Knoxville’s Candlewood Suites didn’t throw away soft goods after upgrading its guest rooms. It donated used beds, linens and other bedding to Mission of Hope, which distributed the soft goods to families across East Tennessee. The hotel’s used chairs and sofas have been earmarked for distribution to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
When planners began moving convention business out of post-Katrina New Orleans, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau promised New Orleans that Chicago hotels would send them $10 per room per night booked by the relocating groups. Last month, bureau reps brought nearly $900,000 of hotel room rebates back to the Big Easy.
How Coca-Cola managed to make a difference for business partners, employees and the community with one meeting in New Orleans.
Another inspiring story from New Orleans: This one is from Brian Panozzo, general manager of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter.
Todd Whalley, the director of sales for Louisiana’s Northshore Tourist & Convention Commission, was in Atlanta in February for a PYM event and gave us an update on New Orleans. He also told us a touching story from MPI’s Professional Education Conference (PEC) in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, 2007, and we asked him if we could share it with our readers.
The $2 billion in business New Orleans estimates it lost between September 2005 and March 2006, when its convention center was closed, made 2006 a bittersweet year. But it’s not long-term demand the city is worried about.