Comedians, country stars and classic acts “Go Big” in Downtown Reno

When you’re the tallest building in Downtown Reno, you better believe that providing a tall list of entertainment is a must-do, and that’s exactly what the Silver Legacy Resort Casino plans to deliver in the second half of 2016. From country’s most celebrated musicians, to comedy’s most laughed with acts, a seat awaits in one of the Biggest Little City’s most prestigious music venues.

  • Sept. 23, Tears for Fears
  • Sept. 23, Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller**
  • Sept. 29, Florida Georgia Line**
  • Oct. 1, Jeff Foxworthy
  • Oct. 14, Halestorm with Lita Ford and Dorothy
  • Oct. 23, Slayer**
  • Oct. 28, Goo Goo Dolls
  • Oct. 29, Craig Ferguson
  • Nov. 5, Dwight Yoakam
  • Nov. 11, Celtic Thunder
  • Nov. 12, Gabriel Iglesias**
  • Nov. 19, Adam Carolla
  • Nov. 25, Rodney Carrington
  • Dec. 17, Lisa Lampanelli

* – Reno Ballroom, ** – Reno Events Center

All events are at the Grande Exposition Hall inside the Silver Legacy unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at, by calling 775-325-7401 or in-person at the Silver Legacy Box Office.

About Silver Legacy

Located in the heart of the biggest little city, Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a premier destination, boasting the perfect amenities for any getaway. Featuring spacious guest rooms and suites, big-name entertainment, award-winning restaurants and the best darn outdoor and special events in the west. Enjoy world-class skiing, kayaking on the Truckee River and all things outdoors along with the only accredited museum in Nevada and arts & culture scene with international acclaim. Silver Legacy makes it easy and affordable to experience the best year round! To stay up-to-date with Silver Legacy Resort Casino, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Its First Hotel Member In Maine

. . . The Dramatically Transformed Oceanfront Cliff House Maine, Joins ALHI Worldwide Collection

Cliff House Maine, which reopened in August following the completion of the first phase of an impressive $40 million transformation, has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The newly chic 132-room oceanfront resort, which welcomed its first guests in 1872, is ALHI’s first and only Member hotel in Maine. Located in southern Maine, the year-round resort is only an hour’s drive north of Boston and a 40-minute drive from Portland, Maine as major gateways. The resort has now selected ALHI to provide Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales services to the North American M.I.C.E. (meetings, incentives, conferences/conventions, and exhibitions) marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover. The resort is managed by Destination Hotels.

ALHI, the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. The member dues-funded ALHI GSO has been serving its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe for over 30 years.

Cliff House Maine becomes ALHI’s ninth Member in New England, joining the impressive 1,175-room Mohegan Sun, offering 100,000 square feet of meeting space in Uncasville, Connecticut; the 2,230-room Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut; downtown Boston’s elegant The Langham, Boston, blending historic charm and urban sophistication; the highly acclaimed 428-room Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on Boston’s historic waterfront; and situated along Boston Harbor’s edge the contemporary 424-room InterContinental Boston. ALHI also provides GSO sales services for the AAA Four-Diamond Royal Sonesta Boston, located on the banks of the scenic Charles River; Cape Cod’s exceptional and stylish 429-acre Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club; and Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge, located at the base of Mount Mansfield in the quintessential New England town of Stowe.

Nestled among 70 lush acres atop picturesque Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, Cliff House Maine will reopen its doors on August 21, 2016 following the first phase of a large-scale $40 million revitalization. Featuring a magnificent setting, the luxurious year-round coastal resort will provide to groups and guests a completely new and enhanced experience. Providing breathtaking views, the resort will initially feature 132 stylish redesigned guest rooms and suites with glass terraces and ocean views, and 25,000 square feet of new and flexible function space. Groups can choose from a selection of 10 unique meeting spaces (including the expansive Atlantic Ballroom), many offering ocean views, that include complimentary Wi-Fi, and expert audiovisual services. Additional offerings at the resort include a 9,000-square-foot luxury spa (opening in September 2016); a 150-seat state-of-the-art amphitheater; an 18-hole semi-private golf course adjacent to the property; the signature restaurant The Tiller; and a classic Maine lobster shack (opening in September 2016). Tennis, hiking, biking, sea kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and helicopter tours of the lighthouse and coastlines are among the many activities available to guests and groups.

