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January 2012

Food Predictions Forecast for 2012 Meetings

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Industry News Eye on the West
La Costa Reemerges Following $50 Million Renovation
KSL Resorts has unveiled the re-designed La Costa Resort and Spa here, and no part of the Spanish mission-style resort went untouched... Read more >>

Carlson and Rezidor Hotels Merge
Carlson and its majority-owned Rezidor Hotel Group have officially become a single company and will go by the name Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group... Read more >>

U.S. Travel Gets Important Support
In his speech at Walt Disney World last week, President Obama didn’t just call for visa reform... Read more >>

Food Predictions Forecast for 2012 Meetings
The National Conference Center’s acclaimed Executive Chef, Craig Mason, has made his food forecast for the New Year... Read more >>

The Future Is Now
Pacific Northwest
Blame the caffeine from all that locally brewed coffee, but the Pacific Northwest is constantly on the move... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Southwest
With its rich blend of Native American, Hispanic and Western pioneer cultures, the Southwest offers stellar options for regionally inspired entertainment... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Greater Los Angeles
When thinking of Los Angeles, fun in the sun is likely the first thing that comes to mind rather than the good times that start at nightfall... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Northern California
Logged, mined, panned, shanghaied, railroaded, wagon-trained and pioneered into life, Northern California’s heritage is.... Read more >>
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Industry News Features
Chatwal Hotels Plans 52 Hotels in India
Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, the management arm of Chatwal Hotels & Resorts, will add 52 new hotels in India over the next five years... Read more >>

TripIt revamps business offering for lightly managed employee travel
Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, the management arm of Chatwal Hotels & Resorts, will add 52 new hotels in India over the next five years... Read more >>

Indy to Target 'More Lucrative' Conventions
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is planning to target more medical and life sciences-related conventions... Read more >>

All-inclusive resorts make visiting Mexico easy
Mexico's visitors have sent the message loud and clear... 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.’ Chances are, that person would have been met with a boardroom full of blank stares. Instead, team building was all the rage—the more zip lines and ropes courses the better. But as the economy went south and public scrutiny around lavish corporate meetings intensified, companies looked for activity alternatives... Read more >>

Resort Meetings Return
Federal Spending LimitsResort meetings are back. So are sales events, product launches, incentives and all the other business-related functions that once kept resorts—and planners—busy.

“The last time we saw this kind of growth was in 2007,” says Ivo Tomulich, director of sales and marketing at Viceroy Snowmass, in Snowmass, Colo. “After a five-year span, we are finally coming back to where we were before the recession.” Read more >>

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Change Agents
The average person might think that, of all industries, the meeting industry must do education right... Read more >>

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... 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 >>

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... Read more >>

Site Scene
British Columbia
A new 4,000-square-foot ballroom will open this spring at the Fairmont Empress on Vancouver Island in Victoria. The hotel’s second ballroom will be located in a former restaurant space. Following this opening, the Fairmont Empress will have 23,000 square feet of meeting space available in 22 rooms, and 477 guest rooms and suites... Read more >>

Short Takes
Museums & Attractions
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens in February at the San Diego Natural History Museum, almost 100 years after the catastrophic sinking of the world’s largest ship. The exhibit features 200 artifacts retrieved from the Titanic’s wreckage and takes visitors from the ship’s construction through the collision, looking at life onboard the ship, examining the crash and the rescue of 700 people and concluding with an exploration of modern-day conservation and recovery efforts... Read more >>



Past Issues
Meet (Like) The Beatles! - 1/17/12
Grand Renovation Unveiled in San Diego - 1/10/12
Historic San Jose Hotel Bought - 1/3/12
New L.A.-Area Conv. Center Opens Next Month - 12/27/11
Mile High CVB Gets New Chair - 12/20/11
San Diego CC Gets Closer to Expansion - 12/13/11
Hybrid Meetings Webinar Coming Up - 12/6/11
Gov. Planners’ Meetings Slashed - 11/29/11
PCMA Launches Corporate Planners Conference - 11/15/11
Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Getting Big Overhaul - 10/25/11
Luxury Arizona Resort Wraps Up $25 Million Makeover - 10/11/11
La Jolla Hotel Undergoing Major Upgrades - 10/4/11
Aloha, Mickey! New Disney Resort & Spa Opens in Hawaii - 9/27/11
US Airways to Slash Vegas Service - 9/06/11
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