Monthly Archives: March 2013

Art for Art’s Sake: Six Art Hotel Picks from Around the Globe

Berlin – Hotel art is so often synonymous with mass produced, thoughtlessly arranged prints but these Design Hotels™ are challenging this stereotype by offering oh so much more. Ranging from the seriously impressive collections of big name artists such as Andy Warhol and Antony Gormley in THE THIEF hotel, Oslo, to carefully curated exhibitions of local African artists at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi, some of the world’s most exciting art can now be found in hotels.
These hotels provide the opportunity to enjoy art outside the context of a museum. With in-house galleries such as HALLARTS in the Sofa Hotel and Residences, Istanbul, or artist in residence programs in the Park Hotel Tokyo, guests can now experience art in an altogether different and more immersive environment.

These collections have grown from each hotelier’s true passion for art. Whether that passion be for cutting edge digital art technology at QT Sydney or for experiential, tactile arts as in Rovinj’s Hotel Lone, this tangible excitement has the ability to inspire a guest’s own creativity.
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Art Ecstasy in Oslo
World-class curator and former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art Sune Nordgren is the man behind THE THIEF’s stellar art collection. Newly opened in January this year, the hotel’s 119 rooms feature handpicked original artworks by comtemporary masters alongside thought-provoking video installation and cutting edge graphic design. ‘Art on demand’ is available in every room’s interactive TV while themed maps such as Oslo Escape Routes take you on a curated tour of art, design and architecture around the city. The hotel also shares a strong partnership with its neighbor, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Designed by Renzo Piano, the museum lends prominent artworks to THE THIEF allowing guests to be inspired by the best in contemporary art.

Engaging Tactile Art in Rovinj
Located along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, the Hotel Lone combines innovative design with functionality to present something distinctly expressive. It is the hotel’s attention to detail which is truly astonishing – every surface, furniture piece, light fitting, even the staff uniforms designed by Croatian fashion studio I-GLE, have been individually commissioned to fit the hotel’s creative concept. Hotel Lone brings together an eclectic mix of artists ranging from stage designers to horticulturists and the range of materials used is comprehensive. From rich textured wall hangings to decorated murals and living installations, the entire hotel is very tactile- unlike the traditional museum ethos which tells us not to touch and to be quiet, the Hotel Lone encourages its guests to play with materials, to use their senses and become part of the creative process making for a truly experiential stay.

Sumo Delights in Tokyo
Located in the culturally exciting area Shiodome in Tokyo, Park Hotel Tokyo has launched an exhibition series ART Colours which is a quarterly exhibition project that allows guests and Japanese residents to enjoy the beauty of the four seasons. A selection of artworks and video installations by Japanese artists are chosen for every exhibition and displayed in the hotel’s atrium. The hotel also recently started an Artist in Hotel project where Japanese artists are invited to create Japanese ink paintings directly on the walls of the rooms, turning hotel rooms into art galleries. The Artist Room Sumo is the first result of this project, allowing guests an immersive experience in sharing the guestroom with the lively images of these sumo wrestlers.

A Dazzler Down Under
Right in the heart of Sydney’s most vibrant district, QT Sydney stands proud within the historic Gowings department store and heritage-listed State Theatre. Behind its doors, the old world charm is retained with new technology, distinctive art mediums and pioneering artists. Its eclectic and quirky artefacts from around the world are hardly de rigeur for any hotel art and are put together in a whimsical fashion. In addition, cutting edge graphics such as an imposing LED wall of intriguing digital art is installed in the hotel’s public area, making this the start of a guest’s dramatic theatrical stay at the hotel. The conservation work of the hotel not only includes structural connectors like staircases and tiles but other details such as the ornate retail display cabinets which have been lovingly restored to house artefacts and design pieces. Guests will see art in a new light at the hotel through an inspiration of new perspectives from old attitudes.

Inspiring Tribal Art in Nairobi

Tribe Hotel is fast becoming an exciting centre for arts and culture whose impressive guest list boasts classical musicians to rap artists and poets to royals. Its treasure trove of art pieces is curated by Faranak Ehsani, wife to one of Tribe’s owners and is home to some of the finest tribal art to be found anywhere in the world. Artefacts from South Africa to Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the West, through Kenya and Rwanda in the East fill the lobbies, rooms, restaurants and lounges and are presented in imaginative displays. Guests might even find themselves sitting on an art piece, dressed as a stool, chair or bench somewhere in the hotel. The hotel also offers a 50 feet high atrium with tiers of galleries for events and exhibitions, making it a cultural axis to engage locals and international guests.

