• Visit Anaheim Adds to Sales Team

     
    POSTED September 11, 2016
     

Visit Anaheim, recently hired Loretta Gon, Julie Kispal Rice and Debbie Megna for their sales team.  

With 12 years of hospitality sales experience, Gon, will serve as the new convention sales director for the central region. Gon is a certified meeting professional, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence. Most recently, she was the senior sales manager at the Hilton Anaheim.

Rice was hired as the new meeting sales manager for the eastern region. Kispal Rice has more than 15 years of hotel sales experience, and has worked for brands like Revel Resort, Caesar Entertainment, and Borgata Hotel & Casino. She is also a CMP and has a Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certification.

Lastly, Megna will be the meeting sales manager for the southwest region. With plenty of experience in all aspects of the industry, Megna will be working with clients located in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and New Mexico.

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.