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 Take Control With Suntec Singapore’s Latest Game Changing Innovation
      Wednesday, October 22 @ 15:36:47 CDT
General News"Suntec Singapore Launches Online Customer Portal To Make Event Planning Easier

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) today launched the latest in a string of technological innovations that is set to take the MICE industry by storm. The Suntec Singapore Online Customer Portal is a unique interactive service that transforms the way planners and organisers work with venues to manage their events from proposal to booking and the final delivery.

The Portal provides organisers with a ‘live’ dashboard displaying the full details and scheduling of their bookings including meeting space, furniture, equipment, F&B items and digital signage allocation. This comprehensive, integrated and interactive overview in a single, easy to use, application is a first for a MICE venue.

By allowing access to real time information of their bookings, the Online Customer Portal puts organisers and planners firmly in control of their events hosted at Suntec Singapore. Floor planning tools provide a fully interactive 2D blueprint that allows clients to visualise the layout of their spaces online, review and change the floor arrangements of furniture, audio-visual equipment and decoration items to their exact requirements.

The innovative 3D-viewer with 360-degree panning ability renders, in real time, an accurate 3D-view of the event space from any angle, giving organisers a comprehensive view from which to customise the floor arrangement of their event space.

The Portal also allows organisers to easily view and change the items in their F&B menu and request optional items like furniture, audio-visual and lighting equipment. With access to the latest specifications and photographs, organisers can be sure of exactly what they are procuring.

Arun Madhok, Chief Executive of Suntec Singapore, explains: “Our Online Customer Portal offers unequalled convenience for our clients who, for the first time, will be able to fully visualise, modify and control their event spaces. Our Experience Managers will be working closely with our clients and service teams to ensure their expectations become a reality”.

“Suntec Singapore’s smart use of technology is increasingly making the entire customer experience easier, faster and more effective for our growing client base,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore. The collaborative and real time nature of the Online Customer Portal and easy sharing capabilities ensure seamless communication between Suntec Singapore, organisers and third party suppliers, enabling all parties to be more effective, saving time and travel costs of site inspections.

In addition to the Portal, organisers are given further control options over their event space via Suntec Singapore’s Intelligent Building Management System that controls the digital signage and banners around the Centre as well as environmental conditions such as air conditioning settings and lighting controls. The Online Customer Portal complements our presence on Google Indoor Street View, which allows potential visitors to conveniently do a virtual walk-through of our halls from their computers and mobile devices.

Online Customer Portal key features
Interactive Mapping:
o 2D interactive floor planner
o Real-time 3D rendering and visualization
o 360 degree walk-through of event spaces
o Drag and drop feature for all items in the event space
o Full library of furniture and equipment

Service specification:
o Full menu selections (including buffets, plated service, bento boxes, Western and Asian menus and special dietary requirements)
o Customizable menu options (options for over 800 dishes)
o Digital signage and banner content control
o Pre-ordering of ancillary services like car parks and AV equipment

For an introduction to our Customer Portal, please click here: http://bit.ly/1tZv52H
For a virtual walk-through of our Centre on Google maps, please click here: http://bit.ly/1sF1Vud

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia's most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons. In addition, Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city's entertainment and cultural attractions.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Marc Bakker
Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
E: marc.bakker@suntecsingapore.com
M: +65 91683810"




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 IMEX America’s growth story powers on with biggest show yet
      Tuesday, October 14 @ 15:34:58 CDT
General News"Las Vegas – IMEX America opened for business today at the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas with the announcement that the fourth edition of the trade show for the international meetings, incentive travel and events industry is the biggest yet.

With a total of 2,900 companies exhibiting representing 150+ countries (2013: 2,694 from 150 countries) the number of exhibitors joining the show has risen by 8 percent. By the time IMEX America closes on Thursday, the number of hosted buyers and other attendees is also expected to be higher than previous years.

As a result of over 70 new exhibitor booths and 83 existing exhibitors increasing the size of their booths the show floor has also enlarged by 13 per cent.

