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 IMEX America Challenges Conventional Thinking with new PCMA Business School Program
      Wednesday, August 13 @ 14:46:20 CDT
General News"This year IMEX America participants will have the chance to build even more education muscle and earn CEUs when PCMA’s Business School makes its first ever stop at the Las Vegas trade show. The Business School will be offered as part of the preshow education day, Smart Monday, on Oct 13. The popular PCMA learning curriculum is built around giving meeting industry professionals access to top-level faculty speakers from leading university – business schools. It offers on-line, credit-awarding sessions through PCMA, as well as via live programs at select industry conferences.

The IMEX America installment of PCMA Business School will feature Dr. Jerry Jellison, a professor of social psychology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Jellison is a change guru and published author of two books: “Overcoming Resistance” (a Fortune Book Club selection,) and “Dynamics of Change”. His session in Vegas is titled “From Strategy to Results - Creating a Culture of Change.”

This three-hour business school session is designed to help participants identify prime areas for change within their teams and organizations. In a comprehensive workshop Jellison will share practical, tried and tested tools that help dissolve resistance to shaking up the status quo. He will also lead his audience in how to formulate fresh action plans that deliver targeted improvements and worthwhile results.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways to make our education program at IMEX America even more meaningful and rich,” said Carina Bauer CEO of the IMEX Group. “PCMA’s Business School approach is a terrific way to connect our industry directly with the best minds in the US college and university community and we’re looking forward to it becoming a unique part of this year’s Smart Monday program.”

“PCMA’s education is renowned for challenging our thinking and the status quo,” said Sherrif Karamat, COO, PCMA. “We’re committed to equipping our meeting professionals with the best resources and tools possible by bringing some of the country’s brightest minds to share their knowledge, and we’re excited to launch our first business school program at IMEX America this fall.”

In addition, participants can earn 0.3 CEU credits during IMEX America’s PCMA Business School. Participation is limited to 120 attendees. For more information on the program visit the IMEX website.

About IMEX America
IMEX America is a three-day ‘trade show with a difference’ that includes Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on Oct. 13. This full preshow day of professional education has ‘something for everyone’ and will include a Senior Planners track for the first time. The majority of sessions are free of charge with no need to book.

Last year over 2600 hosted buyers from 40 global markets scheduled 50,000 self-selected appointments with the show’s 2600-plus exhibitors from 150 countries. At the show’s close, total appointment numbers were up 27% compared to 2012, representing a significant rise in one-on-one business meetings between buyers and exhibitors. See the 2013 IMEX America show stats here - /about-us/show-statistics/

About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,400+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at "

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 Hyatt Regency Baltimore Names New General Manager
      Wednesday, August 13 @ 14:43:45 CDT
General News"BALTIMORE, MD – Hyatt Regency Baltimore has named Kevin Kennedy as General Manager. Kennedy brings 30 years of hospitality experience to his new role, most recently having served as General Manager at Hyatt Regency Orange County, CA for the past 7 years.

Kennedy started his Hyatt career as a Hotel Assistant Manager at Hyatt Orlando, and held various positions at Hyatt hotels across North America. Kennedy’s first General Manager post was at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

“I have watched Kevin grow with the company over the years, and regardless of where he is, Kevin gives his best and achieves great results. He has worked successfully around the country, and we know that he will continue to be a true professional and add great value to the Hyatt Regency brand and Hyatt Regency Baltimore property.” said Jerry Lewin, Sr. VP Operations, Hyatt.

Kennedy embraces the local community where he lives and works. Most recently Kennedy was the Chairman of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, and he served on the Board of Directors for the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association. Kennedy was also a Founder and President of the Garden Grove Tourism Promotion Corporation. Earlier this year, under Kennedy’s leadership, Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel received the Orange County Business Journal’s, “Best Places to Work,” distinction. In 2011, Kevin was a nominee for Hyatt’s General Manager of the Year award.

A Florida native, Kennedy and his wife Michelle have two children, Kyle and Allison. Kennedy enjoys spending time with his family and golden retriever. When he’s not on the beach, Kennedy can be found enjoying golf, running, and snowboarding.

For more information about Hyatt Regency Baltimore, please visit or call: 410-528-1234.

About Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Hyatt Regency Baltimore is located at 300 Light Street in the city’s vibrant Inner Harbor. This 488 room hotel with more than 40,000 sq ft of event space offers direct access to Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor and is just steps away from many shops, restaurants, and attractions. The hotel’s stylish accommodations include amenities including a full-service fitness center, rooftop pool deck and its signature Bistro 300 restaurant. Since its opening in 1981, Hyatt Regency Baltimore has won numerous tourism and community service awards, including: the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award; a Diversity Trailblazer Award; and is a top hotel in Maryland by Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list. The property is also the longest AAA four-diamond award-winning hotel in Maryland. Hyatt Regency Baltimore was recognized in 2011 as a, “Best Hotel in the US,” by U.S. News & World Reports. For more information about Hyatt Regency Baltimore, please visit: or call: 410-528-1234.

About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency hotels offer a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings."

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 Luxurious Sky Villa Suites Unveiled at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas
      Wednesday, August 06 @ 14:39:34 CDT
General News"LAS VEGAS — The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas unveils the Sky Villa Suites, which offer an entirely new level of luxury accommodations for guests. Located on the 20th floor of the Paradise tower, the suites offer breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip with floor-to-ceiling windows in an elegant and glamorous atmosphere. The Sky Villa Suites are a key part of the resort’s approximate $200 million transformation that has touched every corner of the property including all 1,467 guestrooms, the casino floor and restaurants, and the Tropicana Theater.

“The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas has undergone a complete transformation, both structurally and culturally, and we are excited to introduce our newest room product—the Sky Villa Suites,” said Alex Yemenidjian, CEO of The New Tropicana Las Vegas. “We continually strive to deliver the best for our guests and these suites offer a new choice in luxury accommodations in Las Vegas reminiscent of a penthouse in Miami.”

Designed by Alex Yemenidjian and Annie Gevorkian, the Sky Villa Suites were created with an emphasis on modern glamour. These Las Vegas luxury suites include custom furnishings with white lacquered panels and Honey Birdseye and Anigre Lacewood highlighted with gold leaf. To give the suite added beauty and warmth, custom Golden Spider Natural Marble and luxurious carpet is used throughout. Cove lighting creates a soothing ambiance throughout the room. To accentuate the space with bold colors, specially designed abstract artwork is exhibited in the rooms.

These Las Vegas suites feature an unparalleled master bedroom and bathroom with his-and-her walk-in closets and a stunning gold leaf headboard. The master bathroom has two walk-in steam showers with LED showerheads, private water closets, LED backlit mirrors, and a spacious whirlpool spa for two. The lavish whirlpool tub is wrapped in marble mosaic with a massage function, air jets with LED lights, a computer control panel, a TV and Kohler water filler from the ceiling. Each of these penthouse apartment-style suites also includes a wet bar, private spa/massage room and office. The Sky Villa Suites utilize the latest audio-video technology anchored with state-of-the-art Creston Control Systems. The system provides guests with intuitive control including window covering position, light and temperature control, room service, music and TV control and touch-screen keypads. Guests can also enjoy Samsung HD LED televisions in rooms.

The New Tropicana Las Vegas also offers eight other suite types throughout the resort including the two-story Penthouse Loft suites, the chic Presidential Suite and Chairman Suite, and the Pool Villa Suites. Like the Sky Villa Suites, the six Pool Villa Suites that have recently been made available to the public offer elite travelers exceptional accommodations. With a strong emphasis on privacy and an atmosphere conducive to relaxing and socializing, the 760-square-foot suites blend pure natural elements with clean modern shapes. Comfortable, custom-built furniture incorporates the beauty and warmth of Anigre Lacewood while marble mosaic walls give the rooms a natural sheen, and sandstone tile accented by hand-knotted banana-wool area rugs combine to create a bright yet cozy atmosphere.

Each Pool Villa is a luxuriously appointed Las Vegas suite featuring a spacious bedroom and a large living room with a marble-top wet bar and sub-zero refrigerator. Other features include a private balcony with a 44-jet whirlpool spa, DynaStar LED lighting and cascading waterfall, and dining and lounge areas overlooking a private lawn and the Tropicana pool. The Pool Villa Suites also offer the Creston Control Systems and colorful custom artwork.

All of the suites in this Las Vegas resort on the Strip are available for booking. For Tropicana Las Vegas hotel reservations or for additional information, please visit or call 1-800-GO2-TROP.


