New Mobile Visitor Center & Name Change Introduced for Visit Grand Junction

Visit Grand Junction: new name, same mission; Mobile Visitor Center unveiled in Downtown Grand Junction

 

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, a department of the City of Grand Junction, is excited unveil their new mobile visitor center and to announce their name change. The department, formerly referred to as the VCB and responsible for promoting Grand Junction, Colorado as a leisure travel, meetings, and event destination, will now be known as Visit Grand Junction.

“Our new name is simple, straightforward and invites people to come here; it clearly translates what our mission is,” stated Debbie Kovalik, executive director of Visit Grand Junction. “Visit Grand Junction encompasses all aspects of the sales and marketing efforts that our office accomplishes on a daily basis. From the couple visiting from Denver for the weekend or the international traveler visiting for a week, to family reunions, weddings and meetings to assisting events, our goal is to create a positive economic impact for the entire community by engaging visitors and encouraging them to Visit Grand Junction. It is an exciting time to announce our name change alongside the reveal of our new mobile visitor center. The new mobile visitor center will allow for Grand Junction to distibute information and have a larger prescence at both area and regional events. Large local events such Colorado Mountain Winefest and the Grand Junction Air Show will be ideal places to utilize the mobile visitor center; in addition, the center can be used on the front range for shows and events in the Denver Metro area.

Originally named and established in January of 1990, Visit Grand Junction is changing its name to align with industry trends reflecting its existing URL and social media handles. 27 years ago, using a nomenclature such as Visitor & Convention Bureau was an industry standard; fast-forward to current times and hundreds of major metropolitan areas and many local Colorado destinations that were traditionally named CVB’s have adopted a similar name change. Examples include Denver, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Ft. Collins, Durango, Salt Lake City, and Pueblo, just to name a few. It is a name that differentiates us from other local agencies and is easier to say and remember. Visit Grand Junction: new name, same mission.

To view Visit Grand Junction’s website, go to www.visitgrandjunction.com or follow Visit Grand Junction on Facebook (facebook.com/VisitGrandJunction), Instagram (instagram.com/visitgrandjunction), Pinterest (pinterest.com/visitgj), and Twitter (twitter.com/VisitGJ).

About Grand Junction (www.visitgrandjunction.com) – Grand Junction is the largest city in Western Colorado, located at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for incredible year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Surrounded by an abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for hunting, fishing, dirt bike and ATV riding. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, boating, golfing skiing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options, shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Visit Grand Junction is a department of the City of Grand Junction and is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the region.

Media Contact: 
Mistalynn Meyeraan, Visit Grand Junction, mistalm@gjcity.org , 970-244-1480

“The golden key to your company’s success” – white space and well-being explored through events, experts and education at IMEX America 2017

White space, “unplugging”, nutrition and mindfulness are all elements of well-being, a topic that is increasingly topping the to-do list for event strategists and meeting planners, and one that is explored in detail at IMEX America this year.

The show, taking place October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas, shines a light on all aspects of well-being with events, expert advice, activities and dedicated education sessions.

The importance of setting aside time for deliberation and insight is explored by Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, in her MPI keynote Activity is Not Productivity. According to Juliet, white space – uncommitted, flexible time with no agenda – is “the golden key to your company’s success.”

Building on this, a dedicated new white space area gives attendees the opportunity to sit and reflect on education sessions, with the chance to explore them further.

Further insights into health and well-being are delivered through the comprehensive education program which has a dedicated health and well-being track with sessions on food trends, stress, meditation and mindfulness. Author and presenter Kathy Gruver delivers a session on Navigating nutrition: what to add and subtract for better health, and Debra Zabloudil, founder of the Learning Studio, will discuss Mayhem or mindfulness: increase your emotional intelligence and balance.

All attendees can also enjoy a daily dose of well-being at the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team at Mindful Makeovers™ believe “business and mindfulness go hand in hand” and will offer regular sessions on mindfulness and meditation every day.

On Wednesday October 11 the popular #IMEXrun returns, with hundreds of individuals and teams expected to take on the 5km route along the Strip.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It’s widely recognized that physical activity contributes to well-being in both our business and personal lives. We’re finding that, increasingly, meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits when traveling – as well as wanting to better understand how and what to incorporate into their own events and meetings.