Some of the global regions that have expanded this year are the USA & Canada, which is 16.5 percent bigger; Latin America (6.5 percent); Europe, which is bigger by 3 percent and Asia-Pacific, which has grown by nearly 8 percent.

Other sectors within the market have shown significant growth too. Space taken by the hotel groups is up by 26 percent; private sector company booth space has increased by 37.5 percent; space taken by technology suppliers is up by 20 percent and incentive products have risen by 50 percent.

Says IMEX Group Chairman, Ray Bloom: “We are delighted with the industry’s continued strong response to IMEX America. Every year we set out to add more value, fresh ideas, new partnerships and more choice while maintaining a sharp focus on high quality all round – and that covers the quality of hosted buyers attending as well as the education and networking events on offer. We want every single participant to leave in no doubt that IMEX America provided them with an unparalleled business experience.”

With buyers able to use the unique IMEX appointment system to preschedule appointments with exhibitors before the show opens, IMEX has developed a reputation as an efficient and buyer-friendly trade show that also satisfies the needs of exhibitors. Buyers pre-arranged 53,000 one-to-one appointments and booth presentations prior to today. In addition a total of 1,200 group appointments are also scheduled.

Smart Monday – powered by MPI – kicked off the week of IMEX America yesterday with a stronger than ever program that combined an opening keynote with a day of intensive professional development. This included the first ever PCMA Business School plus the show’s annual Association Focus for association executives.

Before the show opened at 10am Pacific time today 12 other events had already taken place, including several sets of industry certification programs, the CIC Hall of Leaders Gala, Association Evening, Site Nite North America, the first ever CEIR IMEX America Golf Classic, the Site Young Leaders Conference and the IMEX Challenge. "




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 Michael Hatch Featured Speaker at Meetings Technology Expo in New York City
      Wednesday, October 22 @ 15:33:15 CDT
General News"Veteran event marketing and technology executive, Michael Hatch, Director of Business Development for Digitell Inc., will be a featured speaker at next week's Meetings Technology Expo (MTE) in New York City. Mr. Hatch will be presenting "Virtual/Hybrid Events: Trends & Strategies."

"Hatch was one of the early industry technology experts and we recruited him to speak at our very first event. Now we are excited to have him back on the faculty for our New York program," said Paul Paone, Founder and Director of Meetings Technology Expo, the meetings industry's first event dedicated to event technology. It has been held annually in New York, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. "Mike has been one of the leading visionaries and practitioners of sales and marketing technologies in the meetings and events industry."

In keeping with the theme of the conference and expo, Hatch will be exploring the latest trends in hybrid and virtual events including live streaming, webcasting, rebroadcasting, and on-demand content.

"I'll feature case studies from a variety of event organizers that have successfully deployed these technologies recently to reenergize their events, engage greater numbers of their customers and members, and grow their events", said Hatch. "I'll also address popular topics and concerns including content management, marketing, attendance cannibalization, syndicating content and several new revenue models."

The Meetings Technology Expo & Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, in New York City at the Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street. For more details and registration information log on to http://www.meetingstechexpo.com/, or call: 212-956-4720

About Meetings Technology Expo
Meetings Technology Expo was launched in 2005 as the first conference and expo dedicated exclusively to the technology education of meeting and event professionals. MTE provides education across a broad range of technology topics and is geared for the corporate, association, independent and trade show planner. MTE's, CMP and CAE accredited sessions cover everything from registration systems to meetings spend consolidation tools. Expert speakers give event organizers and meeting planners the insight and guidance needed to make the intelligent decision on which technology solution is right for their conferences and events. The education continues with tech demonstrations for hands-on learning and luncheon round-table discussions where event managers can network with and discover new ideas from meetings industry executives and peers.

