Friday, April 23, 2010

Destination Hotels & Resorts Announces Series of Meeting Stimulus Packages at its More than 30 Conference and Meeting Facilities

Destination Hotels & Resorts Announces Series of Meeting Stimulus Packages at its More than 30 Conference and Meeting Facilities

Destination Hotels & Resorts' collection of conference and meeting facilities offer a variety of Stimulus Packages to help companies and meeting planners in today's tough economy.

Englewood, Colo. (PRWEB) February 17, 2009

In today's tough economy, businesses still have a need to meet for training, educational purposes, planning, employee recognition and so much more. Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hotel management company in the country, is making it easier for companies to keep this important part of their business model going with a series of value-oriented Meeting Stimulus Packages at its more than 30 meeting and conference facilities throughout the country.

"Destination is well-known in the industry for providing professional business travel and meeting facilities," said Charlie Peck, president and chief operating officer of Destination Hotels & Resorts. "The meeting, incentive and training business is a very critical part of our economy and organizations still need to meet to align company vision and strategy, train their associates, educate and recognize their top performers more than ever. Our goal is to offer organizations and meeting planners with solutions that allow them to be productive, resourceful and efficient as well as plan for their future and protect their investment in this difficult economy."

The Destination Meeting Stimulus Packages are designed to bring business relief to company budgets and bottom lines. Planners can choose from a variety of conference and meeting facilities which offer stimulus plans designed to provide business relief.

  •  The Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. is offering meeting planners a complimentary continental breakfast, free themed breaks and a 40 percent off discount on group room rates for Sunday arrivals or choose a complimentary board meeting or 5 percent credit to the master.
  •  Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in Florham Park, N. J. is offering a 20 percent reduction in meeting costs if the Dow closes below 9,000 and a 30 percent reduction of the Dow falls below 8,000.
  •  The InterContinental Tampa Hotel in Tampa, Fla. is offering a 10 percent credit to the master bill along with complimentary high-speed internet access and discounts on audio visual services.
  •  Depending on the number of rooms booked, Hotel ICON in Houston, Texas is giving planners the option of complimentary continental breakfast, upgrades, complimentary meeting room, 25 percent attrition, 25 percent off group room rates for Sunday arrivals or a complimentary board meeting.
  •  Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore. has a complete tool kit for planners and is offering a "stay two nights; get the third night free" offer for groups and meetings.
  •  At Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, Calif., book a weekday meeting by March 31, 2009 and receive 25 percent off a Complete Meeting Package.

Some restrictions apply. For detailed information on all meeting offers or to book a meeting or event at one of Destination's more than 30 properties, please visit www. DestinationMeetings. com.

The selection of Destination meeting and conference facilities is as vast and diverse as the company itself with small executive gatherings at boutique hotels such as Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix to large learning programs at one of seven IACC-certified conference center hotels such as Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center. Meeting planners have an excellent selection of sites, facilities, meeting packages and destinations to book anything from an executive retreat to an annual meeting. From condominium hotels to boutique properties or large conference centers and resorts, there is a property suited for each group's needs and requirements. And, there is a conference sales and services team at each location that understands the business of effective meetings and how to get the most out of every function.

Destination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D. C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www. destinationhotels. com.


Creative Host Services Signs Deal with Silver Diner

Creative Host Services Signs Deal with Silver Diner

Creative Host Services has agreed an exclusive deal to operate Silver Diner Restaurants in US airports. Silver Diner, which owns and operates 15 restaurants throughout the US Mid-Atlantic region, currently turns over $50m per year. It is the largest chain of diners in the country and the highest volume with street side sales approaching $1,000 per sq. ft.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2007

Creative Host Services has agreed to an exclusive deal to operate Silver Diner Restaurants in US airports.

Silver Diner, which owns and operates 15 restaurants throughout the US Mid-Atlantic region, currently turns over $50m per year. It is the largest chain of diners in the country and the highest volume with street side sales approaching $1,000 per sq. ft.

The unique and highly differentiated brand focuses on "Authentic American Classics" updated with contemporary alternatives, served within the nostalgic and upmarket environment of a real diner. Featuring authentically branded décor and service style, its hospitality is renowned as "contagiously friendly". Silver Diner offers a traditional selection of states-style foods, including burgers, fries, meat loaf, steaks, and shakes as well as a full bar component. Also on the menu are freshly prepared "All Day Breakfast" which are ideally suited to dining habits and irregular hours of airport customers.

The Silver Diner concept has been especially adapted for the airport environment. Airport units will feature design modifications such as wider aisles, luggage racks and LCD flight monitors throughout the restaurant, while a ten minute table service meal guarantee will mean that the concept is well suited to the needs of the time-pressed traveler.

