Monthly Archives: July 2010

Anchorage wins Scoliosis Research Society meeting in 2014

Anchorage, Alaska – July, 2010 – The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has selected Anchorage, Alaska as the site of their fiftieth annual meeting in 2014. The meeting is expected to bring 1,300 delegates to Anchorage for seminars, discussion and research on the treatment of spinal deformities. The SRS meeting runs September 7, 2014 to September 14, 2014, and has an estimated economic impact of over $1.2 million for Anchorage.

This past June, SRS Executive Director Tressa Goulding, Senior Meetings Manager Nadine Couto, and SRS site selection committee chair Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei had a chance to visit Anchorage and explore the city. Teeing off at 9 p.m., Dr. Boachie-Adjei played the Anchorage Golf Course during his stay, and the city, hotels, and the Dena’ina Center all exceeded his expectations.

This will be the Scoliosis Research Society’s 50th Annual Meeting. Founded in 1966, the group is dedicated to research, education and the advancement of medical treatments for spinal deformities. The SRS membership includes some the world’s leading spine surgeons, researchers, physician assistants and orthotists in the field of spinal deformities. The organization’s offices are located in Milwaukee, Wis. The meeting win represents years of hard work. Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention Sales Manager Andrea Schmidt first met with representatives of the SRS at a sales luncheon in 2008.

“Medical groups can be tricky to book; these surgeons have very busy schedules,” said Schmidt. “But the surgeons in SRS belong to other professional groups and are drawn from around the world. It’s exciting to think about the future business this could generate.”

To find more on Anchorage’s meeting and convention opportunities, explore

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore for more information.

Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism Sales Manager Receives SGMP President’s Award

Jamie Mitchell honored by the Society of Government Meeting Professionals-Old Dominion Chapter

CHESAPEAKE, VA. – Jamie Mitchell, CMP, sales manager for Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism, was honored with the 2009-2010 President’s Award from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals-Old Dominion Chapter (SGMP). Mitchell received the award during the organization’s annual chapter banquet for her outstanding service to the chapter.

An active member of the SGMP Old Dominion Chapter, Mitchell has more than 10 years of industry experience and has successfully organized events ranging from small professional group meetings to large citywide conventions. “Jamie is a huge asset to our team,” said Kim Murden, director of Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism. “We are excited to see her hard work and dedication to both Chesapeake and SGMP rewarded with this honor.”

Mitchell joined Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism in 2008 and has played an integral part in the city’s efforts to market itself as a destination for groups of all sizes.

A professional organization for those involved in planning government meetings, SGMP strives to improve the knowledge and expertise of its members through education and networking. The Old Dominion Chapter is one of 26 chapters across the nation and its members include employees of federal, state, county and city government, as well as associations of governmental employees and government agencies.

For more information about meeting in Chesapeake, please visit

About Chesapeake, Va. Conventions & Tourism

Based in southeast Virginia, Chesapeake is one of the most centrally located cities on the mid-Atlantic coast for meetings and conventions. With flexible meeting facilities and proximity to the region’s many leisure and cultural attractions, Chesapeake is gaining a reputation as a first class meeting destination.

Established in 2002, the office of the Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism oversees all leisure, group and meeting travel marketing for the Chesapeake. For more information on all Chesapeake has to offer, contact Chesapeake Conventions and Tourism at 757.502.4898 or go to

Associated Luxury Hotels International Unveils New “ALHI Historic Collection”

. . . Planners Wishing To Conduct A Program At An Historic Hotel Or Resort, Can Quickly Find Options
With This New Specialty Segment Within ALHI’s Portfolio

WASHINGTON, DC (July 2010) – Meeting professionals, association executives and incentive/recognition specialists interested in conducting a program at a hotel or resort with historical significance should check out the “ALHI Historic Collection” that was just unveiled by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). This specialty segment within ALHI’s worldwide portfolio of more than 125 hotels and resorts worldwide, features 22 Four- and Five-Diamond historic resorts and hotels designed for meetings from coast-to-coast in the United States, as well as an international locale.

ALHI provides authorized National Sales services and support for its member hotels and resorts to corporations, associations, incentive/recognition specialists, independent planners, and product launch specialists desiring to conduct meetings, incentive programs, conventions, and exhibitions at its member properties.

