For the second year in a row, Comdex has been canceled. Last
year, the Las Vegas-based IT show, which was the biggest trade show
in the United States in the late 1990s, was called off after years
of dwindling exhibitor participation and attendance. However,
MediaLive International, the producers of Comdex, had promised to
bring the show back in November 2005 and formed an advisory board
of key vendors to find ways to enhance the event. That effort,
however, now appears to be a bust.
Don Welsh took over as president and CEO of the Seattle
Convention & Visitors Bureau on April 1. Welsh replaced bureau
chief Steve Morris, who selected Welsh for the job and will stay on
as a consultant until retiring at the end of 2005, after 18 years
at the bureau. Most recently, Don Welsh served as the SCVB's senior
vice president of sales.
InterContinental Hotels Group, in a continuation of its strategy
to focus on management rather than ownership, has announced it will
sell 10 hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The properties,
which represent several chains in IHG's portfolio, include the
InterContinental Wellington in New Zealand and the Crowne Plaza
Canberra and Holiday Inn Melbourne in Australia. IHG will retain
management of all 10 properties.
The 14-member board of New York City's Metropolitan
Transportation Authority voted unanimously to sell the West Side
railyards to the New York Jets for the planned construction of a
75,000-seat stadium and convention hall. The board members said
they chose the Jets' bid over the far more lucrative one from
Cablevision because a stadium would be of greater benefit to the
city, and because it would ensure that the city would pay for the
extension of the Number 7 subway line.
The Convention Industry Council issued a statement April 1
condemning the practice of labor unions calling meeting planners to
persuade them not to meet at boycotted hotels. "Such boycotts would
violate federal law and cannot be supported," the statement read.
On its website (www.conventionindustry.org), the CIC offers a list of
recommendations for those contacted regarding a labor dispute.
Two conference centers, the 219-room Dolce Hamilton Park in
Florham Park, N.J., and the 209-room Dolce Tarrytown House in
Tarrytown, N.Y., have been sold. They will be renamed the Hamilton
Park Hotel and Conference Center and the Tarrytown House Estate and
Conference Center, and will be managed by Destination Hotels and
Resorts. At the Hamilton Park property, meeting room renovations
are scheduled, and at the Tarrytown property, guest rooms and
meeting space will be renovated. Both conference centers are
IACC-certified and have 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced Monday plans to build the 350-room
Hyatt Regency Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino, which will include
an 18-hole Pete Dye golf course and 28,000 square feet of indoor
and outdoor meeting space. The resort will break ground on the
Caribbean island this summer and open in late 2007. Future plans
call for additional hotel rooms, a second golf course and a