Monthly Archives: June 2010

Berlin Convention Office Receives Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award

German Capital Picks Up Prestigious Excellence Distinction for the Third Consecutive Year

Berlin / Los Angeles – The Berlin Convention Office (BCO) has been named “best international convention bureau” and received the prestigious 2010 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award.

The Pinnacle Award for Convention Bureaus is one of the most highly esteemed recognitions of the convention industry in the USA. Based upon reviews by Successful Meetings readers, it is given annually to organizations that have done an exceptional job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year. BCO already received the award in 2008 and 2009.

“We are honored to have won this prestigious award for the third consecutive year”, said Burkhard Kieker, CEO of Berlin Tourismus Marketing, GmbH. “It shows us, that our meeting and convention marketing activities in the U.S. have had a positive impact. We much look forward to further strengthening the ties with our partners in the North American meetings industry”.

The BCO opened a North America representation earlier this year in New York, to service meeting planners and agencies (contact: John Cardona p/ 212 376 5222, Cardona@bco-na.com).

Additionally, “Marketing Challenges International“ was commissioned to promote meetings destination Berlin specifically to associations (contact: info@mcintl.com).

Successful Meetings reaches corporate/sales/marketing executives who plan meetings, meeting professionals and event planners, trade show directors, and association executives who are involved with planning conventions and meetings.
The 2010 Pinnacle Award Winners will be listed in the August Pinnacle Registry in print and online at www.successfulmeetings.com/pinnacle.

Further information on congress destination Berlin is available at www.berlin-convention-office.com.

Visit Fairfax Helps Dulles Taxi Drivers Learn More About Local Tourism

Visit Fairfax Ambassadors Training Program Extended to Area Cabbies
Fairfax County, VA – June, 2010 – Visit Fairfax (www.fxva.com), in collaboration with the Metropolitan
Washington Airports Authority, is expanding its successful, free Ambassador Training Program to train
taxicab drivers who operate under the Washington Flyer Taxi system about how to effectively promote the
sites, attractions and activities in Fairfax County to enhance the overall visitor experience in the National
Capital Region.

“Through this program, we have been able to turn almost 400 Fairfax County hospitality industry staff
members into knowledgeable brand ambassadors for our area,” says Sue Porter, Director of Visitor Services
at Visit Fairfax. “This voluntary program with the three taxicab companies that service Washington Dulles
International Airport will allow their drivers to provide a new level of customer service to their clients while
establishing a great first impression for people flying into our region.”

The taxi companies participating are Checker Airport Taxi, Dulles Airport Taxi and Dulles Taxi Systems.
The 2 1/2 hour workshop, scheduled for June 24th from 11:30am to 2pm, will cover available tools the
drivers can use to educate their passengers about the region, sites and activities to recommend, and
customer service tips.

For more information about the Visit Fairfax Ambassador Training Program, visit www.fxva.com/ambassador.

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.

SummerFest 2010 is on Now in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Uniquely Fun & Memorable Events and Activities through September 7 –
So Much to Experience and Enjoy is Reason to Extend Stays and Return Often

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country; June, 2010 – Officially launched with the recent Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, SummerFest 2010 and all the uniquely fun and memorable events and activities the season provides has begun in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Each SummerFest day brings new possibility and each visit promises a rich, new experience.

“During all times of the year, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes visitors with a genuine, relaxed and casual, inviting nature to celebrate the richness of this picturesque valley,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Summer with its wonderfully long days, and SummerFest with its diversity of ‘something great always happening’ and ‘something fun always to be enjoyed’ offers an abundance of the most popular events and activities that people want to experience and simply do not want to miss. The variety of things to do exceeds the limits of a day trip or even a long weekend. Temecula Valley is the ideal Southern California location to retreat, relax, connect with friends, connect with family, far from the everyday, and ‘live a little’ under wide-open skies for as long as you can be away.”

