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Great Innovations Sought for the IACC Innovation Hub
One of the most compelling reasons for joining IACC is that it is the premier association for those of us who are focused on creating the absolute best meeting and learning experiences.
IACC members are passionate about their work and are known in the industry for their willingness to freely share their ideas for one end in mind – to continuously create the best meeting experiences for their customers.
During the 33rd IACC-Americas Annual Conference there will be an educational workshop entitled Innovative Conference Center Design.
Workshop participants will be exposed to many innovations in the conference center industry – everything from unique meeting room designs, inspiring furnishings, creative technologies and customer service innovations.
We are currently gathering information from conference center operators, management companies and associate members about innovations they are using to enhance their customer's experience. It can be a simple, low cost innovation that improves staff efficiencies and effectiveness, or it can be a sizeable investment which involves renovation or expansion of physical facilities.
IACC members are rich with innovations and creative ideas, and this workshop is a great place to showcase them to your colleagues and to the industry press. Together we can leverage the accomplishments of individual members to advance the IACC Meeting Experience!
To submit your innovation(s) please return your completed questionnaire no later than March 7th to Saana Tykka, Education & Program Manager.
Save the Date: National Travel and Tourism Week 2014
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)—America's annual salute to travel—will once again be recognized during the first full week of May, and all of us involved in travel have a role we can play. Each year, we capitalize on this moment to tell elected officials and community supporters how travel powers the workforce, bolsters the economy with visitor spending and tax revenues, and improves peoples' lives in countless ways.
Below is information to help you begin planning a NTTW celebration.
Toolkit Coming in March:
Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation Donate $25,000
Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation donated $25,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), giving a great kickoff to the 2014 Annual Giving Campaign. This is Carlson’s fifth consecutive year donating at the highest level.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a major business unit of Carlson, and the Carlson Family Foundation collectively donated more than $1 million to AH&LEF’s last two major capital giving campaigns, including the New Century Campaign in 2001, which raised $9 million for specific industry initiatives such as workforce development, school-to-career, and technology research. Additionally, Carlson has been a cornerstone participant in AH&LEF’s annual fundraising events for more than a decade. In 2003, the Carlson family was recognized at AH&LEF’s Dinner Tribute, which raised more than $50,000 in proceeds to benefit the industry.
“Our founder, Curt Carlson fostered a deep sense of community and spirit of giving that clearly continues to this day,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “This record-breaking Annual Giving Campaign gift is yet another example of Carlson’s deep commitment to our industry and the education of its future leaders.”
“We are so grateful to Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation for continuing their many years of support for AH&LEF at the highest level,” said Joori Jeon, AH&LEF president/COO. “We need more industry leaders like Carlson who understand that their contributions ensure a strong workforce and cutting-edge research for the future of the industry.”
The Annual Giving Campaign is AH&LEF’s key yearly fundraising initiative supported solely by the hospitality sector. Initiated in 1997, the program generates funds for AH&LEF’s core programs that provide hospitality management students with academic scholarships, offer grants for pertinent industry research such as diversity and technology advancement, and promote hospitality as a career of choice. Hundreds of thousands has been raised through the campaigns, and the Foundation is scheduled to disburse more than $1 million this year.
AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of AH&LA and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2013, AH&LEF disbursed over $1 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for lodging properties. Since the Foundation’s inception, approximately $18.5 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.
All AH&LEF contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about donating, contact Michelle Poinelli, senior vice president of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3181 or email@example.com, or visit www.ahlef.org.
AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.
New iPad App for Meeting Planners & Incentive Specialists Provides Quick & Easy Access To ALHI’s Portfolio of 160+ Four- & Five-Diamond Hotel & Resort Members
Meeting and convention professionals, incentive specialists, association executives, and business executives involved with planning and procuring meetings or programs will be interested in the new iPad app that was just launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The app is 100% native, meaning that once downloaded it functions even without internet connectivity, also while in-flight or on the road, providing quick and easy access to ALHI’s portfolio of 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality Member hotels and resorts worldwide that specifically serve the meetings and incentive marketplace.
The free ALHI app enables planners to access useful information, photos, floor plans, and capacity charts for each ALHI Member hotel and resort. This includes details about each property’s accommodations, meeting facilities, dining and recreation offerings, as well as destination information. One of the unique features of the app is a “Favorites” function that allows users to select up to six properties to compare key features side-by-side. Planners can then choose to share the “Favorites” with colleagues for their review.
In addition, planners can use the app to search for the properties, destinations, venues, and/or cruise ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires, and specific needs. The app provides the ability to search based on ALHI’s 12 defined specialty segments within its portfolio, which includes the “ALHI Big Box Solutions,” “Level 5 Collection,” “Golf Collection,” “Beach & Island Collection,” “Entertainment & Gaming Solutions,” “City Solutions,” “U-200 Gems,” “Historic Collection,” “Mountain Collection,” “Caribbean Collection,” “Passport Collection,” and “Ocean Line Collection.” In addition, the app enables you to search by hotel name, state, U.S. region, country, the number of guest rooms, and/or the amount of meeting space.
