Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Fairfax County Travel & Tourism Industry is Hiring!

Visit Fairfax and Industry Partners Host Job Fair on May 10th from 10 am to Noon

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairwoman Gross to Open Event with Brief Remarks

Fairfax County, VA – According to the U.S. Travel Association, 1 out of every 9 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism. Even amid ongoing reports of high unemployment rates across the country, the tourism and hospitality community continues to thrive and prosper with new jobs and exciting career opportunities. As the industry celebrates its vast workforce next month with National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit Fairfax ( and its local partners are hosting a job fair on Monday, May 10th to show that the industry isn’t just strong—it’s hiring!

“In 2009, visitors to Fairfax County directly supported almost 30,000 local jobs with earnings of $534.68 million,” says Visit Fairfax President and CEO Barry Biggar. “While the majority of these jobs were in the leisure and hospitality industries, tourism impacts a multitude of businesses and crosses numerous industries in our area.”

The 2010 Fairfax County Travel & Tourism Job Fair is scheduled for Monday, May 10th from 10 am to noon at the Westin Tysons Corner (7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA). Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairwoman Penelope Gross (Mason District) and Mr. Biggar will kick off the event with a brief rally starting at 9:00 am.

Hiring organizations participating in the 2010 Fairfax County Travel & Tourism Job Fair include:

• B.F. Saul Company, Hotel Division
• Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
• Hyatt Hotels

• Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
• The Westin Tysons Corner

• Marriott International Hotels of Northern Virginia
• Hyatt Summerfield Suites – Herndon

• Staybridge Suites McLean-Tysons Corner
• 2941 Restaurant
• Pizzeria Orso
• Clyde’s Restaurant Group
• PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc

• The Mason Inn & Conference Center

• Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
• George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
…and more!

Open positions range from front office and management positions to housekeeping, food service, and seasonal support staff. Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume with them. Due to the limited time allowance, the event is first come, first serve.

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

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Named One of the World’s Best Resorts for Meetings

Long recognized for its impeccable attention to detail and an unparalleled level of guest service, the luxurious Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun was recently named one of the world’s best resorts for meetings by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).

To help provide meeting professionals with quick and easy access to five-star venues, ALHI recently launched a new collection of AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes/Mobil Five-Star rated hotels. Representing the “best of the best,” these resorts are recognized and distinguished as the world’s finest hotels and resorts for groups and meetings. The Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun was both the only resort in Mexico as well as the only resort outside of the United States to be included in this elite listing.

For further information, please visit or dial 1-800-FIESTA-1 or 1-800-343-7821.

PCMA and IMEX America announce new partnership

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and IMEX America have entered into a new Industry Partnership agreement that will see the two organizations collaborating on a range of marketing and educational initiatives, including the co-location of an important PCMA educational event alongside IMEX America when its launches in October 2011.

Working with PCMA will also give the IMEX Group access to a membership of over 6000 in many regions around the world. Both organizations intend to actively develop the partnership and use it to generate high quality hosted buyer groups for IMEX America as well as target potential new US trade show attendees. PCMA plans to host approximately 150 buyers to IMEX America and will target top-level association and corporate buyers from the major industry sectors.

The announcement follows a long-standing and highly effective partnership between the two organizations that has been developed and enhanced over many years at IMEX in Frankfurt.

As Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group, explains: “We will be using the experience and knowledge we’ve both gained over many years in Frankfurt as a springboard for IMEX America. With PCMA’s unparalleled reputation and authority the new show is in an excellent position to reach out to new visitors and buyers and to use PCMA’s network to raise profile and increase understanding of the IMEX model.

“Our joint message is a very clear one: We work well together. We know what PCMA members want from professional education, business and networking and we intend to deliver it in a lively, engaging and business-centred yet entertaining way. We are also focused on making sure that all members understand that IMEX is different and that the IMEX model, and especially its hosted buyer program, makes it unlike any other trade show they are likely to have seen before.”

Says PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton: “Forward-thinking and global are just two attributes of IMEX so it’s fitting that PCMA has aligned itself with IMEX in a brand new partnership. PCMA has been participating in IMEX in Frankfurt for several years now by providing our signature educational offerings. That will continue. But with its brand-new show, IMEX America, the group is blazing a fresh trail and PCMA is pleased to be helping to pave the way by offering high-level education at this event.”

The addition of PCMA’s co-located educational event to the IMEX America calendar means that Bloom has now confirmed that 40 separate educational seminars and workshops will be available free of charge to attendees over three days in Las Vegas in 2011.

