Monthly Archives: November 2013

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Sales Team In U.S.

GSO Team Reaches 65 With New Additions To The New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Southeast Sales Regions

. . . This Follows Recent Additions In Phoenix and Houston

WASHINGTON, DC (November 2013) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has significantly expanded its global sales team with the addition of five new Global Sales professionals. Joining ALHI, effective November 19, 2013, are:

• Mary Vogt, who will serve as Vice President of Sales in the U.S. Midwest Region, based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in Chicago;

• Scott White, who will serve as Regional Director of Sales for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in Washington, D.C.;
• Joe Nahas, who will serve as Director of Sales for the U.S. Northeast Region, based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in New York City;
• Traci Baxter, who will serve as Director of Sales for the U.S. South Region, based in Louisville, Kentucky; and
• Alexis Matera, who will join as Sales Associate for the U.S. Northeast Region, based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in New York City.

These five announced appointments follow the recent additions of Staci Currie as Director of Sales for the U.S. South Region, based in ALHI’s new Global Sales Office in Houston, Texas; and Lisa Lewis as National Sales Manager for the U.S. West Region, based in ALHI’s new Global Sales Office in Phoenix, Arizona.

In their new positions, the GSO Sales professionals will be responsible for assisting meeting professionals, association executives, convention specialists, and business executives with ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) services and support for its distinctive and diverse portfolio of more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. ALHI’s impressive portfolio features more than 115,000 rooms and suites, and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space.

ALHI specifically serves the meetings, incentive, convention and exhibition marketplaces, exclusively for its Member portfolio, for programs requiring from 10 to over 6,500 rooms. The announcement of the appointments was made by David Gabri, CEO of ALHI (

“We are so proud to add the talent of Mary, Scott, Joe, Traci and Alexis to our ALHI Global Sales team,” said Gabri. “They – like Staci and Lisa who just recently joined us — are all highly respected sales professionals, with a proven commitment to performance, and account advocacy, with significant hotel/resort sales and experience. They will be a fantastic augmentation to our dedicated team as trusted resources for the planners in their respective regions, and for our valued Member hotels and resorts.”

Demand For Services Continues

Gabri added, “We’ve added these talented sales professionals to address the growing demand for ALHI’s Global Sales services, which has significantly increased over the last several years. These additions to our team will broaden the comprehensive Global Sales services to the marketplace and for our Members, and will augment our very busy GSO team to professionally address the specific needs of our expanding client base, and the growing business demand from planners and business executives across the U.S. and Canada.”

In her new position as Vice President of Sales in the U.S. Midwest Region, Mary Vogt will assist meeting planners, incentive specialists, and business executives in the region with ALHI Global Sales services, support, and Account advocacy. She comes to ALHI with nearly 20 years of extensive hotel sales and marketing experience, and established customer relationships. Prior to joining ALHI she served for 11 years as Vice President of Krisam Group and Global Event Partners, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of their Midwest office, situated in Chicago. Prior to that she was Regional Director of Marketing, Midwest and Canada, for InterContinental Hotel Group, where she directed the sales and marketing efforts for Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago, and managed sales improvement of seven other hotels in the U.S. and Canada. She is based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in Chicago, and may be reached at

Scott White, who joins ALHI as Regional Director of Sales for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, most recently served for three years as Executive Vice President of Krisam Group and Global Event Partners, based in Washington, D.C. In that position he was responsible for managing 900 of the company’s top event clients, and for expanding the company’s global membership of hotels and DMCs. Prior to that the 20-year hospitality industry veteran served for nine years as Director of Sales for Global Event Partners Washington, a destination management company in the Washington, D.C. metro region. His vast experience also includes serving as Director of Sales for Krisam Group, and Director of Southeast Sales for ALHI member Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida. He is based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in Washington, D.C., and may be reached at

Joe Nahas, who will serve as Director of Sales for the U.S. Northeast Region, comes to ALHI from Krisam Group and Global Event Partners, where he was Director of Sales in the Northeast for seven years, based in New York City. In that position he was responsible for securing group business for the company’s 250 hotels and resorts and 70 destination management partners worldwide. His impressive experience also includes serving as National Sales Manager for Krisam Group and Global Event Partners; and as Senior Sales Manager/Groups for The Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C. He is based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in New York City, and may be reached at

