Monthly Archives: August 2010

Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK International Air Terminal Unveil Plans for Enhancement and Expansion of Terminal 4 at JFK Airport

Project to create a state-of-the-art facility at Terminal 4 at Delta’s JFK hub

$1.2 billion expansion and enhancement project to begin in September 2010

JFKIAT to manage terminal facility

NEW YORK, Aug. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) today unveiled plans for the enhancement and expansion of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The $1.2 billion project will create a state-of-the-art facility for New York’s fastest growing global airline.

“The newly expanded and enhanced Terminal 4, one of many substantial investments we’re making in New York, will provide significant benefits to our customers, employees and the city of New York for decades to come,” said Delta Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. “Following a multi-year effort, we are very pleased to have reached a decision with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JFKIAT and Schiphol USA. This plan allows us to move forward with the enhancement of our JFK hub, one that will showcase modern, welcoming facilities and meet the needs of the world’s most competitive and largest aviation market.”

“John F. Kennedy Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, will continue its transformation into one of the nation’s most state-of the-art airports with the approval of this plan and the construction of a new billion dollar extension to the international terminal,” said New York Gov. David Paterson. “The Terminal 4 expansion will not only help increase customer service for thousands of travelers and bring much-needed renovations and upgrades to handle the demands of 21st century air travel, but it will create hundreds of construction jobs for New York residents. I would like to thank Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson for their commitment to this project, and for laying the groundwork for a new, world-class terminal at JFK Airport.”

“Ensuring reliable air transportation to and from New York City is crucial to strengthening our economy. And the decision by Delta Air Lines to expand its international terminal at Kennedy Airport will make it easier for even more people to travel to this city in the coming years,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Not only will this $1.2 billion project cement New York City’s status as the nation’s top travel destination, it will also create an additional 10,000 jobs over the next three years.”

“This Delta-Port Authority announcement launches a billion dollar expanded and enhanced facility for JFK that will create new jobs and a state-of-the-art portal to the world’s greatest city,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. “JFK is the gateway to New York City. And with Delta flying non-stop to five continents, this new facility will enable travelers to fly to and from our great city with ease and comfort. Terminal 4 will greatly improve traveling for New Yorkers – and travelers across the globe – and showcase New York as the transportation hub of not only the nation, but the world.”

“I applaud Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for working together to bring this major investment to John F. Kennedy International Airport,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “This $1.2 billion project represents a firm commitment from Delta Air Lines to further deepen its ties to New York’s economy by providing jobs and enhancing our transportation infrastructure. I look forward to working with our airline carriers and airport operators to further upgrade our aviation infrastructure and ensure good jobs and quality air transit for New York’s economy.”

“The announcement of a new Delta Air Lines terminal expansion and enhancement at JFK Airport is a great moment for the Sixth Congressional District,” said U.S. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks. “Thousands of jobs will be created with badly needed revenue to aid our economic recovery. I would like to commend Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority and everyone involved for their commitment to the people of New York and those who will visit our great city.”

“New York works best when New Yorkers are working,” said New York Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson. “Today’s announcement secures the type of sound business initiatives we need to create the jobs and grow the industries that will help New York retain its standing as the Empire State. I applaud Gov. Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, our U.S. Senate and Congressional delegation, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, Delta CEO Richard Anderson, as well as Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Shirley Huntley for their collective efforts to rebuild our economy.”

“The economic stability of New York State depends upon our ability to create jobs and to retain and attract businesses,” said New York Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith. “This announcement today by Delta Air Lines to expand their terminal is exactly the type of investment that secures these key goals, resulting in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the region. I congratulate Gov. Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, Delta CEO Richard Anderson and Senator Shirley Huntley for their successful perseverance over the last year and a half in making this critical economic development initiative a reality.”

“Today, we welcome Delta Air Lines and CEO Richard Anderson and commend their decision to build a state-of-the-art, showcase terminal facility at JFK. Substantial investments like the one Delta is making will create much needed economic development, thousands of jobs and helps us build a bigger, brighter New York,” said New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Terminal 4 Improvements and Customer Benefits

Currently, Delta operates predominantly out of Terminal 2 for domestic flights and Terminal 3 for international service. The expansion of Terminal 4 – which has been successfully managed by JFKIAT for over a decade – will replace the outdated Terminal 3 facilities to enhance the customer experience for the 11 million passengers Delta serves at JFK annually. Delta anticipates that customers will experience an improvement in operational performance through dual taxiways, resulting in reduced taxi times and better on-time performance. Delta is also upgrading its inter-terminal passenger connectors between Terminals 2 and 4 for faster transit between the facilities. Delta customers will further benefit from the airline’s ability to continue expanding its international network, which currently includes non-stop service to 94 destinations from JFK and more than 1,200 weekly departures. International service includes non-stop service to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, with new service being offered to Tokyo, Tel Aviv and Iceland among other destinations.

