Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sonesta Expands ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) Relationship


. . . Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Accepts 5 More Meetings-Focused Royal Sonesta & Sonesta Hotels To Its Worldwide Luxury Portfolio

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation have expanded their long-tenured relationship with the addition of five more of Sonesta’s luxury-level meetings-focused hotels to ALHI’s prestigious portfolio. Joining ALHI’s present Member hotel, the elegant 195-room Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (in Baltimore, Maryland), are new ALHI members:  Royal Sonesta Houston (in Houston, Texas), Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Royal Sonesta New Orleans (in New Orleans, Louisiana), the Royal Sonesta Boston (in Boston, Massachusetts), and Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina). The five hotels, which have each recently undergone significant renovations, are now represented by ALHI to meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings, conventions and/or incentive programs at the hotels. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

“We are very proud to expand our relationship with these fine Sonesta properties,” said Schultenover. “Each are AAA Four-Diamond quality hotels or resorts, freshly renovated and reimagined, and situated in excellent locations within their desirable destinations, providing great appeal to groups and their planners. We are proud to welcome these additions in the key cities of Houston, New Orleans, Boston, Hilton Head, and Fort Lauderdale, allowing us to further address the growing demand for these markets that we’ve been experiencing.”

In Houston, Texas, ALHI adds the chic Royal Sonesta Houston to its distinctive portfolio, which now features nine outstanding options in Texas including three exceptional choices in Houston. Located in the heart of Uptown Houston, the AAA Four-Diamond recognized Royal Sonesta Houston completed an impressive $30 million renovation in 2014. Ideally situated just a few blocks from The Galleria for shopping, dining and entertainment, it also is just minutes from downtown Houston. The stylish hotel features 485 guest rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and mini refrigerators, and 50,000 square feet of function space that can accommodate 1,000 guests. The hotel also offers a rooftop swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three dining options including the globally-inspired ARA restaurant. Royal Sonesta Houston, which also is now a new option in ALHI’s “City Solutions” luxury brand segment, is close to the Museum & Theater Districts and Montrose/Midtown, and is conveniently located near George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ALHI has added the sophisticated 240-room Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach to its portfolio and to its “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” luxury brand segment. It becomes ALHI’s only Member hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and eighth distinctive option in Southeast Florida. The stylish AAA Four-Diamond rated hotel, which provides spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Lauderdale Beach, offers 240 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 8,000 square feet of meeting space with floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views. Group options include an oceanfront terrace, a private beach party at the adjacent Bonnet House, and Intracoastal cruises. Additionally, the hotel has a full-service beachfront restaurant, lobby bar, poolside bar, and 24-hour fitness center. Nearby attractions include snorkeling, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and nature trails. The beachfront hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, just minutes from the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Las Olas Boulevard, and Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is only eight miles away.

ALHI’s new member in New Orleans is the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, in the center of this vibrant city. Providing 483 large guest rooms and suites (which all provide views of the French Quarter or tropical courtyard), the AAA Four-Diamond recognized hotel joins as ALHI’s third outstanding option in New Orleans. Situated on famous Bourbon Street, the hotel features beautiful architecture and offers 20,000 square feet of function space that includes a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Outdoor venue options and Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites are available, as are an on-site full-service AV production company, 24-hour business center, fitness center, and outdoor heated swimming pool. Multiple dining and lounge options also are offered, including live jazz nightly at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The hotel is located 16 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and just steps from the Central Business District, Superdome, Convention Center, Royal Street, French Market and Mississippi River attractions.

Joining ALHI in Boston is Royal Sonesta Boston, situated on the banks of the scenic Charles River, and offering views of the Boston skyline and historic Beacon Hill. The 400-room hotel, which completed a $15 million renovation in 2014, becomes ALHI’s sixth Member in Boston. The chic hotel, rated Four-Diamond by AAA, provides 400 stylish guest rooms and suites that offer breathtaking views of the Charles River, Cambridge, or the Boston skyline. Featuring a modern design, the hotel offers 26,000 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 550 guests, that includes covered outdoor entertaining space on the banks of the river. Dining options include the innovative ArtBar, and Restaurant dante offering classical Italian dishes. An atrium-style indoor swimming pool and 24-hour health club also are available. The hotel is within walking distance to many shops, museums and historical sites, and just minutes from the business, educational and shopping points in both Boston and Cambridge. Boston’s Logan International Airport is just three miles away.

