Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bonaventure Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Introduces Spring “Sunshine & Savings” Meeting Rates

Bonaventure’s Springtime in South Florida is Perfection in Every Way!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 2014 … Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort® and Benchmark Conference Center®, has announced special “Sunshine & Savings” guestroom and meeting package rates for conferences occurring during the springtime period. One of sunny South Florida’s largest and most comprehensive meeting venues set on 23 lush tropical acres, Bonaventure’s springtime Sunshine & Savings guestroom rates start at just $124 per person per night. Planners can build a customized program from there, based on the requirements of the meeting. The special Sunshine & Savings guestroom rate waves all resort fees and provides complimentary WiFi throughout the resort.

Or, meeting professionals can utilize Bonaventure’s specially-priced Benchmark Conference Package, with rates starting as low as $249 per person per package. Bonaventure’s Sunshine & Savings springtime value rates are available through June 15, 2014. Springtime in South Florida has never before afforded such an ideal climate, price or location for important meetings!

Bonaventure Resort & Spa is a top South Florida resort and conference center with 80,000 sq. ft. of indoor & outdoor distraction-free meeting space, 500 spacious guest rooms featuring 100 suites, Benchmark Hospitality’s award-winning conference concierge services designed to maximize a group’s meeting investment — and endless sunshine! The Four Diamond resort with award-winning cuisine and recreation amenities is in the middle of it all, easily accessible by land (I-95) and by air via the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Miami (MIA) International Airports, and close to the activities and excitement for which groups come to sunny South Florida.

The combination of newly enhanced grounds and signature pools at Bonaventure, a renovated golf club featuring two 18-hole championship courses under the same ownership as the resort, the nearby Cliff Drysdale tennis center, a world-class 48,000 sq. ft. aLaya Spa, and endless off-site entertainment opportunities at the BB&T Center close by, for which Bonaventure is the official hotel, make the resort unsurpassed as the best meetings & events venues in the South Florida.

Add to this Bonaventure’s recent multimillion dollar renovation of its meeting and event space, and the resort’s in-house Destination Management Service, as well as its world-class recreation and aLaya Spa programming, and Bonaventure Resort & Spa stands alone in South Florida as the best property for important corporate and association meetings.

Bonaventure’s “Sunshine & Savings Benchmark Conference Package” includes:

• One-price-per-person package that the resort’s conference professionals can tailor to specific meeting objectives
• Overnight accommodations

• Delicious and satisfying breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Continuous refreshment service

• Conference environment designed to enhance learning and productivity, including amphitheater, boardroom, large conference rooms, and breakout rooms – each room is set to the customer’s specifications
• High-tech audiovisual
• Service charges

For more information on Bonaventure Resort & Spa’s Sunshine & Savings spring meeting guestroom rates and meeting packages, call 954-349-5521, or visit http://www.bonaventureresortandspa.com/ftlauderdale_meetings/meeting_special_offer/

About Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Situated in the heart of the affluent Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of Weston, Florida, Bonaventure Resort & Spa delivers an unparalleled resort experience that offers guests well-appointed accommodations, gourmet culinary options and a world-class spa. The AAA Four Diamond Resort, which became part of Benchmark Hospitality International’s portfolio of hotels and resorts in September 2012, features 500 spacious guestrooms and suites, four swimming pools, fitness center, the full service aLaya Spa, a championship PGA golf course and multiple dining options, including the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond Ireland’s Steakhouse. Conveniently located just west of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the resort is just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and offers guests easy access to area attractions, including the Sawgrass Mills Mall, Florida Everglades eco-adventures, and the BB&T Center home of NHL hockey, concerts and events , as well as nearby beaches. For more information or reservations, please visit www.BonaventureResortandSpa.com, “Like” us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BonaventureFL.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests’ needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

Meeting Professionals Expect a Stronger Year Ahead

Respondents to PCMA Convene’s 23rd Annual Meetings Market Survey reported continued improvement in key meeting metrics and higher expectations for 2014 — although challenges remain.

CHICAGO, IL — This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its annual Meetings Market Survey, which has been considered an industry benchmark for the past 23 years. While the survey in recent years has included questions about other forces impacting the industry (the use of social media and virtual events, for example), it has cast a spotlight on the key metrics of the industry’s health — attendance, budgets, exhibitors, revenues — consistently over the past two decades.

Of the 400-plus association, independent, and corporate planners who completed the latest survey in late 2013, 44 percent experienced an increase in attendance at their 2013 flagship event and 41 percent expected their attendance to grow in 2014. Thirty-three percent said they had more exhibitors at their main 2013 convention and nearly 30 percent expected exhibitor growth to continue this year. The average exhibition footprint, however, shrunk from 124,000 square feet in 2012 to 108,000 square feet in 2013.