The ALHI app was developed by ITM Mobile, a U.S.-based mobile technology start-up that is positioned to “lead the way” as it relates to creating and delivering innovative solutions for the lodging and meeting industries.
To access and use the free ALHI app, planners simply need to: go to the iTunes App Store, search for “ALHI Sales,” and download it to your iPad; or click on https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alhi/id765341138?mt=8 (or http://tinyurl.com/me3bab5) from your iPad; or contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
“We created this app in response to input from our ALHI Global Sales team and our Industry Advisory clients,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “Meeting and incentive professionals, and business executives can use the app whenever they need to quickly access information about ALHI Member hotels or resorts, without having to worry about a Wi-Fi connection. This is yet another resource to make it easy for planners to coordinate their programs, in addition to our comprehensive ALHI Guide and ALHI website, and in conjunction with working with their skilled and experienced ALHI Global Sales professional.”
Thomas Hallin, co-founder of ITM Mobile, said, “We are very excited about this opportunity working with ALHI. Though fairly new on the U.S. market, we have over 10 years of experience developing mobile technology for meetings. This app, which puts the entire portfolio of ALHI Member hotels and resorts at meeting planners’ fingertips, makes it quick and easy for planners to narrow down their initial search for destinations and properties that meet their criteria, and to share these with their sales professional or other decision-makers within their organization.”
Convention and meeting executives, incentive professionals, and business executives have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its Members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.
ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.
With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500.
Contact any office for professional assistance and let ALHI help you identify distinctive opportunities to meet your objectives with your meetings, incentives, and conventions. For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2014 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.
The National Conference Center Releases White Paper on the Importance of Face-to-Face Networking
The National Conference Center has just released a white paper on the importance of face-to-face networking. The paper is authored by Dyanne Smith of The National Conference Center. Smith writes, "With the amount of online resources readily available to us on our desktops and smart phones, blindly attending events and 'hoping for the best' becomes obsolete." She also cautions that "we must remind ourselves that social media does not replace face-to-face networking but instead is a supplement and provides the tools for instantaneous two-way communication."
It may seem very obvious, but networking is an art and necessary business tactic that is rapidly being lost. When a local media outlet held a networking breakfast at NCC last summer, it was interesting to see the numbers of attendees who hung back or sat at tables alone, reading their PDA devices. One attendee stood out as she walked around the room introducing herself and speaking to as many people as possible. She was clearly making the rounds and understood the benefit and the potential of connecting with the other attendees.
STUDY: International Travel Trade Show's Economic Impact Rivals Super Bowl
The U.S. Travel Association released a compelling new analysis of the economic impact of the annual IPW (formerly known as International Pow Wow), the U.S. travel industry's premier international marketplace that convenes more than 6,000 travel buyers, media and suppliers from 70-plus countries for three days of intensive deal-making.
A comparison of the economic impact of the 2013 IPW event in Las Vegas with a similar study of the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis shows that, while the Super Bowl attracted more attendees, the measurable total impact of IPW is longer—three years as opposed to four days—and significantly larger across key economic categories. For the host city, IPW produced more than four times as many direct expenditures; delivered more than five times the amount of GDP value-added direct impact; and generated greater tax revenues across the local, state and federal levels.
The 46th annual IPW will be held April 5-9 in Chicago.
"We always knew that IPW delivers super-sized economic benefits to the U.S. host city and the United States. We now know those effects are Super Bowl-sized," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "A city's investment in IPW is the gift that keeps giving, paying dividends over three years in the form of more international visitors and spending in the host city and throughout the country."
For the U.S. host city, the report—conducted by research consulting firm Rockport Analytics, LLC—found that IPW, as evidenced by its effect on Las Vegas, results in:
For the United States, travel initiated by IPW 2013 will:
Rockport Analytics' period of analysis matches the travel booking cycle, recognizing that travel is booked up to three years in advance. The firm's earlier study of the 2012 Super Bowl determined that the game's duration of significant economic impact lasted four days.
"Inbound international travel is an economic no-brainer, and that's what IPW is all about," said Dow. "Because it is exclusively comprised of foreign dollars, inbound travel is an export-and creates the third-largest trade surplus of any U.S. industry, in fact.
"President Obama knew what he was doing two years ago when he set the goal of attracting 100 million international visitors annually by 2021. The travel community is doing all we can to meet that mark, and largely thanks to the success of efforts like IPW, we're going to do it."
To read the report, please click here.
For information on IPW 2014 in Chicago, April 5-9, please visit: www.ipw.com.
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0 trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.