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  1. 1. TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY INCENTIVE REPORT Time for high-speed rail? p. 22 ‘Fast’scheduling software p. 24 Escaping NYC—while in NYC p. 32 CHEF TALK Bringing MeetingNews Justice to F&B: William Justus makes his mark at Callaway Gardens. w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m S e p t e m b e r 22, 2008 July 16, 2007 page 8 Thy Neighbor’s Planner Hotels & Resorts GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT International COPENHAGEN BLENDS Do meeting planners make it easy for LOOKS TO RAISE IN ARIZONA OLD WORLD FLAIR & NEW attendees to celebrate their various beliefs? Land purchase in Mesa paves Danish capital has plenty of way for development of a resort modern or renaissance options MeetingNews By Terri Hardin and convention hotel. for incentives and meetings. ExclusiveResearch and Rayna Katz see page 12 see page 20 If you ask meeting planners (as we How often have you scheduled meetings did) if they have ever scheduled meetings over a religious or signif- DISNEYLAND MAKES IT over a religious or secular holiday? EASIER FOR CUSTOMERS Destination Insider icant secular holiday, the majority Total Planners would say “never.” But does that California theme park adds SAN FRANCISCO really mean never? Or does it Passkey online reservations for Occasionally Never Bently Reserve Conference 27.2% 67.0% mean “never—if I can help it”? planners and attendees. Center, Cavallo Point Lodge, & 5.2% More than 300 of our readers see page 12 Sometimes Villa Florence feature high-tech, weighed in on this topic, which— green elements; new museum Frequently 0.6% Sometimes as America seeks consensus with- Convention Centers funded by Gap clothing creator 3.6% in diversity—is more important can’t find a home. than ever. GEORGIA INT’L CENTER: Corporate see page 28 Planners Two-thirds of all planners (67%) HQ HOTEL IS A MARRIOTT Occasionally 25.9% responding to MeetingNews said Marriott, plus a SpringHill Suites, NEW ENGLAND Never they have never scheduled a meet- 70.5% will give five-year-old venue ing over a religious or secular holi- Skybridge between Dunkin’ on-site accommodations. day, with corporate planners and Donuts Center and Rhode see page 16 planners aged 51 or more being Island Convention Center links Association Planners 0.8% Frequently slightly more vehement (71%). Providence to citywide market; 6.2% Sometimes Meanwhile, 27 percent of all plan- BOSTON’S HYNES CENTER upscale Stowe Mountain Lodge Never 63.3% ners said they have “occasionally” GETS OK FOR F&B UPDATE is anything but rustic . Occasionally scheduled a meeting over a reli- see page 34 29.7% Construction on two new gious or secular holiday, of which restaurant areas has begun. the largest subgroup, 42 percent, BERMUDA see page 16 was twentysomething planners. The vast majority of meeting Island officials cite U.S. double- Source: 345 of MeetingNews survey respondents continued on page 26 CVBs whammy of a slogged economy and an election year as reason TAMPA BAY & COMPANY for meetings slide, but its two EYES 2009 OFF-SEASON Active Hurricane Season Clouds Destinations Bureau wants to muscle up on Fairmont resorts are doing well. see page 38 June-through-August bookings. By Corrie Dosh onslaught, and the city was largely spared a see page 19 Three years and three days after Hurricane repeat of the Katrina disaster. Virtually no Katrina overcame the levees of New disruption to the city’s meetings calendar is Orleans, causing billions in damage and expected, and area hotels, the Volume 32/Number 16/$10.00 more than 1,800 deaths, Hurricane Gustav convention center, and the barreled into the Big Easy as a fearsome Superdome emerged with just Category 3 storm on Sept. 1. The city minor damage, said the New implemented its new-and-improved disas- Orleans Metropolitan Con- ter plan, and 1.9 million people fled in vention and Visitors Bureau. anticipation of what Mayor Ray Nagin The evacuation “went called “the mother of all storms,” in the exceptionally well and almost largest such evacuation in U.S. history. flawlessly followed the emer- Thankfully, rebuilt levees withstood the continued on page 40