Urban Art in Istanbul
Designed by renowned architect Sinan Kafadar, The Sofa Hotel and Residences is a blend of minimalistic chic and Ottoman flair with 82 spacious rooms and suites. Facilities such as the brand new 500 square metre HALLARTS is a multi-functional event space that contains a sliding roof, glass separation and open air access. This new arts platform offers galleries, as well as international and local artists an opportunity to showcase their works right in the center of Istanbul’s trendiest Nisantasi neighborhood. The hotel’s innovative “Anytime, Anything” button connects to staff 24 hours a day and allows guests access to everything from concert and art exhibition tickets to rare books from the nearby Patika bookstore.

AH&LA Endorses Reintroduced Jolt Act

Legislative Action Summit to Focus on the Business of Travel

Washington, D.C. – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has put its full support behind the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act reintroduced today in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Joe Heck (R-NV) and Mike Quigley (D-IL). The JOLT Act will be a key topic during the AH&LA Legislative Action Summit (LAS), April 23-24, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The JOLT Act, originally introduced with strong bipartisan support in the 112th Congress, will expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), establish a pilot program for the use of secure videoconferencing for visa processing, and reduce wait times for visa processing. These provisions will grow U.S. exports, create additional U.S. jobs, and generate increased U.S. tax revenue – all while strengthening domestic and international security.

“AH&LA is bringing hundreds of hoteliers to Washington, D.C. this April to tell Congress we need to pass this legislation,” said AH&LA Executive Vice President for Public Policy Marlene Colucci. “Increasing travel to the United States is the most effective form of economic stimulus – creating millions of new American jobs, adding billions to the U.S. economy, and benefitting every community around the country. We need to pass the JOLT Act this Congress.”

The legislation will be discussed during the LAS panel titled, Travel & Tourism: Boosting America’s Economy with Visa Reform, alongside other panels on immigration and labor issues. A robust LAS program is being finalized that will include high-level Congressional speakers, meetings between hoteliers and their members of Congress, and a reception in the historic Mansfield Room in the U.S. Capitol.

Registration for LAS is now open. Visit www.ahla.com/LAS for more information and to register for this critical and timely event.

U.S. Hosted Buyer Applications for AIBTM 2013 Surging Ahead of Last Year

Chicago –AIBTM 2013 reports a substantial increase in U.S. registrations received for the Hosted Buyer Program, a unique feature and business catalyst for the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (www.aibtm.com) scheduled in Chicago, June 11-13.

The show, which is set to take place at McCormick Place for the first time, has confirmed attendance from American Pharmacists Association, HelmsBriscoe, HPN Global, ConferenceDirect, ITA Group, Mandala Group, Global Access Meetings, Ultimate Incentives & Travel, Grass Roots America, North South Travel, and Premier Meetings Services among others.

“Making the most effective use of my time at industry trade shows is critical to providing value to my clients and industry partners alike,” said Paul Miller of HPN Global. “By attending AIBTM, I am able to learn from and share information with the brightest minds in the Meetings Industry and in a very efficient format. Furthermore, I am able to meet face-to-face with experts from destinations that should be on my radar screen”.

“We are delighted to confirm the increase in U.S. Buyers attending AIBTM this year,” said Michael Lyons, Exhibition Director of AIBTM. “We will be providing a platform where they can make the most of every business opportunity. We have also introduced features such as the “Market Focus” sessions on Europe, Asia and Latin America to facilitate attendees reaching new suppliers in international markets.”

Qualified AIBTM Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with exhibitors of their choice as well as receive complimentary travel and lodging. Hosted Buyers will also be invited to attend exclusive networking events and dedicated CEU-accredited education sessions.