“The wide range of well-being innovations at IMEX America this year support this by enabling attendees to energize and recharge so they’re on top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at the show – they’re also a valuable source of ideas for their own events.”

A survey carried out by MPI for IMEX focused on stress at work. MPI surveyed a number of meetings professionals on their ability to unplug and found that while only 5% of the meetings professionals surveyed admit to feeling no stress at work, a huge 95% struggle to separate work life from personal life.

Carina Bauer concludes: “There are many ways in which event organizers can integrate health and well-being into their activities, and they don’t have to blow the budget or completely overhaul their program. Small, simple changes such as providing healthier snacks, opportunities for physical activity and time out for reflection are all that’s required – and, we believe, the various well-being initiatives at the show will be inspiring.”

#IMEX17

To attend IMEX America as an attendee buyer, please register here.

Respect for Environment Pays Off

The Prague Congress Centre was perceived by the public as a giant who devours an endless amount of energy. But it is not true. Sustainable development and energy saving are clear priorities of the current centre.

The evidence of it is the extensive reconstruction of the technical background that took place last year and was successfully completed in the spring of this year. “It is clear today that the planned savings of CZK 21.9 million, which is about 30% of the total energy costs in 2013, has been exceeded and the investment of CZK 126 million will return earlier than it was guaranteed. ENESA from CEZ ESCO, which carried out the whole reconstruction of the PCC, has modernized the heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting of the building using the EPC method, i.e. energy services with a guaranteed result, “says Luděk Bednář, Technical Department Director.

What does it mean in practice?

ENESA has proposed a set of energy-saving measures and introduced energy management to ensure a comfortable living environment in all halls, offices and corridors with the lowest energy consumption and a maximum utilization of waste energy. Technicians in a technical centre monitor all the processes on huge monitors and check that everything functions as it should. The intelligent control system responds to all changes and regulates the performance of engines, cooling machines and heat sources exactly according to the weather, the geographical orientation of individual spaces, the occupancy of rooms and halls and the concentration of CO2 in the air. The individual rooms are heated or cooled according to the current accurately planned situation, and from recorded online measurement it is possible to find out when a congress or a performance starts in the hall because the temperature of

the air increases significantly with incoming visitors and the demand for room heating is reduced. The system simply measures and evaluates everything and, depending on the number of people in the room, exchanges more or less air. Depending on the outside temperature it switches on or off the heating or cooling and, of course, can prepare the space according to the schedule so that the optimal temperature is reached at the exact hour of the event. The energy is exploited to the highest level because the system does not only count with the produced heat, but it also uses waste heat / cold, e.g. for preheating the air in the winter months or pre-cooling it in the extreme summer days. What is also interesting is the air conditioning system, which works by drawing the fresh outdoor air through central preheating, where it is treated to a temperature of about 11 ° C to 18 ° C (according to the season) and then it is systematically distributed throughout the building. Additionally, before the air gets into the preparation, it is filtered and cleaned from dust, pollen and other allergens. In individual rooms, used air (so-called waste air) is converted to 100% fresh and clean air using heat exchangers as soon as it reaches the CO2 concentration limit. The waste air passes part of its heat on the fresh air in the heat exchanger and preheats it. The waste heat recovery system reduces heat and cold consumption considerably. The electricity that the PCC partly produces for its needs is also being saved in the lighting of the premises. All existing lights in the basement were replaced by LEDs with controlled dimming that respond to the movement of the operating staff. In practice, underground garages or corridors are illuminated only dimly, and the intensity of light increases when sensors detect a movement of a person or car.

Congress Centre of the Future

The modernization of the Prague Congress centre is an important step towards the future. In order to take place among the best in the coming years, it must work in accordance with the principles of sustainability. “We are not indifferent to what we leave behind. We are a place where people are educated, they gain new knowledge and information and aim at valuable goals. Of course, we want to contribute to this. We want to be environmentally friendly, socially responsible, we want to promote good things to the same extent as we strive

to provide our clients with the best conditions, safety and comfort while organizing their meetings, “says Lenka Žlebková, Sales and Marketing Director.

