Monthly Archives: April 2009

APEX Announces Virtual Discussion Site for Green Meetings and Events

Accessible to All Parities Interested in Reviewing Draft Standards

Alexandria, VA ? The Convention Industry Council (CIC)?s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Panel on Green Meeting and Event Practices, in partnership with ASTM International, is defining what constitutes ?green” in the meetings and events industry. A virtual discussion site has been launched at http://wp.apexsolution.org to make the process accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection.

Past APEX accepted practices have been developed using the ASTM voluntary consensus model of gathering information and data to ensure accuracy and completeness. This spring and continuing through the summer, a series of City Discussion Groups will have met to review topics from the draft APEX/ASTM Green Meeting and Event Standard. The virtual site is an extension of the live groups and the latest draft of the standard can be reviewed by anyone at any time, as new topics are released. There are a total of nine topic areas which will make up the final standard.

As the Green Meeting and Event standard goes through ASTM?s committees and the APEX city and virtual discussion processes, changes will be incorporated as appropriate. The three topic areas currently on the virtual site and available for comment are: Destinations, Meeting Venue and Transportation. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the APEX process and provide feedback on this website.

In the coming months, the remaining six topics areas, accommodations, audio/visual,
communication, exhibits, food and beverage, and on-site offices, will also be available for review on the site.

The process in developing green standards was initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in discussions with the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). They agreed that there was a tremendous need in the meeting and event industry for a uniform measurement of environmental performance. By submitting the standards to the ASTM for approval, the standard developed will be an accredited standard. As the umbrella organization, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) is the natural place to bring together this unified industry effort.

?This is a great opportunity for all parties involved to work collaboratively on consistent standards for green meetings and events, because without a standard, anyone can call themselves ?green?. Endorsement by ASTM will lend credibility to the standards that evolved from this process,” said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Operating Officer of the CIC.

For more information, go to the www.APEXsolution.org website.

The Convention Industry Council?s 34 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC facilitates the exchange of information develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact. CIC?s programs include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, and numerous industry resource projects.

APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council, is developing and implementing industry-wide accepted practices which will create and enhance efficiencies throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

About ASTM: ASTM International was originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. For over 100 years, ASTM International has maintained an unwavering commitment to its core capability and mission: the development of high quality, market-relevant standards. ASTM volunteer members create and deliver standards that make a difference to people everywhere. The organization supports the development through the Society?s world-class infrastructure. Since its inception, ASTM International has had an enduring role in facilitating a cleaner global environment. For example, ASTM has been involved in setting standards on Food Service Equipment which play an important part in the Environmental Protection Agency?s Energy Star Program (ASTM Committee F26).

About GMIC: The Green Meeting Industry Council is leading the meeting industry in improving meeting management by supporting collaboration and the development and dissemination of resources and opportunities that improve the environmental performance of meetings and events.

PMVB Announces Morning Presenter on “Green Living” for Pocono Mountains Tourism Day

POCONO MOUNTAINS, PA, April 29, 2009 ? The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) is pleased to announce Lisa Alexander as a morning presenter for Pocono Mountains Tourism Day. Ms. Alexander is the Founder and CEO of Green Life, Inc, a company that is a registered member of the U.S. Green Building Council and committed to educating the public on how to build healthier lives for ourselves and the planet through everyday practical ?green” living. As a presenter, she will be focusing on helping tourism businesses with simple sustainable practices to ?green” their properties, help improve the environment and save money.

According to Alexander, ?There are many measures available these days to go green by picking a shade of green that works best for you and your business. Today being green means a true, honest and sincere effort to be environmentally and socially responsible and avoid ?greenwashed” marketing.”

Lisa Alexander is a Certified EcoBroker?, Environmental Consultant, Sustainable Living Expert and Green Building Consultant. Dubbed by some of her contemporaries and journalists as ?The Queen of Green”, Ms. Alexander is an expert in green home renovation and design, organic cooking, and everyday green living. Ms. Alexander writes regularly for various local and national publications about Sustainable Living and Green Building. Ms. Alexander is often seen on major networks and cable news, such as her regular appearances on MSNBC?s ?Green Is Universal” week as an expert covering the yearly U.S. Green Building Council?s conference.

