Category Archives: News

Anime Style

ANIMÉ-STYLE Staying at Hotel Tomo, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown, is like going to a slumber party at your best friend’s house as a kid—you know, the one you always envied for her fantastic bedroom. Everything seemed to match, captivating murals spanned the wall, and then there was that big playroom down…

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Back In The Skies

Virgin America begins flying again in the U.S., with service starting Aug. 8, including two daily nonstop flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York’s J.F.K International Airport and five nonstop flights between SFO and Los Angeles International Airport. Virgin America, based just south of San Francisco in Burlingame, Calif., will offer nonstop…

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More Space, New Flag

The recently reflagged OHANA Honolulu Airport Hotel has undergone the final phase of a $6-million renovation, completed in July. Guests of the airport hotel receive several complimentary services, including a free airport shuttle service, Internet access and free limited phone service in the hotel’s new amenities suite, the OHANA Airport Connection. Other upgrades feature 2,400…

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Meeting Space Doubled

The AAA Four-Diamond resort in Washington’s Methow Valley has added meeting space. Sun Mountain Lodge now holds 3,900 sq. ft. of divisible space, with wide window views of Okanogan National Forest. New features like wireless Internet service, drop-down LCD projectors, video monitors and the latest audiovisual technology make this conference facility business-ready.

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Meeting By The Mountains

Utah Valley’s Pleasant Grove will soon offer a new convention center and 300 new luxury suites. Construction will begin Aug. 24 for the 13-story Embassy Suites Hotel and adjacent 120,000-square-foot convention center, which will include a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. Each suite will offer high-speed Internet access, work desks and 24-hour room service. Other features include a…

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Big Hat, Lots of Cattle

Best-selling author and branding consultant Joe Calloway frames his new book, Work Like You’re Showing Off!, with a startling premise: What the world needs is more showoffs, in work and in life, not fewer. But the Tennessee-based consultant (whose clients include American Express, Volvo, BMW, IBM and the like) is not referring to the pretentious,…

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Work Hard, Play Hard

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD If you’re a prime-time TV buff, you might recognize Pacific Palms Conference Resort as a backdrop for such shows as Heroes, where the kitchen played a significant role, and Las Vegas, which transformed the hotel’s entire lobby and entrance into the glamorous “Montecito Hotel.” (It also starred in films like American…

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Another Home For Experient

June 19 marked the opening of Experient’s new operations center in Las Vegas—the 10th U.S. location for the meetings-management giant. The center has 6,000 sq. ft. that combine a warehouse space and several meeting rooms. Experient, known for its comprehensive event services, focuses on bringing people together to drive successful meetings.  experient-inc.com

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A Break From The State Department

Good news for U.S. citizens waiting to receive their passports—the State Department has temporarily eased passport requirements. Effective until September 30, 2007, U.S. citizens who have already applied for a passport can re-enter the U.S. by air without a passport as long as they have (1) a government-issued photo identification and (2) official proof of…

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More Modern Near Seattle

Just 10 miles from downtown Seattle, the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. completed its $1.92-million renovation at the end of May. Upgrades to its functional exhibit area lend a warmer, more modern feel to the 36,000-square-foot Center Hall, which can be divided into two rooms. A contrast from traditional ballrooms, the refurbished interior incorporates new…

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