Monthly Archives: August 2009

Anchorage Adds New Eateries to its Already Bountiful Inventory

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Aug. 26, 2009 ? Anchorage, Alaska, holds its own in its variety and number of quality eating establishments. Local chefs are respected ?fellows” in the American Academy of Chefs and the city has a chapter of the famed ?foodie” group, Chaine des Rotisseurs ? the international gastronomic association dedicated to bringing together both professional and non-professional members who appreciate and share a mutual interest in cuisine, wine and fine dining. Anchorage residents and visitors to Alaska enjoy a wide range of restaurants from urban funk to Asian inspired and fine dining with views to die for to neighborhood bistros and pubs. New on the Anchorage dining scene this year are the following:

Spenard Roadhouse

This lively, neighborhood eatery is known for its contemporary comfort food, house-made sauces and dressings, as well as its well-stocked bar featuring custom, house-infused vodkas and small-batch bourbons.

A joint venture between several long-time powerhouse Anchorage restaurant owners (Snow City Caf? and Sack?s Caf?), Spenard Roadhouse starts out with an already-proven management strategy, and an emphasis on creative, fresh food preparations. Menu items include grilled kalbi ribs with mint pesto and yellow curry, roasted veggie quesadillas with sweet potato gratin, and fresh halibut ensalada, with avocado puree and pico de gallo. This month?s appetizer is a bacon-wrapped apricot with a maple-bourbon dipping sauce.

The restaurant has a ?Live and Local” program featuring live, local acoustic music with no cover charge. Check the Web site for scheduled bands. Enjoy this month?s bourbon tasting class at just $25 per person: sample five bourbons, plus several palate cleansing appetizers and desserts. Classes offered monthly.

Located at 1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Spenard Roadhouse is open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week. The restaurant recently added a patio and new landscaping in addition to continuing to develop its lunch and dinner menus, bourbon club programs and live music. Reservations accepted for parties of eight or more at (907) 770-7623.

Contact: Joann Asher, manager, (907) 770-7623, joann@spenardroadhouse.com, www.spenardroadhouse.com

Muse

This hip new eatery is located inside the recently expanded Anchorage Museum, at 625 C St. in downtown Anchorage. Offering contemporary cuisine featuring Alaska seafood and local produce, lunch and dinner menu items are infused with an Asian or European flair. Muse has an elegant, modern feel, but maintains a casual atmosphere, welcoming walk-ins and the after-work crowd for martinis and appetizers. ?Amuse” menu items include ahi nachos, and tea-smoked duck spring rolls with plum sauce. Entrees include a broiled pork chop, and golden seared scallops. Lunch favorites are the smoked salmon BLT with fresh cut sweet potato fries, or a blackened salmon salad. Meals are served inside, or can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio with views of the museum?s new ?urban birch forest,” a two-acre created space, part of the museum?s continued expansion. Museum members benefit from a ten percent discount at the restaurant.

Operated by The Marx Bros, recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2008, Muse is open 11 a.m. ? 3 p.m. Sunday ? Tuesday, 11 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Wednesday ? Saturday, and 11 a.m. ? 9 p.m. Thursdays and First Fridays. To make reservations, call (907) 929-9211.
Contact: Jack Amon, Co-Owner, (907) 929-9213, catering@MarxCafe.com, http://www.anchoragemuseum.org

Dish Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
Dish Sushi Bar and Restaurant puts a contemporary spin on the classic sushi restaurant, combining sushi, sashimi and Asian cuisine, using hand-selected, fresh fish and fresh local produce, when available. Dish also serves cooked preparations including the classic steamed gyoza, and a variety of teriyaki, tempura and noodle dishes. The restaurant features a sushi bar, full Saki bar, a lounge area and access to private dining rooms. Located on 639 W. International Airport Road, about ten minutes from downtown Anchorage, Dish is open 11 a.m. ? 10 p.m. Monday ?Thursday, 11 a.m. ? 11 p.m. Friday, 4 ? 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 -10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations can be made by calling (907) 562-1275.

