Category Archives: News

Intelligence Report: August 2006

A year after its launch, Preferred Boutique has added four hotels in the West to its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide…. Posh Portfolio Additions A year after its launch, Preferred Boutique has added four hotels in the West to its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. The hotels include Alisal Guest Ranch…

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In The Steps Of A Meeting Professional

Surprises don’t upend Jan Marino, of Universal Conferences and Incentive Travel. Earlier this year, I was invited to spend a day following Marino, ably assisted by her colleague Kathleen Custis, to see how a professional planner works during an actual meeting. The attendees were coming together in La Jolla, Calif. to exchange new information and…

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Summertime

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Trends start in California

Joe D’Alessandro Named President and CEO of San Francisco CVBJoe D’Alessandro is  the newly appointed president and CEO of  San Francisco’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, replacing veteran John A. Marks, who retires at the end of this month. D’Alessandro joins San Francisco after  10 years as president & CEO of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association…

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The Phantom Knows

Franc D’Ambrosio, a singer/actor who has sung for the likes of Kendall-Jackson Wineries, shared his insights on delivering that magic performance. The singer, who studied with Pavarotti, speaks from experience: He performed the lead in Phantom of the Opera more than 3,000 times. The show’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Weber, dubbed him “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom.”…

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Group Gives New Meaning To Meeting Over Dinner

Too many cooks may spoil the broth. But given the right supervision, even a hundred corporate executives with little or no background in cooking can prepare puff pastries, pancetta-cured steaks or even chocolate soufflés—all while becoming a stronger, more effective unit. That’s the thinking behind Gourmet Gatherings, a San Francisco-based team of professional chefs that…

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