Monthly Archives: June 2009

Planners Have Chance to Win One-Carat Diamonds Twice in August

. . . ALHI Will Give Away ?Peabody Orlando Diamond” at ASAE Annual,
and the ?Chateau ?lan Diamond” at IncentiveWorks

WASHINGTON, DC (June 2009) ? Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists attending industry shows in August will have the chance to win two dazzling one-carat diamond solitaire necklaces being given away by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). ALHI will give away the impressive ?Peabody Orlando Diamond” to one lucky planner at ASAE & The Center For Association Leadership?s Annual Meeting & Exposition August 15-18, 2009, in Toronto, Canada. ALHI also will conduct a drawing for the beautiful one-carat ?Chateau ?lan Diamond” at IncentiveWorks 2009, being held a week later in Toronto, Canada, from August 24-26, 2009.

Planners simply need to stop by to register for the drawing at ALHI?s ?Luxury Lane” area at the tradeshow for the chance to win the dazzling one-carat diamond solitaire. Each diamond is named after a distinguished member of ALHI, which is a dedicated dues-based National Sales Organization that represents its membership of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide to meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists planning programs requiring from 10 to more than 5,000 rooms.

?We?re giving away these beautiful gems as a means to highlight our outstanding Four- and Five-Diamond portfolio of award-winning hotels and resorts to serve the meetings marketplace, like the exciting new Peabody Orlando and the incredible Chateau ?lan,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI, which features a diverse luxury portfolio of more than 90,000 rooms and suites and over 9 million square feet of meeting space.

Not resting on its laurels, the Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Peabody Orlando in Orlando, Florida, is undergoing an impressive $450 million expansion and renovation. The project includes the addition of 750 new guest rooms in a new 34-story tower, which will bring the new Peabody Orlando total offerings to 1,641 guest rooms and suites. The hotel also is adding 150,000 square feet of new flexible function space, which will bring its total meeting space to 210,000 square feet, including a new 55,000-square-foot Peabody Grand Ballroom, and a new 35,000-square-foot Windermere Ballroom, in addition to the existing 27,000-square-foot Plaza International Ballroom. The comprehensive project also includes the renovation of the original hotel, a 2,100-car parking garage, and the addition of a new Spa, and more. Upon the completion of the project, slated for November 2010, The Peabody Orlando will be the largest Four-Star hotel in North America, excluding casino properties.

The Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Chateau ?lan is an incredible 16th century-style French chateau, with a full-production working winery, lush vineyards, 275 deluxe guest rooms, and a 25,000-square-foot conference center with two grand ballrooms, 19 conference rooms, two boardrooms, and a stepped auditorium. Additional offerings at the 3,500-acre resort include the magnificent Chateau ?lan Spa, the Stan Smith Tennis Center, Equestrian show center, a corporate development and teambuilding center with 50-foot challenge tower, four pools, and seven restaurants. The resort is just 50 minutes via direct high-speed interstate from Atlanta?s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

?The Peabody Orlando Diamond” and the ?Chateau ?lan Diamond” will be the fifth and sixth diamonds, respectively, given away in 2009 by ALHI as part of its ?2009 Diamond Tour.” The ?Resort at Squaw Creek Diamond” will be given away at MPI WEC (World Education Conference) in Salt Lake City, Utah July 11-14, 2009. Previous diamonds awarded in 2009 include: the ?Grand Wailea Resort Diamond,” which was awarded at ASAE & The Center?s Springtime Expo in April; the ?AQUA Diamond,” which was awarded at MPI?s MeetDifferent in February; and the ?Arizona Grand Diamond,” which was given away at ALHI?s Luxury Showcase in Washington, D.C. in February.

ALHI Member properties include extraordinary meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with gaming and entertainment.

Associated Luxury Hotels has 16 professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, North Carolina, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, Toronto and Washington, DC. Go to www.alhi.com to identify the ALHI sales professional in your area.

For professional assistance and more information about Associated Luxury Hotels, and to inquire about a potential meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, contact your nearest Associated Luxury Hotels National Sales Office, call the ?ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com .

PCMA and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Announce Starpoints Redemption For PCMA Membership, Events and Products

Starwood/PCMA Program Allows Travel Award Points to Be Redeemed for Professional Development

CHICAGO, IL, June 2009 ? The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) are excited to announce a timely and innovative solution to keep meetings industry professionals at the top of their game: Starwood Preferred Planner and Starwood Preferred Guest award points, or Starpoints, can now be redeemed for a wide variety of PCMA offerings.

