Take Advantage of Custom Transportation Maps and Free Capital Bikeshare Passes

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Service has partnered with Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) to take tasks off your to-do list!

ATP, a program of Arlington County Commuter Services to encourage the use of mass transit and other car-free alternatives, can help your meeting participants get in and around the capital region.

They provide custom transportation maps, local bike/walk guides, airport travel information, and even the chance for your meeting guests to try Capital Bikeshare with a free 24-hour pass.

Capital Bikeshare is the easiest (and cheapest) way to get around – both in the city and within Arlington County. With over 100 miles of bike lanes and more than 300 stations in the area, Capital Bikeshare makes any trip quick and enjoyable.

IMEX Group increasing sustainability and CSR initiatives in America and Frankfurt

IMEX supports World Earth Day

As a supporter of World Earth Day 2015, the IMEX Group is committing to further decreasing the footprints of its exhibitions and to encouraging CSR at both IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place on 19 to 21 May and at IMEX America, set for 13 to 15 October in Las Vegas.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “At both shows we will be taking further steps on our sustainability journey, working closely with our partners including Meet Green, GMIC, The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo®, Messe Frankfurt and GES. We’ll not only be further reducing the ecological impact of our own use of resources and material but also continuing to encourage exhibitors and buyers to contribute, making it even easier for them to help in their own way.

IMEX America 2015 will continue to pursue Level 1 APEX/ASTM compliance. Focus areas include:

• Ongoing education with exhibitors on reducing the impact of booth design, transport & printed collateral
• Better signage and information at waste stations to assist sorting of materials
• Continued awareness and option analysis around the show’s own printed collateral

This follows the results of the IMEX America 2014 Sustainability report– now available online — which shows that the event took substantial strides. It shows:

• The APEX/ASTM score rose to 79%, up 7% over 2013
• Total waste was down by 20%, over 2013
• Food waste was down by 56%, over 2013
• Use of locally sourced foods was up 150%, over 2013
• Total electricity use was down 10% on 2013
• For the first time at the show GES reached 100% in the Exhibitor-General Services Contractor category Level 1

Contributing to these results were factors like providing 100% compostable service ware at concession and snack areas, and more efficient lighting & HVAC, master room switches and huge rooftop solar-thermal systems at The Venetian®| The Palazzo®. Also, using creative food sourcing resulted in 50% of the exhibitor menu and 21.5% of all food served at the show being local.

More frequent communication as well as creating highly practical ways to make contributing easier played key roles. For example, the Badge Back program grew by 700%, gathering 1,600 badges which were donated to the local Las Vegas Teachers Exchange. Exhibitors further donated 15,999 lbs. of reusable materials, including floral arrangements, to The Teacher’s Exchange, Sunrise Children’s Hospital and others.

To download a copy of the 2014 IMEX America Sustainability Report, please visit: http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/

2014 also marked the biennial IMEX Challenge program, a humanitarian effort by the meetings industry that creates a long-lasting positive impact on the local community. 46 meetings industry volunteers worked the weekend prior to the show to revitalize a healing garden and organize thousands of donated items at the Shade Tree, a shelter for Las Vegas women, children and their pets. In addition, $14,600 was raised for the charity. This effort was created through close collaboration between IMEX, Sands Care, The Venetian®| The Palazzo® Horticulture Team and GES.
IMEX-GMIC Green Awards in Frankfurt

At IMEX in Frankfurt, in partnership with the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), IMEX will
recognize outstanding industry environmental and social initiatives by announcing the winners of the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards at the IMEX Gala Dinner, 20 May.

The awards span four categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award (small), Green Meeting Award (large), Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community.

Recent winners include Hands Up Incentives in 2014 for their work to build a traditional Hawaiian ‘hale’ (a thatched roof dwelling) to help local families to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp. was also recognised in 2014 for its initiatives to save energy, water, recycling, raise awareness and share best practices with local stakeholders.