He concludes: “An educational program of this size and quality adds enormous value to IMEX America. That, plus our reputation for facilitating fast and easy communication between buyers and exhibitors, before, during and after the show, that leads to tangible new business. These are the distinguishing marks of the IMEX business model. They ensure that every IMEX adds up to so much more than trade show.”

The Town of Fountain Hills, Arizona

Holiday Inn Hotel and Resort
Come for a day and Stay a Lifetime – A Hidden Paradise on Earth

If there is Paradise on Earth, it is here in my beloved Town of Fountain Hills.

Known for its beautiful and most famous Golf Courses, Art Galleries, Casinos, Unique Fashionable Dining and Fountains, we are located just minutes away from North Scottsdale and about twenty miles North East of Downtown Phoenix, the Capital of Arizona.

When crossing the border from Scottsdale into Fountain Hills, you are immediately surrounded by the most stunning Purple Mountains, Castles in the Hills and the Tallest Operating Fountain in the World located in the middle of a gorgeous lake.

The community’s most valuable asset is its beauty. Incredible views and natural terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses you’ll find in the country…all under the everlasting bright sun and blue skies.

Many of our prospective guests who are often in search of resort destinations, weddings, golfing and outdoors activities unfortunately overlook our Town because of the lack of the national awareness about who and what we are even though it is only minutes away from Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The statement “Come for a day and stay for a Lifetime” definitely holds true for Fountain Hills, so please come and experience the treasures of our Hidden Paradise.

Please call me to make your reservations at our beautiful Holiday Inn Hotel. At our property, we have been known for our excellence of service being the best Holiday Inn in America for 2008 and 2009. Eat, Drink, Sleep, Relax and enjoy the beauty of our Town.

Group leaders always get upgraded to our Jacuzzi Suites overlooking the Fountain. In addition to the Hotel Accommodations, I would also like to take you on the tour of our Town as I love to continuously brag about its one-of-a-kind beauty.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Gary O. Lvov
Managing Member
Fountain Hills Hotel and Resort by Holiday Inn
12800 North Saguaro Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Guests Warm Up to Summertime Savings with New Weekend BOGO Package at InterContinental Tampa

WHO: Offering contemporary comfort in the heart of Tampa Bay, the InterContinental Tampa is centrally located, within walking distance to several popular shopping and dining destinations, and convenient to family-friendly attractions, including the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens.

WHAT: Weekend nights at the InterContinental Tampa are BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) this summer. Guests purchasing one weekend night Thursday through Sunday at prevailing retail rates receive the second night or a second room on the same night for free. Beginning at just $129*, the package also includes a disposable camera and a 5×7 picture frame so guests can document their fabulous summer escape to Tampa.

WHEN: May 1 through August 31, 2010

WHY: InterContinental Tampa is the ultimate weekend escape for couples and families, with a rooftop pool offering spectacular views of the bay and city; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and outstanding on-site dining at the world-famous Shula’s Steak House. Guests can also enjoy gourmet Illy coffee products and “fare on the go” at Caffé, and an extensive cocktail menu at Shula’s No Name Lounge.

The hotel is steps away from WestShore Plaza, giving guests quick-and-easy access to upscale shopping and dining, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Palm Restaurant, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and a 14-screen movie theater. The InterContinental Tampa’s award-winning “In the Know” concierge directs guests to popular Tampa Bay destinations, as well as local hideaways.

WHERE: InterContinental Tampa is convenient to downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport. With all of the amenities the InterContinental name ensures, the AAA Four Diamond property offers complimentary wireless high-speed internet in guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, as well as complimentary transportation to the airport and nearby shopping and dining.

HOW: To reserve the weekend Summer BOGO package at InterContinental Tampa, please call (866) 402-0758 and mention rate code ILE3P or visit

-InterContinental Tampa-

*Based upon availability. No refunds on unused features. Other restrictions may apply. Offer may not be combined with other promotions or special offers. Offer not applicable to prior reservations, groups or conventions. Some blackout dates may apply. Offer must be requested at time of booking. Taxes and gratuity not included. Subject to hotel tax. 24-hour cancellation policy.

Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort And Casino Becomes Member of Associated Luxury Hotels International

. . . ALHI Now Provides National Sales Services To Planners For
The Entire MGM MIRAGE Portfolio of Luxury Resorts in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, DC – Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino, located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, and connected to the new CityCenter complex, has become the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The AAA Four-Diamond resort will now receive dedicated National Sales services and support by ALHI and its professional sales force throughout North America with service to corporations, associations, independent planners, and incentive specialists wishing to conduct meetings, incentive programs, conventions, and exhibitions at the resort.