About The New Tropicana Las Vegas |
Prepare to be surprised! The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers with a recently completed $200 million transformation that provides a casually elegant resort experience. In addition to a South Beach rhythm and vibe, the transformation of the resort includes a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the 50,000-square-foot casino, more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, several new restaurants and bars, a new race and sports book, and Glow®, a Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes headliners in the all-new Tropicana Theater, Laugh Factory and live music in the Tropicana Lounge. Coming spring 2014, the Tropicana Theater will be home to the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! For a virtual tour, visit
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 Huntsville CVB Twitter named “Must-Follow” tourist destination account
      Wednesday, August 06 @ 14:37:25 CDT
General News"@Go2HuntsvilleAL ranked in Top 50 Twitter accounts internationally for DMOs

(Huntsville, AL) – Betsy A. Decillis Consulting, LLC has released a list of “Must Follow DMOs (Destination Management Organizations)” and ranked the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Twitter account 49th out of 100 DMO Twitter accounts selected throughout the world.

To view the complete list and see how Huntsville ranked among other cities, states and countries, click here: The Twitter ranking was determined by analyzing a destination’s Klout Score (a score representing one’s influence on social media) as well as the number of tourism professionals following the account. List creator Betsy Decillis, in a statement on her website, also highlighted the importance of the content being shared from these “must-follow” accounts.

“I follow many of these CVBs to be inspired and to learn,” Decillis said. “And that’s why I compile this particular list. I think it’s only fair that others have the same inspiration that moves me available to them.”

Charles Winters, Executive Vice President of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, touted the community’s attraction, hotel and restaurant partners as a key element in the Huntsville/Madison County CVB’s Twitter account’s recent recognition.

“From the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Earth’s Largest Space Museum, to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden to the many wonderful events in downtown Huntsville, our annual festivals, craft beer scene and more, our hospitality partners make our community very attractive to visitors,” Winters said. “At the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, we highly value connecting with current and future visitors on social media to tell them about our community and to provide them with the information they need to launch their next adventure in the Rocket City.”

The @Go2HuntsvilleAL Twitter account aims to provide followers with event information, Huntsville/Madison County photos, community information as well as answer questions about visiting and meeting in the Rocket City.

For more information, contact Huntsville/Madison County CVB Marketing Manager Jessica Carlton at or 256.551.2294.

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types."

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 ALHI Hosts 55 Senior-Level Women In The Meetings & Hospitality Industries At Its 9th Annual Executive Women In Leadership Conference
      Wednesday, August 06 @ 14:36:00 CDT
General News"MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), which represents more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide to the meetings and incentive marketplace, recently held its 9th Annual “Executive Women In Leadership Conference.” The conference, hosted by the new Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, brought together 55 senior-level women executives from the hospitality and meetings industries, including meeting professionals and hotel executives.

The event was co-hosted by Delta Air Lines and Salamander Resort & Spa. ALHI ( is a prestigious dues-based membership Global Sales Organization (GSO) that features a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space. ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs requiring from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms, with easy and professional one-call local access. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize the Global Sales services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the organization to serve planners with local professionals.

Opened in August 2013, the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa is set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse and wine country. The elegant resort is located in historic Middleburg, and features 168 guest rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a 200-year-old Stallion Barn, expansive lawns, a culinary garden, a cooking studio, three swimming pools, an equestrian program, and many other outdoor activities.

For more information about ALHI, or to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit "

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 MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014
      Wednesday, June 18 @ 12:37:35 CDT
General News"Booming MICE Industry in Asia

The Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) market has seen tremendous growth in Asia, expanding by 133% over the last 6 years in comparison to the global market growth rate of 19.9%.

While traditional industry leaders in the region, such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea, have long enjoyed steady growth, other countries in the region are now emerging as competitors.

The Taiwanese government has invested heavily in the MICE industry, with a total US$680 million invested into the construction of large-scale exhibition halls.

Malaysia demonstrates huge potentital to be a gateway to conducting business events, being strategically located on trade routes between India and China and other locations in Asia and Europe.

With such vast potential, and a regional competition that has only just begun, the Asian MICE market is definitely one to watch. MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014

The MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014, organised by Oliver Kinross, provides the ideal platform for event professionals to connect and expand business opportunities in the MICE market in Asia. The exhibition will be held in Suntec Exhibition Centre, Singapore, on the 13th and 14th November.

The exhibition brings together for 2 days Asia's leading MICE organisers to meet and network with the region's leading hotels, venues, event suppliers, and technology providers. Over 5000 event professionals will attend the exhibition to discover the huge variety of supplies available.

Alongside the exhibition will be two days of free conference for visitors and exhibitiors, featuring presentations from the industry's top, most experienced speakers, covering prevalent topics in the Asian event industry, such as guides on event planning, delegate/sponsorship sales training, online and offline marketing, recruiting and training event teams, operations and sourcing, market trends, and much more.

