Monthly Archives: September 2009

Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association Wins National Destiny Award

The Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association (LCVA) announced that they are the recipient of the National Council of Destination Organizations Destiny Award for a single, targeted promotion. The award was given in recognition of the ?Loudoun, Virginia: DC?s Wine Country? Washington Redskins Promotion.” The LCVA received their award September 1st during the closing ceremony at the U.S. Travel Association?s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The Destiny Awards, created in 1983, are designed to recognize members for excellence in destination marketing and promotion at both the local and regional levels. It also fosters the development of imaginative and innovative destination marketing promotion programs. The judges reviewed the program objectives, targeted audience, program cost, implementation strategy, evaluation methodology, and impact/results.

?We are thrilled to receive this award in recognition for our promotion with the Washington Redskins last October,” stated Cheryl Kilday, LCVA president and CEO. ?It is rewarding to be honored for a program that was reviewed by travel professionals throughout the country,” said Kilday.

The LCVA was the ?Game Day Presenting Sponsor” for the Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns NFL game on October 19, 2008. The purpose of the sponsorship was to position Loudoun County as ?DC?s Wine Country?”. The campaign included radio, television, email, internet, print, and in-stadium promotions leading up to and during the NFL game, as well as wine tasting and hospitality opportunities on game day.

?The Redskins provided us with an opportunity to gain exposure through a variety of media outlets that the LCVA could not have purchased separately on our own,” stated Jeremy Harvey, LCVA marketing director. ?The combined impressions and results from this promotion were significant with more than 52 million impressions for combined email, internet, enewsletter, and banner advertising on the Redskins website during the period of October 2008 through January 2009. The game day exposure to a sell-out crowd and wine tasting for 1,200 individuals was a great way to advance the concept of Loudoun?s destination brand,” explained Harvey.

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (LCVA) is the destination management organization for Loudoun County and its jurisdictions. The LCVA is a not-for-profit organization that works with the tourism industry, towns, and county to help define programs that respond to industry, local needs and trends, as well as increase visitation and visitor spending.

Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove Celebrates $18 Million Renovation

Transformation of 255- ALL-SUITE Room Hotel Part of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

$6 Billion Global Revitalization Plan

Seeing is Believing ? For two days SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE will open their doors to introduce meeting planners, corporate travel buyers and social planners to the new Sheraton

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE) ? September 24, 2009 ? SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE announced today the culmination of a $18 million renovation that will greatly enhance the guest experience, with newly designed guest rooms, lobby, restaurant, function space, lounge, health club and signature Sheraton brand offerings. The transformation of the SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE is part of a larger, $6 billion worldwide effort to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand. This initiative includes an investment of over $2 billion in new hotels internationally and, in North America, an investment of $4 billion in new hotels, renovations and signature brand initiatives.

To showcase the recently renovated property, the SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE will participate in a two-day brand-wide Sheraton Open House event for hundreds of meeting planners, corporate travel buyers and social planners, September 30-October 1. The event will spotlight a selection of Sheraton?s new and newly renovated hotels, including the SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE and several sister properties across North America that are part of the multi-billion revitalization effort including the Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Sheraton Boston, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Sheraton Denver Hotel, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

The newly renovated SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE will feature signature amenities and services of Sheraton?s revitalization program, including a re-designed lobby that features Sheraton?s ?Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft?.” This unique amenity offers a lobby lounge that enables today?s travelers to stay connected with instant access to information and technology for work, leisure and social networking. Designed as a social environment, The Link invites guests to interact with each other while they check their email, research local attractions and even print boarding passes using free Wi-Fi and Internet-enabled computer stations.

?We are proud to unveil the newly renovated SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE, part of an historic global effort to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand,” said Hoyt Harper, Senior Vice President for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. ?The investments Sheraton and our owners have made to upgrade our hotels in the last few years are coming to fruition today, and our guests are taking note.”

