Monthly Archives: September 2014

Historic works set to transform Brisbane Showgrounds

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman today launched stage two of the landmark historic $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project which includes construction of the vibrant King Street precinct, a four star international hotel, 40 retail and food outlets and 408 new residences.

Currently under construction, and due for completion in 2016, the 300 metre King Street will link St Paul’s Terrace and Gregory Terrace with Brisbane’s newest inner city hub.
Premier Newman said more than 1,400 jobs would be created by stage two with the project generating more than $300 million a year for the Queensland economy.
The showgrounds redevelopment is one of the largest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects in Australia and once completed will be the place where 15,000 people will live, work and play.

“Not only will this create more than 1,000 jobs, but it will provide a significant boost to the economy both now and into the future,” Mr Newman said.
“This is one of Brisbane’s best known landmarks and it’s exciting to see such a quality transformation.
“This is truly a sign of confidence in the construction industry, one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy.”

Now in its fourth year, the Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project commenced in 2010 with major stage one works including construction of the Royal International Convention Centre, the first of the residential apartments, The Green and commercial tower Kings Gate One, which are set for completion mid next year.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said stage two represented a game-changing milestone for the iconic 139 year-old showgrounds, which attracts about a million visitors a year and is home of the beloved Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).

“This once in a lifetime legacy building project will ensure the showgrounds become a world class events and lifestyle destination precinct, while at the same time preserving the site’s heritage for future generations to enjoy,” he said.
“King Street, the hotel, the residential, retail and commercial offerings will form the central point of the regeneration where the best retail, events, entertainment and commerce will combine.”

Mr Christou said one of the key aims of the regeneration was to open the showgrounds up for the public to enjoy year round, a goal realised by the innovative King Street precinct.
“King Street will transform the showgrounds by opening the site up and connecting it to surrounding residents and businesses, the hospital precinct and Fortitude Valley.”

Lend Lease Project Director Andrew Hay said Lend Lease was committed to delivering King Street with outstanding public facilities that reference the site’s heritage for the community that live within it, as well as visitors.
“King Street will bring creative, passionate traders together with familiar retailers who collectively meet the everyday needs of residents, office workers and visitors.”

A key feature of King Street will be the new $50 million four star Rydges international hotel, developed by a consortium, comprising of Phillip Wolanski’s Denwol Group of Sydney and Stewart Baron’s Baron Corporation of Melbourne.

Mr Wolanski said the hotel would be a modern facility with contemporary restaurants and bars, conference facilities, plus a swimming pool and a mix of hotel rooms to suit most travellers.
“The hotel will employ about 90 full time staff when complete and employ approximately 500 people during the various stages of construction.”

Mr Baron said the hotel has been designed to maximise the Queensland weather and interface with the Royal International Convention Centre, with the restaurants and bars spilling out on to the new King Street promenade and outdoor deck on the corner of Gregory Terrace.

Mr Hay said the first 208 apartments of Lend Lease’s newest residential offering on King Street, the architecturally-designed, The Yards, would be released for sale this Saturday September 27.

“Lend Lease has delivered thousands of award winning apartments in great places, each with quality and responsive design as key priorities – The Yards will stand proudly amongst these with its distinctive offering.”

The Yards has 401 residences across 16 and 18 level towers, and 11 terraces. Designed by award-winning architects, Hayball, The Yards features state-of-the-art kitchens and floor-plans that maximize breezes, views and natural light and a 2,500 square metre podium retreat with over 20 wellness and entertainment hubs. The Yards is expected to start construction in mid-2015 for completion in early 2017.

King Street will be a staged delivery with the first two blocks and up to 15 retail outlets delivered with completion of commercial tower, Kings Gate One and the first residential apartments, The Green, by mid-2015.
Download the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration fact sheet and Rydges hotel fact sheet here.

For more information please contact:
Veronica Carew – RNA General Manager
Communications Ph: 0408 323 631 Email: vcarew@rna.org.au

IAEE and IEIA Sign Reciprocity Agreement

DALLAS, September 2014 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) during the recent IEIA Open Seminar in Hyderabad, India. The agreement demonstrates IAEE’s and IEIA’s commitment to the international exhibitions and events industry, and it provides additional global opportunities for IAEE and IEIA members to connect to develop new exhibitions and face-to-face events.

“I am excited about entering into this agreement with our friends and colleagues at IEIA to offer a new benefit and community for IAEE members. During my first visit to India, I was very impressed with the passion, hospitality and overall current status of the Indian exhibitions industry. The future is very bright for you and India is poised to enhance and grow an already vibrant industry,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “This agreement opens the discussion with IEIA to offer the CEM program in India, and we look forward to collaborating and extending the available resources to members of both associations in the future.”

The agreement carries substantial benefits for members of IAEE and IEIA. The organizations will work together to advance the exhibitions and events industry through education and networking events; member-level pricing for each organization’s events; recognition of the respective professional designations offered; sharing of research, data, news and information; creation of co-sponsored initiatives to facilitate member interaction and opportunities for association leaders to participate in reciprocal events.

Indian Exhibition Industry Association President Shri Rakesh Kumar commented, “IAEE is an important global organization for exhibitions and IEIA’s association with it through this reciprocity agreement is important for the Indian exhibition industry. This will be a good medium for growth in the exhibition business. IEIA looks forward to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Los Angeles this December, with the hope that it will be of great benefit for the exhibition trade.”