Starpoints will be redeemable for virtually all of PCMA?s high-level education offerings,
industry-leading products and membership services, including: membership dues, registration fees to PCMA?s Convening Leaders Annual Meeting, PCMA?s CMP Online Prep Course, Webinars, PCMA Online Learning Center access and more.

?This is yet another way PCMA continues to deliver value to our members and industry by working creatively with partners like Starwood to support professional development,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. ?More than ever, it?s important to make professional development more widely accessible within our industry. By allowing meeting planners? Starpoints to act like cash in a tight economy, Starwood and PCMA have truly created a win-win for both PCMA members and the entire meetings industry.”

??In the wake of the current economy, it is important to be innovative with resources and best business practices,” said Christie Hicks, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. ?The new PCMA and Starwood redemption plan allows our Starwood Preferred Planner and Starwood Preferred Guest members to continue higher education and utilize important resources to do their part in jumpstarting business and getting their clients back in meetings.

Meetings and incentives are a critical component to economic recovery and we are proud to offer our professionals added value for their Starpoints with PCMA and show our continued support of the meetings industry and our valued partners.”

Beginning in June, PCMA will accept Starpoints gift certificates for PCMA purchases. Starwood Preferred Planner and Starwood Preferred Guest members will be allowed to redeem 2800 Starpoints for a $25 certificate and 9500 Starpoints for a $100 certificate through Starwood?s Customer Care Center by calling 888-625-4988. Later this summer, Starwood Preferred Planner and Starwood Preferred Guest members will be able to order the certificates online at www.starwoodmeetings.com. Starpoint certificates can then be applied to all or a portion of the PCMA product, service or event fee at the time of purchase by calling PCMA?s Membership Department at 1-877-827-7622. Any questions on the program can be directed to PCMA.

This innovative travel award redemption program furthers Starwood?s Premier Partner relationship with PCMA and offers a beneficial economic solution to today?s challenges. Starwood has always sought out ways to deliver leading edge business solutions to the meetings industry. Currently, Starwood makes today?s best-selling business books available to PCMA members through PCMA Executive Book Summaries by SOUNDVIEW. Starwood also partnered with PCMA to make an ROI system available to the industry through the MeetingMetrics meetings measurement system.

Learn more about all of the education, products and services offered by PCMA at pcma.org. Additional information on Starwood can be found at starwoodhotels.com.

About Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at www.pcma.org.
The role of the PCMA Education Foundation is to support the mission of the PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on education and research that will benefit the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation supports educational programs to improve professionalism in the meetings industry and to provide a university-level meeting management curriculum. The Foundation funds educational programs for meeting managers, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other members of the meetings industry. It also conducts ongoing research of industry issues and concerns. The Foundation continually funds new programs to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the meetings industry.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 960 properties in 97 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis?, The Luxury Collection?, W?, Westin?, Le M?ridien?, Sheraton?, Four Points? by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft?, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

ASAE & The Center Names 17 Winners in Second Round of 2009 AAA Awards

WASHINGTON, DC?Seventeen associations have been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the second round of judging for the 2009 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, sponsored by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.

Now in its 19th year, the AAA Awards program recognizes associations and industry partners that improve the quality of life in America with innovative programs in education, skills training, standard setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.

Selected by a panel of peers twice per year, Award of Excellence winners are automatically entered into consideration for the Summit Award, ASAE & The Center?s highest association honor. Summit Award winners will be honored at ASAE & The Center?s Summit Awards Dinner, September 29 in Washington, DC.

?Associations Advance America is a familiar statement in our profession and these associations are a testimony to the significance of association initiatives that support local communities with innovative projects and ideas,” said Janet C. Gibbs, CPA, chief financial officer of Feeding America and 2008-2009 chair of ASAE & The Center?s Associations Advance America Committee. ?We are proud to once again recognize associations with excellence awards and applaud their hard work and commitment to the American society.”

Any association is eligible to enter the AAA Awards. The 17 most recent winners were chosen from nearly 70 entries submitted by the May 1 deadline.