  2. 2. INSIDE THE INDUSTRY TRANSPORTATION & SVCS FIRE AT FOXWOODS PCMA out on an eco-drive p. 10 GEP raises risk management p. 19 Three hotel floors shuttered p. 40 NEWSMAKER Benchmark Hospitality’s MeetingNews Burt Cabanas recognized as influential Hispanic business leader w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m February 11, 2008 July 16, 2007 page 12 Inferno Chases Attendees Hotels/Resorts International From Monte Carlo Resort FAIRMONT TO LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT Teams with WWF to lay smackdown GERMANY SHOWS ITS DEDICATION TO GROUPS More than 50 new meetings hotels By Robert Carey chief building inspector said on Jan. 26. on emissions through sustainable will debut in the nation by 2011. Las Vegas—On Jan. 25, the 3,213-room The resort’s facade is made of a foam energy and conservation moves. see page 21 Monte Carlo Resort & Casino caught material that “melted off the side of the see page 13 fire on its facade from floors 27 to 32, building and started a few fires below,” sending one group that was on property according to Clark County Fire Chief LIVERPOOL CC OPENS scrambling from its meeting room and Steve Smith. The foam is highly flamma- MARRIOTT, SCHRAEGER WITH A ROCKING SHOW shutting down part of the Strip. ble, requiring an outer coating such as UNVEIL BOUTIQUE NAME Ringo Starr-led act breaks in the According to Monte Carlo’s website, stucco to prevent it from burning. Sev- First edition of “Edition”-brand brand-new Arena and Convention all individual and group/meeting reser- eral other resorts in Las Vegas use sheets hotel is set for Paris; Miami, DC, Centre Liverpool. see page 22 vations through Feb. 6 were to have been or blocks of the dense foam to give the and Los Angeles to follow. honored at parent firm MGM Mirage’s appearance of heavier stone and brick. see page 13 other nine Las Vegas properties. The Thirteen people were treated for Destination Insider burned facade along Monte Carlo’s roof smoke inhalation, but the fire caused no MEETINGS AT KIMPTON must be removed or secured before the major injuries. Gordon Absher, an EQUAL A GOOD CAUSE ISLAND INCENTIVES property can reopen, the Clark County continued on page 40 Atlantis in Bahamas, Sandals all- “Great Meetings, Great Causes” program lets planners choose from inclusive resorts, and Westin in the MeetingNews Exclusive Research BCEC Swipes Away five green rewards. see page 13 Dominican Republic make moves. see page 30 Convention from On average, per-night hotel room costs are projected to rise in 2008. Have you Ailing Javits Center CVBs MEMPHIS noticed or experienced this? New boutique hotel pays homage Corporate By Sari Krieger PORTLAND PUTS ITS to city; Hilton is getting $8M Planners New York—The American Federation BEST FOOT FORWARD spruce-up. see page 32 Yes Hires a branding agency to make over 55.1% of State, County, and Municipal Employees union recently announced it its website; other changes to be ATLANTA 38.2% Not yet, will hold its 39th international conven- unveiled later this year. see page 18 6.6% but I expect Boutiques are diversifying city’s to in 2008 tion at the Boston Convention & Exhi- hotel inventory; Coke museum No bition Center in summer 2010, pulling BERMUDA’S NEW HIRE welcomes meetings. see page 34 the event from the Jacob K. Javits Con- DRAWS CONTROVERSY Association vention Center on Manhattan’s West Planners Tourism department staffers pan NEW MEXICO Yes Side. The group moved the biannual 56.2% new acting head for North America, No 29.8% event after the Javits’ initial, ambitious Albuquerque’s famed La Posada who was handpicked by nation’s expansion plan fell through. hotel is set to reopen after two tourism minister. see page 18 14.0% “Obviously, with the expansion not years in the dust. see page 37 Not yet, but I moving ahead as planned, there is going expect to in 2008 to be some lost business coming out of Source: MeetingNews survey of 257 it,” admitted Chris Heywood, director Volume 32/Number 3/$10.00 meeting planners of tourism public relations for NYC & Company, New York City’s convention The Rising Tide and visitors authority.“That’s an unfor- By William Ng tunate circumstance, but that’s now a Planners are already dealing reality.” with higher hotel room costs The original Javits expansion plan predicted for this year. What called for doubling the convention cen- budget-type moves are they ter’s space by 2010, but state officials making to cope? see page 25 continued on page 41
