Category Archives: News

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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A Howlin’ Great Time

Remember how much fun summer camp was—lots of activities, lots of new friends and a nifty cabin to stay in. Well, that’s just the experience Camp Bow Wow, a doggie day and overnight camp, offers to furry friends when their owners are heading out of town. Here, Rover or Rusty or Snook’ums (or whatever) have…

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Express Spa Treatments

Want to reward your meeting-goers for their hard work but don’t have a lot of free time on the schedule? A host of spas are offering five- to 45-minute massages, facials and foot massages specifically created for busy meeting-goers. These soothing therapies are most appreciated by attendees and the shortened sessions offer planners a cost-effective…

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Team Building In A Box

If you’d like to hang up the usual ropes-course idea for your next team-building event, consider something new and witty for your group: The Go Game, where no leaders are assigned yet everyone participates—even the shyest of players! Similar to other team-building events, The Go Game challenges team members to step out of their comfort…

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