Monthly Archives: May 2015

Silver Legacy Wins Three TripAdvisor Awards

Recognized for great online reviews in service, quality, and care

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is ecstatic to announce that three of its entities received the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill, and Silver Legacy’s casino were acknowledged for excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

For Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, this is the fourth year in a row the fine dining establishment has won the award and is just one of many recognitions which includes eighteen Wine Spectator Awards and OpenTable’s top 100 restaurants in the nation for “Best Service.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized for the hard work and dedication to food that Sterling’s staff so diligently provides on a nightly basis,” said Philip DeManczuk, Restaurant and Wine Director for Sterling’s. “I am proud of our team and proud to represent Silver Legacy at a time when food and wine are so important to our traveling culture.”

This is the first year that Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill and Silver Legacy’s casino have received the awards. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Silver Legacy
Located in the heart of the biggest little city, Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a premier destination, boasting the perfect amenities for any getaway. Official headquarters of the #Renossance, the resort casino features spacious guest rooms and suites, big-name entertainment, award-winning restaurants and the best darn outdoor and special events in the west. Enjoy world-class skiing, kayaking on the Truckee River and all things outdoors along with the only accredited museum in Nevada and arts & culture scene with international acclaim. Silver Legacy makes it easy and affordable to experience the best year round! To stay up-to-date with Silver Legacy Resort Casino, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Radisson Blu Mall of America Becomes First Hotel in the Twin Cities to Attain LEED Certification

Radisson Blu Mall of America (@RadissonBluMOA) has announced that it has officially received LEED® certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. To date, Radisson Blu Mall of America is the only hotel in the greater Minneapolis – St. Paul metropolitan region to receive LEED® certification.

“Our team has worked very hard to implement procedures and operations to ensure we are environmentally conscious and responsible,” said Harry Gorstayn, general manager, Radisson Blu Mall of America. “We are very proud to receive LEED certification, and look forward to welcoming guests and groups who are also environmentally conscious.”

The hotel was awarded its LEED certification after passing a third party certification review process that incorporated hundreds of checkpoints designed to ensure a high level of eco-friendliness. Radisson Blu Mall of America conserves water and electricity by using linen-less meeting room tables and saves energy by programming the heating and cooling systems
in meeting rooms to only be on when the rooms are being used. Additionally, the hotel recycles guestroom soap through Clean the World, a non-profit whose mission is to save lives by providing children and families in countries with high death rates due to pneumonia and cholera with recycled amenities such as soap and shampoo.

These LEED certification standards are consistent with the Radisson Blu brand’s commitment to sustainability and to environmental stewardship. Radisson Blu Mall of America joins Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago to receive this certification. Club CarlsonSM, the global loyalty program for Carlson Rezidor Hotel group, was the first hotel loyalty program to commit to a global meetings and events carbon-offsetting initiative. A free service for the hotels and meeting planners. The company purchases carbon credits to offset the estimated carbon footprint of 100 percent of Club Carlson for Planners meetings and events globally, across the group’s six global brands.

Radisson Blu Mall of America was designed by ESG Architects, who provides resources for its clients on issues related to green building principles for the creation and stewardship of sustainable communities.

PCMA’s Global Expansion Plans in Asia Take Shape in Singapore

Renewed two-year partnership with SECB includes commitment to anchor PCMA Meetings Forum Singapore in city

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) have renewed their commitment to grow conference management education further in Singapore and Asia with a new two-year partnership agreement. As part of this agreement, PCMA and the SECB will grow the annual PCMA Meetings Forum Singapore that will see its second edition take place over two days in June.

With the Association landscape in Asia at an early stage of development, opportunities abound for association leaders and executives to benefit from PCMA’s education in conference management.

The two-day Forum from June 30 to July 1 will see discussions being led by prominent US Association Leaders from established organisations such as the World Obesity Federation, GAMA International, Association for Financial Professionals and the International Urogynecological Association, amongst others, and facilitated by Mr Sherrif Karamat, CAE, Chief Operating Officer of PCMA.

“PCMA focuses on delivering high quality education and business networking to help the meetings industry grow and advance. Our members and customers are looking to the region as an area of opportunity and we want to be on the ground supporting the development,” said Mr Karamat.

