If you like to do your business, or your after-business networking, on a Georgia golf course, Golf Advisor’s pick of the pack is King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island.
“The Connector” is a 116-ft.-long glass-and-steel passageway that links the Omni Hotel at CNN Center to the Georgia World Congress Center and the new College Football Hall of Fame.
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.
The College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last week in downtown Atlanta, has 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 45-yard indoor playing field that can hold 900 people seated and up to 1,450 people standing. It connects to the Georgia World Congress Center, allowing meeting attendees to move from the expo floor to evening events at […]
The best meeting industry venues, destinations and service providers – according to the magazine’s readers – are out in the August issue of PCMA’s Convene. Readers were asked to nominate their favorite CSR initiatives, technology tools, F&B programs, social-media uses, off-site venues, destination videos, meeting apps, high-tech properties, places for small meetings, and room sets. Convene editors […]
Connectivity, especially the wireless variety, has apparently jumped up the list of human needs to a spot somewhere between food/water/shelter and a comfortable temperature.
Meet Puerto Rico’s new slogan is “On a tropical island. In the Caribbean.”
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 […]
Planning meetings outside your home country presents a whole set of different challenges than you’re used to. It’s wise to get an early start on learning basic guidelines.
Associated Luxury Hotels International has published its 2014 global sales guide to meeting facilities. It identifies four- and five-diamond ALHI-member hotels, resorts and venues that are designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions and exhibitions. Meeting planners, association executives and incentive/recognition specialists can get a free copy by calling 866.303.ALHI or visiting www.alhi.com. The […]
Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel is welcoming fall with a new meeting and event venue, the 1,950 square foot Rooftop, which offers indoor and outdoor views of the city’s skyscrapers.
PCMA Convene magazine has published its second annual issue listing of the best meetings industry venues, destinations and service providers.
Amber Marie Beard became vice president of sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas worldwide. Pierre Boisselier was named director of treasury, financing and credit management for Accor, which owns 3,500 hotels in 92 countries. The Belgium-based International Association of Convention Centres named AEG Odgen executive Geoff Donaghy its president at an annual meeting […]
Green projects are in the rise in the lodging industry, according to a Green Retail and Hospitality Smart/Market Report released this month by McGraw Hill Construction. The uptick is attributed to more and more hoteliers recognizing how green practices can lower operating costs and improve consumer satisfaction. The study defined a green building project as […]
The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Midtown Atlanta, a Plan Your Meetings partner, was featured in a recent New York Times piece about dual-branded hotels.
Mill Town Music Hall & Events Center in Bremen, Ga., wants you. The landmark facility is inviting convention and meeting planners to drop in and take a tour on Aug. 16 and stay for an Oak Ridge Boys concert on Aug. 17. Mill Town, the largest venue of its kind in West Georgia, seats more […]
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. […]
If your site inspection begins when your CSM greets you in the lobby, you’re leaving things undone.
We know that you’re always looking for new meeting venues, sometimes at the last minute. That’s why we’ve developed a free sourcing and booking tool called PYM Zen. You can use it to search a comprehensive (ad-free) database of U.S. properties and receive complete bids within a matter of hours! Check out this quick 2-minute […]
A new — and free — meeting booking tool called PYM Zen is up and running, waiting to make your work life easier. Even the name is relaxing. The power-packed booking engine is the result of a partnership between Plan Your Meetings and innovative meeting technology company Zentila. It’s designed to give meeting planners a […]
As I was working a wedding last weekend, the Director of Catering at the “wedding in a box” venue (Mike) and I got into an interesting conversation about tipping. To give you some background, this venue is pretty exclusive, so you need to have a healthy budget ($400 pp+) to hold your wedding at Mike’s facility. What surprised — […]
Typically, in my Monthly Morsel advice columns, I talk about hotel catering. But for this Best Practices column, I want to go over what you need to think about when booking off-premise venues or restaurants for meal functions. Pre-planning exercise Before we begin, I want you to close your eyes and visualize what the event […]
Villa Christina is a stunning Italianate special events facility near Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall. Amenities include 20,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms, a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor event pavilion with Italian-style gardens, and a nine-hole putting green. — Taylor Dahl