For the second phase of the transformation the resort will expand further with additional guest rooms and an adults-only pool. This phase, which will bring the total rooms to over 225 rooms and suites, is slated for completion in July 2017. Cliff House Maine, which overlooks Nubble Lighthouse, is located in Cape Neddick, Maine, just minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach, and is just over an hour north of Boston. Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine is 37 miles away, Manchester Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire is 62 miles away, and Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) is 70 miles south.

In addition to becoming a new Member in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Cliff House Maine becomes the newest option in the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection,” “ALHI Historic Collection,” “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” and “ALHI Golf Collection” luxury brand segments.

ALHI ( is a membership-based, dues-funded Global Sales Organization, providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, while providing valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit . ALHI Global Sales offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

Meeting professionals confirm healthy habits are top priority: wealth of wellbeing initiatives at IMEX America

With the benefits of healthy habits in and out of the office increasingly recognised, a survey by IMEX confirms that wellbeing remains a high priority for many meeting professionals. Over three quarters confirmed the importance of wellbeing during business travel – 79.5% of hosted buyers, 78% visitors and 83% exhibitors all stated that this was important to them in a survey of nearly 1200 people.

A series of wellbeing initiatives will be available for meeting professionals at IMEX America this year to ensure they recharge and make the most of their busy days at the show which takes place 18 -20 October in Las Vegas.

At the popular IMEXrun, participants can start their day on the right foot with a 5km route along the Strip as dawn breaks over Vegas. Developed by sports by tlc and inspired by Rio, the IMEXrun takes place on Wednesday 19 October.

Following its launch last year, the Be Well Lounge returns, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team believe ‘business and mindfulness go hand in hand’ and will offer regular sessions on yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Wellbeing education sessions on the show floor include Why you should include wellness in your conferences by Dr Kim Bercovitz and The road warrior: staying healthy on the road, detailing ways to fit healthy eating and fitness into busy travel schedules.

Delegates at IMEX America can enjoy some ‘netwalking’ and engage with the local community by taking part in Garbage Grabbers-Clean Up in Las Vegas, a new hands-on community programme for the 2016 show.

Volunteers can join IMEX staff and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to help clean up the city’s walking trails and parks. Part of IMEX’s overall commitment to CSR and legacy programs, sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations with 3D Destinations, GES and MeetGreen, the event will take place on Smart Monday, 17 October and will be a great way to give back and ‘netwalk’ through the city’s green spaces with other meeting professionals.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, concludes: “It’s widely recognised that physical activity contributes to wellbeing in both our business and personal lives and many meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits despite packed schedules. Our wide range of wellbeing initiatives will help them do this by enabling attendees to energise and recharge so they’re in top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at IMEX America.”

For details of how to take part in the IMEXrun visit:

For the Be Well Lounge schedule visit:

For details of how to take part in Garbage Grabbers visit:

IMEX America 2016 takes place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit:

Technology and business grow together at IMEX America Budding technology companies to compete for business boost

Meetings industry professionals at IMEX America this year can discover the latest innovations set to impact the way they do business. Many of these innovations will come from the technology sector according to nearly 40 per cent of meeting professionals.

The survey of nearly 1200 respondents by the IMEX Group revealed that 40 per cent of hosted buyers, 34.5 per cent of visitors and 37.5 per cent of exhibitors thought technology would deliver the next big innovation. New apps, virtual meetings and meeting room technology were all cited as examples of how event technology innovation is making an impact across the industry.

Meeting professionals can preview some of the technology set to make waves in the industry at the #IMEXpitch taking place 18 October at IMEX America. Event technology start-ups have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at the show, which is held 18-20 October in Las Vegas. Applications are now open for the #IMEXpitch, culminating in five finalists competing in a live head-to-head pitch competition.

Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience. The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at next year’s show in addition to press and marketing exposure.

The independent expert judging panel all work with event technology on a daily basis and are always looking out for the latest developments as one of the judges, Tara Thomas, co-founder of The Meeting Pool, explains:

“IMEX has a long history of being at the forefront of showcasing event tech. The competition is truly where the industry looks for the latest innovations changing the game for event professionals and is also an amazing opportunity for startups to attract significant attention and buzz around their products. I’m excited to be involved this year, and to see what I know will be an incredible lineup of companies.”