“ALHI has one of the largest collections — if not THE largest collection — of historic hotels and resorts in the U.S.,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “These truly outstanding and distinctive Four- and Five-Diamond properties each specialize in meetings and incentive programs, and have an incredible history that will really enhance any program to make it truly memorable.”

As part of the launch of this specialty segment, ALHI has added an “Historic Collection” quick reference button to its home page at, as well as a “View All Specialty Segments” quick reference button to its home page, to provide fast, one-stop access for planners seeking to research to conduct a program at one of the world’s finest historic resorts or hotels. On the site, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily accessible on the site.

In the northeast, the “ALHI Historic Collection” specialty segment features a diversity of historic options that includes: New England’s “Grand Oceanfront Resort” Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, situated on 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and sandy ocean beaches; the renowned 509-room Jumeirah Essex House, celebrating 75 years of luxury on Central Park South in Manhattan; the landmark New York Palace Hotel, which successfully merges the historic Villard Mansion built in 1882 with a contemporary 55-story hotel tower in midtown Manhattan; the elegant 686-room InterContinental New York Barclay, originally built in 1926 under the aegis of the Vanderbilt family; and one of ALHI’s newest members, the stylish Loews Regency Hotel New York, which provides true Park Avenue luxury in the heart of New York City.

Additional options on the U.S. east coast include: Washington D.C.’s Willard InterContinental, which has hosted many of the country’s most noteworthy business and political leaders for over 150 years; The Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg, offering a total of 1,051 guest rooms and suites and 67,000 square feet of meeting space in historic Williamsburg, Virginia; The Homestead, founded in 1766 (10 years before the American Revolution!) and featuring a stunning 3,000-acre Alleghany Mountain setting in Hot Springs, Virginia; West Virginia’s renowned Greenbrier, welcoming meeting guests and dignitaries for nearly 229 years, and offering 85,000 square feet of meeting space and over 50 recreational activities; and the 2,000-acre famed Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, built more than 100 years ago, and featuring 420 guest rooms and suites, 60,000 square feet of meeting space, and eight incredible golf courses.

Offerings in the south include such Florida options as the newly renovated Don CeSar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel, known as Florida’s landmark Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach; and The Biltmore in Coral Gables, set on a private 150-acre oasis and designated as a National Historic Landmark. Georgia boasts the Forbes Five-Star Cloister at Sea Island, a spectacular and secluded meeting retreat for more than 80 years. The elegant Peabody Memphis, on the National Register of Historic Places and known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” has been hosting guests since 1869.

ALHI’s distinctive portfolio also features two exceptional historic options in Texas: The Driskill, built in Austin in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, and offering 189 rooms and 18,080 square feet of meeting space; and The Adolphus, a magnificent renaissance palace built in Dallas in 1912 by beer baron Adolphus Busch.

In the west U.S., ALHI offerings in Colorado include: The Broadmoor, which opened in 1918 and is the longest consecutive winner of the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star awards; and Denver’s Four-Diamond Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, open since 1892 and host to many of the world’s most prominent guests.

California features such great choices as: the 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, an oasis for groups for more than 85 years; the world-renowned Lodge at Pebble Beach, legendary for its four world-class golf courses and breathtaking setting on the Pacific Ocean; and the oceanfront, Victorian-style Hotel del Coronado that was built in 1888 and is a National Historic Landmark.

Among the international options in ALHI’s historic collection is the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel in France, docked along the side of the magnificent Garnier Opera House.

ALHI has 16 professionally staffed National Sales Offices, with locations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, North Carolina, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, and Toronto. Go to to identify the “ALHI Contacts” sales professionals in your area.

For more information on the “ALHI Historic Collection,” or for a copy of ALHI’s 155-page “ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities 2009-2010,” contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit

MeetGreen appointed Official Sustainability Consultants to IMEX America

The IMEX Group will continue to build on its strong environmental track record and reputation on green issues when it launches IMEX America in October 2011. To help the new US tradeshow achieve its environmental objectives, the organisers have appointed MeetGreen as the show’s Official Sustainability Consultants.

The first IMEX America will take place at the Sands Expo Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo 11 – 13 October 2011. In the next year, the IMEX Group and its many partners will work closely with MeetGreen to set green standards for transportation, food and beverage and the venue in particular.