About Digitell Inc.
Headquartered in Jamestown, NY, Digitell Inc. employs 50 staff members in areas of programming, audio/video technology, virtual event technology, web and graphic design, content and social media marketing, call-center and tech support, administration and management. In addition, Digitell contracts with a team of experienced and veteran freelancers around the country for on-site capture, streaming and support.

It is Digitell's mission to help clients leverage their most valuable asset-their content-to provide valuable educational resources to their customers and members; drive conference and event attendance; engage current customers and members and attract new ones; improve the ROI for exhibitors and sponsors; create new revenue streams and improve ROI.

About Michael Hatch
Michael Hatch is Director of Business Development for Digitell Inc., Before joining Digitell, Hatch spent 10 years as Vice President, Sales and Marketing with a2z Inc., a leading technology provider of event management software for meetings and exhibition organizers. Early in his career Hatch also managed trade shows and corporate events for AT&T and Holiday Inns International, and owned an award-winning exhibit and graphics design and production company for seventeen years."




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 Mission Inn Offers Unlimited Golf—At Nearly Half Price!
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:18:33 CDT
General News"Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. - It’s Mission Inn Resort’s fiftieth anniversary this year, but it’s the guests who are having the party. Especially golfers. This means unlimited golf for the length of their two-day (or longer) visit.

Yes, that’s unlimited golf for the full length of the stay on the challenging El Campeon— one of the first 18-hole courses in the South, with classic design elements and a surprising amount of elevation change and the more forgiving Las Colinas, which opened in 1992 and was renovated in 2007.

From October through the end of January 2015 (limited availability; blackout dates apply), Mission Inn’s unlimited golf package offers an incredible deal to play the resort’s two outstanding golf courses and enjoy related services. To take advantage of this limited time opportunity, reservations must be booked by October 31, 2014 by calling the resort at 800-874-9053 or by booking online.

For just $130 per night per person (two-night minimum, double occupancy, taxes and resort fee are additional) golfers and their guest receive a 40% savings over regular pricing.

The unlimited golf package includes:
• Unlimited daily golf on the resort’s two award-winning courses, El Campeon and Las Colinas (up to five rounds during a two night, three day stay)
• Unlimited use of practice range and putting green
• Complimentary club cleaning and storage
• Daily buffet breakfast
• Discounts on pro shop merchandise and spa services
• Use of the on-site fitness center
• Free parking

Mission Inn’s two championship courses include 36 holes of rare tee-to-green elevations of 85 feet, towering forests and sparkling spring-fed lakes. Revered as one of Florida's finest, El Campeón (The Champion) was designed by George O'Neil of Chicago in 1917 and further enhanced in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland. The course is consistently ranked in the top 10 of Florida's 1,500+ courses and is featured on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Las Colinas (The Hills), the resort’s second 18-hole layout, was designed by former PGA Tour player Gary Koch and opened in 1992 to immediate acclaim.

Both courses are rated Four Star and recognized as "Best Places to Play" in North America by Golf Digest. Whether it’s the snowbird coming down from the north or locals looking for a chance to play two of Florida’s top courses, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere just far enough away from the theme-park craziness, guests will find everything they want at Mission Inn, and at a price that’s worth celebrating.

Mission Inn Resort—just 45 minutes from Orlando—is celebrating its 50th year of family ownership by offering affordable, family-friendly accommodations and activities on 1,100 beautiful acres of rolling citrus hills in Central Florida. For additional information, call Mission Inn Resort & Club at 800-874-9053 or 352-324-3101 or visit the Web site www.missioninnresort.com."




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 Wyndham Worldwide Ranks 31 in Newsweek Magazine’s Greenest Companies Survey
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:17:06 CDT
General News"Wyndham Worldwide Ranks 31 in Newsweek Magazine’s Greenest Companies Survey

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Once again Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was recognized for its sustainability best practices, and was ranked among the greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine, one of the foremost corporate environmental rankings.

Ranked among the top 50 greenest companies in the U.S., Wyndham Worldwide was evaluated on a number of criteria including its environmental footprint and management, environmental policies, programs and initiatives.

