Monthly Archives: December 2009

Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center Receives Top Marks for Excellent Customer Service

Receives Top Marks for Excellent Customer Service

Conference Guests Respond In Third-party Survey

Glen Cove, New York, December 2009 ? Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center is ending 2009 on a high note ? extremely high as determined by conference guests? satisfaction measurements. Respected third-party research company, Unifocus, was retained by Glen Cove Mansion to measure the conference center hotel?s customer image by surveying meeting planners and conference guests following their stay, using an online tool. Glen Cove Mansion consistently scored in the highest percentiles for overall conference guests? experience, guest satisfaction, price-value ratios, conferee and meeting planners? intent to return to the property, and whether they would recommend Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center to others. When all the scores are collected together, the award-winning property is ending 2009 with accumulated Guest Satisfaction Level of 96 percent! When looking at the meeting facilities, conference services and audiovisual scores specifically, the percentage rose even higher from more than 97 percent up to a perfect score of 100 percent.

The research also enabled the highlighting of specific staff members at Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center deserving of special recognition for ?delivering extraordinarily attentive service not experienced elsewhere,” and cited the Mansion?s ?amazing” food & beverage and conference products as well ? each contributing to the high guest satisfaction ratios.

?We are extremely proud of our team of conference center hotel professionals here at Glen Cove Mansion,” said Ata Kashanian, vice president and general manager. ?It is wonderful to have their daily dedication endorsed by planners and guests through the Unifocus research, and to have this cover all areas of our property, including meetings, conference services, corporate and social events, lodging and dining.”

Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center has been the recipient of numerous respected awards of excellence in 2009, including the Pinnacle Award by the leading national magazine, Successful Meetings; the Planners Choice Award by the respected east coast publication Meetings East; and the Award of Excellence by the venerable trade magazine, Corporate Meetings & Incentives.

For more information on Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center?s meetings, lodging and dining opportunities, call 516-671-6400 / 877-782-9426, or visit www.glencovemansion.com. For specific information on Glen Cove Mansion?s meeting and conference services, call 888-MTGS-GCM (888-684-7426) or visit www.GlenCoveMeetings.com.

For photos of Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, please reference: http://www.glencovemansion.com/photo_gallery/PhotoGallery.asp

About Unifocus

UniFocus is a global pioneer in the hospitality industry for performance, workforce management and closed-loop feedback solutions. To learn more about Unifocus and the company?s measurement products, visit www.unifocus.com.

About Glen Cove Mansion

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island’s historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City, JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation’s first dedicated conference center hotels. Today the elegant property features 187 richly appointed guestrooms, including four suites, the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, the large and comfortable Pub 1910, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion’s Gilded Age gardens. The property offers 29,500 square feet of event and meeting space, with 27 dedicated conference rooms accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, advanced meeting technology, an executive business center and conference concierge services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout. Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field. Golf is available nearby. Ideal for executive retreats, corporate meetings and social gathering, the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology. For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, visit www.glencovemansion.com.

George Washington Celebrated with Hometown Parade In His Honor Over Presidents Day Weekend

Fall in love with your country again
Over holiday weekend that includes Valentine?s Day

WHAT: Weekend of festivities culminates with George Washington Birthday Parade: Largest parade in the country celebrating the nation?s first president

WHEN: Presidents? Day Weekend, February 13-15, 2010
Parade on Monday, February 15

WHERE: Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 22314

ALEXANDRIA, VA (December 2009) ? George Washington, the nation?s first president, will be honored on the 278th anniversary of his birth with a parade in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, February 15, 2010.

The George Washington Birthday Parade, the largest in the country celebrating this Founding Father, will wind its way through the historic streets of Old Town where Washington lived, worshiped and conducted business. Annually the parade includes thousands of participants including historical, community and youth groups, bands and animals. Spectators line the cobblestone sidewalks along the one-mile parade route.

Weekend events in Alexandria will celebrate Washington?s legacy with reenactments, the Birthnight Banquet & Ball at Gadsby?s Tavern, a 10-K race, and tours of local attractions and historic sites highlighting their connections to Washington.