Contact: Julia Vea, advertising account executive, (907) 677-2950, jvea@wfadvertising.com, http://www.dishsushibar.com

Pi Kitchen + Bar
Located inside the new midtown Embassy Suites, Pi Kitchen + Bar features global fusion cuisine ranging from Asian and American dishes to South and Mediterranean inspired foods, along with an eclectic wine list, specialty cocktails and regionally brewed beers. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers a special brunch menu.

Lunch consists of soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a variety of pasta dishes. Featured on the dinner menu are the island tacos made with ahi tuna, Asian slaw and wasabi cream, Pi fish and chips made from fresh halibut chunks and served with sweet potato fries, or the crab macaroni and cheese, a delicious twist on a childhood classic. Pi Kitchen + Bar serves weekly specials, including thai coconut shrimp skewers and fresh, world-famous Copper River red salmon. The restaurant features fresh Alaska seafood throughout the summer season.? Embassy Suites is located at 600 E. Benson Blvd.. Call (907) 322-7000 to make reservations.

Contact: Leah Johnson, senior sales manager, Embassy Suites, (907) 332-7000, leah.johnson@hilton.com, www.pikitchenak.com

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau?s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB?s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality?s general fund, a contribution established in 1978, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

Consolidation of Market Representation

STATEMENT

10 August 2009

Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2009 ? The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has consolidated its international representation in key target markets and will maintain a strong focus on identifying Association Conference business from both Europe and the United Kingdom (UK).

Ms Anette Palm, Director of Worldwide Convention Specialists will now represent the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in both the European and UK market effective 1 August 2009.

Business partners and clients based in both Europe and the United Kingdom are most welcome to contact Ms Anette Palm as our appointed in-market representative to secure any information on the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Ms Palm can be contacted by calling +49 (0) 6307 401103 or by email at anette.palm@t-online.de

For further information, please contact:
Peter Brokenshire

General Manager

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Tel: +603 2333 2888

Fax: +603 2333 2882

Email: info@klccconventioncentre.com

About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.

A winner of numerous awards including the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2007 and 2008 and CEI Industry Award 2009 for best convention and exhibition centre in Asia, the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and OHSAS 18001 certifications and achieved Green Globe Benchmarked status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels.

The Centre, comprising of two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 9,710 sq metres of Exhibition Halls, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, providing 20,059 sq metres of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Mingle Contact Information Solution Hailed as ?Clean” and ?Green” at Jiffy-Lube International Franchisees Conference

Mingle360, a contact information management solution based in Fairfax, Va., debuted the MingleStation at Jiffy-Lube?s International Franchisees Conference to enthusiastic reviews this week. The MingleStation is the latest of several Mingle360 products designed to share contact information easily without requiring paper, scanners or business cards. Of 100 exhibiting companies promoting auto products, 70 chose MingleStations as their lead retrieval management system.
Dave Carr of Hercules said, “the Mingle360 system is clean, simple, and helps my sales people stay focused on the customer or prospect;” not worrying about laser scans of nametags and badges.
According to Petra Willing, who managed the show for Freeman & Co. expo management out of Houston, Texas, automotive industry sales executives “skew older” and she was “pleased to see them adopt,” adding, “there was virtually no training required at all to mingle at our Jiffy Lube show.”

Attendees wearing small MingleSticks shared their contact information and photo with other attendees, exhibitors, and speakers with the click of a button. Jim Burnham of Purolator said, “I just won’t do a scanner.” He finds them invasive and too expensive. For MingleStations, exhibitors paid $200 versus the higher cost of Galaxy and other scanner options at $400 minimum up to $700 for lead capture systems. Now, new MingleStations make it easy for exhibitors to gather contact information from attendees in one place, even if representatives are busy interacting with other attendees.

