June 30, 2004

On July 1, Visit Charlotte, the city's convention and visitors bureau, will merge with the Auditorium-Coliseum-Convention Center Authority, which manages and sells the 850,000-square-foot Charlotte Convention Center. The new organization will be called the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and will sell to both the leisure and meetings markets. Ron Kimble, assistant city manager for Charlotte, said, "The merger is a structural change that will create greater efficiency and boost the appeal of Charlotte as a destination."

Resorts Atlantic City opens its new hotel tower on July 4. Called the Rendezvous, the $25 million, 357-room addition is part of a $115 million expansion to the resort that also will add 26,000 square feet of gaming space. The lobby of the 27-story art deco tower connects to the original tower. The property now will have 879 guest rooms. In March, Resorts Atlantic City was granted approval by local legislators to buy 10 adjacent acres for even more expansion.

General voting by the membership of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at the group's Center for Association Leadership to determine whether the organization and the CAL will merge with the American Society of Association Executives and the ASAE Foundation to create two entities, ASAE and the CAL. Results of the binding vote will be revealed as soon as they are determined. If the membership approves the move, GWSAE, which was founded in 1927, will cease to exist.

Convention center management firm SMG and Conferon, one of the largest independent planning firms, have created a standardized national license agreement, allowing SMG centers and Conferon personnel to expedite negotiations and contracts for their mutual clients. "This partnership with SMG will offer a better starting point for our customers, saving them time and money by streamlining the contract process," said Conferon president Dave Lutz.