The conference is targeted at the key buyers, planners and decisions makers involved in organising or facilitating larges scale events, conferences,exhibitions, trade shows. Attendees are coming from throughout the region to network and discuss their event needs, schedules, general planning and budgets for the next twelve months. Apart from showcasing fresh ideas from industry leaders, as well as live demonstrations by exhibiting event and venue suppliers, other features distinguish the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014 as the place to be for events professionals.

The networking drinks party on the evening of day one will set the stage for establishing connections and developing opportunities for networking between buyers and sellers. The exhibition will also provide one on one meetings for organisers and suppliers to discuss and negotiate future business opportunities.

The event is proving very popular, and exhibition space is selling fast. To register or for further information of the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014, November 13-14 2014, Singapore, please see below:
For exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities please contact: Email:
Tel: +852 3975 5710 (Hong Kong)
To register for complimentary tickets please contact: Email: "

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 Knock your meeting out of the park!
      Wednesday, July 30 @ 15:22:42 CDT
General News"This Summer Meeting Package will inspire your team for a successful company season!

Doubletree Columbia
5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045

Voted # 1 DoubleTree Hotel in MidAtlantic Region 2013

Easy access: We are conveniently located just minutes off of I-95, 20 minutes from Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor, 35 minutes from Washington DC and 15 minutes from BWI Airport.

Your groups will surely appreciate the accessibility to all major points & attractions our area has to offer.

All Star Summer Meeting Package Includes:
Continental Breakfast
Mid-Morning Refresh
Lunch Buffet - Chef’s Choice
Afternoon Baseball Themed Break
One hour Sangria Bar and hors d’oeuvres
Double Meeting Planner Points

$70 per person ++

Available for a minimum of 25 person event, must book and consume by August 31, 2014

For additional information please contact our Director of Sales: Suzanne Shoap Direct: 443-539-1119

Where the little things mean everything.™"

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 IAEE Unveils New Logo
      Wednesday, July 30 @ 15:17:14 CDT
General News"Updated Design Emphasizes Exhibitions and Events Mean Business

DALLAS – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has updated its logo to include the tagline, "Exhibitions and Events Mean Business." This message replaces the elongated definition of the acronym in order to communicate the unique value proposition IAEE offers the industry.

"The new design emphasizes the message we want to convey about the impact the exhibitions and events industry has on the overall business market," said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. "IAEE is engaging in multiple efforts to promote that 'Exhibitions and Events Mean Business,' making this the perfect time to refresh our logo."

This year, IAEE expanded on the work of its "Click Here First" campaign – the industry's inaugural public relations program – by communicating the value of face-to-face events to key audiences, such as businesses, marketers and related media outlets. Renamed "Exhibitions Mean Business," the campaign now includes targeted advocacy efforts as a means of driving education and awareness to policymakers and other business and economic stakeholders.

One such effort was Exhibitions Day, held on 16-17 June 2014 in Washington, D.C. Exhibitions Day was an industry-wide effort to engage policymakers on Capitol Hill and help them to understand the impact of select regulatory decisions, including visa regulations and government travel restrictions, on the exhibitions and events industry. More than 100 industry leaders across all sectors participated to help educate members of Congress on how "Exhibitions Mean Business."

For more information about "Exhibitions Mean Business," visit Complete details about Exhibitions Day can be found at

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit for more information."

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 North American exhibitors’ appetite for IMEX America shows significant increase
      Wednesday, July 30 @ 15:16:07 CDT
General News"Coming off the biggest IMEX in Frankfurt to date, organizers of IMEX America have announced a significant spike in interest and new bookings from North American exhibitors for their Las Vegas trade show, which opens at the Sands Expo®, Oct 14.

US hotel groups will once again make their mark with some of the show’s biggest single booths but IMEX America is also proving attractive to smaller destinations and meetings and event industry suppliers. A rising trend for 2014 is for exhibiting companies who have previously shared booths to branch out on their own and take dedicated booth space.

Among the latest US exhibitors taking their own booths or appearing for the first time at the show’s fourth edition are: AEG Live Venues, Alaska, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Hilton Head, Newport Beach, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Savannah, Sonoma Valley, West Hollywood and Warner Brothers. Other exhibitors who have increased the size of their booths for 2014 include: Arizona, Beverly Hills, Destination DC, Charlotte, Colorado, Columbus, LA, Orlando, New Orleans, Nashville, NYC & Co, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Jose, Seattle, Sonoma County and St Petersburg.