?It?s an excellent, green solution,” noted Petra Willig, Account Executive at Freeman & Co. ?There?s something cleaner ? less bulky ? about [the MingleStick and the MingleStation]. There are no large scanners and no paper. You don?t have to point a laser at anyone to get their contact information and you don?t have to lose paper on the way back to the office.”

The MingleStations were also used at the conference to count the number of attendees at different workshops ? the MingleStation was placed at the entrance to the workshop and attendees clicked their MingleSticks to show they were there. This data will be used to determine what were the most popular topics at the conference and what times were most convenient. Members of the Jiffy Lube franchising team were pleased to use the data on conference attendance to plan for next year’s meeting.

?We consider the debut of the MingleStation to be an absolute success,” noted Dan Coffing, CEO and founder of Mingle360. ?About 70% of exhibitors rented them ? much higher than most other lead retrieval systems. Exhibitors who had not pre-ordered MingleStations were actively seeking them out during the conference ? it?s clear that this is a great networking tool for attendees AND exhibitors.”

Contact: Ashley Houghton, Account Supervisor
Mike Smith Public Affairs
703-623-3834

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Nearing Completion Of A Multi-Million Dollar Remodeling Of All Guest Rooms & Suites

. . . The Southwest Florida Beachfront Resort Is Also Moving & Greatly Enhancing Its Pool Area

NAPLES, FL (August 2009) ? The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida is nearing completion of two large enhancement projects. The beachfront resort is nearing completion of a multi-million dollar remodeling of all 319 guest rooms and suites, and is moving and greatly enhancing its pool area. Both projects are slated for completion by November 2009, according to Jim Gunderson, general manager of the resort, which is Southwest Florida?s only beachfront resort with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center.

The resort has completed a dramatic remodeling and renovation of almost all of its guest rooms and suites, with the remaining slated for completion by November 2009. The first phase of this multi-million dollar guest room project, which was completed in January 2008, included new bedding and fabrics, flat-panel televisions, rich new furnishings, and accents in calming tropical shades. This second (and final) phase of this project includes totally-remodeled bathrooms in all guest rooms and suites, new carpet in all guest rooms and guest room corridors, and new sliding glass doors in the guest rooms and suites in the Watkins and Penthouse buildings.

The totally-remodeled bathrooms in the guest rooms and suites are larger, with a sizeable new walk-in glass-enclosed shower with striking sea-blue tile. The newly-remodeled bathrooms now feature new double sinks, spacious new vanities, beautiful new tile floors, new fixtures, and vanity mirrors. In addition, another vanity outside of the bathroom (complete with a sink, a large mirror, a vanity mirror, and towels) has been added so that another person can get ready while the bathroom is in use. This remodeling of the bathrooms kicked off in November 2008, and has been done in phases so as not to adversely affect guests or groups.

?Once the bathroom remodeling project is complete, the resort will have invested more than $15 million on our guest rooms and suites since 2007, and more than $55 million on enhancements to our resort since 2000,” said Gunderson. ?We are making these investments to ensure we?re providing a wonderful and memorable experience to all of our groups and guests. With all of these impressive enhancements, it really is like a new resort.”

In addition, the resort is nearing completion of its significantly-improved new pool area. The new, much larger, beachfront pool area will be just north of the existing pool area, and will feature two pools (a free-form pool for families, and a quiet oval-shaped pool for adults), whereas the existing area features just one pool. The area also will feature two new whirlpools, with one located by the family pool, and the other by the adult pool. There also will be eight new cabanas with chic canvas awnings that may be reserved, which will provide views of both the pool and the Gulf. The pool project also includes new restrooms, new locker facilities, and a new pool shop. Picturesque tall palms will encircle this new large pool area, and there will be easy access for guests to walk right onto the beach.

That pool project began in July 2009, and is also slated for completion by November 2009. The existing beachfront pool and pool area will remain open while the new pool area is being constructed.

?Groups, meeting planners, and guests will truly love this new pool area,” said Gunderson. ?Not only will it be much larger, with the option of two different pools, and two whirlpools, but it also will provide a much better view of the beach than the existing pool area provides.”

