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March 2012

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Corporate Planners’ Event Focuses on Meeting Strategy, Tech
Cvent’s first annual Corporate Meetings Summit—held Feb. 29 to March 2 at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center... Read more >>

Coeur d’Alene Resort Remodel Complete
The Coeur d'Alene Resort, which transformed North Idaho's tourism industry 25 years ago, has reopened its first floor to the public after a two-month remodel... Read more >>

Fairmont Upgrades Worldwide
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has revealed a series of recent renovations and restorations... Read more >>

Branson Takes Stock of Damaged Facilities
Following last week’s tornado, the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel complex is likely to remain closed for three to four months... Read more >>

The Future Is Now
Colorado
Colorado, the home of sporty types who enjoy seasonal activities such as skiing, mountain biking and kayaking, might be best known for its active pursuits... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Monterey/Carmel/Santa Cruz
Even without its array of superb spa facilities, the Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz area, a destination noted for its inspirational landscape and serenity, would still be a place for meeting attendees to find physical and mental renewal... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Palm Springs
The city of Palm Springs and the surrounding communities remain classic desert retreats... Read more >>
The Future Is Now
Western Canada
In 1670, Charles II of England granted most of North America, much of present day Western Canada included, to the Hudson’s Bay Company... Read more >>
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Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
Logo The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. We offer 122,000 square feet of flexible space, 47,000 square feet of exhibit space, 36 meeting rooms, one multi-purpose hall, five pre-function areas and one ballroom. There are 1,100 guestrooms connected utilizing three four-star hotels. The Calgary International Airport offers over 1,800 flights with daily scheduled nonstop flights from major North American cities. It is the third-largest airport in Canada.
Visit www.calgary-convention.com for more information.



Industry News Features
Icelandair to Resume Seasonal Service out of Washington-Dulles
Icelandair will start service between Washington Dulles and Reykjavik on March 29, starting initially with four weekly flights.. Read more >>

Caesars Entertainment Launches Largest Promotion in Company History for Total Rewards Loyalty Program
Caesars Entertainment today announced it will entertain millions with "Escape to Total Rewards," a series of simultaneous cross-country concert events... Read more >>

Pennsylvania State-wide Tourism Summit Planned to Work Toward a Stronger Voice for the Industry with State Government
The Pennsylvania Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (PACVB), the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association (PTLA) and the Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition are hosting... Read more >>

10 hotel rooms where history was made
Keith Richards ejects his TV, Ian Fleming creates James Bond, Castro takes on Cuba -- sometimes a hotel room is more than a place to sleep... Read more >>

Mountain Highs
The mountain regions of the West offer groups high-quality team-building options and realistic rates. Add to that the stunning scenery and great weather of the summer months and you’ve created an ideal venue for groups, according to Pat Moloney, president and founder of TMN Events, a full-service event company and DMC operating in Idaho; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Park City, Utah; and the Tetons.

“The mountains in the West during the summer are some of the absolute best locations for groups,” he says... Read more >>

Sunshine Lost in the Clouds
For close to two years, pharmaceutical and medical meeting planners have been gearing up for the start of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA, or the “Sunshine Act”), which initially required companies to start tracking payments to physicians and teaching hospitals at the beginning of this year.

But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—which was charged with writing guidelines surrounding the legislation—first released the guidelines in December 2011, two months later than expected... Read more >>




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Focus Showcase Facilities and Happenings
Northern Passage
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has announced the upcoming completion of multi-million dollar renovations on two of its hotels, in Vancouver and Mississauga... Read more >>

An Offer You Can’t Refuse?
Francis Ford Coppola has launched a luxurious new hotel in southern Italy, in the village of Bernalda. The venture marks something of a return to the film- and wine-maker’s roots... Read more >>

Recharged Battery
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park has completed a $1 million renovation of its entire second floor meeting space. All carpeting, wall coverings, drapery treatments, and furnishings... Read more >>

Mile-High Meetings Special
The Marriott Denver Tech Center Hotel is giving new meaning to the phrase, “the more the merrier,” with its new Clearly Colorado package... Read more >>

Happenings - Colorado
Denver
The Brown Palace Hotel (303.297.3111; www.brownpalace.com), which has invested $52 million in an ongoing renovation... Read more >>

Happenings - Monterey/Carmel/Santa Cruz
Carmel
Carmel Valley Ranch (831.625.9500; www.carmelvalleyranch.com) completed a $35 million renovation... Read more >>

Happenings - Western Canada
Vancouver
Opened in 2010, the 377-room Fairmont Pacific Rim (604.695.5300; www.fairmont.com/pacificrim) recently invested $500,000 in expanding... Read more >>

Site Scene
California
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad completed a $50 million property-wide renovation, while re-establishing its commitment to sustainability... Read more >>


Past Issues
San Diego Center Expansion in Jeopardy - 2/28/12
Starwood Launches New Meetings Website - 2/21/12
Grand Sierra Resort Announces Renovation Plans - 2/14/12
L.A. Conv. Center Grows and Reconfigures - 2/7/12
Marriott Duo Coming to Calgary - 1/31/12
Food Predictions Forecast for 2012 Meetings - 1/24/12
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
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