In general, there has been a steady increase in the consciousness and participation of the industry in sustainable and CSR practices over the past decade. Visitors to IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will have the opportunity to attend sustainability sessions at the Inspiration Hub, to pick up advice on how to make meetings and events greener, as well as contribute to CSR initiatives including USB recycling initiative – where old USB sticks are sent to schools in India to be re-used, as well as the ‘Badge Back’ scheme, sponsored by the German Convention Bureau (GCB), where IMEX donates money to one of two local charities for every badge deposited into the special recycling bins at the show.

 

The “Charity Cooking” event, on Monday 18 May, is a hands-on CSR activity where international meetings industry colleagues cook a delicious and healthy meal in a shelter for homeless people in Frankfurt, co-sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Other initiatives of the show include the many seminars, workshops and IMEX tours about sustainable event management.

 

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group comments: “IMEX has always been committed to supporting sustainable and socially responsible practices within the meetings industry. Having set up the first green awards in the industry in 2003, we were inspired by our award winners to develop our own programmes and are proud of our sustainability record at our shows, as well as our strong support for the local communities in which we work – in Frankfurt, Las Vegas and Brighton. We will continue to provide education and awareness to suppliers and buyers within the industry on this key issue, to support the ongoing development of best practice.”

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Security Detail Receives ‘Certificate of Appreciation’

Eight Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) Security team members have been recognised for their efforts to make the Centre and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct a safer place for the public with the receipt of a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ each from Dang Wangi Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Zainol Samah.

For the Centre’s Security & Liaison Manager, Hazali Zakaria, the honour was on top of his success in an International Association for Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP) course, making him the venue’s first Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP).

A delighted and proud Hazali said he was privileged to be given the opportunity to participate in the IACSP course which opened his eyes to terrorism prevention, detection and deterrence. “The 14 preparatory units in the course were extremely detailed and ranged from the different types of terrorism, techniques to identify and tackle them to the importance of being prepared.

“The insights gained have given me a whole new perspective on the subject and in sharing them (insights) with my team, we have also enhanced our security methods and procedures.”

In extending congratulations to Hazali and the team, General Manager Alan Pryor explained that “the safety and security of delegates, visitors, suppliers, the public and team members within and around the facility is of utmost importance to us.  So we are committed to invest in any skills, software or equipment that will give us an edge in this area.”

A professional body for counter terrorism and security professionals globally, the IASCP is a centre for excellence in training, consultancy and research, and commands a membership of 10,000 members globally.

The CCTP is accredited by the UK-based Skills for Security, the skills body for the security industry, which works with employers to improve security skills and standards of professionalism. The course is also endorsed by the International Society for Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP), a professional organisation for crime prevention practitioners to network and share vital information with members.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Emerges from Multi-Phase Renovation

San Francisco’s only AAA-Five Diamond hotel debuts  sleek and modern new guest rooms inspired by couture fashion and the city’s iconic bay

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Situated within San Francisco’s luxury enclave, Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – a beloved landmark for 105 years – completes its multi-phase transformative renovation this month. Led by the world’s largest hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the classic architectural form of this iconic hotel has been carried throughout its interiors and contemporized with sleek, modern detailing.

Drawing inspiration from the Bay and the city’s iconic fog, the luxury hotel’s 336 guest rooms, inclusive of 60 suites, are reborn in palette of steely blues and greys, while furnishings take their cues from the alluring designs of couture fashion and men’s fine tailoring. From curtain cords resembling a man’s belt to chairs and chaise lounges in tweed fabric, delightful and unexpected touches embody the dapper gentlemen of today, while abstract artwork nods to the rich history of the San Francisco ballet.

“The new guestroom design is based upon San Francisco’s Wilkes Bashford – one of the city’s iconic luxury department stores – and the legacy of former Mayor Willie Brown, renowned for his famous suits,” says HBA Principal Designer, Kathleen Dauber. “This suiting inspiration can be found in the specially woven pillows, the layering of the wall coverings in the guest rooms and corridors – creating a sense of drama in the spaces.”

The hotel’s sleek, uncluttered and contemporary new interiors and high-tech flourishes – such as Virtual Concierges located in the lobby and meeting space foyers providing guests with various maps, attractions, and events – offer a striking juxtaposition between the building’s stately and historic exterior.

