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Marmara U.S. Flagship Property Set to Open in NYC

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith
Marmara Park Avenue

Marmara Park Avenue, the U.S. flagship of the luxury Marmara Collection hotel group, is scheduled to open on August 25, 2015 in New York City’s lower Park Avenue area. The 21-storey property has 1,375 square feet of event space. The

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WestJet Grows Service to Sun Destinations

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet is launching new non-stop service to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica. The Calgary-based airline is also adding more than 85 flights across its domestic and international network. The changes are part of its 2015-2016 flight schedule. “WestJet continues to

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Hawaii MICE Market Update

July 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meet Hawaii has released an update on new group programs, meeting venues and accommodation offerings available throughout its islands. Here’s what’s happening in the Aloha State. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has been revitalized, inside and out. Improvements include freshly painted

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Brooklyn Marriott Completes First Phase of Reno

July 6, 2015 by Lori Smith
Coffee Bar at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

New York Marriott – Brooklyn Bridge completed the first phase of its $43 million-renovation with the unveiling of its reimagined Great Room, M Club Lounge, bar and lobby in June. The Bar, located off the grand entrance, is the property’s new social

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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