The Meeting Pool is also powering the TECHknowledge Area at IMEX America where experts will deliver targeted technology sessions, TECHbytes, answering questions on hot topics such as Snapchat, Slack, OneNote and wearable technology, and guiding visitors through the latest tech in the Gadget Lab.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, commented:

“Technology has long led the way in innovation, particularly in the meetings sector. This innovation often comes from start-ups entering the industry and we see many interesting ideas from new businesses through our #IMEXpitch competition and across the showfloor.”

Buyers at IMEX America can meet the experts behind the latest innovations in a series of TechTours running throughout the show. By meeting with selected exhibitors on the show floor, they can discover some of the companies who are leading the way in technology impacting the meetings and event sector. 

For more information about the #IMEXpitch and to submit an application please visit

For more information about the TECHknowledge Area at IMEX America, please visit

IMEX America 2016 takes place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit

PCMA Convene’s Fifth Annual ‘Best in Show’ Recognizes the Unsung Heroes of the Meetings Industry

PCMA Convene magazine has announced the winners of its fifth annual Best in Show awards program, which this year focused on the people — rather than the things — that make live events successful.

“For the first four years of this competition, we’ve honored achievements and innovations in the meetings industry in 10 different categories, including technology, F&B, venues, room sets, and CSR,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. “For the August issue this year, we decided to change things up and shine the spotlight on the professionals behind the scenes who help produce stellar events. These are the people executing on the key elements of meetings, and often without the recognition they deserve.”

Meeting professionals nominated their colleagues in 12 different categories, and provided testimonials on how these individuals exemplify a commitment to excellence and service. The categories are:

  • App/Tech Provider
  • AV/Tech Support
  • Association Management
  • Catering Services/Convention Center
  • Catering Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Convention Center
  • Convention Services/CVB
  • Convention Services/Hotel
  • Convention Services/Special-Event Venue
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Partner
  • Special Mentions
  • Third-Party Support

In total, 37 individuals were recognized by their peers in Convene’s August issue. “Quite a few award programs already exist that serve to recognize well-known industry leaders,” Russell said. “And certainly, those movers and shakers in the meetings world deserve that recognition. We didn’t want to replicate that with our program this year. We are delighted to introduce instead a way to give meeting professionals the opportunity to nominate the partners they’ve worked elbow-to-elbow with — those people who have gone the extra mile to ensure their success.”

To learn who they are, visit

ASAE Board Approves Budget, New Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives

WASHINGTON Before the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 13-16, in Salt Lake City, the ASAE Board adopted a Diversity + Inclusion advocacy and policy model and approved new contract language for future events. The board also received updates on the major strategic initiatives, new AssociaMetrics platform, and passed the budget, which includes Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) Program of Work and specific projects in all areas of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation.


ASAE developed a business model that offers accountability and flexibility for D+I advocacy and policy influencing social justice issues. It will help ASAE determine what’s best for the organization and its members and will be piloted during FY17. The board approved an Anti-Discrimination Clause for future convention center/hotel contracts to be consistent with ASAE’s policy on Diversity + Inclusion.


“The strategic initiatives ASAE continues to advance for our community are game changers, including the new XDP event scheduled to launch May 2017 and the diversity and inclusion work. The board believes these projects will benefit the association sector, engage its members, and raise the visibility on how associations’ impact in society,” said ASAE Chair Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, FACHE, CPA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of APICS


The board passed the budget and work relating to the FY17 including: Great Ideas Asia Pacific, XDP, Hybrid Membership Model, and a new learning and talent development platform. The board also received updates from the ASAE Foundation and ABSI.


“Over the past year, ASAE has progressed on a several important initiatives, including research and advocacy. The Foundation has launched a new online platform called AssociaMetrics, which provides a central point for industry benchmarking data for ASAE members. ASAE’s Advocacy team has done a tremendous job on educating policymakers on issues that impact the industry, including the new overtime rule,” said Scott D. Wiley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Ohio Society of CPAs, who will become Chair of the ASAE Board.


The outgoing chair of ASAE, Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, FACHE, CPA, CAE; the incoming Chair Scott Wiley, FASAE, CAE ;and ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, are available for interviews.



Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Continues to Invest in IT Upgrades

Already one of the most technologically-advanced venues in the country, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), continues to invest in information technology (IT) upgrades in order to maintain a competitive advantage and increase its capabilities to meet the rapidly changing needs of business events clients. The upgrades, designed to enhance the delegates and visitors experience, included the installation of LAN (Local Area Network) ports with a bandwidth of 1Gbps and a 20Gbps distribution backbone utilising single mode fibre optic cables. In addition, the Centre recently became the first venue in Malaysia to install a Cisco HDX Wi-Fi system to help manage Wi-Fi throughout the facility and improve its performance.