In order to learn more from Ms. Alexander, register for the annual Pocono Mountains Tourism Day conference at 800poconos.com/tourismday. Fees for Pocono Mountains Tourism Day are $75 for the first person and $70 for each additional person from the same PMVB member property. PMVB non-member fees are $95 for the first person and $90 for each additional person from the same property. Attendees coming solely for the luncheon have a rate of $25 per person. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 1, 2009. Registrations postmarked after May 1, or walk-in registrations, will be subject to slightly higher fees.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Unveils New Concert Venue the Joint

WITH A FULL WEEKEND OF ROCK ?N? ROLL ENTERTAINMENT

Paul McCartney, The Killers and Avenged Sevenfold Christen The Joint

Snoop Dogg Performed at REHAB Season Kick Off

Carey Hart Opens Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company at its New Home Base

Las Vegas, Nev. ? April 2009 ? The scene in Las Vegas is about to change forever, starting with the opening of the new Joint concert venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Despite the economic downturn, the Hard Rock is still expanding and welcomed summer in true rock fashion with a wild, wet, and unbelievable weekend April 17-19. Sir Paul McCartney headlined the extravagant weekend, opening the all new $60 million Joint concert venue at the Hard Rock.

?We?ve had some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry perform at our hotel over the past decade including The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Foo Fighters,” said Randy Kwasniewski, President and COO of Morgans Hotel Group Las Vegas and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. ?The new Joint allows us to take the live music scene in Vegas to the next level by giving artists and bands the opportunity to perform in front of sold out crowds inside one of most sophisticated and authentic concert venues in the country.”

The weekend lineup also included the much-anticipated grand opening of motocross superstar Carey Hart?s Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company. The event marks the achievement of Carey?s two longtime dreams of having his tattoo shop and rock club, Wasted Space, under one roof.

And as many people around the country are anxiously awaiting warmer weather, the creators of Vegas? ?daylife” launched a new season of REHAB for its record-breaking sixth year.

Hard Rock Weekend Rundown:

? Friday, April 17
o The Killers performed at The Joint

? Saturday, April 18
o Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company Grand Opening with Carey Hart
o Avenged Sevenfold performed at The Joint
o Hart & Huntington Grand Opening afterparty at Wasted Space with Avenged Sevenfold and Steel Panther

? Sunday, April 19
o REHAB season kick off with Snoop Dogg performance
o Sir Paul McCartney performed at The Joint

Events continued at the property all weekend with various after-hours parties at Wasted Space, Rare 120, AGO, and Body English.

?While other hotels in Vegas are cutting budgets leading to below-average parties and property experiences for guests, the Hard Rock is concentrating on kicking off the summer season with a huge splash,” said Phil Shalala, VP of Marketing for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. ?We have been working hard for more than a year to make this expansion and renovation of the property successful and keep the rock ?n? roll feel we have always had.”

The Joint:
The new Joint will rock to larger audiences and will be one of the most sophisticated, intimate, and authentic venues in Las Vegas. The state-of-the-art and innovative concert venue is continuing the legacy of its legendary original Hard Rock venue. To maximize fan?s enjoyment with a genuine experience, the new Joint will double in size while keeping the historic atmosphere of the original venue, from which it inherited its name. The furthest seat in the house for any of the 4,000 fans is only 155 feet from the stage, keeping the performance personal and memorable.

REHAB:
Creating the ?daylife” pool party scene in Vegas, the sixth season of Rehab will be kicking off with a blowout performance by non-other than the infamous Snoop Dogg on Sunday, April 19. Selected by the Travel Channel as one of ?The Top 10 Pools” in the world the Hard Rock continues to raise the bar for REHAB with cabanas often filled with the hottest celebs and swim-up blackjack at the poolside Palapa. Rehab takes place weekly ever Sunday through September.

Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company (H&H Tattoo):
H&H Tattoo officially opened April 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The shop is founded by freestyle motocross legend, FMX phenom and television star of ?Inked,” Carey Hart. The shop will cater to Hard Rock?s young, hip clientele and celebrities. The shop and Hart?s nightclub Wasted Space will host various parties for guests throughout the weekend. ?The Hard Rock has always been, and continues to be, one of the coolest and most high profile casinos in Las Vegas so it was a natural fit. We are one of the most high profile tattoo shops in the country so we chose to be in the highest profile casino in the country,” says Hart on the recent move to the Hard Rock.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, owned and operated under Morgans Hotel Group and equity partner DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, is a premier destination entertainment resort located on 16.7 acres situated strategically on Harmon Avenue, one of Las Vegas? fastest growing entertainment corridors. Built in 1995 and expanded in 1999, the property is currently undergoing another expansion set for completion in early 2010, more than tripling its current size. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where such acts as The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 647 guest rooms; a 30,000 square foot casino; The Beach Club with a swimming pool that was selected by the Travel Channel as one of ?The Top 10 Pools” in the world; Rehab, the trendsetting Sunday afternoon pool party; Body English nightclub, which was selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the ?Top 25 Sexiest Places in the World”; The Joint concert venue; the newly opened rock lounge Wasted Space, owned by motocross star Carey Hart; restaurants like the newly opened AGO, world-renowned Nobu, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky?s; three cocktail lounges; several retail stores; and Rock Spa, an 8,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center.

Room availability and additional information is available by calling 800/HRD-ROCK (or 800/473-7625) or visiting www.hardrockhotel.com.

Connect with Savings in Fairfax County, VA for Your Next Meeting

The Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Fairfax, understands that it?s a constant struggle to bring rising costs in line with your shrinking events budget. Fairfax County has just what you?re looking for to plan an affordable meeting that doesn?t feel like it.

Looking for event space large enough to host a convention for your association? Fairfax County has well over 5,000 square feet of meeting space per hotel (on average) suited for any situation. With more than 17,000 hotel rooms in a county of over 1 million people, Visit Fairfax has all the urban amenities you require at suburban prices and a favorable tax rate.

Need a location that?s easily accessible to local and out-of-town travelers? Fairfax County is conveniently located right between Dulles International (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA) airports, so attendees can comparison shop for the cheapest fares. It?s also easily accessible by car from any of the major thoroughfares that run into and out of Northern Virginia.

Desire a location with great special event spaces and things to do for people traveling with your guests? Fairfax County offers something for just about everyone ? from shopaholics to history buffs ? with one-of-a-kind special event venues within short driving distance, such as Mt. Vernon, the Barns at Wolf Trap and the Tyson?s Corner Shopping Center, not to mention the majestic sights of nearby Washington, DC.

But that?s not all! If you?re planning events during 2009, Visit Fairfax has worked out amazing deals with 20 area hotels to lower costs even further. Contact Rebecca Miller at Visit Fairfax to find out how you can get complimentary continental breakfasts, free guest rooms, discounted audio-visual, or even a percentage off your master account.

With savings like these, why plan your event anywhere else?

Visit Fairfax is the official tourism organization for Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.fxva.com.

Morgans Hotel Group Announces Conde Nast Traveler’s Selection of Mondrian in South Beach for the Cover of the May Hot List Issue

New York, NY ? April 22, 2009 ? Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) continues to impress with consistent innovation and daring at its boutique hotels. Today, the company announced that Mondrian in South Beach just snagged the cover of Conde Nast Traveler?s May issue. Featuring a shot of their outdoor red carpet lounges and foliage-curtained private cabanas, Mondrian tops the famed ?Hot List” issue, the definitive guide to the hottest new hotels in the world. Inside the magazine, the interiors of Mondrian also prevail as the opener of the ?Hot List” section, with an image of the oversized gold bell chandeliers hanging over Sunset Lounge, the celebrity and chic-set nightlife destination that was also selected in the issue?s ?Hot Nights” section. Not only an editor?s favorite in the US, Mondrian also appeared on the cover of Conde Nast Traveller UK?s current issue, making the hotel top of the list across the world. As the only editor-based list by the esteemed travel publication, the placement pays reverence to the impressive and imaginative designs by Marcel Wanders for Mondrian, the first project in the U.S. for the Dutch design star.

Background on Mondrian
Morgans Hotel Group, the groundbreaking innovator that introduced the world to such iconic brands as Delano in Miami Beach, Royalton in New York City and Sanderson in London, strikes again with Mondrian in South Beach. Mondrian represents the first time the company offers private residences with condo-hotel ownership. With over 70 percent of the property sold, limited ownership opportunities are still available. World-famous design star and Elle D?cor?s 2006 International Designer of the Year, Marcel Wanders envisioned the property as Sleeping Beauty?s castle, with whimsical adult playground-style environments from foliage-curtain cabanas to chandelier-rainfall showerheads. Mondrian invites sophisticated revelers to enjoy a destination that truly embodies Morgans? ?Modern Resort” concept with the world-renowned agua spa, Jeffrey Chodorow?s Asia de Cuba restaurant, and a new nightlife destination, Sunset Lounge. www.mondriansouthbeach.com.

