New Orleans was recently named the No. 1 most budget-friendly destination in the country by Travel + Leisure. While many people tend to plan trips around Mardi Gras, there are many other reasons to travel down south this fall. The Aloft New Orleans Downtown’s current discounts are just a few of those reasons.

The hotel is currently offering three deals, including 20 percent off the best available rates this fall; up to 15 percent off weekend stays; and a 40 percent savings on the night following a regular rated room. While enjoying these deals, guests can also enjoy a few new cocktails at W XYZ, the hotel’s bar. The El Diablo drink combines vodka, crème de cassis, lime juice and ginger beer. For the whiskey lovers, We Got the Beat and A Little Bit Country mix Jameson with Disaronno, lemon juice and bitters, or Southern Comfort, iced tea and lemonade, respectively.

The Aloft South Beach was recently sold by JMH Development, with Mitchell Hochberg, to Rockpoint Group for $105 million. Jason Halpern, founder and managing partner of JMH Development, acquired the hotel in 2004 and brought Mitchell Hochberg on as his partner. In spite of the recession, the two of them turned this property into the largest Aloft in the world. During their time as owners, the Aloft South Beach was remodeled into a 13,000-square-foot property that includes 235 rooms, a renovated historic area and a new eight-story tower. The property continues to combine the urban aesthetic of Aloft, while capturing the carefree atmosphere of Miami Beach.

The Omni Louisville Hotel, which is set to open in spring 2018, recently revealed the model for the property’s guest rooms. On display at the nearby Odd Fellows building, the guest rooms emulate Louisville’s warmth and hospitality, while embracing the city’s unique quality and charm.

“What sets Louisville apart from other cities is its visible progressiveness combined with a deep appreciation for its history. As a Kentucky native, I wanted to emphasize that combination of past and present,” says Laura McKoy, Omni’s creative director and vice president of interior design. “We kept coming back to the term crossroads as we considered our room design. We saw how Louisville’s future—new buildings, new industry, new entertainment—literally intersects with the beautiful traditions of the past. Our guest rooms celebrate that unique relationship.”

Each Omni property is designed individually and reflects the local culture of its city. The rooms at the Omni Louisville Hotel, designed by waldrop+Nichols, are draped in deep amber and ice tones, representing the city’s deep connection to bourbon and water. Other design details reference a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, bourbon barrels and bourbon bottles.

A generation ago, people talked about the power lunch. Now, taking the “work from anywhere” trend to a new level,  Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has introduced the “power palapa.”

These beach palapas, which line Aruba’s shoreline, have been outfitted with everything meeting attendees need to stay connected during breaks, including a power and USB charging station, laptop cooling pad, laptop sunshade privacy cover and a power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water.


Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, continues to up its game as a destination for meetings and events and leisure travel. Working my first two years out of college for a large bank holding company based in Omaha, the recent announcements caught my attention.


Explore new renovations and hotels for your group in Ventura County Coast. Mix business with sunshine! Host a safe, productive meeting at one of our hotels, then bond as a team relaxing at the beach or shopping, whale watching or exploring Channel Islands National Park (also known as “the Galapagos Islands of North America”).