IAEE Holds First Thailand Women’s Leadership Conference in September

Highly Anticipated Program Features Top Female Executives

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) proudly announces the expansion of its top-rated Women’s Leadership Forum to Thailand. The inaugural Women’s Leadership Program – Thailand will be held on 28 September 2017 in Bangkok at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridien Hotel.

“IAEE’s relationship with the exhibitions and events industry in Thailand has been growing at a phenomenal rate beginning with the success of the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program,” said IAEE President David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We currently have 113 CEM graduates in Thailand. This new leadership program marks a much-anticipated phase in our ongoing partnership in this region.”

In collaboration with the Thailand Management Association (TMA) and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum 2017 – Thailand will address topics unique to women with a world-class program tailored for all female professionals, regardless of industry, age, situation or position.

“This program has been in the works for more than a year now and we are very pleased with the outstanding program we have in store for our attendees,” said Wanweera Rachdawong, CEO, TMA. “Much consideration has been given to the quality and relevance of the topics presented to ensure attendees are left feeling inspired and motivated.”

Topics of discussion at the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum 2017 – Thailand will include:

  • Welcome Remarks
    Presented by Ms. Wanweera Rachdawong, Chief Executive Officer, Thailand Management Association; Ms. Nichapa Yoswee, Director of MICE Capabilities, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization); and Ms. Marsha Flanagan, Vice President of Learning Experiences, IAEE
  • Empowerment and the Will to Lead
    Presented by Ms. Vilaiporn Taweelappontong, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Thailand) Ltd. and Ms. Choo Leng Goh, General Manager, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel
  • Women’s Journey in a Changing World
    A special interview with Mrs. Kannikar Chalitaporn, Independent Director and Member of the Executive Committee, The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited facilitated by Ms. Veenarat Laohapakakul
  • Living the Legacy
    A special interview with Mrs. Rarin Utakapan Punjarungroj, Chief Executive Officer, Amarin Printing & Publishing Public Company Limited facilitated by Ms. Veenarat Laohapakakul
  • Women on the Move
    Presented by H.E. Mr. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden to the Kingdom of Thailand, Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Knowing Yourself, Knowing the Difference
    Facilitated by Dr. Poomporn Thamsatitdej
  • Women in Technology
    Presented by Ms. Suwapich Wongwiriyawanich, Pilot (Captain A330), CRM instructor, Thai AirAsia and Ms. Pirada Techavijit, Researcher National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office
  • Passion & Commitment
    Presented by Mrs. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Secret Behind Men’s Success: The Wind beneath their Wings
    Presented by Mrs. Petchpring Sarasin and Ms. Teeranai Na Nongkhai facilitated by Ms. Wanweera Rachdawong, Chief Executive Officer, Thailand Management Association

“We are very excited about this program given the success of the Women’s Leadership Forums held in the United States each year,” noted IAEE Vice President of Learning Experiences Marsha Flanagan, M. Ed.

Click here for more information about the Women’s Leadership Forum – Thailand 2017. Download the program here.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Four New Member Hotels to Boost Its Convention Portfolio

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the Meetings & Incentive marketplace, has expanded its worldwide portfolio and “ALHI Convention Collection” with the recent addition of four new member hotels. This includes:  the new InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf, slated to open in October 2017 on the beautiful Potomac River in Washington, D.C.; the grand and completely refurbished Omni Shoreham Hotel, offering 834 rooms in Washington, D.C.; the 1,059-room Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, the only AAA Four-Diamond convention hotel in downtown Atlanta; and the luxurious new 612-room Omni Louisville Hotel, opening in spring 2018 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The announcement was made by ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

With the new additions, ALHI now offers 30 member hotels in its “ALHI Convention Collection.” ALHI’s worldwide portfolio features more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and which specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

“The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. and the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center are both outstanding convention hotels in cities of tremendous appeal for meetings and conventions,” said Sergot. “We are very pleased to add those two fine hotels to our portfolio, and very excited about the two exceptional new hotels that will soon open, the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf and Omni Louisville Hotel. All four hotels are terrific choices for groups.”

