July 2015 Issue
Cover: How small markets make you feel important
By Carrie O’Connor As a meeting planner, you undoubtedly possess a rare blend of creativity, strategic thinking and persistence. Like Olivia Pope, the fictional crisis manager in the television series Scandal, you are a gladiator who will stop at nothing to produce amazing, memorable events. But in today’s competitive marketplace, there is immense pressure to produce bigger, better, over-the-top meetings each year. So what… Read more »
By T. WAYNE WATERS Temperatures continue to rise all over the nation, so it might be difficult right now to think about escaping winter’s icy grip. But winter will come and it’s the prime time for business meetings in many Southern destinations, where mild temperatures, reasonable rates and the prospect of no mosquitos (not to mention no snow) draw meeting-goers… Read more »
Florida Kimpton Introduces “Pashmina Program”, Miami – To address situations in which some participants feel chilly in meeting rooms, Kimpton’s Florida hotels have rolled out a “Pashmina Program.” This complimentary offering for groups attending meetings at Kimpton’s Florida properties is designed to provide a fashionable approach to keep guests warm. According to Eric Jellson, director of marketing and strategy,… Read more »
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – July 23, 2015 – Nick Anderson has been promoted to associate director of sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. In Anderson’s expanded role, he will now oversee the team responsible for booking small meetings at the hotel as well as handle all accounts in the New York… Read more »
Dallas, Texas — The new Sheraton McKinney Hotel at the corner of Highway 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway announces its highly anticipated opening in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The $38 million project represents McKinney’s first upscale, full-service hotel and features 187 guest rooms, ten suites, and is connected… Read more »
Lexington, Kentucky — VisitLEX announced that Gathan Borden has been named vice president of marketing for the organization. His new position is effective on July 20. In his new role, Borden will be responsible for the overall brand management of VisitLEX and comprehensive advertising and marketing plans for leisure visitation as well as meetings and… Read more »
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