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The city of Irving, Texas, has decided that the flagship hotel at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas (ICCLC) will be a 350-room Westin, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand. The full-service ICCLC Westin, budgeted at $90 million and expected to open late next year, will be adjacent to the convention center and connected […]
In the issue: @BeaverRun, @CharmofTXcoast, StayinAtlanta.com
What a fantastic welcome we had in Austin — and record-breaking attendance! Stormi Boyd, CMP, CMM taught planners how to replace their conference binders with iPads and Mike Mason from Zentila gave excellent tips on negotiating with hotels. In case you weren’t with us at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center May 16, here’s […]
One of the benefits of working at Plan Your Meetings is that we get to travel and experience what different cities have to offer meetings and events and meet the fabulous people representing those cities. Recently we had the pleasure of exploring New Braunfels, Texas. So we created this video postcard from a planner (let’s […]
We had a blast in Houston yesterday with Cindy Lo of @RedVelvetEvents and our hosts at the InterContinental Houston at the Galleria (@ICHouston). Couldn’t join us there? Here’s a summary of the educational session “Next Stop: Innovation” as well as some pictures from the event. View “2011 PYM LIVE Houston” on Storify
Bringing you “Motivation for Innovation,” the 2011 PYM Annual is designed to help you navigate new technologies, find solutions for current challenges and, hopefully, inspire you to create something big, bright, beautiful and business-friendly at your next meeting or event. But, like everything we do here at Plan Your Meetings, this was a group effort. […]
The Dallas Arboretum is a stunning meeting facility. On May 12, we had an interesting conversation about meeting innovations here with @Jeff Hurt. Take a look at the venue: And here’s our story, archived from the social media conversation, courtesy of Storify: [View the story “PYM LIVE Dallas 2011” on Storify]
We had a blast at the 2011 PYM LIVE Austin. The planners in attendance had great ideas and a lot of questions, which made for an interesting discussion. But perhaps my favorite thing about the Austin event was an e-mail we received from two of the planners in attendance the very next day. It seems […]
If you thought the revitalization of downtown Houston was over, you were mistaken. The city continues to reinvent itself — adding new hotels, attractions, urban parks and retail districts. Market Square Park, which opened in August 2010, occupies the site of Houston’s original City Hall in the heart of the historic district. The park’s lawn […]
Every Christmas for the past 10 years, the Hyatt Regency Dallas has given the homeless a special gift: the chance to wake up somewhere safe and warm. In recent years, the hotel has partnered with SoupMobile Inc.’s founder David Timothy, aka “The SoupMan,” to provide a Christmas Eve banquet and housing for as many as 500 local homeless men and women.
Have you ever been somewhere so cool that you wanted to tell others about it? In our “Letter to a Planer” series, our fictional meeting planners Sammy and Jane do just that. Here’s our first letter, from Sammy to Jane, created for Rockport-Fulton, Texas. In it, Sammy discoveres the twin cities’ unusual meeting venues, Blue-Wave […]
It’s been more than six months since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill raised questions about whether Gulf of Mexico destinations from Texas to Florida would be able to maintain their blue waters, white-sand beaches and fresh seafood production. But by all accounts, businesses and beaches are open and welcoming all meetings and events. Here are some destination updates …
On Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT, meeting and event planners are coming together at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, Texas, for education, networking and an intimate trade show at the 2010 PYM LIVE Houston. The educational session, from 11:15-12:15 CT, will be led by Jeff Rasco, CMP, and Lynn Tiras, CMP. […]
Yes, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has sullied some of America’s favorite beaches and messed mightily with the meetings and event industry, but smart planners see opportunities beyond the tar patties. From Florida to Texas, the main message from travel and tourism officials is that it’s business as usual. Most attractions, hotels, restaurants, exhibits, […]
Winds this week will largely determine what happens along the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as the worst oil spill in U.S. history nears the two-month mark. Forecasters have been most concerned about the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands and the Florida Panhandle. Thousands of vacationers, meanwhile, are changing plans, either hoping to catch […]
On May 20, Plan Your Meetings descended on the Hill Country for the first-ever 2010 PYM LIVE San Antonio. Hosted by the Westin La Cantera, Jeff Rasco, CMP, of Attendee Management, Inc. (@JeffRasco) and Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Events (@RedVelvetEvents) moderated the roundtable discussion, addressing a variety of industry concerns such as meeting technology […]
Claudia, Evan and Lisa have their hands full this week, hosting not one, but two Texas PYM LIVE Events: Houston on Oct. 6 and Dallas on Oct. 8. I wish I were with them, but since I can’t be, here’s a timeline of tweets on what happened. Jeff Rasco’s presentation at the events: Jeff Rasco […]
About a year ago, I was interviewing education expert Joan Eisenstodt about how natural light and environments have a positive impact on adults — it makes it easier to learn, relaxes them, improves mood and helps them focus on the task at hand. Last spring I had the opportunity to visit a unique meeting facility designed with that in mind.
The Crossings is rougly 25 miles outside of downtown Austin, Texas, but it feels miles away from big city life. It’s a hotel/meeting venue/wellness spa set in the middle of a wilderness preserve…
AVSD Productions offers a variety of audio/visual services to meeting planners in the Dallas area, including plasma screen rentals, video production, green solutions, robotic light designing, surround sound and inventive indoor/outdoor lighting.
It’s a little-known fact, but Houston (home of Beyoncé) has a pretty happening music scene. One of the best venues to book out if you want to give attendees a cool concert experience is the Last Concert Café. You can set up margarita and Tex-Mex tasting stations outside in the alleyway. Through the main entrance, […]
If you’re looking for an offbeat venue in Houston, check out Dean’s Credit Clothing, a bar/clothing store in the city’s historic market square district. It’s funky, fun and a great way to introduce attendees to local artists, live music and Houston’s Main Street club district.