The weekend coincides with Valentine?s Day on Sunday, February 14. Spend the three-day, holiday weekend falling in love with America again with the largest and oldest celebration of George Washington?s birth in the country.

The celebration of Alexandria?s favorite son extends throughout the month of February with free walking tours, a photo contest and the second annual Cherry Food Challenge, with restaurants competing to create unique dishes featuring cherries.

The George Washington Birthday Celebration festivities include:

January 31-February 7

Cherry Food Challenge
Celebrate one of the most cherished legends surrounding George Washington. During the first week of February, Alexandria restaurants are creating unique menu items featuring cherries. Try them all and vote for your favorite.

Sundays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28

?Walking with Washington”
A two-hour, 15-block guided walking tour of Old Town exploring George Washington’s 50-year relationship with Alexandria. Tour begins at the fountain in Market Square in front of City Hall (near the northeast intersection of King and Royal streets).
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting
Free

Entry is open until the end of March 2010

George Washington Photo Contest
Come to any (or all) of George Washington Birthday Celebration events in February and bring your camera. The fourth annual George Washington Photo Contest is open to amateurs and professionals of all ages. Contest rules and entry forms may be found at www.WashingtonBirthday.net.

Saturday, February 13

George Washington Birthday Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run
Certified race course through Eisenhower Valley and Alexandria?s parklands. Prizes, T-shirts and refreshments will be provided for runners, with the proceeds benefiting the Alexandria Police Youth Camp.
8 a.m. to 11 a.m., rain or shine

$25; after February 10: $30

Birthnight Banquet & Ball
Participate in a reenactment of the 1798 and 1799 balls George Washington attended to celebrate his birthday. Colonial attire encouraged but not required. Dancing lessons are available prior to the Ball.
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Gadsby?s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.
$100 for banquet and ball, $50 for ball only; reservations required, (703) 838-4242

Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14

Breakfast with George Washington and America?s Smallest Hometown Parade at Mount Vernon
Join George Washington for a sample of his favorite breakfast of hoecakes swimming in butter and honey prepared over an open fire. Families are welcome to participate in “America?s Smallest Hometown Parade,” complete with fife and drum corps, 18th-century music, farm animals, and ?the general” himself.
Breakfast: 9 a.m. to noon, while supplies last
Parade: 1:30 p.m.
Included in regular admission

Sunday, February 14


Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park
Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (skirmish is at 2 p.m.)
Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria
Free

Parade Day, Monday, February 15


George Washington Birthday Parade
The nation?s largest George Washington birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants including historical groups, youth from scouting groups and animals, this is still a local, community parade in honor of one of the City?s favorite sons. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets. The reviewing stand is located near City Hall?s Market Square, at the intersection of King and Royal streets, and ends at Wilkes and S. Royal streets.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Free

Free Admission to Mount Vernon on Presidents Day
Celebrate the national observance of George Washington?s birthday by visiting his home and burial site free of charge on this day. Enjoy musical and military performances. Festivities begin after a 10 a.m. ceremony at Washington?s tomb. ?America?s Smallest Hometown Parade” steps off at 1:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution
Colonial military units gather for a special ceremony honoring the fallen soldiers of the Revolutionary War at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution in the courtyard of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (321 S. Fairfax St.). George Washington and honored guests of the Celebration arrive by carriage to take part in this tribute and to hear remarks by a prominent citizen.
11 a.m.
Free

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association Breakfast & Meeting
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association sponsors this meeting at the Holiday Inn and Suites (625 First St., Alexandria) where a hearty breakfast is served. Those in attendance are treated to the first appearance of the day by George Washington and an address by a distinguished speaker.
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are $25; purchase at www.WashingtonBirthday.net or by calling (703) 751-6416.

