THE HILTON GARDEN INN SPRINGFIELD PRESENTS KID-FRIENDLY ECO-TOUR, PLAY TIME IN SALT WATER POOL
The Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield, Mo., is designed with the planet in mind. Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standards, the hotel features amazing energy and resource-saving elements including a salt water swimming pool.
The idea for a tour was conceived while hotel owners were working with architects on the project. They saw a great way to educate people about the environmental and economic benefits green buildings provide. Trained with LEED courses created by those who worked on the project, hotel staff conducts guided tours that teach guests about innovative building design and renewable energy practices.
Children are amazed by the pool’s buoyant qualities and are introduced to the concepts of energy conservation through an educational tour provided for guests of all ages. Salt water pools are an expense when installed, but after that chlorine does not have to be added, as salt makes chlorine. Salt is softer on your skin, and the new salt systems monitor and clean themselves.
Other elements on the tour include a geothermal HVAC system in the Pavilion Grill, meeting rooms and all common areas; solar panels to generate electricity; a solar reflective roof; a concrete parking lot with fly ash content; high efficiency electrical and water fixtures; full recycling and waste food composting system; and native grasses and drought-resistant landscaping without permanent irrigation.
BUSINESS TRAVEL WILL COMPLETE A COMEBACK YEAR IN 2011 – BUT FACES A TOUGHER CLIMB IN TURBULENT 2012
Business travel will maintain its upward trajectory in 2012, but a stagnant U.S. economy is driving increasing corporate uncertainty and leading to projections of slower U.S. business travel spending growth next year, according to the latest Business Travel Quarterly Outlook – United States from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), sponsored by Visa.
2011 has been a year of resurgence, with business travel spending expected to grow 6.9% compared to 2010, hitting $250.2 billion. However, troubles in the economy are fostering more of a wait-and-see approach among corporations heading into next year, leading to a forecast of 4.3% growth in business travel spending for 2012 (or $260.9 billion).
GBTA finds that the expected growth in spending for 2012 will be largely spurred by price increases in travel goods and services. But although travel prices are projected to increase in 2012, pressure in the economy will mean that prices will grow more slowly than in 2011. GBTA predicts U.S. business travel price inflation to be 2.4% in 2012, compared to a price inflation of 4.3% for 2011.
While spending on group travel such as meetings and conventions bounced back in 2010 and 2011, the uncertainty in the economy likely will lead to a spending slowdown for meeting travel next year. GBTA projects group and meetingstravel spending to grow at 3.5% in 2012, about half as fast as the expected 6.8% growth in 2011.
The Business Travel Quarterly Outlook – United States is free of charge to all GBTA members (gbta.org/foundation/resourcelibrary). Non-members may purchase the report through the GBTA Foundation at [email protected] Members of the media seeking report details should contact GBTA communications staff at [email protected]
MISSOURI STATE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL REMAIN IN JEFFERSON CITY THROUGH 2018
The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) serves as the primary liaison between Missouri’s capital city and the thousands of visitors who frequent the community each year. In the interest of bringing attendees to increase tax revenue and fill hotel rooms, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lincoln University submitted a joint proposal to host the Missouri State Track & Field Championships. The proposal was submitted to the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) board, which approved the event to remain in Jefferson City at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium through the 2017-2018 academic year.
The State Track and Field Championships have taken place in Jefferson City for more than 30 years. Each year the event brings thousands of participants and attendees to the community the last two weekends in May. These visitors generate an estimated economic impact of $378,000 and use nearly 3,000 room nights. Jefferson City hotels, restaurants and retail stores enjoy increased business throughout these weekends.
THE FIRST EVER TO DO SO, NEW TITANIC BRANSON EXHIBIT INTRODUCES THE SURVIVORS’ WALL OF STORIES
Ever wonder what happened to each of the survivors of the Titanic disaster? For the first time ever, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson will guide you through the individual journeys of each of the survivors within its exclusive Survivors’ Wall of Stories.
Titanic Museum Attraction organized a team of historians from around the world, and after two years of research, it compiled these survivors’ stories. Until now, the number of survivors has been unknown due to the inconsistent records kept by the rescue ship, Carpathia. Its list of rescues included duplicates and was missing survivor names. Now, Titanic Museum Attraction has released one of the most detailed pieces of Titanic information ever compiled. There were 712 passengers and crew who were rescued, including 201 from first class, 118 from second class, 181 from third class and 212 crew members.
Titanic Museum Attraction provides a gateway to 1912, where first class maids and a variety of officers and crew members bring the stories of the fabled ship and its fascinating passengers to life by retelling their stories in vivid, dramatic detail. The priceless artifacts throughout the museum shed additional light on the lives of passengers and crew members when guests see the actual belongings of those who sailed on Titanic’s maiden voyage.
GBTA ANNOUNCES NEW GLOBAL MEETINGS TASK FORCE
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the business travel industry—has announced the creation of a new taskforce with a commitment to enhancing meeting strategy in global education, accelerated thought leadership, industry collaboration and best practices. The task force will bring the discipline of strategic meeting management to the forefront of the business travel industry as an important aspect of progressive travel management, and will propel the progress and definition of global strategic meeting management. The Global Meetings task force will be led by Linda McNairy, vice president, Strategic Partner Management, StarCite.