AIBTM Hosted Buyer applications are reviewed and accepted based on the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and annual conferences, individual purchasing authority, annual budgets for meetings, events and incentives, amount of business conducted and potential for future business in the meetings and business travel industries.
To apply for the AIBTM Hosted Buyer program visit: www.aibtm.com/Register-Today

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About AIBTM

The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. AIBTM delivers individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade buyers from the U.S. and around the world. Tailored to the U.S. market, AIBTM serves and guarantees the attendance of top-level decision makers. The exhibitions provide time and business efficient matching services for buyers and sellers through unique Hosted Buyer Programs. For more information, please visit www.aibtm.com. AIBTM takes place from June 11-13, 2013. Join AIBTM on Linked in, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

AIBTM forms part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions Meetings, Events and Business Travel Portfolio along with AIME (www.aime.com.au), GIBTM (www.gibtm.com), CIBTM (www.cibtm.com) IBTM India (http://www.ibtmevents.com/IBTM-India/) EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) and Business Travel Market (www.businesstravelmarket.co.uk).

Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.
The 14 events are: World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market, The Spa & Wellness by ILTM and ILTM Americas.
Furthermore, April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil (23-25 April) and IBTM India will launch in Mumbai, India (12-14 September 2013).
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company. www.reedexpo.com.

ACC Liverpool wins the Best UK Conference Centre category at the 2013 M&IT Awards

ACC Liverpool won the Best UK Conference Centre category at the 2013 M&IT Awards Event and released the following statement:

“We are extremely proud to be awarded this prestigious award, particularly as it has been voted for by M&IT readers and industry clients.
After five years of operation, and with an established reputation for outstanding service delivery, we felt the time was right to put ACC Liverpool forward in this category.

We are privileged to work with fantastic clients and this award is a reflection of your support and indeed a vote of confidence from the industry that the service and products that we offer are best in class. Throughout our journey over the past five years we have consistently raised the bar in terms of our service offering and we will continue to do so.

This means that you can depend on the award-winning team at ACC Liverpool to help you deliver world-class events.
Winning this accolade is the icing on our ‘5th Birthday cake’. We couldn’t have done it without you and look forward to many more years of working together to deliver outstanding events in Liverpool.

If you are attending International Confex this week, then please stop by ACC Liverpool stand K222 and celebrate with us.
On behalf of all the team – thank you.”

Elevating Industry Knowledge to Attract More International Meetings to Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) annual Association Seminar this year brought together local association executives, industry partners and industry experts to an interactive forum to exchange knowledge and share international best practices on delivering successful meetings, and to keep abreast with growing trends, such as sustainability and technology, impacting the global meetings industry.

Themed “What are the right ingredients to organise a successful conference?”, the gathering of more than 120 participants from over 40 national associations and meeting industry partners heard from key Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) and national association decision-makers as well as Mr Roger Simons, Group Sustainability Manager, MCI Group, who elaborated on how sustainability and market trends are impacting the way conferences are organised.

According to Mr Simons, the increasing awareness of and commitment to conservation and sustainable development within the business tourism industry is no longer a trend, rather a common practice among PCOs and associations and while eco-friendly events are not new in Malaysia or the rest of world, more and more clients are becoming aware of the importance of sustainability. Therefore, associations, events and venues are not just encouraged, but more likely expected, to reflect this shift in focus.

“There is now a need to rethink the way associations host events and use sustainable practices not only during the event itself, but both pre and post and within their organisation as well. And given the economic climate in Europe and the United States, international associations are now looking to Asia for their conferences and possibly to headquarter their operations. This opens the door for emerging Asian-based associations to gain a stronger foothold within their international association network.”

Given the Centre’s position as Malaysia’s leading convention facility, General Manager Datuk Peter Brokenshire acknowledged the Centre had a responsibility to educate, encourage and inspire local associations to actively engage their international counterparts to gain bid support to bring their international meetings to Malaysia. “This annual knowledge-sharing platform is one of our primary initiatives towards this end whilst providing another avenue for representatives from the various associations to network, build rapport and to share knowledge and experiences for everyone’s mutual benefit.”

Topics discussed in this 8th edition included:

• Will technology impact your conference format? by Ms Cynthia Martin, Managing Director, Crystal Edge Sdn Bhd;
• What are the challenges when planning a conference? by Ms Aldia Lai, General Manager, AOS Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd;
• How to grow a local association into an active local association? by Ms Yap Shook Fung, Director, Console Communications Sdn Bhd;
• How to attract the younger generation to join associations? by Adjunct Prof. (Dr) Alias bin Masod, President, Malaysia Association of Learning and Development; and,
• How to encourage local associations to be more active in their international chapter? by Puan Zahariah Abdul Rahman, CEO/Head Directorate, World Gas Conference (WGC) 2012 National Organising Committee.