  3. 3. INTERNATIONAL GREEN BEAT REGIONAL REPORT Not deterred by Mumbai p. 21 The great compost giveaway p. 22 Happenings in the East p. 29 NEWSMAKER SmithBucklin executive VP MeetingNews w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m J a n uJuly 5, 2009 a r y 16, 2007 Michael Payne will helm PCMA Foundation. page 8 Hotels & Resorts Destination Insider Q&A: BEAU RIVAGE IS BACK LOS ANGELES TO ITS PRE-KATRINA FORM New venues join Nokia Theatre Education/ Extens Director of sales and marketing at the City of Angels’ $2.5 billion training experie ive for the Gulf Coast casino resort is rd L.A. Live destination complex; oa knowle nce/ t/b ings dge bullish despite economic climate. Long Beach freshens downtown m t Mg ee m Just see page 12 with series of light displays and nal learning natio Inter etings the upgrades to convention complex. me s busines see page 26 GAYLORD NIXES PROJECT Time spent gs IN SAN DIEGO FOR GOOD eetings tin ows/ Sales m Trade sh ons MEMPHIS planning mee Upon second attempt, company conventi Inc gives up on Chula Vista hotel/ A leading bioscience hub, the ent convention complex. city attracts scores of research ive see page 13 and association events; the s famous Peabody ducks still swim in success. see page 34 CVBs Martin Akel & Assoc., Incentive Report with tabulations by DATA HELPS VISIT FLORIDA FLORIDA Wilson Research HONE ITS GLOBAL TARGETS Group, conducted a In post-AIG climate, planners The tourism agency uses Visa’s say the Sunshine State has poll of more than impersonal billing tracking to programs with the right image 1,300 meeting decipher where visitors are from and price; South Beach has new planners. and how they spend their money. properties looking for winners; see page 16 Orlando spas use exotica and Planners Putting In the Time more to woo more women, as well as men. By Irene Korn on its most ambitious survey to date, Convention Centers see page 36 What creates a planner? Is it a vocation, a polling more than 1,300 meeting planners skill, or just an accident of employment? to uncover the origins—and destiny—of DALLAS PICKS OMNI TO BE Insider Report MeetingNews discovered that it is all these the planning impulse. ANCHOR HOTEL OPERATOR Fending off a political action GOLF and more. In conjunction with sister publi- The survey, conducted in 2008 by Martin group against the hotel, the city is A stronger U.S. dollar lifts cation Successful Meetings, MN embarked continued on page 24 working out a final operating overseas programs, especially in agreement. perennial-favorite Scotland. see page 17 see page 44 Mumbai Train Attack: Can It Happen Here? By Gretchen Kelly paredness in Mumbai, is the Volume 33/Number 1/$10.00 As authorities and pundits debate a new nation’s passenger rail system paradigm of terrorism after the three-day ready for an attack similar to siege of Mumbai in November, security the one that struck a Mumbai measures here in the U.S. at so-called soft train station, which was over- targets, namely train stations, are being taken by highly trained, armed ramped up. militants? Amtrak spokesper- But in the wake of disclosures of unpre- continued on page 20
  4. 4. INSIDE THE INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY GREEN BEAT AIBTM has early effects p. 4 Pushing telepresence further p. 21 Florida’s Green Lodging p. 24 NEWSMAKER Stephanie Linnartz, MeetingNews Marriott’s new VP of global sales, stays true to her industry roots. w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m N o v e m bJuly 16, 2007 e r 10, 2008 page 5 Hotels & Resorts International Green & Social Responsibility: STARWOOD HOPES E-PORTAL JAMAICA’S ROSE HALL AREA The Year that Was in Meetings IS SMALL MEETINGS UTOPIA Hotelier makes its southern U.S. BLOSSOMS WITH RESORTS Iberostar plus a new challenger properties’ small meetings rooms to Ritz-Carlton are opening By Terri Hardin tives—as well as co-locating (holding sim- available on Worktopia website. properties in the enclave. There’s buzz in the industry about incorpo- ilar meetings simultaneously in one see page 8 see page 18 rating social responsibility and green initia- venue)—into events. But are these trends driving meetings, or are we paying lip serv- INTERCONTINENTAL O’HARE EIBTM PUTS TOGETHER MeetingNews ExclusiveResearch ice (and printing ink) to fads that aren’t sig- PUTS ART AT FOREFRONT AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAM nificantly impacting business? Total MeetingNews heard from 502 cor- Organizer says next month’s Planners Art-centered activities can be porate, association, and independ- incorporated into group events. show will have a wide mix 1 to 24% ent meeting planners, who weighed in see page 10 covering industry forces, career 43.0% strategies, technology, ROI, on these subjects. The result? When asked, for example, if they green meetings, and more. incorporated charity initiatives into this see page 18 None 29.5% year’s meeting programs, only 5 per- Convention Centers Destination Insider cent of all responding planners said they had done so for up to 100 per- DALLAS