The partnership also offers the chance for Singapore to showcase its appeal as a conventions destination to the world. In fact, during PCMA’s first public forum to Singapore associations in 2014, invited speakers – including Ms Lisa Dyson from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc (TESOL) – were very impressed with the city’s economic drive and keen focus on the meetings industry. Singapore was mooted, and later chosen as the host of the TESOL International Association Regional Conference 2015 in December.

“We felt strongly that our regional conference’s next location needed to be in Asia, and Singapore was the logical choice not only because its location is easily accessible for delegates from around the region and that the city state holds great appeal as a convention destination to our delegates. Additionally, the level of commitment to the association market from the SECB sets the destination apart from others in the region for us,” said Ms Dyson.

Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive (Business Development) at the SECB said, “We are happy to have found the right partner in PCMA. They not only provide relevant and strong education content for our Association and meetings industry but are also committed to innovating and setting standards in conference management themselves.”

“We are also happy that PCMA is able to leverage Singapore’s strength in Asia’s meetings industry as an access point to reach key Asian audiences. With them as a partner, we are constantly learning from each other and mutually adding value to each other’s objectives. This is an important element in a partnership and one that we appreciate very much,” added Ms Lachmandas.

Mr Karamat added: “SECB continues to be a great partner of PCMA. Our organisations are aligned on education objectives to provide training and programmes to better an already sophisticated local infrastructure. Similar to PCMA, Singapore recognises how important it is to constantly evolve and look forward and ensure continued strength as a meetings and business events destination.”

The PCMA Meetings Forum Singapore 2015 will be held in conjunction with the Singapore MICE Forum, which is organised by the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (SACEOS).


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Enjoys a Decade of Successful Operation and Aims for Many More

Groundwork on the purpose-built Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) expansion at the adjacent Lot 91 is officially underway as the Centre celebrates a decade in business this year.

“We are thrilled to reveal that groundwork began in late April and we expect the expansion to be completed in 2018,” shared General Manager Alan Pryor on the sideline of IMEX Frankfurt 2015 (the Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events).

Lot 91 will be a mixed commercial development comprising of office tower, convention centre and retail podium. The project has a prime location within KLCC Precinct and has been designed for seamless integration with the existing Centre.

When operational the extension will provide an additional 10,000 sqm of flexible and multipurpose space to the Centre’s current 22,659 sqm. This will allow the facility to comfortably accommodate larger international association meetings and concurrent events.

“For many current clients the expansion will enable them to grow their activities and/or events significantly. This development will also play an important part in the future of the Centre and the events that it hosts, as such we are very happy that the announcement of the expansion coincides with our 10th anniversary,” added Pryor.

The Centre’s 10th anniversary arrives on the back of a milestone 2014 with 1,759 events hosted, an 11% increase over the previous record of 1,565 in 2013. Delegate numbers were also up accordingly, to over 1.97 million against 1.96 million in 2013. The Centre has now hosted 10,408 events and welcomed over 18.1 million delegates and visitors (as at 30 April 2015), since opening in June 2005. During that time, the Centre has also contributed more than RM5.7 billion (EUR1.4 billion) in economic impact to Malaysia and provided an invaluable platform for knowledge transfer through the many high-profile events hosted.

“Recognising the significant role team members, suppliers, stakeholders and clients have played in the Centre’s 10 years of success, we have put together a year-long programme of activities to thank them. These include staff appreciation and Corporate Responsibility events, marketing and promotional packages and most recently the launch of our Professional Development Grant, which aims to grow the next generation of local meetings industry leaders into ‘Malaysian Ambassadors’,” concludes Pryor.

Among the high-profile events on the Centre’s 2015 roster are the European-based Global Food Safety Conference 2015 (800 delegates); 18th Human Genome Meeting (HGM) 2015 (400 delegates); International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Beacon Conference 2015 (350 delegates) and other international heavyweights such as the 26th ASEAN Summit 2015 (1,600 delegates); Global Round World Scholar Cup 2015 (2,000 delegates); International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) 2015 (1,500 delegates); Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) 2015 (1,500 delegates); Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) 2015 (500 delegates); Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology 2015 (800 delegates); 27th ASEAN Summit 2015 (3,000 delegates) and ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Society (AFES) 2015 (1,500 delegates).

For all the latest updates on the Centre and its 10th anniversary celebrations, visit


Tech Start-ups for the Meeting Industry Present Innovative Solutions to Win Business Boost in Event Technology Startup Competition

The most innovative technology startups for the events sector were showcased at the Event Technology Startup Competition at IMEX in Frankfurt.

