The Aurora Sentinel has named Visit Aurora as a "Grade A Use of Taxpayer Money" in the inaugural selection of the "Top Notch Aurora Awards." Winners were chosen by balloted vote and were included in categories like food and drink, people and places and shopping and services. >>
Image Audiovisuals (Image AV), based in Denver, has acquired Sound Images, Inc. also based in Denver. This addition of Sound Images and the company's conference-recording/web-streaming service is projected to increase Image AV's revenue by 25 percent in the first year. >>
Sage Hospitality has added the Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown/Convention Center to their Full Service Division. The 403-room convention center hotel is the largest and first urban property for the company's portfolio which includes 10 full service hotels across the country.>>
Sage Hospitality has hired three new executives in the Select Service division. As this hotel division continues on a strong growth trend, the newly added positions will be invaluable. Sage’s Select Service division currently offers 32 hotels in its portfolio after an expansion of 12 new hotels in the Ohio area.
Joining the hotel management company are Erin Smith, Corporate Director of Sales, Stephen Moran, Regional Vice President of Operations and Michael Fatta, Division Vice President. >>
Gayloard Entertainment has announced plans to sell the rights to the Gaylord Hotels brand as well as the management contracts for Gaylord resort properties to Marriott International. Their Board of Directors has authorized Gaylord Entertainment to reorganize as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) contingent on a shareholder vote expected to take place this August. Pending approval, Gaylord Entertainment will be treated as a REIT beginning January 1, 2013. >>
Colorado's Destination Management and Event Planning organization,The Arrangers, has partnered with SCANVenger Hunt to create an interactive, state-of-the-art activity for groups of all sizes. Denver's Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) was the first to experience the technology in the mile-high city. >>
Kinsley Meetings welcomes Mike Adams as Vice President of Sales and Development for the full-service meetings and events management company. Adams will have his attention on the Southeastern region of the country, taking on a new Strategic Meeting Management division. >>
Colorado’s Westin Westminster has been busy, with the announcement of a new General Manager and three promotions within the sales department.
Mike Case is the former General Manager of JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. Under his service, the hotel was featured annually as one of the top U.S. hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice” list. He has also worked as the General Manager at Denver’s Oxford Hotel and the Assistant General Manager at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park. >>
The 12th annual Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado Educational Conference and Trade Show was held at the Colorado Convention Center on March 8, 2012. With a record of 800 meeting and event professionals in attendance, there were breakout sessions, workshops and a lunch featuring Keynote Speaker, Tim Gard and an appearance by Mayor Hancock thanking the group for their economic impact on the Front Range. >>
Sheraton Steamboat Resort offers a new Green Meeting Program. The initiative will include E-proposals, E-menus and E-Billing along with a template to lower the carbon footprint of events held at the venue.
If interested in the program, meeting and event planners will receive a Starwood Environmental Impact Assessment. The assesment acts as a report card and tracks energy, water consumption and waste management for the event. >>
Named "The Source,” the Summit will provide businesses and organizations with valuable resources through seminars, workshops and presentations by tourism-industry professionals. Sessions will be held at the D&SNGRR Museum and other downtown locations, making the city a one stop shop for attendees. >>
A staple in the Denver restaurant scene for over 20 years, Taylor is known for being a successful self-taught chef with five unique Denver dining establishments, a summer restaurant in Central City and two catering operations. >>
VISIT DENVER announces the launch of a new foodie blog called Eat Drink Denver. Devoted to celebrating the local culinary scene, the blog breaks down "all things food and drink" into five categories: Farm Fresh and Specialty Food Stores, Beer, Wines and Spirits, Food Festivals and Events, Chefs and Street Food. >>
Rocky Mountain Connections, a longstanding destination management and special events company, will change its name to RMC as it moves into new destinations and hospitality markets. Over two decades, RMC has grown to six operations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Now the company is expanding outside the Rocky Mountains with the addition of a Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, division, and empowering additional executive leadership.