Old Town Temecula Events & Activities
More than 100 muralists, visual artists, and fine artists invite spectators to observe their creation of outdoor masterpieces during the Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival and the Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 25, 26, and 27. Street painting artists will create “Black and White at Night” (monochromatic works) under lights Friday and Saturday evenings (5 to 9 pm). Street painting on Saturday and Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) will feature the creation of huge, rich and vibrant, pastel murals on the asphalt canvas of Old Town Temecula. Musical inspiration will be playing throughout the streets, and spectators can explore the performance art themselves with freely provided artist pastel chalk. Meanwhile, plein air artists will spend the three days outdoors painting historic and picturesque Old Town Temecula scenes on small canvasses. Admission to the festivals is FREE.

Friday evening, July 9th will see the debut of Old Town Temecula Hot Summer Nights 2010. Each Friday evening of SummerFest (through September 3) will offer FREE entertainment, live bands, and activities for children (6 to 9 pm). Hot Summer Nights provide added inspiration to dine in Old Town Temecula’s many fine restaurants, and to enjoy shopping in Old Town’s boutiques, stores, and galleries.

Tucked against the untouched hills of the Santa Rosa mountain range, historic Old Town Temecula will be the backdrop for the annual Star Spangled 4th of July Parade on the first Sunday of July. Equestrian units, marchers, and floats will travel north on Old Town Front Street from Second Street to Moreno Road. The FREE parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 1 pm. The day’s activities continue with the annual 4th of July Extravaganza at Ronald Reagan Sports Park (2 pm to 10 pm). A fun-filled afternoon and evening include a fun zone for children, food vendors, and a fireworks show at 9 pm.

Jazz enthusiasts from around the globe will enjoy a weekend filled with world-renowned entertainment at the annual Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 9, 10, and 11. The festival pays tribute to popular jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald who worked with jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. Headlining the festival is GRAMMY award-winner Poncho Sanchez with his signature congas and seasoned ensemble. The festival includes concert events and music and rhythm workshops and clinics. Tickets often sell-out early.

Throughout SummerFest, additional ongoing events and activities invite visitors to Old Town Temecula. Theatrical performances at the contemporary, state-of-the-art, 361-seat, Old Town Temecula Community Theater are captivating, as is the live jazz, country, and popular music at the intimate, 48-seat performance space next door known as The MERC. Children of all ages will be amazed and delighted with the fun sessions offered daily at Pennypickles Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum. Old Town Temecula’s reverence and appreciation for the past can be experienced with the exhibits at the Temecula Valley History Museum. Saturday mornings’ certified Farmers Markets offer fresh, locally grown, summer fruits and vegetables, handcrafted items, specialty foods, and opportunities to converse directly with local growers and purveyors.

Each day of SummerFest is a day to admire Old Town Temecula’s casual, eclectic mix of historic architecture and explore Old Town Front Street and Main Street as well as Old Town’s alleyways. The entrepreneurial spirit thrives here and more than 60 specialty stores provide unique shopping: art, antiques, contemporary boutiques, specialty gifts, specialty foods, wine shops, and tasting rooms. Old Town’s 19 fine restaurants, outdoor bistros, and cafes are all independently owned for one-of-a-kind dining experiences: from upscale, white tablecloth showcasing fresh, local cuisine and Temecula Valley wines, to some of Southern California’s tastiest burgers and barbecue.

Pechanga Resort & Casino Events & Activities
The unique opportunity to experience authentic native culture from throughout America (the United States, Canada, and Mexico), and see the best Native American dancers, drummers, and performers is not to be missed at the 15th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow.Participants ages 2 years to 80-plus in beautiful, authentic tribal attire will compete in dancing contests and drumming contents Friday (5 to 11 pm), Saturday (11 am to 12 am), and Sunday (11 am to 5 pm), July 2, 3, and 4. Hosted by Pechanga Resort & Casino, the event is one of the largest pow wows in the western U.S. More than 100 vendors will be selling native arts, crafts, food, blankets, and more. Saturday night will also feature the spectacular Pechanga fireworks show (approximately 8:30 pm). Admission and parking for the Pechanga Pow Wow are FREE.

