Category Archives: News

Rooms with a View

The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa opened in San Diego’s North County in February, with 129 rooms, views of the Pacific Ocean and 25,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space that can host up to 900 guests. Designed in a contemporary Mediterranean style, the coastal resort will grow to 250 rooms by…

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Well-Balanced Business Trips

Embassy Suites Hotel has recently launched a new site, Business Balance, that aims to help business travelers stay healthy and balanced while enduring the rigors of the road. Moderated by an experienced travel expert, the site will provide articles and tips on everything from sleeping better to packing efficiently. businessbalance.com

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No Curtailing Comfort, Convenience

According to a survey of business travelers by Orbitz for Business, many of them are still paying for added services and benefits even in a tightening economy. The results stated that 65 percent would still pay extra for such perks as refundable fares and priority seating, and 56 percent reported that their employer puts no…

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Travel 2.0

While Internet technology has caused sweeping changes in most industries, many consider travel (and meeting planning, for that matter) to be a bit behind the curve. But, although the Internet will never be able to replace timeless activities like lounging at the pool, a round of golf or face-to-face meetings, it can help iron out…

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Scottsdale’s Phoenician Forges Forward

The Phoenician’s massive $70-million improvement project will take its next big step in June with the groundbreaking of a 42,000-square-foot conference facility and ballroom. The ongoing transformation, which includes upgrades to all 647 guest rooms, began in fall 2006 and is slated for completion in October 2009 with the opening of the new conference center…

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California Gaming

The Agua Caliente Casino, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. will open its doors on April 18, with more than 300 deluxe rooms and suites, 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and a substantial gaming area. Operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the property will also contain six dining venues, a state-of-the art…

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4,000 Good Reasons to Meet in Sonoma County

There have always been plenty of good reasons to meet in Sonoma County. Now there are 4,000 of them—as in $4,000. The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau has just introduced an incentive program that offers meeting planners up to $4,000 to book business in their renowned wine, spa and coastal region (now dubbed “Sonoma Country.”). Meeting…

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Down in Monterey

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa has completed a comprehensive improvement of its event and meeting spaces, including upgrades to all 10 conference and banquet rooms. The multimillion-dollar renovation included all 17,000 sq. ft. of indoor function space; the property also showcases more than 30,000 sq. ft. of outdoor meeting and event areas.  montereyplazahotel.com

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SMARTER EDGE – JetCombo.com

If your group spends hours getting to and from a major airport, JetCombo.com, a new online travel service, has a solution. As 70 percent of air travel in the U.S. is conducted through only 30 airports, the service looks to redistribute air traffic to the thousands of underused facilities around the country. By utilizing their…

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Ontario Gets Brand-New Arena

The city of Ontario, located in Southern California between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, is getting ready for the fall opening of the $130-million Citizens Business Bank Arena, the largest and most modern arena in the Inland Empire. With a seating capacity of up to 11,000, the 225,000-square-foot venue will be available for trade shows…

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