With over ten years of experience in the take-away business, Silver Diner will also offer a range of elegantly packaged foods which are freshly prepared on the premises for convenient 'on-plane' dining. These will include panini grilled sandwiches and old-fashioned hand-dipped milkshakes to-go.

'This new deal means that we are now able to bring the classic atmosphere of the American diner to the airport environment,' says Rick Conrad, VP Brands & Marketing of Creative Host Services. 'We are delighted to have joined forces with this iconic US brand.'

'The airport business offers a wealth of new opportunity for expansion,' says Bob Giaimo President & CEO of Silver Diner. 'CHS's long experience in the airport sector means it can provide the expertise that will enable us to successfully meet the challenges of operating in a complex environment. The company also appreciates the importance of maintaining the integrity of our brand while adapting it to the needs of the traveling consumer.'

'We are very pleased that Bob and the Silver Diner team share our vision for concepting at a very high level, and that they have chosen Creative Host Services to be their exclusive partner in the airport arena,' adds Paul Damico, Chief Operating Officer of Creative Host Services, Inc.

The Silver Diner will open its first airport restaurant this fall in the premier 6,000 sq. ft. location at the new Southwest Terminal at BWI Airport.


Liberians 'Celebrate Sight'

Liberians 'Celebrate Sight'

Mercy Ships Eye Team shares a glimpse of hope in lives of those they touch.

Monrovia, Liberia (Vocus) October 9, 2007

World Sight day is an annual event that focuses attention on the global problem of blindness and visual impairment.

But alongside the fully equipped hospital ship Africa Mercy, docked in the West African port since late May this year, results of restored vision are celebrated literally every two weeks as former patients return dockside to “Celebrate Sight.”

At the most recent event this past week, more than 200 eye patients gathered to share their stories, sing and dance to the beat of African drums. During speeches and festivities, the Mercy Ships Eye Care Team also took the opportunity to conduct post-operative eye exams in other parts of the tent.

Distance, lack of transportation and cost of travel are obstacles that often prove too great for patients to return for post-op exams six weeks following a surgery where additional problems can often be intercepted. But a celebration gives many a reason to return.

Eye-chart tests are set up, eye exams conducted by the optometrist and laser eye procedures performed by the team’s ophthalmologist thanks to a portable, table-top YAG laser.

Suah is a young woman in her twenties with a lot to celebrate.

Thanks to the gift of a prosthetic eye fitted last May, Suah is one of the fortunate few who now has a job and is able to contribute to supporting her family. Eight people in ten in Liberia are still without work as the nation struggles to rebuild after 14 years of civil war. For the visually disabled, that statistic is much greater.

“All my life people have rejected me,” Suah began. “I lost my eye when I was two. Every day people have poked fun at me. I am considered abnormal.”

Yet despite the mockery, she persisted through school. Nursing was her dream. Passing the entrance exam for nursing school was an incredible accomplishment. But she was denied a place.

“They explained that because I only had one eye I wasn’t allowed to attend nursing school,” stated Suah.

Shocked and miserable, there was nothing that she could do about it. Her family could barely afford to feed themselves, let alone fund any medical bills. Then a doctor from her church told her about the Mercy Ship.

Looking back now, Suah laughs. She clearly remembers the first time she saw the prosthetic eyes. They looked so real and yet so strange. A drawer full of eyes!

“Now people look at me and can’t even tell which eye is the prosthetic,” Suah’s smile grows. “The ophthalmic nurse took so much care in choosing an exact match. It’s a miracle!”

Suah explains the difference her new eye has made in her life. “I now work with [former] child soldiers, who have been through so much pain, and also teach on HIV with a local NGO.”

Having personally experienced the pain of being ostracized, Suah’s heart is for helping those who still hurt. Now with two beautiful eyes, she has the confidence to pursue her dreams and reach out to others in need within her country.

Volunteer eye professionals onboard the Africa Mercy have been able to give more than 4000 free eye consultations since surgeries began onboard the newest Mercy Ship in June.

To help give others like Suah the gift of sight, click on the Mercy Catalog here: http://www. ms-information. org/2008MercyCatalogue/page12.htm (http://www. ms-information. org/2008MercyCatalogue/page12.htm)

About World Sight Day: World Sight is an annual event on the second Thursday of October which focuses on the problem of global blindness. It aims to raise public awareness around the world about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision. According to the WHO, people who live in developing countries are 10 times more likely to go blind than people who live in highly industrialized countries. Every five seconds, one person in our world goes blind

About Mercy Ships: Mercy Ships is the leader in using hospital ships to alleviate human suffering by delivering world-class medical and community services to the forgotten poor. Founded in 1978 as a global charity by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor in developing nations.

Stills, video and audio clips available at www. mercyshipsnewsroom. org
Professional photos and interview opportunities with Mercy Ships volunteer eye care professionals available upon request

For more information on Mercy Ships, contact:
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