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers many more events and activities during SummerFest. Headline acts (Gipsy Kings, Chris Issak, the Beach Boys, and others) perform this summer at the contemporary, state-of-the-art, 1,200-seat, Pechanga Showroom Theater. Meanwhile, the Comedy Club at Pechanga provides great laughs, the Cabaret Lounge offers nightly entertainment and Silk the Club is one of the largest nightclubs in Southern California and the largest Vegas-style megaclub in the region.

With a casino floor larger than any in Las Vegas and as the largest casino in California, the gaming excitement is 24/7 at Pechanga Resort & Casino. More than 130 table games complement 3,700 Vegas-style slot machines. Pechanga Casino also features a large non-smoking casino floor area, a poker room, high-limit gaming area, V.I.P. lounge, and tournaments.

Pechanga is also renowned for the distinctive quality and character of its eight restaurants. Dining options include a variety of international cuisines ranging from fine dining with exceptional wine lists, to quick and tasty selections for those on the go.

Wine Country Events & Activities
With colorful hot air balloons soaring over the vineyards, award-winning Temecula Valley premium wines and the music of the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival the first weekend in June inaugurated the official start of SummerFest. Appropriately, the SummerFest season extends through the first week in September and into California Wine Month.

SummerFest is an ideal time to venture into Temecula Valley Wine Country’s more than 35,000 acres of hills and vineyards, to be awed by the incredibly expansive views, and refreshed by afternoon ocean breezes. It is a primary growing season in the vineyards, as grapes continue to develop and mature. Winemaking families and winemakers carefully monitor fruit quality and grape chemistry, watching for the coveted natural balance of sugar content and acid levels. Come mid- to late August, grapes for Temecula Valley’s sparkling wines will be the first harvested.

The SummerFest season provides opportunities daily to tour cool winery cellars, and fermentation and tank rooms, enjoy the charm of Temecula Valley’s more than 30 wine-tasting rooms, and savor hundreds of award-winning wines. Throughout Wine Country, unique dining venues are many. Six wineries feature excellent restaurants welcoming visitors to experience amazing cuisine and the pleasures of food and wine affinity. Many wineries offer fare that is more casual – inspiration to dine outdoors at winery picnic areas. Temecula Valley wineries also offer additional events during SummerFest: from cooking classes to concerts, special events and dinners, and a variety of afternoon and evening live music and entertainment.

Summer Weather in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Just 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Temecula Valley’s daytime temperatures are modified by cooling ocean influences that help create a pattern of warm, sunny days and cool nights. Average daytime summer temperatures in the Temecula Valley are 85 degrees. Throughout summer, cooling ocean influences promote a 20- to 30-degree drop in temperatures at night.

Although separated from the Pacific by the Santa Rosa mountain range to the west, the Rainbow Gap and the Margarita Gap (at the southwestern corner of the valley) allow ocean breezes to flow through the Temecula Valley almost every day. These gentle Pacific winds help keep temperatures lower than those found in some surrounding Southern California areas. Another cooling ocean influence is referenced in Temecula’s moniker as the land “where the sun shines through the mist.” The dynamics of onshore flow channel cool moist air from the ocean (seen as mist, fog, and clouds) through the Rainbow Gap, the Margarita Gap, and over the Santa Rosa mountain range into the Temecula Valley. This moist air tumbling into the valley can appear anytime from mid-afternoon to well into the night; it may retreat at dawn or linger to the afternoon. These ocean influences make Temecula Valley’s cool summer mornings perfect for hot air balloon rides at sunrise and for golf outings early in the day.