The tech startup competition was launched at IMEX America last year and took place for the first time at IMEX in Frankfurt on Monday. The competition, organised in cooperation with the Event Manager Blog, supports budding tech companies who develop innovative solutions and services for the meetings industry.

Ten companies were shortlisted and went head to head in the final of the competition in a fast-paced pitch presentation, called #IMEXpitch, which took place at the Inspiration Hub.

At the #IMEXpitch, the shortlisted startups were judged on their two minute pitch to the expert judging panel, designed to introduce each product, explain the concept and convince the judges that they should be the winner.

The judging panel and audience voted InitLive the winner. A software company from Ottawa, Canada, InitLive has developed an all-in-one software solution for event staff and volunteer management on mobile devices. The organisation was awarded the opportunity to exhibit at IMEX in Frankfurt 2016 with a free space on the Tech Pavilion.

The company will also receive extended exposure through the Event Manager Blog and via IMEX’s publications and online presence. In second place was VenueTour, which offers virtual 360 degree tours for exhibition centres and locations and third was SponsormyEvent offering a sponsoring management software solution bringing potential sponsors and event managers together.

Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group explains: “We had 10 fantastic shortlisted entries and it was tough to select the best one. As part of the panel of judges it has been exciting to discover some really innovative solutions that many event professionals will find interesting and we’re confident they will make their mark on the industry.”

Alyssa Bignell, proud winner and sales director at InitLive, adds: “We‘re very proud to have won, particularly as we only launched our company a few months ago. We are planning to have our software ready for the European market this summer and look forward to showcasing our product to event managers in Europe at IMEX next year.”

Loews Minneapolis Hotel Completes First Phase of Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

MINNEAPOLIS – Loews Minneapolis Hotel unveils the first phase of a $10 million dollar renovation this month, following Loews’ acquisition of the former Graves 601 Hotel last July. The first phase of the renovations includes a spacious new lobby, complete remodeling of each of the 251 guest rooms and a new lobby bar called the Apothecary Bar & Lounge. Phase two, to be completed in the fall, includes the hotel’s banquet rooms and presidential suites, in addition to a refresh of Cosmos restaurant.

“We’ve completely remodeled the first-floor lobby and lounge to be more welcoming and serve as a central gathering place for hotel guests and locals alike,” said John Power, general manager, Loews Minneapolis Hotel. “Dark finishes and narrow corridors have been replaced with bright open spaces, high ceilings, comfortable furniture and beautiful décor that are very inviting. Our goal is to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant hotel experience.”

The new design, décor and furnishings are the work of Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group, which has designed several Loews Hotel properties, including the recently opened downtown Chicago Loews Hotel. While the quality of the finishes is commensurate with the Loews brand, the design inspiration is decidedly local.

“Our choice of colors, finishes and textures was inspired by Minneapolis’ legacy in flour milling and water power,” said design associate Kate Poole Cropsey of Simeone Deary.
A highlight of the renovation is the hotel’s new Apothecary Bar & Lounge. The name is a nod to the apothecary shops of yesteryear, which offered patrons a variety of “restoratives” in the form of distilled spirits, herb-infused bitters and tonics.

Apothecary serves as the hotel’s “living room,” with generous communal areas and plush seating. A cozy library area includes a fireplace in addition to a juice and espresso bar. Patrons can even order custom handcrafted Old Fashioned cocktails from a prescription pad.

The Apothecary menu features small plates like fiddlehead and parmesan risotto and north star bison, each of which showcase the homegrown, house-cured craftsmanship of executive chef Timothy Fischer, a James Beard Award semifinalist who grew up in St. Paul.
The hotel’s renovation comes at an opportune time in the city’s development. Loews Minneapolis Hotel is located on 1st Avenue North, a key downtown shopping and entertainment block that is undergoing renovation as the future Mayo Clinic Square. The Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Timberwolves will anchor Mayo Clinic Square.

About Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Rising 22 stories above the pulse of the city, Loews Minneapolis Hotel offers accommodations and restaurants at the confluence of business, theatre and a thriving entertainment district. Standing directly across the street from the Target Center and Target Field, the 251-room hotel is connected by Skyway to downtown’s entire shopping district and to some of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies. The recently renovated Loews Minneapolis Hotel features the new Apothecary Bar& Lounge in addition to Cosmos restaurant; both are run by award-winning chefs known for their Midwest fare and bars with a robust wine list. The hotel also boasts more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Embury Spa, and a fitness center. Visit for more information.

ibtm america Merges Industry Education & Wellness

To deliver on this year’s show theme “Connections Mean Everything,” ibtm america 2015 has created a ConnectZone with thought-provoking, bite-sized education sessions and body / mind wellness activities to help attendees engage, unwind and “get enlightened” in Chicago June 9-11.

“We recognize that having a unique and enjoyable experience is key to making business connections at our show this year,” said Jaime McAuley, event director. “As a result, we’ve combined last year’s popular Innovation and Refresh Zones into a new concept for our appointment-focused event to create a learning environment that’s both physically and mentally stimulating for our buyers and exhibitors.”

The new ConnectZone, in collaboration with The Meeting Pool, will offer a number of unique activities for both hosted buyers and exhibitors to experience outside of business appointment hours. The Spotlight Stage, brought to you by Certain, Inc., a favorite from last year, will be returning with bite-sized education on various topics. Planned sessions include:

  • “Standing Yoga” – with Dr. Kim of X-bytes and Sound Off Headphone Technology
  • “Two Ingredients For Winning Proposals” – Debbie Mayo-Smith
  • Tech presentation from Poken, an official ibtm america sponsor
  • “Trends in Sitting – Start with Standing!” – Matthew Broderick
  • “Green, Local & Sustainable F&B Trends” – Savor Chicago at McCormick Place
  • “Trends in Tea for Wellness and Energy”
  • “Apps For Work Life Balance” – Dahlia El Gazzar
  • “Fitness & Stretch Break” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off
  • “Sound and Silence Solutions for Your Events” – Silent Events Company
  • “Hotel & Travel Workout Tips” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off
  • “Essential Oils For Your Health and Environment” – Matthew Broderick
  • Tech presentation from Certain, an official ibtm america sponsor
  • “Fashion Show & Style” – Bloomingdale’s
  • “Health & Fitness Latest Gadgets and Tech” – Dahlia El Gazzar
  • “Take Care of Your Feet for Whole Body Health” – Eric Huffman
  • “Managing F&B for Good with Live Chef Demo” – Jiwon McCartney
  • “Close Fine Tuned Fitness” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off

In addition to the Spotlight Stage, the ConnectZone will bring back a few other attendee favorites as well as some new activities designed to stimulate wellbeing. Some of the offerings include:

  • TECHbar – Part of last year’s Innovation Zone, the new and improved TECHbar will provide additional interactive education, as well as “iPad Makeovers,” where exhibitors and Hosted Buyers can take their photo on the preloaded app and plan their makeover for the Beauty Bar.
  • Meditation Lounge – Hosted by Silent Events Company, the Meditation Lounge will feature six headsets loaded with a choice of 3 meditations – the perfect place to come and relax and charge your device! The company will also teach you how to incorporate meditation into your events.
  • Reflexology & Acupressure – Learn about your overall health as it stems from your feet with a reflexology treatment from Chicago’s leading reflexologists.  Treatments also include acupressure.
  • Posture Therapy – Join therapist Matthew Broderick of MFB Wellness as he teaches us how to adjust your posture to ensure ideal comfort during your meetings and beyond!
  • Fashion & Style Show – On Thursday, retail leader Bloomingdale’s will be putting on a 20-minute fashion show. Additionally, Bloomingdale’s representatives will provide gift bags and coupons to attendees during ConnectZone hours.
  • Beauty and Nail Bar – To prepare for your new headshots, head over to the Beauty and Nail bar and indulge in a manicure courtesy of Manicube. Other beauty offerings TBD.
  • The HeadShotLOUNGETM – Photographer Chuck Fazio brings his expertise to help prime attendees for some new business headshots.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Interested in participating in some charitable activity? Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women, will be onsite to collect clothing donations. The group provides women with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools needed to help thrive in both work and life. Also participating is Fight2Feed, a 501c non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate hunger in Chicago by utilizing leftovers from restaurants and the mobility of food trucks to reduce food waste and feed those who need it most.
  • The Style Corner – Stella & Dot will showcase this summer’s hottest trends to help you become your best self. Don’t miss Stella & Dot’s sneak-peak at products to come, and if you make a purchase, proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer research. Additionally, get a taste of South Asian culture with a Henna tattoo from local Chicago Henna artists.
  • Snack Zone – Sample some of Chicago’s finest at the Snack Zone, Vendors include Garrett’s popcorn.