Free admission to historic Alexandria sites:
George Washington?s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, (703) 780-2000

The Lyceum: Alexandria?s History Museum
201 S. Washington St., (703) 838-4994

Gadsby?s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St., (703) 838-4242

Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred St., (703) 838-3891

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 S. Fairfax St., (703) 838-3852

Carlyle House
121 N. Fairfax St., (703) 549-2997

Lee-Fendall House Museum
614 Oronoco St., (703) 548-1789

Christ Church
118 N. Washington St., (703) 549-1450

More information on George Washington birthday events throughout February 2010 can be found at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Calendar-of-Events/

Media Contact: Merrie Morris, MMorris@VisitAlexVA.com, (703) 746-3306
Ashley Rollins, ARollins@VisitAlexVA.com, (703) 746-3309

Paragon Casino Resort Announces Free Community Concert: Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Performs the Music of Elton John

Marksville, LA (December 23, 2009) ? Paragon Casino Resort has announced today as part of a holiday gift to the community, it will present a special FREE performance of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Elton John featuring vocalist Jean Meilleur, amazing piano work of John Regan and conducted by Maestro Mariusz Smolij. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. The free tickets are available at the box office beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the show, no advance tickets will be distributed. Doors open at 7 p.m.

?Paragon Casino Resort is a proud supporter of the ASO and the arts; we are thrilled to share this experience with the people of Louisiana,” said John Barbry, vice president of marketing.

The concert will take you on a musical journey with the timeless music of the legendary Elton John. Classic songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s such as ?Bennie and the Jets,” ?Your Song,” ?I?m Still Standing,” ?Rocket Man,” ?Tiny Dancer,” ?Saturday Night?s Alright” as you?ve never heard them before.

Maestro Smolij is currently in his seventh season as the Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Louisiana and his thirteenth season as the Music Director of the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey. He is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.

Maestro Smolij has led almost 100 orchestras in 25 countries on five continents appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In North America, he has collaborated with Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera, St. Louis Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic among others. Internationally, he has appeared with important symphonic ensembles in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Poland.

For more information regarding Paragon Casino Resort please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com.

About Paragon Casino Resort
Paragon Casino Resort, the Pearl of Louisiana, is the only casino resort destination in Central Louisiana. Paragon has been attracting gamers from across the country for 15 years. Paragon features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions including a new luxury hotel tower; Spa La Vie, a full-service spa and salon; an eighteen hole golf course; an indoor tropical pool with swim-up bar; a soaring retail atrium with ?living” bayou; and three movie theatres. The Paragon Convention Center is made up of the Mari Showroom, Paragon Ballroom which can subdivided into the Arsene Ballroom. Belazaire Ballroom, and the Chiqui Ballroom. The Chiqui Ballroom can be subdivided into Chiqui 1, Chiqui 2, and Chiqui 3. Paragon?s Marketplace Buffet is Louisiana?s largest buffet, with 550 seats and live-action stations.

Additionally, Paragon features a 59,754-square-foot gaming floor offering approximately 2,200 slot machines with Las Vegas odds, 46 table games, including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, various poker games, as well as a nine-table poker room. Other attractions include a 531-room hotel, five restaurants, a full-service RV resort, and the newly renovated Kids Quest child care activity center. The luxurious OTB adjacent to Roxy?s is open to the delight of racetrack enthusiasts. LA 1 Market features a wide range of Louisiana products from art to cookbooks. The Pelican Stage in Big Daddy E?s restaurant features live music for dining pleasure.

Paragon Casino Resort is located on Highway 1 in Marksville, La. The casino and all of its amenities are owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com.

Michele Dionne of Dolce Hayes Mansion Named to IACC Board

SAN JOSE, Calif. ? Michele Dionne, senior conference sales manager for Dolce Hayes Mansion, has been appointed to the board of the International Association of Conference Centres, a St. Louis-based, nonprofit organization that aims to help its members provide the most productive meeting facilities around the world.

In her role, Dionne will oversee and advise IACC on its mission to promote awareness of conference centers as separate, distinct and special places. The organization also endeavors to address the common problems, needs and opportunities of its members and provide programs and services to help them operate more effectively.

Prior to joining Dolce Hayes Mansion, Dionne served two years as conference sales manager for Dolce Norwalk in Connecticut. From 2001 to 2004 she was conference sales manager for Dolce?s American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Earlier in her career, she was reservations supervisor for Morgan Run Resort and Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Dionne received her bachelor?s degree in hotel administration and travel and tourism planning from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H., in 2000. She earned her Certified Meeting Planner designation in 2006 and Certified Newmarket Systems Analyst designation in 2008. She has been an IACC member since 2007, will chair its Education committee for 2010 and has served as co-chair of its Global Study Tour for the last two years.