ALHI’s new member in South Carolina is Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, which is ALHI’s only Member resort on Hilton Head Island, and second distinguished option in South Carolina. Offering 340 spacious guest rooms and suites on 11 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped beachfront property, the AAA Four-Diamond rated resort completed a $30 million renovation in 2013. Boasting 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, this includes the attractive 7,000-square-foot Oceanfront Pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Onsite dining options include Heyward’s Restaurant, Seacrest Terrace and Patio, and Bayley’s Bar and Terrace. Additionally, the resort features Arum Spa, and outdoor and shaded swimming pools. Convenient to all of the island’s attractions and activities, the resort is just 8 miles from Hilton Head Island Airport, and 48 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

In addition to these new Members, ALHI’s worldwide portfolio also features other outstanding options for planners in these appealing cities, including:  Houston’s elegant Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, providing 244 luxurious guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space; and the Forbes Four-Star The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, offering 32,000 square feet of meeting space in a picturesque setting of towering pines and majestic oaks in Houston. In New Orleans:  the acclaimed and historic Hotel Monteleone, offering 570 beautifully decorated guest rooms and located on famed Royal Street in the French Quarter; and the superb, 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel, providing expansive views of the Mississippi River or New Orleans skyline.

Other distinguished Boston options in ALHI’s impressive portfolio include:  the ultra-modern, 424-room InterContinental Boston, situated on Boston’s historic and newly redefined waterfront; downtown Boston’s elegant The Langham Boston, featuring 10,000 square feet of meeting space just steps from Boston’s most popular attractions; the luxurious and contemporary 225-room Loews Boston Hotel, located in the heart of prestigious Back Bay; and the recently renovated and very popular 428-room Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, featuring dazzling city and harbor views.

ALHI ( is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO “Alliance” sales services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; and a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.

ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 75 countries and destinations worldwide. 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.

For information about any of ALHI’s 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, 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). For specifics, go to to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

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

Puerto Vallarta Fully Operational and Welcoming the Arrival of Flights and Cruise Ships

Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with 100% of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port and Convention Center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis and other ground transport companies have resumed their normal service schedule.

All tourists who were transferred to shelters and hotels outside of Puerto Vallarta as a precaution measure yesterday have now been safely returned to Puerto Vallarta and enjoying a day of clear skies and sunshine.

Southwest Airlines scheduled two recovery flights from PVR to Houston (HOU) and Phoenix (PHX) to help with getting people home.

No changes to the cruise schedule have been made. Disney’s Wonder cruise ship, carrying 2,400 passengers, will arrive in Puerto Vallarta as scheduled on Monday October 26, 2015; and Norwegian’s Jewel and the Ruby Princess will make their scheduled call on Wednesday October 28, 2015 as planned.

No human loss or infrastructure damages have been reported as a result of Hurricane Patricia.

The Meetings Industry Fund Awards Initial Grant To Person in Need in the Meetings Industry

Money helps cover medical bills; recipient expresses “joy, gratitude, relief, and amazement”

 WASHINGTON, DC – The Meetings Industry Fund, which launched just a month ago with a mission to help meetings industry people in crisis, has awarded its first grant to help a meetings industry person in need.

The person was saddled for over a year with unpaid medical bills with no way of paying. Within 24 hours of receiving the application, the Meetings Industry Fund Board of Directors approved the request and provided a grant of $2,600 to help the person.

“I’m totally bawling my eyes out with tears of joy, gratitude, relief and amazement at the generosity of the board,” the recipient said. “I am honored, humbled and blessed to have the privilege of working in this industry with some of the most wonderful people whom I have the joy of knowing and those I’ve not yet met.”