Traci Baxter joins ALHI as Director of Sales for the U.S. South Region, based in Louisville, Kentucky. She comes to ALHI from Krisam Group and Global Event Partners, where she was Director of Sales for the past seven years, responsible for representing more than 250 independent hotels and Destination Management Companies in 92 locations. Previous to that she was Director of Business Development for Monumental Meetings; Senior Meeting Planner at Sources Unlimited, LLC; Director of Catering and Meeting Services at Wyndham Atlanta in Georgia; and Director of Catering & Convention Services at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. She is a board member for Site Southeast USA, was named Site Southeast USA “Volunteer of the Year” in 2012, and was recognized as “MPI Supplier of the Year” in 2009 by the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She is an active member of MPI and Site. She may be reached at

Alexis Matera will serve as Sales Associate for the U.S. Northeast Region, based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in New York City. She will assist the ALHI Global Sales professionals in the region in serving corporate and association meeting professionals and incentive/recognition specialists with ALHI Global Sales services and support. Most recently she served as Group Sales Coordinator for Krisam Group and Global Event Partners, based in New York City. She may be reached at

Meeting professionals have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call GSO professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.

115,000 Rooms and 10 Million Square Feet of Meeting Space

ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, comprised of over 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting space, visit ALHI’s website, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on 12 defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio. On the website, meeting professionals can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

Contact any office for professional assistance and let ALHI help you identify distinctive opportunities to meet your objectives with your meetings, incentives, and conventions. For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2014 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit

Statement of the Department of Tourism on the Aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is one with the whole nation in expressing its deepest sympathies to the families and victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name “Haiyan”), one of the strongest typhoons that made landfall in recorded history.

The towns that were severely affected are located in the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar, as well as a few places in the Southern Tagalog Region (particularly Coron in Palawan). The government remains on top of the ongoing search, rescue, retrieval, and relief operations for the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The DOT is focused on the safety and monitoring of tourist movement in all affected areas and has no reports so far of any endangerment. The DOT’s objective is to focus on quick recovery so that tourism income is restored at the soonest possible time. Bulletin announcements will be posted via the DOT website (, while DOT overseas and regional offices are also on standby to assist potential travellers and those already in the country for travel information. Local tour companies are in constant communication with their counterparts abroad to provide updates on the situation.

The Philippines remains a safe and fun destination for all tourists, notwithstanding this unfortunate incident. The DOT assures the travelling public that tourism establishments and tourism activities continue and remain in operation in the other parts of the Philippines, which play host to some of the country’s key tourist destinations. The great majority of touristic products are available, whether one is looking for a beach vacation, historical trip, gastronomic tour, or one of the many other
possible travel opportunities. The country is home to some of the world’s great tourist
sites and adventures with its unparalleled natural wonders, spectacular beaches, worldrenowned
heritage sites, modern shopping complexes, rich biodiversity, culture, and

The top destinations in the Visayas Region continue to be accessible through
their respective ports of entry: Boracay Island through Kalibo and Caticlan, Cebu
through the Mactan International Airport, Bohol through the Tagbilaran Airport, Iloilo
through the Iloilo and Bacolod Silay Airports, and Puerto Princesa, Palawan through the
Puerto Princesa Airport.

Tourism continues to be one of the major contributors to the economy, playing a
significant role in rebuilding lives and businesses in communities. We rely on our
partners, both in the private and public sectors, to embark on initiatives that will help us achieve normalcy and sustain the tourism growth, particularly in the affected

Filipinos have always been resilient and continue to be so now. The DOT is
optimistic and hopeful that the Philippines will overcome and move forward from these
difficult times.

John Fitzpatrick Inducted as 2014 AH&LA Board Chair

New York, NY – John Fitzpatrick, President/CEO, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America, was inducted as chair of the board of directors for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) at the AH&LA Inaugural Gala held at the Plaza Hotel on Sunday, November 10. More than 300 industry leaders were present as he outlined his agenda for the coming year, which includes transitioning the association into its new, broader structure, increasing industry advocacy, and continuing the focus on the Under 30 and Women in Lodging initiatives.

“Our challenge is to inform every segment that this is the one association that will go the distance in representing all of their interests,” said Fitzpatrick. He stressed that the outreach of AH&LA must grow to encompass all franchisees, brands, owners, management companies, REITs, and state associations.