“Our inclusion in the rankings is a great reflection of our commitment to our core values, and is the result of tremendous collaboration and innovation by our associates, franchisees, suppliers, business and community partners,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are proud to be recognized for our work in sustainability, but more importantly, we are excited that we continue to see the impact our sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts have in our operating performance and the value created for our shareholders.”

Wyndham Worldwide’s sustainable practices are created and developed by the Company’s Wyndham Green program, which is in its eighth year, and is one of the top five strategic priorities at the Company. The program, which is focused on education and innovation, works to deliver “triple bottom line” results for the people, planet and profits, while driving leadership in the industry, encouraging engagement among key stakeholders, and providing the mechanism to turn innovative ideas into achievable results.

“We believe it is our people, our culture and our strategies that have enabled us to get where we are today. The dedicated efforts of associates at every level of the Company embody our culture of responsible sustainable practices and reflect the strong values that guide our company,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “This focus enabled us to reduce our operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 11 percent per square foot and reduce our carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline.”

Believing that it can “do well” for business, while “doing good” for the people and the community, Wyndham Worldwide has maintained a focused investment in its Corporate Social Responsibility programs since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006. Its teams have collaborated to integrate the strategic areas of sustainability, diversity, human rights and ethics, and community support directly into how it operates. Most recently, Wyndham Worldwide was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the first time, and was recognized as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.

Using the G4 GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the Newsweek rankings are the result of a rigorous review by a leading sustainability ranking organization and an advisory board that includes sustainability experts. Wyndham Worldwide will release its 2012 Sustainability Report following the G4 guidelines later this month.

For more information on Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,500 franchised hotels and 646,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally."




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 Digital Huntsville History Tour offers 24/7 online, guided tour of city center
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:11:37 CDT
General News"History tour includes 40 stops with narration, photos and more

(Huntsville, AL) – The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in conjunction with the Huntsville History Collection announced today the launch of the free-to-use Huntsville History Tour: A Digital Guided Tour of Historic Huntsville, Alabama. With a mobile device, users can now discover downtown Huntsville’s storied past online, on their own time. Covering 40 historic locations in the downtown Huntsville area, the tour provides narration, photos and information pertaining to each location. The voices behind the narration are Huntsvillians Jacque Reeves, John Malone and Nancy Rohr.

The Digital Huntsville History Tour can be found online at www.HuntsvilleHistoryTours.org.

“In the Rocket City, we have an abundance of offerings attractive to leisure travelers and meeting planners, and this new digital walking tour will be yet another fantastic draw,” Vice President of Tourism for the Huntsville/Madison County CVB Jennifer Moore said. “Convenience is key, and that is one of the best features of the Huntsville History Tour. Folks can begin and end the tour on their own time and learn about Huntsville’s compelling history along the way.”

Deane Dayton, author of the Huntsville history website HuntsvilleHistoryCollection.org, created the Digital Huntsville History Tour on a mobile-friendly website using information compiled by the Huntsville/Madison County CVB and the Huntsville History Collection.

“The Digital Huntsville History Tour combines Huntsville’s rich heritage in history and technology,” Dayton said. “It allows anyone with a smart phone to explore Huntsville’s historical sites on their own. The GPS capabilities, interactive map, audio narration and related photographs make the journey easy and accessible.”

The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau will also be sponsoring free, guided fall walking tours of the Five Points Historic District on Saturday, October 4 and the Old Town Historic District, Saturday, October 11. More information is available at www.huntsville.org/walkingtours.

Jennifer Moore explained the new digital tour complements and even creates a synergistic cycle with existing in-person guided tours such as the fall walking tours.

“Huntsville and Madison County thrive when it comes to our tour offerings,” Moore said. “From ghost tours to history, dining and brew tours, there is a comprehensive offering for visitors and residents alike. We hope the Digital Huntsville History Tour will add yet another layer of excitement to existing tour offerings and that folks will be so intrigued they will follow up the digital tour with an in-person guided tour. Nothing quite replaces being able to interact with and ask questions of a knowledgeable guide.”