Centrally located approximately 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is nestled quietly off the I-15 freeway. The Temecula Valley is uniquely noted for its casual and picturesque wine region, the wide variety of events and activities it inspires, and its sunny relaxed spirit that is so synonymous with Southern California. For more information on SummerFest events and activities, Temecula Valley hotel and dining information, special offers, and for a free Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Visitor’s Guide, visit www.visittemecula.org or call 888-363-2852.

*** PLEASE NOTE: All information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.

ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Since 2005, the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau has stimulated economic growth and tourism by promoting the Temecula Valley as a premiere travel destination. The bureau is the first in inland Southern California to use marketing assessment fees rather than taxpayer money to market the region. In the Temecula Valley, tourism and hospitality support 9,000 jobs, generate more than $24 million in state and local tax receipts, and more than $600 million in travel spending.

Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, Brings New Life to New York’s Chelsea Neighborhood

New York, NY – Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel, will bring a new vitality to New York City’s North Chelsea neighborhood as the area’s first luxurious hotel with a dynamic energy and personality of its own. Managed by leading hotel operator, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the 292-room hotel represents the company’s fourth completely unique hotel in New York City. Eventi is designed for today’s forward-looking traveler, offering both business and leisure guests an intriguing experience in bold public spaces and artfully designed accommodations.

Eventi’s soaring 54-story exterior adds an impressive silhouette to the Manhattan skyline, with the new glass tower occupying the entire block of Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Streets. The property’s ideal location in North Chelsea, New York’s newest happening neighborhood, puts guests just minutes from some of the city’s most popular landmarks including the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s and the city’s theaters, restaurants, museums and shopping.

“Eventi will be a place that feels alive, with a heart beat that pulses with creativity and sends energy to every corner of the hotel,” says Thomas Mathes, general manager of Eventi. “Guests of Eventi will experience a vibrancy and excitement that transforms a place to stay into a cosmopolitan lifestyle.”

Created by award-wining designer Colum McCartan, Eventi’s striking design is rich and luxurious with custom-made furnishings, combining classic elegance and cutting-edge modern touches. Guests can anticipate a sensory journey of discovery and pleasant surprises throughout the property. Eventi captures the visitor’s attention, from the front desk’s partially unveiled painting to a mysterious curiosity cabinet, inviting exploration and providing an aesthetic connectivity. Original art from well-known artist Barbara Nessim will be on display inside the hotel rooms and public spaces, including a compelling contemporary artwork that spans the height of the third and fourth floors. The hotel’s lobby area also will offer Kimpton’s signature “Living Room” concept, incorporating a fireplace and comfortable seating areas for lounging while enjoying daily hosted wine hours.

The Eventi lifestyle soothes even as it stimulates and inspires; it is sophisticated yet comfortable, subtle and luxurious. Interiors of the guest rooms and suites are warm and welcoming, providing an oasis of comfort in a city of sometimes overwhelming proportions. Each room will feature such amenities as LCD flat screen televisions, iHome Sound Systems, high speed wireless Internet access and 24-hour in-room dining. Fans of Kimpton’s signature programs and amenities will find their favorites at Eventi, from specialized customer care to the Mind.Body.Spa and InTouch guest loyalty programs. Other popular features include On-Demand yoga (with yoga accessories available for guest use), Pilates, meditation channels, a 24-hour fitness center overlooking the outdoor plaza and a 530-car parking garage with valet service.

Eventi embraces its setting and local character and transforms it into an experience that defines cosmopolitan urbanity. Adjacent to the outdoor public plaza is an impressive 20-foot-wide multi-media art screen to be used for public and private events, a feature that celebrates North Chelsea’s vibrancy and urban rhythm. Dining options at Eventi will be operated by China Grill Management, operators of well regarded restaurants such as China Grill, Asia de Cuba and Blue Door at Delano. The lower level will include a 20,000-square-foot multilevel Food Parc and bar, with counter, table and outdoor seating in the public plaza. The Food Parc will offer an array of distinctive and branded high-quality food options. Due to open in fall 2010, the second level will feature a restaurant that offers New York’s first contemporary Basque cuisine in a futuristic setting, with indoor and outdoor dining and a specialty bar serving a unique collection of whiskies and spirits.