About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and Shore Club in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, Mondrian in Scottsdale and Mondrian in South Beach, Clift in San Francisco, and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London. Morgans Hotel Group and an equity partner also own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and related assets. Morgans Hotel Group has other property transactions in various stages of completion, including projects in SoHo, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Palm Springs, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and Dubai, UAE. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com.

$150,000 Raised at PCMA?s Annual Meeting for Host City New Orleans and the PCMA Education Foundation

CHICAGO, IL, April 2009 ? Several charities benefited from the generous hard work, talents, and fundraising efforts of attendees and sponsors of the Professional Convention Management Association?s (PCMA?s) 53rd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 11-14. PCMA exceeded expectations in 2009 by raising $150,000 for several New Orleans-based organizations and the PCMA Education Foundation.

?This year, I was especially touched by the generosity demonstrated by Annual Meeting attendees and sponsors,” said Michael Payne, 2009 PCMA Education Foundation Chair. ?Not only did we see a record number of volunteers turn out for Hospitality Helping Hands, but?even in this tough economic climate?we also exceeded goals on the fundraising side. These accomplishments truly show how deeply our industry cares about the communities where we meet, and the important work of the Foundation.”

16th Annual Party With a Purpose

In 2009, the industry?s ?can?t-miss” fundraising event raised $40,000 to benefit Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation, a New Orleans based non-profit started by New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, to improve the quality of life for local families.

?I couldn?t be more pleased with this year?s Party With a Purpose,” said John Patronski, executive vice president of GES Exposition Services. ?From the very beginning, it has been our honor to be a part of this special night. The opportunity to make a lasting impact on organizations like Payton?s Play It Forward Foundation has been phenomenal.”

?Coach Payton, his wife Beth, and I want to thank all who put this special event together and attended,” commented Karen Hegner, executive director of Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation. ?Your generosity will go a long way in making a difference in the families served.”

The event also raised $40,000 to benefit PCMA?s Network for the Needy initiatives and $40,000 for
the PCMA Education Foundation. In its 16 year history, Party With a Purpose has raised nearly $1.8 million in charitable donations.

GES Exposition Services is the founding partner of Party With a Purpose and the founding and principal partner of Network for the Needy.

Hospitality Helping Hands
PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands, a Network for the Needy program, was expanded to two days in 2009 in order to accommodate even more volunteers looking to donate their time and talents back to New Orleans. More than 400 PCMA attendees arrived early to the meeting to participate in hands-on community service projects that included:

? St. Bernard Project? Helping rebuild the
homes of families affected by Hurricane Katrina,
volunteers assisted in painting, spackling and
rebuilding sections of seven homes affected by
the storm.

? Save our Cemeteries?PCMA volunteers got
their hands dirty landscaping historic tomb areas
that remain a unique part of New Orleans
heritage.

? City Park?At 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Volunteers helped beautify areas of the Park to aid in the park?s recovery and the rebirth of New Orleans.

Each organization also received a donation of $10,000 from PCMA to continue their work, which was raised through registration fees paid by participants. Hospitality Helping Hands is sponsored by Experient and Marriott’s Convention & Resort Hotels.

Network for the Needy & Better World Books

Throughout the 2009 Annual Meeting, PCMA’s Network for the Needy program collected items for Better World Books. Dozens of books were donated, and proceeds from the sale of collected items will benefit the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help aid in the recovery of libraries affected by the storms in 2005.

PCMA Education Foundation Annual Individual Giving Campaign
The Foundation also kicked off its 2009 Annual Individual Giving Campaign (AIGC) ?Time to Grow” in
New Orleans. As part of the Foundation?s 2009 green initiative and commitment to giving back to the Annual Meeting host city, donors were given the option to donate a portion of their contribution to benefit the Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration Project, which helps to reduce shoreline erosion along the Gulf States. Learn more about the AIGC at
pcma.org/foundation.

