Making Headlines

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions to Open New Property in Round Rock, Texas

Wisconsin Dells, Wis—Kalahari Resorts and Conventions announced on June 15, 2016 that it will open its first property in the Southwest in Round Rock, Texas, a city with a population of 105,000 and located 15 miles north of Austin, Texas. This new location will be similar to existing Kalahari resorts with an authentic African theme, up to 1,000… Read more »

Sea Trail Golf Resort Plans A $1.3 Million Renovation This Summer

By Alan Blondin, Myrtle Beach Sun News, Sunset Beach, N.C., May 23, 2016 —The three-course Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C., will be undergoing an estimated $1.3 million in renovations this summer, highlighted by the installation of new greens on its Jones Course and renovation of its Magnolias Restaurant. More renovations are planned… Read more »

A New Way to Celebrate Spring in The Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, TN – May 2016, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has a new way to celebrate spring. It’s a five-day event saluting the national park, Mother Nature and the culture of the southern Appalachians. Wilderness Wildlife Week from May 18-22 is a new springtime event after 25 years as part of Pigeon Forge… Read more »

Georgetown’s New Place to Meet

Georgetown, Texas – On April 21, The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center began accepting reservations as part of an announcement that the new property is set to open July 28, 2016. Featuring 222 guest rooms and suites, along with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, the venue will offer a range of layouts and… Read more »

Callaway Gardens Acquires The Lodge and Spa

Callaway Gardens®, April 14, 2016: In mid April, Callaway Gardens acquired ownership of The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens and announced that the planning stages of a 10-month renovation of all guest rooms, meeting space, public areas and spa will begin immediately. “This is a historic moment for Callaway Gardens,” said William “Bill” R. Doyle… Read more »

Revitalized Rooms At Rosen Plaza

Rosen Plaza Hotel, March 29, 2016: A revitalization of all 800 guest rooms and suites has been completed at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The upgrades follow the opening of a new nightclub and pool bar in 2015, a revitalized Jack’s Place restaurant and the launch of Zayde’s Kosher Catering. “This is one of the… Read more »

Meetings Industry Celebrates First Ever Global Meetings Industry Day

On April 14, 2016, meetings professionals, convention and visitors bureaus, conference centers, and other professionals in the industry hosted events and rallied across the globe to celebrate the first ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a day created to bring together and highlight the impact of the meetings industry. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, with… Read more »

Georgia’s Rome Launches New Digital Platforms

ROME, GA. — In similar fashion to its ancient namesake’s early technological innovations in architecture, roads and aqueducts, Georgia’s Rome is keeping pace with modern technology. The Georgia CVB group recently announced its new Tourism App and mobile-friendly website. The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has launched a new tourism app that coincides… Read more »

Jekyll Island Celebrates Beach Village Opening, Island Rededication

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA — A weekend of special events in mid-November highlighted a number of developments on Georgia’s historic Jekyll Island. The celebration started Nov. 13, with a welcome reception in the oceanfront courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room beachfront hotel with 5,350 square feet of meeting space, which opened in April. Featured… Read more »

Benchmark Hospitality Names New Director of Development

The Woodlands (HOUSTON, TX)— Benchmark Hospitality International recently named Emily Smith as its new Director of Development. She will operate out of Benchmark’s regional offices in Washington, D.C., according to Jared Evans, vice president of business development and strategy at Benchmark. “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Emily to Benchmark Hospitality International,” Evans said. “Not only does she… Read more »