Expected to open in October 2017, InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is the newest addition to the reimagined Wharf neighborhood. Ideally situated on the picturesque Potomac River, the hotel will offer 278 elegant guest rooms and suites with state-of-the-art touch panel technology, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and incredible waterfront views of Washington, D.C.  The sophisticated hotel will offer two on-site dining options, and will be very convenient to all of D.C.’s famous attractions. The hotel is only seconds away from major thoroughfares, just a few blocks to major transit stops, and four miles from Reagan National Airport.

Known for its stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, the grand Omni Shoreham Hotel has been hosting groups and guests in our Nation’s Capital since its opening in 1930. Now completely refurbished and restored to its original grandeur, the hotel is Washington, D.C.’s only AAA Four-Diamond convention hotel. In addition to featuring 834 guest rooms and several dining options, the hotel offers 24 meeting rooms totaling over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes seven ballrooms and scenic gardens for outdoor functions. The hotel is just 8 miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport, 34 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport.

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the AAA Four-Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently connected to the Georgia World Congress Center and is also the nearest hotel to the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium. The hotel offers 1,059 spacious guest rooms and suites, which offer magnificent views of Atlanta’s downtown skyline, the lively CNN Center Atrium or Centennial Olympic Park. In addition, the hotel features 45 meeting rooms with more than 120,000 square feet of function space, which includes the 19,864-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Also providing three unique dining options, the hotel is just 12 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Opening in spring 2018, the luxurious Omni Louisville Hotel will be located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and will feature a unique design of intersecting towers that represent the crossroads of the past, present and future of Louisville. Inspired by the city’s rich history and authentic character, the hotel will offer 612 guest rooms and suites, and 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The latter will include the 20,000-square-foot Commonwealth Ballroom, the 10,000-square-foot Olmsted Ballroom, and 18 additional breakout rooms. Additionally, the hotel will have a full-service spa, fitness center, a rooftop café, and a speak-easy with bowling lanes. The hotel will be only 8 minutes from Louisville International Airport.

InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf and the Omni Shoreham Hotel become ALHI’s fifth and sixth member hotels in Washington, D.C., joining such acclaimed hotels as:  the renowned Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., offering 397 newly renovated guest rooms; the recently renovated, boutique-style Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill; the renowned and centrally located The Watergate Hotel on the banks of the Potomac; and the elegant and prestigious Willard InterContinental, just two blocks from the White House.

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center becomes ALHI’s third option in Atlanta, joining the sophisticated 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta on Peachtree Road in the center of Buckhead, and the stylish 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel in the heart of trendy Midtown.

For more information about ALHI, any of its member hotels and resorts or Global Luxury Alliance members worldwide, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. For specific contacts, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your area. Or, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free in the U.S. at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com .

About ALHI, with 250 Hotels & Resorts + Alliance Members

ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinctive portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxury-level city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, and boutique hotels. ALHI’s portfolio also features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI offers 21 Global Sales offices in the U.S., Canada and now London, providing extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts. alhi.com

New ASAE Book Talent Generation Offers Strategies for Associations to Engage, Retain Employees

WASHINGTON—ASAE has released a new book called Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success by Sarah L. Sladek, CEO and Founder of XYZ University. It examines the different talent theories and explains why organizations need to change their culture, strategy, and structure to recruit and retain employees in today’s post-industrial 21st century-raised workforce.

According to Gallup’s How Millennials Want to Work and Live report, turnover in the workforce cost companies an estimated $30.5 billion a year. In Talent Generation, Sladek describes how we have entered the Talent Economy, an era that is driven by an innovative, mobile, collaborative, and on-demand workforce.

She outlines key areas organizations can seek to improve in order to increase engagement, growth, and relevance in the Talent Economy:

  • Leadership: passion, optimism, urgency, and humility
  • Acceptance: inclusion and trust
  • People First: mission, vision, and strategy
  • Future Focus: trends, research, and opportunities
  • Collaborate: innovation via team building
  • Build for the Future: education and business alignment

“Since I started working in associations, the workforce has seen significant changes. The new workforce culture, technology, and demographics are impacting how we operate as well as how we recruit and retain talent,” said President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE. “It’s critical for associations to understand how the Talent Economy will impact the industry. Talent Generation gives great insight on how organizations can make smarter and more informed decisions.”