“We are so thrilled to usher in the next chapter of this iconic neoclassical building,” says General Manager Bruce Gorelick. “Today’s traveler is not only looking for high-tech amenities, but also a true sense of connection to the destination they are visiting, whether it be for business or pleasure. We look forward to welcoming guests to rediscover our hotel and inspiring them to build new memories with us.”

The new guest rooms complete the historic landmark’s multi-phase renovation that began with the re-opening of its signature restaurant, Parallel 37, in December 2011, the unveiling of the lobby and The Lounge in February 2012, and the completion of its new meeting spaces and ballroom in September 2014.

Situated in the heart of downtown and bordering the city’s Financial District, Chinatown, and Union Square luxury shopping, the nine-story hotel commands an entire block of Stockton Street. The hotel features two food & beverage outlets including critically-acclaimed Parallel 37, and over 23,000 square feet of meeting space. The award-winning Ritz-Carlton Club® Level features exclusive access to the Club Lounge with unique weekend offerings and experiences.

About The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Set within a 1909 Neoclassical landmark building in the prestigious neighborhood of Nob Hill,
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel and is a recent winner of a “World’s Best Award” by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the iconic hotel is nearby San Francisco’s most visited attractions and the historic cable car is accessible right outside its doors. Offering globally-inspired California cuisine and seasonal cocktails at Parallel 37, the largest luxury Club Level experience in San Francisco, and recently renovated meetings and special events space, the 336-room Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco provides the ultimate in personalized Ritz-Carlton service, comfort and luxury.

ASAE’s Springtime Expo Provided Insight on ROI of Meetings, Leadership, Strategies in Marketing, Technology

WASHINGTON—Last week, 2,923 meeting and industry professionals gathered to attend two ASAE events: Springtime Expo, April 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, and ASAE Foundation’s Annual Springtime DC Golf & Tennis Invitational, April 10 at Lansdowne Resort

The Springtime Expo’s total number of participants included 1,500 attendees and 1,370 exhibiting personnel with 348 companies, occupying 468 booths on the show floor. The Buyer/Seller ratio is 52% buyers to 48% sellers.

New this year, ASAE held a one-day pre-conference program called “Building a High Performance Team and Winning Culture,” led by John Spence. The session focused on how to create and sustain a high performance team within an organization. Attendees took a customized Team Effectiveness Audit and analyzed the gap between the “current” and “desired” state of a high performance team.

Throughout the Springtime Expo, ASAE used beacon technology. Attendees, who downloaded the ASAE Events app and opted-in, were able to download a personalized report showing which education sessions they attended, education credits earned, and booths visited. Exhibitors received a complimentary report with real-time booth analytics.

On Thursday morning, attendees participated in Learning Labs that provided an opportunity for meeting professionals and exhibitors to share challenges, ideas and successes around a variety of topics including: meeting redesign, integrated marketing campaigns, technology and proving ROI for your meeting.

During the General Session, John Spence provided attendees with advice on what’s required to be a highly effective leader. He focused on skills, characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors that are key success factors, and why these traits attract willing followers.

“The education sessions this year provided attendees with insight on new ideas and strategies they can execute into their organization. The Expo floor was packed with engaging conversations, and the exhibitors benefited from meeting with all the buyers,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

On Friday, the ASAE Foundation hosted its 33nd Annual Springtime DC Golf & Tennis Invitational, an award-winning green event for Corporate Social Responsibility, at Lansdowne Resort. ASAE Foundation had nearly 300 participants who took part in golfing, wine tours, spa, and golf clinic events. The ASAE Foundation would like to thank their presenting sponsors: Choose Chicago, Team San Jose, and Unlock Tampa Bay for their renewed support for the event.

Next year’s date for ASAE’s Springtime Expo is Thursday, April 28, and the Annual Springtime DC Invitational Golf and Tennis Tournament is Friday, April 29.

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

Strategic Partners

Abila
Aptify

Business Events Canada

Detroit Metro CVB

Mexico Tourism Board

Personify

Reno Tahoe USA

Team San Jose

Corporate Partners

Atlanta CVB

Visit Baltimore

Dallas CVB

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Fort Worth CVB

GEICO

Louisville CVB

Naylor Association Solutions

Omaha CVB

Visit Orlando

Visit Salt Lake

Meet In Washington State

Event Partners

BrightKey

The Broadmoor

CliftonLarsonAllen

DelCor Technology Solutions

Dubai Association Centre

Hong Kong Tourism Board

Johnson Lambert LLP and Veris Consulting Inc.