“They are the six cylinders in the new association engine, and all six are crucial to our continued success,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s crucial that our entire membership – from nationally-known chains down to the boutique-size hotels like mine – gets engaged and focuses on the issues most critical to the industry,” he continued. “As an organized, focused entity, our association will get out and tell your story. Let those in Washington know what you do, who you support, and what your impact is.”

Fitzpatrick concluded, “If there are three words you leave with tonight, let them be these: Advocacy. Communications. And Education. These ideals incorporate all that we look to accomplish with our new model, and they are the incentives that will draw new members into the fold.”

“As a 30-year veteran, John Fitzpatrick has been an active participant at all levels of engagement by AH&LA,” said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. “As someone who recognizes the importance and value of strong member participation, he will be an outstanding chair as we transition into our new model and increase our role as the chief advocate and voice of all segments of the lodging industry.”

Fitzpatrick opened his first New York hotel in 1991 and for the past two decades has overseen the operation of two very successful hotels in New York. He is a member of the AH&LA Governmental Affairs Committee and served three terms as chairman of the Hotel Association of New York City, an AH&LA partner state association comprised of over 250 member hotels with more than 70,000 guest rooms. Fitzpatrick currently serves on the executive board of the American Ireland Fund and is the 2014 incoming chair of The Worldwide Ireland Funds. Additionally, he also serves on the board of The Ireland – U.S. Council. In 2008, he was recognized for his contributions to the peace process in Northern Ireland by being invested with an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Science and Economics from Queen’s University in Belfast and an honorary degree in philosophy from Dublin City University.

The inaugural gala was presented by American Express, along with Heartland Payment Systems, Hotel Neighborhood, and Sealy, Inc.

In addition to Fitzpatrick, 2014 AH&LA officers include Vice Chair Jim Abrahamson, CEO, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and Secretary/Treasurer Mark Carrier, CHA, president, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. These hoteliers are led by AH&LA President/CEO Katherine Lugar.

ACC Liverpool Gives Advantage to Event Organisers

ACC Liverpool launched a unique programme creating bespoke support for international conference and event organisers.
Advantage by ACC Liverpool provides this support to organisers where they need it, pulling together the resources of the venue and the destination.

The waterfront facility – home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and, from 2015, Exhibition Centre Liverpool – brings together all the elements required for success which it has distilled into four pillars – event growth; managing risk; destination support and delegate experience.

Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales of ACC Liverpool, explained: “We have held a series of successful international events and, from listening to our existing and prospective clients, we understand that Liverpool can be perceived as an exciting yet, for some, unknown and ‘untested’ destination.

“Through Advantage by ACC Liverpool we want to support organisers in selecting Liverpool as their destination. As one of the UK’s leading conference venues we are central to the destination and, with our partners in the city, we have the ability to unlock the key elements to a successful conference – funding, people, transport, and accommodation.

“Our recently expanded sales team has considerable experience of working closely with organisers to grow delegate numbers and to introduce the destination to exhibitors, sponsors and other stakeholders. We will provide an unrivalled welcome to the city and enable access to a wide range of support, all targeted at delivering successful events.

“Support comes in a variety of forms and Advantage by ACC Liverpool creates a tailor made programme for conference organisers – this could be hosting exhibitor days, organising civic receptions, co-ordinating delegate transfers, flying key decision makers into the destination, negotiating preferential rental deals and supporting pre-event marketing.”

Earlier this year, Liverpool Convention Bureau, supported by ACC Liverpool, launched its Confident Conferencing campaign. Distinguishing Liverpool from other destinations it builds on the city’s attributes, such as its status as European Capital of Culture in 2008, its unparalleled range of first class conference venues, its heritage and culture and its constantly improving hotel offer. Advantage by ACC Liverpool is further evidence of the confidence organisers can have in Liverpool’s ability to deliver.

MacPhie said: “For many years we have combined a raft of event support for conference and event organisers but this is the first time it has been packaged. We have created something that organisers can relate to and look forward to working with them in choosing the right support package for their future events in Liverpool.”

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EIBTM Reveals the Top Innovations Impacting the Meetings Industry

Exclusive Initiative will be featured as part of the New Innovation Zone

EIBTM (, the global event for the meetings and events industry, is set to showcase a selection of the top innovations, set to impact the meetings industry. The exclusive feature will be showcased as part of the new interactive Innovation Zone at EIBTM 2013, taking place 19-21 November in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona.

The EIBTM Innovation Zone is dedicated towards providing an educational, inspirational and interactive experience for all EIBTM attendees who will have the opportunity to discover, play and experience the top innovations set to impact and revolutionise the industry.

Included in the latest innovations is COVR’s ( ‘cmWalkTrue’ which is a tool that has been created for virtual exhibitions based on 360° photography, using real-life images taken onsite in a Google Street ViewTM –like environment. Visitors will be able to digitally visit the virtualised version of the EIBTM Innovation Zone and envision how cmWalkTrue can be used to virtualise full exhibitions or venues for online representation.

Another of the meetings industry’s top innovations is Eventisimo’s ( ‘Sunflower Graphic’ which is the ultimate interactive virtual experience. It is the unification of the digital and physical world, mixing high-quality software-generated content with live surroundings, and allowing the user to interact with virtual world by moving his body.

Embraceled Interactions BV (, offers event planning/production companies an innovative RF bracelet solution that significantly enhances the in-person event experience offering a more engaging and immersive event, and enabling online interactions to happen in an offline world. These bracelets light up different colours, allowing participants to discover people with similar interests, submit a vote or receive information from the organisers.

Another top innovation will be Beabloo’s ( facial recognition software which detects facial interaction to determine a number of factors that contribute to ROI at exhibitions, such as the demographics of the visitors that walked past, their age and gender, how long they remained at the stand for, and repetition rate. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the Wifi Analytics sensors, the Video Analytics sensors and the Digital Marketing solution in action, which continuously adjust their content depending upon the audience.

Topi ( will be conducting a live demonstration of its mobile solution that focuses on optimising interactions among event participants, in addition to providing seamless access to the event essentials such as profiles searches, interest-based group chats, private conversations, and rich conversations (which allow to even share sketches and audio messages), full social network integration, amongst many other unique features.

Acciona Producciones y Diseño are also set to showcase ‘Video Mapping’, a new audiovisual concept for projecting images – both video and graphics – onto real surfaces, making it possible to transform a passive structure, such as the front of a building, into an optical illusion with motion effects, which result in a strong sense of realism and volume. Acciona has already produced video mapping installations at iconic places such as Trafalgar Square, London, where they did a project for the UEFA earlier this year.

Another meetings industry innovator that is changing the industry is ‘Crowd Reactive’ ( who are working with events across the globe, enabling them to maximise social media content that attendees create on social media using a live slideshow at the event, as well as web widgets, live printing and photo props. EIBTM attendees will be able to take a photo and immediately see it displayed on the live screen, simply by tagging it with #IZONE13

Finally, Kisikura ( will be inviting EIBTM attendees to take a moment to relax and revitalise their body, on their specialist, branded oxygen chair. Benefit from increased levels of energy, relief from stress-induced headaches and maximized memory functions in a matter of moments, whilst looking and learning about the brand or product in question. in the oxygen, which can be branded to promote any brand or a new product.

More information about the innovation zone, visit
EIBTM 2013 will take place from 19th – 21st November, a week earlier than in previous years. The EIBTM Forum will take place the day before the exhibition on 18th November. Trade Visitor registration is open and all meetings industry professionals are invited to register at

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Wins First ICCA Best PR Award

This year’s ICCA Congress has kicked off in Shanghai, and the inaugural ICCA Best PR Award was presented to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre by Martin Lewis, Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of International Meetings Review, the sponsor of the Award.

“The measurement methodology, combined with consistent creativity won the day for KLCC,” Lewis said, praising the KLCC’s creativity, evaluation processes and measurement of ROI. Upon receiving the award, Peter Brokenshire, General Manager at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, dedicated it to the KLCC team and its support agency. “We hope that by sharing our approach at the Media & PR session here at the Congress, we can offer informative and valuable insights that can be helpful learning tips to our industry counterparts,” he added in a statement.

PCMA Announces 2013 Achievement Award Winners

CHICAGO, IL – Each year, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) honors outstanding members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry. PCMA will recognize the winners from the main stage of the 58th PCMA annual meeting: Convening Leaders, January 12-15, 2014, in Boston, MA.

“This year’s award recipients have made tremendous strides in helping advance the meetings industry. Our behind the scenes look at their works will certainly inspire change throughout the entire events community,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA.

Distinguished Member of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Member of the Year Award is Mary Gallagher, Director, Citywide Accounts, San Francisco Travel Association. Mary is an enthusiastic and consistent participant in Hospitality Helping Hands each year at Convening Leaders. Additionally she has been an active member in the Capital Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary and was the chapter’s Sponsorship Committee Chair. Mary has been heavily involved in the PCMA Mentoring program, helping numerous protégé participants. Outside of PCMA she volunteers for the Montgomery County Humane Society, Carpenter Shelter and the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention program.

Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award is Kati Quigley, CMP, Sr. Director, WW Partner Community Events, Microsoft Corporation. Kati has held diverse senior level professional positions at both an association and a corporation. Additionally, Kati is a Past Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, the former President of the Capital Chapter and a current member of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Earlier this year, Kati led a group of PCMA senior planners through a behind the scenes tour of her annual meeting. Her commitment to advancing PCMA’s meetings and mentoring young professionals is unparalleled.

Distinguished Service Professional of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Professional of the Year Award is Jim Kelley, Director, Global Accounts, PRG Corporate & Tradeshow Services. Jim’s attention to detail, uncanny ability to exceed planner expectations and foresight into an event’s needs are well known throughout the industry. Jim, the volunteer Co-Chair of the 2013 PCMA Education Conference Committee, was instrumental to the event’s record-breaking success. Additionally he consistently supports year-round PCMA education on both a chapter and national level.

Emerging Leader Award

The recipient of the 2013 Emerging Leader Award is Ushma Suvarnakar, Meetings Manager, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Ushma has been a member of the Emerging Leaders Task Force since its inception in 2011. She has been instrumental in integrating Emerging Leaders educational content and point of view into Convening Leaders programming. Ushma is currently serves as the Emerging Leaders Task Force chair. Not only has she led the group with a content focus, she has underscored the need for young professionals such as herself to connect and network. Ushma is a true leader furthering PCMA’s Emerging Leaders program and efforts to support the next generation of the meetings industry.

Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award

The recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award is Janeé Pelletier, Vice President, Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc. As the Treasurer of the Chesapeake Chapter she creatively solved administrative challenges and developed processes and procedures to ensure the issues would not arise again. Additionally Janeé designed an effective program to help boost her chapter’s attendance. The program allowed flexible payment options or the possibility of free registration. She also serves on the PCMA Digital Strategy Task Force.

Educator of the Year Award

The recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year Award is Carol Krugman, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Carol has made educational contributions both inside and outside of PCMA that are felt through the industry. She served as a member of the PCMA Faculty Task Force, Colorado Meeting & Events Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, CIC CMP Board of Directors and was the Chair of the PCMA Student Task Force. Carol has also been a tremendous mentor to countless industry professionals, shepherding them through scholarship applications and PCMA events. She is also co-Executive Editor of the Professional Meeting Management Version Six.

Innovation Award

The recipient of the 2013 Innovation Award is QuickMobile. QuickMobile has been a pioneer in the event mobile app space since 2006. The QuickMobile platform has been a success on a variety of events and conferences ranging from small association shows to enterprise size shows, allowing organizations to reach a larger audience and expand their event’s brand. The scalability and ease of use for users has made it one of the top mobile app providers in the industry.

Spirit Award

The recipient of the 2013 Spirit Award is Experient, A Maritz Travel Company. Experient has served the meetings and events community through a vast number of CSR initiatives; supporting with volunteer leadership, employee participation and sponsorship. Experient has been affiliated with PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands Program for 20 plus years, and has donated generously to the Boys and Girls Club, Fight Against Breast Cancer Walk, Cradles to Crayons, and Toys for Tots. Outside of our industry Experient spirit expands, participating in fundraisers for animal shelters, food banks and literacy programs across the country.

Environmental Leadership Award

The recipient of the 2013 Environmental Leadership Award is awarded to both McDonald’s Corporation and Delta Air Lines.

McDonald’s green thumb was on display during its 2013 Combined Manager Operator Rally by implementing multi-stream recycling stations throughout the event floor and compiling composting reports at the end of the event. The composting initiatives kept 118 tons of waste out of landfills. Additionally McDonald’s internal social and cultural initiatives demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability through social responsibility and good ethics.

Delta Air Lines fuel saving initiatives proved the airline is serious about its role as an environmental leader. By lowering fuel consumption through better planning, procedures, operation improvements and aircraft modifications the airline saved 19,200,000 gallons of fuel, $62,592,000 and reduced 189,154 metric tons of CO2e which is equivalent to having over 37,000 cars off the street.

About Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,300 members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at