Sladek includes different case studies that demonstrate how companies have engaged employees and saw positive results by becoming more people-centric and future-focused.

To learn more or order a copy of Talent Generation, visit asaecenter.org/bookstore.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505

 

About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 35,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org.

A First Business Events Alliance for Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Teams Up with Industry Partners in the KLCC Precinct to Drive Business Events Proposition

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has established the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Business Events Alliance (KLCC BEA) in partnership with key business events players and stakeholders in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct. The KLCC BEA is a powerful collective consisting of the Centre, leading hotels, professional event planners, shopping, dining, entertainment and transportation partners strategically located in the heart of the city, at the foot of the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers and scenic KLCC Park.

The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “The alliance presents a compelling business events proposition that provides a seamless and single point of first contact for Meeting Planners and Event Organisers. A private sector initiative, the KLCC BEA allows us to market the fully-integrated city centre offering and create an all-inclusive proposition for meetings and events from a venue, planner, accommodation and entertainment perspective.”

He continued, “This initiative is to stimulate more collaborations and is the right time for us to package the KLCC precinct in a dynamic way to attract more international and regional events to the city, and grow Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s business events footprint.”

“Focused on providing a value proposition that will help drive lead generation and conversion, the partners of the alliance have come together to offer a specific set of benefits to Meeting Planners and Event Organisers.” Pryor explained, “We have developed a Benefits Programme which will provide customised value adds from each of the alliance partners.”

“The KLCC BEA partners include the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Impiana KLCC Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the Marini’s Group, MCI Malaysia, Suria KLCC Shopping Mall and Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur,” Pryor concluded.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Offered Strategies for Organizational Growth, Managing One’s Career

WASHINGTON— More than 4,500 association professionals and industry partners gathered in Toronto, August 12–15, for the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition. Participants listened to keynotes by Nilofer Merchant and Chef Jeff Henderson, participated in more than 120 education sessions, five game changers, and a packed expo hall with close to 400 companies.

The final attendance breakdown: 2,484 executives, 1,758 exhibitors, 343 others, including guests, spouses, press, vendors, and staff, for a grand total of 4,585. A total of 395 companies representing 676 booths exhibited in the expo hall, which resulted in a strong ratio of 59 percent buyers (association staff) to 41 percent sellers (industry partners).

“Both keynotes were outstanding and our members were inspired by their insight and stories. Nilofer Merchant stressed the importance that stressed the importance of understanding and embracing the fact that everyone can have new ideas and contribute to innovation, progress and economic growth. Chef Jeff Henderson cooked live on stage and shared his perspectives on the importance of leadership, values, and understanding that the most important moments in life is where inspiration happens,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Merchant kicked off the meeting as the opening keynote. She discussed the importance of embracing “onlyness” as a key approach to making ideas powerful enough to dent the world. Challenging participants to reject behaviors that spotlight otherness, she observed that associations are in a unique position to bring “onlys” together through belonging. She asked people to think about what’s unique and inspires them and embrace it to form meaningful relationships with others around that same identity. Creative ideas will spread through networks, collaboration, and co-creation instead of hierarchies.

For the closing keynote, Chef Jeff Henderson did a cooking demonstration on stage while sharing his personal journey of redemption—from imprisoned drug dealer to executive chef at several top restaurants to award-winning television personality. His said you need to focus on building relationships because it leads to opportunities. He encouraged attendees to enhance their cultural intelligence in order to better attract and develop employees from different backgrounds and illustrated the business case for diversity on teams.

ASAE presented five game changers: Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, Purple Heart-decorated Air National Guard combat pilot and Texas Congressional candidate; Daniel Lerner, Psychology Professor at New York University and author of U Thrive; Luvvie Ajayi, celebrity blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com and executive director of The Red Pump Project; Nyle Dimarco, Deaf Activist and winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars; and Chris Bailey, author of The Productivity Project.

ASAE raised $27,231 for two charities: the Royal Canadian Legion and the Toronto Humane Society.

