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Outlook for Historic Hotels Strong: CBRE

January 17, 2017 by douloff

WASHINGTON, DC — The outlook for the U.S. lodging industry, particularly historic hotels, continues to be extremely strong, according to CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research (CBRE), it was announced Jan. 4. For the third consecutive year, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research presented

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Omni Orlando Resort Joins ALHI

January 17, 2017 by douloff
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The AAA Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), it was announced last month. The 769-room resort is now served by the ALHI global sales organization to the North American Meetings

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Convening Leaders' CSR Activity Benefits Sammy's House

January 16, 2017 by Lori Smith

Hospitality Helping Hands, one of two charitable events held during Convening Leaders 2017, raised money for and revitalized Sammy’s House, a not-for-profits agency in Austin that provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed. The event, which has held

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New Advisory Boards Formed to Guide PCMA Expansion

January 16, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has formed two new regional advisory boards for the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions to help guide its global expansion. The formation of the boards was announced at Convening Leaders 2017, which was

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Spanton Joins Hosts Global Alliance

January 16, 2017 by Lori Smith

Gabrielle (Gabby) Spanton has joined Hosts Global Alliance as executive vice-president of Business Development. Her appointment was effective January 1, 2017. Hosts Global Alliance is a consortium of more than 50 DMCs, servicing 300+ destinations worldwide. In her new role, Spanton will

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Fifth Element Names New Creative Director

January 16, 2017 by douloff
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TORONTO — Live event company Fifth Element Group has named Tanya Scagnol its new creative director, it was announced last month. Based out of Fifth Element’s head offices in Toronto, Scagnol has designed and produced for some top Toronto companies.

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Canadian Astronaut Keynote at GBTA Conference T.O.

January 15, 2017 by douloff

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Engineer and Canada Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette will be the keynote speaker at GBTA Conference 2017 Toronto, to be held May 23-25 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, it was announced Jan. 11. Payette was one of four people

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Hottest Luxury Hotel Trends for 2017

January 14, 2017 by douloff

NEW YORK —Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, has released the top trends and insights seen among recent additions to the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts collection, it was announced Jan. 9. Luxury Hotel Boom in Emerging Destinations: According

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Two Canadians Among 37 CMM Recipients

January 13, 2017 by douloff

DALLAS and ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two Canadians, Chantal Montpetit, CMP, Canadian Construction Association, Ottawa, and Sarah Watson, Canadian Mathematical Society, also from Ottawa, were among the 37 meeting and travel professionals who recently received the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)

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Hilton Signs 9 Mexican Properties

January 13, 2017 by douloff

MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton has signed nine properties in Mexico representing a number of brands, it was announced Jan. 11. These newly announced properties contribute nearly 1,200 rooms to the hotel company’s pipeline and will join the portfolio of more than 45

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Hilton Opens in China’s Mount Sanqing National Park

January 12, 2017 by douloff

SHANGRAO, China and MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton announced last month the opening of Hilton Sanqingshan Resort in China’s Mount Sanqing National Park. The property’s 372 guestrooms and suites feature French windows that provide unobstructed mountain views. In-room amenities include 42- to

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Aloft Opens Second Hotel in Taipei

January 12, 2017 by douloff

TAIPEI — Marriott International has opened Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel, the brand’s second property in Taiwan’s capital, it was announced Jan. 5. The 292-room hotel’s loft-inspired rooms and suites are equipped with SPG Keyless check-in system where guests can use