Welcome to my new monthly column! Each month I will spotlight a new planner. If you’re interested in being profiled, please contact me at Lisa.Kraus@PlanYourMeetings.com. This month, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Kimberly Roberts, CMP, CSEP.
Gil’s Elegant Catering has been a favorite of Texas high-society since 1984. In addition to a variety of menus and cuisines, Gil’s also offers a rental collection of imported linens, silver, French crystal and china.
Restaurateurs, hoteliers, shop owners and beach restoration workers in Galveston Island, Texas, saw a big payoff last month when Spring Break visitors contributed an estimated $36 million to the island’s economy. Galveston was hit by Hurricane Ike on Sept. 13, and the local recovery workers put in many hours to make sure everything would be […]
The Hotel Galvez will host the annual Tremont House Mardi Gras ball, “An African Adventure,” Saturday, Feb. 21. The ball is traditionally held at The Tremont House, which will reopen in late April/early May. The Tremont House will host the 25th Annual Mardi Gras Ball in 2010.
By guest blogger Barrett Goldsmith Maintenance chief Donnie Rowell battled a 90 mph wind to secure a broken window. Housekeeping supervisor Maria Trevino-Sassa worked two full days without sleeping, without stopping. Food and beverage director Demetre Souras waited tables, folded bed sheets, cooked bacon and vacuum-dried soaked carpet. They never took their eye off the […]
Residents of Galveston Island were allowed to come back briefly for a “look and leave” Monday, Sept. 15, but the island was still without electricity, phone service, water or essential supplies. According to Dolph Tillotson of the Galveston County Daily News, West Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula and downtown businesses seem to have suffered the worst […]
I was going to write about the new Dallas Convention Center hotel, but I couldn’t figure out what the problem is. (Why can’t they find someone to speak on the pro side?) Maybe you can.
Last month, I was in Houston for a speaking engagement and there was a problem with my room. The front desk was very courteous, and said they would move me and send someone down with a key. The hotel had an outdoor courtyard layout and was very close to the highway. My room was near a giant hole in the security fence, so when there was a knock at the door, I asked, “Who is it?” to make sure it was the front desk and not someone who had wandered on-property.
Unfortunately, the person the front desk sent didn’t speak English. They didn’t understand enough of what I said to respond, “Housekeeping.” When I finally answered the door, they mutely handed me a key, but couldn’t give me directions to where to find my new room. It was incredibly frustrating, and we were both left embarrassed by our inability to communicate.
The Houston Convention Center Hotel Corp. has put its 1,200-room convention center hotel up for sale. Any purchase would have to be approved by the City Council, which may use sale profits to fund the construction of a second convention center hotel on the north end of Discovery Green, an idea the council bandied about earlier this year.
The Coaching Center of Austin, Texas, stiffed The Westin Las Vegas $57,000 in food, beverage and other costs it incurred for a dental boot camp in October 2007. Attendees had signed a registration agreement empowering the hotel’s parent company, Columbia Sussex Corp., to recoup the money from third parties. So in March 2008, attendees began to see hundreds of dollars of Westin charges on their credit cards.
PYM LIVE Events are held annually in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Orlando. Other locations are being added this year, so keep watching our events page for more information. Educational seminars offer meeting tips, creative shortcuts and information on the newest industry trends, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You’ll get a chance to meet […]
On Valentine’s Day, San Antonio launched its new Web site and ad campaign: “San Antonio. Deep. In the Heart.” The campaign focuses on presenting the city’s mix of culture and history, and is symbolized by the “Corazon red” quatrefoil — a heart shape prevalent in Spanish Colonial architecture. Check it out at visitsanantonio.com.
Robert Hodge, former director of the Austin Convention Center in Texas, says he changed customer evaluation scores on surveys in order to boost employee morale. But, the grand jury says that 16 instances of tampering between 2005 and 2007 were done with an intent to defraud.
Welcome to Plan Your Meetings’ 2007 Houston Expo. These pages are your first look at an event we hope will reshape the way you look at yourself, your business and the meeting planning industry. Budgets, ROI, more and better for less… we could go on and on, but we know you’ve heard it all. Instead, […]
In Boerne, Texas, the second Saturday of every month is celebrated with a wine and art tour of downtown. The Creek Restaurant’s free red and green trolley shuttles passengers between galleries, restaurants and hotels from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Quick trips around Houston, Texas, will only cost you $6, thanks to an ordinance enacted by city leaders. The flat taxi fare applies to trips anywhere within the Central Business District, bordered by I-45, I-10 and U.S. 59. No surcharges apply to the fare, so multiple riders can enjoy the $6 rate.
In Europe, puppetry has long been revered as an art form. Houston-based Puppet Pizzazz provides custom entertainment and puppetry workshops for receptions, social gatherings and other special events using larger-than-life-sized puppets. The company also can create corporate living logos, mascots, customized puppets and costumes.
The U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for many cities in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean your group has to miss out on all Mexico has to offer. Just head for the border, the American border that is.
Plan Your Meetings held a drawing for a $100.00 gift certificate to Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano while attending the Southwest Showcase in Austin, TX. The winner was Jeanette Allison of Texas Society of Architects. Congratulations Jeanette!
Traditionally thought of as a suburb of Houston, The Woodlands is setting out to change all that. The newly formed The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau aims to promote the city as a premiere leisure and meetings destination.
After weathering an embarrassing scandal this summer, and intense political pressure to step down over the past six months, Gerard J. “Jordy” Tollett, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), has announced his retirement.
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]