Dolce Hayes Mansion, a meticulously renovated Spanish Colonial Revival-style hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers 25 conference rooms totaling 33,000 square feet of function space certified by the International Association of Conference Centers. The hotel is 15 minutes from San Jose International Airport and 45 minutes from San Francisco and Monterey.

Dolce Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Montvale, N.J., and Paris, is majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners and employs approximately 4,000 worldwide. Its portfolio of iconic hotels, resorts and conference centers also includes The Thayer Hotel at West Point, N.Y.; Lakeway Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas; Dolce Sitges in Barcelona, Spain; Seaview, near Atlantic City, N.J.; Dolce Chantilly in France; and Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colo.

Dolce Hotels and Resorts has earned a reputation for creating inspiring working and learning environments through its superior cuisine and amenities, productive facilities and design, and dedicated, personalized customer service. Additional information is available at www.dolce.com.

Are You Free Saturday Night? Your Stay in Fairfax County Is!

Fairfax County Hotels Offer FREE* Saturday Night Stays & Other Hot Deals As Temperatures Cool Off

Visit Fairfax and our partners invite visitors to immerse themselves in long-standing holiday traditions or take in the spectacular beauty of the National Capital Region in winter with a trip to Fairfax County, Virginia. From now through February 2010, special winter promotions include free Saturday night stays at participating hotels with a minimum two-night stay (rates start as low as $59 for other night), as well as ?buy one, get one free” and other cost-saving offers from area restaurants and popular attractions.

?Fairfax County offers a great ?base camp? to enjoy the entire Northern Virginia and Washington DC region including all the sites, events and attractions that make winter a tremendous time to visit,” says Barry Biggar, President & CEO of Visit Fairfax. ?Now you and your family are free to make memories that last a lifetime without having to pay a fortune for it.”

Visitors can cash in on all the FREE offers this winter by visiting www.fxva.com. While on the website, please visit the calendar of events to find out all the amazing things happening in Fairfax County this season.

Visit Fairfax is the official tourism organization for Fairfax County, Virginia. Charged with destination marketing and tourism promotion, it is directed by many of the County’s top tourism and hospitality leaders. For more information, please visit www.fxva.com.

More innovation and bigger business at IMEX 2010

Now in its eighth year, IMEX 2010, the award-winning international exhibition for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry will build on the success of last year’s exhibition with an increase in long-haul hosted buyers, more exhibitors and a more diverse professional education programme.

IMEX 2010 has its sights set on continuing its strong growth and business track record, which will be demonstrated by a rise in the number of intermediaries bringing hosted buyers to the Frankfurt show. Over 20 new buyer groups have already been confirmed from the US, Asia Pacific and Middle East delivered by intermediaries including Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Rocco Forte and Starcite. Participation from US association buyers is also forecast to be particularly strong this year as a result of new intermediaries in this market. Many have also been attracted by the chance to participate in the IMEX Association Day on May 24th, the day before the show opens.

According to last year’s post-show hosted buyer evaluation, a record $375.5 million dollars worth of contracts are estimated to have been agreed during IMEX 2009, with an approximate $1.7 billion added in the nine months following. In response to these increases in business, and especially the rise in individual and group appointments, many exhibitors were quick to book additional space for 2010. As a result Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ritz Carlton Hotels, M?venpick Hotels, the Spanish Tourist Office, Indian Holiday, the Czech Tourism Authority, Luxembourg and Liberty International are all taking bigger stands. New exhibitors so far confirmed include Scandic Hotels, Warwick Hotels and Madrid, who will be taking their own stand for the first time.

Online improvements
Further improvements have been made to the way that IMEX’s 3,500 exhibitors and nearly 9,000 buyers conduct business via IMEX online and especially on the IMEX Virtual Exhibition pages of the website, making it even easier for buyers to locate exhibitors they are interested in making appointments with. Every year the IMEX website attracts over 70,000 visitors in the final three months leading up to the show and generates around 50,000 appointments made online prior to the exhibition.

