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August 30, 2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Villas at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 
Special rates and incentives make this the year to take advantage of this premier destination, just minutes from Charleston, SC. Rates start as low as $129* per villa for select dates. Special incentives are also offered throughout 2011.


Learn more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Welcome, Newest Members!
Consider these newest members of for your next meeting:

Hotel Nikko San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
Lansdowne Resort - Lansdowne, VA
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport - Nashville, TN
Delano Morrison, LLC - New York, NY
Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau - Wilmington, OH
AMA WDC Area Executive Conference Center - Arlington, VA
AMA San Francisco Executive Conference Center - San Francisco, CA
AMA New York Executive Conference Center - New York, NY

View more recent additions to

Stellar Tip Contest
Meeting planners, put your hard work and experience to the test!

Enter your most valuable meeting planning advice in the monthly
for a chance to win a $100 prize!
Meeting planners vote on their favorite tip, so be sure to send your colleagues to vote once you have entered your tip!

Save the Date

Meet National

HSMAI's MEET National is a dynamic new conference and event offering a fresh, invigorating vision for meeting and event professionals of every level.  

Visit at Booth #8028!

Meetings Quest

The Meetings Quest Tradeshows are the longest running, one-day, educational tradeshow series in the industry. 

Attend these Upcoming Shows:
North Carolina - September 20
Atlanta - October 5
Minnesota- October 26

Learn more about 
Meetings Quest Tradeshows.

Small Market Meetings Conference

Small Market Meetings Conference
Little Rock, AR
September 26-28, 2011

Up to $400 in travel expenses are being reimbursed for qualified meeting planners, plus complimentary accommodations, meals and entertainment!

Register for the SMM Conference.

IMEX America
IMEX America
  Las Vegas, NV
October 11-13, 2011

To attend the show with the Hosted Buyer Group (which includes complimentary flights and accommodations), or for more information, please contact
  Spotlight On: Legendary Hospitality

Mohegan Sun

Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is conveniently located between Boston and New York, but feels a world away amidst sweeping scenic views and the museums, historic sites and waterfront of Mystic Country.

Here, unparalleled service is an expectation, not an exception. A staff of creative and inspired professionals help meeting planners create tailor-made experiences to fit their objectives as well as their budget. From high-tech presentations to delectable receptions and banquets or even property-wide scavenger hunts, Mohegan Sun brings legendary hospitality to meetings and its services.  Continue Mohegan Sun article...

  Feature Focus: Stay Organized with

Multi Tasking

Where is that RFP?! And that set of green meeting was here a minute ago! I know I had that list of money-saving tips for the next convention, but now I can’t find it!

If you’ve ever scrambled to find things in the rush of day-to-day business, you’ll appreciate the many ways can keep you organized and ensure that what you need is literally a click or two away on the web.  Continue organization article...

   Stellar Buzz: News Briefs from Our Members - Be in the Know

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded the California offerings within its distinctive portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts with additions in Napa and San Jose, with The Meritage Resort and Spa and Hotel Valencia Santana Row respectively.  Continue ALHI article...

Congratulations to The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada who has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence. Continue Four Diamond article...

   Solar e-Clip: New Per Diem Rates Announced

DollarThese new rates, announced today by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), are for non-standard areas (NSAs) of the continental United States, and are in effect October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012.

The complete FY2012 rates can be viewed at the GSA per diem website.


The standard continental United States (CONUS) per diem rate for lodging applies to destinations that are not listed as specific destinations remains at $77 per night.  

GSA noted that its data shows that the ADR for hotel rooms has not yet returned to its pre-2008 levels and that while some areas have increased, others have remained flat or fallen below FY2011 levels.

Of the NSA rates that did change from FY2011, most rates did not increase or decrease more than $5.  

Information courtesy of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

  Winner’s Circle:  Win a Trip to Reno Including Round Trip Airfare for Two
Refer a Meeting Professional

Enter the Refer a Meeting Professional Contest, sponsored by The Peppermill Reno!  You will be entered to win a two night stay for two at The Peppermill Reno, plus round trip airfare, spa treatments and dinner!  


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