The ConnectZone will be open on Wednesday, June 10 from 10:50am – 12:15pm and 3:25pm – 3:55pm, and again on Thursday from 10:15am – 10:45am and 11:25am – 12:25pm.

ibtm america takes place from June 9-11, 2015 in Chicago. To apply to be a Hosted Buyer or participate as an exhibitor, please visit

ALHI Launches ALHI Private Sale for 2015 Meetings

If you have meetings or programs for 2015 for which you have not yet selected your hotel or resort venue, check out the “2015 ALHI Private Sale” promotion for 2015 programs that was just launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).

Available exclusively through the ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) for new business booked at participating ALHI member hotels and resorts for 2015, the “Private Sale” assists planners, and the organizations they serve, to save on their 2015 programs. In addition to the best rates and terms at the Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts, the “ALHI Private Sale” provides to new business a special incentive with one complimentary room for every 30 rooms booked and actualized in programs completed between April – December 31, 2015. The program must have a minimum of a three-night stay, and a minimum of 30 rooms or more on the peak night, and must be initiated with the ALHI GSO to receive the special benefits.

“The ‘ALHI Private Sale’ is a nice bonus for short-term bookings. It is a great way for planners to stretch their program’s dollars, while maintaining the consistent Four- or Five-Diamond quality of distinctive facilities and services for their program and valued attendees,” said Jim Schultenover, president of ALHI.

ALHI ( is the prestigious dues-based Global Sales Organization (GSO) which serves the North American meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace with its Global Sales responsibilities for its diverse and distinctive membership of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.

Planners can select from more than 60 ALHI hotels and resorts that are participating in the “2015 ALHI Private Sale.” For more information on the “ALHI Private Sale,” and for a list of participating ALHI hotels and resorts, go to . Or contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, which can be found by visiting the “ALHI Team” section on .

ALHI hotels and resorts that are participating in the Western U.S. region include:
· Bacara Resort & Spa (Santa Barbara, California)
· Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Gateway Canyons Resort (Gateway, Colorado)
· Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (San Diego, California)
· Island Hotel Newport Beach (Newport Beach, California)
· Loews Coronado Bay (Coronado/San Diego, California)
· Miramonte Resort & Spa (Indian Wells, California)
· Monte Carlo Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (Carlsbad/San Diego, California)
· Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage, California)
· Resort at Squaw Creek (Olympic Valley/Lake Tahoe, California)
· Sunriver Resort (Sunriver, Oregon)
· Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, California)
· The Inn at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, California)
· The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center (Denver, Colorado)
· The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa, California)
· The Mirage (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Turtle Bay Resort (Kohala Coast, Hawaii)
· Vdara Hotel & Spa (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Midwest U.S. participating ALHI member hotels and resorts include:
· AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (Austin, Texas)
· Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (Chicago, Illinois)
· Hotel Valencia Riverwalk (San Antonio, Texas)
· InterContinental Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
· La Cantera Hill Country Resort (San Antonio, Texas)
· Loews Minneapolis Hotel (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
· Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (Chicago, Illinois)
· The Adolphus (Dallas, Texas)
· The American Club Resort (Kohler, Wisconsin)

Options for the “ALHI Private Sale” in the South U.S. region include:
· Chateau Élan (Braselton, Georgia)
· Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
· Fontainebleau (Miami Beach, Florida)
· Loews Don CeSar Hotel (St. Pete Beach, Florida)
· Loews New Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana)
· Naples Grande Beach Resort (Naples, Florida)
· Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida)
· Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (Orlando, Florida)
· PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
· Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)
· Rosen Shingle Creek (Orlando, Florida)
· The Lodge & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)
· The Villas of Grand Cypress (Orlando, Florida)
· Trump National Doral Miami (Miami, Florida)

