California Meetings + Events

Anaheim Marriott Reveals Solar System

The Anaheim Marriott, which recently made a major investment in renewable energy, just activated a solar system in three portions of its hotel roof that currently fuels about one-third of the property’s 1,030 guest rooms.

The installation at Anaheim Marriott was implemented in partnership with SoCore Energy. The new system features 1,805 solar modules and is projected to produce 880,000 kilowatt hours of power per year. By having this new energy source, it reduces the hotel’s energy consumption equal to the elimination of a year’s greenhouse gas emissions from 131 vehicles.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Named No. 1 Best Hotel in California

The U.S. News & World Report has named Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa the No. 1 Best Hotel in California. They were also listed as one of the top ten hotels in the U.S.

"The award-winning hotels on the U.S. News Best Hotels rankings meet the standards of both everyday travelers and industry experts in offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities," says Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.

The rankings rely on luxury hotel and resort industry awards as well as expert and guest reviews to determine the list.

LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion

The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”

Splacer Debuts In Los Angeles

Splacer, an online marketplace for event spaces, has expanded to the Los Angeles market. At its debut, the market had 140 listings available to book for meetings and events, including villas, lofts, museums, theaters and more.

Charlie Palmer Group Announces New Leadership

Charlie Palmer Group’s Northern California properties, Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer and Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, has hired a new leadership team.

The team includes James DeLuca, general manager at Harvest Inn; Tamara De Mars, director of sales and marketing; and Parul Suri, director of revenue management and distribution. Alongside Chef Palmer, the team will work to elevate the guest experience and increase business sales at the two hotels.

Meet Geri Miller

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Geri Miller was recently hired as the master gardener at The Ranch Malibu.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as master gardener at The Ranch Malibu?

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Announces New Director of Sales and Marketing

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport recently appointed Dustin Imbesi as the director of sales and marketing for the Burlingame hotel. He will be responsible for all sales operations for the 789-room property.

With an extensive hospitality background and 12 years of experience within the Hyatt Hotels Corporation,

Joie de Vivre Hotels Announced New Appointments at Hotel Becket

Joie de Vivre Hotels announced new personnel appointments at Hotel Becket, the brand’s new property, which opened in South Lake Tahoe. The property named Gregg Harper general manager, while Kate Brown and Warren Martineau will lead the sales and marketing team.

Irvine Marriott Introduces Multimillion M Club Redesign

The Irvine Marriott has opened its new M Club Lounge, a semi-private space for Premier and Gold Club Members that offers guests complimentary food and beverages, free Wi-Fi and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Announce 47.3 Million Visitors

According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles had a record 47.3 million visitors in 2016.

This is the sixth consecutive year they have broken visitation records. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total—an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.

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