Industry Update

September 1, 2008

Podcasts, Videos Spice Up Jefferson City CVB Web Site
The Jefferson City CVB recently added a page specifically for podcasts and videos about Jefferson City to its Web site. The Bureau currently has two podcasts and three videos on the page, with plans to add more in the future at the rate of about once a month.
Currently, the podcasts include interviews with Kathy Cavender, manager of Runge Nature Center; Bob Adams, organizer of the Show-Me Beer Festival; and Sarah Stroesser, communications director of the Jefferson City CVB. The link to the “Video/Podcast” page can be found on the Bureau’s Web site home page, underneath the photo slideshow.
The videos that appear on the Bureau’s site are courtesy of KETC, LIVING ST. LOUIS. The 5- to 10-minute videos cover topics such as the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary, Lincoln University and the Soldier’s Memorial, and the Missouri State Capitol chandelier that fell in 2006.
For more information, please contact the Bureau at (573) 632-2820, or log on to

Branson CVB Wins Awards
The Branson Lakes Area CVB has been recognized for two major awards for their commitment to hospitality excellence. The Pinnacle Award was given through Successful Meeting Magazines and was awarded on the basis of the first-hand feedback (on a 10-point scale in four different areas) from meeting planners who have shared their experiences with the publication. The entire staff earned the award for their commitment to providing remarkable hospitality and services.
Branson CVB was also recognized in the Meetings & Conventions magazine for outstanding service to planners and was awarded their Gold Service Award for their consistent dedication in their service to meeting professionals.

120th Anniversary Celebration for The Elms Resort & Spa
The Elms Resort & Spa, located in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, has a long and fascinating history—one that has included such famous (and infamous) guests as Jack Dempsey and the New York Giants; President Harry S. Truman; and crime figures Al Capone, Bugsy Moran, and “Pretty Boy” Floyd.
For the Anniversary Celebration, the hotel has created a “120th Anniversary Package” that offers guests a Deluxe Guestroom on the Club Level Floor, dinner for two, cocktail reception, and breakfast. The package also includes a souvenir bottle of water and a $200 voucher for the spa.
October 10 and 11, 2008, the Resort & Spa would like past associates of the Elms to return and share photographs and stories from their tenure at the hotel. The hotel would like to collect these stories, to be shared on the Web site and eventually make its way into a commemorative book of The Elms’ history. Past associates and guests will be able to share these stories and upload photos online at the hotel’s Web site (, or by e-mailing them to [email protected].
For more information on events and activities, please visit or contact Keith Winge at (816) 629-2580 or [email protected].

CoCo Key Water Resort Opens at Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex
The CoCo Key Water Resort, at the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel, held its Grand Opening to the public on May 21, 2008 and over the Memorial Day weekend (May 23–May 26). The hotel and water resort offer overnight, “triple play,” and group-rate packages to guests, as well as reservations for cabanas and special birthday party features.
For further information on the packages available, please call 1-(877)-425-2746 or visit

Mount Pleasant Brings Award-Winning Wines to Branson
Mount Pleasant Winery was founded in 1859 and is located in Augusta, Missouri. This winery, America’s first designated wine district, now provides another reason to head to Branson.
On April 11, 2008, the winery opened its brand-new 9,200 square-foot tasting and bottling facility. Besides a relaxing wine bar and separate tasting rooms, visitors now have the unique opportunity to bottle their own wine from a specially designed 600-gallon French oak barrel.
For more information on Mount Pleasant Winery, please call (636) 482-WINE or visit

Omni Majestic Hotel Partners with Village Talent Academy
As part of their community outreach efforts, The Omni Majestic Hotel of St. Louis recently partnered with Village Talent Academy for a dynamic music education initiative. The program is designed to cultivate the musical talent of youth by introduction to music theory, music history, and experience in learning to play various musical instruments. Village Talent Academy is a local music school that offers quality instrumental music instruction.
The Omni Majestic Hotel recently featured performances by 18-year-old local piano prodigy Dominick Bolden (April 21–May 16, 2008). At the conclusion of the performance series, the Omni Majestic Hotel awarded Mr. Bolden a college tuition scholarship. As Johnny Danrich, Omni’s director of the sales for St. Louis, stated, “The Omni Majestic Hotel has been a prominent venue for music entertainment and dining. We are pleased to make this investment in the youth of our community, as it will hopefully produce future musicians for the city.”
For more information on the Omni Majestic Hotel, please contact Johnny Danrich at (314) 436-4155, ext. 436, or via e-mail at [email protected].
For information regarding Village Talent Academy, please call Derek Hudson at (314) 726-5260.

