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December 2011

Mile High CVB Gets New Chair

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Mile High CVB Gets New Chair
New leader a fixture in local tourism.
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Caesars Las Vegas Launches Guest Tech
Newest tower to feature guestroom innovations.
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Carlson Announces 11th Raddison Hotel in California
San Fernando property will get a complete refurb.
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More Golf Comes to Pointe Hilton
Phoenix property partners with Troon.
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Riviera Hotel & Casino
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The Riviera’s convention center, located on the Las Vegas Strip adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, is a self-contained full-service conference facility. Located a mere 10 minutes from McCarran International Airport, the Riviera Hotel & Casino offers you the perfect setting for business, accommodating most trade shows, conferences, and corporate events with its 160,000 square feet of convention space. Las Vegas begins here, at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

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Featured Story
Coastal Orange County  

Sacramento/Central Valley/
High Sierra

Middle Ground


Perhaps the most iconic image of Nevada, and one that comes to mind when most people think about the state, is Las Vegas at night. “Sin City” and other meetings-friendly destinations in the Silver State indeed provide unparalleled nightlife, from gaming excitement and eclectic cuisine to big-name entertainment and shows.

From the capital of Sacramento through the Central Valley, groups will experience the rich interior of the Golden State, while also having access to acclaimed national parks. Sports venues are also common here, with several of the CVBs employing a dedicated position for sports events sales.SACRAMENTO
Steeped in Gold Country history, the state capital remains competitive in the state’s convention marketplace, with comparable infrastructure and facilities, but Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento CVB says there’s more to its appeal.

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Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Santa Clara is Silicon Valley Central and home to the Award Winning CVB and Award Winning Santa Clara Convention Center. Check out our meeting planner "Steals & Deals" and find available dates and group rates on featured hotels and meeting facilities. Let the "Magnetic" appeal of Silicon Valley help make your next meeting or event a "Success"!

Learn more at:SiliconValleyMeetings.com.

Site Scene

Site Scene


  • Construction is slated to begin early this year on a $110 million development project that will bring the Tri-Cities region’s first Embassy Suites to Richland. The new 165-room hotel will be wine-themed, reflecting the growth of the local wine industry. Property plans include a vineyard, a full-service restaurant, a 12,000-square-foot conference center and a 20,000-square-foot outdoor events garden. The two-year development plan also calls for a nearby extended-stay hotel adjacent to the Horn Rapids Golf Course. For more information, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

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Negotiating with Convention Centers – A Meetings Focus Checklist


  • Build a solid, meaningful business relationship with Center personnel in a positive and knowledgeable manner and negotiating leverage can be increased. Negotiating leverage is greatly determined by the size of your events and the number of events that you book at the same Convention Center.
  • Study publicly owned Centers’ guidelines thoroughly. Negotiations at publicly owned Centers are extremely limited (but not impossible) as legislative and regulatory boards predetermine pricing and regulations which cannot be changed. Privately owned Centers are more amenable to negotiating.

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Past Issues

San Diego CC Gets Closer to Expansion - 12/13/11
Hybrid Meetings Webinar Coming Up - 12/6/11
Gov. Planners’ Meetings Slashed - 11/29/11
President OKs Bill On Faster Visas, Airport Clearance, for Asia-Pac - 11/22/11
PCMA Launches Corporate Planners Conference - 11/15/11
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa Celebrates $13 Million Renovation Completion - 11/8/11
Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Getting Big Overhaul - 10/25/11
Luxury Arizona Resort Wraps Up $25 Million Makeover - 10/11/11
La Jolla Hotel Undergoing Major Upgrades - 10/4/11
Aloha, Mickey! New Disney Resort & Spa Opens in Hawaii - 9/27/11
Hyatt Workers Strike in Four Cities - 9/13/11
US Airways to Slash Vegas Service - 9/06/11
Lenders Foreclose on Tahoe Ritz-Carlton - 8/02/11
Hilton Ending Franchise with Vegas Hilton - 7/05/11
Gaylord Plans Convention Hotel in Colorado - 6/28/11

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On Location: Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism

JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton

Tyler Davidson, chief content director of Meetings Focus, caught up with the Las Vegas CVA's Chris Meyer, who says tourism and meetings business is showing significant gains in the gaming capital of the world.Click here to view.

CSR: Creating Positive Results
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Including a well-planned corporate social responsibility (CSR) program can reap dividends such as inspired attendees and good p.r. for your organization. Discover some of the latest CSR trends and how you can communicate their importance to organizational stakeholders—all with an eye on the bottom line.Sponsored by: Fort Myers Sanibel

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