The following programs were honored with a 2009 AAA Award of Excellence:

American Academy of Dermatology
AAD Camp Discovery
Schaumburg, IL

American Academy of Dermatology
National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program
Schaumburg, IL

American Academy of Ophthalmology
EyeCare America (ECA) Seniors EyeCare Program
Oakland, CA

American Beverage Association
National School Beverage Guidelines
Washington, DC

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
New York, NY

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Feed the Pig
New York, NY

American Library Association
Smart investing@ your library
Chicago, IL

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Listen to Your Buds
Rockville, MD

Association Management Center
Solid Rock Carpenters
Glenview, IL

Civitan International
Civitan International Research Center
Birmingham, AL

Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society
Military Service Tax Preparation Project
Chicago, IL

Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico
SafeTeen New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians
Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Family Medicine Setting
Trenton, NJ

Professional Landcare Network
PLANET?s Renewal & Remembrance
Herndon, VA

Safari Club International Foundation
Sportsmen Against Hunger
Tucson, AZ

School Nutrition Association
Power Up With School Breakfast
Alexandria, VA

Texas Land Title Association
TLTA-THC Partnership for the Texas Courthouse Restoration Stewardship Initiative
Austin, TX

In addition to the Award of Excellence winners, eight organizations were named to the 2009 Associations Advance America Honor Roll. For more information about ASAE & The Center?s AAA Awards, please visit our Web site at www.asaecenter.org/aaaawards.

About ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world. The Center for Association Leadership is the premier provider of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association profession. Together, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. For more information about ASAE & The Center, please visit www.asaecenter.org.

Convention Industry Council?s Hall of Leaders Gala to be held at PCMA Annual Meeting in Dallas, January 11, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, VA ? June 2009 ? The Convention Industry Council?s (CIC)
Hall of Leaders Gala* will be held in conjunction with the Professional Convention Management Association?s (PCMA) Annual Meeting on January 11, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Fairmont Hotel
in Dallas, TX.

Since 1985, the CIC has honored the industry?s outstanding leaders and innovators with its annual Hall
of Leaders awards. Since PCMA?s Annual Meeting is known for its outstanding educational content and business development opportunities, it provides a solid platform for this prestigious event. Typically Monday night at PCMA is open for individual client events and networking. At the 2010 meeting, PCMA and CIC encourage attendance at the Hall of Leaders Gala as together we honor these deserved individuals and our industry. Opportunities will be available for table purchases at several levels with some having access to an exclusive VIP reception for industry partners to entertain their best customers.

In making the announcement, Convention Industry Council?s Chief Operating Officer Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP said, “We are excited about this partnership with both PCMA and Fairmont-Raffles-Swiss?tel. It will be an incredible night celebrating not only the talent and achievements of individual inductees, but the solidarity and resilience of our industry in a time when our unified voice is more critical than ever.”

?We are honored that CIC elected to hold the prestigious Hall of Leaders event during PCMA,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. ?What a fantastic opportunity for suppliers to purchase tables and host customers while expanding the ability to network with leaders in the industry. This event is sure to be sold out very quickly.”

This year?s Gala will be themed ?Celebrating Industry Unity,” and the five extraordinary individuals representing the most outstanding innovators in the industry will be officially inducted into the CIC Hall of Leaders.

This year?s five prestigious inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders are: M. Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM; Thomas M. Mobley, Jr., Steve Porter, Preston Robert Tisch and Jerry A. Wayne. The CIC Hall of Leaders was established in 1985. Each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion in the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center and featured in the Grand Concourse at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2010 Hall of Leaders Gala promises to be an evening of sharing, partnership, networking and celebration. Table sponsorships and individual ticket sales are now available. For more information go to www.conventionindustry.org and click on the Hall of Leaders link or call Precision Meetings & Events at 703-789-4480 for tickets or to reserve a table.

About CIC
The Convention Liaison Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. Now the Convention Industry Council, the organization has grown to include 34 member organizations. CIC’s members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC maintains several signature programs, including the CMP Designation, Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX ), and the CIC Hall of Leaders, the industry?s ultimate recognition program. Additional information on the Convention Industry Council can be found at www.conventionindustry.org

About PCMA
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at www.pcma.org.

Meet in Dubai

While the world passes through a period of economic readjustment, where even global hubs such as Dubai are witnessing a relative slowdown, it is reassuring to note that the world of association meetings and business tourism continues to survive, if not thrive.

Now, more than ever, people need to come together – to discuss strategies, to compare notes, to network, to seek new contacts and contracts, to gauge areas of potential development, and to look for new opportunities. And, given the long-term preparations underlying every successful meeting, we are all committed to staying the course and preparing Dubai for business.

Here, infrastructure developments continue on track with road, metro, ferry and airport networks being put in place, while more and more hotel rooms are opening up, both in the upscale and budget sectors to offer a full range of options for conference delegates.

