Monthly Archives: August 2014

IMEX America Challenges Conventional Thinking with new PCMA Business School Program

This year IMEX America participants will have the chance to build even more education muscle and earn CEUs when PCMA’s Business School makes its first ever stop at the Las Vegas trade show. The Business School will be offered as part of the preshow education day, Smart Monday, on Oct 13.
The popular PCMA learning curriculum is built around giving meeting industry professionals access to top-level faculty speakers from leading university – business schools. It offers on-line, credit-awarding sessions through PCMA, as well as via live programs at select industry conferences.

The IMEX America installment of PCMA Business School will feature Dr. Jerry Jellison, a professor of social psychology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Jellison is a change guru and published author of two books: “Overcoming Resistance” (a Fortune Book Club selection,) and “Dynamics of Change”. His session in Vegas is titled “From Strategy to Results – Creating a Culture of Change.”

This three-hour business school session is designed to help participants identify prime areas for change within their teams and organizations. In a comprehensive workshop Jellison will share practical, tried and tested tools that help dissolve resistance to shaking up the status quo. He will also lead his audience in how to formulate fresh action plans that deliver targeted improvements and worthwhile results.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways to make our education program at IMEX America even more meaningful and rich,” said Carina Bauer CEO of the IMEX Group. “PCMA’s Business School approach is a terrific way to connect our industry directly with the best minds in the US college and university community and we’re looking forward to it becoming a unique part of this year’s Smart Monday program.”

“PCMA’s education is renowned for challenging our thinking and the status quo,” said Sherrif Karamat, COO, PCMA. “We’re committed to equipping our meeting professionals with the best resources and tools possible by bringing some of the country’s brightest minds to share their knowledge, and we’re excited to launch our first business school program at IMEX America this fall.”

In addition, participants can earn 0.3 CEU credits during IMEX America’s PCMA Business School. Participation is limited to 120 attendees. For more information on the program visit the IMEX website.

About IMEX America
IMEX America is a three-day ‘trade show with a difference’ that includes Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on Oct. 13. This full preshow day of professional education has ‘something for everyone’ and will include a Senior Planners track for the first time. The majority of sessions are free of charge with no need to book.

Last year over 2600 hosted buyers from 40 global markets scheduled 50,000 self-selected appointments with the show’s 2600-plus exhibitors from 150 countries. At the show’s close, total appointment numbers were up 27% compared to 2012, representing a significant rise in one-on-one business meetings between buyers and exhibitors.
See the 2013 IMEX America show stats here – /about-us/show-statistics/

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 6,400+ 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

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Names New General Manager

BALTIMORE, MD – Hyatt Regency Baltimore has named Kevin Kennedy as General Manager. Kennedy brings 30 years of hospitality experience to his new role, most recently having served as General Manager at Hyatt Regency Orange County, CA for the past 7 years.

Kennedy started his Hyatt career as a Hotel Assistant Manager at Hyatt Orlando, and held various positions at Hyatt hotels across North America. Kennedy’s first General Manager post was at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

“I have watched Kevin grow with the company over the years, and regardless of where he is, Kevin gives his best and achieves great results. He has worked successfully around the country, and we know that he will continue to be a true professional and add great value to the Hyatt Regency brand and Hyatt Regency Baltimore property.” said Jerry Lewin, Sr. VP Operations, Hyatt.

Kennedy embraces the local community where he lives and works. Most recently Kennedy was the Chairman of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, and he served on the Board of Directors for the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association. Kennedy was also a Founder and President of the Garden Grove Tourism Promotion Corporation. Earlier this year, under Kennedy’s leadership, Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel received the Orange County Business Journal’s, “Best Places to Work,” distinction. In 2011, Kevin was a nominee for Hyatt’s General Manager of the Year award.

A Florida native, Kennedy and his wife Michelle have two children, Kyle and Allison. Kennedy enjoys spending time with his family and golden retriever. When he’s not on the beach, Kennedy can be found enjoying golf, running, and snowboarding.

For more information about Hyatt Regency Baltimore, please visit or call: 410-528-1234.

About Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Hyatt Regency Baltimore is located at 300 Light Street in the city’s vibrant Inner Harbor. This 488 room hotel with more than 40,000 sq ft of event space offers direct access to Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor and is just steps away from many shops, restaurants, and attractions. The hotel’s stylish accommodations include amenities including a full-service fitness center, rooftop pool deck and its signature Bistro 300 restaurant. Since its opening in 1981, Hyatt Regency Baltimore has won numerous tourism and community service awards, including: the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award; a Diversity Trailblazer Award; and is a top hotel in Maryland by Expedia’s Insiders’ Select list. The property is also the longest AAA four-diamond award-winning hotel in Maryland. Hyatt Regency Baltimore was recognized in 2011 as a, “Best Hotel in the US,” by U.S. News & World Reports. For more information about Hyatt Regency Baltimore, please visit: or call: 410-528-1234.

About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency hotels offer a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

Luxurious Sky Villa Suites Unveiled at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas unveils the Sky Villa Suites, which offer an entirely new level of luxury accommodations for guests. Located on the 20th floor of the Paradise tower, the suites offer breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip with floor-to-ceiling windows in an elegant and glamorous atmosphere. The Sky Villa Suites are a key part of the resort’s approximate $200 million transformation that has touched every corner of the property including all 1,467 guestrooms, the casino floor and restaurants, and the Tropicana Theater.

