Category Archives: Trends

Travel’s #1 Activity

Even those of us on the road for business find it hard to resist the hotel gift shop, a high-profile boutique or a big-name downtown department store. Speaking of which: If the sight of a Macy’s red-star shopping bag gets your adrenaline pumping, consider this. The huge retailer offers out-of-town groups not only an 11-percent…

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Movers and Shakers (Jan 07)

Marx was director of marketing for the San Jose [Calif.] Convention and Visitors Bureau. Oscar Cruces was named director general of Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, a AAA Five-Diamond luxury resort located in Nuevo Vallarta, 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. He was general manager of the five-star Marquis Reforma in Mexico City….

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Spa Speak

But if you’re new to the experience, the spa “menu” may need a little translation. Don’t stress out—it defeats the purpose—just use this handy decoder of several popular treatments, courtesy of the International Spa Association. (Caution: like potato chips, once you get started…) Accupressure  Finger massage designed to release muscle tension and promote healing by…

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Trends start in California

Joe D’Alessandro Named President and CEO of San Francisco CVBJoe D’Alessandro is  the newly appointed president and CEO of  San Francisco’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, replacing veteran John A. Marks, who retires at the end of this month. D’Alessandro joins San Francisco after  10 years as president & CEO of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association…

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The Phantom Knows

Franc D’Ambrosio, a singer/actor who has sung for the likes of Kendall-Jackson Wineries, shared his insights on delivering that magic performance. The singer, who studied with Pavarotti, speaks from experience: He performed the lead in Phantom of the Opera more than 3,000 times. The show’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Weber, dubbed him “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom.”…

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Group Gives New Meaning To Meeting Over Dinner

Too many cooks may spoil the broth. But given the right supervision, even a hundred corporate executives with little or no background in cooking can prepare puff pastries, pancetta-cured steaks or even chocolate soufflés—all while becoming a stronger, more effective unit. That’s the thinking behind Gourmet Gatherings, a San Francisco-based team of professional chefs that…

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Your Life Is Their Songbook

That’s the basis for (and the brilliance of) The Water Coolers, a musical comedy group whose performances at meetings and events are inspired by the triumphs, trials and tragedies most working people face every day. The group began with an unusual collaboration between conference planner Sally Allen and her husband Tom, a comedy writer who…

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Worktopia

However, if you've suddenly got to put together a day meeting off the reservation, so to speak, it might sound more to your ears like Salvation. That's because you can go to Worktopia.com 24/7, pop in your meeting stats and turn it loose. The system will then search, check availability, get instant live quotes, compare…

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