Korea Tourism Organization

McMurry/TMG

MemberClicks

Meet In Minnesota

New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 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.

Leading corporate meetings executives to collaborate at IMEX America 2015 Forum

New executive report shows market growth and ROI demands on the rise

With the 5th IMEX America set to take place in Las Vegas from October 13 to 15, the IMEX team is creating even stronger opportunities for buyers and exhibitors to develop business, network, and learn from experts and their peers.

One of the highlights of IMEX America for high level corporate executives is the Executive Meeting Forum (EMF).  The two-day event on October 13 and 14 will bring together senior professionals in a peer-to-peer setting to share best practices, discuss issues and generate new ideas.

The discussions at the event also provide fascinating insights into the views of a cross-section of today’s industry executives. Last year’s Forum was especially revealing as the participants were from major organizations such as Microsoft, Coca Cola and Cisco Systems and almost two thirds had at least 10 years experience in the industry.

Among the many significant views that they collectively expressed were:

• Meetings Growth & ROI – there is shared optimism that the meetings market is back on track but also shared knowledge that the demand for more and more meetings ROI continues to grow too.

• SMM/SMMP – there is a keen interest in defining more “mature” models for Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP), especially with smaller and distributed meetings. Creating more comprehensive policies and taking SMM more global in scale and practice is also of importance.

• Going Global – getting a stronger handle on managing resources, virtual teams, budgets and policies across borders is key.

• Performance Punishment – there is a strong awareness that successful planners should not be “rewarded” with lower budgets and less staff.

• Technology Buy-In – the need to build more internal support and budget for Business Intelligence and Data Mining technologies is shared by many.

Offering more creative and experiential hooks for sponsors was also discussed in–depth, as was the need to build more technically savvy, open and collaborative meetings designs to increase delegate engagement.

All the findings and insights are published in The IMEX America 2014 Executive Meeting Forum Summary Report, sponsored by Dubai Business Events, which is now available to download.

This year’s Forum is sure to generate more valuable discussion and knowledge sharing. Among the important topics and significant themes likely to be covered are:

• Sharing the unprecedented ways in which the value and benefits of meetings and events are now being held to account.

• Creating deeper attendee engagement.

• Capturing ROI and its power to build stakeholder support.

• Gaining insight into industry best practices around agency, hotel and vendor management, internal key metrics and SLAs.

• Exploring how meetings and events are impacted by new economic, political and financial realities.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “We are once again putting together a superb, comprehensive program of key issues for the 50 plus senior executives who take part each year in the Forum.  It is always one of the highlights of our educational program as it enables us to provide these high level professionals with a unique and tailored tradeshow experience, access to valuable knowledge to take back to their organizations, and important networking time with their peers.”

To download a copy of the 2014 Executive Meeting Forum Summary Report and for more information on the 2015 Executive Meetings Forum visit: http://www.imexamerica.com/events/forums/executive-meeting-forum/.

See Cycling Pros & Experience Your Own Personal Challenge Ride!

Calling all Cycling Enthusiasts!

Come ride or watch the Air Force Association Cycling Classic on the weekend of June 13-14, 2015. Get up close to serious racers on Saturday at the Clarendon Cup, D.C.’s premier Pro/Am event since 1998. On Sunday, check out the Crystal Cup, including some of the world’s top pros racing for the weekend’s Omnium Cup.

Amateur cycling enthusiasts of all abilities are invited to participate in the non-competitive, closed 15 km course Challenge Ride on Sunday morning. Register for the Challenge Ride and stay to watch the pros in Crystal City when you’re finished. With more than 40 hotels and 11 Metrorail stations just minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and other D.C.-area attractions, you can be as car-free (and bike-full!) here as you’d like to be!