?We are thrilled to debut SHERATON SUITES CHICAGO ELK GROVE, which will bring Sheraton?s signature experience to our city?s visitors,” said Mirza Baig, General Manager.

Additional elements of Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove?s multi-million dollar renovation include:

? New Sweet Sleeper all-white 300 thread count bedding in each of the properties 255 ALL-SUITE non-smoking guestrooms;
? Junipers? Restaurant and Lounge
? Health Club, Fitness Center, Indoor and Outdoor Pools
? 5500 square feet of professional meeting space

For more information and to make reservations, please call (847-290-7074) or visit www.sheraton.com/suiteselkgrove.com

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Helping guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in 75 countries around the world, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., 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.

Terrorist Interest in Public Targets Include Hotels

Federal law enforcement officials released Sept. 21 a security bulletin to police urging them to be vigilant about possible terrorist interest in attacking stadiums, entertainment complexes, and hotels. This warning comes from investigations into possible bomb plots in Denver and New York.

While there are no specific targets mentioned, hotel security managers should remain alert and review their security procedures. AH&LA encourages its members to be informed of the appropriate actions that can be taken to safeguard your properties.

What is going on?
The FBI and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security are investigating two groups in New York and Denver who may have been plotting attacks on mass transit systems and other unspecified targets.

Arrests have been made of some suspects, but law enforcement is unsure of the size of the groups. Law enforcement officials still have a “deep concern” the government may have only partially disrupted a terror plot, according to news reports.

A half-dozen alerts have been issued to police nationwide about these arrests, the possible plots, and warnings to remain vigilant. While law enforcement issues these kinds of alerts monthly, the recent investigations in New York and Denver are uncovering more information every day.

No specific hotel targets have been named. However, in light of past terrorist attacks in this country and overseas, law enforcement has been taking precautions, including increased security patrols on New York City subway systems.

News about this alert and activity:
Stadiums, hotels warned to watch for terrorists; Washington Post/Associated Press (Sept. 22)

Terror Alerts Issued for Stadiums, Hotels; CBS News (Sept. 22)

Authorities Eye Stadiums, Hotels in Colorado Terror Plot Probe, but Police Downplay Threat; Fox News (Sept. 22)

What you can do?
? Take inventory of what you’re already doing for your hotel’s security:
? Review your current security and crises management programs
? Work with local law enforcement agencies to ensure your programs are in line with the community’s plan to address possible terrorist activities
? Incorporate relevant aspects of the community’s plans into your own
? Make sure local law enforcement agencies have current blueprints of your property.

AH&LA’s Emergency Preparedness online resources, designed to assist in developing prevention and recovery strategies, crisis communication planning, and employee training, can help you develop and update your emergency plans.

Consult the many resources of the Educational Institute, a subsidiary of AH&LA, offering training programs/resources for hoteliers, including the Spotlight on Security video.

Travel Drives Company Revenue and Profit Growth

After months of comprehensive study, Oxford Economics, a world leader in research and analysis, has completed a groundbreaking econometric study which for the first time clearly links travel and corporate profitability. This analysis of travel’s relationship to various components of a company’s operations provides eye-opening information gleaned from 13 years of data to provide an estimated 12.5-to-1 return on investment for revenues at companies who invest in travel, and $3.80 in new profits for every dollar spent on business travel.

Significantly, at this time when so many companies are being discouraged from traveling, the study shows the average U.S. business would forfeit 17 percent of its profits in the first year of eliminating business travel. It would take more than three years for profits to recover.

Among the other key findings:
? Executives cited customer meetings as having the greatest returns, in the range of $15-$19.99 per dollar invested.

? Executives identified the average return on conference and trade show participation to be in the range of $4-$5.99 per dollar invested.

? Companies would need to increase an employee’s total base compensation by 8.5 percent in order to achieve the same effect of incentive travel, according to executives.

While many communities across the country continue to suffer because of the fear companies have of being perceived as irresponsible if they hold meetings or engage in other forms of business travel, these results should make it clear that companies are being irresponsible to shareholders if they don’t.