Deemed a Healthy Huntsville activity by the City of Huntsville, the Digital Huntsville History Tour can be enjoyed on foot or by car. Healthy Huntsville, a city and community-wide partnership, focuses on the core concepts of nutrition and exercise to encourage residents to embrace healthy lifestyles.

For more information, please contact Jessica Carlton, Marketing Manager at the Huntsville/Madison County CVB at jessica@huntsville.org or by phone at 256.551.2294.

Be sure to connect with the Huntsville/Madison County CVB on Facebook and Twitter for updates on what’s going on in Huntsville/Madison County, travel-related news and upcoming meeting and conference information.

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the city as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types."




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 Prague Convention Bureau will be at IMEX America, Stand 2505
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:10:17 CDT
General News"As IMEX America quickly approaches, we wanted to send you a personal invitation to stop by and meet with PRAGUE CONVENTION BUREAU.

Czech Republic`s capital PRAGUE is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the city of the thousand spires because of its profusion of grand, beautifully-preserved historical monuments dating from practically every period in history. Whether you want to hold your event in an ancient monastery, opera house, Art Noveau industrial palace, contemporary gallery or modern conference centre, Prague is the place for you. With more than 42,000 hotel rooms, the city can accommodate all your needs.

Come visit us and learn more about:
• entire renovation of the Prague Congress Centre,
• renewed financial support for congresses,
• complimentary public transport,
• special congress airfare,
• new conference centers and hotels and more!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our stand which is part of the Czech Tourist Authority 2505. Please, set an appointment with us through the IMEX schedule, or respond to this email for an individual appointment."




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 PCMA Focuses On Business Intelligence
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:08:41 CDT
General News"Robert Haas joins PCMA to bring a data driven marketing approach into their current print and digital solutions.

CHICAGO, IL – PCMA has announced the hiring of Robert Haas in the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development and Data Intelligence.

Robert will immediately focus on business development opportunities while integrating business intelligence and a data driven marketing approach into their current print and digital solutions. As the meetings industry’s leading professional organization, PCMA will be utilizing this intelligence to accelerate delivery of personalized content and solutions for members, customers and marketing partners – Ultimately adding value to both the industry’s buyers and sellers.

Robert was most recently the Principal Consultant of a division within the Tribune Company, Datagrated Services. In that role, Robert consulted with companies in the direct marketing industry on how to assimilate data into their organization and how to use it effectively to build 1 to 1 marketing campaigns. Robert joined Tribune Company in 2001, where he has served in many roles during his tenure. Robert has a strong background in both print and digital media, as well as integrating data as means of developing highly relevant personalized direct marketing campaigns.

"Robert brings his extensive marketing and data intelligence to PCMA and the results are already evident," said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA COO. "His talents will benefit both PCMA and our marketing partners."

Robert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on International Business from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. As part of Robert’s education, he lived and studied in Brazil and Spain.

About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org."




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 IMEX America hits new highs and more growth
      Wednesday, October 08 @ 15:05:43 CDT
General News"The fourth edition of IMEX America, the largest trade show for the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry in the US, will be 13 percent bigger when doors open on Oct 14 at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas.

Both hosted buyer numbers and the number of US and international attendees are also expected to exceed last year’s levels.

On the show floor, the growth is reflected in new exhibitors as well as larger booths from some key global suppliers. USA & Canadian representation has increased by 16.5 percent; Latin America by 6.5 percent; Europe by 3 percent and Asia-Pacific by nearly 8 percent.

In other areas of the show, hotel groups are up by 26 percent; private sector companies by 37.5 percent, technology suppliers by 20 percent and incentive products by 50 percent.

70 new booths also add to the line-up of new global and US exhibitors giving buyers an even broader perspective on the marketplace.