Turning common business into enjoyable and productive experiences, Eventi offers atypical and creative meeting and event spaces where business travelers can work efficiently or socialize in a playful and inviting atmosphere. With more than 15,000 square feet of multi-faceted meeting space, including three outdoor terraces, Eventi’s inspiring settings stand above the competitive clutter in New York. Business travelers also have the advantage of the hotel’s central location, providing easy access to Penn Station, Grand Central and the city’s business and financial centers.

For more information about Kimpton’s Eventi, please visit www.eventihotel.com or http://www.facebook.com/EventiHotel.
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About Eventi
Slated to open in spring 2010, Eventi will be the first luxurious hotel in Manhattan’s North Chelsea district, residing on the entire block of Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Streets. Colum McCartan’s property design is both sophisticated and comfortable, creating a stylish guest experience that embraces the hotel’s vibrant neighborhood and energy. Eventi’s 292 rooms and suites transform a place to stay into a cosmopolitan lifestyle experience for business and leisure travelers alike, with amenities including a multi-level restaurant and bar managed by China Grill, spa and fitness center, more than 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and events space and a 530-car parking garage with valet service. Putting guests just minutes away from some of New York’s most popular landmarks, Eventi is operated by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the country’s leading and largest boutique hotel operator. Eventi is located at 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. For more information call 1-800 KIMPTON or visit www.eventihotel.com or http://www.facebook.com/EventiHotel.

Empire Hotel featured in Sex and the City 2

With the highly anticipated premiere of Sex and the City 2, The Empire Hotel is paying homage to the infamous NYC ladies as one of the scenes was shot at the hotel. The Empire Hotel, along with cocktail consultant Somer Perez, have created SATC 2 cocktails named after the cast of the movie and that reflect the “personalities” we’ve all learned to love and sometimes hate! They are being served at the hotel’s glamorous Lobby Bar.

These cocktails are super creative and delicious and are 100% the SATC characters in beverage form! They taste just as good as they look. And yes, there is a drink for everyone on this menu, with ingredients including Bourbon, Champagne, Strawberry Marmalade and even edible BLING!!!

Here’s a look at the cocktail menu:

Carrie Me: Flirty and fresh with a gingery wit and sparkly accessories. This pretty peach stands out from the rest.

Zyr Vodka
White Peach Puree
Ginger Syrup
BLING

Charlotte’s Twin-Set: A surprisingly adventurous twist belies the preppy-perfect exterior.

Montecristo White Rum
St-Germain
Strawberry Marmalade
Champagne

Samantha’s Oral Pleasure: Dangerously delicious, this one is absolutely adults-only.

Don Julio Silver Tequila
Blood Orange Puree
Pear Eau de Vie
Blood Orange Bitters

Miranda’s Brooklyn Bridge: Two distinctly different worlds layered together, looks a little stormy but somehow it works perfectly.

Bluecoat Gin
Lillet Blanc
Lemon Puree
Red Wine

John James Preston: Powerful yet unexpectedly sweet, definitely a BIG deal.

Bulleit Bourbon
Sour Cherries
Clover Honey
“BIG” Ice

Cosmo “Redux”: The original’s much hotter little sister.

Belvedere Cytrus Vodka
Orchard Cherry Liqueur
Red Grapefruit
Cherry Bitters

National Travel and Tourism Week Was a Success!

In celebration of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit Fairfax hosted a hospitality industry job fair on May 10th at The Westin Tysons Corner. Thank you to everyone who participated and all those that joined us for the kick-off event beforehand!

The purpose of National Travel and Tourism Week is to promote the benefits of travel, the economic impact that tourism brings to the local economy and the fact that tourism creates thousands of jobs (close to 30,000 in Fairfax County alone).

