For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city’s first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West 2014 by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., is targeting groups in the 10- to 250-person range through a new coalition that includes the city of Carmel, the chamber of commerce and the Carmel Innkeepers Association. Together, they’ve created an entity called the Carmel Hospitality Improvement District. Its goal is to promote the town’s attractions, events, lodging properties and meeting venues. […]
The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism is taking note of technology’s role with a new iPad app. It was designed for leisure travelers but will work just as well for meeting and event planners. Palm Springs HD, free on iTunes and online at www.visitpalmsprings.com, lets you build itineraries, see photos and discover the best places […]
The Long Beach City (Calif.) Plus Pass offers 20 percent discounts, 2-for-1 deals and other offers for local merchants that can be redeemed by conference attendees. The $10 cards are good for one month. Planners interested in making them available to attendees in registration gift bags or over conference websites can call 562-980-7566 or visit […]
If the rash of newly re-named tourism authorities is any indication, “convention and visitors bureaus” are on the way out. In their stead is an assortment of organizations urging leisure and group business to “visit” or “discover” their destinations. Take, for example: Visit Oakland (formerly the Oakland, Calif., Convention & Visitors Bureau) Discover Torrance (a […]
You know your company’s made a horrible mistake when it is made an example of during the presidential debates. One week after getting an $85 billion bailout from the government, insurance company AIG spent $440,000 on a corporate retreat at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point, Calif. Senator Barak Obama pointed out […]
LaQuinta Resort & Club in LaQuinta, Calif., has an arsenal of new online tools for meeting planners, including an e-Event booking engine for small groups that bundles room, F&B and A/V reservations, and a personalized online group page.
Team San Jose, in California, is unique among convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs). Like many CVBs, it manages the convention center and is responsible for promoting the city as a tourist and convention destination. The radical difference lies in how Team San Jose uses a partnership between labor unions, arts organizations, hoteliers, catering professionals, local businesses and the convention center staff to create a single point of contact for all new and returning customers throughout the entire sales and booking process.
Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings, has released its latest list, “The Best Hotel and Resort Spas for 2006” just in time for summer travelers.