PCMA Announces High Profile Annual Meeting Speaker Lineup

Malcolm Gladwell, Author, Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point

Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Hear from the CEOs of
American and Southwest Airlines, Fairmont, FedEx, Loews, Starwood and More

Chicago, IL, September 16, 2009 ? The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the PCMA Annual Meeting keynote, general session and plenary speakers today. PCMA is excited to be presenting a stellar line up of engaging, timely speakers extremely well suited to keeping meetings industry leaders on top of their game, ahead of trends and in a position to shape a successful 2010. The meetings industry?s must-attend PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? will take place January 10-13, 2010 in Dallas, TX.

Malcolm Gladwell
Named as one of Time Magazine?s 100 Most Influential People, Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and applicable to business. Author of New York Times #1 bestsellers The Tipping Point and Blink, in his new bestselling book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a person successful. His warm, humorous and entertaining style will help attendees discover an entirely new model for nurturing success and leave with practical strategies to achieve goals; make smart business decisions; and offer the best opportunities to succeed. Gladwell is a perfect fit with Convening Leaders.

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

Barak Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year to Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the world?s leading breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Nancy Brinker is a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and one of the nation?s foremost ?social entrepreneurs.” She is a global activist who has inspired millions around the world, empowering them to face adversity and thrive. Brinker encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to embrace ?The Power of One” ? the ability of every individual to make a difference in their communities, companies, countries and the world. Drawing on her remarkable life experience as a breast cancer survivor, catalyst of an international health movement and U.S. Ambassador, Nancy Brinker shares how her unique lessons for personal and professional fulfillment can help every individual lead a life of success and significance.

Kjell Nordstrom
Dr. Kjell Nordstrom is a world-renowned researcher and consultant in corporate strategy, innovation, leadership and globalization. He is ranked as number nine among management thinkers of the world and number one in Europe. Along with his co-author, Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale, Dr. Nordstrom has penned the international bestsellers Funky Business – Talent Makes Capital Dance and Karaoke Capitalism: Management for Mankind. At PCMA?s Annual Meeting Dr. Nordstrom will address attendees about the future of global capitalism. Nordstrom is known for his thought provoking, insightful and entertaining presentation style. He will provide valuable insights into global trends and their impact on our industry and offer a fresh, modern take on how to be successful in the world today.

State of Meetings and Travel
Moderated by travel research expert Peter Yesawich who is joined by the CEOs of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Fritz van Paasschen, Federal Express? Fred Smith, Host Hotels & Resorts? Minaz Abji, and Tom Dolan of the American College of Healthcare Executives, this always popular session features leader insights into the latest macro trends affecting meetings and travel. Listen in on a lively discussion with this distinguished group of panelists who will share perspectives on the current and future state of our industry. Learn how the challenges of today are redefining the business landscape of tomorrow.

State of the Airline Business

Moderated by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and featuring the CEO of one of the world?s largest airlines, American Airlines? Gerard Arpey, and top value carrier Southwest Airlines? CEO Gary Kelly, this session will offer a pulse and trend watch on one of the most important sectors of the meetings travel business. Hear what these leading airline CEOs foresee related to air travel.

?This year we?re making the Annual Meeting all about ?need to know? and not ?nice to know? information…solid programming that will help our members and industry achieve success in a difficult environment,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. ?I?m thrilled with the speaker line up this year. It?s just another example of how we?re working to make the PCMA Annual Meeting the must-attend meetings industry event of the year,” added Sexton. ?And I can share with you, I think it?s working. The Dallas meeting is pacing on par with PCMA?s record attendance year, so we?re very positive about the 2010 Annual Meeting.”

Education session topics for 2010 include

Effective decision making, legal issues, attendance building, revenue streams, positioning for recovery, global marketplace, meeting experience, event management, tradeshows and exhibitions, and many more.