Before the opening of the job fair Visit Fairfax hosted a brief kick-off rally to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. We were pleased to be joined by Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross and President & CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Alisa Bailey.

Supervisor Gross presented a proclamation from the county announcing National Travel and Tourism Week and touting the many benefits of tourism to our local economy and quality of life.

New Fairplex Trade and Conference Center Brings World-Class Venue to Pomona

High-Tech Venue to Attract a Wide Range of Events and Generate New Jobs

Pomona, CA – Fairplex in Pomona held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Fairplex Conference Center, a high-tech, 85,000-square foot venue suited for trade shows, corporate meetings and regional associations. The ceremony marked the beginning of a one-year long construction project with remarks from Congressman David Dreier and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.

“The new Fairplex Conference Center will be a great asset to the community as it will support the Fairplex mission to provide hospitality and community service to the greater LA and Inland Empire area,” said Jim Henwood, Fairplex President and CEO. “The Conference Center will enhance existing spaces by serving as a much-needed meeting facility for the L.A. County Fair as well as surrounding business and philanthropic communities.”

Expected to generate nearly 500 jobs during construction and nearly 300 full-time, sustainable jobs during annual day-to-day operations, the new Center will have a strong economic impact for the area with additional sales and occupancy tax related benefits for the City. The new Center demonstrates Fairplex’s business reinvestment model by continuing to provide public benefit to the surrounding community through new and secondary business opportunities.

“The Conference Center will bring in businesses and associations from across the world, and create much-needed jobs here in Pomona. This is a great opportunity for chambers of commerce, businesses and entrepreneurs to network and bring opportunities to the area,” said Congresswoman Napolitano. “I am proud to have supported this project for over a decade, and look forward to the prosperity that it will bring to Pomona and the surrounding areas for years to come.”

“This new Fairplex Conference Center is a wonderful addition to the Fairplex complex, which as a multi-purpose facility has been used for events ranging from trade shows to remote voting,” said Congressmen Dreier. “Fairplex has long been a strong contributor and supporter of the neighboring community and with this new Center it will also be bringing new jobs to the community throughout the construction process and on-going day-to-day operations.”

Joining Congressman Dreier at the ceremony were Congresswoman Napolitano, Angie Castro from Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office, and Pomona Mayor, Elliott Rothman. With speeches from supporters of the $30 million project, the groundbreaking ceremony was followed by a lunch reception where guests were able to mingle and discuss the impact of the new Center.

Featuring the latest in flexibility and scalability with large seminar rooms, additional break out rooms and interactive teleconferencing, the Center will provide everything needed to put on a world-class event. Able to attract and serve a wide range of audiences and events, the new Center will expand Fairplex’s Monday through Friday year-round business.
Incorporating the conversion of an existing 33,600-square-foot exhibit building with the development of a new 50,000 square foot structure, the new Conference Center will enhance the existing Art Deco qualities of Fairplex architecture as well as the surrounding park-like setting. Adopting a code of sustainability, the new Center will also be International Association of Conference Centers (I.A.C.C.) and LEED certified. Sustainable building strategies along with green project design and operations will increase efficiency in many areas and provide for an eco-friendly conferencing experience.

Fairplex is the home of the L.A. County Fair, as well as quality year-round educational, business, multi-cultural and entertainment events, which provide enrichment and enjoyment for Southern California’s adults, youth and families. Please visit www.fairplex.com for more information.

Hilton Anatole Sets the Stage for a ‘Wave’ of Change

Iconic Dallas hotel begins $25 million floor-to-ceiling transformation of Atrium II space

DALLAS, TX – The legendary Hilton Anatole is embarking on a multi-million dollar transformation to its largest common area, Atrium II. The new space will include completely redesigned public seating areas and indoor landscaping, a new entryway and two new restaurants. In addition, a large, peaceful reflecting pool will accentuate the main centerpiece of Atrium II: a dramatic, kinetic sculpture suspended fifty feet above the ground. These new accommodations are slated for completion in the fall of this year.