Next year’s ASAE Annual Meeting will be in Chicago, August 18–21, at the McCormick Place West Building.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners
Atlanta CVB
Business Events Canada
Choose Chicago

Experience Columbus

Community Brands
Reno Tahoe USA
Visit San Jose

Corporate Partners
Visit Baltimore
DelCor Technology Solutions
Visit Dallas
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Worth CVB
GEICO
Louisville CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Naylor Association Solutions
Visit Omaha
Visit Orlando
Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners
Advanced Solutions International

BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
Dubai Association Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting
Korea Tourism Organization
Manifest
MemberClicks
Meet In Minnesota
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505

About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 39,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org.

Stadium Series East Batted 1.000 for MICE Industry’s Finest

Questex Travel Group’s second go at the Stadium Series, the industry’s first MICE event offering private meetings in baseball stadium suites, took their event to new heights at Yankee Stadium last month.

As the pioneer of the private, one-to-one appointment concept, the creators of the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges, took the initial chance on this concept back in November of 2016, and based on its success, organized the event, as well as a future Stadium Series on November 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

The Stadium Series gathered a selection of pre-qualified Northeast US-based meeting planners and incentive buyers for 533 one-to-one appointments with global travel suppliers in private luxury suites located on the SAP Suite Level at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Suppliers included hotels, resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, destination management companies, and other unique venues akin to the atypical stadium experience.

The event opened with a valuable keynote address from former US ambassador to Algeria, Indonesia and South Africa, Cameron R. Hume. In his presentation “The Use of Smart Power Strategy,” Hume leveraged his own experience to help attendees build better relationships through diplomacy.

One-to-one appointments ran throughout the one-day event, inclusive of an exceptional networking lunch, a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium that included a visit to Monument Park, and ended with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and great prizes at the closing reception in the Delta SKY360° Suite.

“This event continues to offer a winning platform for the MICE industry,” said John McMahon, executive vice president for the Questex Travel Group. “We appreciate all of the positive feedback we received yesterday and will continue moving this regional event around the country to pair buyers and suppliers together for the most productive experiences.”

The Stadium Series event brings together regional buyers and global suppliers for a day of one-to-one private, pre-scheduled appointments, networking receptions and meals, and a forward-thinking keynote speaker. Suppliers include hotels, resorts, cruise lines, destination management companies, and other unique meeting venues akin to the atypical stadium experience. For more information visit stadiumseriesevents.com.

Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) have proven to be successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals, as well as incentive buyers. For more information, visit GlobalTravelExchanges.com.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

SEATTLE SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL TOURISM AUTHORITY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE WITH ADVANCED TRIP PLANNING FUNCTIONALITY

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA), the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines, today announced the launch of its newly revamped website. Featuring a dynamic user experience, the website offers quick and easy access to essential information for trip planning, using the My Seattle Southside Trip Builder. Visitors will have access to a comprehensive guide that allows them to find a bounty of options to explore, play at, eat at and stay in across Seattle Southside.

“This new website provides a powerful and visually compelling look at Seattle Southside as a destination,” said Ashley Comar, vice president of marketing and communications of Seattle Southside RTA. “We’re thrilled to offer a clean and easy-to-use site that group business, events, conferences, conventions and leisure travelers can use to plan their next trip to Seattle and beyond.”

Visitors looking to plan a trip in and around Seattle Southside will find features such as deals on parking, hotels, dining and adventures. The “Add to Trip” function allows the user to add a restaurant, hotel, event or offer to their customized itinerary. When the itinerary is complete, the user has the ability to create a personalized URL to share with family, friends or colleagues.

Seattle Southside’s website offers ways to explore “Seattle’s Backyard” with preplanned itineraries, such as “Trek Around the Northwest,” “Family Fun,” “Food Fanatic,” “Discover the Great Outdoors” and “Sports Lover.”

“This new site truly showcases all there is to see and do in Seattle Southside and provides visitors with an easy way to plan their next visit,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of Seattle Southside RTA. “Visitors and groups can do and see more due to the destination’s affordability, central location to and from the airport and downtown Seattle, multiple transportation options and unique attractions like the Museum of Flight and the new Seattle Chocolates factory tour. All of this and more is easily found and easily accessible on the new website.”

Visit SeattleSouthside.com to stay informed of the latest news in and around the region and access group and event planning support, as well as tour group recommendations and resources.

 

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for Seattle Southside. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington, and for meeting and event planners to hold their events. Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call (877) 885-9452.