For complete program details on the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting including scores of additional sessions visit www.pcma2010.org For more information contact PCMA at 877.827.7262 (toll free) or 312.423.7262.

More than 3000 meeting professionals attend the PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? each year. The PCMA Annual Meeting is considered the must attend event for the meetings industry.

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.

Prince William-Alexander to Open Rai Elicium on September 29 in Amsterdam

On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, will officially open RAI Elicium, Amsterdam RAI?s pioneering new sustainable building.

The Netherlands – RAI Elicium is the new contemporary face of Amsterdam RAI. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the building is a genuine architectural highlight for the RAI and an impressive new addition to the Amsterdam skyline. The Elicium connects the various separate parts of the RAI in a unique way and was constructed using the very latest eco-friendly techniques.

As the Elicium combines exhibition, convention and meeting facilities in one building, Amsterdam RAI can make an even greater contribution to the city?s desire to attract major international multiday events. At the same time the multifunctional nature of the building ensures that the Dutch home market has access to party and meeting accommodation of the highest quality. The central area of the Elicium is now Holland?s largest ballroom.

Opening
The fact that His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander will open the Elicium on September 29 continues a special tradition at the RAI. Various members of the Dutch royal family have been present for the official opening ceremonies of other parts of the complex. HRH Prince Bernard opened the Europa Complex in 1961, HRH Princess Margriet opened the RAI Congress Centre three years later and the Holland Complex was opened by HRH Prince Claus in 1982.

Official opening ceremony
Prior to the symbolic opening ceremony by the Prince, Amsterdam RAI Chairman of the Board Hans Bakker will give a presentation speech. Architect (and former Chief Government Architect) Mels Crouwel from Benthem Crouwel Architects will give a short explanation about his design. His Royal Highness will then stay for a multimedia opening show followed by a tour of the new building.

Amsterdam RAI
Amsterdam RAI has played a key role as an inspiration platform for many people and market sectors since it opened in 1893. Each year the RAI hosts over 50 international conventions, 70 (trade) exhibitions, 500 events and more than a thousand smaller conventions, meetings, presentations and other gatherings.

For more information on RAI Elicium, please visit: www.rai-elicium.nl

Berlin: Convention Destination with New Visitor Record

More than 50,000 events with four million participants in the first half of 2009

The German capital continues its successful run in the convention industry: 3.97
million professional visitors came to Berlin between January and June 2009. They
attended 50,850 events. This corresponds to a 3 percent increase in visitors and a 0.3
percent rise in events compared with the same period last year. These are the results
of the latest convention statistics published by the Berlin Convention Office (BCO) of
Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH.

According to these statistics the proportion of national meetings and conventions rose
by 2 percent to 81 percent. The number of German participants also increased by 2
percent (82 percent). There was just a slight drop in international events and visitors
(-2 percent for each).

Convention guests spend more time in Berlin
There was a clear increase in the number of room nights. In the first half of 2009 this
figure climbed to 2.2 million for the first six months ? a plus of 4.8 percent. The
average length of stay also rose from 1.6 to 1.7 days.

Heike Mahmoud, Director Conventions of BCO comments, ?Association congresses in
Berlin attracted the most participants from around the globe in 2008. The latest ICCA
statistics have now been confirmed by the most recent convention statistics on the
national level. Not only are more professional visitors coming to Berlin, they are also
staying longer. This can be attributed more particularly to the excellent offerings of the
German capital as a convention destination: six convention centres and halls, the
most up-to-date hotel landscape in Europe, 1,500 cultural events every day and
excellent value for money ? this combination has proved to be extremely popular with
both event organisers and participants.”

Further information on the Berlin convention and meeting market is available on the
website www.berlin-convention-office.de.

