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What’s Up @ Web Top 5: Dec. 4 – Dec. 17 Tips to #2 Fivestory hits itImprove Golf Events and strategies that will get their golf events some This big, giving planners ideas recognition, and, more importantly, results. Fore! See #1 MANAGEMENT MATTERS: A SEASON OF CHANGE Airlines Divests American #3 Americanparent of American Airlines, divested Eagle carrier last month. AMR believes the AMR Corp., the regional move will enable American to focus on its core business. For more, America’s companies will lose half their top management in the next five years. That means opportunity for new leaders, but where will companies find them and how will they motivate them? Find out more at #4 Luxury Watch Brands Get Sporty Meeting planners must have had gifts on the brain last month, as this December 2006 story found its way to the Web Top 5. Check it out: 25 #5 Thelist ofMost Influential 2007 holds steady at the #5 position. Find out who made the This industry movers and shakers list in 2007. See Soapbox Radio Killed the Video Star Posted by Suzie Amer For a while it was all about television. Screens were popping up everywhere—in the elevator, above the gas pump, embedded in the mirror in the hotel bathroom. But recently, I noticed that, in some hotels at least, TV is giving way to music. Hotels, particularly those commonly referred to as “lifestyle hotels,” are increasingly relying on music to help define their identities. In several hotels I visited recently, the lobbies resembled little clubs, with bars front-and-center and DJs spinning dance and lounge music. Now, this concept isn’t exactly new; W Hotels has been doing it for years. But music isn’t confined to the lobby anymore. . .it’s in the elevators, it’s by the pool, it’s piped out to the beach, it’s even in the hallways. After checking in, on my way to my room for the first time, I liked the music and thought it made what can sometimes be a long walk down a dreary hallway feel a lot more fun. But by day three, I just wanted a little peace and quiet. But the chances of that don’t look likely. I recently visited two hotels still under construction, with lobby bars and DJ booths under way. For more opinions and insights, go to: Pollster Have the drastic increases in crude oil prices affected your meetings? 63% Yes - Unexpected fees are being added to airfares and/or ground transport 7% No - Suppliers have not passed this cost on to me 30% Not yet - But I expect to see increases and fees soon Source: Hot Deals * MEETING PACKAGE: Membership Has Its Privileges The 255-suite Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas has introduced an American Express offer. Planners can enjoy a savings of 3 percent off their master bills when booking and paying with an Amex Card. Certain dates apply. * MEETING PACKAGE: Texas-Sized Savings Book a meeting at participating Texas Marriott and Renaissance hotels Jan. 1 to March 31 and get a new iPod Touch; 15 percent off AV; a comp room for every 25 actualized; suite upgrade; 10 percent off F&B; double rewards points. NOW OPEN Sandpearl Resort presents 25,000 square feet of premier meeting and conference space, elegant accommodations and 700 feet of shoreline to offer experiences on Clearwater Beach. A NEW SPIRIT OF SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS 500 Mandalay Avenue • Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 • (727) 441-2425 • (877) 726-3111 • coral_12111 meeting news footer 1 1 6 MeetingNews January 7, 2008 7/13/07 5:25:47 PM

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Meeting News - January 7, 2008
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Meeting News - January 7, 2008