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ICC President Shares Expertise at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Association Seminar

Nina Freysen-Pretorius’ visit to Kuala Lumpur is First Official Trip as ICCA President

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) 10th annual Association Seminar was honoured with the presence of Mrs Nina Freysen-Pretorius, President, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association). The visit also marked Freysen-Pretorius’ first official trip since assuming the position in November 2014.

As the guest-of-honour at this year’s edition, Freysen-Pretorius, together with the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, launched the Professional Development Grant which will provide three young local association executives with the opportunity to attend the 55th ICCA Congress 2016 in Kuching, Sarawak.

Freysen-Pretorius was especially delighted for the opportunity to visit Kuala Lumpur given it is the headquarters of ICCA’s Asia-Pacific office. “The Asia-Pacific region is a growing market for business tourism and Malaysia is ideally placed to maximise on the opportunities with her safe and stable political climate, world-class infrastructure and well-established service and hospitality industry.

 

“With all this in mind, the timing and destination of my first trip as president worked out very well indeed.”

 

“We were honoured to have Nina at this year’s Association Seminar, to share her knowledge and expertise with our local associations,” said Angeline Lue, the Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “We’re confident the information shared on the global meetings industry, international best practices and the future direction will benefit local players keen to host future regional and international congresses linked to their respective association.”

 

Also involved in this year’s interactive dialogue with Freysen-Pretorius was Martin Lewis, Managing Director of CAT Publications Ltd which specialises solely in magazines, directories, live events and web sites for the conference and incentive travel markets. In addition, there were presentations on the ‘Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015 – 2025’ by Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s Head of Tourism Unit, Noraza Yusof, and The Benefits Beyond Tourism’ by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Market Research Manager, Manisa Nor.

 

The Association Seminar is a yearly gathering; under the Centre’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) umbrella, that brings together leading Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), decision-makers of national associations and industry professionals to share knowledge and experience on international best practices in the delivery of successful meetings.

 

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, a Destination Hotel Embarks on $9 Million Multi-Phase Renovation, Rebrand this Summer

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel Unveiled September 2015

 Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel, will embark on a massive renovation July 1 that will transform the independent resort and revitalize its amenities. The resort is the newest property in the Destination Hotels portfolio and the only resort in the Phoenix metropolitan area to undergo a substantial renovation in 2015.

In September, the property will be unveiled as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, and it will have a gorgeous, updated look to accompany its new name. The first phase of the renovation will inject $9 million into the property, introducing a new restaurant and bar, transforming the main pool, adding significant outdoor meeting and event space, and enhancing guest rooms, all while creating a more open, welcoming feel throughout the resort. The property is owned by Cornerstone Advisors, which also features Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel in its resort portfolio.

“The goal of the renovation is to maximize the aesthetic potential of the romantic, Spanish architecture and beautiful grounds of The Scottsdale Resort elevating the overall guest experience and amenities,” said Kevin Regan, senior vice president of operations, Western region, for Destination Hotels. “This property is situated in an upscale community centrally-located but just enough off the beaten path that it is a bit of a hidden gem within this world-class travel destination. We cannot wait to share this property’s new look with our guests, neighbors and the local community.”

The designers at PHX Architecture in Phoenix and SB Design in Scottsdale developed plans to update the look of the resort and introduce new amenities, while staying true to the rich history of the property originally designed by legendary Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales. The architects drew inspiration from Mexico and South America, incorporating the romance, history and architectural splendor of Mexican haciendas (Spanish for estate) into the design, color palette and furnishings. The outdoor space will tap the grand fazendas of Brazil from the Colonial period. These farms featured ancient stone walls, arcaded portals, cobbled courtyards and grande salons. The resort’s new look and feel also draws inspiration from Argentinian estancias, which were magnificent country estates and working ranches that guarded the nation’s cultural heritage from its Spanish-colonial beginnings.

Accompanying the physical changes to the property, The Scottsdale Resort will experience a brand overhaul including new names and logos for the resort, restaurants and spa. The property’s new logo contains three suns, representing sunrise, high noon and sunset. The sunrise awakens the renovated areas on the east side of the resort while the sun at high noon blankets the entire property in its glow. As the sun sets on the west, guests soak in the vibrant colors of an Arizona sunset while socializing and enjoying the fresh culinary offerings in the newly enhanced outdoor spaces.