Earlier this year the Las Vegas Sands Corporation unveiled Eco 360, a broad-ranging energy efficiency and environmental initiative. With the recent LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the Venetian and the conference center, the combined properties now comprise the largest adjoined LEED-certified building in the world. This, together with the company’s focus on developing vendor partnerships that comply with its green policies makes the Sands Expo the ideal home for IMEX America.

With the launch of its first tradeshow for the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry in Frankfurt eight years ago, the IMEX Group set out to establish new standards for environmental best practice in the exhibition industry. As a result this year, IMEX in Frankfurt reduced its total waste output by 30 tonnes compared to 2009 and reduced paper usage by 8 tonnes and cardboard by 7.5 tonnes. The company also sets yearly environmental goals for the recycling and reuse of a wide range of other materials including carpeting and visitor badges.

Says Amy Spatrisano, principal of MeetGreen: “Las Vegas is not usually top of mind when you think of sustainable destinations yet there are great strides being made by Las Vegas venues. We’re looking forward to this tremendous opportunity in working with IMEX America to support their commitment to produce a sustainable trade show by using a progressive approach with Las Vegas venues and vendors to elevate the level of sustainable practices being implemented.”

IMEX Group CEO, Carina Bauer comments: “IMEX America is going to be a genuinely unique model of trade show. The show will have three core pillars to it that will make it unlike any other trade show in the US: the largest hosted buyer program in North America combined with a unique online appointment system; a focus on high quality professional education supported by our Strategic Partner and major educational providers, MPI, and a dedication to sustainability and innovation. We intend to do our utmost to meet – and set – some very demanding green standards for IMEX America and MeetGreen’s expertise and guidance, as well as their excellent industry partnerships, will play a fundamental role in helping us achieve our objectives.”

MeetGreen works with progressive global organisations to integrate sustainable practices and produce conferences and events that deliver targeted business results. Since the company’s founding in 1994, MeetGreen has pursued its vision to continuously transform the global meetings industry through leadership, innovation, education and performance.

IMEX America’s unique model will ensure that 2,000 hosted buyers from the association, corporate and agency sectors attend the show. 80 per cent of hosted buyers will be from North America and 20 per cent from the rest of the world. All will place business internationally as well as in the US and all will benefit from exclusive access to the IMEX online appointment and diary messaging tools which this year generated over 57,000 group and individual business appointments between buyers and exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt.

Exhibitors and buyers can register their interest in IMEX America at

Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now Through Labor Day in Temecula Valley

Southern California Wine Country
Timely Itineraries from Make It Easy

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country – has released a set of “Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” which is centrally located approximately 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Designed to assist new and returning visitors, and those bringing friends and family to the casual, picturesque valley noted for its sunny, relaxed Southern California spirit and affordability, with planning mid- and late-summer escapes and vacations, the “Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now” are:

• For Food & Wine Lovers
• In The Great Outdoors
• For Authentic & Cultural Experiences
• For A Romantic Get-Away and
• For The Ladies (Friends, Moms, and Daughters)

“Each of the five themed lists of ten ideas is sequenced like an itinerary. Visitors can also choose the ideas and elements that appeal to them most, add other places they’d like to return or have heard about, and customize their visit in their own unique way,” explained Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Temecula Valley’s three primary destinations are just minutes from each other. Each itinerary includes opportunities for experiencing some of the best of summer in Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Valley Wine Country – all within two days.”

For Food & Wine Lovers -Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day
1. Wine and unwind: Vino Vinyasa, a yoga and wine tasting session*
2. Light lunch overlooking the vineyards: vineyard-style ahi tuna sashimi and an estate garden, “field to fork” salad*
3. Perfect pairings: sensory learning with a wine and artisan cheese tasting*
4. Swirl and savor the sweet: wine and chocolate truffle tasting; it’s educational*
5. Red meat and red wine: 100% Prime Black Angus Beef + extraordinary wine list = the ultimate in fine dining*
6. Best in the valley: Sat. morning Old Town Temecula Farmers Market; buy great picnic fare and dine at Monument Park
7. Mid-day cool: trendy and upscale, house-made gelato (flavor ‘du jour’) or seek authentic, Old Town root beer float
8. Old Town shopping: herbs, spices, custom-blends; rice, grains; hand-crafted, artisan cheeses; other artisan foods
9. Old Town tasting trail: wine shops and tasting rooms; local 100% extra virgin olive oils, seasonal versions, too
10. Old Town fixed price dinner: Order ‘prix fixe’ with wines to complement; beautiful, fine dining; great value*

