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From San Diego to Sonoma County, Palm Springs to the Sierra Nevada foothills and across the California border into Las Vegas, Reno and Scottsdale, Arizona, gaming destinations abound. In California alone, there are 69 Indian casinos, 13 with hotels and other resort amenities. These destinations and properties off er a boon to planners in terms of both accessible amenities and aff ordability. Think free parking, multiple dining and entertainment options under one roof, accomplished catering and technical crews, and often room rates that beat what you’d get at a standard convention hotel.
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John S. Hernstat Jr. was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa San Antonio, Texas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales and marketing?
Temperatures in Palm Springs and other desert cities are breaking records this summer, topping out at more than 120 degrees. But Chad Gardner, one of the area’s top event planners and caterers, isn’t breaking a sweat. His companies Chad Gardner Presents, and Dash and a Handful produce corporate events and charity galas for a long list of clients, including Pandora, Calvin Klein, Toyota, Nike, Twitter, VH-1, the Human Rights Campaign and the Annenberg Center at Sunnylands.
James Canfield sells Palm Springs: He’s the executive director of both the 261,000-square-foot Palm Springs Convention Center and the Bureau of Tourism (through the venue management firm SMG). Essentially, it’s his job to keep the center booked and the town busy.