by Allen J. Sheinman | June 01, 2014

Thank This Donkey for the Beer 
We're not sure if Saint Bernards really tote mini-barrels of brandy for distressed hikers in the Swiss Alps, but we are sure that Mija the Beer Donkey provides brew for parched guests at the 649-room Fairmont Scottsdale (Ariz.) Princess (there's a cooler hidden under her serape). It all goes down at the hotel's on-site Crown P Corral, an authentic mini Wild West town now used for special events and team building.

News From All Over  

 • Google Indoor Streetview now lets planners explore every part of the 936,460-square-foot Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center (shown).

 You don't have to be a professional speaker to talk like one. Speaker Training Seminars provides tips for presentations that will keep audiences riveted.

Airstream 2 Go now offers Airstream travel trailers and GMC Yukon Denali tow vehicles for events. (For more creative ideas, turn to "Off-Site, Offbeat Venues".)

New Facilities Take Wing at Airports 
Things are buzzing at airports from coast to coast, and it's not all the sound of planes taking off and landing. Here are some recent developments.

 • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last month debuted the expansion of its Terminal B (left), which added 10 new gates to serve American Eagle regional jet flights. Other features include a "comfort zone seating area," new charging stations and expanded free Wi-Fi.
 The first of four new Forbes Travel Stores has opened at Detroit's Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The store offers books, electronics, luggage and snacks, along with touch-screen computers with news on investing, technology and more. The other stores will open soon at Washington Reagan and Washington Dulles airports.

 The completely redeveloped International Terminal 5 has opened at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The $26 million project added 24 new upscale retail shops and restaurants, plus a new 10,000 square-foot duty-free store and an XpresSpa for massages, manicures and facials.

Sending Out an SOS:
When a user of the EmergenSee app runs into trouble, one tap of her smartphone alerts pre-selected contacts, who see a live video/audio stream of what's going on plus a GPS location, so they can send help.