There is more good news in the fact that our regional airlines are still expanding – with the low cost Fly Dubai set for launch in June ? and construction continues on new exhibition and congress centres. The software of the meetings industry is expanding too, as organisations such as IAPCO conduct training sessions for local industry representatives and our own bid committee takes shape. The message is, we?re open for business ? please get in touch.

Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren
Executive Director
Dubai Convention Bureau

Plan Meetings and Save at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino

Scottsdale, AZ – The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino introduces the Double Diamond meeting package, perfect for conferences, team building, and more. Located in the scenic Sonoran Desert, this Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center offers championship golf, a health club, casino gaming, and more. Personalize meetings at this Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center with a variety of package benefits.

Choose from four of the following options:

? Triple Goldpoints?
? One hour reception to include your choice of:
o Happy Hour Teambuilding
o Fireside Storytelling
o Golf Clinic
o Fry Bread Competition
? Complimentary executive suite with round trip airport transportation
? 10% discount on audio/visual needs
? 1 per 25 suite upgrades with complimentary welcome amenity

The Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center Double Diamond Package at Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino always includes:

? 5% credit to the master account on rooms and food at the conclusion of your event
? Complimentary meeting space with wireless internet
? Waived resort fee
? 25% attrition allowance

Personalize Meetings in the Expansive Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center

The Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center at Radisson Fort McDowell can accommodate up to 250 guests for theater settings, up to 160 for banquet settings and 150 for classroom seating in their conference wing.

Take advantage of the Double Diamond meeting package and receive up to a $500 signing bonus if a contract is signed within 45 days of the proposal date! Plan your next meeting at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino.

For more information about Radisson Fort McDowell Scottsdale Resort and Casino please visit: http://www.RadissonFortMcDowellResort.com.

Visit Fairfax?s George Washington ?Connect with America” in New York City and Philadelphia

On June 4th and 5th, Visit Fairfax hit the road with President George Washington, Fairfax County?s oldest and most respected resident to New York City and Philadelphia, to encourage visitors and locals alike to take a trip south this summer and experience beautiful Fairfax County, VA. George visited three different popular locations in each city including: Grand Central Station, Times Square, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The first three people at each location to tell George ?I want to visit Fairfax this summer!” won $100, and a Road Trip Connection Kit which included everything needed to plan a family road trip.

During this trip the team also took time to speak with industry and mainstream media. Visit Fairfax spoke with Amy Chen, the associate editor of Budget Travel magazine, about the little known treasures we have here in Fairfax County. Next, at The New York Times, George made quite a splash in the office when we met with Jennifer Lee, the City Room blogger. In Philadelphia, George and Visit Fairfax were featured on UwishUnU.com, a lifestyle website in Philadelphia that shares featured happenings around the city. Fairfax County has something to offer everyone: museums, historical sites, national parks, shopping, live entertainment, and dozens of other attractions.

While on the road the team also shot some video at the different locations during the two day tour.

Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism Welcomes Susan Drewery

Susan Drewery will act as the new sales manager for Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism

Chesapeake, Va., June, 24, 2009 ? Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism recently welcomed Susan Drewery as the newest member of their sales team. Drewery joined CCT as a sales manager to help bring group travel and tourism visitors into the Chesapeake area. At CCT, Drewery will help to promote Chesapeake as a go-to city for group travel tours and military, family and fraternal reunions.

Before transferring to CCT, Drewery acted as sales manager for the Chesapeake Conference Center. Prior to that, Drewery was employed with Nauticus, The National Maritime Center in Norfolk, Va., where she dedicated 14 years of work to promoting tourism within the Hampton Roads region.

While maintaining her job at Nauticus, Drewery graduated from Old Dominion University where she received her bachelor?s degree in psychology. Drewery worked at Nauticus after classes as a development associate, a special events coordinator and a membership coordinator. She also holds an associates degree in social sciences from Tidewater Community College.

?We are ecstatic to have Susan Drewery as a member of our team now,” said Kim Murden, director of CCT. ?She has lived and worked in the Chesapeake region for more than 15 years; she knows the area well and she?ll be able to give travelers expert advice.”

As the tourism industry continues to grow within Chesapeake and the Hampton Roads region, CCT needed to expand their sales department as well. Drewery?s sales efforts will be dedicated to reaching out to group planners and tour guides.

?Susan is a huge asset to our sales team,” said Murden. ?Her time will be committed to creating new and exciting itineraries and encouraging tour guides and tour planners to bring their groups into the region.”

