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Minister of State Confirms Government Commitment to Tourism at Rendez-vous 2015

May 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Government of Canada continues to be committed to promoting Canada as a premier tourism destination, said Conservative Minister of State Maxime Bernier during his address to tourism suppliers and international media on the opening day of Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) 2015, the

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New Huntington Beach Joins ALHI

April 15, 2015 by Lori Smith
Artist's Rendering of Pasea Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA - Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

The brand new Paséa Hotel & Spa, which will open in Huntington Beach, California in early 2016, is the newest member of Associated Luxury hotels International (ALHI) and will be represented by the ALHI Global Sales Organization.  “Paséa Hotel & Spa

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LVCVA Gets Approval to Purchase Riviera Site

February 20, 2015 by Lori Smith
Las Vegas Global Business District (artist's rendering). Photo: LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has voted to approve a contract for the purchase of the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino’s 26-acre site as the cornerstone for its planned Las Vegas Global Business District.

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Key Largo Getting More Event Space

February 18, 2015 by Lori Smith

Key Largo’s event space offerings will get a boost this summer when the Playa Largo Resort and Spa opens. The 14.5-acre luxury resort—the latest addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection—will have more than 46,000 square feet of meeting space with multiple

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Wyndham Acquires Dolce

February 4, 2015 by Lori Smith
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Wyndham Hotel Group, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, has acquired Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a leading provider and manager of group accommodations, for $57 million in cash. Dolce has a portfolio of 24 properties and over 5,500 guestrooms across seven

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Cancun Changing Time Zones

January 28, 2015 by Lori Smith

In order to offer visitors more sun time in the winter months, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo is officially changing time zones from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST). The change, which was green lighted by

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San Diego, California - MICE Update

November 11, 2014 by Lori Smith

San Diego has a new fleet of event spaces under renovation or just opened, reports the San Diego Tourism Authority. In June, the 417-room Hyatt Regency La Jolla wrapped up a $12 million guestroom revamp. The construction was the last

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Upward Pressure on Costs a Challenge for Planners, reports MPI

November 11, 2014 by Lori Smith

Rising costs in air travel, f&b and catering, and accommodation will have an impact on event budgets in 2015, reports Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in the latest edition of its quarterly Meetings Outlook Report. Respondents to the survey said air/travel

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Townsend Spearheading Event Spectrum US Expansion

October 28, 2014 by Lori Smith

Toronto-based event management agency Event Spectrum Inc. has opened a U.S. sales office in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the company’s first foray into the American market. Claire Townsend, a former client of Event Spectrum, is spearheading the expansion. With

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Orlando Resort Undergoing Major Meeting Space Expansion

October 1, 2014 by Lori Smith
Lagoon, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando

Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the largest meeting hotel at Universal Orlando, is expanding its meeting and event space from 85,000 square feet to more than 140,000 square feet. It the largest expansion in the resort’s history. The new space will

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WestJet Introducing Checked Bag Fee

September 17, 2014 by Lori Smith

WestJet has announced that it will be charging a $25 fee for a first checked bag on Econo fares for travel within Canada and between Canada and the U.S. The new fee applies to bookings made from September 15th, 2014

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San Francisco Venue Update

September 8, 2014 by Lori Smith

San Francisco, one of the world’s top incentive travel and meeting cities, has several new event venues debuting now and in the near future. These include: The Masonic in San Francisco: This historic Nob Hill venue underwent a multi-million dollar