Industry Update

June 28, 2011

 

LouieWinnersCongratulations to the 2011 Louie Award Winners!

The ISES St. Louis Chapter hosted its 12th Annual Louie Awards on Friday, March 4, 2011, at The Pageant. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Best Food Presentation: Hollyberry Baking Co.
Best Off-Premise Catered Event Budget under $200 Per Person:
Hollyberry Baking Co.
Best Off-Premise Catered Event Budget $200 Per Person and Over: Butler’s Pantry
Best On-Premise Catered Event Budget under $200 Per Person:
Patty Long Catering
Best Tabletop Design Budget $500 Per Table and Over: Bride’s Vision
Best Tent Installation: Traube Tent Company
Best Use of Lighting: Logic Systems Sound and Lighting
Best Overall Achievement in Technical Production: Logic Systems Sound and Lighting
Best Achievement in Event Rental: The Aries Company
Best Event Produced for a Nonprofit Organization Under $100 Per Person: Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club
Best Event Produced for a Nonprofit Organization $100 Per Person and Over: Contemporary Productions
Best Wedding Budget Under $200 Per Person: Cosmopolitan Events
Best Wedding Budget $200 Per Person and Over: Cosmopolitan Events
Best Event Designer Budget $15,000 and Under: Exclusive Events
Best Event Designer Budget $15,000 and Over: Parties & Props
Best Event Produced for a Private Individual Budget under $200 Per Person: Cosmopolitan Events
Best Event Produced for a Corporation Budget under $50,000: Ultra Events
Best Event Produced for a Corporation Budget between $50,000-$150,000: Envy Events
Best Event Produced for a Corporation Budget Over $150,001:
Destination St. Louis
Best Public Event: Quench
Best Achievement in Logistics: Contemporary Productions
Best Event Photography: Zettl Photos
Best Event Videography: Millennium Productions
Best ISES Team: Cosmopolitan Events, Event Partners, The Aries Company, Parties & Props, Sitting Pretty

KEYS AND PODS AT HYATT

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch continues to be on the leading edge of hospitality with a new RFID (radio frequency identification) key system and “pod” reception area.

RFID Key Cards

The new RFID key card system allows guests to access their rooms by simply holding a specially formatted card near the door to unlock it. The card emits radio waves, which are read by the guestroom door lock. Hyatt is one of the only hotels in the region to offer this technology.

“The RFID cards are a major improvement over magnetized swipe cards that can stop working when exposed to credit cards or electronic devices like cell phones. Guests will no longer have to return to the front desk for replacement cards,” said Brian Morris, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt.

Morris also points out that the new RFID cards are more eco-friendly than their predecessors because they are more durable and can last indefinitely.

Reception Pods

Hyatt has recreated the check-in process by developing new procedures and options for guests when they arrive at the hotel. Gone are the large, imposing desks that have historically been a mainstay in hotel lobbies. Hyatt has replaced them with individual reception pods that make the entire area more user-friendly and individually focused.

A neat row of platforms now lines the reception area where guests can check in through front desk staff, receiving personalized service.

For guests who would rather check themselves in, new digital kiosks are nearby. They offer those who are comfortable with technology the option to swipe their credit cards, have their keys coded and dispensed, and avoid any line.

Finally, the concierge staff now floats through Hyatt’s lobby equipped with iPads that they use to show guests maps, provide up-to-the-minute details about events, or search for any information a guest might need. For more information or reservations, visit www.hyattregencystlouis.com or call toll-free at 1-800-233-1234.

Missouri River Pedestrian and Bike Bridge opens in Jefferson City

The Missouri River Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge has been attached to the side of the northbound Hwy. 54 Missouri River Bridge. With this new attachment, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to easily and safely cross the Missouri River Bridge to travel back and forth between north Jefferson City and the heart of the city.

The new bridge attachment is eight feet wide and includes two lookout points with a spectacular view of the Missouri State Capitol and the Jefferson City riverfront. It will be fully ADA accessible.

The total cost of the Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge was $6.7 million. $5.6 million came from the federal Bicycle/Pedestrian Enhancements program. The remaining $1.6 million was funded jointly by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, City of Jefferson City and the Missouri State Parks Foundation. A partnership among these entities and the Missouri Department of Transportation allowed this project to become a reality.

For more information, contact the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau at (573) 632-2820 or www.VisitJeffersonCity.com.

Camden on the Lake Announces Newly Remodeled Event and Conference Center

Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa and Yacht Club, the newest luxury lakeside resort at the Lake of the Ozarks, is pleased to announce the renovation of 6,000 square feet of functional event and conference space.