Elaborating on the new upgrades, Richard Soo, the Centre’s IT Manager, shared, “We understand the importance of reliable and fast internet connection for the success of our clients’ events. Being a technologically-advanced centre, we need to be able to cater for multiple live 4K video and audio streams, live interactive systems, huge file transfers and much more. These upgrades ensure that we can meet this demand now and into the future. They also provide us with the ability to offer a customised bandwidth allocation should additional support be required by our clients.”

He continued, “Wi-Fi traffic and congestion is a growing concern with the proliferation of devices and parallel multiple connectivity on more than one device such as smartphones and tablets, especially in large public spaces, like the Centre, where multiple users and devices connect to a network.

With the installation of the Cisco HDX system, our Wi-Fi network is able to cope with a higher user density and provide more bandwidth, thus improving the experience for users. The new system will also allow us to allocate extra resources to clients should the standard connection not be sufficient for their needs.”

Richard concluded, “A fast, reliable internet connection is critical for business events and is the new norm that will soon become a standard necessity. We also use multiple ISPs to provide link redundancy and ensure a near fail proof internet service for our clients’ critical events. IT infrastructure is becoming an increasingly important deal clincher for business events in today’s technology-driven world. We therefore continuously invest in our IT facilities and services to deliver customised solutions that provide peace of mind to our clients and good connectivity to our delegates and visitors.”

Free internet service, up to 240Mbps in total, is also available to visitors of the Centre at the foyer, Centre Core, Level 3 and Level 4 areas.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit

Harnessing the power of the present and looking forward to the future: IMEX America launches comprehensive education programme

Harnessing the moment and preparing for the future are themes running throughout the comprehensive education programme at IMEX America this year.

How to communicate and develop a personal brand delivering immediate impact as well as how to anticipate and prepare for the future are challenges facing many industry professionals both in and out of the office.


Education sessions at IMEX America, taking place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas, have been tailored to help meet those challenges. Planners can benefit from an extensive education programme taking place throughout the show, beginning with a dedicated day of education on Smart Monday (17 October), powered by MPI and supported by other association partners.

With three days of business meetings and networking, IMEX offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from across the world. Education sessions at the show are designed to help visitors to make the most of these valuable opportunities, including sessions covering communication and networking skills which can be used both in and out of work. One of the themes running throughout the programme is Where personal meets professional which explores various elements of self-development, including building a personal brand, in order to address and cope with the rapid pace of change in the sector.

The importance of a personal brand and its power to expand networks is covered in one of the education sessions, What’s your competitive edge? The three steps to a personal brand that creates career stability (Monday 17 October). Sales and marketing expert Jodi Holler is set to explain how ‘an understanding of why your personal brand is the best job security on the planet.’

Using the power of positivity and laughter to build a personal brand will be covered by MPI keynote and self-confessed ‘perpetual optimist’ Tami Evans. Tami will encourage delegates to ‘put perfection on pause’ in favour of personality and passion in her keynote Half full of it: activating optimism and other hard-core soft skills (Thursday 20 October).

When it comes to interacting with others, first impressions count and in the Meetology® guide to connecting with others in an instant, Jon Bradshaw will share the important ingredient needed for connectivity as well as tips on body language and perception. His MPI keynote delves into the science behind our ability to connect, interact and communicate effectively, Meetology®: The fascinating science powering interpersonal communication (Monday 17 October).

Other education sessions at IMEX America focus on how anticipating future change can create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. In his MPI keynote Disrupt you! Strategies for billion dollar success in this era of endless innovation (Tuesday 18 October), serial entrepreneur and digital guru Jay Samit shows how the forward-looking strategies that help the world’s fastest growing companies flourish can be applied at an individual level. His later Q&A explores how recognising disruption and anticipating change can positively impact meetings and events.

The future of business, attendance and budgets will be previewed by Jessie States from MPI based on MPI’s recent Meetings Outlook research in Meetings outlook: deep dive into the industry’s business trends (Monday 17 October).

Yma Sherry, Vice President of American Express Meetings & Events, North America, also look to the future, exploring the trends likely to impact next year in Be proactive to 2017—meetings trends! (Tuesday 18 October).