Chuck Fazio, one of the founders of the Fund, explained, “This person really needed help and we are thrilled to provide this grant. The word has gotten out that the Fund is open for business and we have started to get more requests. I thank everyone who has donated to the Fund so far and ask that anyone who wants to help please visit the website and donate whatever they can.”

The Fund provides financial assistance during times of crisis to individuals who are directly involved in the planning, execution, delivery and support of meetings.​ For example, if a meeting professional out of work and suddenly faces a medical emergency, The Meetings Industry Fund can be there to help.

“The Fund’s ability to help is tied directly to the donations it receives,” said Fund Co-Founder David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel Company. “We encourage everyone in the industry to help by making even a small donation.”

The Fund website at has details on how to donate, how to apply for assistance, the people behind the Fund, and frequently asked questions.

Business at IMEX America achieves new records

As the fifth IMEX America closed, IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom announced that, in every important facet, the show had achieved new records.

A total of 3,100 companies representing 150 countries exhibited including 80 new booths and 56 expanded booths while the IMEX hosted buyer program brought a record 3000 buyers from 54 countries to the show. Over 10,600 people participated in the event. There were 66,000 business appointments of which over 57,000 were one-to-one appointments and booth presentations. The proportion of these appointments that had profiles attached online had risen to 51% enabling both buyers and exhibitors to be better prepared for their meetings.

More than 40 leading buyers from the corporate sector also came for the annual Executive Meetings Forum. With senior executives from Merck, Cisco Systems and Wells Fargo among them, together they controlled annual meetings budgets in excess of $3billion.

Ray Bloom reported that Smart Monday, powered by MPI, and supported by association partners, IAPCO, ICCA, ASAE, PCMA, HSMAI, DMAI, SITE, GBTA, GMIC and ECM, had once again grown and developed.

Ray Bloom said: “I’d like to congratulate MPI, our strategic partner and premier education provider, on the tremendous success of Smart Monday, which grows year after year. This day of high level education adds a tremendously valuable extra dimension to people’s overall experience of the show. The daily MPI key note sessions have also featured very interesting speakers and generated a great response.”

A new educational initiative, the Play Room, sponsored by Play with a Purpose, drew 350 participants on Monday and many hundreds more when it moved on to the show floor for three days.

The second PCMA Business School at IMEX America, a business improv workshop presented and led by Bob Kulhan, a professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, also attracted a full house and tremendous acclaim from those who took part. The success of this program has resulted in the introduction of the PCMA Business School at IMEX in Frankfurt in April 2016.

He also said that there had been superb feedback about the many other co-located educational and social events and meetings arranged by IMEX America’s industry partners that had taken place in the city during the week. The MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night, in particular, had once again been a highly enjoyable networking event while Association Evening and the CIC Hall of Leaders had successfully introduced new formats.

Ray Bloom commented: “We are delighted that so many industry events are coming together here using IMEX America as a hub for successful fundraising events such as the MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the CEIR Golf Classic and SITE Nite as well as education activities, social networking and industry meetings.”

The new wellness initiative, “Be Well at IMEX,” included a meditation room and the first IMEXrun Las Vegas – Inspired by Rio de Janeiro, in advance of the Olympics. Sponsored by RioTur and Embratur and organized by sports by tlc, the route took in a section of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Fully booked, 412 exhibitors and buyers rose early to take on the course.

Looking ahead to IMEX in Frankfurt 2016, which will be at Messe Frankfurt on April 19 – 21, a month earlier than usual, Ray Bloom reported that demand for the event from returning and new exhibitors continues to be exceptionally high from destinations, venues and service providers from across the world and this was already laying down strong foundations for the 2016 event.

While new educational and hosted buyer initiatives will be announced shortly, he highlighted further new developments for the show. ISES, a partner of IMEX America, will be staging its first Global Event Summit in Europe immediately following IMEX in Frankfurt 2016 and will bring a number of senior event professionals from North America and Europe to IMEX before heading to Scotland for three days of high level debate. Additionally, the IMEX Politicians’ Forum will feature a series of new political Master Classes for government delegates to supplement the already successful forum debate.