St. Louis Adam’s Mark Sold; Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront to Come
The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, recently completed the purchase of the 910-room St. Louis Adam’s Mark Hotel—as part of its purchase of the 4,867-room Adam’s Mark Hotel portfolio—from HBE Corp. of St. Louis.
Chartres Lodging has also announced the $63-million renovation and reposition of the St. Louis property into the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront within the next year.
For further information on this project, please call Bob Ochsner, XPR for Chartres Lodging and Kokua Hospitality, at (949) 748-7000, ext. 100, or via e-mail at [email protected].

CIC and ASTM Develop New Standards for Green Meetings
The Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, have partnered in the important endeavor of defining what is “green” in the meetings and events industry. The immediate goal is to organize stakeholders, NGOs, and other interested groups to actively develop standards that specify environmental best practices associated with meetings, conferences, and trade shows.
The process in developing green standards was initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in discussions with the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). They agreed on the tremendous need in the meeting and event industry for a uniform measurement of environmental performance.
The EPA has two fundamental goals in participating with the development of the standards. The first is to institute a voluntary, market-based approach to environmental performance in the meeting/event/hospitality industry. The second is to further the government’s policy of reducing its own impact on the environment by selective use of appropriated funds.
For more technical information on this partnership, please contact APEX Director, Sue Tinnish, at (847) 394-9857 or via e-mail at [email protected].

New Winery Experience Coming to Branson in Spring 2009
As breathtaking as an Ozark mountain sunset, Branson Ridge Winery & Marketplace will offer a new winery experience to the Midwest.
Perched on a scenic ridge just North of Branson, Missouri, this unique winery will feature state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, picturesque vineyards, a Bistro and a Marketplace. Branson Ridge Winery & Marketplace brings old-world charm and new-world style together in a spectacular setting that will be the destination for all wine lovers.
On the main floor of the Winery, several tasting bars will feature popular, premium and reserve wines. In addition, a variety of Missouri grape juices will be sampled in our tasting room. Below the main floor of the Winery lies the wine production area. Large stainless steel tanks lining the walls will contain fermenting juice and Small French and American oak barrels will age the estate-grown wine. Wines made at the facility will be bottled with the in-line bottling line adjacent to the production area.
Vineyard tours will be professionally conducted by tour leaders and will educate consumers about grape varieties, canopy management, growing and harvesting.
The Bistro at Branson Ridge Winery and Marketplace will provide a culinary experience that is unique to the Ozark region. Not only will the Bistro provide a fabulous menu of assorted soups, luscious salads and delicious sandwiches, the chef will frequently change menus and offer extraordinary daily specials that will keep you coming back for more.
The event facilities, wine museum and access to the cellar are all located on the lower level. In the Tasting Room’s Exhibition Kitchen, regularly scheduled cooking demonstrations from local celebrities and our own in-house chef will engage visitors with gourmet recipe preparation, wine and food pairings, educational cooking classes and exciting entertainment that only Branson celebrities can dish out.
The Marketplace will offer a variety of specialty food and wine related items and accessories from Europe and other corners of the globe. Also available will be a wide assortment of locally grown produce and quality Missouri meats and cheeses. Visitors can sample the grocery items while enjoying the pleasant aromas from our freshly-cut floral area. The Marketplace is an epicurean delight that excites the senses.
For more information, visit Be sure to visit their exhibit at the Missouri Meetings & Events 2008 Kansas City Regional Expo, September 8-9.


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