Hawaii Hotels Aloha Solar Power, Big Time

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Most of Hawaii’s energy comes from expensive, imported fossil fuels, so it’s no surprise solar power is a hot ticket there. The hospitality sector has long been a sustainability leader in Hawaii , and going solar is high on the list for hotel and resort upgrades.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii’s New Travel Ban Lawsuit

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Hawaii’s new travel ban lawsuit is just the latest salvo in President Trump’s ongoing executive order saga. The executive order … keeps Hawaii families apart,” said Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin in a widely reported news conference announcing the lawsuit.

Disney Turns Hollywood Into Hawaii for 'Moana' Premiere

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Guide to Top 7 Street Art Cities in the U.S.

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Just as Hawaii’s culture has a strong identity, the graffiti art demonstrates its independence. Since Banksy began spraying socially-conscious messages around the world, people have started to recognize graffiti as a legitimate artistic medium.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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states made the list, including perennial meetings favorites such as Florida and leisure paradises such as Hawaii. Hawaii. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah.

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7 Swanky Golf Resorts for Events and Tournaments

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Palm trees, lakes and white-sand bunkers highlight the Arnold Palmer- and Ed Seay-designed 27-hole course at Hawaii Prince Golf Club. These seven golf resorts have teed up expanded meeting spaces or renovated courses in an effort to attract more corporate events and tournaments this year.

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Honolulu International, Hawaii (HNL). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii. As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners.

9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

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Maui, Hawaii. Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty dose of stress. Rather than focusing on life’s strains, plan a meeting or event where free time provides an opportunity to recharge , relax and decompress.

Making A Positive Impact On A Destination.

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The Ritz-Carlton launches Impact Experiences Program, a Community Footprints program offering conference and group guests the opportunity to participate in socially responsible activities that make a positive impact on the destination while fostering collaboration and a great sense of accomplishment.

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10 All-Inclusive Resorts for Inspiring Incentives

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii). All-inclusive resorts are the epitome of luxury —relaxation free of constant payment. If you’re looking for unforgettable all-inclusives for your next incentive program , check out our top choices.

Poke, Remixed Breakfast Among Latest Food Trends

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The forthcoming Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii will include a casual-dining restaurant serving ramen dishes that’s also available for private events. Food trends change as often as fashion trends.

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s no surprise that the most fun cities in the United States, according to a new report released by WalletHub, are also key meeting destinations. Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in the poll, which compared the 150 largest U.S.

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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Meet Hawaii. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings. After much voting and decision-making, the 13th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals.

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Las Vegas, Austin and Orlando Earn Top Marks in J.D. Power Destination Study

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Las Vegas is followed in the regional rankings by Oahu Island, Hawaii, with a score of 813 and San Diego with 812. Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, accepted the J.D. Power and Associates 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Award.

10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

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Hilton Waikoloa Village hired David Givens as general manager of the 1,240-room oceanfront resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island. Heather Bailey has been appointed director of program development for MC&A, Hawaii’s largest full-service destination and event management company, based in Honolulu. Cindy Hart. Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado , as director of sales and marketing.

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – Kapolei, Hawaii. The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey. USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Honolulu, Hawaii. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Guam CVB: “It’s Business As Usual”

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Travelers can easily access the island on direct flights from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Hawaii and the Philippines. Guests flying from the continental United States can connect in Hawaii or Japan. Tumon Bay with Two Lovers Point in the background.

Inside the Largest Conservation Conference in the World

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When Barcelona hosted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in 2008, a group of passionate delegates from Hawaii sat up in their chairs and thought, Why not us? National Park Service, two of whose inaugural locations are in Hawaii.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels High on Boutiques

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” The Spectator in Charleston, South Carolina , and Montage Kapalua Bay in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii , were ranked No.

What to do if a Norovirus Outbreak Strikes Your Event

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One of the big meeting stories coming out of San Francisco this week is the lawsuit filed by people who attended an NAACP California-Hawaii conference two years ago at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City.