Ray Bloom was joined on stage by show partner executives Michael Woody, COO of MPI, Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the LVCVA and Chandra Allison, Vice President of Sales for The Venetian®|The Palazzo®.

Eldorado & Silver Legacy Donate $500,000 to the Education Fund of Northern Nevada


Provides scholarships to local students to attend private school

 RENO, Nev.  – Last week, Eldorado Resort Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino each donated $250,000 to the Education Fund of Northern Nevada, a local non-profit corporation that solicits and provides scholarships as authorized under the provisions of the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

“Giving back to the northern Nevada community is a top priority for both Eldorado and Silver Legacy, and this particular cause gives us an even greater opportunity to support our next generation of leaders,” said Gary Carano, CEO of Eldorado Resorts Inc. “Many of these future leaders of Northern Nevada will be the children of our team members, who support us each and every day. Being able to contribute to their education is a top priority to us.”

Combined, Eldorado and Silver Legacy employ over 3,000 people in northern Nevada. This contribution will provide better educational opportunities for employee’s children, as well as hundreds of others.

“The Education Fund will help generate highly skilled, educated individuals to service northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, which has contributed to our family’s success,” said Carano.

In addition to the contribution to the Education Fund of Northern Nevada, Eldorado and Silver Legacy are both Partners in Education for the Washoe County School District.

About Eldorado Reno

The Eldorado Resort Casino Reno is a rare mix of upscale atmosphere with a relaxed vibe. Boasting nine award winning restaurants, unlimited nightlife, a Broadway-style showroom, luxurious accommodations and dynamic casino action, the Eldorado is located in the heart of downtown Reno.  For reservations and information call 800-648-5966 or 775-786-5700 or visit The latest Eldorado updates are also available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Eldorado’s interactive iPhone and Android Apps.

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.

Best MICE Experience in Malaysia Two Years Running

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre takes Best of Malaysia Awards…Again

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been honoured with the Best MICE Experience’ award for the second consecutive year in Expatriate Lifestyle magazine’s Best of Malaysia Awards 2015.

Commenting on the facility’s success, General Manager, Alan Pryor said, “winning this accolade two years running is a great honour and, doing so in our 10th year (of operation), makes the victory even more special.

“I would also like to thank the voters for their ongoing support. Without doubt, it is this continuing client loyalty, coupled with our team’s hard work and commitment to the delivery of quality products and services, that have been key to the Centre’s success and rise from ‘new kid on the block’ to Malaysia’s premier convention facility and one of the leading meetings destinations in Asia-Pacific in a mere decade.”

Pryor added that “having the hard work, dedication and persistence of the entire team recognised and rewarded is always reassuring that we are moving in the right direction and more importantly, that our flexible, innovative and value-add solutions are meeting clients’ evolving needs to deliver successful events across the board.”

Organised by Expatriate Lifestyle magazine, the annual Best of Malaysia Awards celebrate the finest in the local travel and hospitality industry across 18 categories. With nominees 100% nominated and voted by a key community who invigorates the industry i.e., well-travelled expatriates living in Malaysia, this is the biggest travel and hospitality awards in Malaysia.

In addition to the Best MICE Experience’ award, the Centre also picked up two other awards in the third-quarter (2015) – the inaugural Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015 for Best Conference Venue and her first International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Innovation Award 2015 for TenOnCall* – giving credence to her reputation as Malaysia’s premier convention facility locally, regionally and on the international stage!

For all the latest information and updates on the Centre, visit

 * TenOnCall (TOC) comprises 10 flexible meeting spaces for short-lead bookings, where clients can walk in, select their pre-set room configuration and execute a same-day meeting for 15  to 150 persons. TOC’s full- and half-day all-inclusive meeting packages come with complimentary WiFi access, A/V equipment and technician on standby, built-in LCD signage plus its signature, innovative all-day dining concept of free-flow lifestyle cuisine and beverages throughout the meeting duration.  

Suntec Singapore Scoops Up Coveted TTG Travel Award for Best Convention & Exhibition Centre

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) has been recognised as the Best Convention & Exhibition Centre at the 26th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2015, held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre.

Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore commented, “It is an honour to receive this prestigious award. Being recognised by peers in our industry is extraordinary and a recognition of our commitment to delivering the premium offerings of our venue and a seamless customised experience where everything just works for our event organisers and their guests. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and there is no better way to mark this milestone than by winning this award. We will continue to build on our success and keep Suntec Singapore at the forefront of the industry, as the Preferred Place to Meet!”

Presented by TTG Asia, publisher of Travel Trade Gazette (TTG), Asia, India and China, Business Travel (BT) Mice China and TTG Mice, the TTG Travel Awards is one of the most influential in the region. Awards in the BT-MICE category were voted by over 150,000 travel consultants, tour operators and destination management companies, over a two month campaign that rewarded the best services and facilities catering specifically to the BT-MICE market.

“This award is dedicated to my exceptional team that is always committed to delivering the best for our clients and visitors. The technology that we have in place enables our staff to deliver outstanding service, without leaving anything to chance. To be conferred this accolade is testimony to the excellent teamwork in the organisation and will spur us on to do even better,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, 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

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. Suntec Singapore offers direct access
to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

About the TTG Travel Awards
The TTG Travel Awards has been recognising the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel
industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honours stellar organisations and
individuals in 4 categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding
Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame. This TTG Travel Trade Publishing event is
proudly organised by TTG Asia, with the support of TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice,
TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury.

Donald Trump Welcomes Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Industry Advisory Council Conference To Trump National Doral Miami

MIAMI, FL (October 2015) – Donald Trump welcomed the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Industry Advisory Council Conference this week to the new Trump National Doral Miami, and provided the opening General Session Keynote address to the prestigious Advisory meeting of over 325 senior leaders from ALHI Accounts, and General Managers and Senior Marketing Executives of ALHI’s worldwide membership portfolio.

Trump National Doral Miami, which recently completed a comprehensive $250 million resort-wide restoration, is one of the over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond/Star hotels and resorts in the ALHI portfolio in North America that focus on luxury meetings, incentive travel, conventions and expositions, and are served by the ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) network. With its worldwide “Alliance” partners, ALHI now serves and assists Accounts on programs in the USA and 90 other countries worldwide. The Industry Advisory Council meeting was the kick-off to the 30th Anniversary celebration of ALHI’s dedicated GSO sales service for its exclusive members.

For information about any of ALHI’s 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, 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). For specifics, go to to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2016 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 .

Top International Meeting Planners to Visit Prague for Meeting & Incentive Forum Europe Autumn 2016

Forum supported by Prague CVB to see over 4,000 pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings aimed at increasing business travel to Czech Republic.

Prague, Czech Republic – More than 350 top international meeting and incentive professionals will gather in Prague, 26-30 September 2016, for M&I Forum Europe Autumn 2016.  In partnership with the Prague Convention Bureau and a number of local DMCs, the four-day event will see fully hosted buyers hold over 4,000 meetings with event suppliers from across Europe and beyond.

The Forum will introduce some of Europe’s leading meeting and incentive professionals to new and undiscovered features of the Czech capital. While it retains a rich culture and history, Prague is also a modern and dynamic city, home to state-of-the-art, multifunctional event spaces, and new hotels.

“Prague hosted an M&I Forum back in 2009 and this is the perfect time for the event to return. Heritage and history remain an inseparable part of the city, but they’re now complemented by stunning modern venues, all with exceptional services. A dynamic city, we’re excited to show Prague in a new light. Our wonderful city is perfectly suited to both big events and smaller incentive groups, and I am sure the experience will open up new business opportunities and give attendees total confidence in the destination.” said Lenka Jarošová, Executive Director of Prague Convention Bureau. “Coming to this Forum is in my opinion a great opportunity to experience up close what we have to offer and, besides doing good business, have a huge amount of fun.”

