Script Your Own Meeting Experience

With all the beauty of the Virgin Islands and all the business conveniences of the United States together in one place, the ways to script your own meeting experience are endless.

Whether for a company of 8 or 800, we’ll make it a trip your attendees will always remember. From quality accommodations and state-of-the-art equipment to experienced meeting planners, you’ll find what you need. We have spectacular settings where attendees can enjoy champagne by the pool while looking out over Magens Bay, or a sit-down dinner amidst more than 500 species of subtropical plants. And when was the last time your meeting included a sunset cruise or an elegant meal served in an 18th century farmhouse?
You’ll also find championship golf courses, top-rated beaches and stunning turquoise waters with unparalleled diving and record-breaking sport fishing. Plus, we offer ecotourism adventures as well – so you can discover your unscripted selves in an unspoiled environment.
The USVI is at the north end of the Caribbean Sea, and it is 2.5 hours from Miami and 3 hours from New York City.  It is where you’ll find world-class facilities and breathtaking island beauty. The USVI is the perfect place for your attendees to discover their own unscripted dreams and adventures.

Coming soon to, you will be able to experience the beauty of USVI on an interactive map!

One of Las Vegas’ Most Sought-After Destinations

The Palms Casino Resort is heralded as one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after destinations. Plus, it is where the ConventionPlanit Team stays when we visited Las Vegas for IMEX America each year!

The one-stop boutique property boasts three distinct towers, a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino, more than 60,000 square feet of prime conference space and is also home to some of the world’s most unique luxury suites and villas.

Check out more about The Palms Casino Resort here.

ALHI CEO Talks on Vastly Expanded Global Portfolio

Adds 76 Luxury Hotels in Europe, the Middle East & Asia 

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American meetings and incentive marketplace, has expanded its impressive portfolio with the addition of 76 magnificent luxury hotels and resorts located outside North America. The hotels and resorts, all owned and/or operated by Kempinski Hotels, are located in 31 countries outside of the United States, with 17 hotels in Western Europe, 13 hotels in Eastern Europe, 26 hotels in Asia, 10 hotels in Africa, and 10 hotels in the Middle East.
Dave spoke with AHLI CEO Dave Gabri to learn more about this expansion and the market trends behind it.
CP: What is driving this latest expansion in the hotels and resorts represented by ALHI?
Gabri: This strategic addition helps ALHI address the growing demand for international meeting and incentive programs, as these hotels and resorts are now officially represented by ALHI for North American meeting professionals, incentive specialists, association executives and business executives interested in conducting meetings and/or incentive programs at any of the hotels or resorts. The addition of these beautiful hotels brings our portfolio to over 250 Four and Five-Diamond quality (U.S. standards) hotels and resorts worldwide, which all serve the meetings and incentive marketplace. ALHI’s portfolio now features more than 100 international options in 44 countries to complement our extraordinary hotel portfolio in the United States.
CP: Tell us more about Kempinski Hotels.
Gabri: Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, and one of the most respected hotel companies in the world. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Kempinski is known for its luxurious and distinctive hotels and resorts, personal service, fascinating destinations, and reliability. The portfolio comprises historic grand landmark hotels, superb city hotels, and exquisite resorts and lifestyle hotels. Each property embraces the cultural traditions of its location.
CP: How can meeting professionals take advantage of the services ALHI offers?
Gabri: First, I want to emphasize there is no cost to the planning organization to utilize ALHI’s services.
For information about any of the ALHI member hotels and resorts and other resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices located coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state).

For specifics, go to to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit

Explore the Heart of California

FresnoFresno, California is the perfect place for your next conference or event.

Centrally located in the heart of California, Fresno is unique in that it has all the amenities of a metropolitan city and is situated within a 2 hour drive of 3 world famous National Parks; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

With 10,000+ hotel rooms in the greater Fresno/Clovis area, we have enough space for events large and small. The Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center has 91,000 square feet of versatile event space, and includes a 2,353 seat performing arts center as well as a 9,200 seat arena.

The Fresno/Clovis area also boasts a variety of travel options including 11 direct flight cities through Fresno Yosemite International Airport, as well as an Amtrak station and year round public transportation to Yosemite National Park through the YARTS bus system.

Oh, and did we mention that we have the region’s best shopping, dining and attractions? From exploring our many gardens and lakes, to great shopping and a night on the town, you haven’t seen California until you’ve experienced Fresno!

Learn more about Fresno and take an interactive tour of the city here.

IMEX America Proves Strength of Meetings Industry

Representatives from supplier partners had a good showing in the hall. Among them were:

  • Dave Gabri – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI was celebrating 30 years in the industry!)