PCMA Announces Creative Saving Options For January 2010 Annual Meeting

Lower Registration Fees in 2010 than 2009

Payment Plan Option ? Split Payments between 2009 and 2010

Registration Opened to Members on Aug. 31, Non-Members May Register Sept. 9


Chicago, IL, September 2009 ? In light of the state of economy, and its very real affect on the meetings industry, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today that an abundance of new, creative savings options will be featured for this year?s Annual Meeting registration. The meetings industry?s must-attend PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? will take place January 10-13, 2010 in Dallas, TX.

New savings options featured for 2010 include:

  • Lower registration fees in 2010 than 2009
  • Payment Plan ? split payments between 2009 and 2010
  • Starwood Award Points ?Starpoints” can be used instead of cash
  • Planner scholarships available for those with budget cuts
  • Discounts available for multiple registrations from same organization
  • Suppliers can purchase gift certificates to host a planner?s registration
  • Discounts available for new members from Dallas region
  • Hotel discounts for planners registering by Nov. 2
  • Same registration fees as 2009 after cut-off date

?PCMA has been very fortunate this year to have generated record attendance for our Leadership Conference in Austin and this summer we sold out our Masters Series program in Washington, DC,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. ?But we know the hard times many of our members are having, so we wanted to develop a favorable pricing structure and flexible pricing options for our members and industry. I?m very proud to be able to help everyone who wants to be with us in Dallas to participate.” Sexton added, ?2010 is a very important year for our industry. It is crucial we come together to stay on top of trends, connect as an industry and kick off 2010 with a plan for success. In the coming weeks, we?ll be announcing an incredible program ? one of PCMA?s best ever. PCMA 2010 will undoubtedly be one of our best Annual Meetings.”

There are even more ways to save. Interested parties following PCMA on twitter.com/pcmahq could win free registration, housing and add-on programs. Special promotions will run every two weeks.

For complete details and restrictions, visit http://www.pcma2010.org/registration-savings-options

More than 3000 meeting professionals attend the PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? each year. The PCMA Annual Meeting is considered the must attend event for the meetings industry. Each year the PCMA Annual Meeting kicks the year off right and allows industry leaders to:

  • Find out what the best minds in the industry are doing to meet today’s challenges
  • Identify the latest trends, technology, and ideas to conduct their jobs more effectively
  • Leave with ideas to drive revenue
  • Discover solutions that make attendees invaluable to their organizations and customers
  • Build/retain relationships and generate new leads

PCMA is known for delivering the best in the industry:

  • 99% of attendees would recommend future PCMA Annual Meetings to their peers
  • 97% were satisfied with the value provided and expressed overall satisfaction
  • 96% said the PCMA Annual Meeting is a major source for their continuing education

For more information contact PCMA at 877.827.7262 (toll free) or 312.423.7262.

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.

STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE SPA EXPANSION

Award-Winning Spa Receives Complete Luxurious Makeover

PARK CITY, UT ? Stein Eriksen Lodge is pleased to announce a significant expansion to The Spa?its Mobil Four-Star
rated spa sanctuary. The impressive remodel, slated for completion in December 2009, will take the award-winning facility from
4,300 square-feet to approximately 20,000 square-feet of lavish pampering, more than doubling the number of individual treatment
rooms, increasing the size of the women?s and men?s locker rooms as well as adding separate relaxation rooms, expanding the fitness
center with separate locker rooms, and building out the pool deck by approximately 2,000 square feet.

?Throughout our 26 years, the Lodge has consistently raised the bar when it comes to alpine hospitality, and expanding The Spa by
such a large measure further demonstrates our continued commitment to providing guests with the utmost level of service and pampering,”
said Russ Olsen, CEO of Stein Eriksen Lodge.

The intimate Norwegian spa will boast 16 treatment rooms in the upper level, which include two couple treatment rooms with a
shared relaxation room, and two wet treatment rooms. In addition, there will be expanded pedicure and manicure facilities and a new
make-up and hair styling room.

?Whether guests are simply looking to unwind
after a day of outdoor activities or seeking deep therapy to combat the high altitude
and dry climate in Park City, The Spa delivers heightened relaxation, rejuvenation and overall enhanced wellness and will now do so
on a much grander scale,” said Olsen.