M&I Forums are trade events held in the world’s leading meetings destinations. They offer business events suppliers the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with vetted, hand-selected buyers who have confirmed budgets to spend. The Forums provide a professional, effective and fun platform for business meetings and networking with these high quality buyers. They also allow top global meetings destinations to showcase their offerings, in order to grow their share of the international business events market. In 2016, Prague will join Dubai (UAE), Scottsdale, AZ (USA), Madrid (Spain), and Izmir (Turkey) in hosting M&I Forums to showcase their offering to a global audience of events professionals.

Commenting on the event in Prague, Richard Barnes, Managing Director of M&I Forums, added: “Prague has invested a vast amount in their meetings infrastructure in recent years, and there’s a new side to the Czech capital that’s waiting to be explored. It’s home to an array of new, groundbreaking hotels and venues which we’re excited to introduce our delegates to, opening their eyes to the opportunities this city has to offer in 2016.”

Since Prague last hosted an M&I Forum in 2009, the city has undergone substantial changes. The accommodation offering, especially 4 and 5* hotels, increased considerably, and the public transportation system has been modernized and widely extended to make the city and its meeting venues easily accessible to visitors. Prague is now home to many international innovative technology and science institutions, attracting experts and scholars from all over the world. In tandem with these infrastructure changes, Prague Convention Bureau has developed its services significantly, including an extensive program of incentive support granted by the city and Ambassador Programme for association events. In short, Prague is completely prepared to meet the demands of the very highest end of the meetings industry.

For more information about M&I Forum Europe Autumn 2016, or to take part in the event, please visit the M&I Forums website:

IMEX America Partner Events Help to bring Meetings Industry Together in Las Vegas

When IMEX America takes place in Las Vegas on 13 – 15 October, it will again bring the US and global meetings industry together to do business, to learn and to network.

As well as the three day exhibition, there will be a vast range of co-located events organized by industry partner associations that will create more superb education and networking opportunities.

Co-Located Events

First is the SITE Young Leaders Conference starting on Sunday October 11th and continuing on to Monday. This is an important event for industry professionals under 35 and complements the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum also taking place in Las Vegas later in the week.

Smart Monday, powered by MPI, is a day packed with learning and networking events, kicking off with MPI’s first key note of the week with Lee Papa, and also featuring the PCMA Business School and the Association Focus, designed by IMEX together with ASAE and ICCA.

Additional Smart Monday co-located events include:

• The CEIR Golf Classic, at Rio Secco Golf Club and sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues in a relaxed but gently competitive environment while raising funds for industry research.

• Association Evening, sponsored by and located at SLS Las Vegas in its spectacular Foxtail Nightclub, which brings together Association Focus delegates with exhibitors who are members of one of the organizing associations (ICCA, AIPC, IAEE, IACC, DMAI, PCMA, IAPCO and ASAE: The Center of Association Leadership).

• SITE Nite North America, at the brand new Omnia Nightclub, Caesars Palace, is where 1200 SITE members and industry professionals get together for a superb evening of conversation and connections.

On Tuesday October 13

• CIC Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards, at the MGM Grand, honors the industry’s outstanding leaders and innovators and for its 20th anniversary event will feature a new cocktail reception format.

• DMC Network and Ovation Talent Search, is where industry members will take the stage at the Marquee in the Cosmopolitan hotel and share their talents for a chance to win a 7-day European vacation from Starwood and 2 First Class tickets on United (online audition videos required prior to the event).

Taking place on Wednesday October 14 is

• The MPI Foundation Rendezvous, co-sponsored by Caesars & IMEX, offering a superb night of socializing and dancing to a top DJ at the spectacular Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub at the Cromwell Boutique Hotel and Casino while raising money for the MPI Foundation.

CSR Partnerships

Part of the IMEX mission is also to give back to the local community, and IMEX’s partners play an important role in making this possible.

Treasure Island is sponsoring the IMEX Badge Back program this year where attendees departing the show are asked to place their badges in one of two containers triggering monetary donations to The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas shelter for women and children, or Opportunity Village, a non-profit providing training and job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.

IMEX, together with sustainability partners MeetGreen®, will also be assisting the Shade Tree shelter with a new recycling initiative, Evergreen Shade Tree, supported by AlliedPRA, with contributions from MPI and Wonderful Copenhagen.