Category Archives: News

CLEAR Update

The ease of airline travel is spreading—if you’re a member. Clear, the leading airport security fast-pass program, allows airline passengers to move through an expedited security checkpoint and will be available this November at Denver International Airport. Clear members (there are already 75,000 nationwide) can now zip through the gate by flashing their membership card…

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Space in the Desert

Get ready for another Ritz in Arizona. Set to be completed in late 2009, the $160-million project—a 250-room resort and residences—is underway in Marana, just northwest of Tucson. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, the hotel company’s second property in the state, will offer two ballrooms for a total of 13,800 sq. ft. and a number of…

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Gimme an A!

Now business passengers on Southwest Airlines have the option to board first—as long as they’ve forked over a higher fare. “Business Select,” a new class of airline ticket that went into effect Nov. 8, also doles out Rapid Rewards credit to the passenger for that particular flight. In addition, Business Select holders receive a complimentary…

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SMARTER EDGE – PassKey.com

As you might have seen from the November issue of Smart Meetings, Passkey is growing! The leader in online management of group reservations has come out with two new features for planners and hotels alike. “Event Express,” which debuted in October, lets hotels build customized group reservation websites in as little as three minutes. Template-style…

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Flames of SoCal

All the fires in Los Angeles County are now 100 percent contained. Hotels and restaurants located farther south in central San Diego have not been directly impacted by the fires, as well as San Diego’s downtown, waterfront and airport, which have remained open for business. For a complete update on San Diego, click here.  

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Turning Doughnuts into Do-Nots

Themed restaurants can pull families with small children right off the freeway, but might keep more discerning restaurant diners at bay. Themed cocktail parties are a major hit if planned right, but if done wrong can be cheesy and even annoying.   It is hard to go wrong with themed meeting breaks, however, as breaks are…

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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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