Participating ALHI member hotels and resorts in the East U.S. include:
· Colonial Williamsburg Resort Hotels (The Williamsburg Inn, The Williamsburg Lodge, and The Williamsburg Woodlands) (Williamsburg, Virginia)
· Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket, Connecticut)
· Langham Place, Fifth Avenue (New York, New York)
· Loews Madison Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
· Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. (Washington, D.C.)
· Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut)
· Pinehurst (Pinehurst, North Carolina)
· Salamander Resort & Spa (Middleburg, Virginia)
· Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
· The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia)
· The Langham, Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Participating hotels and resorts outside of the U.S. include:
· Elbow Beach Resort (Bermuda)
· Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)
· Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico)
· InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa (Arraijan District, Panama)
· Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa (Bermuda)
· Pan Pacific Vancouver (Vancouver, Canada)
· Rosewood Tucker’s Point (Bermuda)
· The Fairmont Hamilton Princess (Bermuda)
· The Fairmont Southampton (Bermuda)
· The Reefs Resort & Club (Bermuda)

For information about the “2015 ALHI Private Sale,” any of the participating ALHI Member hotels or resorts, or all of ALHI’s other Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada.

There are ALHI Global Sales Office 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). For specifics, go to to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

ALHI ( is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American M&I marketplace. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries; and select Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) alliances, such as the Bermuda Tourism Authority. One call to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional connects association executives, meeting professionals, incentive specialists, and business executives with advocacy and sales assistance for their meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.

ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs. Plus, there is no cost to the corporate, association, and planning organizations to utilize ALHI’s professional services and expertise, as ALHI’s Members’ dues fund the North American sales organization to best serve planners with GSO sales professionals in their local area.

In addition, ALHI provides very useful information on 12 defined “Specialty Segments” within the ALHI portfolio which makes it easy for planners to quickly identify site-specific solutions for their programs. The specialty segments include:  “Big Box Solutions,” “Level 5 Collection,” “City Solutions,” “Passport Collection,” “Golf Collection,” “Entertainment & Gaming Collection,” “U-200 Gems,” “Historic Collection,” “Beach & Island Collection,” “Mountain Collection,” “Bahamas, Bermuda & Caribbean Collection,” and “Ocean Line Collection.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit

IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will be biggest ever

Show opens on Tuesday 19 May

IMEX in Frankfurt 2015, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, will be the biggest since its launch in 2003 when it opens its doors next week.

55 new stands from every continent and from every meetings market sector will be among the 3,500 exhibiting companies who represent over 150 countries at Messe Frankfurt from 19 to 21 May. 45 established exhibitors have booked larger stands from as far afield as Abu Dhabi to China, the Netherlands to Azerbaijan and Peru to New York City, making this year’s show the largest in its history.

With demand from hosted buyers continuing to strengthen year-on-year, hundreds of new hosted buyers, many of them from long haul destinations, will be arriving in Frankfurt as part of the almost 4,000 strong programme.

The IMEX educational programme, now based around the Inspiration Hub on the show floor, will offer 170 education sessions, with 30 of these in German, providing a comprehensive wide ranging choice. There will be new early morning sessions on Business Networking and Building Confidence. Two new session formats will be geared specifically towards Young Professionals – for anyone with up to 3 years industry experience – and Senior Professionals – for anyone with 8 years experience or more.

Also new this year within the education programme is Creative Thursday featuring engaging interactive sessions such as how to form effective partnerships with suppliers and advice on event design.

At the IMEX Opening Ceremony on Tuesday morning, the keynote speaker will be Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company who is a passionate advocate of the value and power of meetings in building business.

Trade visitors and buyers can still register for IMEX online in advance, or in person from at the show from May 19th – May 21st. Registration is fast and free.

To register to be a visitor
To find out who is exhibiting
To find out more about educational events

Dive into Summer Savings at the Miami Beach Convention Center!

New packages and incentives are available for meetings and social events.

Save 25% on rental and 15% on food and beverage (excluding alcohol) for new events booked and held between 5/1/15 and 9/30/15.

The Miami Beach Convention Center makes meetings simple! We have 70 meetings rooms comprised of over 127,000 square feet of flexible space and two affordable package options to meet your specific requirements!

Small Meeting Package (Serves between 15-50) $79 PP Inclusive

  • Meeting Space
  • On-Site Event Manager
  • Room Set-up
  • Refreshments
  • A/V Package

Large Meeting Package ( Serves between 51-300) $69 PP Inclusive

  • Meeting Space
  • On-Site Event Manager
  • Room Set-up
  • Refreshments
  • A/V Package
  • Wi-Fi
  • Continental Breakfast or Lunch

From corporate meetings, to weddings, to everything in between, the Miami Beach Convention Center has the perfect space at the best value. Contact Ileana Garcia at or 786-276-2607 for additional information and incentives.