Visit all summer and any time of year, including holidays and delight in the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Ideas noted with an asterisk (*) following indicate advance reservations are required or recommended.
Information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
For further information go to or call 888/363-2852

In The Great Outdoors -Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day
1. Morning round of 18: golf on a course with simply awe-inspiring terrain surrounding the Pechanga River*
2. Lunch on the clubhouse patio: awesome club “house” sandwich; views of boulder-strewn mountain are dramatic
3. Catch the afternoon breeze: hike at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve; 1.2-mile, Granite Loop Trail has shade
4. Dinner, Old Town Temecula: summer’s Kobe burger (w/pepper-jack cheese, Dijon,) French fries, and a microbrew
5. Rhythm for exploring: Fri. nights thru Sept 3, live bands on 3 Old Town stages; admire eclectic, historic architecture
6. Take to the sky: summer morning hot air balloon ride over the vineyards; commanding view of wine country*
7. Directly followed by round of 9: course makes its way around a century-old stone house and even older oak trees*
8. Fresh air encourages appetite: Lunch with a panoramic golf course view, BBQ mango, pulled pork sandwich = tasty
9. Travel by land: Temecula Valley Parkway to De Portola Wine Trail; visit wineries; enjoy sangria and live music
10. Dinner in the vineyard: early or for the sunset; grilled wild shrimp kebob w/basil-fried rice, mint and wasabi aioli *

Visit all summer and any time of year, including holidays and delight in the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Ideas noted with an asterisk (*) following indicate advance reservations are required or recommended.
Information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
For further information go to or call 888/363-2852

Authentic & Cultural Experiences -Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day
1. Touch the vine, taste the wine: fun, vineyard tour and tasting*
2. Happy hour in the vineyards: tapas and wine (‘25%-off’ Fri.’s, summer special); celebrate but turn in early…
3. Hot air balloon ride at sunrise: peaceful, floating over vineyards; ride = about an hour; memory = lifetime *
4. Half-day of balance: new wine-country spa experience (yoga, honey lemongrass revitalizing ritual, raindrop technique massage, spa lunch); relax in cabana by pool*
5. Casino action: Las-Vegas style gaming, Pechanga Resort & Casino; 130+ table games; 3,700 slot machines plus poker
6. Pan-Asian for dinner: casual and relaxed bistro; cuisine from China, Thailand, Vietnam; expertly prepared; delicious
7. Great laughs: The Comedy Club at Pechanga; ever-changing cast of talented comedians; most shows have three*
8. Downtown Old Town Temecula: self-guided, historic walking tour; + see new town square
9. Reverence for the past: Temecula Valley Museum; opening Aug 14.-historic photo exhibit portrays life on Vail Ranch
10. Positive vibration: patio, south end of Old Town, new on Sun. afternoons-live reggae bands and a Caribbean buffet

Visit all summer and any time of year, including holidays and delight in the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Ideas noted with an asterisk (*) following indicate advance reservations are required or recommended.
Information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
For further information go to or call 888/363-2852.

For A Romantic Get-Away -Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day
1. Time to breathe: spa experience with aromatic body or scalp massages; champagne on the veranda *
2. Las Vegas-style casino action: Pechanga Resort & Casino; table games can be romantic; blackjack, roulette or craps
3. Chateaubriand for two: carved tableside (served with béarnaise) and wine; understated elegance; unforgettable*
4. After dinner: Silk at Pechanga, megaclub, 1 of Calif.’s largest; or Eagle’s Nest, rooftop nightclub, live music, city lights
5. Hot air balloon ride at dawn: one hour of peace and serenity, drifting over the vineyards at sunrise-truly memorable*
6. Sun. brunch outdoors in wine country: Steak & eggs, buckwheat pancakes & apple-wood bacon; almond champagne*
7. Scenic wine country drive: wineries, tastings rooms; buy wine to enjoy with cozy dinners for 2 and when entertaining
8. Walking Old Town Temecula: shop for keepsakes in unique stores with art, fashions, home accessories, and more
9. Timeless rhythms: live classical music, Sun. afternoons at intimate venue known as The MERC*
10. Fine dining for dinner: Trendy, smart, casual, chic, upscale in Old Town; filet mignon = perfect steak dinner for 2 *

Visit all summer and any time of year, including holidays and delight in the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Ideas noted with an asterisk (*) following indicate advance reservations are required or recommended.
Information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
For further information go to or call 888/363-2852.