IAEE currently has 19 reciprocity agreements with non-U.S. exhibition industry associations around the globe to extend the benefits of like organizations to members to grow their own exhibitions and events. Additionally, Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the industry meeting which brings together top-level global exhibition industry executives for the creation of new business relationships, and will be held 9-11 December 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif.

About IEIA
The Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), an apex body in India, brings together all the exhibition organizers, designers, stand contractors, freight forwarders, services & facilities providers, venue owners etc. so that there is a common platform available to the entire industry to consider ways and means for development of various facets of the industry and all segments related to it.

IEIA aims to be the one stop source of information pertaining to exhibition industry, various exhibitions/trade shows organized in the country, exhibition industry news, and information on various agencies, private and public organizations operating in the exhibition industry in India.

The main objectives of IEIA are to promote the development of exhibition industry; to provide a common platform where members meet informally through Councils/Committees, Seminars/Workshops to exchange views and information on developments, improvements and tackling problems in the industry; maintain high ethical standards by laying down a code of ethics for conducting business and safeguard high quality of services to the exhibitors and visitors to events organized by its members, and to promote Indian Exhibitions and Trade Fairs as cost effective marketing medium nationally and internationally. Visit http://ieia.in for more information.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

IMEX America to offer Global Entry interviews and TSA pre-approval to US citizens during October trade show

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will be onsite at the fourth IMEX America at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas, in October to conduct enrollment interviews for applicants into CBP’s Global Entry program. At the same time the trade show’s US attendees and exhibitors can also pre-apply for an enrollment interview for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA’s) TSA Pre?™ (PreCheck) program.

Both programs deliver a range of benefits to approved travelers. They include shorter lines and reduced screening procedures which help to speed up travel through airports.
Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. Global Entry is currently available at 34 US airports, as well as eight preclearance airports in Canada, and two preclearance sites in Ireland. Global Entry is open to US citizens, lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, South Korea citizens and Mexican nationals.

Global Entry is designed to be quick, efficient and, at the same time, provide added security for international travelers. Application fees apply.

TSA Pre?™ interview option
Show visitors who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents, can also choose to apply for the approved TSA Pre?™ Program before the Las Vegas trade show. Applicants must complete an online form before the show and bring required documentation along with them once their in-person interview is confirmed.

TSA Pre?™ is one of four DHS Trusted Traveler programs and is available at 119 airports across North America. It also allows travelers flying on one of 11 participating airlines an enhanced security screening process which saves passengers from having to remove shoes, light outerwear, belt, laptops, or compliant liquids from their carry-on luggage.

Pre-Show preparation required
Pre-registration for these services during IMEX America is critical as all interviews must be confirmed in advance of the show. The Global Entry pre-registration deadline is Sept 08.
Says Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO: “We’re always looking for fresh ways to add convenience and extra business value to industry professionals’ experience of IMEX America in Las Vegas. Simply by offering the US Global Entry and TSA interviews during the show, we’re going to save some of our exhibitors and attendees valuable time when they next travel within the US or further afield. Given that this is an appointment-led show, the concept of pre-booking the interview also fits nicely with the way we operate.”

Application procedures, documentation, respective fees and interview booking details are explained in more detail here:-
TSA – http://www.imexamerica.com/show-info/tsa-precheck/
Global Entry – http://www.imexamerica.com/show-info/global-entry-program/

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. Find show stats here.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Now Offers More Than 50 “All-Inclusive” Hotel & Resort Options Across The U.S. & In The Caribbean

WASHINGTON, DC – If a Four- or Five-Diamond quality all-inclusive group plan is desirable for your meeting or incentive/recognition program, you should contact the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization, which now offers more than 50 all-inclusive group options within its worldwide portfolio. This includes an array of attractive program choices in the Caribbean, and – surprisingly to some – many enticing AAA Four- and Five-Diamond opportunities across the U.S. as well.

“All-inclusive options are becoming increasingly popular for incentive/recognition programs, and for meetings too,” said David Gabri, CEO of ALHI, which is a prestigious Global Sales Organization (GSO) that serves the North American meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace with its Global Sales Organization responsibilities for its membership of more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.

“Whereas ‘all-inclusive’ may be thought of exclusively for leisure travelers, and perhaps a bit more routine, All-Inclusive now has grown to become an appealing – widely accepted – quality-driven option for meeting professionals and incentive specialists,” said Gabri.

Gabri continued, “There can be benefits to conducting meetings and incentive programs at properties that offer this all-inclusive option to groups, just as there are many advantages to selecting a more traditional plan at a hotel and/or resort that does not offer this. With all-inclusive resorts – such as with many of the Members of ALHI’s ‘Caribbean Collection’ specialty segment – one rate covers the guest rooms, food, drinks and scheduled entertainment. The rate also may even include appealing recreational options like boats, snorkeling, and scuba diving. So one of the biggest advantages of using an all-inclusive resort is that it makes budgeting the entire program much easier, as the planner knows practically all of the costs up front. This can be particularly appealing for planners who have tight budgets from which they cannot miss.”