A consistent recipient of many of the meetings industry?s highest honors, the resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting space, and many scenic outdoor venues for meetings and receptions. The 22,000 square feet of meeting space in The Clubhouse provides an impressive view overlooking the resort?s championship golf course. Meeting rooms include the 6,283-square-foot River of Grass Ballroom, which can accommodate 676 for receptions, and the 2,457-square-foot Mangrove Ballroom.

Standard offerings in rooms and suites include a private balcony or patio, with a view of the Gulf, lush grounds, or picturesque golf course. Standard amenities include in-room refrigerator, two telephones with voicemail, modem access, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, in-room safe, in-room coffee, climate control, and security keycards. High-speed wireless Internet access is also available.

Owned and operated by the Watkins family for more than 60 years, the resort features an enviable beachfront location in the heart of scenic Olde Naples. Recreational offerings at the 125-acre resort include: 1,000 feet of pristine white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico; an on-site par 72 championship golf course; a world-class Spa; complete Fitness Center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Klub 4 Kids, a recreational program for children ages five to 12; and an Orchid House, home to over 3,000 tropical plants.

In addition, guests can take advantage of four great restaurants, including the beachfront HB?s on the Gulf, and the Seminole Store that serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a caf? atmosphere. The resort also features three bars, including the popular Sunset Beach Bar, consistently named ?Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset” and named ?Naples? Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel.

The resort is just blocks from Naples? renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South. Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City are minutes away.

Groups can experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Caribbean Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. In addition, boat and fishing trips can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples? wonderful museums, theatres, and art galleries.

?Combine these new offerings at the resort with the fact that The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has everything on-site ? the beach, golf, tennis, our world-class spa, great meeting space, and beautiful outdoor Gulf-front venues ? and it is an ideal site for groups,” added Gunderson.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North. For information, call the resort?s Group Sales department at (800) 866-1946 or (239) 261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com .

P.R. Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 207, or klamonica@chisano.com

Sponsorship Spending On Causes To Total $1.55 Billion In 2009

Corporate interest in cause-related marketing programs remains high despite tighter marketing budgets

Chicago, Ill. ?North American companies are expected to spend a total of $1.55 billion on cause partnerships in ?09, a 2.2 percent increase from the $1.52 billion invested in those programs in ?08, according to IEG, LLC, the world?s leading authority on sponsorship.
While the increase is down significantly from previous years, cause related programs still remain popular among corporate marketers due to their ability to support worthwhile organizations while also driving sales.

In fact, some nonprofits that deal with poverty, hunger and other issues directly impacted by the economy have found increased corporate interest.

?Recent research has shown that consumers expect corporations to increase their support of causes in this economy,” said Dan Kowitz, vice president of IEG Sponsorship Consulting.
For example, anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength has posted a roughly 15 percent increase in revenue from cause marketing programs over the past year, signing new deals with AT&T, Inc.; Hickory Farms, Inc. and others.

Among other recent deals, juice and apple sauce marketer Mott?s LLP this year partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Feeding America to launch national cause marketing programs.
The company is leveraging the Komen partnership with the Pink to the Core campaign, which features limited edition packaging, and Feeding America with the Wake Up with Mott?s and Marcia Cross program, around which consumers can make a donation by sending a pre-recorded telephone message about the need to fight hunger from the actress to family and friends.

For each call, Mott?s donates $1 to the nonprofit, with a cap of $134,000?the cost of feeding one million people.
Companies also are increasingly leveraging sports and other types of sponsorships to promote their nonprofit partners. For example, Farmers Group, Inc. is using its new tie to the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks to promote its longstanding partnership with March of Dimes. The insurer is activating the tie with the We Assist You Assist promotion that asks consumers to pledge a donation tied to the number of assists the team makes throughout the season. Farmers will match the total raised from fans.

Further demonstrating the popularity of cause sponsorship, causes trail only sports properties and entertainment tours and attractions when it comes to spending by property type.

