into the world feeling younger, fresher and just itching to get out there and turn some heads. It’s no different for hotels, especially when they appear from the shop with not only a whiter smile but also some brand-new accessories. For the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, it’s…

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Meeting for a Makeover

But these wardrobe mishaps are not uncommon. The popularity of fashion-based reality shows like What Not to Wear and Extreme Makeover demonstrates just how interested people are in getting trustworthy advice on personal appearance —if not an entire reconstruction! While William Edward Squire isn’t a surgeon or fitness guru who will alter your physical attributes,…

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