“Monte Carlo is a great choice for planners wishing to conduct programs in the always-popular meeting and incentive destination of Las Vegas,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI ( “The popular resort’s ideal location on The Strip, spacious and newly-remodeled meeting rooms and guest rooms, outstanding services and on-site amenities, and exceptional values, make Monte Carlo very appealing for meetings, conventions, and incentive groups.”

Gabri added, “With the addition of the Monte Carlo to our worldwide portfolio, ALHI now proudly provides our exclusive National Sales services to planners and executives for the entire MGM MIRAGE portfolio of luxury resorts in Las Vegas. This allows ALHI to work with and guide clients on best solutions and opportunities for their objectives and budgets, when considering Las Vegas, with just one call to ALHI. And, since ALHI is a dues-based organization, there is no cost to planners’ organizations to capitalize on the professional services of ALHI, with one call to gain credible insights and to make a planner’s job much easier.”

Located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the AAA Four-Diamond Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino combines fun-filled Las Vegas excitement with elegance and style. The resort features 2,992 guest rooms (including 224 suites), which all offer spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. Resort offerings include 13 meeting rooms with a total of 25,780 square feet of meeting space, a 21,000-square foot pool area with three outdoor pools and a wave pool, the full-service Spa at Monte Carlo, 15 restaurants, 4 bars, unique shops at Monte Carlo’s Street of Dreams, more than 100,000 square feet of gaming area. The resort is home to the popular Master Magician Lance Burton show, and to a show by impressionist Frank Caliendo. Groups also have privileges at Shadow Creek golf course, perennially ranked among Golf Digest’s top 10 courses in the country. The new, popular, and free CityCenter tram system directly links Monte Carlo to neighboring ARIA Resort & Casino, Crystals at CityCenter, and the famed Bellagio.

10 Incredible Las Vegas Options
Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino becomes ALHI’s tenth luxury resort in Las Vegas, joining MGM MIRAGE’s spectacular new 4,004-room ARIA Resort & Casino, which opened in December 2009 in the heart of the impressive new CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, with 300,000 square feet of meeting space; the world-famous AAA Five-Diamond Bellagio, featuring 3,933 guest rooms and suites and 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities; the 3,220-room Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, offering an incredible 1.7 million square feet of exhibit/meeting space under one roof; the accompanying luxurious 43-story THEhotel at Mandalay Bay with 1,117 one-bedroom suites and 20,000 square feet of meeting space, just steps away from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center; the renowned MGM Grand, featuring 5,034 diverse accommodations, and 72 meeting rooms with 600,000 square feet of meeting space; the exclusive non-smoking Signature at MGM Grand, offering 1,728 suites, and 4,200-square feet of high-end meeting space, just steps away from MGM Grand; the AAA Four-Diamond Mirage, featuring 3,044 beautifully redesigned guest rooms, and 26 meeting rooms that includes a 40,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and the 90,000-square-foot Mirage Events Center; and the sophisticated new non-gaming Vdara at CityCenter, which opened in December 2009 with 1,495 rooms and suites, over 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and panoramic views of the mountains and Las Vegas Strip.

ALHI’s other new member in Las Vegas is the chic new 47-story Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, which opened in December 2009 at the forefront of CityCenter, providing 392 contemporary rooms and suites and 12,360 square feet of meeting space, providing a non-gaming atmosphere but nearby ARIA Resort & Casino, Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

ALHI’s professional National Sales team helps planners with its diverse and distinctive portfolio of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, offering over 100,000 rooms and suites and over 10 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.

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. To see the ALHI portfolio, visit .

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 to identify the ALHI sales professionals 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

Trop is LIVE!

Tropicana Casino & Resort is keeping the energy electric

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 7, 2010) – Trop is alive with energy. Tropicana Casino & Resort announced three interactive guest programs – Trop Live Radio, Trop Live Congratu-lines and Trop Live Webcam.

Trop Live Radio
Trop Live Radio is Tropicana’s own radio station airing throughout The Quarter. Hosted by Planet Rose’s Dave Pena, Trop Live Radio hosts interviews with entertainers as well as playing a variety of music from classic rock to today’s hottest hits. Guests are also encouraged to ask questions and participate in the interviews. Trop Live Radio airs every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Recent guests to Trop Live Radio include: YES, Holly Montag, Lynne and Frank Curtin, and the bachelor and bachelorettes Jesse Csincsak, Gia Allemand, Alexa McAllister and Ella Nolan.

Trop Live Congratu-lines
Beginning Wednesday, April 7, guests to Tropicana can send their friends and family messages on the LCD TV’s located throughout The Quarter and casino. Whether you are proposing, celebrating or just want to see your name in lights, Congratu-lines are the perfect way to send a message. Messages can be purchased at for only $20 per message and can contain up to 100 characters in addition to the message. Congratu-lines will run for 24 hours at random intervals after the initial debut at the guests selected time.