Economic Impact to the Region

Since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub earlier this decade, Delta has made major investments across the New York region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. Delta’s current JFK operation generates 49,000 jobs in the region. The Terminal 4 expansion project will create an additional 10,000 jobs in the New York Metropolitan Region by 2014, including airport and construction jobs. Over the next 60 months, the $1.2 billion project will generate $500 million of personal income in the region and $1.6 billion of economic output from the purchases of goods and services.

When completed, the total economic impact of Delta’s New York operation will contribute more than $19 billion annually to the state of New York.

“Over the past decade, we’ve invested billions to improve the customer experience for the 46 million passengers that fly through JFK each year,” said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “This partnership with Delta Air Lines is our latest effort to ensure that JFK is an airport for the 21st century.”

“This is a game-changing deal for our customers and the entire regional aviation system,” said Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward. “It increases JFK’s capacity, vastly improves the customer experience and strengthens the economic competitiveness of the most important gateway in the country. I want to thank Delta Air Lines, Schiphol and the Port Authority’s dedicated staff for completing a deal that has been years in the making.”

Expansion Project Highlights

Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2010, with anticipated completion of phase one and relocation of Delta’s Terminal 3 operations to Terminal 4 in May 2013. Delta’s JFK terminal project includes the expansion of Concourse B at Terminal 4, with nine new international gates; the construction of a passenger connector between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4; expanded areas for baggage claim and Customs and Border Protection; and the demolition of Terminal 3 in May 2015. The Terminal 3 site will then be used for aircraft parking.

Photos of the planned renovations are available online at http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=13&cat=14&mode=gallery.

Schiphol Group and JFKIAT

“Schiphol is honored that Delta has chosen Terminal 4 to serve as the main hub of its New York operations,” said Jos Nijhuis, president and CEO of Schiphol Group. “Delta Air Lines is a key member of the SkyTeam alliance, and, together with its partner Air France-KLM, this will further strengthen their North Atlantic network, facilitated by the airports of Amsterdam, Paris and New York. Our added value as a leading airport operator is our ability to harmonize the processes needed to achieve a world-class travel experience and serve our airlines in a cost-effective and flexible way. In addition, Delta’s choice reflects the success of Terminal 4 after nearly a decade in operation. At the same time, the terminal will continue to serve independent airlines and host current customers.”

“Our team is looking forward to making this plan happen in the best interest of all stakeholders,” said Alain Maca, president of JFKIAT. “It is an exciting challenge to continue to serve our customers while expanding our facilities. The implementation of the ambitious development plan with Delta represents a major new milestone in the history of our terminal.”

About JFKIAT

JFKIAT LLC, which operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is wholly owned by Schiphol USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Schiphol North America Holding Inc., an indirect subsidiary of NV Luchthaven Schiphol, a Dutch company based in Amsterdam. JFKIAT is the only private, non-airline company to be selected by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to operate a terminal at JFK. The 1.5-million-square-foot Terminal 4 opened in May 2001 and reached an annual passenger volume of 9.5 million air travelers in 2009. Terminal 4 is one of the largest terminals in the New York area, serving nearly 40 international and domestic airlines.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 367 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world’s largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 45 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections or strategies for the future, may be “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the cost of aircraft fuel; the effects of the global recession; the effects of the global financial crisis; the impact of posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts; the impact that our indebtedness will have on our financial and operating activities and our ability to incur additional debt; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements will have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of our merger with Northwest; the integration of the Delta and Northwest workforces; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub airports; our increasing dependence on technology in our operations; our ability to retain management and key employees; the ability of our credit card processors to take significant holdbacks in certain circumstances; the effects of terrorist attacks; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; and competitive conditions in the airline industry.

Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009 and our report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2010. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of August 11, 2010, and which we have no current intention to update.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

IMEX Survey Reveals Buyers Opinions on Social Media, Blogs and Smartphones

For the first time this year, IMEX in Frankfurt surveyed over 1,000 hosted buyers immediately after the show for their views on social media, industry blogs and Smartphone usage.

