Category Archives: News

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

You’re exhausted. And the rest of your group looks pretty beat as well, huddled together over at that coffee stand. The last thing you want to do right now is round up the troops, file onto the shuttle bus and crawl down the winding road into town to your hotel.   Enter the Capella Telluride,…

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Sleep (Environmentally) Soundly

Venues look to save significant amounts of money from energy reduction as well as help curb global warming—and customers are driving this demand as they begin seeking out the best “green” businesses.   The Orchard Garden Hotel, a new 86-room boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco, lets you appease your conscience as well as give…

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On The Road

Those lucky enough to have traveled along the legendary Maui Highway know the difficulty of imagining anything civilized exists at the end of this 52-mile zigzag. The two-lane road snakes and twists its way along the high cliffs of Maui's northern coast, crossing 66 one-lane bridges, brushing against countless waterfalls and making you feel that…

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Mistakes on a Plane?

It’s time for that inevitable single-file march, you know the one—your section has just been called; boarding pass in hand, you schlep your laptop and carry-on down the ramp to the bulky metal tube where you’ll be spending the next five hours relaxing with a magazine and a Diet Coke. “Good afternoon,” chime the polished…

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Never a Dull Day in the Industry

Attendees gobbling more than their fair share of cookies, audiovisual equipment going dead in the middle of a presentation, even curious vagrants wandering into your meeting.      Well, you’re not alone in the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of planning. As numerous corporate and association events transpire nationwide, so, too, do the strange behaviors….

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CEO, Now Chairman Too

Mary Ann Powell, CEO of Pacific Park, is the new Chairman of the Board ofDirectors for the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. Powell will work in conjunction with the divisions of SMCVB to provide leadership with bureau projects and guide the board's strategic planning during her one-yearterm.

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SMARTER EDGE – CheckInWiz.com

Companies are consistently finding new ways to use the Internet as a way to provide better customer service. Take the Ottawa-based CheckinWiz—it promotes improved guest service and front desk efficiency at participating hotels. The product’s public launch in 2008 will allow travelers using PDAs, such as Blackberrys, to confirm their arrival time to a particular…

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Classic Vegas Gets Upgraded

After three years of construction and more than $100 million in renovations, the Las Vegas Hilton now offers refurbished guest rooms in its north and east towers.  The classic look of Hilton combined with amenities such as wireless Internet access, MP3 docking stations (in addition to plush beds and 37-inch plasma TVs) have brought the…

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East to West

Virgin America, having recently launched its domestic carrier service, has added a twice-daily flight between Washington D.C. and San Francisco International. By October 24, the airline will begin a service between the nation’s capital and Los Angeles International Airport. virginamerica.com

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New Look in New Mexico

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M. is wrapping up a $10.5-million renovation that debuts in November of this year.  In addition to the upgrades in the lobby and 219 guest rooms, the hotel’s 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space will be revived, including the city’s largest ballroom, with 6,488 sq. ft. First-rate…

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