Monthly Archives: June 2014

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Hosts 9th Annual Executive Women In Leadership Conference

MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA (June 2014) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) recently held its 9th Annual “Executive Women In Leadership Conference” at the new Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. The conference brought together 55 senior-level/executive women from the hospitality and meetings industries, including meeting professionals and hotel executives. The event was developed by ALHI, which represents more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide to the meetings and incentive marketplace, and was co-hosted by Delta Air Lines and Salamander Resort & Spa.

ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious dues-based membership Global Sales Organization (GSO) that features a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and 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 requiring from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms, with easy and professional one-call local access. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize the Global Sales services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the organization to serve planners with local professionals.

Opened in August 2013, the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa is set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse and wine country. The elegant resort is located in historic Middleburg, and features 168 guest rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a 200-year-old Stallion Barn, expansive lawns, a culinary garden, a cooking studio, three swimming pools, an equestrian program, and many other outdoor activities.

For more information about ALHI, or to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

Divine Deals, Hilton Santa Clara Hotel

All inclusive meeting packages for 2014

What: Silicon Valley’s Hilton Santa Clara Hotel is offering an all-inclusive group meeting special.

Why: Book your meeting and save. Per Person pricing includes; Meeting Space set to your specifications, Meeting Room Wi-Fi, Flip Chart, Freshly prepared Continental Breakfast, Bay Area Deli or Taste of California Lunch Buffet, Fresh From Mom’s Oven Morning Snack, Pick me Up Afternoon Snack.

When: Between the dates of: July 1-7, 2014

August 28-September 7, 2014

December 12-18, 2014

December 21-26, 2014

Where: Hilton Santa Clara Hotel
4949 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA. 95054

Price: Meeting Package $79.00 per person plus applicable taxes and service charge.

Guest room rates start at $139 inclusive of guest room Wi-Fi and parking.

Package and guest room rates are commissionable.

Contact: For more information and reservations, please contact Hilton Santa Clara (408) – 562 –6731 or visit www.hiltonsantaclara.com

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati Earns 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Honored as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Cincinnati, OH – Hyatt Regency Cincinnati announces that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award today. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Hyatt Regency Cincinnati is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Bruce Flyer, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. “We strive to offer our guests authentic hospitality and a memorable experience during their stay. We listen to our customers and respond to their reviews and feedback. We will continue to work to provide the best customer experience and service in the city.”

For more information and reservations, visit: www.cincinnati.hyatt.com or call: 513-579-1234.

About Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, a 491 guest room hotel, offers a variety of guestrooms, including a Presidential Suite, Thrive Suite and twelve VIP suites. All of Hyatt Regency Cincinnati’s guestrooms feature pillow-top Hyatt Grand Beds™, iHome alarm clocks and large workstations with high-speed wireless internet access. Dining options at Hyatt Regency Cincinnati include Red Roost Tavern and a Market. For more information visit: www.cincinnati.hyatt.com or call: 513-579-1234.

MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014

Booming MICE Industry in Asia

The Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) market has seen tremendous growth in Asia, expanding by 133% over the last 6 years in comparison to the global market growth rate of 19.9%.

While traditional industry leaders in the region, such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea, have long enjoyed steady growth, other countries in the region are now emerging as competitors.

The Taiwanese government has invested heavily in the MICE industry, with a total US$680 million invested into the construction of large-scale exhibition halls.

Malaysia demonstrates huge potentital to be a gateway to conducting business events, being strategically located on trade routes between India and China and other locations in Asia and Europe.

With such vast potential, and a regional competition that has only just begun, the Asian MICE market is definitely one to watch.
MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014

The MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014, organised by Oliver Kinross, provides the ideal platform for event professionals to connect and expand business opportunities in the MICE market in Asia. The exhibition will be held in Suntec Exhibition Centre, Singapore, on the 13th and 14th November.

The exhibition brings together for 2 days Asia’s leading MICE organisers to meet and network with the region’s leading hotels, venues, event suppliers, and technology providers. Over 5000 event professionals will attend the exhibition to discover the huge variety of supplies available.