For The Ladies (Friends, Moms, and Daughters) -Cool SummerFest Things To Do Now through Labor Day
1. Lunch on patio, Old Town: cheerful casual ambiance; salads, sandwiches, flat-bread pizzas*
2. Shop Old Town: unique boutiques; collectibles, crafts, fashions for ladies and babies, home and garden, and more*
3. Delicious Mexican dinner: authentic; carnitas are fantastic; maybe share the fried ice cream for dessert
4. Music just down the block: Fri. evenings, best bands @ The MERC – great little club, feels like a private concert*
5. Half day of bliss: wine-country, spa experience; massage, GrapeSeed scrub, GrapeSeed facial, spa cuisine lunch*
6. Scenic wine country tour: By car or limo* or shuttle*; tour, taste, shop wine country craft fair, winery gift shops
7. Seafood delights: the freshest; menu is casual to elegant; interactive oyster and sushi bar; all are excellent *
8. Las-Vegas-style action: Pechanga Resort & Casino; 24/7 gaming; state-of-the-art machines, table games and more
9. Nighttime entertainment: Cabaret Lounge (no cover), main casino floor; musical guests = blend of rhythms & styles
10. Sunday brunch: patio overlooking golf course; French toast and Monte Cristo sandwich are great*

Visit all summer and any time of year, including holidays and delight in the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

Ideas noted with an asterisk (*) following indicate advance reservations are required or recommended.
Information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
For further information go to or call 888/363-2852.

***About the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. As the region’s official resource for visitors, the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau stimulates economic growth and tourism by promoting the Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country region, and assisting groups and visitors with planning and area information. The region includes three, primary and unique destinations: Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Valley Wine Country – neighboring locations within minutes of each other but each with their own distinctive character, events, activities, and amenities. For additional information including special offers and for a free Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Visitor’s Guide, go to or call 888/363-2852.

AH&LA Webinar Prepares Hotels for Labor Department Audits

Members Report Audits Being Conducted on a Variety of Issues
Washington, July 2010 – In light of newly-enacted regulatory strategies by the federal government targeting hotels and their employees, as well as members’ reports of audits on a wide variety of issues, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is hosting an informative Webinar, “Labor Department Targeting Hotels For Audits: Be Prepared,” on July 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn how to comply and make sense of the recently-announced “Plan/Prevent/Protect” regulatory and enforcement initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). If the new initiatives are not implemented, hotels may have to contend with increased federal enforcement actions, class and collective action lawsuits, and union organizing.

Topics include new challenges and best practices around:

• How your property will be impacted by increased enforcement
• H-2B seasonal visa holders
• Safety and health initiatives, including ergonomics
• Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs audits
• Wage and hour investigations, including exempt status and independent contractor classification

Presented by national law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C., a panel of labor attorneys will address these topics and answer questions.

This Webinar is free to AH&LA members and $99 for nonmembers.

RCMA Gives Sixth $100,000 to World Food Programme

INDIANAPOLlS, IN-Striving to make a difference in the lives of hungry children, the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA), for the 6th year in a row, has donated $100,000 to feed the undernouri shed of the world.

Noting that 18,000 children die each day from malnutrition and hunger, DeWayne
Woodring, CMP, executive director of RCMA, stated, “Our association feels a responsibility to
help those less fortunate and to minister in a tangible way to meeting their needs. Through this
contribution our members and associate members can feel they have a share in this special form
of ministry.”

The humanitarian program to which RCMA contributes is one that provides food to the
hungriest children through the schools. “Instead of searching for food, children receive a
nutritious meal as well as an education which contributes in the long tenn to the reduction of
poverty and infectious diseases,” declared Woodring.

The total RCMA contribution through the years of $600,000 was made to the World
Food Programme which is the United Nations key agency charged with fighting hunger and the
largest international food aid organization in the world.

Leaders of the program point out that wherever school feeding is offered, enrollment and
attendance rates increase significantly, particularly for girls. Also, students stay in school longer
and perform better when meals are provided.

