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July 2011

Owner Proposes Plan for Iconic L.A. Hotel

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Owner Proposes Plan for Iconic L.A. Hotel
The owner of the Century Plaza outlined a $2 billion proposal that calls for rehabilitating the landmark hotel in L.A.’s Century City and adding two 46-story, mixed-use towers and a public plaza.
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MPI Picks Future WEC Cities
MPI announced that it will hold the 2014 World Education Congress in Minneapolis, while San Francisco and Philadelphia will be the sites of the 2015 and 2016 congresses, respectively.
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Reno-Sparks CVA Names New Chief
Mark H. White, currently vice president of sales for Visit Salt Lake, will be the new president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.
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Hammons Abandons Colorado Hotel Project
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is walking away from completion of the stalled 300-room Renaissance Hotel in Colorado Springs, according to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
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Has the incentives industry limited itself by focusing primarily on programs for sales people? A study by the Incentives Research Foundation (IRF), which shows the potential benefits of motivation programs for a broad range of employees, suggests that it has.

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Career Forum

Go Social for Your Job Hunt


When a position appears on a job board that you're interested in applying for, do you just submit your resume and cover letter and hope the company or organization will contact you about scheduling an interview?

With over 13.5 million people still unemployed, you need to take a more pro-active approach if you want to get in the door for that interview. You need to determine who can help connect you with the hiring manager, the internal recruiter or some key individual in that company or organization, and social media sites provide a way for to happen.

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University Venues

Campus Winners


Whether meeting planners are seeking a peerless spectator sports outing or on the lookout for team-building options that build winning bonds, college campuses boast endless opportunities. To top things off, these university venues are usually budget-friendly and are located in appealing destinations.

Here are some intriguing athletic-themed options, ranging from group gridiron excitement to a snazzy collegiate Hall of Fame showcasing superb meeting spaces, that are fit for winning teams.

John Q. Hammons Arena, Missouri State University
Springing up in Springfield, Mo., in 2008 with the help of a $30 million donation from Missouri-based hotel developer and MSU alumnus John Q. Hammons, the JQH Arena instantly became one of college basketball's most enticing hard-court havens.

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Past Issues
Seattle Hoteliers Propose Room Tax Hike - 7/19/11
IAEE Urges Restoration of Hawaii Tax Exemption - 7/12/11
Hilton Ending Franchise with Vegas Hilton - 7/05/11
Gaylord Plans Convention Hotel in Colorado - 6/28/11
L.A. Creates Tourism Marketing District - 6/21/11
Ritz-Carlton Charts Global Expansion - 6/14/11
New Ownership for M Resort - 6/07/11
KSL Buys Foreclosed Ariz. Resort - 5/31/11
Hotel Profits Rose in 2010 - 5/24/11
MPI Survey Shows Fuel Cost Concern - 5/17/11
Mexico Tourism Addresses Safety - 5/10/11
Starwood Reaches Union Settlement in SF and Chicago - 4/26/11
WOW-e Maui! - 04/05/11
Big Island VB Says Tsunami Impact Minimal - 3/15/11
Convention Industry CEOs to Collaborate - 3/01/11
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