Another advantage clients have shared, according to Gabri, is that attendees like that they do not need to worry about paying for any food & beverage, recreational activities, or basic incremental charges when at the resort or hotel, and can essentially “leave their wallet at home.”

ALHI Four- and Five-Diamond resorts and hotels offering an all-inclusive group package option are impressively diverse, with options available in the Caribbean region, and across the U.S. Planners can select from 50+ ALHI hotels, resorts and ships that offer this option. For more information on these options, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office for guidance and insights. Visiting the “ALHI Team” section on www.alhi.com will provide your closest local GSO sales contact.

ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering an All-Inclusive option in the Western U.S. region include:

• Hotel Nikko San Francisco (San Francisco, California) (532 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive group program option where the group is allowed to have access to all outlets. This can be done with “passports,” a wristband, or a classy “black credit card” to denote the user as part of the group;
• Loews Coronado Bay Resort (Coronado/San Diego, California) (439 rooms and 65,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive customized group program as an option;
• Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Santa Monica, California) (342 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers this as an option, as the hotel can customize for planners’ needs;
• Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia (Scottsdale, Arizona) (293 rooms and 27,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize a package for the group’s needs;
• Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle (Seattle, Washington) (153 rooms and 5,554 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive group program option, and can customize package options for groups;
• Sunriver Resort (Sunriver, Oregon) (569 rooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive ski and golf packages to groups;
• The Wigwam (Litchfield Park/Phoenix, Arizona) (331 rooms and 43,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option that can include room rate, and MAP (Modified American Plan) or FAP (Full American Plan) meals. Add-ons can include breaks, audio visual, and recreation.

All-inclusive group program options also are available at such ALHI Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts in the Midwest U.S. region as:
• AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (Austin, Texas) (297 rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space) – can provide a Complete Meeting Package (CMP), Day Meeting Package (DMP), or a la carte options;
• The Adolphus (Dallas, Texas) (422 rooms and 24,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-day meeting packages as an option, tailored to each group, based on specific needs;
• The Peninsula Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) (339 rooms and 11,250 square feet of meeting space) – offers this as an option, as can work with groups on any type of program that works best for them.

ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering this option in the South U.S. region include:
• Biltmore Hotel (Miami/Coral Gables, Florida) (273 rooms and 75,000 square feet of meeting space) – packages can be customized to fit the customer’s needs and budgetary parameters. Room rates can be inclusive of scheduled food and beverage functions. Delegate rates can include all-day meal packages. Conference fees can include room rates, food and beverage, and audiovisual;
• InterContinental Miami (Miami, Florida) (641 rooms and 101,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option that includes the guest room rate, breakfast, lunch, all-day breaks, meeting space, and internet;
• Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) (340 rooms and 24,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize an all-inclusive program based on client needs;
• Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida) (275 rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option for groups;
• One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach, Florida) (193 rooms and 10,500 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option a half-day meeting package, a full-day meeting package, and a complete meeting package;
• Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (Orlando, Florida) (769 rooms and 128,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize an all-inclusive option if requested;
• PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) (379 rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive as an option for groups;
• Saddlebrook Resort (Tampa, Florida) (800 rooms and 95,000 square feet of meeting space) – can create an all-encompassing price and charge per room if requested;
• The Villas of Grand Cypress (Orlando, Florida) (146 rooms and 7,200 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option a Complete Meeting Package that can include meals, A/V, special events, and golf tournaments.

ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering this option in the East U.S. region include:
• Lansdowne Resort (Lansdowne, Virginia) (296 rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option the “Complete Meeting Experience” which includes three meals, all day breaks, meeting room set-ups, standard A/V, high-speed internet throughout the resort, service charge, and dedicated conference concierge;
• Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (581 rooms and 42,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option;
• Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut) (1,175 rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option on a limited basis, which would include guest rooms, food & beverage, and AV.

Plus, there are a multitude of exceptional choices in ALHI’s portfolio in the Caribbean region, including:
• Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island, Bahamas) (3,400 rooms and 200,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers the “2014 Inclusive Food & Beverage Experience” which includes: arrival happy hour, welcome reception dinner, after hour party, full-day breakfast, lunch meal, poolside hospitality or happy hour, dine around or catered dinner, after hour party, and departure breakfast. Also included: complimentary meeting space, fitness center and tennis, and a 30% discount on all signature treatments at Mandara Spa;
• Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos) (758 rooms and 5,678 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive group programs, with 18 specialty restaurants, 14 bars, and unlimited land and water sports;
• Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico) (602 rooms and 85,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers two all-inclusive group options, which cater to whether most meals will be conducted in the meeting spaces or if attendees will be dining at the restaurants. The resort also offers a unique rebate option in case the group program goes off-property for a lunch or dinner, in which a specific credit is available per person for other on-property expenses, such as spa or suite amenities;
• Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico) (249 rooms and 14,500 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort, which offers a great variety of appealing restaurants and bars, including four new restaurants and four new bars;
• Gran Melia Golf Resort (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico) (544 rooms and 36,918 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive meal plan;
• Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica) (388 rooms and 27,810 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option for groups;
• InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa (Arraijan District, Panama) – (303 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers meal plan options;
• LIVE Aqua Cancun (Cancun, Mexico) (371 rooms and 20,588 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort that features seven restaurants;
• Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) (554 suites and 43,725 square feet of meeting space) – is a luxurious all-inclusive resort which includes unlimited greens fees at the Cocotal Golf & Country Club;

• Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) (510 suites and 18,330 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with 14 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, and a wide range of leisure, entertainment, and cultural programs;
• Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) (394 suites and 18,330 square feet of meeting space) – is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort with 14 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, fun workshops, and diverse sports activities;
• Paradisus Punta Cana Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) (685 suites and 24,620 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, all-suite resort that offers superb cuisine, a full activities program, and unlimited greens fees at Cocotal Golf & Country Club;
• Sandals Emerald Bay (Great Exuma, Bahamas) (245 suites and 30,140 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited land and water sports (including six Har-Tru tennis courts), unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants, and 6 bars;
• Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa (St. John’s Antigua) (373 rooms and 6,269 square feet of meeting space) — is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited dining at 11 specialty restaurants, a multitude of land and water sports, unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, and 7 bars;
• Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) (529 rooms and 12,908 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited fine dining at 15 restaurants, golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club included (but with caddies mandatory and additional), unlimited land and water sports, and unlimited scuba diving for certified divers;
• Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort (Gros-Islet, St. Lucia) (301 rooms and 11,668 square feet of meeting space) — is an all-inclusive resort offering unlimited land and water sports including tennis and scuba diving for certified divers, dining at 8 restaurants, and 6 bars;
• Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa (St. George’s, Grenada) (225 rooms and 965 square feet of meeting space) – is a new, all-inclusive resort that features 10 restaurants, and unlimited land and water sports including tennis, snorkeling, and scuba diving for certified divers;
• Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (Nassau, Bahamas) (404 rooms and 9,118 square feet of meeting space) – is a Five-Star/Five-Diamond all-inclusive resort offering unlimited fine dining at 10 restaurants, an array of unlimited land and water sports, unlimited scuba diving, and its own offshore island;
• Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) (74 suites and 3,752 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, all-suite hotel with personal butler service 24 hours a day, unlimited rounds of golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club (with caddies mandatory and additional), unlimited fine dining at 5 restaurants, unlimited land and water sports, and unlimited scuba diving;
• Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa (South Coast, Jamaica) (360 rooms and 8,054 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve, and offering unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants, 6 bars, and unlimited land and water sports (including scuba diving);
• Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort (Nieuwpoort, Curacao) (350 rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive meal plan, and an all-inclusive package;
• The Cove Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas) (600 suites and 200,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers meal plan options (does not include alcohol).

Additional options in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio include:
• Oceania Cruises (335-625 rooms and suites, with 4-7 meeting rooms) – consists of five upper-premium cruise ships sailing to ports around the globe, which offer all-inclusive group programs that include fine dining and complimentary meeting space and audiovisual equipment;
• Regent Seven Seas Cruises (248-369 rooms and suites, with 4-6 meeting rooms) – consists of three luxury-level cruise ships, where everything is included, ranging from gourmet meals to unlimited fine wines to unlimited shore excursions in every port of call.

Meeting professionals have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call 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.

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 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.

For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on 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, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, 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.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties or the all-inclusive group options, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities” or the new ALHI app, 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 Is Now On Google Indoor Street View

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) has worked with Google to provide Street View, or panoramic digital imagery, of the Centre’s interiors, becoming one of the first convention centres in Asia to be digitally showcased on Google Maps.

Our visitors and clients can now more easily explore the Centre, before they travel to the venue, through Street View on Google Maps, which show comprehensive 360-degree indoor panoramic views of our indoor facilities.

Visitors can access the imagery directly on Google Maps by selecting the “See Inside” option that appears when one searches for Suntec Singapore.

The Google Views of our Centre include a virtual tour of the entrance driveway, The Big Picture (the World’s Largest HD Video Wall), the 36 meeting rooms on Level 3, a stroll along the Concourse area and a visit to the halls on Level 4 and Level 6. It’s the next best thing to visiting us without actually being here.
Working with retailers, airports and transit stations around the world, Google provides virtual tours of business locations through Street View on Google Maps. Visitors can pan around and explore the exterior and interior of different venues at their leisure from the comfort of their own homes.

This collaboration with Google is our latest effort in implementing technology in support of outstanding client and visitor experiences. Much like the integrated network of digital way finding screens that provide directions on site, Street View showcases the Centre from a computer or smartphone allowing them to explore Suntec Singapore at their leisure.
Suntec Singapore leads the MICE industry in the deployment of innovative technology, such as the 28 sound-proofed operable walls across 12,000 m² of carpeted MICE space on Level 3, the state-of-the-art LED lights on Level 4 capable of transforming an exhibition hall into a conference room or ballroom setting and the free high-speed high-density WiFi covering the entire Centre.

Visitors can start their virtual tour of Suntec Singapore on Google Maps here: http://bit.ly/1tXC5P1.

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons. In addition, Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and cultural attractions.

