Monthly Archives: January 2009

New Mexico's Platinum Choice Awards Hotels

igroupnews37Four of our favorite New Mexico hotel resorts have received the Platinum Choice Awards from Smart Meetings magazine.

Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa and La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, both located in Santa Fe, received awards. The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa just outside of Albuquerque on the Santa Ana Pueblo and the Mescalero Apache’s Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino near Ruidoso were also winners.

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New Mexico’s Platinum Choice Awards Hotels

igroupnews37Four of our favorite New Mexico hotel resorts have received the Platinum Choice Awards from Smart Meetings magazine.

Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa and La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, both located in Santa Fe, received awards. The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa just outside of Albuquerque on the Santa Ana Pueblo and the Mescalero Apache’s Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino near Ruidoso were also winners.

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Marriott Launches Online Training For Third-Party Meeting Planners

igroupnews36Marriott International launched a new online training program for third-party meeting planners this week called Meetings Excellence!, which earns planners certification as a “Marriott Meeting Professional.” The course is part of the Marriott Group Partners Web site, started last fall, which allows group travel intermediaries to monitor their commission payments due from Marriott as well as their future bookings. In 2007, Marriott centralized its group commission payments.

Planners are not required to take the course in order to use these Web tools, but completion of the program allows them to take advantage of discounted “Plan-Tastic” familiarization rates, earns them continuing education credits toward the Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional designation, and gets them on the list to receive promotions and news from Marriott.

The course includes an introduction to the meetings industry, meeting planning strategies, and information on Marriott’s group programs, services, and brands. Launched in English only, the program is expected to be available in multiple languages by the end of the first quarter 2009.

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Demand For Fort Worth Hotels Remains Above National Average

igroupnews35It’s tough times for the hospitality and tourism industries but some cities like Ft. Worth are actually posting some pretty impressive numbers as suggested in this article from the Ft. Worth Business Press.

The city’s “big three”,  Omni Ft. Worth Hotel offering 600+ guest rooms and 68,000 square feet of meeting/function space, Sheraton Ft. Worth Hotel at 400+ guest rooms and 22,000 sqare feet of meeting/function space, and  Renaissance Worthington Hotel Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth’s original 4-Diamond hotel, features 500+ guest rooms and 57,000 square feet of meeting/function space and all are formidable players that can stand up and deliver!

Speaking of delivering, we have operated a number of programs in Ft. Worth over the past two years and can attest that this city and the CVB go out of their way to make us look like stars.  If you are thinking about booking a meeting, conference or convention in a city that provides service and value, Ft. Worth deserves a shot at your business.

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Tech Trends

igroupnews34Scot Campbell sounds more like an impresario than a chief information officer as he describes the high-tech hotel rooms being built by his company, MGM Mirage.

We are in Las Vegas, and MGM is trying to bring the sparkle of a show on the Strip to its guest rooms.

“As you put the key in the door, it knows this is the first time you have entered the room, and the room says – let’s put on the show, folks,” he says.

As the doors open a 42-inch flat-panel television warms up to play music as the curtains part.

The high level of automation and technical wizardry being introduced in MGM’s CityCenter development, due to open on the Strip later this year, gives an idea of the direction that business travellers may expect from hotels in the future.

Get the complete story from Financial Times

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Hilton's Move To DC Sparks Turf War?

igroupnews33Last week we reported about Hilton Leaves Its Digs In Beverly Hills.  Little did we know that two Hospitality Giants co-existing in the same neighborhood could spark a turf war!

For more than 50 years, Marriott International has been the region’s premiere lodging company. Other firms have popped up around it, made their marks, built hotels across the world, but one name has reigned supreme.

That changed last week.

Hilton Hotel’s announcement that it’s relocating here from Beverly Hills brings another household name — one dating back to 1919, well before Marriott entered the business — to a region many say is now the lodging capital of the world. Hilton’s plans sparked all sorts of chatter in the local business community, including speculation that the companies’ intense rivalry will only sharpen now.

Get the complete details from the washingtonpost.com

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Hilton’s Move To DC Sparks Turf War?

igroupnews33Last week we reported about Hilton Leaves Its Digs In Beverly Hills.  Little did we know that two Hospitality Giants co-existing in the same neighborhood could spark a turf war!

For more than 50 years, Marriott International has been the region’s premiere lodging company. Other firms have popped up around it, made their marks, built hotels across the world, but one name has reigned supreme.

That changed last week.

Hilton Hotel’s announcement that it’s relocating here from Beverly Hills brings another household name — one dating back to 1919, well before Marriott entered the business — to a region many say is now the lodging capital of the world. Hilton’s plans sparked all sorts of chatter in the local business community, including speculation that the companies’ intense rivalry will only sharpen now.

Get the complete details from the washingtonpost.com

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