About IEG, LLC
IEG is the world?s leading provider of independent research, consulting, training and analysis on sponsorship. Founded in 1981, IEG provides corporations and properties with the strategies and tools to harness the sales and marketing power of sports, arts, entertainment and cause marketing.
IEG offers services that include sponsorship consulting, competitive intelligence and valuation. IEG also publishes IEG Sponsorship Report, the international biweekly newsletter on sponsorship; the IEG Sponsorship Sourcebook, the definitive guide to sponsors, properties and agencies; and other industry publications and sources.
IEG also is the leader in sponsorship training. Its internationally renowned Sponsorship Conference, now in its 26th year, attracts a capacity crowd of delegates each year. Through its conferences, seminars and webinars, IEG has trained more than 45,000 sponsorship executives worldwide.
For more information about IEG and the sponsorship industry, please visit www.sponsorship.com or call 800/834-4850 (outside the U.S. and Canada, 312/944-1727).

APEX/ASTM Green Meetings and Events Standards Final Draft Ready for Comment

City Discussion Groups Scheduled and Blog Available to Collect Industry Feedback

Alexandria, VA (August 2009) ? The Convention Industry Council (CIC)?s Accepted
Practices Exchange (APEX) Panel on Green Meeting and Event Practices today released the final
draft standards for green meetings and events for review and comment by the meetings industry
and to the ASTM International for review. The process of developing green standards has been a
partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Green Meeting
Industry Council (GMIC) and APEX to answer the need in the meeting and event industry for a
uniform measurement of environmental performance. By submitting the standards to the ASTM
for approval, the standards developed will be accredited standards.

The APEX panel and hundreds of volunteers from the meetings industry, government,
international organizations and NGOs have devoted countless hours of discussion and refinement
over the past two years to draft what will be a very well planned first step in solidifying green
meeting practices.

?These standards are an attempt to create a level playing field of what constitutes “green” for the
industry. While the standards are voluntary, demand and use by planners and competition will
drive adoption,” states Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, COO of the Convention Industry Council.
?It is exciting to see these standards coming to life and the hard work of so many, nearing
completion. Like all APEX standards, they will not remain static but will incorporate revisions as
necessary to maintain relevancy. However, this has been the first and most difficult part of the
journey. The panel and all the volunteers should be commended.”

Nine individual topic areas comprise the entire standard and nine separate committees were
charged with developing the standards. Those topic areas include Accommodations, Audio
Visual, Communication, Exhibits, Food and Beverage, On-site Office, Destinations, Meeting
Venue and Transportation. The draft standards will now go out to the industry for review and
comment through APEX City Discussion Groups and a blog as well as to the ASTM International
for its review process.

City Discussion Groups, events akin to town hall meetings, will be held over the course of the
next few weeks in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Ft Meyer,
Winnipeg, San Antonio, Denver and San Francisco. Those interested in participating in a
discussion group may register through the APEX website at www.apexsolution.org. For those not
in proximity to a discussion group, the APEX virtual blog site provides for greater access and
participation. The draft standards may be accessed and feedback given at
http://wp.apexsolution.org
.

As the Green Meeting and Event standard goes through ASTM?s committees and the APEX
processes, suggested changes and feedback will be reviewed by the committees and incorporated
if appropriate and then submitted in final to ASTM. All comments, whether by City Discussion
Group or by blog, are due September 11th in order to be considered before the standards are
submitted to ASTM in final format. It is anticipated that the final standards approved by both
ASTM and the APEX Commission will be complete by year-end.

While there are other green standards out there, the APEX/ASTM standards will be specific,
measurable, performance-based criteria and are intended to be adopted internationally. ?Many
people have asked how these standards will differ from or duplicate the British Standard 8901
Sustainable Events Standard,” says Amy Spatrisano, principal of MeetGreen, and Chair of the
APEX Green Meetings and Events Practices Panel, who has been leading the effort. ?It is
important to note that the two standards are different in their approach to defining a sustainable
event standard. The BS 8901 standard is a management system written to inform the process of
organizing an event, while the APEX standard provides definitions of specific operational actions
with key performance measures. The standards will work well independently or in collaboration
as frameworks for sustainable events.”

