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Dolce Takes Helm at Napa Resort

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Dolce Takes Helm at Napa Resort
Dolce Hotels and Resorts announced it is now managing the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.
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Orange County Hyatt Debuts Big Redo
Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, Calif., completed an extensive $25 million renovation.
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Boise CVB Staff Leaves to Join Local CC
Amid concern over the future of the Boise [Idaho] CVB, three staff members took jobs with the Boise Centre.
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CIC Appoints Leaders to APEX Council
The CIC announced the appointment of a new Leadership Council to lead CIC's APEX initiative. As part of the planned transition, the previous governing body, known as the APEX Commission, was dissolved to mark the completion of its work developing the vision and funding of the initial APEX best practices.
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Meetings West July Digital Edition
Click here In this edition, we're featuring a Hot Topic story exploring The Meeting of the Future, with input from some top meetings industry and business thinkers: Maddy Dychtwald, Charles Allen, Corbin Ball, Daphne Meyers and Stan Aaronson. Also, the Career Forum column offers some additional pointers from Sheryl Sookman Schelter, who augments her column on successful job interview techniques with even more tips to implement when you're headed for your next crucial interview.

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Oregon

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By CAROLYN BLACKBURN

From its gorgeous rugged shoreline to majestic Mount Hood, Oregon is a natural paradise that tempts delegates to head outdoors. Depending on where the group meets, planners can count on an outdoor adventure, be it exhilarating, such as zip

lining, sand dune buggy riding, rafting and whale watching, or on the mellow side, such as a round of golf or wine tasting while enjoying the surroundings of a rolling vineyard.

Portland Area
Portland's proximity to the natural wonders of northwest Oregon is one of its selling points. According to Mike Smith, vice president of convention sales at Travel Portland, within an hour groups can be skiing at Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest peak, or enjoying its views over a microbrew at Timberline Lodge, taking in the splendor of the Columbia River Gorge from the historic Vista House at Crown Point, or exploring the craggy headlands and sandy beaches of the Oregon coastline.

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Career Forum

Plan Your Interview Like You Plan Your Meetings

By SHERYL SOOKMAN SCHELTER

Arriving for an interview having not prepared in advance is like walking into a meeting or event with no advance planning—it's unlikely that the end-result will be a positive experience!

While a move like that could cost you your job, lack of preparation for an interview is a surefire way to keep your career from launching forward. According to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and most economists, the expectation is that it could take at least four years before we see complete restoration of the 8.4 million jobs wiped out by the recent recession. With an extremely competitive job market, it's critical to put yourself at the top of the prospect list. Assuming you've created a resume that piques the interest of potential employers, your next step is to develop an interview strategy that results in job offers.

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California

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
recently unveiled a $33 million renovation that included all 285 guest rooms and suites, its ballroom and pool area. The hotel also opened a new restaurant, Culina, which serves modern Italian cuisine based on seasonal ingredients. The newly renovated 4,000-square-foot ballroom, where arched windows now allow for more natural light, features new carpeting and decor. The Windows Lounge, long a gathering spot for Hollywood celebrities, has been updated with a new backlit photographic glass bar top, a green onyx patio and an expanded patio with wrought iron cabanas. The new guest room decor gives a nod to 1940s Hollywood with mirrored wall paneling and champagne-colored linens. For more information, call 310.273.2222.

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