AND PHILADELPHIA FORT LAUDERDALE cent of their programming in 2008, MOVE ON THEIR PROJECTS 75 to while 51 percent of all planners said City is loading up on luxury 100% 25 to Dallas is finalizing the operator 49% they had not done so—although the properties. see page 28 50 to for its new convention hotel, while number was lower (40%) for inde- 8.6% 74% 11.7% Philly draws closer to bed tax hike pendent planners. Only one-third of all CLEVELAND 7.2% to fund its building expansion. planners said they had incorporated Plan for the new convention see page 12 charity into their programs up to 24 center has two site proposals. percent of the time. see page 30 Of those incorporating charity initiatives, the most popular initiatives imple- CVBs Incentive Report What percentage of your meeting mented were related to health and education programs this year incorporated (both 43%). For the participants, health-relat- JACKSONVILLE MARKETS TO MEXICO green elements? MEDICAL, CULTURAL GROUPS ed charity initiatives created the most positive Acapulco’s Mundo Imperial Source: 349 of MeetingNews survey respondents experiences continued on page 22 Bureau dubs the city “America’s complex debuts; planners straw Health Center” and launches poll shows Cancun and Cabo microsites with medical and are top destinations. Incentive Special: Recovering from AIG cultural group collateral. see page 16 see page 32 Mitigating the bad publicity from the insurer’s ill-timed incentive trip will take time and effort Volume 32/Number 19/$10.00 By Leo Jakobson grilled by the House Oversight There may be a way to obtain worse public- and Government Reform ity for your company than treating a group Committee, Saturday Night to a lavish, half-million-dollar resort bash Live, and every editorial page just days after accepting $85 billion worth of in the country for running a taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy, but it’s $443,000 program at the St. hard to imagine one. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach Certainly the ex-leaders of insurer Amer- in Dana Point, CA, from Sept. ican International Group (AIG), who were continued on page 38
  5. 5. TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY GREEN BEAT Talon Air digs into market p. 26 Hotel Wi-Fi is big in the U.S. p. 27 DNC will run on beer power p.29 CHEF TALK Going for Gold: Jennifer McCrary MeetingNews w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m August 11, 2008 July 16, 2007 is in charge of the main dining hall at the Beijing Olympics. page 12 Progress Over Protest Hotels & Resorts HIGH-END MEETINGS International LATIN AMERICA BECKONS MPI is forging ahead with meetings in overseas FULL OF CONSCIENCE AS DOLLAR COUNTS DOWN destinations that raise human rights questions Both Fairmont and Ritz-Carlton Central America and South introduce social responsibility America emerge as go-to locales By Rayna Katz Some members also are programs for groups. where buck goes farther. Meeting Professionals Inter- unhappy over an upcoming “ see page 20 see page 28 national is planning to move I was taken into foray by MPI into South forward with upcoming pro- custody for 48 Africa for hospitality train- Southern Meetings grams in the Middle East and ing, because the country’s ST. REGIS PULLS OUT; South Africa. hours in Qatar president allegedly supports RITZ-CARLTON STEPS IN A TASTE OF HOLLYWOOD There are, however, rising because I have a Robert Mugabe, President of Year-old property in Fort Laud- From Louisiana to Florida, meetings at movie sites make concerns from members Zimbabwe, who is known to Jewish last name. erdale has its flag switched after over perceptions of unfair treatment of certain minori- ty groups in those spots. James Mendelsohn, travel director, Chicago. ” deploy terror tactics. But an MPI official said there are chasms between Starwood contract dispute. see page 21 attendees feel like A-listers. see page 32 At issue in the Mideast region is the perception and reality. NATURE HAS THEIR BACKS Convention Centers alleged treatment of women as well as gov- “I have not been able to reconcile peo- Venues by the lake offer natural ernment stances on Judaism and Israel. continued on page 66 SHREVEPORT’S OIL RUSH beauty and ‘getaway’ meetings. see page 35 Energy firms setting up shop means bonanza of meetings. MeetingNews ExclusiveResearch Reeling Regionals? see page 22 Destination Insider BOSTON Do you see yourself as a planner…? Gas cards, free parking, hot OTTAWA SAYS GOODBYE Beantown remains hopping on Old convention center will be In Five Years’ Time dates