The new task force will comprise industry visionaries and practitioners, including thought leaders of the former Groups and Meetings Committee. It will build on the body of work created by GBTA, including the recently launched SMM Maturity Index. The task force will outline a new strategic vision for Global SMM to launch in early 2012.
SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER NAMES EXPANSION BOEING HALL
The Saint Louis Science Center has named its new 13,000-square-foot exhibition hall Boeing Hall in honor of The Boeing Company. The Science Center received a $5 million gift from Boeing in 2010, which was used to fund the new exhibition hall. Boeing Hall, designed by PGAV Destinations and built by Alberici Constructors, was dedicated on Nov. 1, 2011.
The EXPLORADOME, the Science Center’s current exhibition space, is nearing the end of its lifespan. Boeing Hall will replace the EXPLORADOME for educational exhibitions, and special annual events like SciFest and FIRST® Robotics. Boeing Hall has a distinctive green energy rooftop terrace, which will provide a unique setting for outdoor educational programs and events.
Boeing Hall was designed and built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The green roof is a major component in this certification, and is unique among green roof designs.The building also includes state-of-the-art energy compliant heating, cooling and lighting systems.
Alberici Constructors completed the building earlier this fall. The inaugural ex-hibition for Boeing Hall is Star Trek: The Exhibition, which opened to the public on Oct. 28, 2011.
ICARUS TO CREATE TRAVEL INDUSTRY’S FIRST GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
The Global Business Travel Association has announced the acquisition of Project ICARUS from the United Kingdom’s Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM). This acquisition will allow for the creation of the travel industry’s first ever global sustainability program.
Project ICARUS was established six years ago by ITM with a goal to encourage travel buyers and suppliers to address sustainability issues in their own companies. In the European Union, Project ICARUS is now the definitive source of information, education and support for sustainability issues in business travel and meetings. Its four key components include encouraging reductions in carbon emissions; developing an understanding of wider sustainability issues; providing educational programs and events specializing in sustainability; and recognizing companies that have adopted these best practices. For more information, visit gbta.org.
SPRINGFIELD CVB RECEIVES AWARD FOR WEBSITE
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that its Web site was given a 2011 W³ Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The W³ Awards honor outstanding Web sites, Web marketing, Web video and mobile apps. More than 3,000 entries were submitted worldwide.
The CVB’s Web site, www.Springfield-MO.org, received a silver award for “visual appeal.” The site, launched in March, was developed by Kansas City based-MMG Worldwide.
This marks the second W³ Award for the CVB, which received a silver award in 2010 for its mobile application for smart phones available at www.VisitSpringfield.mobi.For more information about the W³ Awards, visit www.w3award.com, e-mail the W³ Awards at [email protected] or call (212) 675-3555.
For more information about the CVB, call (417) 881-5300 or (800) 678-8767.
COMPANIES TO PAY MORE FOR PLANE TICKETS AND HOTEL ROOMS NEXT YEAR
Companies in North America (N.A.) and Asia Pacific (APAC) are expecting airfare and lodging rates to climb next year, and are bracing for these increases by upping their travel budgets, travel managers report. Negotiations with airline and hotel suppliers for 2012 were also tougher this year – with buyers citing stricter volume commitments and expecting less generous discounts, according to a recent survey of North American and Asia Pacific-based travel buyers by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Asso-ciation (GBTA).
Highlights from the GBTA Annual Industry Pulse Report include the following.
With the exception of domestic car rentals, buyers expect average airfares and hotel rates in North America to rise between 3% and 5% in 2012. Buyers expect average rates and fares to rise between 4% and 6% in Asia Pacific.
Buyers expect domestic airfares to in-crease the most in 2012:
• North America – 5% projected in-crease to average fare of $487
• APAC – 5.3% projected increase to average fare of $412
Buyers also expect fares to rise in other airfare categories:
• International economy – N.A: 4.4% to $1,193; APAC: 5.1% to $1,146
• International business class – N.A.: 3.9% to $4,929; APAC: 4.6% to $3,535
Projected increases for domestic hotels (N.A: 4.1% to $165; APAC: 4.9% to $181) and international hotels (N.A: 3.3% to $262; APAC: 4.4% to $618) are not far behind.
In both regions, higher travel rates (N.A: 69%; APAC: 52%) and airline fees (N.A: 58%; APAC: 53%) were most often cited as the primary factors driving increases in travel budgets.
A substantial majority of buyers said the discounts yielded in negotiations are expected to be the same or less in 2012 from airlines (N.A.: 74%; APAC: 77%) and hotels (N.A.: 88%; APAC: 76%).
When it comes to the state of the economy compared to last year, travel buyers in these regions are seeing uneven levels of recovery. For North America, travel buyers have mixed feelings on the economy: 25% feel it’s doing better, 47% feel it’s the same, and 28% say it’s worse. There is still positive sentiment as 90% believe the economy will not get worse over the coming year.
The 2012 Industry Pulse: Business Travel Buyers’ Sentiment – North America and Asia reports surveyed 307 and 409 corporate travel buyers in their regions, respectively, in September 2011. The report is free of charge to all GBTA members (gbta.org/foundation/resourcelibrary). Non-members may purchase the reports through the GBTA Foundation at [email protected]