Host city and a key partner in IMEX America’s continued growth, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, are also increasing the size of their showcase Las Vegas booth. Host hotel, The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, plus the Wynn Encore, MGM Hotels, Caesars Entertainment and other landmark Vegas hotels plus many of the city’s biggest shows will also have a strong presence. MGM also comes in as the new sponsor of IMEX America’s Association Focus Evening Reception, which hosts over 650 guests on Smart Monday Oct. 13th.

Says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group: “There are a number of factors creating the strong growth we’re seeing for this year’s show. With a four-year track record under our belts, IMEX America has proved to be a consistently successful show for a wide variety of exhibitors. Smaller US destinations and exhibitors are increasingly attracted by the strong customer service and pre-show support offered by the IMEX team. And, importantly, there is a growing understanding about the show’s unique appointment system - where buyers self-select the exhibitors they want to meet – which means that every appointment represents a pre-qualified and highly targeted business opportunity."

About IMEX America
IMEX America is a three-day ‘trade show with a difference’ that includes Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on Oct. 13. This full preshow day of professional education has ‘something for everyone’ and will include a Senior Planners track for the first time. The majority of sessions are free of charge with no need to book. Last year over 2600 hosted buyers from 40 global markets scheduled 50,000 self-selected appointments with the show’s 2600-plus exhibitors from 150 countries. At the show’s close, total appointment numbers were up 27% compared to 2012, representing a significant rise in one-on-one business meetings between buyers and exhibitors. See the 2013 IMEX America show stats here -"

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 Dramatic Bay, City Architecture & Couture Fashion Inspire Redesigned Meeting Space at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
      Wednesday, July 30 @ 15:13:29 CDT
General News"Upscale Meeting and Event Space Renovation to be Unveiled in September 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is pleased to announce a complete renovation of the hotel’s grand Ballroom, conference rooms and board rooms by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), to be unveiled in September 2014. Inspired by alluring designs of couture fashion, fine tailoring and the architecture of San Francisco, the re-imagined spaces will exude a modern classic feel and encompass more than 23,000 square feet.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco specializes in luxurious settings paired with exceptional cuisine and personalized service to create unforgettable meetings and events. From a 750-person gala celebration to a private board member meeting of 12, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco features an elegant array of comfortable spaces to accommodate any gathering.

Unique features include a 9,500-square-foot Ballroom with pre- or post-function galleries; two levels of conference and boardroom spaces ranging from 300 to 1,900 square feet; the unique Terrace Room, awash with natural lighting; and access to a beautiful outdoor Terrace Courtyard with manicured gardens offering an inner-city private oasis.

HBA plans to carry the traditional design of the neo-classical building and the hotel’s renowned attention to detail throughout the renovation. The Ballroom, Terrace Room, conference and boardrooms will come to life with shades of silver, grey, black and white illuminating each space. The Ballroom will radiate glamour and drama with lavish black and white carpeting accented with a layered design reflected in fashion, mirrored walls with geometric patterns, and Bavarian crystal chandeliers surrounded by circular shades, updating the classic ornamentation with a distinctly modern feel. Steely blues inspired by San Francisco’s Bay will add a clean, elegant and refined approach to the pre-function spaces.

Both the Ballroom and pre-function areas will be brighter, appear more spacious, and feature unique art and furniture pieces. The eclectic style of art deco and its decorative elements of bold colors, geometric designs and use of glass serve as inspiration for the hotel’s 10 conference and boardrooms. The meeting spaces will feature silver wall coverings framed with mirror tile detailing, bold metal chain overhead light shades in layered, rectangular shapes, carpeting in grey herringbone and minimalist leather swivel chairs. The overall lines will be sleekly tailored and the spaces accessorized with one-of-a-kind photos and unique artifacts, offering subtle insights to both the hotel and the city. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco provides convenient access to the best attractions of the city with a historic cable car right outside of its doors, whisking travelers away to popular destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and the Ferry Building marketplace. Travelers and meeting planners alike will appreciate this updated design aesthetic alongside the unparalleled personalized Ritz-Carlton service, unforgettable California cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails at Parallel 37, and remarkable city-wide experiences that are unique to San Francisco. Located near San Francisco’s Moscone Center and the Financial District, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the ideal location to create unforgettable business events. Reserve our re-imagined conference space through a request for meeting information.

About The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Located downtown on beautifully scenic Nob Hill with convenient access to the best of San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel and is regarded as one of America’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. Offering globally-inspired cuisine paired with handcrafted cocktails in Parallel 37, city skyline views and a casual menu in The Lounge, state-of-the-art fitness facilities plus well-appointed meeting and special event venues, the 336-room Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco provides the ultimate in personalized service, comfort and luxury. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call 415-296-7465 or toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the hotel website at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR)."

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