During the renovation spa services will be available at a reduced price in two of the Lodge?s suites which will be converted to accommodate
treatments. The menu of treatments will still include signature treatments, such as the Nordic Princess, Norseman Vichy,
Four-Layer Anti-Aging Facial and Stein Gold Facial. The fitness center will be relocated to the Black Diamond Room and open to
guests 24-hours a day. Pool access will be granted to guests at an adjacent property for the months that the pool deck is under renovation.

For the second consecutive year, the Mobil Travel Guide bestowed the hospitality industry?s most prestigious designations?the Mobil
Five-Star award?upon Stein Eriksen Lodge, continuing the Lodge?s standing as the first and only Utah property to achieve this distinction.
Stein Eriksen Lodge maintains its position on an elite list of 44 hotels, inns and resorts throughout North America to achieve the
coveted honor. In 2003, the Lodge was the first Utah property to be recognized with the AAA Five Diamond rating. The Mobil Five-Star
award makes Stein Eriksen Lodge one of only 30 properties in North America to hold both Mobil Travel Guide?s and AAA?s highest accolades.

Located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge is the ultimate year-round luxury resort, offering world-class hospitality,
accommodations, fine-dining, meeting facilities, spa services and recreation. With 180 rooms including 68 suites, the ski-in/
ski-out property features such amenities as full-service concierge, ski valets, twice daily maid service, rental shop and boutiques.

For additional information regarding The Spa?s expansion, contact Sarah Myers at 435.645.6451 or smyers@steinlodge.com.
Progress of the expansion can be followed on the Lodge?s blog, The Stein Line, at www.steinlodge.com/blog/steinline. Information
about Stein Eriksen Lodge is also available at www.steinlodge.com.


The Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of America’s premier resorts and a member of the exclusive international
association of independent luxury hotels and resorts, Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. One of the most accessible
mountain destinations in North America, the Lodge provides guests with the ultimate year-round luxury destination, offering worldclass
hospitality, accommodations, fine-dining, meeting facilities, spa services and recreation. For more information, visit the Lodge?s
Web site at www.steinlodge.com or call 800.453.1302.

Major Expansion of Emory Conference Center Hotel Now Complete

ATLANTA ? The Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) announces the completion of its new addition. The new development was designed and built in anticipation of receiving certification for LEED-Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new five-story structure connects to the existing building by a bridge and includes 127 new guest rooms, 6,000 square feet of additional meeting space, Wisteria Lanes-a six-lane bowling alley with retro d?cor that includes a full bar and game room, and a parking garage.

?The new expansion allows us to meet the needs of our larger conference groups, especially those with ties to Emory University, Emory Healthcare and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Kathy Johnson, general manager, Emory Conference Center Hotel. ?ECCH guests will continue to enjoy our close proximity to Atlanta, while relaxing in new and renovated space nestled deep in the woods on Clifton Road.”

The added guest rooms and meeting space will result in ECCH offering a total of 325 guest rooms with six suites and 32,000 square feet of meeting space. The new 6,000 square-foot meeting space consists of a ballroom, boardroom, and a technologically advanced seminar room. Several lushly landscaped outdoor patio areas have been added, including one with a fire pit.

Extensive renovations have been completed for the Indoor Pool, Health Club, Club Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen in the existing building. ECCH will work toward achieving LEED status for the existing building as well.

Opened in 1995, the Emory Conference Center Hotel is a full-service property nestled in 26 acres of forest preserve at the Emory University campus in Atlanta. Inspired by the architectural design of Frank Lloyd Wright, the ECCH is a member of the Green Hotels Association and is one of two properties in Georgia certified by Green Seal, Inc. The ECCH is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). The facility is owned by Emory University and managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is located at 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, 30329. For more information or to make reservations visit www.emoryconferencecenter.com or call 404-712-6000 / 800-933-6679.