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atlas3D Sells Event Space & Improve Guest Experiences Through Virtual Platforms

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Software and services company concept3D is redefining the virtual tour experience with its new platform. Unlike other interactive maps and virtual tours, atlas3D allows event space marketers to create a fully immersive digital experience to more specifically fit guests’ needs. atlas3D helps marketers sell their event space, as well as vastly improve their guests’ experience at the event.

MEDEA Creates Messages on a Bottle

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MEDEA, an ultra-premium vodka that’s distilled in Schiedman, Holland, and distributed through corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, California, regularly takes top awards in the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. And that’s just for its taste. MEDEA also enjoys distinction for its unique bottle: the only one in the world with a programmable LED message strip, which is design- and technology-patented.

ALHI Creates New Parent Company

Associated Luxury Hotels International has created a new parent company, Associated Luxury Hotels, which offers a solution for luxury-level and upper-upscale independent hotels and resorts around the globe through their current and future holdings. ALHI will focus on serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions marketplace for the 250 AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels it serves.

The Williamsburg Inn Continues Multi-Stage Renovations

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia has announced the next part of its renovation, which will enhance the inn’s exteriors as well as its food and beverage menu. This includes a new restaurant, a reflection pool and private event spaces. The inn halted reservations on Jan. 22 but is set to reopen in April 2017.

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.

Planners & Chefs Share How to Best Address Guests' Dietary Restrictions

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BONE UP. Get familiar with common food allergens, religious observations, the different types of diets and how these foods must be prepared. This will help you plan menus and knowledgeably discuss food issues with attendees, caterers and kitchen staff.

Canopy by Hilton Develops San Antonio River Walk

Canopy by Hilton, in a joint development between Crockett Urban Ventures and Merritt Development Group, plans to develop Canopy by Hilton San Antonio River Walk. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, the hotel will be managed by White Lodging Services.

“We are excited to work with entrepreneurial and forward-thinking developers,” says Chris Anderson, senior vice president and chief revenue office, White Lodging. “This will be an architectural wonder and a real destination until itself.”

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.

GBTA and MPI Present Meeting Certificates

Recently, the Global Business Travel Association and Meeting Professionals International awarded the Certificate in Meeting Management to 37 professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. The association will offer programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year.

“We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO, MPI. “Participants have consistently shared positive feedback on the program’s educational content and instructors.”

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