are intended to add torn down for a new one in 2011. both regional and international fronts. see page 63 Age: <30 Age: 31-40 value to drive-to meetings see page 22 Yes Yes DALLAS-FORT WORTH 75.9% 78.3% By Corrie Dosh CVBs Irving Convention Center goes Anticipating a drop in drive-to meetings No No demand due to high fuel prices, many after high-end groups starting 24.1% 21.7% ORLEANS CHANGES MULLED in 2010. see page 64 hotels and venues have begun to offer incentives such as gas cards and free park- NOCVB reportedly wants to ing to attract regional business. unify city’s marketing agencies. In 10 Years’ Time Meeting Planners Handbook Starwood Hotels & Resorts last month see page 24 Yes Yes 58.6% 57.3% announced it will offer $25 gas credits and reduced rates through Sept. 30 at more ORLANDO’S SKY HOOK REAL LIFE LESSONS No No than 100 properties in the Mid-Atlantic, Bureau stamps its new slogan on By and for our readers. 41.4% 42.7% AirTran plane. see page 25 starts on page 37 Northeast, and Southeast regions. The offer is good for Thursday through Sunday stays Age: <30 Age: 31-40 and requires a two-night min- Volume 32/Number 14/$10.00 Source: MeetingNews survey of 273 meeting planners imum stay. Conference center chain Benchmark Hospitality Planning The Future International is offering a complete meeting package at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Most planners envision them- Chattanooga, TN, with selves in the profession in five reduced room rates and $25 years; beyond that is a more gas cards. North of the border, cloudy matter. see page 30 continued on page 26
  6. 6. TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY INCENTIVE REPORTS Problems reach sky high p. 30 Americans finally Spotme p. 32 Arizona,Hawaii, Scotland pp. 60-62 NEWSMAKER Back to School: MeetingNews Bjorn Hanson leaves PwC for professorship at NYU. page 21 w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m S e p t e m b e r 8, 2008 July 16, 2007 CA Hotelier’s Donation Hotels & Resorts MARRIOTT MARQUIS IN International STOCKHOLM’S GRAND PLAN Draws Ire from Groups ATLANTA REFRESHES BIG A vital piece of Atlanta’s conven- tion inventory completes massive Historic Grand Hotel keeps up with the times. see page 34 A property starts losing group business amid $138M renovation. see page 24 Insider Report: Golf controversy and works to restore its image THE STATE OF THE GAME GROUPS CAN EAT ‘GOOD’ Economic slide has altered the By Rayna Katz Prop 8 is to be voted on in November. AT LXR LUXURY RESORTS course of course play. Just as a stone cast into water creates a rip- Subsequently hotel workers union Unite High-end hotel chain rolls out see page 38 ple effect, one charitable contribution made Here allegedly have been calling meeting Lifestyle Cuisine for banquet by a hotel owner in San Diego has left some planners with events booked at the Manches- and catering items. see page 24 Destination Insider meeting planners responding to angry and ter Grand and requesting they move their FLORIDA KEYS concerned attendees over the policies of programs; and it also has put the property on their meeting venue—ultimately having to its website as one to boycott. Further, the hotel Convention Centers Coverage includes the latest cancel and re-plan a host of functions— was taken off an online list of “gay-friendly” resort developments in Key West. and forced the hotel to do damage control. hotels, operated by Community Marketing LUCAS OIL STADIUM SENDS see page 42 The proprietor of the Manchester Grand Inc., a San Francisco-based communications INDY OFF TO THE RACES Hyatt San Diego, John Manchester, gave firm. CMI collects a $159 annual fee from Meetings-friendly stadium is a WASHINGTON, DC $125,000 back in March to Proposition 8, a hotels that are members of its program. precursor for Indianapolis’ big Hilton, Marriott, and Omni ballot initiative in California that would ban At the same time, the Association of convention package upgrades. team with Destination DC on gay marriage. Also known as the Protect American Law Schools (AALS), which is see page 27 midsize package. see page 45 Marriage Act or the Same-Sex Marriage Ban, continued on page 120 CINCINNATI CVBs MeetingNews ExclusiveResearch Record Attendance HAWAII’S TOURISM BUREAU Riding on robust convention biz, the city shrugs off airlift cuts. see page 46 How many offsite meetings do you plan both domestically and internationally? At MPI, But Some HOLDS ONTO REX JOHNSON Board of directors docks pay and LAS VEGAS revises contract to one year after Initiatives Greeted 400,000 368,619 prez and CEO is caught with Market, property, off-site, and 350,000 X-rated e-mails. see page 28 recreation news on the mecca. 