The newly renovated Kinderhook Event Center and Ballroom features functional event and conference space with a permanent dance floor, full-service audiovisual equipment with special lighting and full bar with a first-class view of the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks. On-site catering is available from the resort’s culinary experts, offering an array of delicious menu selections.

With more than 16,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and function space, the resort features conference and event locations that can accommodate up to 500 people. The space includes a 6,600-sq.-ft. ballroom that is divisible three times, an executive conference room, reception/breakout rooms with lake view and outdoor seating, and plenty of outdoor function space. A 48-seat movie and presentation theater that is PowerPoint ready is also available and equipped with Surround Sound and laptop friendly seating.

For conferences, weddings or other events, or for information about purchasing boat slips at the Yacht Club, contact Michael Capps at 888-365-5620 or [email protected], or Nicole Kever, Director of Sales, at 888-365-5620 or [email protected]

Vino Nadoz Opens at The Boulevard – Saint Louis

Vino Nadoz, the wine bar offshoot of Nadoz Euro.Bakery+Café, is now open at The Boulevard – Saint Louis. The new 1,400-square-foot bistro seats 48
in a space rendered in finishes of bamboo and recycled butcher block. It can be reserved for private gatherings.

“Our wine list presents more than 30 rotating selections from around the world and complements a menu of small-plate items such as focaccia pizza, Asian noodle wrap and ahi tuna,” said Steven Becker, president of Steven Becker Fine Dining, the owner of Nadoz. “Vino Nadoz sustains the Nadoz theme, where the emphasis is on seasonal ingredients, unique cuisine and an inviting, comfortable atmosphere.”

Nadoz Café, which opened in 2007, features European style desserts, hand crafted artisan breads and pastries, crepes, panini, salads and hot breakfast served all day.

For more information, visit www.nadozcafe.com.

The World Meets In St. Louis

The International Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) selected St. Louis as the host city for its World Education Congress
(WEC) in 2012.

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) and a team of regional partners successfully bid for the MPI event, which attracts thousands of worldwide meeting and convention planners. There are few events of this stature available for a community and securing one is tough competition. St. Louis beat out a number of first tier cities vying for the prize booking, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Toronto and Philadelphia.

According to Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO of MPI, St. Louis was selected because it fulfills MPI’s strategic imperatives to elevate content, member experiences and conversation. The organization’s mission is to create a rich learning experience and global marketplace opportunity,
making attendees more successful. MPI reviewed each bid candidate’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) element and overall community commitment to key CSR principles. There are more than 24,000 MPI members in 69 chapters and clubs worldwide.

The effort to secure the major hospitality industry event for St. Louis was a collaborative one, as the CVC worked with area hotel partners and the St. Louis Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (SLAMPI) to present the winning bid. Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meetings and events industry’s largest and most vibrant global community helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships and marketplaces. For additional information, visit www.mpiweb.org

JOHN Q. HAMMONS HOTELS & RESORTS MAKES $20.5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN THREE HOTELS

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has completed $20.5 million in renovations to three of the company’s award-winning hotels, part of the hotel ownership and management group’s multi-year strategy to create the most modern, spacious and comfortable hotels in each market served.

The project completely refreshed the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas in Springdale, Arkansas, the Embassy Suites Greensboro-Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Embassy Suites Kansas City –International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. Each renovation modernized the hotel’s guest rooms, suites and bathrooms and redesigned the public space and restaurant, and upgraded meeting and convention space. The modernization of the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas is also part of the Holiday Inn brand’s $1 billion global refresh project.

The renovations also refreshed the hotels’ atriums, a signature of the John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts brand, turning the atriums into focal points for guests to socialize, relax and stay connected. At each property the lobby, pool, business and fitness centers have also been fully renovated, including the addition of state-of-the-art Precor® Fitness exercise equipment. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.

Convention and Exhibition Industry Association CEOs Agree to Collaborate

During a recent meeting of the chief staff executives of key organizations involved in the convention and exhibition industry, it was agreed that they would begin to meet regularly each year. Essentially, these five CEOs have formed an alliance relationship that will explore opportunities for joint cooperation across a broad spectrum of common industry activities including safety and security, advocacy, education, industry affairs and best practices among others.

The group includes Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA); Michael Gehrisch, President/CEO of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI); Steven Hacker, CAE, President, The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); Dexter King, CFE, President/CEO, International Association of Venue Managers, Inc. (IAVM) and Lew Shomer, Executive Director, The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO).

The group issued the following statement: On behalf of the five organizations and the respective members that they represent, we are very pleased to announce the formation of what will be an effective
working team dedicated to advancing the interests of all those who rely upon conventions and exhibitions.