While most survey respondents said leading meeting indicators were on the upswing, there were many who cited challenges negatively affecting particular sectors, including stricter guidelines for medical meetings and policies that cut into government-employee attendance — as well as rising hotel costs and airfares affecting all meetings. “On the whole, meeting professionals are optimistic about the year ahead,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell, who has analyzed the results of the annual Meetings Market Survey for the past 11 years. “Many of the respondents expect meetings to pick up slightly along with the slow growth of the overall economy. And despite the fact that meeting budgets with an exhibition component held steady over last year — and nearly one-third of respondents expected to have a larger budget to work with this year — the majority continue to be asked by management to trim meeting expenses. Doing more with less seems to be a given for many.”

An infographic capturing highlights of the Meetings Market Survey, produced in partnership with Bear Analytics, is available here. Full results of the survey are available here.

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 6,000+ 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 pcma.org.

Prague is the Best Meeting Destination in the Region

Prague won the 2013 Meeting Star Award in the category of meeting destinations awarded by Slovenian Kongres magazine which focuses on the region of Central and South East Europe. The Editorial Board of the magazine prepared an overview of convention centres, hotels and congress destinations which were assessed by hidden congress guests. In total, Prague collected 4.64 points and ranked higher than Dubrovnik and Budapest.

For the third year in the row, Kongres
Magazine called a tender for Meetings Star award – award for outstanding contributions in the field of marketing communication of destinations, congresses, events and meetings industry suppliers in South East Europe. The award is a visible recognition of creativity, knowledge and work based on team-work and experience that brought clear and measurable results.

The winners in five categories – TOP DESTINATION, TOP CONVENTION CENTRE, TOP CITY MEETING HOTEL, TOP RESORT MEETING HOTEL and INSIDE AWARD – were awarded during the welcome reception at 2014 Conventa trade show in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Monday 21 January, 2014. Prague was represented by Prague Convention Bureau, the official convention bureau of the city of Prague.

“For us, this award is the sign that Prague has significantly improved the level of provided congress services and currently ranks among the European top,” says Lenka Žlebková, managing director of Prague Convention Bureau, adding: “I would like to thank all who have been supporting us in our efforts to highlight Prague on the congress map of Europe, whether they be Prague Convention Bureau members, our partners or representatives of the City. With their help we managed to get really farover the last three years and we believe that we can meet our ambitious goals and get Prague among the best congress destinations not only in Europe but also worldwide.”

IMEX in Frankfurt takes trade show value to new heights with personalised support services, guided tours and new hosted buyer groups

A number of innovative new support services and education offerings, plus a rise in new hosted buyer groups and exhibitors will be some of the hallmarks of the IMEX in Frankfurt trade show, opening May 20th at Messe Frankfurt.

A new pre-show concierge service to help first-time hosted buyers get the most from their attendance at the show is being launched this month (March). It is one of several new ideas being introduced by the IMEX Group to increase business and networking value for buyers attending the trade show. Each new buyer will receive a telephone call from the IMEX concierge team giving them the opportunity to ask questions relating to travel, appointments with exhibitors, the education programme or other subjects.

Beyond the trade show format
In addition to a brand new IMEX App, delivered by QuickMobile; refinements to the IMEX portals and website plus live, preshow ‘how to’ webinars, IMEX now offers a wide choice of personalised support services for exhibitors, intermediaries, trade visitors and hosted buyers. These high quality, high-touch services build upon the core trade show format (which combines business, education and networking) with new opportunities to both increase and demonstrate return on investment.

New hosted buyer groups
20 new hosted buyer groups are confirmed to date and include groups from Travel Alberta, Hong Tourism Board and Energy Cities Alliance.

Among the 3500 exhibiting companies attending will be some exciting new exhibitors and destinations including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hong Kong, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Peru. Hotel groups are once again a growth area at IMEX with Club Med, Dorchester Collection, Falkensteiner Hotels, Great Hotels of the World, Le Hotels and Parc Hotels all attending as new exhibitors.
Several new educational and exhibitor hubs are being introduced on the show floor, allowing for allied or complementary exhibitors to be found in one place.

Technology exhibitors will be located on a new Technology Pavilion; a new Meeting Design Hub will house specialised exhibitors and deliver education on all aspects of meeting design and a new Tech Hub will be introduced, following a successful trial at IMEX America in October. The Tech Hub will provide a quick and easy update on new technologies plus hands-on education sessions for a maximum of 30 people. The Sustainability Hub is modelled the same way for maximum convenience and ease of location, mixing ‘meet the expert’ opportunities with information and education sessions on one purpose-built stand.

New themed tours
Having trialled show tours in 2013, IMEX will now be offering German visitors a range of guided tours for 2014. The new IMEX tours allow German visitors to take part in an education session on a theme inspired by GCB Megatrends research. Following the session participants will be led on a guided tour of various stands on the same theme. The tours are designed to increase visitor knowledge and expand potential new business contacts.

Education remains strong pull
This year the IMEX-CIC Inspiration Centre – the main education theatre on the show floor – will provide a single site for all English and German language education, with the exception of daily GCB German keynotes which will take place each morning in Hall 9. The Inspiration Centre will also house a new Creativity Zone, Hot Topic Tables with moderated peer-to-peer conversations, plus a new Meet the Expert Clinic. As in previous years, the Centre will also be home to all IMEX 30-minute campfires, 45-minute seminars and the Research Pod.

All German language education, including the primary GCB-Seminartage programme, plus all English language sessions will be organised into six tracks for 2014: Trends and Research; Sustainability; Technology and Social Media; Risk Management and Compliance; Marketing and Communication and General Education. A new track – Business Skills – has been introduced to meet demand for education about the fundamentals of good business practice regardless of industry type.

As last year, Veranstaltungsplaner – the largest national association of corporate meeting planners in Germany – will also have a dedicated education and research clinic on the show floor.

New vision growth
IMEX’s hallmark Vision Initiatives continue to grow and add further value for all audiences attending. The programme for the preshow Association Day – with education designed to address association management challenges – is now live online. The event continues to provide professional education along three dedicated tracks, with an afternoon of concurrent sessions followed by new hot topic, facilitated group discussions and rounding off with an evening networking reception.

Final details for Exclusively Corporate @IMEX (also on Monday May 19), which provides an afternoon of private education and networking for corporate meeting planners and senior executives, are also being put into place. IMEX will announce full programme details, together with a well-known UK business entrepreneur as keynote, shortly. The event’s theme will be “Innovation and Creativity in an Era of Regulation and Compliance – the Challenge for Corporate Meeting Planners.”
IMEX recently announced two influential speakers for another of its Vision Initiatives – the 2014 Politicians Forum. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and David Scowsill, President & Chief Executive Officer of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are both confirmed speakers for this important annual advocacy event.

Early Data, Meetings Growth Point to Hosted Buyer Increase for AIBTM 2014

Pre-Scheduled Appointments Estimated at 18,000 Amid US Meetings Surge

ORLANDO – Pre-show data combined with newly released economic research bodes well for a substantial increase in pre-scheduled appointments between exhibitors and Hosted Buyers at the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meeting Exhibition (AIBTM) June 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Nearly 18,000 pre-scheduled appointments are expected to take place at AIBTM 2014—a rise of 20% from last year.? Meanwhile, a recently published study charting meetings in America revealed the industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, adding $115 billion to the GDP and emerging as a leading source of job growth.

The data, published by the Convention Industry Council, comes at the same time as AIBTM added 4,000 new association planners, corporate planners and other meeting planners to its database, which is a contributor to the anticipated 18,000 pre-scheduled appointments.? According to Exhibition Director Michael Lyons, AIBTM is also predicting more than 200 Associated Buyers for this year.

“Post-show research last year indicated that 90% of our exhibitors felt that AIBTM delivered the right audience,” said Lyons. “We are meticulous in our process to ensure that the Hosted Buyers accepted into our program come to AIBTM with the intent to do business with our exhibitors and suppliers.”

The rigorous vetting resulted in AIBTM 2013 buyers placing $250 million in business worldwide.The show also saw a 182% increase in the number of corporate buyers and a 24% increase in the total number of Hosted Buyers whose total combined meeting spend exceeded $9 billion.

In addition, AIBTM 2013 delivered 70% more new Buyers last year as well as the largest concentration of North American Hosted Buyers of any other MICE exhibition in the U.S.

Among association and corporate buyers in attendance last year were the American Bar Association, Starbucks, American Hospital Association, Verizon, Texas Instruments, Student and Youth Travel Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, and National Newspaper Association, among others.

AIBTM takes place from June 10-12, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Join AIBTM on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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 10-12, 2014. Join AIBTM on LinkedIn, 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/), IBTM Africa (www.ibtmevents.com/IBTM-Africa) and EIBTM (www.eibtm.com).

Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world¹s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.
RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions.
www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world¹s 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.

Canadian Visitors generating Strong Overnight Numbers for 2013 in Switzerland

Spectacular views and the beautiful models of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Issue are not all Switzerland Tourism has to celebrate this year. The numbers for 2013
are in with a plus in arrivals of 1.9%, and the 230,189 overnights in hotel beds
representing a slight minus of 0.6% (stays at friends and family, hostels and rental
apartments are not included).
Canadians spent on average about 220 Swiss Francs, or $250, per day for a total
spending of almost $50.6 million, a sizeable contribution to Switzerland’s annual tourism
revenue.

The most popular places for Canadians were the Zurich Region with 60,395, the Geneva
Region with 47,220, the Valais with 19,706 overnights, and the Lake Lucerne Region
with 19,261.

The largest increase of 10.8% was recorded in the Bernese Oberland, best known for
Interlaken and the Jungfrau Region, featuring iconic excursions like the Top of Europe
and the Schilthorn.

“While the overnights are flat compared to 2012 and after an increase of overnights over
several years, the high season months of summer 2013 (July, August) as well as
December show exceptional growth of overnights by Canadians in Swiss hotels.
Canadians arriving in Switzerland has increased once again by almost 2% (1.9%) in
2013, visiting the Zurich Region and the Geneva Region as well as the Lake Geneva
and Matterhorn Region, with strong increases in the Bernese Oberland” stated Mirko
Capodanno, Country Manager Canada.
Even though Switzerland is revered for some of the best skiing in the world and the birth
place of winter tourism 150 years ago, the Alpine peaks are also attractive in summer
and two-thirds of Canadians go to Switzerland in the summer months. This year’s
summer theme: “Views. Swiss Made” highlights the incredible hiking, walking and biking opportunities in the summer time in the Alps or along the beautiful lakes.

Canadians enjoy direct air connection to Zurich, Geneva, and Basel with Swiss
International Air Lines (SWISS), Air Canada, Air Transat, and Edelweiss Air.

Questions: Please contact Mirko Capodanno, Country Manager Canada, at
mirko.capodanno@switzerland.com or 416-695-3375

Switzerland Tourism is the official National Tourist Office of Switzerland and operates in 30 countries around the world with the goal of promoting Switzerland as a travel, vacation as well as a convention and incentive destination. In the Americas, Switzerland Tourism operates offices in
New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and São Paulo.
For more information: www.myswitzerland.com

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Irvine Company Resort Properties’ Newest Southern California Hotel To Portfolio

. . . Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center Joins As Third With Ownership Group

WASHINGTON, DC – Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, located in the heart of Irvine, California’s dynamic business district, has been accepted into the portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The 536-room Southern California hotel, which was formerly the Hyatt Regency Irvine, is undergoing an impressive reinvestment initiative along with its new brand identity. The reinvestment program will include the redesign of guest rooms, as well as the refreshing of all banquet and meeting spaces, the lobby, lounge, café, restaurant, and outdoor social areas. The hotel is owned and operated by Irvine Company Resort Properties, which also owns and operates The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Island Hotel Newport Beach, which are both located in Newport Beach, California, and are also distinctive members of ALHI’s worldwide portfolio. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales force throughout North America now provides authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to companies and organizations interested in conducting meetings, conventions, and/or programs at Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center.

In addition to becoming the newest Member of ALHI’s distinctive portfolio of 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts, Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center becomes a new addition to the “ALHI City Solutions Collection.” This specialty segment within ALHI’s worldwide portfolio now features more than 60 options in distinctive metropolitan areas around the world.

Providing the intimacy and personalization of a boutique hotel with the service, quality, and consistency of an industry-leading hotel, Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center is conveniently located just minutes from John Wayne Airport, where the 405 Freeway meets Jamboree. In addition to offering 520 guest rooms and 16 suites, the contemporary hotel features 36,000 square feet of event space, which includes a 14,700-square-foot ballroom, one of Orange County’s largest ballrooms. Just outside of the hotel groups and guests can enjoy one of America’s most extensive urban trail systems for walking, jogging, and cycling. In addition, groups also can play golf at the Tom Fazio-designed Oak Creek Golf Club. The hotel is just 10 minutes from charming beach communities; a short drive to dining, entertainment and world-class shopping at Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island; and less than 30 minutes from such popular attractions as Disneyland, Newport Harbor, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and Honda Center.

Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center becomes ALHI’s first Member in Irvine, and joins ALHI’s other Member hotels and resorts in the Los Angeles area: Loews Hollywood Hotel, offering 120,000 square feet of meeting space in Hollywood; Surf & Sand Resort, providing striking Pacific views in Laguna Beach; the 504-acre The Resort at Pelican Hill, offering 54 holes of championship golf and panoramic ocean views in Newport Beach; the breathtaking Island Hotel Newport Beach, offering more than 23,000 square feet of newly designed indoor/outdoor function space; the Five-Diamond Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, providing more than 70,000 square feet of inspiring event space in picturesque Ojai; Pasadena’s elegant 380-room The Langham Huntington, a favorite of celebrities seeking a hideaway; the oceanfront Terranea, poised on 102 acres in the exclusive community of Rancho Palos Verdes; and the newly renovated Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, providing sensational views of the Pacific in Santa Monica.

“Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center features a great location, and is a wonderful addition to our worldwide and Southern California portfolio,” said David Gabri, CEO of ALHI. “Irvine Company Resort Properties is known for its hotels and resorts providing first-class facilities and service, and we are excited to share the news about this hotel and the impressive capital enhancements taking place which will make it extra-special with the meetings marketplace.”

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

With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global 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, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500. 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.

For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on the 12 defined specialty segments within the portfolio, which are designed to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.

On the ALHI website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily 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 www.alhi.com 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 “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 www.alhi.com.

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Inks Three-Year Deal with JEC Group

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) has announced a three-year deal with JEC Group for major global CONFEX events.

JEC Asia is a leading event in the Asia-Pacific region for composites professionals to network and share knowledge over three days of events, conferences and activities Nov. 17–19 at Suntec Singapore. In 2014, JEC Asia targets to attract 5,000 delegates and visitors and 300 exhibiting companies from 50 countries.

The growing interest in Asia is driven by the region’s strategic position for the composites industry, having overtaken the Americas and Europe in terms of production. Asia represents 41 percent in production volume compared to 32 percent in the Americas and 20 percent in Europe and is expected to reach 50 percent by 2015. In 2012, out of an estimated $114 billion global composites market, $40 billion was generated in Asia-Pacific, i.e. 36 percent of the market against 34 percent in the Americas and 23 percent in Europe. Moreover, Singapore being one of the composites hubs for Asia Pacific, has been selected Country Guest of Honor for JEC Asia 2014.

Suntec Singapore has invested in new technological advances, including free WiFi for up to 6,000 simultaneous connections, a digital screen network and flexible customizable space. In particular, the ability to quickly switch room configurations and resize meeting rooms and conference halls was a key factor in JEC Group’s decision to enter into a long-term agreement.

First Conference Business Win for Exhibition Centre Liverpool

ACC Liverpool has confirmed the first piece of conference business for its new multi-million pound exhibition centre.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool, set to be the newest facility of its kind in the UK, will host RenewableUK in October next year.

The waterfront venue will welcome more than 4,500 delegates, 250 exhibitors and 190 speakers to the three day event. RenewableUK is the UK’s leading not for profit renewable energy trade association.

In June 2011 ACC Liverpool hosted RenewableUK Offshore Wind – now Exhibition Centre Liverpool will accommodate RenewableUK’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. The event will take place in the new centre as well as the upper level of BT Convention Centre.

Garth Halliday, director of events, marketing and membership at RenewableUK, said: “We had a positive experience when we held our event in 2011 with strong delegate feedback. Although we love the city and the venue we found that ACC Liverpool was unable to accommodate our expanding exhibition.

“The addition of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will allow us to return to the city next year. The team has kept us informed with their plans for the centre and we are confident that delegates and exhibitors will be impressed. We are pleased that RenewableUK Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 will take place in a new complex in a stunning location.”

The £40m centre will include a £26m integrated 4-star 216 room headquarters hotel. Both will be interconnected to ACC Liverpool, which currently comprises BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, via a pedestrian link bridge.

The arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125 sqm at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of integrated and flexible event facilities. It will feature an atrium glazed with waterfront views, food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms, external balconies and exhibition space and a business centre. The hotel will include up to 10,500 sqm of floor space and seven storeys of rooms above a ground floor reception, lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and gym.

Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: “Exhibition Centre Liverpool will enable us to host large national and international conferences – from new events to those which have already taken place at ACC Liverpool but need to migrate in the future. Our new facility will allow conferences to expand as we do and we look forward to a successful RenewableUK conference in 2015.”

Exhibition Centre Liverpool will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions; large scale banquets; concerts and sports events. In its first year of operation, it is expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000 visitors.

Lansdowne Resort is a AAA Four Diamond Resort!

Lansdowne Resort, Northern Virginia’s preeminent resort, spa, and golf club has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2014.

This Virginia resort, 25 miles from Washington DC, combines world-class service, urban style, understated luxury and premium amenities. With over 9,500 square feet of meeting space, Lansdowne Resort is a popular meetings destination in Loudoun.