Best Beaches Roundup

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Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and Texas, all of which boast lovely beaches, did not appear in Tipspoke’s list. Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a remote beach located on the eastern coast of Oahu , came in at No. This is followed by Kapalua Bay Beach , in Maui, on Hawaii.

Best Big Cities Also Among Best Meeting Cities

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Honolulu, Hawaii. With more than 30,000 hotel rooms near Hawaii Convention Center, there is a perfect resort for every group. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California.

Grandma Can Visit, Supreme Court Says

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Got Class? Group Learning Through Team Building

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At Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii Big Island, a resident kumu hula , or teacher of hula, provides groups with lessons so they can take their skills back home with them. School isn’t just for kids.

6 New Celebrity Chef Dining Experiences

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San Francisco-based Michael Mina , one of the first celebrity chefs to kick off the popular trend in Las Vegas, opened his first restaurant in Hawaii in August, with Stripsteak Waikiki coming online in Honolulu.

Global Luxury Hotel Market On the Rise

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii. Luxury hotels are enjoying a growing demand for rooms among tourists and business travelers, according to a Luxury Hotel Market Report released by Research and Markets, a Dublin-based market research provider.

Smart Women 2017: Doer

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Company or organization: Travaasa Experiential Resorts: Travaasa Hana on Maui in Hawaii and Travaasa Austin (soon to be Miraval Austin) in Texas. Kimberly Greene. Job title: Lead associate for events and strategic market development.

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2016 Industry Leaders: Patricia Byrd

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My dream conference to attend is… Connect Hawaii, of course! Patricia Byrd. Sales Manager, Spartanburg CVB. Spartanburg, S.C. The tourism bug first bit Byrd when she served on the Tompkins County (New York) CVB board, and she’s been showing off the places she’s called home ever since.

Dunk with Dwyane Wade at Marriott’s Master Class Series

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Underwater conservation with Jean-Michel Cousteau at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Hawaii. • Are you an old dog eager to learn a new trick? Enroll in a master class at Marriott !

Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority Honored by World Travel Awards

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) has been named the world’s leading tourist board by the prestigious World Travel Awards.

6 Environmentally Friendly Places to Celebrate Earth Day

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii, is offering a self-led Sustainability Tour on Earth Day. Participating guests will learn about the resort’s dedication to the environment while walking the lush grounds and sublime gardens of one of Hawaii’s most diverse islands.

And the Award Goes to … the 2017 It List for New Hotels

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Location: Lanai, Hawaii. Call it the Oscars version of the hotel world (or maybe not, judging from Sunday night’s unprecedented best-picture gaffe).

2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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The resort unfolds with a relaxed sense of elegance and classic Hawaiian architecture that embraces Hawaii’s culture and climate. Best Airport Hotel. Best Attraction/Theme Park. Best Ballroom Hotel. Best Beach Hotel. Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel. Best City Hotel. Best Coastal Hotel.

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Top 15 Hotel Brands Win Popular Vote

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With locations in Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, California; Park City, Utah; Maui Island in Hawaii; and Bluffton, South Carolina, meeting professionals have plenty from which to choose. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California. The people have spoken.

Bringing Your U.S-Based Conference to Europe

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He said he “fell into” creating and producing the annual event after attending a regional Society of Technical Communication conference in Hawaii in 2000, where he saw a programming gap: It was geared to content strategists rather than those at a higher managerial level. Jack Molisani.

New List Names Top 50 Hotels in the United States

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The list of 50 Best Hotels in the United States features more geographic variety, highlighting hotels from Georgia, Utah, Hawaii and other luxurious locales. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Hualalai, Hawaii. Montage Kapalua Bay – Lahaina, Hawaii. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Guiding Principles

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It’s a wrap. As I write this, PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 (CL) just successfully concluded in Austin, and our work at Convene is just beginning.