In addition, a new partnership with i-Meet – the professional and social network for people who plan meetings and events – will enable IMEX hosted buyers to network with each other and share ideas in a private online environment both before and after the exhibition. IMEX will create a “community within the community” at i-Meet, and offer various ways for its attendees to join.

IMEX’s focus on continually increasing its online efficiency and usability is unique among meetings industry trade shows. Its success and commitment to continuous improvement was recognised earlier this year by UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) when IMEX was one of four shortlisted for the “Best Innovative Web-based Application for Exhibitors” Award 2009.

IMEX 2010 will continue to balance an unparalleled number of business opportunities with an exceptional education programme delivered in both English and German. Sessions will be organised into different tracks such as ‘environmental’, ‘innovation’ and ‘leadership’ to allow visitors to choose seminars and plan their time more easily. Education will cover both professional and personal development themes this year in recognition that many meetings industry professionals are eager to develop transferable skills and also to maximise high quality free learning opportunities outside the office. IMEX workshops and seminars will focus on unlocking the industry’s future and helping individuals understand how to add personal and professional value whilst working in a constantly changing and dynamic sector.

Launch of Meetings & Conventions 2020
A first for IMEX 2010 will be a new initiative focussing on the future of the industry – Meetings & Conventions 2020. IMEX has partnered with ICCA and Fast Future to deliver a new groundbreaking research study looking at the future of live events, venues and meeting destinations. The study will explore the underlying trends and drivers that could shape the industry over the next decade and will drive a series of seminars and workshops at IMEX 2010.

Says Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO: “Launching this new research initiative in 2010 gives us the perfect opportunity to look at least 10 years ahead to 2020 and continue to focus on different aspects of our changing environment. Fast Future CEO Rohit Talwar will use his keynote session at IMEX to present the findings of a report on the ‘Future Meeting Experience’. Delegates at workshops taking place around the exhibition will also be in a unique position to contribute to the third phase of the research to be presented later in the year. We are always pleased to contribute to industry thought-leadership by creating or supporting fresh, relevant initiatives such as these.”

New York Times best-seller workshop
A new seminar based on New York Times Best-selling book, “Influencer”, is also new for 2010. Influencer is a training concept which draws on the skills of hundreds of successful change agents around the world and combines them with five decades of the best social science research. This 1.5 hour session will be delivered by Grahame Robb Associates to give participants a coherent and portable model for changing behavior that can be taken away and applied to any situation. IMEX will also be surveying previous buyers to reveal their biggest workplace challenges so that the workshop’s content can be specifically tailored to the unique requirements of its IMEX participants.

Demand for environmental education at IMEX has also grown significantly over the past five years. For the first time the IMEX Corporate Responsibility Centre will be ‘Powered by GMIC’ (the Green Meetings Industry Council and IMEX’s green partner). Also new will be a series of short, drop-in workshops that will run throughout the day on the stand. They will include case studies from previous award winners and ‘how to go green’ power-sessions with advice about where and how to start, as well as information on more advanced green policies and practices.

Commenting on preparations for IMEX 2010 in Frankfurt, IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom, said: “IMEX’s enduring success is founded on always making sure that exhibitors and buyers can do as much business together as possible. The industry returns to IMEX year after year because we deliver maximum return on investment for their money and time. To achieve this, we must provide the right quality of buyers; the right tools and information; all at the right time and in the right environment. I am delighted to confirm that IMEX 2010 will stick to this winning formula, although each year we raise the bar higher to reflect the pace of change in our industry.”

Saddlebrook Resort In Tampa Becomes New Member of ALHI

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2009) ? Tampa, Florida?s popular Saddlebrook Resort has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) as its newest member. The newly renovated resort with exceptional meeting facilities will now receive dedicated National Sales services and support by ALHI as their authorized National Sales extension to the meetings, incentive/recognition travel, and convention marketplaces. Saddlebrook Resort is owned and operated by the Dempsey family.

