To say the least it has been a busy week for everyone I’ve talked to. Hope all of you are excited about the coming weekend! I know I am… one of my goals with this blog is to share valuable timely tidbits of information regarding the meetings and events industry. This week I received some interesting updates from our hotel partners.
Omni Hotels Use of Select Points Helpful with Industry Memberships — Meeting planners can now be rewarded with $500 towards a meetings/travel industry organization when booking a meeting at any Omni Hotel. As part of our Select Rewards program, you can receive their reward upfront, immediately after the contract has been signed. Do you have a program yet to book for 2009 … check this out!
Disney Ramps Up Hawaii Project … Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is releasing new details on its expansive project for a mixed-use resort in Hawaii. Construction has started on the 21-acre, oceanfront resort at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development on the island’s western side, and it will include 1,066 rooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space.
Hyatt “More Meetings” Offer — Save by keeping it central, When you book with the Hyatt More Meetings Offer, you’ll receive your choice of valuable rewards. And the more you book, the more rewards your group will receive. See attached PDF for more information. If interested contact Mark Henry, National Sales Contact for Hyatt Hotels. He can be reached by phone at 847-304-0234 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention to Mark that you heard about this program through my blog!
Hilton Hotels changes name to Hilton Worldwide — The hotel operator formerly called Hilton Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that it has changed its name to Hilton Worldwide and unveiled a new logo. With the addition of the word “worldwide,” the new logo unites all members of the organization across all parts of the globe with one shared vision for success. See article for further details.
InterContinental Hotels Introducing ‘Meetings Options’ — To select Hotels (see article) IHG is offering some fantastic booking incentives for smaller meetings. Host a meeting until August 31, 2010 with a minimum of 10 bedrooms per night and a meeting component and receive not only special attrition allowances, complimentary rooms and an exclusive Delegate Package but you can also select three benefits from our bespoke options. Check it out!
Gaylord to offer 5 Million shares of stock — Gaylord Entertainment Co. announced plans Tuesday for a public offering of 5 million shares of its common stock. The Nashville-based hotelier plans to use the proceeds from the sale to help buy or redeem its $259.8 million outstanding senior notes due 2013, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cruise the Turquoise Lagoons of Bora Bora — Looking for a fresh exotic destination for your meeting or incentive program. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora’s Catamaran allows your group to experience the beauty and adventure found in this Tahitian paradise in a way never before possible.
If you hear of any unique or breaking news in the hotel business please share it with me and I will post it here on this blog. Moving forward I am going to try to make this a weekly column, based upon there being information available to share.
Have a great weekend!