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    Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

    Renovations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld were receiving the finishing touches during my early February visit to the 28-acre property. As I toured the tropically landscaped resort with Director of Sales and Marketing Steven Green, beautiful chandeliers were being hung in the Majestic Ballroom of the new Palms Conference Center and final… Read more »

    A Hive of Activity

    With the Florida state legislature in session just two blocks away, the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton Tallahassee was buzzing with activity in early Feb. Jonathan LeBarre, the hotel’s director of sales, told me that many associations and corporate groups enjoy the close proximity to the Capitol, but sports groups also stay at the… Read more »

    Amara Cay Is Back In Business

    The first meeting resort property to reopen on Islamorada following Hurricane Irma’s visit last September, Amara Cay has been up and running since Dec. 15 and offers a gorgeous spot for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel. A private beach, event lawn, meeting room and various other areas are used for functions. General… Read more »

Making Headlines

    PCMA Leadership Change

    In December, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced that Deborah Sexton, who has been the organization’s president and CEO for more than 12 years, would be stepping down after the Convening Leaders event in Nashville in January. PCMA’s Chief Operating Officer Sherrif Karamat was selected as the new president and CEO.

    Event Technology App Launched

    MeetingPlay recently announced the launch of the next generation of its mobile app and event engagement platform. MeetingPlay’s new Gen 4 elements include: Augmented Reality (AR): MeetingPlay combined AR with gamification at Marriott’s CPC to educate attendees about Marriott’s 30 brands and create brand ambassadors following the Marriott / Starwood merger. MeetingPlay created designated AR tokens spread throughout the… Read more »

    Hilton Unveils Connected Room

    In early 2018, Hilton Hotel properties in Memphis and Dallas will be the first to test Hilton Worldwide’s new Connected Room, unveiled in December 2017 as “a first-of-its-kind, high-tech guest room.”

    According to Christopher J. Nassetta, Hilton’s president and CEO, guests who stay at Connected Room-enabled properties will soon be able to use the Hilton Honors app to manage most things they would traditionally do manually in a room, from controlling the temperature and lighting to the TV and window coverings.

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