ALHI celebrated 30 years in the industry at this year’s IMEX America

  • Martina Fundaro – The Prague Convention Bureau
  • Marie McKown – Meet in Ireland (newest member!)
  • Cat Puccino – Visit Santa Barbara
  • Angeline Liu/Alan Pryor/Anette Palm – Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
  • Patricia Beaudoux – Cotai Strip Macau
  • Julie Dodds – Visit Anchorage
  • Dan O’Neil/Bonnie Carlson – Bloomington CVB

Ray Bloom, Chairman of IMEX, addresses the media at the IMEX America closing press conference

The closing press conference had Ray Bloom, Chairman of IMEX giving us the rundown on this year’s event. For those judging success “by the numbers”, here are a few stats:

  • 10,600 participants including buyers, visitors and exhibitors
  • 66,000 individual and group appointments along with stand presentations took place
  • 51% or more of appointments included a profile or RFP
  • 80 new booths with 56 returning exhibitors increasing their space
  • 412 exhibitors and buyers participated in the IMEX run Las Vegas routed along the famous Strip

However, the biggest success was not measured in numbers but in the upbeat mood of nearly everyone on the show floor as the economy strengthens and companies expand meeting budgets.

In fact, this has generated a big problem for IMEX America going forward.

With so many new exhibitors and expanded booths this year, the trade show has maxed out its hall in the Sands Expo and will not have room for exhibitors to expand until it can move into a larger space in 2018. Not a bad problem for our industry to have!!

As always, all attendees fortunate enough to attend IMEX America were exposed to high levels of business and networking. Along with the record number of appointments and packed-out education events, some of the novel ideas to encourage mingling in the various stands included viewing a live Sumo Demonstration and applauding the winner of this year’s Huggability Award…fortunately not taking place in the same stand!

Along with Wayne Newton and Celine Dion, Las Vegas is getting famous for hosting IMEX America! So new planners, to see what all this fuss is about, sign up to participate as a Hosted Buyer next year when the show will take place October 18-20, 2016.

IMEX America Showbuzz

The month of October is known for cooler weather, falling leaves and IMEX America in Las Vegas.

Your intrepid blogger is happy to bring you the “showbuzz” for the fifth edition of the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S.!

Even the Democratic Debates took a back seat to this show, boasting more than 3,100 exhibitors representing 150 countries interacting with 3,000 buyers from 54 countries.

Your intrepid blogger with two of our hosted buyers

And, once again, sponsored a group of Hosted Buyers to participate in the shows’ innovative agenda enabling them to:

  • Conduct up to a year’s worth of global business in only 2-3 days… without needing a passport
  • Learn from the best minds in the business during the Education sessions
  • Enjoy both professional and personal networking

Our corporate and association planners also participated in Group Appointments with supplier partners from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Philippine Department of Tourism.

It was hard to believe that along with all the rushing around amid the super charged atmosphere of IMEX America (i.e. if I’d been wearing a FitBit, I would have blown out the mileage calculator!), there was actually a “Wellness” theme infusing the entire show.

Along with the health and well-being track that ran through the education program, participants were encouraged to stop by certain booths that were dispensing everything from green energy shots to fruit boosts and granola bars.

Needless to say, it was more difficult to find these healthy options that it was to locate Louisville Bourbon, Bailey’s Irish Cream and wine from just about any destination on the show floor! Yours truly felt very healthy early on but must admit to enjoying a “wee dram” of Scotland’s best whiskey to end a challenging day.

Estrel Convention Center in Berlin – Expanding Its Capacities

Exciting news from Berlin!

There are now new major convention capacities for Estrel Berlin, Germany’s largest hotel, who opened its new Convention Hall early last month.

The Convention Hall II will now offer 10,000 m² of meeting space for conferences and congresses for up to 5,200 participants.

Together with its existing meeting space, the Estrel Berlin will offer more than 25,000 m² for conventions for up to11,200 participants.
Today, the hotel with the striking glass façade has 1,125 rooms ready for the night. Until 2017, Estrel Berlin will be adding 814 more rooms as construction of the 46-storey Estrel Tower is completed.
The tower will stand 716 m tall, about two and a half times higher than the current Estrel Hotel, and will thus become the tallest high-rise hotel in Germany!

Special Open House Invitation

You are invited to join The Carter Hall Conference Center for a special Open House!

Tuesday October 27, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

The Carter Hall Conference Center
255 Carter Hall Lane
Boyce, VA 22646

Campus tours, refreshments, freebies, and special promotions will be offered to registered guests.

Take advantage of this superb opportunity to enjoy the last of the Fall foliage in beautiful Hunt Country Virginia. Convenient timing allows DC guests to avoid rush hour traffic.

Register Here!

New Solution by Orate Allows Event Organizers to Book Multiple Speakers at One Affordable Rate

Orate is the first organization focused on helping event organizers find the perfect speaker, no matter the size of their budget.

Recently, Orate launched an annual subscription service that allows organizations to book as many speakers who waive their fees as they need at a set price. “There are a lot of speakers who want to speak for reasons other than money, it’s just a matter of finding the ones that meet your needs,” said Orate co-founder Veronica Eklund.

The subscription is more “do it yourself” for those who prefer to get on our website and search for speakers when they have time during the day or night. The concierge service can also be added, where we will provide a targeted list of speakers who waive their fees, to save event organizers the time searching.

Why? Orate co-founders, Veronica Eklund and Sara Capra, noticed that one of the most common challenges event organizers face is finding speakers who are willing to waive their speaking fee, and meet the needs of their event. This is especially true for organizers that have a small budget.

The pricing model for this service (listed below) can also be found on the Orate website:

 Orate is an event services company that matches event organizers with public speakers; we help organizers find the perfect speaker for their event, and help speakers gain access to more opportunities.