We believe the convention, exhibition and events industry is poised to take advantage of additional growth and development resulting from the continuing increase in global trade, the advance of new technologies and the heightened awareness of the unique power that face-to-face business communications delivers through events that our members produce, host, participate in and service.

This is a particularly appropriate time for us to begin a new and exciting era defined by our mutual support and collaboration for and with each other. We are confident that the results of our work together will present those represented with significant new opportunities.

Stonewater Cove Resort Offers Corporate Retreats A Natural Mix of Business and Adventure

Stonewater Cove Resort and Club, a luxurious, lakefront boutique getaway nestled in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest, is the ideal setting for corporate retreats that naturally combine business, adventure and relaxation. Situated on the shores of Table Rock Lake, known as one
of the clearest freshwater lakes in the world, Stonewater Cove offers distinctive, state-of-the-art meeting spaces, rustic yet luxurious accommodations, a stunning stone and wood lodge, nearly 500 acres of lush forest and an abundance of on-site activities and adventures sure to suit every taste.

Stonewater Cove’s meeting spaces include the Lake View Board Room, which accommodates up to 20 guests at its custom-made, polished driftwood meeting tables. The boardroom connects to an upper level terrace for private outdoor meetings or lakefront dining. A second meeting
space on the lower level of The Lodge can be converted in a variety of ways, as either an indoor team building center or a variety of conference/workshop layouts and accommodates up to 60 guests. For larger functions, companies and groups have the option to reserve the entire resort for their exclusive use.

Each of the resort’s 21 individually designed rooms and suites feature upscale amenities, custom-made wood furniture and attractive coffered ceilings. On-site activities offered at Stonewater Cove include ATV tours, clay shooting, zip lining, water sports such as skiing, leisure boat rides, archery, and a low-ropes Chevron course.

In addition, Stonewater Cove offers several in-room spa services. Spa services are available in the resort’s unique new treehouse treatment rooms, which are nestled in the forest along the lake’s shoreline with a remarkable woodland view. For more information about the resort
visit the Web site at www.stonewatercove.com or call (800) 792-3956.

Springfield, Mo., CVB Launches New Web Site

Produced by Kansas City-based MMG Worldwide, the new Web site at www.SpringfieldMo.org features colorful photography, video, user-friendly options, social networking capability, an enhanced events calendar, mapping and much more.

More people are planning their travel with the Internet, and with rapidly changing technology, expectations of Web site users and competition with other cities at an all-time high, CVB staff determined it was time to bring in a team of experts to take the site to a new level.

The new site is just one way the CVB is enhancing Springfield’s Internet presence. A mobile application for smart phones was developed (available free at www.VisitSpringfield.mobi) last year, online advertising promoting Springfield as a travel destination has increased and the bureau is working with the Missouri Division of Tourism on a search engine optimization campaign to increase Web site visitation from Google. The bureau maintains Twitter and Facebook accounts, a blog and an online newsletter. Texas A&M is conducting a survey to determine what visitors like and don’t like about the former Web site and the new site.

For more information, call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767 or 417-881-5300.

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN UTILIZES NEW SOLAR ARRAY MADE POSSIBLE BY PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPRESS SCRIPTS

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to sustainability and improving the built environment, the Missouri Botanical Garden is utilizing solar technology to help offset the energy and operating costs of its Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC). The recent installation of 110 solar panels atop the building will produce an estimated 32,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, or about five percent of the building’s total electrical needs. The solar array, made possible by a unique partnership with Express Scripts, will pay for itself within six years and save an estimated $180,000 in electricity costs over its useful life.

The solar panels were supplied at no expense to the Garden. Express Scripts made the initial equipment investment on the Garden’s behalf and will be reimbursed over the next five years by leveraging a rebate from Ameren Missouri and federal tax credits for renewable energy.

A touch-screen monitoring station in the CBEC lobby will illustrate the real-time power production of the solar panels and the daily energy harnessed. Visitors can also measure the array’s power production tallies for the current week, month and its lifetime to-date.

The CBEC solar array system size is 25.3 kilowatts of DC power. The power created by this system is equivalent to the energy needed to power four to six homes. Over its 30-year lifetime, the system is estimated to produce 870,000 kilowatt hours of energy and displace 800 tons of
carbon dioxide. In other environmental terms, the savings is on par with eliminating 2,500 gallons of gasoline burned in cars per year, or preserving 29 acres of hardwood forest.

The Commerce Bank Center for Science Education is located at 4651 Shaw Blvd. at the intersection of Shaw and Kingshighway, just a few blocks west of the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden in south St. Louis. For general Garden information, visit www.mobot.org.

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