Jim Schroer has been named president
and CEO of Carlson Marketing Group, the incentive company based in
Minneapolis. Schroer, who replaces Jim Ryan, most recently served
as executive vice president for global sales, marketing and service
at DaimlerChrysler. He starts June 6.
Members of the International
Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus will receive
ballots today to vote on the organization's proposed new name,
Destination Marketing Association International. One ballot was
sent per member organization; the CVB's chief executive is the only
authorized ballot signatory. All ballots must be returned to IACVB
by July 1. A two-thirds majority of all ballots received is
required for passage.
The 750-room L'Auberge du Lac Hotel
& Casino opened last week in Lake Charles, La. Amenities at the
$365 million, 26-story resort include a 26,000-square-foot events
center, featuring a 14,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into six
meeting rooms, and a Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf course.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company finally
confirmed longstanding rumors it will open its first hotel in
Russia in mid-2006. The 332-room Moscow property will be close to
the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. On the former
site of the city's Intourist Hotel, which was knocked down in 2002,
the 11-story Ritz-Carlton, Moscow will feature Imperial
Russian-style architecture, two floors of executive rooms, two
restaurants, a 7,000-square-foot ballroom and approximately 13,500
square feet of meeting and function space.
The Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority
approved a $1.8 billion development plan last week, expected to
bring 400,000 square feet of retail and a 275-room boutique hotel
to L.A.'s downtown. Construction on the project, which also aims to
link major landmarks such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and City
Hall with public spaces, parks and roadways, is set to begin as
early as December 2006, pending approval from the Community
Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors.
Orbitz has unveiled a new group booking
function for customers needing five rooms or more. The new
function, powered by booking engine Group Travel Planet, allows
customers to book groups at more than 10,000 online properties by
clicking on the "Needs 5 Rooms or More" link. In addition,
customers can assign individual names to each room, add or drop
rooms and e-mail a group itinerary. For those who need to speak to
an agent, a 24-hour hotline is devoted to group bookings.