New Culinary Concepts

Sangria’s Lounge is currently the place for groups and leisure travelers to enjoy drinks and small bites in a comfortable, casual bar atmosphere while watching sports or playing a game of billiards. During the summer, the restaurant will be completely remodeled and boast communal dining, an open-air kitchen, and updated furnishings. The new restaurant will feature a new culinary concept and menu influenced by the Western United States for lunch and dinner. The resort’s Executive Chef Rick Dupere will oversee the new culinary outlet.

In the middle of the current lobby, The Scottsdale Resort will debut a new lobby bar serving as an extension of the restaurant, the perfect gathering place for visitors and locals anytime of the day. The bar will serve local coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and light breakfast options and snacks in the morning and afternoon. Guests will enjoy craft beers and wines on tap with live entertainment during the afternoon and evenings along with delectable bites from the restaurant. New bar seating at the lobby windows overlooking McCormick Ranch Golf Club will provide unparalleled views of the rolling fairways.

Well-known by locals and repeat guests, Palm Court Restaurant is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant that boasts dramatic second-story views of Camelback Mountain and the golf course. After the renovation, Palm Court will offer breakfast, Sunday brunch and host special events, such as holiday brunches. Meeting attendees and groups will enjoy this restaurant for conference dining and events.

Outdoor Meeting Space

Ideal for gatherings of all sizes, The Scottsdale Resort is a world-class meetings destination. The renovation will expand and upgrade the outdoor event facilities and further establish the property as a premier meetings and events destination.

The property’s four tennis courts will be removed to create two event lawns and one sport court, used for volleyball and basketball, for both groups and leisure travelers. The larger main lawn will offer more than 10,000 square feet of event space to accommodate up to 1,200 people for weddings, receptions, events, and team-building exercises with stunning views of the majestic McDowell Mountains in the backdrop. The new community lawn near the resort entrance boasts clear views of the iconic Camelback Mountain and will host a variety of public events open to resort guests and locals along with private events for groups and meetings.

The Scottsdale Resort’s Alameda event space is ideal for groups up to 600 people who want to take advantage of the 330 days of annual sunshine in Scottsdale and clear, starry desert skies. The square footage will remain the same, but the look will be transformed to match the Hacienda design of the resort. Brick pavers will replace the concrete path, and bistro lights, water features, and bench seating will be added. The path also will be lined with trees, hence the Alameda name.

Updated Guest Rooms

The Scottsdale Resort features 326 spacious guest rooms, casitas and suites, each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. Many of the accommodations offer spectacular views of fairways, gardens and pools.

The 54 king rooms currently on-site will be completely renovated, and 76 of the double-queen rooms will be converted to king rooms. All 130 new king guestrooms will receive new artwork and bedding, a headboard, two chairs, a window table, and desks. Private patios will be added to 20 first-floor rooms providing guests with private access to the main pool. Guestroom corridor carpeting also will be replaced.

Rest & Relaxation

The main pool area will be completely remodeled and include a new full-service restaurant and bar. It will feature 16 new cabanas available for private rental, a shaded trellis in the water and a gorgeous bridge-like water feature dividing the new pool, which will be 2.5 times larger than the existing one. The pool area will be modernized with fire pits and water features

Guests can take a break from their work and leisure activities to enjoy peace and serenity at The Scottsdale Resort’s Amansala Spa. The spa offers a multitude of services and treatments to refresh both mind and body, under the expert hands of experienced therapists. Guests enjoy rejuvenating treatments such as a hot stone massage, antigravity facial, desert mineral hydration body wrap and the spa’s signature Amansala Sonoran body rejuvenation. The Amansala Spa will be enhanced to include an intimate lobby and a new entrance for the fitness center, streamlining the arrival and departure process, and setting a relaxing, inviting tone for visitors.

Social Spaces

The resort’s main entrance tucked away in an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood will be guests’ first introduction to the property’s overhaul. It will be completely redesigned to feature new signage and lush, ranch-style landscaping. Date palms will line the circular drive and drive-through archways will welcome guests to the new Scottsdale Resort.