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 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.

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.

Convention Industry Council
700 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.conventionindustry.org

Three Major U.S. Hotel Companies Green Their Headquarters

MCLEAN, Va., PARSIPPANY, NJ, and BETHESDA, Md. — Three of the largest U.S.-based hotel companies — Hilton Hotels Corp., Wyndham Worldwide and Marriott International — are now walking their green talk at their headquarters by making their home offices more eco-friendly.

Hilton just relocated its headquarters from Beverly Hills, Calif., to a LEED-Gold certified building in the Tysons Corner area of McLean, Va. Wyndham, which opened its headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., earlier this year, is pursuing LEED certification for Commercial Interiors for the new structure. Marriott International is seeking a LEED rating for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance for its home offices in Bethesda, Md.

?The opening of our new global headquarters marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our company?s rich history,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Hotels Corp., in a release about his company’s move.

Hilton?s headquarters building is owned by the B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust. The building received its LEED-Gold designation just two months ago, according a representative for the company.

What makes Hilton?s building LEED-worthy? It includes a reflective roof, low-flow plumbing fixtures that allow it to use 40 percent less water than a comparable non-LEED building, a 10,000-gallon cistern to capture rainwater and air conditioner condensate, sustainable wood in doors and lobby millwork, highly energy efficient windows, special parking for low-emitting vehicles, and showers for those who wish to bicycle to work. During construction of the 11-story, 323,000-square-foot building, 97 percent of waste from the project was diverted from the landfill.

Wyndham?s Headquarters Complex

Wyndham Worldwide?s headquarters also includes a reflective roof, and during its construction, about 80 percent of the waste was diverted from the local landfill.

Numerous elements contribute to the efficiency of the building. Heating and cooling systems are zoned, energy efficient lighting and motion sensor systems are complemented by large windows that maximize natural light, low-flow toilets and faucets help curb water consumption down, well water is used for irrigation, low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, carpeting and furniture is used throughout, and cubicle walls consist of recycled steel and aluminum and 100 percent recycled particleboard.

To encourage employees to drive less, the site includes a gym, green dry cleaner (Green Apple Organic Dry Cleaning), credit union, caf? and cafeteria, and a gift shop that stocks necessities such as milk and eggs. Bike racks and convenient access to public mass transit encourage alternate transportation.

According to Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability and innovation for Wyndham Worldwide, such amenities and the excitement of working in a new, healthy building, have greatly boosted employee morale.

Wyndham is seeing a 10- to 30 percent improvement in efficiency at its headquarters. It was recently recognized as a ?Green Pioneer” by ConEdison Solutions for its commitment to environmental preservation and for purchasing renewable energy. Wyndham?s headquarters is 100 percent powered by wind through ConEdison. (Hilton?s headquarters is 70 percent powered by green power.) Wyndham expects to earn a LEED-Silver rating for its headquarters building by early 2010.

Marriott Aims to Reduce Waste

As part of its efforts to green its headquarters, Marriott International is diverting 64 percent of its total waste from the landfill through recycling. The total waste stream has been reduced by 203 tons since 2006. Marriott headquarters is poised to save $65,000 over the next three years with the elimination of all disposables from the cafeteria. Marriott is shifting to biodegradable disposable containers in its cafeteria, and then ultimately migrating to all permanent-ware. Automatic, low-flow faucets and toilets have reduced Marriott?s total water consumption by 17 percent.