Prague Belongs to Congresses

Prague, 17th September 2014 – Prague congress season is in full swing. September is traditionally the busiest and most important month of the year when Prague is flooded with thousands of congress delegates. This year, the capital of the Czech Republic hosts a number of significant congresses in the field of medicine, science and research or education. The largest one, the 26th Annual Conference of European Association for International Education (EAIE), will be attended by more than 5,000 delegates from all over the world.

This year, the congress season in Prague has started a little earlier than usual. Several major international events took place in the second half of August which, according to the statistics from previous years, is not a typical convention month. The season continued in early September when the 18th International Microscopy Congress was held; it was focused on research problems of atoms, molecules, nanostructures and cells using multidimensional microscopy. About 2,500 delegates had, among others, opportunity to attend specifically designed walk across Prague inspired by different microscopy applications in everyday life. The congress was organized by GUARANT International.

In mid-September, a thousand of criminologists from all over the world came to Prague to attend the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and discuss organized crime or the development of crime in Central Europe after the fall of communism.

The ongoing four-day EAIE Conference organized by C-IN is focused on higher education, its stimulation, quality increase and implementing its principals in practice at the international level. One of the main speakers at the conference is Jan Muehlfeit, President of Europe Microsoft Corporation.

These events will be followed by Prague European Days of Internal Medicine (PEDIM), 22nd Congress of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery (EACMFS) focused on issues of serious facial defects surgery, or the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads. Last week in September there will be the 17th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) which will take place in Prague after long 19 years.

Congress season in the capital of Prague, however, will not end in September. The following month will offer other significant international events of larger format, such as the 11th European Conference of Non-Destructive Testing (ECNDT 2014) or the 15th European Congress of Neurosurgery (EANS 2014). At the end of October, Prague will host the 16th Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID 2014).

Berlin – Popular Location for Events in Science and Medicine

Half-year statistics: continuous growth of events and attendee figures

Berlin, the successful congress location: according to current statistics*, in the first half of 2014 about 4.75 million people (+2% compared to the same period for the previous year) attended 61,100 congresses, conventions and events (+2%) in the German capital. About 17 % of the events had an international presence (+2%). Berlin has therefore secured its good position on the national and international market as a convention and congress destination.

The German capital has increasingly positioned itself as a location for events in science and medicine. The number of events in the industries “medicine, science and research” increased from 7.1 per cent in the first half of 2013 to 10 per cent in the same period of the current year. Measured by the number of attendees, this field makes up 12 per cent of all events.

“We market Berlin specifically to these industries because the city has a lot of potential with its well-known institutions for medicine and health management,” says Heike Mahmoud, Director of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office. This also applies to technologies in the field of IT: “Berlin startups are again and again conquering the world. The city has exactly the right atmosphere for congresses which deal with innovation,” explains Mahmoud.

The Berlin convention and congress market generated 3.2 million overnight (+3%) stays in the first half of the year (2013: 3.1 million). This makes up about one quarter of all hotel overnight stays in the capital.

Fall Festival Season in Alexandria, VA

Creative Events, Scenic Runs and Historic Haunts

Alexandria, VA—Changing leaves aren’t the only things coloring Alexandria’s streets in the fall—come autumn, the city brims with activities like art-filled festivities, Halloween events at historic haunts and heart-pumping runs equipped with picturesque glimpses of the Potomac River. Kicking off the fall arts season, the King Street Art Festival brings more than 300 artists to Alexandria’s main thoroughfare, while in the always colorful Del Ray, live music and local artisans gather for Art on the Avenue. Gorgeous views abound as runners dash through Alexandria for the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon and the .US National 12K, while history seekers tour scenic homes for the Alexandria Historic Homes Tour or George Washington’s Mount Vernon during popular autumn events.

Minutes from Washington, DC but a world away, Alexandria especially shines in the fall, the city’s most colorful season. With luxurious accommodations just steps from festival and event venues, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, visitors transform a culture-centric afternoon into a creativity-filled weekend.

Find fall events and more at www.visitalexandriava.com/fall

Book your hotel stay at www.visitalexandriava.com/hotels

King Street Art Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
King St., from Washington to Union sts, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
Free
www.visitalexandriava.com/artfest

At this popular art festival, King Street from Washington Street all the way to the Potomac waterfront is transformed into a gallery filled with art from more than 300 artists from the US and abroad. Visitors can purchase original artwork, participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and enjoy a scoop of ice cream at The Art League’s annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.

A Streetcar Named Desire
September 13-28, 2014
Wed-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 3pm
$19-$22, plus service fees
Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-0496
www.thelittletheatre.com

This Pulitzer-Prize winning American masterpiece by Tennessee Williams will transport you to hot, steamy New Orleans, just after World War II. An electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern belle and fading beauty Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Friction continues to escalate when Blanche witnesses the turmoil of her sister’s marriage to Stanley. This classic and tragic play grapples with the deepest, most persistent challenges of our never-ending quest for connection: love and desire, sex and violence, loss and loneliness.

7th Annual Old Town Boutique District Scavenger Hunt
September 18-21, 2014
During regular store hours
Boutiques throughout Alexandria, VA
Free
www.oldtownboutiquedistrict.com

To celebrate its anniversary, the Old Town Boutique District will hold its 7th annual Scavenger Hunt. From Thursday to Sunday, visit all of the Old Town Boutique District stores and get your passport stamped to receive goodies and enter for a chance to win big prizes!

