APR 2012

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Home acrossthe Planning Directory south Alabama Tuscaloosa Resident Awarded Top Hilton Garden Inn Award TUSCALOOSA—The Hilton Gar- den Inn Tuscaloosa has awarded Traci Whaley Channell with the award of Hilton Garden Inn Direc- tor of Sales of the Year for the Cen- tral South Region. The brand recognizes fewer than 100 individ- ual team members from the brand's portfolio of more than 530 hotels worldwide annually and honored Channell as one of the brand's best. Channell has been Director of Sales at the 122-room hotel since it opened in 2007. Arkansas Historic Crystal Ballroom Gets Shiny New Facelift HOT SPRINGS—The Crystal Ballroom in the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa has been restored and refur- bished to a new grandeur. The most historic ballroom in the state, the 5,600-square-foot room now features new maple hard- wood floors, carpet, drapes, large mirrors and paint. The gorgeous crystal chandeliers—the namesake of the room—were cleaned, pol- ished and refinished so they once again sparkle like new. And, the art emblems and sconces have new gold paint. The Crystal Ballroom is at the Arlington Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. Florida The Shores Appoints 2 New Folks In Sales & Catering DAYTONA BEACH SHORES— The Shores Resort and Spa, the only Four-Diamond oceanfront resort in Central Florida, recently announced the appointment of Keith Keiser as the new Sales Manager for the SMERF (social, military, educational, religious and fraternal) market, and Elizabeth "Liz" McMunn as the new Catering Sales Manager. A more than 20-year Gaylord Palms Unveils $50M Renovation KISSIMMEE, Fla.—With a $50 million renovation to be completed this spring, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center is taking the meeting and group experience to new levels with the addition of one-of-a-kind venues, unique networking environments, makeovers for guest rooms and dazzling new experiences for meeting attendees. Johann Krieger, senior vice president and general manager, said the changes and additions are based on the recommendations from meeting planners. "A creative partnering approach not only works to meet the objectives of a meeting, it also works with the planning team to maximize the effective use of space." New for groups is the new Coquina Lawn (pictured above) with 10,000 square feet of out- door space, including networking and entertainment areas. Lush conversation areas, three fire pits and dramatic lighting turn this area into a private venue for up to 1,000 people re- ception-style. The lawn can also be tented. The new Wreckers Sports Bar provides a Key West-inspired setting for up to 400 people, a VIP skybox, a lounge, a terrace and patio seating. The new adults-only South Beach Pool is touted as being "ultra chic and modern" and can accommodate up to 680 people in two separate outdoor function areas. ■ 8 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 veteran in the hospital- ity industry, Keiser most recently served as the Senior Catering Manager for nearby Ham- mock Beach Resort. Mc- Munn was most recently the Conference Services Man- ager at Ham- mock Beach. Georgia New Interna- tional Terminal Opens At ATL ATLANTA—On May 16, Atlanta will open an expanded international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson At- lanta International Airport (ATL) cementing Atlanta as the global gateway to the U.S. The $1.4 billion development features the addition of 12 interna- tional gates, giving the airport 40 dedicated international gates. The new terminal eliminates the bag- gage recheck process, all while providing world-class retail, din- ing and business services. North Carolina Carrboro Gets First Hotel CARRBORO— Ground has broken in downtown Carrboro (neighboring Chapel Hill) to begin con- struction of a new 142-room Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, which will be part of the 300 East Main develop- ment's first phase. The LEED-certified hotel is set to open in late spring 2013 with 3,400 square feet of meeting space. 300 East Main is set to offer public areas, dining, retail shops and office space, according to the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. www.con v Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase What You'll Find

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