Designed by renowned sculptor Reuben Margolin, the artwork – named “The Nebula” – will be created out of thousands of custom amber crystals organized in a multi-tiered, geometric pattern. With more than 10 miles of aircraft cable and 1,780 pulleys supporting it, the mechanism fans out 100 feet long by 50 feet wide and will resemble a large wave, appearing to float or “swim” above guests.

Complete Transformation

The renovated space is the final touch following a multi-year series of transformational projects representing a total investment in excess of $125 million. To date, the hotel has redesigned its 714 Asian-inspired guest rooms in the hotel Tower, added a sleek Gossip Bar lounge and introduced an Executive Lounge on the 25th floor, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Dallas skyline.

Meeting space also received a facelift: pre-function areas in the Tower and breakout rooms and ballroom areas were renovated to include bold, sweeping designs; including plush carpet, lighting and architectural appointments, all complimented by modern touches on furniture and artwork.

“The Hilton Anatole has enchanted guests with its historic grandeur, elegance and charm for almost 30 years,” said Mark Messina, general manager of the Hilton Anatole. “This final piece of our transformation reinforces our commitment to remain the region’s premier meeting, event and business travel destination – and also to continue that tradition of excellence.”

New Dining Options

As inviting as it is inspiring, Media Grill + Bar is the Hilton Anatole’s newest dining venue. A refreshing twist on the Contemporary American Bistro, the $5 million, 7,500-square-foot restaurant offers a surprising, palate-pleasing menu. With lunch, dinner and a late-night menu seven days a week, as well as a DJ and dancing after 10:30 p.m., the Media Grill + Bar perfectly embodies the spirit of the Hilton Anatole’s hospitality.

For guests looking to grab a quick bite, all-new Counter Offer – also located in Atrium II – will provide an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. With now a total of four restaurants and five lounges, including the four-star Nana, Nana Bar, Gossip Bar and Terrace Café, the Hilton Anatole will serve up enticements at every turn and for every taste.

Located within a 45-acre campus, the Hilton Anatole Hotel features two high-rise atriums; a 27-story tower; and 1,606 luxuriously appointed guestrooms with first-class in-room amenities and wired Internet access. Additionally, the hotel offers guests more than 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting space equipped with high-speed wireless and wired Internet access, as well as a variety of recreational activities including viewing the Art Collection, one of the largest and most intriguing private assemblies in the world; an 80,000 sq. ft. fitness center, the Verandah Club, featuring state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight equipment, tennis courts, one of the finest lap pools in the region plus a fun outdoor pool with swim-up bar, and an indoor jogging track; 10 shopping boutiques; V Spa, the hotel’s newest luxury spa oasis; and 12 unique restaurants and bars for dining and entertainment, including the award-winning, four-star Nana and chic Gossip Bar. For more information about the Hilton Anatole, visit www.hiltonanatole.com or call (214)-748-1200.

About Hilton Hotels
Hilton Hotels is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader of hospitality that welcomes guests in more countries than any other full-service hotel brand. The Hilton brand currently includes more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries, and plans to serve travelers in 80 countries by the end of 2011. By offering innovative products, services and amenities, Hilton enables travelers to be at their best 24/7, whether traveling for business or leisure. Start your journey at www.hilton.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 592,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

AH&LA Webinar Helps Hoteliers More Effectively Manage Online Presence

Learn to Drive More Qualified Traffic to Your Website and Decrease OTC Reliance

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is helping hoteliers navigate the online travel space to drive more traffic to their Websites and increase revenue via a Webinar, “Your Website: Drive Traffic, Drive Profits in an OTC World.” Presented by AH&LA allied member TIG Global, a subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc., the Webinar will be held Wednesday, June 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. (EST).