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair
September 20-21, 2014
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200
Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
Event included with general admission ($17/adult, $8/children, free/ages 5 and under)
www.mountvernon.org/calendar/view/2014-09-20/9159

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and family fun. Fifty colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, furniture and much more. “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, while costumed interpreters will demonstrate the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe. This weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and the Potomac Riverboat Co. are free of charge.

Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
September 27, 2014
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
Advance/$35, Day-of/$40
www.thetwig.org/homes-tour

For the 73rd annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour, the public can step inside and get a glimpse of six gorgeous homes and gardens in Old Town Alexandria, all within walking distance of one another. Tickets are $35 each in advance and may be purchased online through September 25th. Thereafter, tickets will be $40 and available at The Twig’s Thrift Shop (106 N. Columbus St.) or at various locations to be determined. Proceeds will go to Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
October 3-5, 2014
6-9 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
$38/Friday and Sunday, $44/Saturday
www.mountvernon.org/calendar/view/2014-10-04/9161

Enjoy live blues, tours of Mount Vernon’s basement where George Washington stored his wine, plus spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the mansion’s piazza.

Art on Tap
October 3, 2014
7-10:30 p.m.
Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA
$35 ($45 after September 19)
703-683-1780
www.theartleague.org

Seven craft beers from six local breweries have been artfully paired with a work of art from an Art League instructor. Local restaurants have chosen a brew/artwork coupling to serve as their muse to create the perfect complementary appetizer. Enjoy the numerous brew, bite, and artwork trifectas on Friday, October 3 from 7:00 to 10:30 pm at The Art League’s first Art on Tap event. Sample the creative combinations while drinking from a take-home Art on Tap beer tasting glass, and then vote for your favorite and the end of the event! Featuring live music by Shark Week and Greenland.

Art on the Avenue
October 4, 2014
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
Free
www.artontheavenue.org/

This annual family-friendly festival includes more than 300 juried artists selling handmade wares across ten blocks of Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Avenue, along with four stages for live entertainment plus food vendors and interactive art activities.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
October 5, 2014
Race starts at 7 a.m.
From George Washington’s Mount Vernon to National Harbor, MD
Registration/$105 (price increases to $115 on October 4th)
www.wilsonbridgehalf.com

Ranked amongst the top 27 best half marathons in the United States by Runners World magazine, this 13.1-mile foot race sanctioned by USA Track & Field treats runners to eight-plus miles of the beautifully scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which arches over the Potomac River. This race benefits several non-profit organizations and is supported by various local and national running, civic and business organizations. Registration fee includes parking and bus transportation.

19th Annual Art Safari
October 11, 2014
Noon-4 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
Free
www.torpedofactory.org

The Torpedo Factory Art Center will host the eighteenth annual Alexandria Arts Safari, a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and their families such as the clay experience, arts safari painting, collage, origami, giant papier-mache animals, block printing, fun with recycled plastics and more! The Art League will present their popular Gallery Scavenger Hunt while the Alexandria Archaeological Museum will present a painting and coloring activity with patterns from 18th- and 19th-century pottery. Children should arrive with big imaginations and wearing clothing that can get a little dirty. Most activities are appropriate for children kindergarten age and above with parental supervision.

Ghost & Graveyard Special Halloween Tour
October 24, 2014
7-9 p.m.
Tours begin at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Adults/$15, kids between the ages of 7-17/$7
www.alexcolonialtours.com

For one night only, Alexandria Colonial Tours will end its special Halloween tour in the very room where one of Alexandria’s most mysterious women became a ghost. Weave your way through some of Alexandria’s most haunted locations hearing tales of this historic city’s past and end in the bedroom of the “Female Stranger” at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tours will run every 15 minutes. Reservations are suggested and tickets can be purchased online or in person. Partial proceeds benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 26, 2014
2 p.m. (Participants should meet on Mount Vernon Ave. south of Bellefonte Ave. prior to 2 p.m.)
Mount Vernon and Commonwealth aves, Alexandria, VA 22314
Free
www.visitdelray.com

Don your best Halloween costume and march in the 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, which historically has attracted thousands of participants. Adults, children and dogs are all welcome to join.

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise
October 30, 2014
7 p.m.
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
$15/adults, $9/children, dogs ride free
www.potomacriverboatco.com

The Potomac Riverboat Company invites guests with costumed-pup in tow to cruise around the Potomac River on this 40-minute ride to Halloween tunes. Halloween doggie treats will be provided, as well as a photographer to capture the morning’s festivities.

.US National 12K
November 16, 2014
Start time TBA
Begins and ends in Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA 22314
Registration/$55, Members, military and police/$50 (prices increase over time)
www.national12k.us

Open to runners of all abilities, the .US National 12K will unite road racers and local fitness enthusiasts with some of the best athletes USA Track & Field has to offer, on a course through Alexandria. Runners and families can enjoy a kid fun run, live entertainment and a beer garden. Festival is dog-friendly.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Minutes from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a “Top ArtPlace” for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich history with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination.

IMEX America Announces 2014 Education Program

76% of sessions accredited;100+ speakers to deliver 180 sessions over four days

Fast-developing a reputation for being the ‘trade show with a difference’ for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry, organizers of IMEX America today announced that 76 percent of all professional education on offer at this year’s show will be industry accredited. This adds further authority and value to the show’s free-to-attend education program which surrounds the core appointment-driven trade show.

