California Meetings + Events

Meet Giuseppe Lama, The Resort at Pelican Hill


Giuseppe Lama grew up in a restaurant family in Faenza, a historic city in Northern Italy. Doing his homework at one of the restaurant’s 20 tables and observing the goings-on around him, he learned the most important principle of hospitality: “If people are happy, they are going to come back.”

Today, as the managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill, the Five-Star, Five-Diamond, 504-acre property on the Newport Coast, that mantra still guides him.

Event Snapshots: TTMA Annual Honors


The Travel & Tourism Marketing Association gathered for a luncheon at Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica in October to confer its annual awards. Misti Kerns, president/CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, was the recipient of the Anastasia K. Mann Award, which recognizes an individual who has worked selflessly to promote travel and tourism in their area. The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art was honored with the TTMA Landmark Award in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

It is Time for Planners to update their playbooks & engage silicon beach


Silicon Beach is the name given to the tech corridor that spreads across Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista. Silicon Valley giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo! have established outposts here. Meanwhile, there are more than 1,000 tech startups in LA, according to RepresentLA, which maps tech companies in the area. Also in the mix are homegrown online enterprises such as Snapchat and The Honest Company, the Santa Monica-based eco-sensitive household products company that was launched by actress Jessica Alba.

New interactive excursions are anything but run-of-the-mill


The word “tour” on a conference or retreat schedule often evokes other four-letter words like “dull,” “yawn” and “blah.” After hours in meeting rooms, the last thing your attendees want to do is spend time trapped aboard a van or bus listening to a guide’s summation of the local sights or history.

A far better alternative: Expeditions that engage guests as active players and offer unforgettable experiences.

Here are six of our favorites throughout California. “Tour,” as your guests will discover, doesn’t have to be a dirty word!

Davis Offers diverse venues for meetings and events


Mention Davis, California, to almost anyone, and two images come immediately to mind: a prestigious university and a town teeming with bicycles.

So, first things first. The University of California, Davis, founded in 1905, sprawls over 5,300 acres, enrolls about 34,500 students, and offers some 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. It’s home to one of the top-ranked agricultural and environmental science colleges in the nation and offers professional degrees in medicine, law, veterinary medicine and nursing, among other disciplines.

Sacramento Elevates its Profile with Farm to Fork Campaign


It's likely that Sacramento would be experiencing an urban renaissance even without the “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” campaign that was initiated in late 2012 by Mayor Kevin Johnson. After all, a new $507 million sports arena is going up downtown; the music and art sectors are booming; the tech industry is staking a claim; new apartment blocks, hotels and office buildings are rising downtown, and the restaurant, craft beer and wine scenes are thriving.

Painted Vine brings paint-and-sip movement to Truckee


The latest trend in team-building and fundraising events: paint-and-sip gatherings, in which participants—provided with canvas, easel, paints and brushes—shed their business- world identities (wine helps) and are guided through the experience of creating a painting based on a still life, a photograph, a landscape or other theme.


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