2010 PCMA Annual Meeting
PCMA will continue its community service and fundraising efforts again in Dallas at the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting, Jan. 10 ? 13. Information on upcoming Hospitality Helping Hands and Network for the Needy projects will be posted to the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting Web site as it becomes available. To learn out more about Party With a Purpose, Hospitality Helping Hands, Network for the Needy and the PCMA Education Foundation, visit pcma.org.

Tropicana Introduces New Dining Deals!

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 22, 2009) ? It’s time to get wined and dined at the Tropicana! Tropicana Casino & Resort announced two new dining deals for our guests at Fiesta Buffet and Seaside Caf?.

Fiesta Buffet now features a nightly seafood buffet featuring fried shrimp, snow crab clusters, U-Peel shrimp, stuffed flounder, baked salmon Oscar, baked swordfish, stuffed deviled crabs and mussels for $24.95 per person. Additionally, on Fridays the seafood buffet will have a special menu featuring lobster tail, hand carved roast beef and hand carved roast salmon at no additional cost. In addition to the new seafood offerings the Fiesta Buffet offers Asian, American, Italian stations, salad bar and sumptuous dessert selections.

Guests who enjoy an entr?e at Seaside Caf? will now be treated to a complimentary glass of wine. Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. every guest (must be 21) will enjoy a glass of Antnori Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio or Tunnel of Elms Cabernet Sauvingnon when ordering an entr?e from our dinner menu.
These new dining offer are in addition to Wellington’s price fixed menus for only $35 per person every Wednesday and Thursday nights. The menus feature a choice of salads, entr?e and desserts.

For additional offers and specials visit www.tropicana.net/Atlantic-City-hotel-discount/index.htm.

The Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring more than 2,100 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With more than 20 restaurants, 25 shops, 12 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. For more information, visit the official Web site at www.tropicana.net.

For more exclusive discounts, current information, pictures, and video, be sure to check out the Tropicana on the Web at www.facebook.com/TropicanaCasino&Resort or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/TropicanaAC.

Boston’s Millennium Bostonian Hotel Wraps $25M Makeover

The 201-room Millennium Bostonian Hotel in downtown Boston has completed a $25 million renovation encompassing its guest rooms and public spaces, including its meeting space, lobby and restaurant, Millennium Hotels and Resorts recently announced.

“The renovation of the Millennium Bostonian Hotel creates a striking addition to the Millennium portfolio in North America, and we look forward to welcoming guests to one of the city’s most desirable addresses,” General Manager Dominique Marty said in a statement.

As part of its renovations, the Millennium Bostonian adorned its redesigned lobby with new decor, flooring, wall coverings and more, including new furniture, artwork and handmade area rugs, not to mention contemporary design elements such as floating ceilings, wood-stained millwork and a gas-burning fireplace.

The hotel’s guest rooms, meanwhile, have been updated with new furnishings, wall coverings and bedding, as well as new 40-inch LCD televisions.

Finally, to complement its redesigned lobby and guest rooms, the hotel also sports a new New England-themed restaurant and bar, called North 26. Its previous restaurant, Seasons Restaurant, has been turned into a new 3,000-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate meetings of up to 200 attendees.

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Recognizes Tourism Heroes

…AT TOURISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS LUNCHEON

POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pa., April 2009 ? Travel and tourism serves as the largest industry in the Pocono Mountains. This identifies the need for remarkable hospitality and service by employees across the Pocono Mountains region. The main goal is to ensure that each visitor receives the best Pocono Mountains experience. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) will be honoring employees who set this standard at the Pocono Mountains Tourism Achievement Awards Luncheon on May 13, 2009, as part of Pocono Mountains Tourism Day at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, PA.

Awards will be presented to individuals for the following categories:

Brand Hero Awards are given to employees who have shown exemplary skills when in contact with guests, have been recognized for service skills and have been trained in the Pocono Mountains Enculturation Program. The Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year is presented to an employee who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an employee who has longevity in the Pocono Mountains tourism industry and has been a longtime contributor to the success of their property.

PMVB member properties will be awarded in the following categories:

The Community Service Award will be presented to a property for their demonstrated commitment to the community through fundraising, in-kind donations and service to organizations. The Brand Champion Award will be given to a property that has the highest percentage of employee completion of the Pocono Mountains Brand Enculturation Training Program. The Green Award will be presented to the PMVB member that demonstrates environmental stewardship through their operations, programs and services.