Helmed by the five guest speakers and Mr Simons and moderated by the Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Ms Angeline Lue, the interactive dialogue and Q&A sessions also saw opinions and knowledge shared on trending industry themes such as Gen. Y; technology, more specifically how incorporating social media can benefit one’s business events; how to build and maintain sponsorship relationships; why planning ahead and time management are essential; and the importance of having an established supply chain in place when bidding for international events.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in 2012, the meetings industry outgrew the global economy, increasing its total contribution to global GDP by three per cent. Job creation was up by 5 million to 260 million. And, for the first time in history, travel and tourism now supports one in 11 of all jobs in the world, with more than 10 per cent of all new jobs created last year coming from the industry.

The Centre’s annual Association Seminar is supported by her Team Malaysia partners of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia Airports and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Pacific World Continues European Expansion

New Staff Appointed in London>/i>

Pacific World (www.pacificworld.com), the global DMC, Event Management and PCO Company, havetoday announced the recruitment of Ville Mineurn who will join the London team as Destination Manager for England. His recruitment forms part of the latest stage of the organisations European expansion, which has already resulted in the opening of offices in Paris and Monaco this year.

EMEA Regional Director, Shaun Casey commented, “As an organisation, Pacific World is unique in the fact that it is the talent which we acquire that drives the business forward. Our strategic expansion into new destinations is dictated entirely by the knowledge and expertise of our staff. We are very excited to be welcoming Ville on board, allowing Pacific World to bring clients to one of the top MICE destinations in the world.”

Commenting on his appointment Ville Mineurn said, “I am very pleased to be part of Pacific World in London. I believe that the industry knowledge and skills that I have developed, coupled with my passion for the city, will enable me to provide a unique level of service for Pacific World customers.”

Casey continues, “Pacific World actively seeks to recruit professionals who have a deep understanding of the industry, and of specific destinations. Mineur, originally from Finland, began his career in London as a representative for a well-known tour operator. Then, during his career, Mineur has gained a deep understanding of the MICE industry in London, and has undertaken roles in both sales and operations”.

Following their worldwide rebranding in November last year, Pacific World as a global brand is recognised for delivering operational excellence, creativity and best-in-class customer service across the world. Through working closely with local governments and convention centres, the global MICE company currently delivers event solutions in over 15 countries including China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Greece, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, and Southern Africa.

For more information please visit: www.pacificworld.com

About Pacific World
Pacific World is a dedicated DMC, Event Management and PCO company operating in 15 countries including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Scotland, 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.

Plan Your Next Event with The St. Louis Executive Conference Center

When you need extra space for your awards banquet, dinner function or reception the newly renovated America’s Center Ballroom may be just the place for you. The 28,000 square foot ballroom can seat up to 1,500 for a meal function or 2,700 theatre style. The space can also be subdivided to meet the needs of smaller groups.

America’s Center Catering offers exquisite food, attention to detail and outstanding customer service for events of any size. Tucked inside the America’s Center convention complex, the America’s Center Ballroom offers convenient parking and access to hotels, shops, nightlife and entertainment in the burgeoning downtown Loft District.

If you need something more intimate than the America’s Center Ballroom the St. Louis Executive Conference Center offers two different meeting suites, each with a general session room, adjoining breakout rooms, stylish lounges and special amenities. Located on the third floor of the America’s Center complex, the facility is tailored for meetings of up to 100 people.

Check out the Top 10 reasons to meet at the St. Louis Executive Conference Center or give us a call to find out how we can help make your next meeting or event a success.

“Petal Peeping” Promotion Welcomes Spring in Howard County, Maryland

Howard County Tourism & Promotion welcomes Spring with over a dozen activities filled with flower power and outdoor fun!

Ellicott City, MD – Howard County Tourism & Promotion introduces its new “Petal Peeping” promotion and invites you to enjoy the many gardens, wildflowers and outdoor eco-friendly events this Spring throughout Howard County.