Brian Fitzgerald, director of SEO and social media, and Rob Mulcahy, manager of search engine marketing, will discuss best practices for reducing reliance on third-party intermediaries (TPIs) and driving revenue direct to your Website, including ensuring your lowest rate is as low as the OTCs, making your site more visible than OTCs in the search engine, and essential items to include in your pay-per-click ad copy. A case study of an AH&LA hotel member will show attendees how to successfully create a seamless experience for online travelers.

The topic is particularly timely to the association given proposed legislation being circulated on Capitol Hill that could place hoteliers in jeopardy of massive tax increases for reservations not made directly through your site. Shawn McBurney, AH&LA senior vice president of governmental affairs, will discuss the legislation, which creates a special tax category for TPIs, but excludes hotels and hotel companies. Learn how help stop this issue before it’s introduced in Congress and negatively impacts your business.

The cost of the Webinar is $49 for AH&LA members and $99 for nonmembers. To register, click here. For more information, contact Tara Allen at tallen@ahla.com.

Associations Advance America Awards Recognize Organizations for their Contributions to Society

WASHINGTON—Twenty-one organizations have recently been recognized with an Award of Excellence in the spring round of judging for the 2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, sponsored by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.

Now in its 20th year, the AAA Awards program recognizes associations and industry partners that improve the quality of life in America with innovative programs in education, skills training, standard setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.

“Associations continue to implement programs and initiatives that address a compelling need in society,” said ASAE & The Center President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “The programs recognized in the spring round of AAA judging were in response to a wide range of pressing issues — from disaster response and school safety to preventable disease education and poverty reduction — that really showcase the scope of activities carried out everyday by associations across the nation.”

These programs will join 13 organizations selected in the fall round of judging to be considered for an ASAE Summit Award, ASAE & The Center’s highest association honor. The six 2010 Summit Awards will be presented at the Summit Awards dinner, September 29, at the National Building Museum.

The following programs are 2010 AAA Award of Excellence winners for the spring deadline:

AAO’S HAITI RECOVERY EFFORTS
American Academy of Ophthalmology
San Francisco, CA

HAITI RELIEF AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

AAPD HEAD START DENTAL HOME INITIATIVE
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Chicago, IL

HELPING BABIES BREATHE
American Academy of Pediatrics
Elk Grove Village, IL

AABB INTERORGANIZATIONAL TASK FORCE ON DOMESTIC DISASTERS AND ACTS OF TERRORISM
American Association of Blood Banks
Bethesda, MD

CARFIT
American Automobile Association
Heathrow, FL

AAA SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL PROGRAM
American Automobile Association
Heathrow, FL

FOOD CHECK-OUT WEEK
American Farm Bureau Federation
Washington, DC

SAVE – STOP AMERICA’S VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE
American Medical Association Alliance
Chicago, IL

PHARMACY DISASTER RELIEF AFTER HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE
American Pharmacists Association
Washington, DC

MEETING HAITI’S BLOOD NEEDS
America’s Blood Centers
Washington, DC

FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS
Associated Builders and Contractors
Arlington, VA

NURSING HOME INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER
California Association of Health Facilities
Sacramento, CA

HAITI RELIEF EFFORT
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
Orlando, FL

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
Food Bank for New York City
New York, NY

JCI NOTHING BUT NETS
Junior Chamber International
Chesterfield, MO

CORPORATE AVIATION RESPONDING IN EMERGENCIES (CARE)
National Business Aviation Association
Washington, DC

CONSERVE SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
National Restaurant Association
Washington, DC

PROSTART PROGRAM
National Restaurant Association
Washington, DC

PHASE (PREVENTING HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES EVERYDAY)
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium
San Francisco, CA

SAMA HEALTH CARE CONSORTIUM
Southwest Area Manufacturers Association
Springfield, MO

In addition to the 21 Award of Excellence winners, 34 programs were named to the AAA Honor Roll. These programs, while not eligible for a 2010 Summit Award, show the importance of associations and their members to society.

For more information about AAA Awards, visit www.asaecenter.org/aaaawards.

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