As visitors and locals enter the renovated lobby boasting new furniture, décor and accessories, noticeably different will be the removal of the wall behind the concierge desk allowing natural light to flow into the lobby and providing views of the main pool. The lobby will be a vibrant, fun gathering spot for guests and neighbors alike. Adjacent from the lobby entrance, guests will be able to access The Plaza through multiple doors, which will bring the outside in, creating more of a residential feel. The Plaza is currently used for event space, but will be transformed into a leisure gathering space in a lounge setting where guests can enjoy food service from the new restaurant, live entertainment, and gather around the large fireplace or new fire pits during the cool desert nights.

Location, Location, Location

The renovation will revitalize this beautiful property and continue its evolution as a premier hospitality fixture, all while preserving its rich history. When opening on Sept. 4, 1976, The Scottsdale Resort was the first resort in the McCormick Ranch area. It also is the first resort in Scottsdale that is still in existence today. In 2016, the property will celebrate its 40th anniversary and embark upon a second phase of renovations that summer.

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is centrally located but off the beaten path in Scottsdale. The property is conveniently located on McCormick Ranch Golf Club where guests receive preferred tee times and just minutes away from vibrant downtown Scottsdale; Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt boasting 11 miles of trails, parks and lakes; two Cactus League spring training ballparks; numerous hiking and biking trails; Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti; and much more..

About The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel

Ideally situated between the pristine Sonoran Desert and the burgeoning shopping, restaurant, gallery, and club scene of Scottsdale, Ariz., The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is a AAA Four Diamond resort that has provided a superior guest experience for nearly 39 years. The Scottsdale Resort features 326 guest rooms, casitas, and suites each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. With more than 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the resort features 50 meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10 to 1,000. For more information, please visit www.TheScottsdaleResort.com. Follow us on Twitter: @stayscottsdale #TheScottsdaleResort. Like us on Facebook: TheScottsdaleResort.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 19 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 105 bars and restaurants. The privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Completes Extensive, Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

ATLANTA — Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, located in the heart of Atlanta’s business district, announced the completion of a $10 million renovation following the hotel’s conversion to the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand.

The full-service hotel joined the brand in August 2012, and began renovation in April 2013.  Each of the 296 guest rooms features notable upgrades including new furniture and fixtures, as well as new bedding and Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top Mattresses.

The lobby and new living room space feature oversized comfortable wing back chairs, marble and dark stained bamboo hard work floors.  The new Chattahoochee Grille, redesigned with contemporary accents, is quickly becoming a popular dining option and social space for guests and locals alike.

“We’re thrilled with the transformation of the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria and can’t wait to share it with our guests and the Atlanta community,” said Joe Bann, the hotel’s general manager. “Thanks to upgraded, contemporary amenities and the incorporation of the modern design aesthetic found in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties around the world, we can truly appeal to any guest whether traveling for business or leisure.”

Guestrooms now also feature new carpeting and wall covering, as well as new high-definition televisions, upgraded light fixtures and fresh artwork. Guest bathrooms feature oversized back-lit mirrors and True Blue Spa amenities.

Because of its proximity to the local business community, the hotel incorporated several amenities to meet the needs of business travelers including oversized desks with task lamps for easy access to power and secure internet connection in each guest room.  It is also the only hotel in the Galleria/Cumberland area to provide new Herman Miller ergonomic chairs in each guestroom.

Additional guestroom amenities include iHomes, two speaker phones with two lines, Cuisinart coffee makers, Wolfgang Puck Signature Coffee, Numi Organic Teas and an iron and ironing board.

About Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

The 9-story, 296-room Wyndham Atlanta Galleria is situated in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia’s business district and within easy access of an array of attractions and upscale dining options. The hotel offers 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space with an onsite business center, and up to 12 event rooms equipped for various occasions accommodating up to as many as 400 people. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool, sun deck and 24-hour fitness center as well as complimentary shuttle service. Dining is available at the Chattahoochee Grille, which serves traditional favorites and unique specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lighter fare and cocktails are available in the Chattahoochee Bar.

About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodation throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and China. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., or one of its affiliates. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting www.wyndham.com. Travelers have the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com.