Saddlebrook Resort becomes ALHI?s fifth member on Florida?s West Coast, joining the impressive 485-room South Seas Island Resort on beautiful Captiva Island; the recently renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort & Club, offering 48,770 square feet of meeting space in Naples; the legendary Don CeSar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel on pristine St. Pete Beach; and the sophisticated new InterContinental Tampa in the upscale Westshore business and shopping district in Tampa. For information on any of the ALHI members in Florida, and worldwide, visit www.alhi.com .

Saddlebrook Resort is best served by the award-winning Tampa International Airport, and features a wealth of offerings to appeal to virtually any group, including 95,000 square feet of versatile meeting and function space with 34 meeting rooms. Newly renovated accommodations surrounding the meeting facilities include 133 deluxe hotel rooms, 162 one-bedroom suites, 240 two-bedroom suites, and 5 VIP suites. Recreational offerings include two Arnold Palmer 18-hole signature golf courses, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, a full-service European-style Spa, 45 tennis courts in every major tournament surface, a five-acre Team Building site on property, three heated pools including a half-million gallon Superpool, four exceptional restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center, Saddlebrook Kids Club, an on-site audiovisual company, and a business center. The resort is located just 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport.

?West Florida has become a very popular choice for meeting and incentive planners worldwide, so we?re very pleased to have such an outstanding addition to our portfolio as Saddlebrook Resort,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. ?Its destination resort setting, impressive meting venue options, and supporting world-class recreational offerings are truly outstanding, making the resort a wonderful option for planners.”

ALHI?s professional National Sales team can help planners with its diverse and distinctive portfolio of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, offering over 90,000 rooms and suites and more than 9 million square feet of meeting space. ALHI serves its dues-based membership as a reliable sales extension to planners, providing nearly 25 years of dedicated National Sales services to planners with reliable one-call, experienced national sales access. There is no cost to planners? organizations to utilize the services of ALHI, as its members? dues fund the organization. To see the ALHI portfolio, visit www.alhi.com .

ALHI members 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.

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

Save Big by Booking Scottsdale Conventions at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

Scottsdale, AZ – The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort has teamed up with ConventionPlanIt.com to offer deals and discounts for meetings in Scottsdale, AZ. Check out a wide variety of meeting planner packages offered by Radisson Fort McDowell Resort on ConventionPlanIt.com.



Located on the ?Divine Deals? page of ConventionPlanIt.com, packages for Scottsdale conventions at Radisson Fort McDowell Resort include:

? The Double Diamond Meeting Package allows guests to customize a package in addition to getting several complimentary perks and a $500.00 signing bonus if the contract is signed within 45 days of the proposal date.

? An overnight meeting package offers discounted group room rates starting at just $99.00 per night. This package also includes complimentary meeting space, and a hosted margarita reception or ice cream break for the group.

? For day meetings, an All Day Meeting Package is set at $70.00 per person. This package includes audio visual, continental breakfast, a morning beverage refresh, lunch and an afternoon break.

The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort is the Premier Venue for Meetings in Scottsdale, AZ

This Radisson Hotel of the Year for 2008 recipient boasts an impressive facility with over 25,000 square feet of flexible space and extensive experience hosting and catering events of all sizes. Enjoy top-of-the-line equipment for meetings in Scottsdale, AZ at Radisson Fort McDowell Resort.

Reserve space now and take advantage of one of the many deals for Scottsdale conventions. This 4-Diamond rated resort has a wide range of packages to choose from that will fit any business? needs.

Begin planning meetings in Scottsdale, AZ today at http://www.ConventionPlanIt.com, and click ?Divine Deals”.

For more information about Scottsdale conventions at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort please visit: http://www.RadissonFortMcDowellResort.com.

Paragon Casino Resort Presents the Music of Elton John

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra to Perform Timeless Hits

Marksville, LA (December 2009) ? Paragon Casino Resort is excited to kick off 2010 with a special performance of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performing the Music of Elton John featuring vocalist Jean Meilleur, amazing piano work of John Regan and conducted by Maestro Mariusz Smolij. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale now.

