Monthly Archives: October 2008

Top 10 Services and Facilities A Meeting Planner Should Identify

When I travel to a destination for a site inspection or to assist with a client conference, I always make it a point to arrive a day early.  An early arrival allows me time to “walk” the city and gather information that a client or attendee may require outside of the confines of the hotel.

The following are my Top 10 Services and Facilities a meeting planner should identify in the host city of their next meeting or event.

  1. Copy Center – When you need mass quantities or special printing needs.
  2. Package Delivery – DHL, UPS, FedEx…there’s one in every city.
  3. Pharmacy – A plethora of items for non-emergency needs.
  4. Hospital/Urgent Care – Know where they are located just in case.
  5. Grocery Store – A logical place for fresh fruit, bottled water, snacks, etc.
  6. City Transportation – The nearest bus, trolley or train station.
  7. “The Mall” – It’s exercise not shopping.
  8. Restaurants – You don’t have to be a food critic, just ask the Concierge.
  9. Museums – Art and/or History seem to be the most popular.
  10. Sports Facilities – Football, baseball, basketball and hockey.
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Wyndham Hotels And Resorts Adds Landmark Historic Hotel In New Orleans

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced the addition of the 251-room Chateau Bourbon, a Wyndham Historic Hotel in New Orleans to its portfolio of upscale hotels.

The former Chateau Sonesta hotel, owned by New Orleans-based HRI Lodging, is situated between Canal and Iberville Streets in the city’s famed French Quarter district. The pre-Civil War structure was formerly the D.H. Holmes department store, which operated for more than 140 years until it was converted into a hotel in 1995 by HRI Properties, Inc.

Upgrades to the property will include the addition of the Wyndham brand’s signature “Be Well” bedding; flat screen televisions; new guest room and public space carpeting; and significant enhancements to bathrooms, guestroom furniture and fixtures.

The Chateau Bourbon Hotel is the ninth historic property to join the Wyndham portfolio, which also includes the Whitney in New Orleans; Abraham Lincoln in Reading, Pa.; Hotel Galvez and Tremont House in Galveston, Texas; The Roberts Mayfair in St. Louis; The St. Anthony in San Antonio; Union Station in Nashville; and The George Washington in Winchester, Va.

Property highlights include 12-foot ceilings in each guest room; a contemporary art collection featuring original art by emerging and established artists; the Atrium Courtyard, with its glass roof and exposed cypress beams from the D.H. Holmes building; the Clock Bar lounge adorned by alabaster pillars from the original D.H. Holmes soda fountain; Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill; and Tempo Restaurant. Modern comforts and amenities include an airline boarding pass station; in-room spa services; wired and wireless high-speed Internet access; Nintendo®; heated outdoor pool; 24-hour business center; and complimentary fitness facility.

Specializing in meeting and wedding events, the hotel also offers 10,000 square feet of function space including 10 meeting and banquet rooms for groups up to 320.

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Luxury Hotels Grapple With Falling Demand

Even as mid price hotels began losing business this past summer, luxury hotels continued to fill their rooms. Companies treated the hotels as perks for top executives and quality locations for high-level business meetings. And many leisure travelers considered a stay at a top hotel — even for a couple of days — to be worth the cost.

Times have changed.   Get the full story from the New York Times

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Managing Business Meetings

We have all planned meeting and understand that these gatherings are a necessary evil.  Designed and implemented well, they can educate, motivate and invigorate ones business or personal spirit.  Designed and implemented badly, they are a waste of time, energy and the company’s money.

Get more of what you need to know about Managing Business Meetings from BNET

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Naples Bay Resort Awarded AAA Four Diamonds Within First Six Months

Naples Bay Resort – Naples’ newest luxury resort – has been named recipient of the distinguished American Automobile Association (AAA) Four Diamond award, less than six months after welcoming its first guest. A proud member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the resort and marina was recognized for its elegant accommodations, exceptional service, inventive cuisine of its signature restaurant Olio and outstanding recreational amenities.

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New Hyatt Regency Toronto Debuts In The Heart Of The City's Entertainment District

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced today it will operate and manage the new 394-room Hyatt Regency Toronto in downtown Toronto on behalf of King Street Enterprises. The hotel, located at 370 King Street West, will open in January 2009 in the center of the city’s entertainment district, offering close proximity to the burgeoning nightlife scene chic restaurants, clubs and galleries. Adjacent to Toronto’s Fashion District as well, the hotel is within walking distance of major attractions such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the St. Lawrence Market.

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New Hyatt Regency Toronto Debuts In The Heart Of The City’s Entertainment District

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced today it will operate and manage the new 394-room Hyatt Regency Toronto in downtown Toronto on behalf of King Street Enterprises. The hotel, located at 370 King Street West, will open in January 2009 in the center of the city’s entertainment district, offering close proximity to the burgeoning nightlife scene chic restaurants, clubs and galleries. Adjacent to Toronto’s Fashion District as well, the hotel is within walking distance of major attractions such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the St. Lawrence Market.

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