Trop Live Web Cam
Can’t be here – don’t miss a thing! Viewers can now catch all the energy of The Quarter live from the Web! Visit and click on Trop Live Webcam from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily for views from The Quarter at Tropicana. In addition to daily feeds from The Quarter, Tropicana will also feature feeds from special events held in The Quarter.

The Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring more than 2,100 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With more than 20 restaurants, 20 shops, 13 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. For more information, visit the official Web site at and our new energy at
For more exclusive discounts, current information, pictures, and video, be sure to check out the Tropicana on the Web at or follow us on Twitter

Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council Partners with Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

Scottsdale, AZ – The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort has joined the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council – regional chapter of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)- as a minority partner. The deal hopes to expand corporate and government business prospects for the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, and offers new avenues for business growth through partnerships with other minority-owned and operated businesses.

The Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit corporation in Phoenix, AZ assisting minority businesses in finding new opportunities. Corporate benefits include access to a larger pool of qualified suppliers in a $1.6 trillion dollar market, greater savings, and higher quality goods and services due to increased competition.

Craig Benell, Director of Revenue Generation at the Radisson Fort McDowell states, “We are excited about the multitude of new prospects open to us through our recent confirmation as an official MBE through the NMSDC, and look forward to participating actively in the coming months with the Grand Canyon regional chapter as Phoenix is host to the upcoming 2010 National Conference in October.”

The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort features 246 luxurious guest rooms and suites with first-class amenities, tucked away in pristine Sonoran Desert surroundings. The Four-Diamond award winning property provides guests with comfortable and convenient accommodations including championship golf courses, casino gaming, wild west adventures and much more.

For more information about the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council visit or for more information about the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort please visit:

Palomar Chicago Opens its Doors in River North Neighborhood

Evolved Boutique Concept Features Art Theme, Rooftop Indoor Pool and Heartfelt Customer Care

CHICAGO, IL – Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, opened its doors in the vibrant River North neighborhood as an art-themed addition to the company’s Windy City collection. The 261-room hotel marks an evolution in the city’s boutique scene with show-stopping design and décor by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, an indoor rooftop pool, brilliantly positioned to offer expansive views of the city’s southeast landscape, and a green roof. With the new hotel also comes the Kimpton promise of a genuine and personalized approach to making guests feel comfortable and cared for.

San Francisco-based Diaz-Azcuy creates two decisively different moods in the 17-story hotel, which is located within a new mixed-use high-rise building with a dramatic curb-side aesthetic. In the expansive living-room lobby and event spaces, he captures Chicago’s live-wire essence with bold, seductive features that include a stunning black marble wall. A captivating marble floor evokes a sense of wonder and awe upon entrance.

On the higher floors of the pet-friendly hotel, 261 home-like guest rooms, including 23 suites, are washed in warm and neutral tones, highlighted by rich, cerused red oak and thoughtfully placed pops of color. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite the vibrant neighborhood to be part of the experience, and images depicting the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair portray a historic period that helped shaped the city’s arts and architecture. All rooms offer a wide range of modern amenities, including HD-LCD televisions, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, an honor bar with organic options and more.

For meetings and events, the Palomar offers ample event space, with 5,800 total square feet, including a wowing 2,400 square-foot ballroom accented by gold tones, inconceivably tall ceilings with dramatic chandeliers, and a separate pre-function area with an ornamental staircase. While built for comfort, the hotel is all business when it comes to state-of-the-art connectivity, with wireless Internet access and comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support to make meetings and events hassle free.

The four-star-caliber Palomar is situated in the eclectic River North area, a “strollable” neighborhood known and loved by locals as home of some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment, as well as the largest concentration of art galleries in the U.S. outside of Manhattan. The hotel is just two blocks from The Magnificent Mile, and convenient to McCormick Place, Navy Pier and Merchandise Mart, as well as the area’s many universities. With close proximity to many of Chicago’s most popular attractions for kids, including the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Willis Tower Skydeck, the hotel serves as a centrally located playground for families.

A first for the Kimpton brand, the hotel features a green roof, joining a city-wide eco-friendly initiative. Covered with grass and vegetation, the green roof helps to improve air quality, clean and retain rainwater, and add beauty to the urban landscape. Palomar was built with sustainability in mind, and operates with more than 70 eco-friendly practices as part of Kimpton’s brand-wide EarthCare program.

The hotel is located at 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654. For more information or reservations, please call (312) 755-9703 or (877) 731-0505 toll free or visit