In addition to working with groups interested in planning their own tours and reunions, Drewery will collaborate with tour operators to create customized trip itineraries that meet the unique tourism preferences of a variety of groups.

?I am thrilled to take on this new challenge as a sales manager with the Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism team,” said Drewery. ?Although I have played an active role in tourism attractions in the Hampton Roads region for years, I look forward to experiencing the full scope of the industry firsthand by working in the Conventions and Tourism department. Working for CCT will broaden by knowledge of the industry and I am confident that I will learn a lot.”

For more information about CCT?s offerings in Tourism & Group Travel, go to www.visitchesapeake.com/tourism. Learn more about CCT?s newest group itineraries at www.visitchesapeake.com/tourism/itineraries.

About Chesapeake, Va. Conventions & Tourism
Based in southeast Virginia, the city of Chesapeake boasts more than 4,000 available hotel rooms and some of the strongest attractions, accommodations and meeting spaces in the area. Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism (CCT) strives to promote, market and sell the city as a destination for meetings, conventions and individual travelers, fostering economic development and benefiting and supporting members and the overall business community.

Established in 2002, the office of the Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism oversees all leisure, group and meeting travel marketing for the city. In addition to managing the Chesapeake Visitor Center, the office also markets the Chesapeake Conference Center with more than 23,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. For more information on all Chesapeake has to offer, contact Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism at 757.502.4898 or go to www.visitchesapeake.com.

American Muscle is Back!

Tropicana Casino & Resort is giving away three American muscle cars, September 13

Diamond Club members can earn points now through September 12 to win a Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro & Ford Mustang.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 24, 2009) ? Tropicana is flexing their muscles this summer! Tropicana Casino & Resort announced their summer Diamond Club promotion, the American Muscle Car Giveaway featuring three cars: Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.

Diamond Club members can race into Tropicana now until September 12 to earn points to be entered into the drawing on Sunday, September 13. Three winners will be chosen to win a Dodge Challenger, 2010 Ford Mustang and the grand prize winner will win a 2010 Chevy Camaro. At 2 p.m. Tropicana will award the Ford Mustang, at 4 p.m. Tropicana will award the Dodge Challenger and at 6 p.m. the Chevy Camaro will be awarded. Winner must be present and activate their Diamond Club card to be eligible to win.

Diamond Club cards are free and can be obtained by visiting the Promotion Booth on the casino floor. New members can receive valuable offers from our Havana Passport to Savings including many of the Tropicana?s retailers and dining establishments, free parking and more. New members during the month of July can also receive a Trop Rocks T-shirt if they earn five points on the day they sign up.

For complete details on the promotions please visit the Promotions Booth. Certain restrictions apply. Must be 21 or older. Bet with your head, not over it. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.GAMBLER.

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 new 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 http://twitter.com/TropicanaAC.

?Meeting Place Berlin 2009″ more popular than ever

Participant numbers in the international workshop staged by the Berlin Convention Office (BCO) exceed all expectations

Record attendance for ?Meeting Place Berlin 2009?: 146 national and international
Hosted Buyers are expected to attend the workshop staged by the Berlin Convention
Office of Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH (BTM) in the German capital. From 2 to 6
July 2009, the organizers from associations, companies and agencies have an
opportunity to get to know Berlin as a professional and diverse convention destination. The importance of this event for Germany?s number one convention metropolis
continues to grow. The number of participants has risen by 52 percent (2007: 96
Hosted Buyers) compared with ?Meeting Place Berlin 2007″.

The venue for the multi-day ?Meeting Place Berlin 2009″ is the Technology
Museum. It offers the optimum conditions to equally delight both trade visitors and
providers. Around 47 representatives of the Berlin convention and event industry
will be on hand to inform the participants from 20 countries (including Italy, the USA
and Russia) about the meeting and convention offering as well as about the
excellent value for money offered by the German capital. Europe?s most modern
hotel landscape will present its services as will numerous cultural facilities and
event agencies.

Besides the expert workshop BCO has put together an attractive framework
programme in cooperation with BTM-Partnerhotels e.V. and BTM Partneragenturen
Berlin e.V. During numerous site visits the guests will be able to familiarise
themselves with the meeting and design hotels along with unusual locations in
Berlin. The highlight is an outing to the Classic Open Air Concert on
Gendarmenmarkt.

Further information is available on the website www.meeting-place-berlin.com.