Monthly Archives: July 2017

ALHI Hosts 65 Senior-Level Women In The Meetings & Hospitality Industries at Its 12th Annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 2017) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the Meetings & Incentive marketplace, held its 12th AnnualExecutive Women in Leadership Conference” from June 8-10, 2017. The conference, hosted at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in Coronado/San Diego, California, brought together 65 senior-level women executives from the hospitality and meetings industries, including meeting professionals and hotel executives.

The conference was chaired by Victoria Hettleman, ALHI Senior Vice President of Sales, and Amber Voelker, ALHI Regional Vice President for the West. The event was co-hosted by Delta Air Lines and Hotel del Coronado.

Majestically set on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Hotel del Coronado provides panoramic views and offers 679 guest rooms and suites, 65,000 square feet of meeting space, a world-class spa, a full-service recreation department, nine restaurants and bars, and a 24-hour fitness center. The resort is just across the bay from downtown San Diego, and only 15 minutes from San Diego International Airport.

ALHI provides one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. In addition to offering distinctive hotels and resorts worldwide, ALHI’s portfolio features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI provides extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts.

For more information, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free in the U.S. at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com.

ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program Expands to Five Grants, Applications Now Available for Associations

WASHINGTON—ASAE Foundation is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants Program (IGP) through October 1. Celebrating its sixth year, IGP is a program that provides monetary awards to support innovation exploration and development in the association community. GEICO has joined on as another supporter for the IGP.

The IGP grants are funded through a major grant from the SunTrust Foundation with additional support from GEICO and Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston L.L.P. There will be up to five grants awarded in either of three categories: travel, exploration, and hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grant recipients will receive awards up to $10,000.

“The community has seen the impact of the Innovation Grant Program, and we appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. We are excited that GEICO’s donation helps us continue to support and cultivate a culture of innovation throughout the association community,” said ASAE Chair-Elect and ASAE Foundation Chair Matthew R. Shay, CAE, President and CEO National Retail Federation. “I urge our members to apply, so they can create programs that deliver tremendous results for the organization and its members.”

Individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible to apply, and applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member. The ASAE Foundation is looking for proactive and creative ideas that help propel association management in such areas as leadership development, technology, marketing, membership and community engagement, product development, and business practices.

“Associations create programs and services that influence everything we do on a daily basis.  The ASAE Foundation strives to inform our community about the different approaches associations are using to implement projects, ideas, and services. These grants have influenced how organizations initiate and practice innovation through developing programs that are making a difference. Our goal is to share the results, and inspire new ideas with our members,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and President of the ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE.

Criteria and details about the application process are on asaecenter.org/IGP. For questions regarding the innovation grants, please contact Dr. Sharon E. Moss, CAE, at smoss@asaecenter.org.

PCC’s Board of Directors Knows the Results of the Last Year’s Economic Activities

The results of the Prague Congress Centre’ s financial activities in 2016 are known and the financial statements finished by December 31, 2016 have been independently audited. The Prague Congress Centre remains in positive numbers and generates profit.

The Prague Congress Center ended with a profit of CZK 35.8 million in 2016. Compared to the record year 2015, when a profit of CZK 84.9 million was achieved, there was a decrease in revenues and an increase in costs. However, the year-on-year comparison of sales is influenced by a change in the way catering services are invoiced, which led to a decline in revenues and, at the same time, the cost of purchased services. Most importantly, the result was influenced by the cost of renovation of the main congress building and the interior of the Holiday Inn Prague Congress Center.

In the segment of short-term leases, revenue in 2016 reached the same level as in the successful 2015. The biggest events include the European HABITAT (4,000 delegates), the 23rd Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ISPR 2016 (2,468 delegates) or the Living Planet Symposium 2016 (2,000 delegates).

A total of 84% of the proceeds was realized in the segment of large events with turnover more than 1 million CZK. These actions are for PCC crucial and most of marketing activities and sales promotions focus on their acquisition. The share of small events with turnover up to 200 thousand CZK was about 6%.

The structure of sales by type of client has changed significantly over the previous years. The share of public sector events (22 %) increased, while the number of association events (47 %) decreased. In addition to the mentioned European Habitat organized by the Ministry of Regional Development and a traditional fair for education organized by the City of Prague called Schola Pragensis or the International Interpol Conference of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. The segment of corporate clientele and cultural events then contributed to the budget with 14 % of revenues. The ratio of foreign and domestic clients has remained the same for the long term and it is 65 % to 35 %.

An important part of the financial management of PCC is also revenues from long-term leases, which decreased by 2.6% compared to the previous year to 152.5 million CZK. However, despite the fact that the most important tenant, T-Mobile left the Business Centre Vysehrad (which is part of the PCC), the occupancy of the premises was 91 %.

The Holiday Inn Prague Congress centre was the most successful in terms of year-over-year revenue growth. Its sales grew by 2.6 % compared to 2015 and reached the level of 129.7 million CZK, with an average occupancy of 64.8 %. In 2016, the kitchen was renovated and the first phase of the interior renovation of the rooms continued in the beginning of 2017. This should further on increase the interest in accommodation and gastronomic services of the hotel, whose cuisine is increasingly appreciated by experts and the hotel meets the demanding standards of the InterContinental Hotels Group.