83 of the show’s previous exhibitors have increased the size of their booths and of these over half have expanded their booths by 50 percent.

Looking ahead to the show’s opening day, Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group stated: “The fourth IMEX America is set to offer increased business opportunities for the US and global meetings and events industry. Aside from the confirmed growth in exhibitor numbers and the expanded show floor, we are set to bring in even more hosted buyers and more attendees next week. Anticipation is high and we’re looking forward to a packed show with its usual strong focus on business appointments, networking and, of course, high quality education.”

IMEXlive and Live TV
There will be a number of different ways to stay up to date with IMEX America during the show. IMEXlive, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide and The Events Network on Bob.tv, will provide rolling video interviews and social media coverage (#IMEX14) on the IMEX America homepage and via the show app. IMEX America TV live will broadcast daily from the show floor at 12 noon Eastern Time (produced by Sonic Foundry, PRG and CNTV). Daily TV headlines will also be broadcast on the IMEX YouTube channel and in the hotel rooms of the host hotels, The Venetian ® | The Palazzo®, on channel 3. IMEX America starts with its traditional preshow day of professional development and education - Smart Monday, powered by MPI on Monday Oct 13. This is followed by the three-day trade show starting Oct 14. IMEX America takes place at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas.

Visitors who haven’t registered in advance can still register in-person and onsite for no charge.

The IMEX Group runs two award-winning, annual trade shows for the international meetings, incentive travel and events industry. IMEX America is October 14-16, 2014 with Smart Monday, Powered by MPI – a free, pre-show educational day -- kicking off business Monday October 13, 2014. IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will run May 19-21 at the Messe Frankfurt. For releases, images and information go to www.imexamerica.com/press IMEX America Onsite Press Center - http://www.imexamerica.com/press/onsite-press-center/
Social media - #IMEX14"




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 Mission Inn Resort Unveils Good as Gold Meetings Package
      Wednesday, October 01 @ 12:02:58 CDT
General News"Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Meeting planners looking to break away from the “same old, same old” corporate sessions will find Central Florida’s Mission Inn Resort & Club is “good as gold.” The Resort’s newly launched “Good As Gold” meetings package includes use of the Adventure Learning Center, which provides an interactive environment that leads to new levels of group discovery and corporate learning.

The Good as Gold meetings package also pays tribute to the resort’s 50th anniversary of family ownership and management, being celebrated all this year, and showcases Mission Inn’s commitment to eco-friendly practices. The attractively priced Good as Gold Meetings

Package includes:
• One complimentary room night for every 50 full-revenue room nights
• $50 per-day meetings package include full buffet for breakfast and lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks
• Evening banquet menus at $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
• $50 for 18 holes of golf
• $50 for a spa treatment
• $50 for trap and skeet events

The Good as Gold Meetings Package must be booked and used between now and September 30, 2015.

Located in the rolling hills of Central Florida’s citrus country, only 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, Mission Inn Resort offers a host of outdoor activities – on the grounds and within a mile of the resort - close enough to take advantage of everything on-site, but also allowing groups to get away and focus on key corporate issues such as leadership, communication skills, and camaraderie. For additional information about the Good As Gold meetings package, please contact Brandy McDonald, Sales Coordinator at 800-523-2289 or BMcDonald@MissionInnResort.com or access the web site at www.missioninnresort.com.

About Mission Inn Resort & Club: Mission Inn is a four season resort located in the rolling hills of Central Florida’s Lake County in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills, 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, celebrating its 50th year of family ownership and management. The destination resort features classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, two championship golf courses, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, nautical center with 52-slip marina, fishing, and powerboat and go eco-touring. The 6,200-squarefoot Spa Marbella provides an extensive menu of treatments and services. More than 30,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor event space is available for meetings, banquets, holiday parties, weddings and special occasions. For more information, guests may call (800) 874-9053 or visit the resort’s Web site at www.missioninnresort.com

Media Contact:
Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations
(908) 876-5100
kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com"




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