Category Archives: News

Smart Moves: July 2007

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) appointed Bren Clevenger-Ori, CAE, CMP as chief operating officer. Clevenger-Ori was vice president, program services with Promotional Products Association International,  also located in Dallas. John Cooper was named president and CEO of the Yakima Valley (Wash.) Visitors and Convention Bureau, which also manages the Convention Center. He was president and CEO…

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South of the Border

Break in your new passport (you did take care of that, right?) Head for the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. Beautifully situated on the Sea of Cortés, this is the kind of resort where you can meet during the day, then hold your dinner or gala event on the beach in the evening,…

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Experience This: July 2007

excitations n. Beach Boys parlance (as in, “She’s giving me excitations”); an experiential gift-giving company. There is a connection between the two. “That was the origin of the name,” says Kim AuBuchon, COO of the innovative, two-year-old company, with a laugh. “It was unbelievably hard to find a ‘.com’ that wasn’t taken!” AuBuchon and her…

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Brand Expands

Cropping up in all regions of the country, four new Hyatt Place properties are set to open in spring 2008, including a 127-room in Reno, Nev. Additional Hyatt Places are projected for groundbreaking later this year, including Seattle and Phoenix. This Hyatt brand provides free Wi-Fi access and innovative food and beverage options for business…

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Suites Getting Sweeter

Renovations on 3,014 suites at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas are moving along, scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Upgrades to the $100-million project include wireless dual-line telephones and Wi-Fi connection, three televisions in each suite, DVD players, CD/clock-radio alarms and fresh-cut flowers on all bathroom vanities, among a…

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Airline On The Bandwagon

Continental is the first airline to join the efforts of Sustainable Travel International in carbon offsetting, a process to offset greenhouse emissions through donations toward other organized environmental causes like reforestation and energy conservation. more Starting in late summer, customers will be able to calculate the carbon footprint of their booked itineraries on the Continental…

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Calling It Off

Slated to open in 2009, the projected $2.5-billion W Las Vegas Resort has been canceled. Edge Group, developer of the 47 acres of prime real estate just off The Strip, called off the project after minority partner Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide backed out. The project was proposed to have 300,000 sq. ft. of convention…

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Virgin America, More American

Virgin America has received DOT approval to begin domestic service this summer, with its first flights from San Francisco International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The airline was required to shift the majority of its ownership to U.S. investors to meet new regulations that cap foreign control of a U.S….

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Smart Moves: June 2007

Laurie Armstrong was named vice president, marketing and communications for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. She was previously vice president, public relations for the 1,800-member bureau. Lisa DeCambra-Morrill was named director of sales and marketing for the iconic Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. She was director of product development, Hawaii luxury, at Classic…

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Radically Refreshing

Not the standard front-desk greeting—and The Curtis is definitely not your standard hotel. Located in downtown Denver, adjacent to the convention center, the newly opened property features pop-culture decor and a cool, playful vibe to match. Take its guest rooms (336), for instance. Where else could you wake up to Elvis crooning “Three to get…

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