“Leaf Peeping” every fall for foliage is popular, so why not “Petal Peeping” to encourage travel and tourism in the Spring? Howard County, a model green community is home to Maryland’s first and largest state park, thousands of acres of parkland and 1,600 pink Blossoms of Hope Kwanzan cherry trees, is the perfect place to welcome spring.

Here are the places that top Tourism’s spring “Petal Peeping” list:

Blossoms of Hope Beckon During Spring Cherrybration Days
The fluffy pink blossoms of more than 1,600 Blossoms of Hope cherry trees burst forth in Howard County in late April as a signal to artists, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts that it’s time to shake off the winter blues and THINK PINK! Blossoms of Hope groves range in size from five to 50 trees and can be found at county libraries, local parks, historic sites and visitor attractions across the county. A special grove at Columbia’s Kennedy Gardens at Lake Kittamaquandi will open this spring and feature three “legacy” Yoshino cherry tree saplings grown from Washington D.C.’s original tidal basin trees and gifted to Howard County by the National Cherry Blossoms Festival in 2012 to recognize the centennial anniversary of the “gift of trees” from Tokyo, Japan.

During Howard County’s “Cherrybration Days,” attractions countywide plan pink springtime activities, restaurants add a touch of pink to menus and everyone celebrates the blossoming season and the hope these special trees bring to those in the community facing cancer. Special events are featured in Historic Ellicott CIty, Columbia and at Historic Savage Mill. For a map of tree locations and a complete listing of events visit www.blossomsofhope.com

Daffodil Day at Whipps Memorial Gardens
One of Ellicott Mills’ earliest cemeteries (1855) is livelier than you think, especially in Spring with thousands of daffodils and other spring blooms! This one-acre site in Ellicott City, originally a family burial ground, has been restored and abounds with fascinating local history and many heritage and native plants of the area. Presentations from master gardeners will be given at Whipps Woodland Theatre. Tours will also be available. March 30, 2013 from 10am to 3pm at Whipps Garden Cemetery Park, 410- 274-7795. St. John’s Lane, 2 blocks south of Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Spring Walking Tour of Historic Ellicott City
Each Spring, Historic Ellicott City is in full bloom with over 2,000 pink and yellow daffodils! In the Oella garden, you can see dogwood trees, pink geraniums, yellow yarrow, purple catmint and purple
spiderwort. Monthly on the second Saturday, take a guided walking tour of the historic district. Nestled in the scenic hills above the Patapsco River, surrounded by charming steeples, fabulous Colonial, Federal,
Victorian and even Art Deco architecture, Ellicott City tempts visitors to escape to centuries ago and peep into the public and private gardens. 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 410-313-1900,
www.VisitHowardCounty.com

Brighton Dam’s 22,000 Azalea Garden
Brighton Dam Azalea Garden located just a few hundred yards across the Patuxent River is an azalea lover’s delight. The garden is easily accessed from the Triadelphia Reservoir west of Clarksville and
greets visitors each spring with 22,000 azalea blooms. For more information, call 301-774-9124 or visit
www.wssc.dst.md.us

Mother’s Day Special and Nature Hikes at Howard County Conservancy
Just 20 minutes from Columbia with beautiful vistas of the Patapsco Valley is the “green” Gudelsky Environmental Education Center at the Howard County Conservancy, on-site at Mt. Pleasant a 300-year old farm. The center offers programs on local animal and plant life found in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With a variety of habitats and micro-climates, the Conservancy’s 232 acres of rolling hills are
perfectly suited for petal peeping! Special programming on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013 or check with the conservancy for guided nature hike dates. Mt. Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock;
410-465-8877, www.hcconservancy.org

Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon Area
Check out this native, drought tolerant, deer resistant garden featuring twenty Cherokee Brave Dogwood trees! Reach the Avalon Area via 5120 South Street, Baltimore, MD 21227. 410-461-5005,
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapscoavalon.asp

Shrine of St Anthony’s grotto, perennial & herb gardens
Situated on 310 acres of rolling hills and woodland, the Shrine of St. Anthony was inspired by the great “Sacro Convento” of Assisi, Italy. The Shrine incorporates stunning medieval elements and embodies a
late Renaissance style of architecture. The perennial garden includes a replica grotto of Lourdes and the friars maintain a nearby herb garden. 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042, 410-531-2800,
www.shrineofstanthony.org