General admission tickets are $20 and $30 for table seating. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-946-1946. A portion of the proceeds from this performance will benefit the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will take you on a musical journey with the timeless music of the legendary Elton John. Classic songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s such as ?Bennie and the Jets,” ?Your Song,” ?I?m Still Standing,” ?Rocket Man,” ?Tiny Dancer,” ?Saturday Night?s Alright” as you?ve never heard them before.

Maestro Smolij is currently in his seventh season as the Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Louisiana and his thirteenth season as the Music Director of the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey. He is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.
Maestro Smolij has led almost 100 orchestras in 25 countries on five continents appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In North America, he has collaborated with Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera, St. Louis Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic among others. Internationally, he has appeared with important symphonic ensembles in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Poland.

For more information regarding Paragon Casino Resort please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com.

About Paragon Casino Resort
Paragon Casino Resort, the Pearl of Louisiana, is the only casino resort destination in Central Louisiana. Paragon has been attracting gamers from across the country for 15 years. Paragon features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions including a new luxury hotel tower; Spa La Vie, a full-service spa and salon; an eighteen hole golf course; an indoor tropical pool with swim-up bar; a soaring retail atrium with ?living” bayou; and three movie theatres. The Paragon Convention Center is made up of the Mari Showroom, Paragon Ballroom which can subdivided into the Arsene Ballroom. Belazaire Ballroom, and the Chiqui Ballroom. The Chiqui Ballroom can be subdivided into Chiqui 1, Chiqui 2, and Chiqui 3. Paragon?s Marketplace Buffet is Louisiana?s largest buffet, with 550 seats and live-action stations.

Additionally, Paragon features a 59,754-square-foot gaming floor offering approximately 2,200 slot machines with Las Vegas odds, 46 table games, including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, various poker games, as well as a nine-table poker room. Other attractions include a 531-room hotel, five restaurants, a full-service RV resort, and the newly renovated Kids Quest child care activity center. The luxurious OTB adjacent to Roxy?s is open to the delight of racetrack enthusiasts. LA 1 Market features a wide range of Louisiana products from art to cookbooks. The Pelican Stage in Big Daddy E?s restaurant features live music for dining pleasure.

Paragon Casino Resort is located on Highway 1 in Marksville, La. The casino and all of its amenities are owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com.

IMEX America announces plans to reproduce Politicians Forum success in US

Chairman of the IMEX Group, Ray Bloom, has announced plans to work with industry leaders and associations to replicate the success of the annual Frankfurt Politicians Forum with a similar event at IMEX America when the show launches in Las Vegas, October 2011.

“During discussions with leading industry colleagues in the United States it became apparent that creating such a Politicians Forum during IMEX America would be beneficial and well supported. We will work closely with the key industry trade associations to create an American Politicians Forum in Las Vegas in October 2011. Our seven years experience with the Forum in Frankfurt can be used to great effect here – adding extra weight and voice to US cross-party lobbying efforts and the momentum behind such campaigns as Meetings Mean Business,” stated Bloom.

The IMEX America Forum will deliver similar benefits to the Forum in Frankfurt. This Forum encourages destinations, convention centres, associations and others to nominate their local or national elected officials for a free invitation to a dedicated one-day event during the trade show. The aim is to improve officials’ understanding of the economic strength and importance of the meetings and events industry and to highlight the long-term benefits it can provide to their communities. The Forum also provides an invaluable opportunity for politicians and industry leaders to dialogue and network.

IMEX America – America’s new worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events – is set to deliver the largest ever hosted buyer program at a US tradeshow when it launches at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas, 11 – 13 October 2011. The show benefits from a strategic partnership with MPI, Meeting Professionals International, as well as the support of the major industry trade associations including Site, ICCA, ASAE, AIPC, ECM and JMIC.

IMEX America is a part of the IMEX Group of exhibitions, which also runs the award-winning international trade show, IMEX – the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events – at Messe Frankfurt, Germany (May 25 -27 2010).

Exhibitors and buyers can register their interest in IMEX America at http://www.imex-america.com/users_prereg_interest.php