Category Archives: News

The Jolly Green Giant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is practicing what it preaches, in the placement of travel spend. The agency, which budgets about $50 million for travel annually, has added “environmental achievement” to the list of factors that determine which hotels will get its business. In addition to a hotel’s price and past performance, a 14-point checklist…

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More Oases

The southern tip of Nevada is booming. Ten miles south of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, the first construction phase of Southern Highlands Casino Resort Spa will begin this summer, to become part of a whopping 2,700-acre resort community. The 100,000-square-foot convention and meeting facility will have extensive catering options and will include outdoor space…

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All Inclusive Goes All Out

After sustaining Hurricane Wilma’s beating in 2005, Palace Resorts has recently completed renovations on two of its properties in Cancun’s Hotel Zone: Sun Palace and Cancun Palace. Sun Palace has a 4,100-square-foot Ocean Ballroom, and Cancun Palace features a new 600-seat amphitheater, 13 spa-treatment rooms and an Internet-ready business center. Combined, they now have 20,000…

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Hawaii’s Day In The Sun

There’s an affordable wave hitting Hawaii. The Department of Transportation recently reported the average airfare with the most significant decrease between 2005 and 2006 was in itineraries departing Lihue, Kauai (a 21.5-percent drop). The Air Travel Fare Index compares the fares of identical routes and classes of service on a quarterly basis, among 85 of…

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Smart Meetings Newsletter – May 2007

Left My Service in San Francisco Southwest Airlines will return its service to San Francisco International Airport at the end of the summer. The airline stopped its service in 2000, claiming that foggy conditions affected arrival times. SFO has implemented new technology that allows more planes to fly in foggy weather and has lowered its…

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Hip New Strip Spot

Fade out, Aladdin—Fade in, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The former hotel is undergoing a head-to-toe, retro-chic renovation that will immerse Las Vegas guests in celebrity chic and Hollywood culture. The re-branding includes 2,600 movie-themed rooms and suites, the latest in technology—with 5,000 Panasonic high-def plasma TVs in the public areas and guest rooms—an expansive…

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Super Voyage

This July, Hawaii Superferry will launch new interisland ferry service aboard catamaran-type passenger-and-vehicle ferries. The state-of-the-art, 866-passenger Alakai will begin daily service between Oahu and Maui, and six-days-a-week service between Oahu and Kauai. During the three-hour crossings, you’re free to roam and relax, dine or shop. A second ferry joins the fleet in early 2009,…

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And The Winner Is…

A recent hotel industry study evaluated the Web sites of the top 14 hotel groups to see how they treated their online customers, and the results are in. According to the Customer Respect Group, an international research and consulting firm, the average second-quarter score for the hotel industry is 5.8 on a 10-point scale, a…

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Napa Pours It On

Construction begins this summer on the $190-million Montalcino Resort & Spa in the city of Napa, adding to the explosion of upscale meeting venues in the valley. The new resort, with 379 guest rooms, will provide 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 5,000-square-foot special event building. Also included in the project are a…

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It’s Easier Being Green

The nation’s first green-built portable-modular exhibit system recently debuted in Las Vegas, winning a “Buyer’s Choice Award” at the Exhibitor 2007 trade show. Pioneered by Exhibit Design Consultants in Grand Rapids, Mich., Eco-Systems Sustainable Exhibits use a variety of eco-friendly materials derived from recycled content, rapidly renewable materials and recyclable materials. They’re keyed to the…

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