JUL 2015

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J U L Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 Florida Kimpton Introduces "Pashmina Program" MIAMI—To address situations in which some participants feel chilly in meeting rooms, Kimpton's Florida hotels have rolled out a " Pashmina Program." This complimentary program allows attendees to use the fashionable scarves to keep warm during meetings at Kimpton's Florida properties. According to Eric Jellson, director of marketing and strategy, Kimpton Hotels Florida & Cayman Islands, temperatures in hotel meeting rooms are usually set at 72 degrees, which is comfortable for some participants but chilly for others. He cited an ergonomics study from Cornell University that found temperature is an important variable that can impact performance. "Productivity levels are directly impacted by how comfortable we are in our surroundings," Jellson said. "It's our job to deliver comfort and provide groups with the environment they need to have a successful meeting experience." Kimpton's Florida properties include EPIC Miami; Surfcomber Miami, South Beach; Vero Beach Hotel & Spa; and Tideline Ocean R esort & Spa, Palm Beach. Georgia Cotton Sail Hotel and Top Deck Mark First Anniversary SAVANNAH—The Cotton Sail Hotel and Top Deck, a boutique hotel and rooftop bar overlooking the Savannah River, marked their first anniversary with a special event in late June. "The Cotton Sail Hotel has experienced an exceptional year of success," said Inan Isik, the property's general manager. "We could not be more delighted with the excitement and positive feedback we've received from the Savannah community and hotel guests over the past year." A former cotton warehouse built in the late 1800s, the iconic Ryan Building was preserved and revitalized into a hotel and restaurant by HOS Management, a project that received an Excellence in Rehabilitation award in April from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. According to Isik, the hotel now blends traditional Savannah charm with understated nautical appeal. Top Deck, a nautical-themed rooftop restaurant and bar, which offers spectacular views of Savannah's historic district and the Talmadge Bridge rising over the Savannah River, has become a popular special event site. Louisiana New Sales Assistant For Shreveport-Bossier SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER— Zachary Ebarb has been hired as a convention and tourism sales assistant at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. Ebarb will support six staff members in the convention and tourism sales department in selling Shreveport-Bossier's group tours, convention and meeting space, and more than 10,000 hotel rooms. The team attracts new business and maintains client relationships through direct sales, customer and facility relationships, trade shows and client events. Ebarb most recently served as the sales coordinator for the Hilton Garden Inn at 5971 Financial Plaza, Shreveport. He graduated from Northwestern State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism in May. "Zachary's passion for Louisiana and varied background in hotels, sales and tourism make him a great fit for the team," said David Bradley, vice president of convention and tourism sales at the tourist bureau. "He will work very closely with our hospitality and tourism community to promote Shreveport-Bossier as an excellent destination for group tourism, meetings and conventions." Maryland Hotel Indigo Property Opens In Baltimore BALTIMORE—In June, InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) Hotel Indigo brand opened its first hotel in Maryland. The 162- room Hotel Indigo Baltimore - Mt. Vernon occupies a historic building that once housed Baltimore's first YMCA and sits in the heart of Downtown Baltimore's Historic and Cultural Districts. ‰ across the south OWENSBORO—The new Bulleit Bourbon B ar, which debuted in late June at the Owensboro Convention Center, will showcase more than 40 bourbons, including Bulleit Rye, the top-selling rye whiskey in the country. "There is a bourbon for everyone, from the novice to the connoisseur," said Mark Pruett, director of food and beverage at the convention center. Jason Bott, vice president and general sales manager for Coastal Wine and Spirits of Kentucky, said "bourbon is the fastest-growing category in the spirits industry today. It is a pleasure to work with the Owensboro Convention Center to enhance their guests' experience." Designed and handcrafted by Brian Payne and The Mill Custom Woodworking Shop in Owensboro, the bar will be portable so that it can be set up for receptions, meetings and special events, according to Dean Dennis, general manager for the center. n Bulleit Bourbon Bar Opens

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