Plan to attend Pocono Mountains Tourism Day on May 13, to learn about ?Turning Green into Green” and find out how being green makes sense environmentally and financially. Tourism Day is also a great opportunity to network with other tourism industry professionals.

Register now for Tourism Day and the Tourism Achievement Awards Luncheon by visiting www.800poconos.com/tourismday. Cost to attend Tourism Day is $75/members and $95/non-members, which includes the luncheon. Tickets to attend the Awards Luncheon are only $25 each.

For more information on the Tourism Achievement Awards, contact Ann Pilcher at 570-421-5791 or email ann@poconos.org.

The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa Introduces ?Meetings Making a Difference” Enhancement Package

Unique Offer will put the ?Business” Back in Meetings By Providing Volunteerism Opportunity, Motivational Seminar and Team Building

ROSE HALL, JAMAICA ? April 2009 ? Business meetings help drive growth, foster team spirit and provide valuable professional development and networking opportunities to employees at all levels.

Scheduled to open Fall 2009, The Palmyra?s new meetings enhancement package puts the ?business” back in meetings with their one-of-a-kind offering that includes:

  • Volunteer project with The Palmyra Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing textbooks to public school children in Jamaica. Attendees will help wrap or personally distribute textbooks to needy children in the area
  • One-hour motivational lecture that will help inspire attendees to take their ?game” to the next level
  • Professionally, custom-designed teambuilding activity to help encourage communication, cooperation and problem solving
  • Choice of a round of golf at one of three nearby championship golf courses OR a rejuvenating spa treatment at the region?s first branded ESPA

The ?Meetings Making A Difference” enhancement package is $350 per person plus room rate and can be added to groups that book a minimum of twenty rooms.

Located in the exclusive enclave of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa offers groups the facilities, amenities and personalized service that will make their event productive and stress-free.

The Palmyra offers 23,000 square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a panoramic gazebo with a 360 degree view of the Caribbean Sea or a verdant lawn providing 6,000 square feet of natural beauty. The resort?s indoor facilities features a 5,500 square-foot ballroom, which accommodates up to 400 seated guests for dinner or 500 standing guests for cocktail gatherings. Five additional breakout rooms, ranging in size from 340 square-feet to 1,000 square-feet each, are also available for smaller groups.

The resort?s fully-equipped business center includes the latest generation of audio-visual equipment, support staff, high-speed Internet capabilities, and Wi-Fi access in public areas.

Meeting attendees also need a little rest and relaxation. They can recharge at ESPA, the Caribbean?s first branded 30,000 square-foot spa, tee-off at three of the Caribbean?s most prestigious golf courses, or enjoy a wide range of motorized and non-motorized water sport activities and a host of nearby excursions.

About The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa, Rose Hall, Jamaica
Designed to appeal to discerning, well-traveled guests, the Sol?s brand was developed by Horst Schulze and his team of hospitality experts to satisfy the needs of today?s sophisticated travelers. Combining a new sense of luxury with anticipatory, superior customer service, The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa, will be the brand’s premier Caribbean resort property. Set on 16 oceanfront acres on the grounds of a former Jamaican plantation within the elite enclave of historic Rose Hall, The Palmyra offers 299 beautifully appointed guestrooms plus one- two- three- and four-bedroom suites, penthouses and private villas that feature between 645 to 2,600 square feet of living space with large private terraces. The casually elegant resort boasts Jamaica?s first branded, 30,000 square-foot ESPA spa, an ocean-view fitness center, nearby championship golf at three of the Caribbean?s most prestigious courses including White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon, as well as four dining venues offering authentic, internationally inspired dishes with organic options, a gourmet shop and wine cellar featuring fine wines from around the world. The property features 13,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space and 10,000 square-feet of outdoor function space. Private concierge, butler, maid and chef services are available at a premium and are included with each private villa.

The Palmyra is a member of ?The Leading Hotels of the World”; was recognized as “One of the Top 10 Most Exciting Home Developments in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine (March 2007); and is a recipient of the Five-star award at the 2007 CNBC International Property Awards.

The Palmyra is less than a 15-minute drive from Montego Bay International Airport. For more information or group reservations, please visit www.solisthepalmyra.com or call (954) 772-4282. For guest reservations, please call 800-591-0473.