Having reviewed all 180 of the show’s education sessions, the Convention Industry Council has designated 76 percent as qualifying for continuing education hours. This means that all IMEX America participants can accrue points or clock hours towards CMP exams or CMP recertification while attending sessions on the preshow education day, Smart Monday – powered by MPI – or over the following three days of the trade show.

ISES accreditation
In addition, ISES (the International Special Events Society) a relatively new education partner for the show, has also approved 34 of the show’s education sessions for its ISES Core Curriculum. ISES Approved is the new international education standard selected for the creative event professional, and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the creative event industry.

MPI education
The show’s strategic partner and premier education provider, MPI, will also be offering a total of 43 education sessions during the show with 31 taking place on Smart Monday – powered by MPI. They include daily keynotes, four deep dives and MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) course. Approximately 81 percent of the MPI sessions offered at IMEX America are eligible for clock hours.

“As an association focused on the professional development of meeting and event professionals, we look forward to presenting the keynotes and Smart Monday, powered by MPI, again this year. The education program we developed for IMEX America covers a variety of hot topics and trends – all of which will help the show’s attendees evolve with our changing industry,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI.

New tracks and new education areas
All education at the show will be delivered across 11 tracks this year, with ‘diversity’, ‘health & wellbeing’ and ‘senior planner’ all new for 2014.

Three new learning styles have also been added on the Inspiration Center on the show floor (sponsored by Business Events Sydney), which expands the number of formats available to participants. No booking is required as all classes are offered on a drop-in basis. The new options include a Creative Zone, where the emphasis will be on facilitated ‘play’ as a tool for unlocking creativity and business innovation; Hot Topic Tables for peer-to-peer discussions about the latest industry issues and a Meet The Expert Clinics for one to one consultancies with industry experts and speakers. IMEX has also increased capacity by adding a second seminar theatre on the Inspiration Center. These complement the Tech Hub (sponsored by DoubleDutch), a specialised area for technology education as well as hands-on experimentation with new products, and the Sustainability Hub, powered by GMIC (Green Meeting Industry Council), which is home to all green meetings and events information and education on the show floor.

Supporting Meetings Mean Business Coalition
IMEX America is also working with the US Travel Association to highlight the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC). All three of the Coalition’s ‘Pillars’ – Personal Connections, Positive Business Outcomes and Building Strong Communities – are being actively promoted and supported through the show’s education program.
With 100+ speakers presenting sessions over four days at IMEX America, the show is set to deliver educational value across all age groups and at all levels of seniority.

As usual, an Association Focus program (on Smart Monday) will also be delivering specially crafted education and networking for up to 200 association meeting planners and senior executives. There will also be a private event for corporate meetings executive and senior corporate event planners. The Executive Meeting Forum takes place over two half-days and provides 30 or more corporate executives with a unique opportunity to update their industry knowledge and share learning with their peers, all under the guidance of experienced facilitators. Both groups then attend the trade show for at least one or two days afterwards.

Among the hundreds of education seminars, campfires and workshops taking place this year are:
• Making the Most of PCO Partnerships for Global Meetings by PCMA and IAPCO
• Hotel Contracts: Plan and Think Before You Ink by Meeting Sites Resources
• Change Your Destiny by Kirsty Spraggon
• Top 10 Apps When You Are OOO (Out of Office) by SPIN
• Smart Meeting Planners @ Work: Lose Your Assumptions When Hosting Abroad and Win Big by the German Convention Bureau
• You’re Hired – Powerful Interview Techniques to Get That Job by MCI
• The Zen of Meetings – Applied Mindfulness for Meetings Professionals by Sagatica
• 10 Predictions for Meetings in the Next 20 Years by the Meeting Design Institute
• Activate it! The Newest Buzz Word in Meetings Sponsorship by Play with a Purpose.

Summing up this year’s IMEX America education program, Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO says: “Each year we strive to add more value to our education program and we are helped enormously by having so many excellent industry partners who have a great deal of expertise to share. This year we concentrated on adding elements for senior planners in particular and on providing a wider variety of learning formats. We’ve also adapted some of our education areas to increase capacity. Post-show and year-round feedback is incredibly useful in helping us formulate and plan the right tracks so that we deliver the education that people really want to receive, and find most valuable. We hope the industry is as excited about the fourth edition of IMEX America as we are….and there’s still time to register, either online or in person by just turning up when the show starts.”

About IMEX America & its partners
IMEX America has an exclusive Strategic Partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), its Premier Education Provider. Smart Monday is powered by MPI and supported by additional association partners and friends. IMEX America is endorsed by DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International), Site (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and is a Premier Partner of PCMA. IMEX America also has close ties with every major industry trade association including ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, CIC (Convention Industry Council), ISES (International Special Events Society), IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions & Events) and the US Travel Association. Other key partners are ADMEI (Association of Destination Management Executives International), AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres), the Association Forum of Chicagoland, ECM (European Cities Marketing), FICP (Financial & Insurance Conference Planners), GMIC (Green Meetings Industry Council), IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organizers), JMIC (Joint Meetings Industry Council) and SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network).