By getting more children into the classroom, school feeding programs also help expand
the reach of a number of other social programs. For example, increased school attendance
provides an opportunity to educate more children and their families on HIV/AIDS prevention,
proper nutrition, parental involvement in schools, and the dispensing of medical treatments to
children in need.

In other action, the RCMA Board of Directors set “New Vision” as the theme for the 39th
RCMA World Conference and Exposition, slated for Tampa, Florida, January 25-28, 2011.

Featured in its professional education program will be behind-the-scenes experiences in
which attendees will perform hands-on tasks in hotels, convention center, advertising agency,
production company and the well known Busch Gardens.

Special attention was given to developing a series of tutorials ranging from, “Adding
Pizzazz To Your Meetings Without Breaking The Bank,” “Engaging Your Key Audiences With
Social Media” and “Hotel Contracts Boot Camp” to “Marketing Your Religious Meeting” and
“How To Successfully Negotiate Anything.”

RCMA is a professional, nonprofit, faith-based organization of meeting professionals
who have responsibility for planning and/or managing over 13,000 assemblies, meetings and
conferences for religious organizations which annually attract in excess of 10 million attendees.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting: Religious Conference
Management Association, 7702 Woodland Drive, Suite 120, Indianapolis, IN 46278. Phone
(3 17) 632-1888; Fax (3 17) 632-7909; E-mail: rcma@,

Trailblazers 2010

It’s time to explore one of the world’s leading international meeting destinations with its stunning natural landscapes and unique history. Now in its 17th year, Trailblazers 2010 heads to Geneva, Switzerland. From August 13 – 16, 2010, North American buyers will take part in this high end incentive travel program where they will meet with key trade suppliers from a selection of top international destinations.

This unique marketplace is the perfect opportunity for buyers to network one-on-one with representatives from Britain, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and Monaco and discover the latest tourism developments. Attendance is by invitation only and all applications are subject to review by the Trailblazers committee.

ASAE Awarding ALHI’s David Gabri With The Prestigious “Academy of Leaders Award”

. . . Presented By ASAE & The Center For Association Leadership

This Highly-Coveted Award Is The Highest Individual Honor To An Industry Partner For Exceptional Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC (July 2010) – ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership will present David Gabri, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), with its prestigious “Academy of Leaders Award.” The highly-respected award is ASAE & The Center’s highest individual honor given to an industry partner who has demonstrated exemplary support of ASAE & The Center and the entire association community. Gabri is the sole recipient of the award this year, and is just the 23rd recipient to ever receive the honor. The award will be presented to Gabri at ASAE & The Center’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 21-24, 2010, in Los Angeles.

“I’m truly honored to receive this prestigious award which recognizes ALHI’s and my deep personal commitment to ASAE, and the vital association community,” said Gabri. “Serving associations and their executives and planners throughout North America has been a privilege to me over so many years, and ASAE has been a driving force in educating me and creating an environment that has allowed me to develop so many valued relationships.”

Gabri is president and CEO of ALHI ( ), which has served the association, corporate meetings, and conventions marketplaces for nearly 25 years. ALHI provides dedicated National Sales services for its extraordinary membership of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, which all specialize in meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. ALHI enables organizations with reliable one-call local-access to its outstanding member hotels and resorts via its 16 professionally staffed National Sales offices located throughout North America. As ALHI is an authorized dues-based organization, there is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the national sales service.

ALHI’s distinctive portfolio features more than 100,000 rooms and suites and over 10 million square feet of meeting space. Member properties 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 world-class gaming and entertainment. To see the ALHI portfolio, visit .

Gabri has over 30 years of experience in the hotel and resort industry, with significant marketing and sales leadership experience, which spans regional sales, hotel operator, manager, asset manager, owner representative, and entrepreneur. Prior to acquiring ALHI in 2003, Gabri was executive vice president for Tishman Hotel Corporation, and executive vice president and partner of Buena Vista Hospitality Group. He has served on ASAE & The Center’s AAA Strategic Planning, International and Branding Committees. He is a member of the Meeting Professionals International MPI Industry Advisory Panel, and is the Past Chairman of the Meeting Professionals International MPI Foundation Board of Trustees, and was a member of the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International.

