During this year’s IMEX America in Las Vegas Oct. 18–20, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that gives meeting professionals an immersive 360-degree viewing experience of 50-plus venues and locations across Los Angeles—the most comprehensive virtual tour of any place on the planet.
Downtown Los Angeles Offers a Bird's-Eye View on Gatherings
Los Angeles is not generally a place that you associate with ice, unless it’s the kind you drop into a lychee martini. But with the holidays approaching, the city is getting ready to put on the chill with two festive ice rinks. On Nov. 10 the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square in downtown LA opens with its 19th season. Through Jan. 16, skaters can glide amid the skyscrapers and historic landmarks of this booming urban neighborhood. Special events include the Ice Breaker: Opening Celebration; DJ Spotlight Series; Polar Bear Skate; Learn to Curl; and its first-ever Silent Night Skate Party.
The IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) had its 38th annual conference in Los Angeles. Most of the three-day event took place at the Loew’s Hotel Hollywood, where cookbook authors, leading bloggers and food writers, editors, publishers, digital media pioneers and reps from major cooking brands attended immersive workshops and educational sessions.
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel has wrapped up their multimillion dollar renovations, debuting a revamp of their on-property restaurant, Costero California Bar and Bistro.
“Costero is the perfect blend of upscale casual dining with a convenient yet inviting environment,” says Bill Sinclair, vice president, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. “This fresh-from-California approach not only provides guests with a new on-site dining option but a place where they can get together with friends, family and coworkers, or even make new connections.”
You don't need a swimsuit or towel to talk business by the pool. Grab a table on the deck of one of these poolside venues and let the networking or partying begin. Just don't forget the sunscreen!
The Los Angeles Convention Center, a renowned event venue managed by AEG Facilities, recently announced that they hired Alexa M. Diaz as a marketing specialist, and, Adrienne Hall and Frank Keefer as senior event managers.
Diaz has more than four years of experience in the media and marketing industry, and a master’s degree in communications from California State University, Northridge. She will be responsible for LACC’s marketing endeavors, social campaigns, press releases and community relations.
I recently spent a weekend in San Diego checking out some major hotel renovations (more on this in our Winter issue), visiting Balboa Park, and eating. Lots of eating. Coming from Los Angles, one of the things I appreciate most about San Diego’s culinary scene is the wide variety of restaurants packed into the compact Gaslamp Quarter and other parts of downtown. That closeness means if you have groups staying at one of the convention hotels they can easily walk to any of scores of restaurants.
AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, provides venue management and other specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. This management has recently gained attention from its management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, as its 2015–2016 fiscal year yielded exceptional results. LACC reported a successful financial and operational year-to-date with the venue exceeding revenue expectations and nearly tripling the prior year’s profits.
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