The survey quizzed buyers on their use of social media, both as a professional meetings and event management tool and as a networking channel. 625 respondents answered the social media questions and confirmed their preference for LinkedIn as an online networking site.

LinkedIn was used by 64 per cent of respondents, and Facebook by 60 per cent of buyers. Twitter is currently used by 27 per cent and YouTube by 23 per cent.

46 per cent of respondents also confirmed an increase in the use of social media for networking over the past 6 months, although 32 per cent felt it had remained about the same. At the same time, 44 per cent of respondents agreed that ‘there are too many social media and networking sites to keep up to date with.’ Surprisingly given the proliferation of blogs within the wider business world, and increasingly within the international meetings industry, 83 per cent of respondents still do not regularly follow an industry blog.

Also in line with wider business trends, Blackberry is currently the Smartphone of choice in the global meetings industry, with 57 per cent of respondents saying they use one. Of these, 47 per cent are using Blackberries as opposed to 31 per cent using Apple iPhones and 24 per cent using Nokia devices.

In November 2009 an IMEX Global Insights Poll of 45 senior international meetings industry professionals revealed a certain degree of frustration with social media. That poll showed that 22 per cent agreed with the statement: ‘my company wants to use every social media channel – but with no extra resource to support the added work.’ At that time a similar number – 22 per cent – used social media in a limited way for professional and networking purposes, preferring to use it just for personal communication.

However, the findings of the 2010 IMEX Post-Show survey suggest that the uptake of social media for professional and corporate use has now accelerated significantly. They also show that YouTube especially is making its mark as a credible and viable channel for corporate marketing and communications within the international meetings industry.

Says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, “As a truly international show with a good cross-section of buyers from across Europe, the USA plus the ‘BRICs’ countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, it is interesting to observe the rapid growth of marketing channels such as YouTube and realise quite how far it has come as a credible, global communications channel that’s open to all. Further into the future, once more African countries move from 2G to 3G technology, for example, and mobile penetration really accelerates, this could create yet another step change. Current trends suggest that mobile payment systems, environmental monitoring and even intelligent sensors embedded into mobiles are all just around the corner and these will have huge implications for the meetings and events industry.

“The growth of social media in different world markets creates both enormous pressures and provides international businesses such as ours with fantastic opportunities. The discipline for all of us is to pay careful attention to where the value truly lies for each of our different audiences and never to assume that a ‘one size solution fits all.”

Some of these issues have already been raised and are being explored by UK research company, Fast Future Research through its ongoing Convention 2020 research study. IMEX is one of the study’s founding sponsors and encourages all meetings industry professionals to share their views and get involved in Phase 2 workshops. For more information – http://convention2020.meetingsreview.com/

Fairfax County Welcomes Military Reunion Planners

Members of The Reunion Friendly Network to Tour Fairfax County September 23-26

Fairfax County, VA – August 30, 2010 – Late next month, Visit Fairfax (www.fxva.com) and the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport will play host to more than 20 military reunion planners during a four-day workshop and familiarization tour to help them coordinate future gatherings with their “brothers (and sisters) in arms” in Fairfax County and the greater National Capital Region. The participants, who represent groups from all four branches of the US Armed Services, are members of The Reunion Friendly Network (RFN), a national organization dedicated to educating military reunion planners (www.reunionfriendly.com).

“Fairfax County and the National Capital Region are particularly attractive to military reunion groups because of the wide variety of area attractions celebrating the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans,” says Dean Miller, National Sales Manager for Visit Fairfax.

In addition to Fairfax County’s own George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the County’s central location and close proximity to the monuments and memorials of Washington, Civil War battlefields, Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico all make it a popular choice.

Over the course of the visit, which is scheduled to run from September 23rd through the 26th, participants will sit in on planning seminars and keynote speeches, spend time in a special exhibitor marketplace, and tour attractions throughout the region that make it a premier “Military Reunion Friendly” destination. In addition to visits to the Smithsonian, the US Capitol Visitors’ Center and the monuments, tour highlights include:

– A sneak peek of the planned National Museum of the United States Army, which will be located at Fort Belvoir (groundbreaking is scheduled for 2012) – presented by retired USMC Lt. Col. Jeb Bennett, Program Director of the museum, who led the development of the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico;

– A poignant, private wreath-laying ceremony at General Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon (available to any group upon request); and

– A virtual tour of the available Spy Tours in and around Washington, DC.

“We’re proud that Fairfax County will be a part of their reunion experience,” says Miller. “September’s program is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation and give a little back to those who have done so much for all Americans at home and abroad.”

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.

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Strong Attendance Numbers from ASAE’s 2010

Annual Meeting Positive Sign for the Community

WASHINGTON—More than 5,500 association professionals and industry partners walked the red carpet in Los Angeles at ASAE’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 21-24, in person and for the first time online. Attendees chose from more than 125 education sessions led by some of the most renowned association and business leaders, numerous networking events and eight hours of the expo hall. This year’s attendance has seen an increase in the number of association professionals by nearly 700, and exhibitors by nearly 100.

“The numbers from the 2010 Annual Meeting are very encouraging not only to ASAE but to the entire association community,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “We believe the positive growth is a good sign that associations and the entire nonprofit community are slowly rebounding from the down economy. This doesn’t mean the tough times are behind us, but it’s a promising indicator that we’re trending in the right direction.”

The final attendance breakdown includes 2,856 executives (compared to 2,183 in 2009), 1,894 exhibitors (compared to 1,798 in 2009) and 772 other participants, including guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff (compared to 920 in 2009), for a grand total of 5,522 attendees.

A total of 439 companies exhibited at the 2010 event (compared to 436 in 2009), occupying 733 booths. The ratio at the expo hall was 60 percent buyers (association staff) to 40 percent sellers (industry partners), which is one of the best ratios in several years. In 2009, the ratio was 55 percent buyers to 45 percent sellers.

Nearly 2,400 guests attended the fourth annual Food & Wine Classic, a fundraiser benefiting the ASAE Foundation, which raised $225,000. The Silent Auction raised $50,000 and the Annual Golf Tournament raised $10,000.

“The continued success of ASAE’s Annual Meeting would not be possible without the passionate support of our members. Thanks to everyone for making this event possible, especially our volunteers, leadership and committee members,” added Graham.

At the Annual Press Conference Monday, John H. Graham IV, CAE revealed new branding for ASAE and shared more details on the ASAE Foundation and The Power of A, followed by further discussion and official roll out of the new brand at the Monday General Session.

The rebranded logos and accompanying taglines for ASAE, the ASAE Foundation, The Power of A and ASAE Business Services were designed to create a stronger and unified brand and positioning. The new logo will help The Power of A campaign expand and create more internal and external opportunities to build awareness of the association industry’s accomplishments among the public, local stakeholders and state policymakers.

The new logos are available upon request.

Karen L. Hackett, CAE, CEO of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Peter J. O’Neil, CAE, executive director of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, officially assumed leadership roles on the ASAE Board at the Tuesday General Session. In Fiscal Year 2011, which begins on September 1, Hackett will serve as chairman of the ASAE Board. O’Neil will serve as chairman-elect of the ASAE Board and chairman of the ASAE Foundation Board.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners:
Canadian Tourism Commission
Detroit Metro CVB
Fort Worth CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
TMA Resources
USA TODAY

Corporate Partners:
Boxwood
Dallas CVB
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
LarsonAllen
Marketing General Incorporated
MultiView
Visit Baltimore
Visit Charlotte
ThePort Network
Salt Lake CVB
Omaha CVB
Atlanta CVB

Event Partners:
Johnson Lambert & Co., LLP
Richmond Metro CVB
SunTrust Bank
American Airlines
The Broadmoor

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202-626-2831, jkonysz@asaecenter.org

About ASAE
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 www.asaecenter.org.

The Greening of the ASAE Food and Wine Classic

Convene Green Alliance participates in ASAE
Learning Lab discussion about green events

WASHINGTON, DC, August 2010 – It turns out that the ASAE Food and Wine Classic, one of the popular events held each year at the ASAE Annual Meeting, is not just red and white, as the wine selection suggests. It’s also green.

At the recent ASAE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Scott Lindley, Vice President of Development for the Convene Green Alliance (CGA), joined Carylann Assante, Vice President of Development for the ASAE Foundation and Kathryn Wakefield, Director of Client Services for Tourism Toronto, to discuss this unique green meeting program in a session entitled, “The Business of Meetings: Behind the Scenes of Events – Greening Tales to be Told.”

Lindley framed the discussion by disproving some of the common myths about green meetings, including perceptions that green meetings are a hassle, expensive, or reduce the quality of the meeting experience.

He cited one association that saved $150,000 by not printing its conference proceedings. While the group received a few complaints, attendees strongly approved of the move when they were told of the environmental and economic impact of the move.

Audience members weighed in with similar stories demonstrating how certain meeting elements changed in an effort to be environmentally sustainable are almost always welcomed with open arms. Examples included using recycled eating utensils, paper badges instead of plastic badge holders, and setting up water stations to replace the need for plastic water bottles.

Assante recounted the four-year history of the ASAE Food and Wine Classic and explained how the event has been enhanced during the past two years by making it a powerful example of a green event.

In Toronto, the event was held in an area known as The Distillery District, which featured brick walkways and a collection of interesting shops and restaurants developed from what was formerly a working distillery and an area used to film many Hollywood movies.

“Everything that was consumed was biodegradable and/or compostable,” Wakefield explained. “We wanted to create an environment that supported a minimal or zero-waste event.” Recycling bins were used throughout the event, and up-front training with the catering company and other suppliers ensured that the waste stream was not contaminated by non-recyclable materials. Because of the brick walkways, wine glasses were not allowed, but plastic wine glasses made from recycled plastic were used instead.
Instead of extensive signage, Assante and the event team came up with the idea of using “wine charms” that drove attendees to explore the entire area and collect the charms to wear on bracelets. This created a strong positive buzz as attendees talked about the charms and helped each other collect them.

At the 2010 ASAE Meeting in Los Angeles, Assante continued the tradition of partnering with a nonprofit organization in the city to host the event, this time at the California Science Center, which is one of the greenest facilities in the city. She noted that these partnerships, which benefit these local organizations, complement the goal of fundraising for the ASAE Foundation.

Special efforts were made in Los Angeles to produce only enough food for the size of the event, eliminating what can often be a large amount of food waste. Marketing for the event was primarily done electronically, minimizing the amount of paper required. Assante forged partnerships with local restaurants, chefs, and wineries to offer an interesting and diverse fare that was also green because it featured food from local sources. The wineries that participated also have strong records of environmental sustainability.

Assante used creative web-based approaches to publicize the restaurants, chefs, and wineries, reducing the need for printed promotional materials.
“Everything we do for the Food and Wine Classic is very purposeful to support our goals of building community, fundraising, sharing the best of what our industry has to offer, supporting our sponsors, and demonstrating creative ways to be green,” Assante said. She added that each year is a learning experience, and hopes that by talking honestly about the successes and challenges, future ASAE events and the events of attendees who participate can be improved.

In closing, Lindley reviewed the key factors in developing green events, including setting the right policy, getting broad buy-in, finding the right partners, marketing the event, and measuring the success of the event.
For example, he noted that CVBs, nonprofits, and government agencies are often logical partners. He added that meeting contracts should include specific expectations for green performance to ensure that green events meet their objectives. One example is to specify that meeting rooms be maintained at a certain minimum temperature (such as 72 degrees) to save on energy usage.
Lindley added that events don’t have to accomplish all their green goals in the first year – he encouraged attendees to take an incremental approach that allows events to become greener each year as new ideas and best practices are introduced.

The Convene Green Alliance is a grassroots, industry initiative spearheaded by several high-profile associations that seek to effect positive environmental practices through national, regional and local outreach and education. This initiative was developed in response to members’ demands that their association (and the meetings and events they sponsor), reflect best environmental practices. CGA was founded and is managed by IMN Solutions, a leading association, foundation and meeting management company. Learn more at www.convenegreen.com.
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 www.asaecenter.org.

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About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods
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Associated Luxury Hotels Adds Allied International As Its Newest Member

. . . This New Strategic Global Alliance Expands ALHI’s National Sales Services To Planners

WASHINGTON, DC – Allied International, the largest independent destination management company in the world (as it is the parent company of Allied Europe, Allied Arabia and PRA Destination Management), with offices throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere, has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), effective July 2010. With this new membership and global alliance, ALHI expands its service offerings to meeting professionals, association executives, incentive/recognition specialists and group travel specialists, beyond its extensive worldwide portfolio of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts. This new alliance makes it easier for planners — working with ALHI — to secure innovative destination opportunities and services, and to coordinate logistics for their programs throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, beyond the ALHI headquarter hotel. Established in 1986, ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious dues-based membership organization which provides dedicated National Sales services exclusively for its membership and portfolio of incredible luxury hotels and resorts, at no cost to planners’ organizations.

“We’re very pleased about this new strategic global alliance with Allied International and its destination management companies, as it complements and augments our incredible portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts around the world,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “While providing dedicated National Sales services for our member hotels and resorts is, and always will be, the core focus of ALHI, this alliance with Allied enables ALHI professional access to provide even more destination service options to our valued planners as we assist them in developing distinctive programs at our hotels.”

“Win-Win” Situation For Planners
Gabri added, “Allied International’s membership also ties in perfectly with our National Sales account service mentality and with our membership expansion domestically and internationally. We now have extraordinary member hotels and resorts around the world, with over 100,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting space, so adding Allied’s and PRA’s impressive presence and destination expertise to our member hotel and resort offerings throughout Europe and the U.S. is a tremendous added resource for us to share with meeting professionals and incentive/specialists with whom we work with every day.”

“This new membership with Allied International allows our National Sales team to provide planners seamless support and a direct link to Allied’s and PRA’s reliable and experienced DMC specialists for destination solutions worldwide, all with no commissions or incremental costs to the account for this added National Sales service by ALHI,” said Gabri.

“Instead,” Gabri added, “we formed this membership-alliance as an added account service in direct response to customer input — where clients suggested we establish incremental destination support for them, with proven relationships, to complement our incredible hotel and resort portfolio, for destination services and concept options to be considered to best assist them. So, whether our account relationships need assistance with coordinating a program’s logistics, arranging transportation, planning group tours, identifying desired off-site event options, and/or coordinating special spousal and guest activities, this new alliance allows ALHI to become more helpful with the valued accounts we serve to make it much easier and faster to develop and coordinate a program concept.”

Gabri continued, “It really is a ‘win-win’ situation for planners, who are now able to easily tap into their reliable ALHI resource to obtain incremental destination intelligence and costing, with just one-call to their nearest ALHI National Sales office professional. The team strategy and support of ALHI and Allied International will be a real benefit in serving our clients with the best hotels and resorts solutions in the most desirable locations, plus destination options and assistance, especially as we augment our member hotel and resort properties worldwide.”

Allied International (www.allied-international.com) is the parent company of Allied Europe, Allied Arabia, and PRA Destination Management. Allied International, like Associated Luxury Hotels, has over 20 years of experience serving the meeting, convention, and incentive/recognition marketplace. Allied International includes the ownership of PRA Destination Management Inc., based in Carlsbad, California, with DMC operations throughout America as well. Allied International is headed by CEO James W. Hensley, and now provides destination management services in 38 U.S. and 29 international destinations throughout Europe and the United Arab Emirates.

“By combining forces with ALHI, we are able to assist even more meeting professionals and incentive specialists with their destination service needs,” said Hensley. “It really is an ideal alliance since Allied, PRA and ALHI have built proven service reputations based on customer focus, quality solutions, and service reliability. Together we will now provide even more comprehensive account-focused services for planners seeking the variety of ALHI hotels and destinations.”

ALHI’s distinctive, dues-based membership of more than 125 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide provides over 100,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting space for meetings, conventions and incentive/recognition programs. ALHI’s membership includes hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., as well as in Argentina, The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.

The ALHI worldwide member portfolio includes extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality 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; all with a dedicated focus on serving the group markets.

For a complete list of ALHI’s entire worldwide portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s impressive portfolio, including information on several defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio to serve distinctive meeting, convention and incentive travel needs. Included among these are: the “ALHI Level 5 Collection” for those that have earned the highest and most distinctive recognitions including the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond rating, and/or the esteemed Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating; the “ALHI Big Box 5-50 Collection” for larger programs requiring over 500 rooms and over 50,000 square feet of meeting space; the “U-200 Gem Collection” for planners seeking smaller, yet high-quality venues, for their specific programs; the “Mountain Resort Collection”; and the “ALHI Historic Collection” consisting of legendary hotels and resorts with historical significance.

Contact your nearest ALHI national sales representative for their expertise and assistance. Associated Luxury Hotels has 16 professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, North Carolina, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, Toronto and Washington, DC. Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Contacts” sales professionals in your state/area.

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

IMEX 2010 Post-Show Survey – Buyers Prove Their Spending Power

More than 1000 hosted buyers responded to the IMEX 2010 post-show survey and results show that the award-winning trade show continues to deliver on its promise of high quality exhibitors, outstanding networking and education and, above all, abundant business opportunities.

With the majority of buyers (79 per cent) spending over 12 hours on the show floor and nearly a quarter over 16 hours; meetings at IMEX continued to generate the highest possible levels of business between buyers and exhibitors. Survey results showed that hosted buyers placed orders of USD 450 million with exhibitors during the exhibition and expect to place over USD 2.2 billion of business with IMEX exhibitors in the coming 12 months – an increase of over 20 per cent on last year’s estimates. 40 per cent of IMEX hosted buyers confirmed in a separate survey that they have budgets in excess of USD 1 million per year. Over one quarter of respondents said that up to 40 per cent of their meetings at the show were with new companies they had not previously done business with.

IMEX’s unique suite of online tools has proven to have a significant impact on the value of the show for both exhibitors and buyers, with 87 per cent of buyers rating the online diary in particular as ‘extremely or very useful’ and 73 per cent of exhibitors agreeing that the website tools significantly or somewhat improved their business performance at the exhibition. This resulted in a total of 57,000 business appointments made between buyers and exhibitors before and during IMEX in Frankfurt. The number of diary messages exchanged before and during IMEX also increased by 9 per cent to over 12,000.

Important for business

96 per cent of respondents rated the show as ‘very important’ or ‘quite important’ for their business. 82 per cent attended to keep up to date with industry developments and to see ‘what’s new’, whilst 66 per cent visited the Frankfurt trade show specifically to meet new suppliers. The need to find inspiration and new ideas for the workplace was also a priority for 62 per cent.

When asked which market trends or services caught their attention, a number of first-time and regular visitors picked out new technology innovations, the online delivery of educational content, a focus on CSR and green meetings, plus innovative incentive and event solutions which ‘touch the senses’ or focus on the art and culture of a destination. The sheer variety of exhibitors and destinations at IMEX 2010 also caught buyers’ attention, with one buyer commenting: “After decades in the business, I became acquainted with destinations I had barely heard about before.”

Finally, as debate about the role and proliferation of virtual events compared to the value of live events continues to dominate industry thinking, respondents were asked which factors figure in the choice of exhibitions they visit annually. For 52 per cent it is the overall reputation of the show, whereas 74 per cent are sensitive to the quality of companies exhibiting. 48 per cent still regard the quantity of exhibitors as important, whereas 51 per cent consider the global nature of the show their most important decision-making factor.

AutumnFest 2010 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

VisitTemecula.org Announces Fall Events and Activities

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country; August 2010 – VisitTemecula.org is announcing a cornucopia of autumn events and activities in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, which is centrally located 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The casual, picturesque valley – including three distinctive destinations within minutes of each other: Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Valley Wine Country – celebrates AutumnFest daily September 8 to November 24.

“The Temecula Valley is Southern California’s best backyard; great events and activities are non-stop,” Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO, shares enthusiastically. “Nowhere else in Southern California can autumn’s abundance be experienced the way it can with the variety of events unique to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.”

IN SEPTEMBER
Throughout September, visitors can celebrate California Wine Month- Temecula style: with friendly appreciation for the valley’s great wines, winemakers, and winemaking families. A specially priced wine-country passport lets visitors choose when and which wineries to visit. Meanwhile, restaurants of Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Valley Wine Country feature seasonally inspired menus and local vintages.

September 15 to 19, thousands of movie and music buffs from Hollywood and around the world will come together for the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival. Over the five days, 150+ independent, U.S. and international, features, short films, documentaries, student films, and animation will be screened; and more than 15 specially chosen, independent, diverse, music talents will perform. Closing-night, black-tie-gala honorees will include Kenny Loggins with Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career Achievement in Music. All events open to the public; tickets available August 30.

A broad audience will enjoy the rhythm and zeal of Temecula Gospel Fest 2010 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, September 24 and 25. Featured artists include Jean Johnson Witherspoon from The Color Purple; Lillian Crawford; Gentry McCreary, Sr.; Mighty Women of Gospel; and The Shield of Faith Choir.

IN OCTOBER
On October 2, hundreds of quilts and thousands of yards of fabric will turn Old Town Temecula into a colorful autumn display with the Outdoor Quilt Show. Then, October 8 and 9, the Temecula Fall Rod Run will bring hundreds of classic pre-1974 vehicles and thousands of automotive enthusiasts together.

October 17, thousands will participate in the Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure® with coed 5K runs/walks, a 1-mile fun run/walk, a kids-only run, and an expo; this is the Inland Empire region’s only such event.

Motorcycle and music fans will rally for the Help Ride Bike & Music Festival, October 23. Live entertainment will include Gilby Clark from Guns N’ Roses; Lucas Nelson; The Blasters; Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats; and others.