Associated Luxury Hotels International Debuts “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide”

. . . Free Guide Is Designed For Meeting Professionals, Association Executives & Incentive Specialists; Features 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, With 10 Million Square Feet of Meeting Space Options

WASHINGTON, DC (September 2014) — Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has just released its new “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide,” a very useful 190-page meeting planners resource guide from which to identify Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels, resorts, and venues of distinction from around the world which are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions, and exhibitions. Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive/recognition specialists can contact ALHI for a free copy of the colorful and descriptive resource guide.

The very helpful and informative guide features beautiful large photos, easy-to-find “at a glance” descriptions, overviews, and critical facts about ALHI’s 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels, resorts, and venues around the world. This includes easy reference information about the property’s accommodations, meeting facilities, recreation, dining, unique attributes, points of distinction, and accessibility. The guide presents ALHI’s distinguished worldwide portfolio of extraordinary meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea. This includes incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, beach and island destinations, resorts with spas, mountainside resorts, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

“This comprehensive new 190-page guide is a very valuable resource for meeting professionals seeking distinctive Four- and Five-Diamond site solutions for their meetings and programs,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “Some planning professionals call the annual guide their ‘idea book.’ We are often told that our annual guide is a vital tool for meeting planners in helping them identify luxury-level and upper-upper tier venue options and concepts to discuss internally and with ALHI that could be ideal solutions for their meetings and programs. The directory showcases our entire portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts from around the world, offering more than 115,000 rooms and suites, and 10 million square feet of meeting space.”

“In addition,” Gabri said, “the guide also provides an easy-to-use, consolidated platform for our experienced ALHI Global Sales professionals to personally provide guidance and further insights to planners on why one or more ALHI Member hotels or resorts might be the ideal solution for a particular meeting or program. It is a tool that can assist in finding the most desirable, suitable, and effective solutions for the planner’s total program needs, and can even inspire ideas for future programs.”

Established in 1986, ALHI (www.alhi.com) is the prestigious dues-based Global Sales Organization (GSO) which is dedicated exclusively and approved specifically by the more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality Member hotels and resorts on land and sea that it serves. Most of the Member hotels and resorts are independently owned or operated, or are part of emerging brands to the North American marketplace, with all in the upper-upper tier and luxury level. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy of ALHI, as its Members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to serve planners with local professionals.

“We design the annual guide with the assistance of our ALHI Industry Advisory Council,” said Gabri. “It is a user-friendly, table-top format that is designed and intended to be a quick and easy-to-use resource that planners can reference when working with their ALHI GSO professional. So whether it is an annual convention, special incentive/recognition program, large or small meeting, important board meeting, or executive retreat that you are planning, the guide is very useful in helping to identify and then narrow the options for programs of all types.”

Gabri continued, “Planners also can get incremental information, photos, videos, destination details, and other information on www.alhi.com. The combination of the guide, website, and the insight of our skilled ALHI Global Sales professionals has proven to be very popular with planners. This then leads up to site visits to the specific properties of interest, which we coordinate. So whether you are seeking city, resort, global, and/or incentive solutions, ALHI has the solution to suit your needs.”

For even easier navigations, the guide also features a section on ALHI’s 12 distinctive Specialty Segments to make it easy for planners to identify properties that will suit their programs’ unique desires and specific needs. The ALHI Specialty Segments include: the “ALHI Big Box Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 24 Member hotels and resorts that offer more than 500 rooms, feature over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and have at least one 20,000-square-foot ballroom; and the “ALHI Level 5 Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 26 hotels and resorts that have earned the industry’s highest and most distinctive recognitions including the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond rating, and/or the esteemed Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating.

Other ALHI specialty segments include the “ALHI City Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 56 Four- and Five-Diamond quality city center hotels which are specifically designed to serve meetings and programs; the “ALHI Historic Collection,” consisting of 40 legendary hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage; the “ALHI Mountain Collection,” with 26 options with inspiring mountain views; the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection,” consisting of 18 ALHI Member hotels with 200 rooms or under, which specialize in serving meeting and incentive programs; the “ALHI Caribbean Collection,” with 22 resorts in 11 countries and territories, making it the largest and finest collection of Four- and Five-Diamond meeting and incentive resorts in the Caribbean; and the “ALHI Ocean Line Collection,” featuring 9 luxurious ships (i.e. “floating resorts”) that can accommodate groups nearly anywhere around the world.

Also available are: the “ALHI Golf Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 57 Four- and Five-Diamond golf resorts that cater to the meetings and incentive marketplaces; the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection,” featuring 49 Four- and Five-Diamond beach and/or island resorts and hotels with distinction which are designed to serve meetings and programs; the “ALHI Entertainment & Gaming Solutions Collection,” consisting of 25 Four- and Five-Diamond resorts and hotels in the U.S. and abroad that provide hallmark entertainment and/or gaming; and the “ALHI Passport Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 26 Member resorts and hotels outside of the U.S. which provide unique opportunities and beautiful backdrops for meetings.

Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists have utilized ALHI’s Global Sales services for nearly 30 years, with reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms.

For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on the Specialty Segments. On the 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, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, 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.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, or to acquire a free copy of the new “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.