Society of Incentive & Travel Executives has launched the
group's first regional office, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new
office will serve as the organization's presence in Europe, where
33 percent of SITE's members are based. Carolyn Dow, a former
president of SITE, has been appointed as its director. The
association will launch other regional offices later this year, all
in accordance with a long-term strategic plan. "As a global
organization, it is so important for us to have multiple locations
to serve the ever-changing needs of our membership," said SITE CEO
Brenda Anderson. "As a past president, Carolyn Dow especially
understands the needs of our members. Her background and experience
in the incentive and travel industry make her perfect for this
The 290,000-square-foot Fort Washington
Expo Center in Fort Washington, Pa., near Valley Forge, has been
sold and will close in mid-June for conversion to offices. The
Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and the center's
general manager, Ken Safarowic, have identified buildings that
could serve as replacements when the current facility closes. The
criteria for replacement: "It's got to have four walls, a roof,
comfort facilities, loading docks and drive-in doors," said Valley
Forge CVB president Paul Decker. "Manufacturing, distribution and
warehousing buildings all need the same things."
Ground was broken last week for a
90-story high-rise condo hotel project encompassing the 200-room
Shangri-La Hotel, Chicago, and 233 residential condominiums plus a
spa, a 24-hour fitness club, a business center and a ballroom that
will seat 250 people. The hotel is due to be completed in 2009.
StarCite Inc. announced a partnership
on Monday with WorldTravel Meetings & Incentives. Through the
agreement, WTMI will implement StarCite's meetings management
technology internally and for customer use, including a
registration tool and an end-to-end platform for strategic meetings
management. Customers also will be able to submit online requests
for proposal through the StarCite Marketplace, which provides
access to more than 77,000 suppliers worldwide.
The 280-room Hesperia Tower Hotel &
Convention Center in Barcelona, Spain, will open this weekend. The
luxury hotel, one of the tallest buildings in the city, offers four
floors of executive-level rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting
space for up to 1,600 people in a separate conference center.
Several restaurants are on site, and a new rooftop, glass-domed
eatery will open in April.
The Convention Industry Council
announced last week the appointment of two officers to its board.
John H. Graham IV, CAE, president and CEO of the American Society
of Association Executives, has been named vice chair; Eric Allen,
executive vice president of the Healthcare Convention &
Exhibitors Association and vice president of the Kellen Co., has
been named delegate at large. Thomas M. Mobley, Jr., senior vice
president, convention centers at Global Spectrum, will again be the
chair of the board. Terri Breining, CMP, CMM, president of Concepts
Worldwide, will replace Mickey Schaefer, CAE, of Mickey Schaefer
& Associates LLC, as chair of the APEX Commission. To ease the
transition, Schaefer will serve as a consultant for four months.
Regarding the request for proposal for the CIC's future management,
the board has made it a requirement for responding groups to
include current president and CEO Mary Power, CAE, as part of the