Alongside the exhibition will be two days of free conference for visitors and exhibitiors, featuring presentations from the industry’s top, most experienced speakers, covering prevalent topics in the Asian event industry, such as guides on event planning, delegate/sponsorship sales training, online and offline marketing, recruiting and training event teams, operations and sourcing, market trends, and much more.

The conference is targeted at the key buyers, planners and decisions makers involved in organising or facilitating larges scale events, conferences,exhibitions, trade shows. Attendees are coming from throughout the region to network and discuss their event needs, schedules, general planning and budgets for the next twelve months.
Apart from showcasing fresh ideas from industry leaders, as well as live demonstrations by exhibiting event and venue suppliers, other features distinguish the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014 as the place to be for events professionals.

The networking drinks party on the evening of day one will set the stage for establishing connections and developing opportunities for networking between buyers and sellers. The exhibition will also provide one on one meetings for organisers and suppliers to discuss and negotiate future business opportunities.

The event is proving very popular, and exhibition space is selling fast. To register or for further information of the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014, November 13-14 2014, Singapore, please see below:
For exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Email: James.Mckenzie@oliverkinross.com
Tel: +852 3975 5710 (Hong Kong)
To register for complimentary tickets please contact: Email: mice@oliverkinross.co.uk

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Wins 10 New Bids

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has announced the confirmation of 10 new events for 2014-2016 with an expected total attendance of more than 10,000 delegates.

The bid wins include two national, three regional and five international meetings namely: the Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres International Conference 2014; Asian Banker Summit 2014; 16th Asian Congress of Architects 2014; 18th Asia Oil & Gas Conference 2015; Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) Conference 2015; and International Forum on Disability Management 2016.

Alan Pryor, the centre’s general manager, attributed the wins to international associations and meeting planners’ continuing confidence in Malaysia as an attractive and value-for-money destination for business tourism, and the centre as the country’s premier convention facility.

He said in a statement: “The wins come on the back of a record-breaking performance in 2013 (during) which the Centre closed on a high with 1,565 events, the most (events) held in a year since opening in June 2005.”

CityCube Berlin Opens

Modern convention centre strengthens city’s global competitiveness

New trade fair and convention centre for Berlin: with the official opening of the CityCube Berlin today, the German capital has obtained a modern venue for fairs, congresses and meetings.
“The CityCube is state of the art and therefore more than just a replacement for the ICC. It was also completed in record time,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. “The CityCube is an important argument for Berlin in a tough, competitive market for international conventions and meetings. Also, we would like to announce that visitBerlin and Messe Berlin have commissioned a market study to determine the convention capacity Berlin will need by 2020 and beyond.”

Heike Mahmoud, Conventions Director of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office added: “The CityCube Berlin is a great asset for the city and a signal to the international conventions market. We are certain that we will be acquiring many new major conferences for Berlin. Our goal for the future is to offer every potential customer the perfect setting for their event in Berlin.”

High-profile meetings and conferences in the CityCube’s first year
Already in its first year, CityCube Berlin is being very well utilized: The national meeting of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) on 11 May will be the first event in CityCube Berlin. Major medical congresses such as the 34th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Breast Diseases will follow this summer. As part of the “MEXCON – Meeting Experts Conference”, the Meeting Experts Award will be awarded on 11 June. From 11 – 13 June, the MEXCON in Berlin is the gathering of the leading representatives of the German meetings and convention industry.

The cornerstone for the CityCube Berlin was laid in July 2012. The cube-shaped building with a textile façade offers space for up to 11,000 participants over three storeys. A glass-covered walkway connects the multi-function hall with Hall 7 of the Berliner Messe, creating enough space for up to 18,000 participants.
For more information about Berlin as a meeting destination, go to convention.visitBerlin.com.

The plates are stacking up at Brisbane’s newest convention centre

The Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) has had its busiest week since opening fifteen months ago. Royal ICC chefs’ fed more than 50,000 people last week at events including the prestigious PwC Post Budget Breakfast.
More than 7000 eggs, 3000 rashes of bacon, 3000 Danish pastries and 600 Western Queensland grass fed eye fillets were served to Royal ICC guests attending various events.

Sue Hocking, General Manager, Venue Sales & Marketing, welcomed the busy period and said she was blown away by the team’s effort.

“This has been our busiest week yet and it couldn’t have run more smoothly,” Ms Hocking said.
“I’m thrilled with the way our talented chefs and Royal ICC staff handled these events, it sure was one busy week, but overall a huge success.”

Royal ICC Executive Chef, Sean Cummings, said it was definitely a big task for his staff but they handled it professionally and were able to ensure all guests were served the best of the best.
“We served a selection of menus over the week ranging from an upmarket, classic French three course meal for 800 guests; 2200 guests had a delicious breakfast and at one point we were serving dagwood dogs and hot chips to Brisbane Showgrounds visitors.

“The team couldn’t have done better, we’re looking forward to more and more weeks like this.”
The state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) officially opened on 2 March, 2013 and it has been a busy first year of business with back to back events.

There will be no slowing down for the team who are expecting to host 80,000 people at the upcoming Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Holiday Show from 4 – 10 June, as well as running eight RNA catering outlets across the venue.
For more information visit the Royal ICC website www.royalicc.com.auYEAR.

Huntsville to host 2014 North American Travel Journalists Association Conference

Meeting to bring travel writers to Rocket City September 16 – 19, 2014

(Huntsville, AL) – Huntsville has won its bid to host the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) conference to be held September 16 – 19, 2014, at the Huntsville Marriott. NATJA is an international association of travel writers and tourism professionals who meet on an annual basis. Approximately 100 people, 40-50 of whom are travel writers, are expected to attend this September. Travel writers in attendance are highly encouraged to write stories in their respective publications about their host city.

Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the head of the organization tasked with recruiting conferences, meetings and visitors to Madison County, expressed excitement for the conference to convene in Huntsville.

“We are honored to host NATJA 2014 and will work diligently to ensure their conference experience exceeds expectations,” Ryals said. “This conference is great news for our community as it means not only tens of thousands of dollars to stimulate our local economy, but also outstanding coverage highlighting all of Huntsville and Madison County’s exceptional offerings as a visitor destination.”

Helen Hernandez, CEO of the North American Travel Journalists Association, explained why Huntsville was chosen among dozens of other choices nationally.

“The North American Travel Journalists Association is thrilled to be coming to Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama for our 2014 conference,” Hernandez said. “This destination is steeped in civil war history, historic antebellum homes, and has played a pivotal role in our country’s space exploration. Our goal is to share this amazing area with the travel media.”

In 2013, the travel and tourism industry, which includes both leisure and meeting visitors, was responsible for over 14,000 jobs in Madison County. Madison County’s 2.6 million visitors pumped an estimated one billion dollars into the local economy.

“The more conferences we bring to Huntsville/Madison County, the greater the economic impact for our community and the more opportunity that conference attendees will either return for a visit themselves or tell their friends and family that Huntsville is the perfect site for their next meeting or vacation,” Ryals said.

While in Alabama, NATJA conference attendees will also be able to visit other Alabama communities including the Shoals, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and various location in the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association region in special pre or post-conference tours.

For more information, please contact Jessica Carlton, Marketing Manager, at the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, at 256. 551. 2294 or by e-mail at jessica@huntsville.org.

Be sure to connect with the CVB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on what’s going on in Huntsville/Madison County, travel-related news and upcoming meetings and conference information.

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB

The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types.

AIBTM Trade Show Floor Buzzes On Opening Day

Meetings Mean Business Coalition Updates Industry

ORLANDO (June 11) – Following AIBTM Knowledge Program, the trade show floor opened this morning at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by AIBTM Exhibition Director Michael Lyons; IBTM Global Events Portfolio Director Sallie Coventry; President and CEO of Visit Orlando George Aguel; Chairman of Visit Orlando Paul Mears, III; and Deputy General Manager of Orange County Convention Center Yulita Osuba.

The day began with an important update from the Meetings Mean Business Coalition at the Chapin Theater. Over 250 attendees listened to leaders in the industry discuss its strategic mission to unify under “one voice” and then participated in a Q&A about where the Meetings Mean Business campaign is headed.

Larry Luteran, the Coalition’s co-chair, opened the panel by reiterating the critical importance of meetings to the economy. “For every dollar spent on meetings there’s a $9.50 return,” he said. “Meetings are the number one marketing vehicle to help generate revenue.”

When asked about the greatest success of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition thus far, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA, said, “Staying together as one voice is critical to our industry. We won’t stop because the economy has improved; our message has to resonate globally.”

On the trade show floor, first time exhibitor Hamburg Convention Bureau held a market focus session for U.S. buyers interested in placing business in Germany. Over 40 buyers attended the meeting in which Nele Aumann, Marketing Manager of Hamburg Convention Bureau, discussed how the city can accommodate U.S. meeting planners when hosting large group meetings and conventions.

“Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany and a 1st tier destination. I like to call it the hidden jewel of the country,” said Aumann. “Visitors don’t realize that even though by population it’s a large city, it’s actually small and intimate. Traveling to and from places is just a short ride. Berlin, the country’s capital, is only 1.5 hours away by train. It’s an ideal destination for international meetings with excellent accessibility.”

Attendees also checked out new useful technologies for their professions in the Innovation Zone and heard from leading tech companies and professionals about how to apply these in their day-to-day business lives. When they needed a quick break, they stopped at the Refresh Zone fueled with Orlando’s best eats and a comfy place to recharge before heading back to their booths or appointments.

The afternoon was capped off with the Executive Chef Tasting where Chefs Mac Lynch of Roy’s Restaurant, Russell Skall of Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar, Eric Frame of Hard Rock Orlando, Jimmy Frantz of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and Jose Gonzalez of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar served signature dishes to attendees eager to taste local specialties.

“The food at the Executive Chef Tasting was great!” said Hosted Buyer Vaibhav Parulkar. “We are looking to expand our meetings to the east coast and would definitely consider these spots. Not only was the food incredibly tasty, but also high quality. I was very impressed.”

The exhibition hall opens tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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.

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Completes Significant Upgrades

Moves into Top Five Ranking on One of the Top Guest-Rated Websites

Baltimore, MD – Officials of the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport have announced the completion of a number of transformative renovation upgrades that have elevated the hotel into the top-five ranking among its competitive set, according to reviewers on one of the top guest-rated websites.

The upgrades include a completely made-over lobby, featuring an open-concept lounge with relaxed seating, communal tables and multiple televisions that create a more comfortable setting for catching up with friends and colleagues. Other improvements include the addition of a new function room, The Flight Deck, which at 4,000 square feet, can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. In addition, guest hallways were completely refurbished and the fitness center was upgraded with new, state-of-the-art Precor equipment. The final step in refreshing the hotel’s meeting space is the installation of new wall coverings and doors. The hotel’s 16,000 square feet of meeting space is capable of handling from 25 to 800 guests. Additional upgrades are slated for this fall: the 280-room hotel’s 11th floor concierge lounge will be renovated and the lobby sundry shop is being expanded to provide additional amenities.

“Although the hotel opened only in late 2006, our goal is to keep it fresh and appealing to guests,” said Joseph Bojanowski, president, PMHS. “The investment and hard work immediately paid off with highly favorable comments from our guests. As a result of the renovation and implementation of new guest service initiatives, website reviewers now rate the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport in the top five out of 26 competitive hotels. As we settle in from these renovations, our intent is to continue to move up in the rankings.”

Because of the hotel’s convenient location and guest amenities, we host a significant number of business and social gatherings,” said Bill Driscoll, general manager. “These enhancements have had an immediate impact on our guest satisfaction levels and we look forward to attracting new groups, as well as business and leisure travelers to our hotel.”

About the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel
Located in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and adjacent to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), the 280-room Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel is less than 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore and 40 minutes from Washington, DC. The hotel’s acqua restaurant offers classic Chesapeake Bay with a contemporary twist. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, connectivity station and high speed internet access. The Hilton Baltimore BWI Airpot Hotel is an energy-efficient hotel, utilizing rooftop solar panels to produce natural energy to aid the environment.