Two other individuals will also receive awards at the ASAE Annual Meeting in August. David Parker, CAE, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, will receive the “Key Award,” ASAE & The Center’s highest honor bestowed upon association chief executives. R. Norris Orms, executive vice president and COO of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), will receive the “Professional Performance Award,” which recognizes invaluable contributions made by association executives who are at the top level within their organizations but are not CEOs.

“This year’s leadership awards are going to some of the most deserving association and industry leaders. Their commitment to the association community and dedication to the profession has been demonstrated with decades of experience and countless contributions to their respective organizations and the entire industry. I’m proud to serve ASAE and the profession along with Dave Gabri, Dave Parker and Norris Orms, who are an inspiration to us all,” said Susan Bitter Smith, CAE, executive director of the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association and chairman of the 2010 Awards Committee.

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 nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit .

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Artist Reuben Margolin’s Sculpture Brings New Life to Hilton Anatole

DALLAS, Texas – (July, 2010) – When guests of the Hilton Anatole stroll into the hotel’s redesigned Atrium II space later this fall, they will discover Nebula – a structure made of 10 miles of aircraft cable, 1,780 pulleys and over 4,500 amber crystals – floating above in a wavelike dance. Nebula is a dramatic, slowly moving kinetic structure, organized in a multi-tiered, geometric pattern and fans out almost 100 feet long and 50 feet wide.

The sweeping design of Nebula, or “cluster of stars,” is the work of world-renowned artist Reuben Margolin. Combining the logic of mathematics with inspiration from wave patterns and the graceful motion of caterpillars, the 39-year-old San Francisco Bay Area sculptor creates large-scale kinetic sculptures using pulleys, motors and a wide variety of materials. His large-scale undulating installations have been found in art spaces in San Francisco, New York, London, Mumbai and Switzerland. Dallas is the next city to showcase a Margolin work-of-art.

Inspiration. Imagination. Transformation.

In 2009, after submitting designs for a kinetic structure competition led by Atrium II’s interior designer, EDG Interior Architecture + Design, Margolin was commissioned by Crow Holdings– owners and operators of Hilton Anatole – to conceptualize and design a dramatic centerpiece for Atrium II, a 31,000-sq.-ft. common area inside the hotel.

“The first time I walked into Atrium II, my heart leapt,” says Margolin, a Harvard graduate. “In the daytime, natural light floods in, and at night the panes of glass above become a night sky of stars as they reflect the interior lights. I wanted to do justice to the magic of the space by incorporating light, magnificent scale, steel truss work and sparkles high above.”

Now, Nebula takes shape as Margolin and a team of engineers and fabricators piece the materials together in a large production warehouse in San Francisco. The artwork will be shipped to Dallas, where it will take approximately 17 days and a crew of five to suspend the piece 50 feet above the Atrium II space. When complete, Nebula will slowly rise and fall in a complex choreography so that it appears to swim or breathe in graceful strides. The movement is not digital in origin, but rather the result of one mechanism using pure physics to create complex and fluid shapes.

Math & Physics Meet Art & Design

Nebula invites contemplation from a variety of perspectives: as a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture; as a visualization of the complexities of wave motion and related scientific and mathematical concepts; and as an intricate and beautiful mechanical device.

“Kinetic sculpture remains one of the most enchanting fusions of technology and high art, and Nebula’s contemporary design blends perfectly with our legendary artwork collection,” said Mark Messina, general manager of Hilton Anatole. “Reuben’s work brings a new dimension of energy and a timeless sense of wonder to our guests and staff alike. We are fortunate to have his talent, passion and creative genius on board as we re-imagine our space.”

Margolin adds, “I look forward to making Nebula come alive and ‘swim’ for the first time in this beautiful space. This is an amazing project, and I hope that it embellishes the Hilton Anatole as a creative and mesmerizing experience all its own.”

For photos, videos and more information about Margolin’s work, visit To learn more about the Hilton Anatole, visit or call (214)-748-1200.

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 Internet access. Additionally, the hotel offers guests more than 500,000 sq. ft. of event space 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, tennis courts, one of the finest lap pools in the region, an indoor jogging track; gift and sundry boutiques; V Spa, the hotel’s newest luxury spa oasis; and 5 unique restaurants and bars for dining and entertainment, including the new high-tech Media Grill + Bar, award-winning five-star Nana and chic Gossip Bar.

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