“The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas has undergone a complete transformation, both structurally and culturally, and we are excited to introduce our newest room product—the Sky Villa Suites,” said Alex Yemenidjian, CEO of The New Tropicana Las Vegas. “We continually strive to deliver the best for our guests and these suites offer a new choice in luxury accommodations in Las Vegas reminiscent of a penthouse in Miami.”

Designed by Alex Yemenidjian and Annie Gevorkian, the Sky Villa Suites were created with an emphasis on modern glamour. These Las Vegas luxury suites include custom furnishings with white lacquered panels and Honey Birdseye and Anigre Lacewood highlighted with gold leaf. To give the suite added beauty and warmth, custom Golden Spider Natural Marble and luxurious carpet is used throughout. Cove lighting creates a soothing ambiance throughout the room. To accentuate the space with bold colors, specially designed abstract artwork is exhibited in the rooms.

These Las Vegas suites feature an unparalleled master bedroom and bathroom with his-and-her walk-in closets and a stunning gold leaf headboard. The master bathroom has two walk-in steam showers with LED showerheads, private water closets, LED backlit mirrors, and a spacious whirlpool spa for two. The lavish whirlpool tub is wrapped in marble mosaic with a massage function, air jets with LED lights, a computer control panel, a TV and Kohler water filler from the ceiling. Each of these penthouse apartment-style suites also includes a wet bar, private spa/massage room and office.
The Sky Villa Suites utilize the latest audio-video technology anchored with state-of-the-art Creston Control Systems. The system provides guests with intuitive control including window covering position, light and temperature control, room service, music and TV control and touch-screen keypads. Guests can also enjoy Samsung HD LED televisions in rooms.

The New Tropicana Las Vegas also offers eight other suite types throughout the resort including the two-story Penthouse Loft suites, the chic Presidential Suite and Chairman Suite, and the Pool Villa Suites. Like the Sky Villa Suites, the six Pool Villa Suites that have recently been made available to the public offer elite travelers exceptional accommodations. With a strong emphasis on privacy and an atmosphere conducive to relaxing and socializing, the 760-square-foot suites blend pure natural elements with clean modern shapes. Comfortable, custom-built furniture incorporates the beauty and warmth of Anigre Lacewood while marble mosaic walls give the rooms a natural sheen, and sandstone tile accented by hand-knotted banana-wool area rugs combine to create a bright yet cozy atmosphere.

Each Pool Villa is a luxuriously appointed Las Vegas suite featuring a spacious bedroom and a large living room with a marble-top wet bar and sub-zero refrigerator. Other features include a private balcony with a 44-jet whirlpool spa, DynaStar LED lighting and cascading waterfall, and dining and lounge areas overlooking a private lawn and the Tropicana pool. The Pool Villa Suites also offer the Creston Control Systems and colorful custom artwork.

All of the suites in this Las Vegas resort on the Strip are available for booking. For Tropicana Las Vegas hotel reservations or for additional information, please visit or call 1-800-GO2-TROP.


About The New Tropicana Las Vegas |
Prepare to be surprised! The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers with a recently completed $200 million transformation that provides a casually elegant resort experience. In addition to a South Beach rhythm and vibe, the transformation of the resort includes a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the 50,000-square-foot casino, more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, several new restaurants and bars, a new race and sports book, and Glow®, a Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes headliners in the all-new Tropicana Theater, Laugh Factory and live music in the Tropicana Lounge. Coming spring 2014, the Tropicana Theater will be home to the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! For a virtual tour, visit
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Huntsville CVB Twitter named “Must-Follow” tourist destination account

@Go2HuntsvilleAL ranked in Top 50 Twitter accounts internationally for DMOs

(Huntsville, AL) – Betsy A. Decillis Consulting, LLC has released a list of “Must Follow DMOs (Destination Management Organizations)” and ranked the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Twitter account 49th out of 100 DMO Twitter accounts selected throughout the world.

To view the complete list and see how Huntsville ranked among other cities, states and countries, click here:
The Twitter ranking was determined by analyzing a destination’s Klout Score (a score representing one’s influence on social media) as well as the number of tourism professionals following the account. List creator Betsy Decillis, in a statement on her website, also highlighted the importance of the content being shared from these “must-follow” accounts.

“I follow many of these CVBs to be inspired and to learn,” Decillis said. “And that’s why I compile this particular list. I think it’s only fair that others have the same inspiration that moves me available to them.”

Charles Winters, Executive Vice President of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, touted the community’s attraction, hotel and restaurant partners as a key element in the Huntsville/Madison County CVB’s Twitter account’s recent recognition.

“From the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Earth’s Largest Space Museum, to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden to the many wonderful events in downtown Huntsville, our annual festivals, craft beer scene and more, our hospitality partners make our community very attractive to visitors,” Winters said. “At the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, we highly value connecting with current and future visitors on social media to tell them about our community and to provide them with the information they need to launch their next adventure in the Rocket City.”

The @Go2HuntsvilleAL Twitter account aims to provide followers with event information, Huntsville/Madison County photos, community information as well as answer questions about visiting and meeting in the Rocket City.

For more information, contact Huntsville/Madison County CVB Marketing Manager Jessica Carlton at or 256.551.2294.

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.

ALHI Hosts 55 Senior-Level Women In The Meetings & Hospitality Industries At Its 9th Annual Executive Women In Leadership Conference

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

The event was co-hosted by Delta Air Lines and Salamander Resort & Spa.
ALHI ( 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