These are some of the hundreds of education sessions at IMEX America this year, enabling meeting professionals to gain from the best minds in the business and profit from up-to-the-minute trends and technologies from experts with sharp instincts about the future. MPI will present daily keynote speakers each morning during IMEX America, and all show floor education takes place at the Inspiration Hub, sponsored by Maritz Global Events, covering 10 tracks of specialist interest.

For more information about registering to be a hosted buyer at IMEX America please visit

For more information on IMEX America 2016 visit


Features two state-of-the-art video walls, new sports bar and live InPlay betting odds

Today, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and William Hill are proud to announce the grand opening of the brand new Race and Sports Book. Over $2 million in renovations have been completed and a grand opening date has been set for Thursday, Sept. 8 in conjunction with the start of pro football. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m.

“This is an exciting day for Silver Legacy, William Hill and especially all those who have frequented our Race and Sports Book over the years,” said Glenn Carano, General Manager for the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. “William Hill is a premier sports book operator with the best odds for our players. We are pleased to partner with them and look forward to collaborating to make the best sports viewing and betting experience possible for our guests.”

Upon entering the new Race and Sports Book, two incredible, state-of-the-art, high-definition LED walls, each measuring in at an impressive 27 feet wide by nine feet high, will make sports fans feel as if they were on the 50 yard line at any football stadium in America. Lined with 167 seats of unobstructed viewing, games will be played on over 60 televisions and a center bar with 20 beers on tap that range from local favorites like Pigeon Head Pilsner and Brew Brothers Carano Extra to game day classics like Bud and Bud Light. The center bar will also have 18 video poker machines, making it the only book in northern Nevada with a video poker bar.

William Hill offers Nevada’s most diverse betting menu throughout the year on every sport: pro and college football, pro and college basketball, baseball, horse racing, soccer, auto racing, hockey, MMA, boxing and much, much more.

“Just in time for kickoff, the all-new William Hill Race & Sports Book at Silver Legacy will offer a fantastic game day experience.  We have enjoyed working with Eldorado Resorts and the Carano family to create an amazing place to watch and wager in the center of Downtown Reno,” said William Hill U.S. Chief Executive Officer, Joe Asher.

In honor of the grand opening, KDOT radio station will broadcast live during the game and food and drink specials will be available. Spectators can enjoy 16 oz. domestic drafts for $4 and 22 oz. for $5, $5 drink specials and specialty street hot dogs from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Cart with assorted toppings and weekly specialty sandwiches. The Bud Light girls and Jack Daniels girls will also be present and handing out prizes and knick knacks. Plus, one lucky person will win a brand new TV.

About Silver Legacy

Located in the heart of the biggest little city, Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a premier destination, boasting the perfect amenities for any getaway. Featuring spacious guest rooms and suites, big-name entertainment, award-winning restaurants and the best darn outdoor and special events in the west. Enjoy world-class skiing, kayaking on the Truckee River and all things outdoors along with the only accredited museum in Nevada and arts & culture scene with international acclaim. Silver Legacy makes it easy and affordable to experience the best year round! To stay up-to-date with Silver Legacy Resort Casino, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Celebrates The Grand Opening Of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando® With The Presentation Of The Resort’s ALHI Member Plaque

In celebration of the July 14, 2016 grand opening of the brand new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando®, the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization commemorated the occasion with the presentation of the resort’s ALHI Member Plaque to the resort’s executive leadership team. ALHI President Jim Schultenover (right) is seen here presenting the plaque to (from left):  Barb Bowden, Complex Managing Director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; Vince LaRuffa, Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing at Universal Orlando® Resort; Larry Beiderman, Complex General Manager for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; and Kathy Cattoor, Vice President, Resort Sales at Universal Orlando® Resort.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers 1,000 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. This includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into 12 sections, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of pre-function space, and 11,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped outdoor function space. Plus, event space also is available at Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, as well as Universal CityWalk®. Additional offerings at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort include four restaurants and lounges, a resort-style pool with two sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, a complimentary fitness center, and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The resort beautifully complements its adjacent and recently renovated sister resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®. When combined, the two properties offer 2,000 guest rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space.

In addition to the 250 luxury-level Member hotels and resorts, ALHI’s distinguished portfolio includes 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for Meetings & Incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of meeting, convention and incentive program solutions around the globe.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit .