Monthly Archives: July 2012

First Non-Stop Flight Between Chicago and Berlin

visitBerlin and Berlin’s hotels welcome airberlin’s commitment

Berlin – airberlin starts new long distance flight from the USA: From 23 March 2013, the Berlin-based airline is to provide a non-stop connection three times a week between Chicago and the German capital, increasing to five flights a week from May. The move incorporates the third largest city in the U.S. – after New York and Los Angeles – into the airline’s route network.

“Chicago is one of the oneworld Alliances’s biggest hubs”, commented Burkhard Kieker, managing director of visitBerlin. “Not only does this route provide a direct connection between Berlin and the Chicago metropolitan area, it also makes Berlin more accessible to travellers from Central and South America by giving them the opportunity to change in Chicago.” Berlin’s hotels, airberlin and visitBerlinare collaborating closely to ensure successful marketing of the new route.”

visitBerlin expects the new flight connection to provide a particular boost to the city’s congress industry. As home to the headquarters of 250 corporations – 28 of them Fortune 500 companies – and 1,500 foreign firms, Chicago is America’s most important business city. Seven renowned universities also make Chicago a significant base for science and research.

The USA constitutes one of the most important markets for tourism and international congresses in Berlin. In the first five months of this year alone, around 100,000 visitors traveled to Berlin from the USA, approximately 10 percent more than in 2011.

San Diego Convention Center Wins Distinctive Achievement Award

Association Conventions & Facilities Magazine Subscribers Elect San Diego for Best Service

San Diego, CA — The San Diego Convention Center has been awarded the 2012 Distinctive Achievement Award by Association Conventions & Facilities Magazine. As a publication dedicated to association meeting and convention planners, the prestigious award is given to convention centers who subscribers say were most helpful in assisting and servicing them in the past year.

“With five-star service always our top priority, it is truly an honor to be recognized by our clients and the industry,” said Carol Wallace, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation’s president and CEO.

Winners of the award were voted by the more than 20,500 Association Conventions & Facilities Magazine subscribers. The publication will announce all winners in its August/September 5th Annual Distinctive Achievement Awards Special Issue.

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is a public benefit corporation created by the City of San Diego to exclusively manage and operate the 2.6 million sf waterfront facility. Now celebrating more than 20 years of success, the San Diego Convention Center has generated $20.9 billion in regional economic impact, $400.1 million in tax revenues and supports 12,500 jobs countywide.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Steps Up as Training Ground for Hospitality Students

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has welcomed its first intake from the Taylor’s University School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts’ (TCHT) Student Employment Programme or STEP.

A collaborative effort between the Centre and Taylor’s University, STEP aims to provide participating students with an overall understanding of the industry, the current environment and what it entails to work in it while simultaneously garnering invaluable work experience to add to their curriculum vitae or CV. It also promotes the opportunity to work with one of the region’s leading business tourism venues before they even graduate.

The seven-month, three-stage industrial training programme will see participants attend multiple workshops and given on-the-job training and exposure with various departments within the Centre.

Speaking at a welcome reception for the 10 students, Datuk Peter Brokenshire, General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre said that talent development was an integral part of the Centre’s operations and “we remain cognisant of the importance of, and our role in, supporting team members to develop and expand their skills set to improve and enhance their knowledge and competency in their career route.

“This STEP partnership with Taylor’s University is another avenue for us to nurture and grow a pool of talent who, we are confident, will stand out and make a point of differentiation to Malaysia’s growing hospitality and business tourism industry.”

Of the 10 undergraduates, the nine pursuing their Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Foodservice Management (Hons) will join the Centre’s 51-strong culinary team while the Bachelor of International Tourism Management (Hons) in Event Management student will work in the Centre’s dynamic event coordination department.

The Centre and Taylor’s University also collaborate on student ambassador programmes, internship programmes and research projects.

According to Rohizat Baharum, Human Resource Director, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, STEP joins a number of other programmes designed by the Centre to nurture and retain local talent namely, the Ambassadors Programme and Experiential Learning Programme (ELP).

The Ambassadors Programme introduced in 2005 has enabled the Centre to strategically and efficiently manage its local pool of flexible staff and at the same time establish a consistent staffing with the right skills set to meet the needs and requirements of clients and events held at the venue.To date, 6,599 ambassadors have been trained under the programme. The ELP, introduced in 2009, provides on-the-job training for Diploma students. During the six-month programme, students spend four days a week working at the Centre and one day in the classroom at their respective college. Since its inception, a total of 216 students have been trained by the Operations Division.

For further information, please contact:
Datuk Peter Brokenshire
Desiree Ann or Charles Chaplin
General Manager
TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Tel: +603-2092 4300
Tel: +603 2333 2888
Fax: +603-2092 5972

NOTE TO EDITOR

About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.

A winner of numerous awards including the MICE Report Awards 2012 for ‘Best Convention Centre in Asia’; Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011 for ‘Best Congress & Convention Centre, Asia’; TTG Travel Awards 2011 for ‘Best Convention & Exhibition Centre’; Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2011 for ‘Best Use of Budget (Bronze)’; CEI Industry Award 2009; and Travel Weekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2007 and 2008 for ‘Best Convention & Exhibition Centre in Asia’; the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, EarthCheck Bronze status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels. It is also the first in Asia; and one of only 12 AIPC centres worldwide, to receive the ‘Gold’ AIPC Quality Standards certification.

Comprising two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 12,310 sqm of Exhibition Halls including a 2,600 sqm standalone marquee, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, the Centre provides 22,659 sqm of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

8th Switzerland Meeting Trophy: Victory of the German Team

The German team has won the 8th Switzerland Meeting Trophy organized last weekend by Switzerland Tourism. This unconventional rally, which has now become an essential summer event for congress and incentive travel specialists, gave 95 participants the chance to discover Switzerland and its congress facilities on a route going from Zürich to St. Gallen via Flims and Appenzell.

Eight national teams, representing Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France winners of the last edition), North America, the Nordic countries and Russia, took part in the rally from 6 to 8 July. All these countries are growth markets for Switzerland in the segment of congresses and meetings.

Traveling through towns, over mountains through the country side, whilst also visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites like St. Gallen, the teams were able to appreciate the wealth of leisure opportunities and the quality of congress facilities offered by the small country of Switzerland.

Pacific World Awarded with Silver Eventoplus Award

Pacific World (www.pacificworld.com), leader in the management of Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) projects, was awarded the Silver Eventoplus Award recently in Madrid, Spain. Eventoplus Awards are the highest recognition in Spain, which focus on recognising creativity, execution, and ROI in events celebrated in Spain and Portugal.

Members of the judging panel included CEO’s and Marketing and Communication Managers of leading brands including Heineken, Hyundai, Cisco as well as MPI representatives and creative directors from various advertising agencies.

The event awarded was for Pacific World’s rebranding launch which took place at EIBTM in Barcelona last year. Pacific World received the award for the event: “Opening up perspectives, creating a new story”, as the most creative way to implement an element in an event (catering in this case).

Using enormous circular tables as their canvasses, the artist-chefs designed and prepared canapés, tapas and desserts and guests sampled the shape and content of the “art pieces” which was done to the rhythm of a world music DJ.

The event and also Eventoplus Silver Award, serve as a showcase of the capabilities that Pacific World strives to deliver for clients. This is based on a combination of innovation, creativity and operational excellence. For more information please visit: www.pacificworld.com.

For media enquiries please contact:
Pam Wils – Cut Communications
Email: Pamela.wils@cut-coms.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8334 4005
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About Pacific World
Pacific World is a dedicated DMC, Event Management and PCO company operating in 15 countries including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Scotland (UK), South Africa, Namibia, China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Pacific World is part of TUI Travel PLC, one of the world’s leading international travel groups.

CIBTM Calls for Participants to Take Part in Worldwide Meetings Industry Research

Key findings for Asia Pacific will be presented at CIBTM on Wednesday 12th September at 14.30 – 15.30

CIBTM (www.cibtm.com), China’s leading meetings, incentives and business travel exhibition invites leading professionals from the meetings and events industry to take part in the highly targeted annual industry research study, a combined analysis of over 17,000 meetings industry professionals from across the globe.

The IBTM Global research study is based on the business decisions and challenges of professionals as they move into a new age of global event planning. The feedback, which is received from global meeting planners and suppliers through the survey process will enable the report to deliver a clear industry overview with a focus on developments in China and Asia.

The research, which combines and compares the results of last year’s annual China and Asia Meetings Industry Research Report, will build on last year’s findings which revealed that China and Asia offer huge potential growth in the domestic, regional, international inbound and outbound markets for all types of meetings and events.

The IBTM portfolio call for research participants spreads from the United States (AIBTM), China and Asia (CIBTM), Europe (EIBTM), Australasia (AIME) and the Middle East (GIBTM ) which provides an unrivalled opportunity for a truly global outlook for the meetings and events industry in 2012 and 2013. The key objective for this project is to lead industry professionals to a more global understanding of the meetings industry.
CIBTM invites participants to take part in the survey, which will take only 5 minutes to complete – for more information please visit www.cibtm.com/research. Reed Exhibitions will donate per entry to Just a Drop, providing clean water for up to ten years for one child.
CIBTM 2012 takes place on the 12th-14th September 2012.

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IMEX America Index of Optimism Captures Spirit of Progress and Explores Effect of US Presidential Election, Hot Technologies

Meetings and events industry business and optimism is on the rise according to a group of North American buyers and suppliers surveyed in the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism, the IMEX Group announced.

Conducted in Q1 the Index asked 200 respondents to describe their mood over the previous six months and covered topics such as new business, levels of optimism, use of technology, professionalism and the expected effect of the presidential election on the meetings, events and incentive travel industry. Of the participants 64% were buyers, with suppliers comprising the remaining 36%.

Showing ongoing business improvement, a strong 88% of respondents said they had attracted new sources of business in the previous six month period (up from just over 77% in the previous July 2011 IMEX America Index of Optimism).

The survey showed optimism among US buyers and suppliers to be on the rise with a little over 79% reporting they felt more optimistic than in the summer of 2011. 9% remain less optimistic and 12% were not sure. Compared to July 2011, when only 66% felt optimistic about the future, this 13% increase suggests a more positive outlook has returned, and both buyers and suppliers are feeling slightly more bullish about business prospects for the remainder of 2012.

When asked whether there was evidence that large meetings and events were attracting higher or lower numbers of attendees over the past six months, just over 53% noted a rise in numbers – a slight, positive increase from the 50% indicated in the July 2011 Index. For 27% there was no reported rise in delegate numbers and 20% remained unsure.

The survey also asked if spending per participant at these events was on the rise. Results were virtually split down the middle with 38% saying yes, nearly 40% saying no, and the remainder declaring they were not sure.

When asked the “crystal ball” question everyone wants the answer to, whether the industry had seen the worst of the market difficulties yet, results swung to more positive ground. 49% said they felt the worst had passed. 31% believe there is more uncertainty to come, and 20% can’t decide either way. These findings show less doubt and pessimism than in July 2011 when just 30% felt the worst had past and 34% felt there was more uncertainty around the corner.

Professionalism, Technology & the US Presidential Election Enrich Feedback
Further, The IMEX America Index of Optimism also sought feedback on the importance of continued professional development and industry recognition, as well as hot technologies and the upcoming US presidential election and its potential effect on the industry.

Just over 81% agreed that continued work is critical to build and reinforce the professionalism of the industry, acknowledging that this helps to impress the true value of the industry upon stakeholders and other influential groups.

In comment-format questions regarding use of social media and ‘hot’ technologies, Twitter, Facebook, smart phones, tablets and apps continue to dominate industry professionals’ lives and habits. However, respondents emphasized their search for value rather than novelty, and only rate those technologies and devices that help them create better marketing programs and sponsorships, build stronger client relationships or deliver a richer attendee interaction or greater convenience.

Comments also suggest that appetite for greater network bandwidth in venues, more extensive wifi availability, and more and better mobile apps to facilitate information access and interaction, remains strong.

Further, interest in cloud-based CRM and database solutions was also expressed and there continues to be much discussion around virtual and video conference formats and technologies—especially for smaller audiences. This said, the continuing value of face-to-face connections, networking and relationship development created at live events was consistently reinforced by survey respondents.

Finally with the US buzzing with presidential election news and speculation, the Index asked participants how the upcoming election is likely to affect the meetings industry. Many said not at all, although others indicated that election years typically lead to a more “wait and see” attitude on budgets and program decisions. However, some recent lengthening of lead times could help industry members get past the November 2012 bottleneck. Generally concerns over rising fuel prices, job creation and continued global economic instability created more concern than the specific outcome of the election. Those in the medical/healthcare and pharma sectors, however, did express some concerns about direct and potentially negative impacts based on who wins or loses the race to the Oval Office.

Many provided comment that no matter who wins, it’s essential to keep pushing for more understanding and pro-industry action on Capitol Hill.

Says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group: “Last October at IMEX America there was a tangible feeling of optimism among buyers and suppliers and our business figures reflected that. Our exit survey showed that hosted buyers placed total orders onsite of $281 million and expected to place a further $1.9 billion worth of orders in the nine months afterwards. Interest in the next IMEX America is looking extremely strong with demand for booth space and for hosted buyer places all supporting the gentle upswing indicated by these findings.”

National Conference Center Expands Local Produce Volume Creates Positive Impact on Local Farmers

(Leesburg, VA ) — The National Conference Center is having an impact on the local farming community by stepping up its partnership with local and regional farmers. According to General Manager Kurt Krause, “we are proud to play a part in the advancement of local agricultural programs and forging strong partnerships with local and regional suppliers to help us provide our guests the freshest, healthiest ingredients to make their meeting experience unique and memorable.”



At a Farmer’s Forum held at The National Conference Center a little more than a year ago, panelists included NCC General Manager Kurt Krause where the topic was the increasing number of people who want to be connected with their food and where it was grown. Krause noted his commitment to providing local fresh food to guests at The National Conference Center but mentioned that the needs of the conference center require help and support from the farmers. He noted that menu tastings at the 917-room facility often feature local food items and said there was growing interest among guests about where their food comes from and an increasing interest in eating locally grown foods at every meal. He was looking for local farmers who wanted to establish an agreement to be their primary provider of local produce.



David Lay of Linda’s Mercantile & Farm Market in Winchester, VA contacted Krause to offer a unique idea that would be mutually beneficial to all involved. At the time, the percentage of produce at NCC from locally grown farmers was about 5%. The two set in place an agreement whereby David Lay and Linda’s Mercantile & Farm Market would dedicate fallow farmland to the arrangement to step up produce production for NCC.



Since that agreement was struck, Lay has set aside an additional 10 acres of land and two greenhouses to keep that partnership growing. Today, NCC boasts upwards of 25% of its produce is from locally grown farmers, including Dave whose output for NCC has reached 30% of his business.



Currently, a typical week’s produce order from The National Conference Center includes: 200 pounds of tomatoes, 100 pounds of asparagus, 300 pounds of lettuce, and 100 pounds of spinach. Lay reports that earlier this year, he produced more than 4,000 pounds of leaf lettuce that he did not produce before the agreement with The National Conference Center.



According to NCC’s Executive Chef Craig Mason, the conference center uses locally grown products including tomatoes, spinach, lettuce and other fruits and vegetables for the approximately 3,000 meals he cooks a day. Mason comments that, “To further NCC’s commitment to sustainability, the used cooking oil is being processed and turned into biofuel by the same person who grows and processes the canola for the new cooking oil that we purchase, creating a full-circle recycling event.” Waste oil turned into biodiesel may produce 87 percent less emissions than regular diesel.



The National Conference Center’s message of healthy eating is further carried out through a healthful-eating employee program and a white paper produced last year on the importance of food in successful meetings. The paper outlines the power of eating “brain” food during meetings as opposed to junk food. “The Science of Food for Thought: Enhancing Meetings Through Food” is available at: http://bit.ly/h6w0ZH.



“We believe that food plays an important role in all of our daily lives and eating healthy at work and at training seminars is just as important as healthy eating at home,” Krause adds. “And, by eating locally grown food, we’re also helping the farmers in our community.”



The National Conference Center (NCC), located in Northern Virginia 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington, D.C., is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. With 917 guest rooms and over 250,000 square feet of meeting space, NCC has become a hub for productive meetings and is on the GSA schedule. NCC is also home to West Belmont Place, Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom with 16,500 square feet for holding an elegant wedding or accommodating a large trade show or special event. For information call 800-640-2684 or visit www.conferencecenter.com, or www.westbelmontplace.com.



The National Conference Center is managed by ARAMARK Conference Centers. ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine’s 2009 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company’s Web site, www.aramark.com.

ALHI’s Associated Destinations Worldwide Debuts New “Global Sales Guide To Meeting Destinations”

. . . Informative Guide Is A Planners Resource For “Global” Programs

CHICAGO, IL – If you are considering or planning to conduct a meeting, incentive program or convention outside of the U.S. you will be interested in a new resource that is now available. Associated Destinations Worldwide (ADW), the new Global Solution launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) in October 2011, has published its new “Global Sales Guide To Meeting Destinations,” a very informative meeting planners resource guide for identifying destinations, resorts and hotels of distinction outside of the U.S. that are exceptional choices for programs. ADW is ALHI’s “specialist Global Sales team” which assists planners in meeting their objectives for programs outside of the U.S.

“Our team and this new guide make planning global programs easier because we serve as informative advocates for the accounts we serve, and our ‘playbook’ guide helps us identify the ideal site solutions for planners’ international programs,” said Kevin Hinton, executive vice president of ALHI and ADW – ALHI’s Global Solution, and incoming Chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). “The guide identifies Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts outside of the U.S. which are specifically designed, and effective to operate, for meetings, incentive programs, and conventions. Plus the guide provides very useful overview information and tips on 17 international destinations, ranging from Asia to Europe to the Caribbean to Australia. We look forward to providing this ADW resource guide to accounts considering future programs outside of the U.S. It is great for identifying the destinations and hotels that will best suit the planner’s specific program needs, and serves as a tool to share the concepts with colleagues.”

The 64-page directory is a consolidated resource which enables planners to quickly and easily access information regarding ALHI’s and ADW’s 23 Four- and Five-Diamond quality member hotels and resorts outside of the U.S. This includes five hotels in China (including two in Hong Kong), one in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in the Bahamas, four in the Dominican Republic, one in Jamaica, one in England, one in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), three in Canada, and five in Mexico. The comprehensive guide features more than 13,000 rooms and over 710,000 square feet of meeting space options.

The guide also provides destination information on 17 international city and resort destinations, including the appeal of each destination, how to get there, weather statistics, currency information, language(s) spoken, the time zone, electricity information, and key points of interest in the area. Featured cities include: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong, China; Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Cap Cana, Dominican Republic; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; London, England; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Montreal, Canada; Quebec, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Cancun, Mexico; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Featuring large photography, with easy-to-find “at a glance” descriptions and critical facts about each property, the guide presents ALHI’s and ADW’s distinctive global portfolio of extraordinary meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, island destinations, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, resorts with spas, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

“The guide is designed for planners and executives to work together with their ADW Global Sales professional to build successful and distinctive programs at one or multiple properties from among ADW’s truly impressive collection of exceptional hotels and resorts outside of the U.S.,” said ALHI and ADW President & CEO David Gabri. “It really is a great tool for identifying options for large and small meetings, special incentive/recognition programs, annual conventions, and important board meetings and executive retreats.”

Gabri added, “Our team of ‘specialists on Global meeting solutions’ work with existing and new accounts with their ALHI counterparts to best serve the needs of planners. The convenient sourcebook, combined with the expertise and knowledge of our ADW global sales specialists helps planners identify solutions for their specific international programs.”

Planners interested in acquiring a free copy of the guide may contact ALHI, or ADW specifically at (312) 819-4499, or contact their nearest ALHI National Sales Office. ALHI provides 16 local and professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious dues-based National Sales Organization (NSO), which for over 25 years has specifically provided dedicated and professional NSO services to meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists and business executives interested in conducting successful face-to-face programs, exclusively for its more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotel and resort members.

ALHI’s Associated Destinations Worldwide (www.adw-gso.com) specifically provides local services to the U.S. and Canadian meetings and incentive marketplace, for its world-class member destinations, upper-tier hotels, and first-class convention facilities from around the world. ADW Global Sales Organization (GSO) works in concert with the ALHI NSO professionals providing incremental sales intelligence, account advocacy, first-hand insights and assistance for outbound international group programs.

There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI NSO and ADW GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the organizations to best serve executives and planners with local professionals to provide appropriate options for successful programs worldwide.

With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and more than 10.5 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced National Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms.

For more information about Associated Destinations Worldwide, call (312) 346-5768, and visit www.adw-gso.com . For information about ALHI, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

New Bayfront Shuttle will Connect San Diego Convention Center to Bayfront Attractions and Businesses

Shuttle services will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day

San Diego, CA– In an effort to enhance public and attendee access along the Embarcadero, a new bayfront shuttle service has launched. The Big Bay Bayfront Shuttle will connect major attractions and businesses along the San Diego Bay and will include stops at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina, Seaport Village, Broadway/Navy Pier, Maritime Museum of San Diego and Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

“With our Center located along the route, the shuttle allows our attendees to take a break from their meetings and conveniently experience everything our beautiful bay has to offer,” said the San Diego Convention Center Corporation’s President and CEO, Carol Wallace.

The shuttle will be operating on a 14-week trial period this summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A fleet of two to four shuttles will run from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Each vehicle will accommodate 12 – 15 passengers at a time.

Rides on the shuttle will be included in the cost of parking at the Convention Center, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Navy Pier’s parking facilities, resulting in a $1 increase in daily rates to fund the project. All other passengers can purchase tickets for $1 per day at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Marriott Marquis and Marina’s concierge desks or Destination Travel in Seaport Village.

The Port of San Diego, in conjunction with Ace Parking is leading the project and following the trial run, will evaluate the shuttle’s success in an effort to permanently implement the program in summers to come.

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is a public benefit corporation created by the City of San Diego to exclusively manage and operate the 2.6 million sf waterfront facility. Now celebrating more than 20 years of success, the San Diego Convention Center has generated $20.9 billion in regional economic impact, $400.1 million in tax revenues and supports 12,500 jobs countywide.