For the first time ever, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation is opening up our popular silent auction to the general public. Anyone can take advantage of these amazing packages! Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping raise funds for education and research initiatives that will benefit the meetings and convention industry.
The online auction launched on Friday, February 20 and features the following new components:
• Buy It Now prices available until March 20
• Online bidding open through the end of the Foundation Dinner on April 15
• Option to forward to a friend
• More fabulous vacation and merchandise packages than ever!
Visit the website to bid or find out more info
Check out Jet Blue’s new promise to those who may become laid off after purchasing air fare…
* The person seeking to cancel the reservation for flight(s) and request a refund under the Program must:
o Involuntarily lose his/her full time job on or after February 17, 2009
o Be aged 18 or older as of February 17, 2009
o Be a traveler on the reservation/itinerary for which a refund is sought; and
o Have personally paid for the travel for which a refund is sought.
For more info visit jetblue.com/promiseprogram/
Jet Blue flies to Mineta San Jose Airport, just 1/4 mile from Doubletree Hotel San Jose
Dodd Amendment Conversation with Rob Balmer, General Manager & Carrie McAllen, Director of Business Development
I imagine there are a multitude of reasons why those of us who work in hospitality have chosen to do so. Among them are the enjoyment of providing excellent service, a desire to help travelers feel more comfortable when away from home and some people fall accidentally into a hotel career while pursuing something completely different. My story is particularly unique, and one I am proud of – I am in this business because in the first half of the last century, a man died from a paper-cut.
My grandfather worked at a hotel where that man used to stay. It turns out that he appreciated the service my grandfather provided so much that he hired him away from that hotel to work for his own. When the man later died of blood poisoning from a paper-cut (medicine just wasn’t the same back then), my grandfather was named as the primary beneficiary of the estate which included the Pawnee Hotel in North Platte, Nebraska. My mom grew up around that hotel and others her parents later owned around the country. After school, she and her sister would have to work the switchboard, clean rooms and do other hotel chores.
By the time I entered the picture, my grandparents were retired, but I remember always knowing that my grandparents owned hotels and that my mom was raised in them. I had such a strong love for all of them that I decided at a very young age that I was going to work in hotels, just as they did. If that’s part of what made them such great and interesting people, I definitely wanted to follow in their footsteps. I have developed a passion for what I do and an awareness of how our guests and my fellow hotel team members are affected.
My story reminds me that all of us who work in the hotel have our own stories, and our guests do, too. For at least a couple days at a time, the stories come together; and if we can learn from each other, hopefully all are enhanced.
Director of Revenue Managemenet
Doubletree Hotel San Jose
We have our own March Madness going on here at Doubletree. Take advantage of any one of our Catering March Madness dates! Book during one of the below dates ranges and we’ll give you 50% off your standard meeting room rental.
March 2-4, 9-11, 19-21, 30-31
April 1-10, 13 -16, 18-30
Call the Doubletree Hotel San Jose Catering Department today 408.437.2806
*All rates and dates are based on hotel’s current availability. Offer expires March 31, 2009.
Discount applies to standard rack room rental and is not applicable towards food, beverage, audio visual, overnight guestrooms, amenities, parking, or service charges, taxes and any other incidental charges. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
Posted by Bruce MacMillan, CA on MPI website
Yesterday the US Treasury Department today announced new regulations for recipients of funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In addition to executive compensation limits, the department will require the Boards of Directors of those recipient corporations to adopt a company-wide policy on expenditures related to, among other things, conferences and events. While the language stated that the regulations are not intended to cover reasonable expenditures for “…sales conferences, staff development, reasonable performance incentives and other measures tied to a company’s normal business operations”, it will require certification by the company’s chief executive that expenditures that could be viewed as “excessive or luxury items” are in compliance with Board policy.
Obviously this has inflamed an already high level of industry business anxiety. We also need to tell our story: our industry is a significant economic contributor and supports millions of jobs across America, and beyond. It’s clear: getting the economy re-energized depends on an unencumbered meeting and event industry. Meetings and events are not the problem, they are part of the solution. Accordingly, we are taking collaborative action.
The first step is the release of a joint industry statement to set the record straight.
Like you, we are concerned by the current challenging economic and political circumstances. But rest-assured we are acting aggressively with the support of other meeting and event industry organizations as well as the US Travel Association to represent your interests. Together we will use the power of meetings and events to get our economies and our businesses moving.
To read the full article please go to MPI website
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Senior Sales Manager
Doubletree Hotel San Jose