300,000 250,000 200,000 Average Median With Reservations DALLAS RAMPS UP FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN BIZ SAN DIEGO see page 48 150,000 112,270 By Robert Carey Bureau creates cultural-centric Downtown renaissance still hot. 100,000 The World Education Congress of Meeting campaign. see page 29 see page 58 50,000 26,405 14,274 Professionals International (MPI), held last 0 month, in Las Vegas, was designed based on Meetings Meetings outside within the U.S. the U.S. an 18-month process by the Volume 32/Number 15/$10.00 Source: 601 of MeetingNews survey respondents association to improve the breadth and quality of educa- Over The Border Line? tional content at its two major annual events—WEC and the Professional Education Con- Planners of international meetings gress (PEC), which is held cite the economy and geopolitical every winter. But some long- volatility as the two biggest factors time members are not sold on driving their work. see page 36 continued on page 121
  7. 7. CONVENTION CENTERS TRANSPORTATION & SVCS GREEN MARKETING NASCAR revs up Charlotte p. 24 Experient prez & CEO exits p. 30 Paperless meetings are in p. 54 NEWSMAKER The ‘Ed’ Guru: MeetingNews Graydon Dawson is reshaping MPI’s education products. page 14 w w w. M e e t i n g N e w s . c o m June 16, 2008 July 16, 2007 State of the Industry 2008 Hotels & Resorts International PLANNERS DO A TAKE TWO TIBETAN CONFLICT MAY BE T H E AW F U L T R U T H : FROM HYATT’S NEW PERKS CHASING CHINA MEETINGS Gender Bends Salary Curve All Take Two Meetings is a roster of Attendance at major trade fair What is your annual salary? It’s perks from which planners can choose two. see page 20 is down, while association group abruptly cancels. see page 32 $ Less than 6.7% SWITZERLAND IS NOT ON About $30K 6.3% DETAILS OF LAS VEGAS’ CITYCENTER DIG EMERGE NEUTRAL WITH GROUPS 3.3% $30-$39.9K Numerous hospitality upgrades 14.5% Aria Resort & Casino will are occurring as the franc trades You $40-$49.9K 10.0% anchor the complex under 22.0% construction, and the Vdara is evenly with the dollar. 11.7% one of three non-gaming hotels. see page 34 $50-$59.9K 20.4% see page 20 $60-$69.9K 11.7% 12.9% Destination Insider MARRIOTT MAKES GOOD 15.0% ON ITS GREEN PLEDGE NEW YORK CITY $70-$79.9K 8.2% Who are today’s meeting Groups can contribute to its The venerable Guastavino’s 10.0% $80-$89.9K 5.9% Men planners, and what’s impor- recently created Amazonas event venue reopens; Sports Women tant to them? That’s what rainforest foundation. Museum of America looks to 11.7% $90-$99.9K see page 20 score with events. 3.5% MeetingNews set out to find see page 44 $100- 5.0% in its latest survey of more CVBs $124.9K 3.5% than 300 professionals. We BERMUDA More than 15.0% DENVER IS IN PRIME TIME $125K 2.7% guarantee plenty of surprises. Bureau is getting ready for the On a tourism comeback, 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Turn to page 36 for Bermuda offers group deal and Democratic National Convention Source: MeetingNews survey of 315 in-depth reports on industry in late August. see page 26 a revitalized pair of Fairmont meeting planners meetings resorts. trends planners face. see page 48 ORLANDO ON AN OFFENSIVE Roadshow in DC, Chicago, and Nickel and Dimed NY declares the destination’s creative know-how for events. NORTH FLORIDA Beefed up inventory yields As cities feel financial strain from the sluggish see page 28 more groups for Tallahassee; Jacksonville increases dosage of economy, can rising hotel room taxes be far behind? medical meetings. see page 50 By Corrie Dosh proposal to increase the hotel room tax by New York—Like car rental taxes or road tolls, 2 percent to fund local schools. The propos- taxes on hotel rooms are a way for cities to al was made as an alternative Volume 32/Number 11/$10.00 make money without angering their local to a petition by the Nevada constituents. On the plus side, these taxes go State Education Association to a long way in funding convention and visi- increase taxes on gross gaming tors bureaus and their meetings-related serv- receipts, but casino developers ices. The disadvantage for planners, howev- suggested raising the room tax er, is that they usually have no say (and often instead. At the same time, a no warning) when cities decide to jack up budget forecast by the Las room taxes to make up for budget shortfalls. Vegas Convention and Visitors In Las Vegas, city leaders are battling out a continued on page 57