IN NOVEMBER
On November 6 and 7, Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting guests will visit wineries to experience food pairings with exclusive, barrel and tank samplings of finished and unfinished wines not available to the public.

ALSO IN OLD TOWN TEMECULA
Autumn shows and performances at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater will be as varied as Smokin’ Joe Kubek with Bnois King, the California Chamber Orchestra, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and a Live Tribute to the Beatles.

Children of all ages will delight in fun sessions at Pennypickles Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum.In October, Museum Gone Mad events include icky science and a haunted museum. Meanwhile, Old Town’s reverence for the past will be on display at the Temecula Valley History Museum with the exceptional photographic exhibit, Life at the Vail Ranch (August 15 through October 24).

The Old Town Temecula Certified Farmers Market, Saturday mornings, is the best in the valley. Shopping and dining are also great, daily Old Town activities: 60+ specialty stores offer unique merchandise, and 19 independent restaurants provide one-of-a-kind dining, from upscale to Southern California’s best barbecue.

ALSO AT PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Headline acts (Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Vince Gil, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin, Kenny Loggins, and others) will perform at the Pechanga Showroom Theater. More entertainment: Silk the Club – one of the largest Vegas-style nightclubs in Southern California; the Comedy Club; Cabaret Lounge; and rooftop Eagle’s Nest.

As California’s largest, the gaming excitement is 24/7 at Pechanga Casino. More than 130 table games and 3,700 Vegas-style slot machines complement a poker room and high-limit gaming area.

Catering to many tastes, Pechanga Resort offers eight great dining options including international cuisines and gourmet restaurants. A championship golf course is the resort’s newest addition; Journey meanders across the Pechanga River and takes full advantage of the awe-inspiring terrain.

ALSO IN TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
With the excitement of grape harvest and potential to experience ‘crush’ (especially weekdays), September through mid-October are perfect for visiting the 30+ wineries of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Many will also hold harvest celebrations and grape stomps, and live concerts featuring Berlin, Kenny G, The Rippingtons, and others.

Autumn dining venues in Temecula Valley Wine Country are many. Six wineries feature excellent restaurants and others offer casual picnic fare. Wineries also host Friday happy hours; weekend craft fairs; and live music on weekend afternoons.

Fitting for AutumnFest, Temecula Valley is also home to The Peltzer Pumpkin Farm (daily, September 18 to October 31) and Big Horse Feed and Corona Ranch & Land Company’s Corn Maze (weekends, October 9 to 31).

To learn more about Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country please go to www.VisitTemecula.org or call 888/363-2852.

***PLEASE NOTE: Information is believed to be accurate but details may be subject to change.

About the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
VisitTemecula.org is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that is the region’s official resource for visitors, and that stimulates economic growth and tourism by promoting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

21 Hospitality Students and Professionals Awarded Scholarships

Industry Partners Provide Critical Funding to AH&LEF

Washington — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), administers three scholarships on behalf of industry suppliers and partners American Express, Ecolab, and PepsiCo. These scholarship programs, totaling $37,000, contribute to AH&LEF’s total of more than $400,000 in academic scholarships awarded annually.

The following are brief descriptions about each scholarship.

• The American Express Scholarship Program awarded 12 scholarships totaling $21,000. Founded in 1994 by American Express, it is designed specifically for current hotel employees and their dependants. The fund has awarded more than $270,000 in scholarships to 240 students and hotel employees. The program also offers professional development scholarships for distance learning and certification offered through the Educational Institute (EI).

• The Ecolab Scholarship Program awarded $21,000 in funds to 11 full-time undergraduate students. Established by Ecolab in 1997, the program has awarded more than $275,000 to 199 hospitality management students and hotel professionals. The program also supports scholarships for professional certification offered through EI.

• The Pepsi Scholarship awarded four alumni of the Hospitality High School in Washington D.C., a total of $7,000 to continue their hospitality management studies in college. The PepsiCo Foundation established this fund with a $250,000 gift to provide perpetual scholarships to graduates of this school.

“Awarding scholarships is a fundamental and much-needed way to help students prepare for their careers. The Foundation’s mission for preparing hospitality future leaders would not be possible without the financial support of great organizations,” said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, hospitality work experience, financial need, and other requirements based on specific criteria of the scholarship. Last year, AH&LEF gave more than $1.2 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, attract and retain quality industry professionals, and fund valuable research for lodging properties.

For more information about AH&LEF scholarships and other programs, contact Christa Boatman, manager of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3139 or cboatman@ahlef.org or visit www.ahlef.org.