The Centennial Peace Garden at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours
The Centennial Peace Garden provides a sacred space open to all. Guests enjoy walking trails that wind
throughout the 313 acre property or finding a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The pond, with its small island waterfalls, Japanese garden and footbridge is a center for contemplation
and one of the most photographed spots on the campus. Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525
Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104, 410-442-3141, rccbonsecours.com

Tai Sophia Herb Garden, the “Green Farmacy Garden”
A place of quiet and communion with the plants, Tai Sophia Institute’s herb garden is a haven for
students of the Institute. The herb garden offers both a casual teaching space for classes as well as living
examples of many of the herbal medicines used in the clinic. Affectionately referred to as the “Green
Farmacy” Garden is located behind the Institute, at the edge of neighboring woodlands that hosts native
medicinal plants. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723, 800-735-2968,
www.tai.edu

Stroll among the blooms and take a few home with you!

Many area farms have cut your own flower gardens, including:

Clark’s Farm & Produce Stand
10500 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-730-4049
www.clarklandfarm.com

Larriland Farm
2415 Woodbine Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
410-442-2605
www.pickyourown.com

Following are great places to pick up hanging baskets and potted plants:

Farmer’s Markets
Opening in May!
howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com

Second Sunday Markets in Historic Ellicott City
Open the second Sunday monthly in lot D.

Sharp Farm
4003 Jennings Chapel Road
Brookeville, MD 20833
410-489-2572
www.sharpfarm.com

Smooth Sailing as Boat Show Comes Home

After a nearly 20 year hiatus, the Brisbane Boat Show will moor at its original home next year – the RNA Showgrounds – to take advantage of the new world class Royal International Convention Centre.

More than 20,000 people are expected to descend on the convention centre for the four day event from September 5 – 8, 2013.

The show will be exhibited across 19,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space, including both levels of the five-star RICC.
RNA General Manager of Venue Sales and Marketing Sue Hocking said it was the third major event secured in the past month to feature at the RICC in its opening year.

“The RNA Showgrounds is Brisbane’s biggest indoor /outdoor events venue and attracts on average close to a million visitors a year,’’ she said.

“The Brisbane Boat Show event is celebrating its 53rd year and we’re thrilled it’s returning to the RNA Showgrounds for the first time since 1996.”

Marine Queensland President Greg Nickerson said the show continues to be a key retail event for marine dealerships and products suppliers in South East Queensland.
“The redeveloped showgrounds provides a fantastic mix of indoors and outdoors space allowing us to tailor exhibition options to suit varying needs and budgets,’’ he said.

Mrs Hocking said the RICC was currently in its final stages of construction and excitement was building.
“It’s the only convention centre under construction in Australia and has already secured more than a quarter of its projected bookings, including two major international conferences.

“These two events alone will attract more than 1,200 delegates from the United States and inject at least $3 million into the local Brisbane economy, adding further weight to Brisbane being recognised as Australia’s new world city.”

Palms Casino Resort Unveils a Swank Rec Room with a View

The View Recreation Space and Bar Debuts March 15

Las Vegas – Palms Casino Resort opens The View, a unique recreational space with a stylish bar scene and of course, spectacular views of the city. Part big-city bar elevated by the charm of old-school board games, billiards and shuffleboard, The View is an upscale lounge perfect for casual conversation, cocktails and eclectic musical offerings. Located atop the Fantasy Tower between Nove Italiano and Moon Nightclub, The View is the perfect transition spot from dinner- to-nightclub or a final destination for a nightcap.

Guests are welcomed to a warm and inviting environment with open seating, full bars and floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking vistas of Las Vegas. Patrons sitting at a table will be offered an unexpected delight: their choice of board games including childhood favorites such as checkers, tic-tac-toe, dominoes, connect-the-four-dots in addition to two billiards tables and one shuffleboard table. The playlist will change nightly and range from classic rock, to 80s, 90s, classic hip-hop, new wave and mash-ups created by musical director Mark Stylz.

The View is open Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 9 p.m. Cover is complimentary until 10:30 p.m. and thereafter cover charge is $25 per person. Paid admission includes complimentary games at The View and entry into Moon Nightclub. An evening happy hour takes place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information please visit: http://www.9groupvegas.com/theview
or call 702.944.3464.