January 2012

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Westin Comes to Cleveland Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to introduce the Westin brand to Cleveland, Ohio. The Westin Cleveland Convention Center will open in summer 2013... Read more >> MPI Europe Conf. to Show Meetings of the Future Leading-edge meeting design components at the European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) will demonstrate how new ideas in room layout, technology, collaboration techniques... Read more >> $15 Million Kent State Hotel, Conf. Center Gets OK The builders of the new Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center have the city's approval to start construction... Read more >> Boston Marriott Long Wharf Completes Four Year Renovation Marriott Hotels & Resorts has announced the completion of a four year, $30 million full property renovation of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf... Read more >>
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Chicago Suburbs For groups composed of Shakespeare buffs, fine art aficionados, stand-up comedy lovers or music enthusiasts, Chicago’s suburbs share a rich calendar of local performances to please every attendee... Read more >>
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Milwaukee Area As sure as the Milwaukee area is a stomping ground for everyone from Harley-Davidson devotees and foodies to some hilarious Bridesmaids... Read more >>
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Kansas Meeting planners in the know are already well aware of Kansas' affordability and central location... Read more >>
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Eastern Iowa Cities The Iowa caucuses are over, and it will be another four years before the Hawkeye State resumes the media spotlight as the first major event in the presidential electoral process... Read more >>
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Shark fin taken off hotel menus Shark fin has been taken off the menu at the Hong Kong-based chain of Shangri-La hotels in a significant breakthrough for an environmentalist campaign to ban the dish... Read more >> Former Moscow mayor's wife to buy Dublin's Morrison Hotel The Moscow Times reports that Yelena Baturina, wife of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and one of Russia's richest women, will buy the 84-room Morrison Hotel ... Read more >> TripAdvisor unveils Travelers' Choice best hotels awards TripAdvisor today announces the 25 hotels that have won a spot on its 10th annual Travelers' Choice Awards lists for most outstanding hotels... Read more >> TSA Radiation Tests The Transportation Security Administration is going to start testing screeners to see if they are being exposed to too much radiation... Read more>> Taking Responsibility Take yourself back about 10 years and imagine sitting in an event-planning meeting where someone brings up the term ‘corporate social responsibility.’ Read more >> Case Study: Helping Youth In Maui TBack in October, about 90 attendees from around the world descended on Maui, Hawaii, for a five-day incentive program... Read more >> Do or Die For meeting planners who don’t have a contingency or safety plan in place—or for those who need to update an old plan—creating such a document can seem overwhelming... Read more >> Resort Meetings Return Resort meetings are back. So are sales events, incentive programs and all the other business-related functions that once kept resorts—and planners—busy... Read more >>
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A Social Media Meetings Primer Get your meetings and events social media strategy working well and you’ll have engaged attendees, inspired speakers, satiated suppliers and organizational stakeholders primed for participation... Read more >> Pining For Georgia? Callaway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, Ga., is now offering a Complete Meeting Package that would seemingly be affordable for any group or event. For only $150 per person... Read more >> Starwood Heads to Stamford Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has relocated its global headquarters from White Plains, N.Y. to Stamford, Conn., bringing more than 800 jobs to the Constitution State... Read more >> Meet (Like) The Beatles! Abbey Road Studios has announced a global partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts— providing Fairmont guests the chance to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences from Abbey Road Studios... Read more >> Site Scene Illinois Swissotel Chicago began a $10 million renovation of its lobby and meeting space in December... Read more >> Short Takes Museums & Attractions Opening in summer 2012, the Dinos Alive exhibit at Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park will include 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that will roar and move... Read more >> Happenings - Milwaukee Area Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee (414.271.7250; www.hiltonmilwaukee.com) completed a multimillion-dollar, multiphase renovation project in June... Read more >> Happenings - Chicago Suburbs Northern Suburbs Lake County The Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center (847.336.6300; www.holidayinn.com) is currently under renovation and scheduled to reopen.... Read more >>
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