Energy efficient lighting has yielded $155,000 in electricity savings. Sustainable products, including paper and cleaning products, have eliminated in excess of 20 tons of waste annually. A building-wide program sends waste from perishables and other appropriate matter to a compost farm rather than a landfill. Through a partnership with Hertz Green Collection, Marriott has three hybrid cars parked in its lots for employees to use for meetings and appointments. Last year, Marriott announced its environmental strategy to address climate change, which it calls its ?Spirit To Preserve.” Part of that plan calls for greening its $10 billion supply chain. Marriott expects to earn LEED certification for its headquarters by the end of this year. The company’s growing portfolio of sustainable buildings includes some 30 that are under construction, being developed or being designed.

Glenn Hasek is the publisher and editor Green Lodging News, where this post originally appeared. Glenn can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com

Berlin Heads the Field of International Convention Destinations

German capital comes first in the world in terms of participant numbers

Association Meetings in Berlin attract the most participants in the world. This is
confirmed by the latest statistics of the International Congress & Convention
Association, ICCA. According to them, more than 100,000 participants came to the
German capital last year. This means that the convention metropolis Berlin is well
ahead of other cosmopolitan cities like Barcelona (81,933), Paris (73,872) and
Bangkok (58,007).

Between 1999 and 2008 517,943 visitors in total travelled to Berlin to attend events.
The German capital now ranks amongst the most important international convention
destinations alongside Vienna (636,800), Barcelona (623,313) and Paris (573,564) in
the last ten years. Furthermore, a clear upward trend can be observed for visitor
numbers. In 1999 there were 30,850 guests in Berlin but by 2008 this number had
increased three-fold to 106,171.

Heike Mahmoud, Director Convention of the Berlin Convention Office (BCO)
comments, ?Over the last decade Berlin has developed into a convention metropolis
that is in demand the world over. The city offers organisers excellent conditions: the
most up-to-date hotel landscape in Europe, excellent value for money, renowned
convention centres like the ICC Berlin and unusual locations. The latest visitor figures
in the ICCA statistics confirm the highly positive response to this diversity ? a
resounding success for the German capital and the Berlin Convention Office.”

Further information on the convention destination, Berlin, can be accessed on the
website www.berlin-convention-office.com.

Starwood Preferred Guest to Award Members Unlimited Opportunity to Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Starpoints per Stay

To Earn Bonus Starpoints, SPG Members must Book Stays between Aug 6 and Nov 30, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY ? Paradise is within reach, thanks to an exciting new promotion announced by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest? program.

SPG is awarding its members unlimited opportunity to earn up to 1,000 Starpoints per stay for travel from August 6 through November 30 at more than 500 participating Starwood properties across North America and Latin America. Beginning September 1, members will have even more opportunities to earn when the promotion is expanded to include nearly 250 additional hotels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Starwood?s hotels and resorts in some of the world?s most popular business and leisure destinations are taking part in the promotion. And with Free Night Awards beginning at just 2,000 points, members are only two stays away from earning a Free Weekend Night.

SPG members can register online at www.spg.com/starpointsbonus to earn either 500 or 1,000 Starpoints per stay, depending on the property. In addition to Free Night Awards, Starpoints can also be redeemed for airline tickets through SPG Flights and VIP access to some of the season?s hottest concerts and once-in-a-lifetime experiences through the SPG Moments online auction.

A complete list of properties participating in the promotion and full terms and conditions are also available online at www.spg.com/starpointsbonus.

About Starwood Preferred Guest
The SPG program?s breakthrough policy of No Blackout Dates at the world?s most sought after collection of hotels, reinvented the hospitality loyalty program when it launched in 1999. By creating a program centered on its members, SPG has developed the most passionate and knowledgeable membership base in the hotel loyalty space. Through its use of new technologies and innovative channels such as SPG.com, SPG.com/flights, thelobby.com, @spginsider, and others, SPG continues to innovate and lead the industry. By offering No Blackouts on standard rooms at 890 properties, No Blackouts on hundreds of airlines, and once in a lifetime experiences available through SPG Moments, the program has proven to be a big draw for the world?s most frequent travelers, and a significant competitive advantage for Starwood. For more information about Starwood Preferred Guest please visit SPG.com or call (877) ? STARWOOD.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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.