FRI JUN 3, 2005
INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION OF CONFERENCES & CONVENTIONS NORTH AMERICA
|| IACC Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EMCVENUES GOES WEST
Contact: James Mahon
Phone: 914 699 4725
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY (July 27, 2004) -- EMCVenues
Not since the accidental discovery of a small nugget of gold near Sacramento has California seen such a vibrant focus on its entrepreneurial expansion. Within one year of the startling headline: GOLD MINE FOUND” in a March 1848 San Francisco newspaper, an estimated 90,000 Forty-Niners made passage by various means to the goldfields of California.
The Gold Rush reinforced the idea that America was destined to span from Atlantic to Pacific, and the accidental discovery of Gold made California an even more essential part of the picture. California was admitted as the 31st state of the Union in 1850.
Today, with a resurgent economic recovery on the horizon, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver have all been identified as three of the Top Ten Cities poised for strongest and most rapid recovery. This is particularly noteworthy in the conference center industry, as EMCVenues sets out to expand westward.
21st century gold rush
The Top US/Canada Destinations – for incentive travel include San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix/Scottsdale. “There's gold in them ‘thar hills…” says Jody Wallace, President of EMCVenues who has identified the west as an ideal region for expansion in the conference center industry.
EMCVenues, the national sales and marketing organization that provides meeting and training professionals with national sales and marketing support in the conference center industry, has set out to prospect for gold in the west. Says Wallace, “California and the western United States are ideal markets for the conference center concept, and yet it is still challenging for our meeting planner clients to find the appropriate meetings venue.” EMCVenues wants to continue to add western conference centers to its expanding portfolio of high-end conference facilities in response to our clients demand for the best in meeting facilties.”
“Currently, about 15% of the conference centers in our portfolio is made up of facilities located in California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon”, says Wallace. We want to provide our customers with the most comprehensive network of conference facilities in North America and simplify their selection, planning and billing process as much as possible. Our goal is to add another ten centers in the west to our list.” Two IACC properties recently added to the EMCVenues roster include the spectacular Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Southern California's only-IACC-certified Learning Retreat and the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley which recently completed its $20-million renovation.
“Many of our clients who use multiple conference center venues ask about the most efficient conference facilities in the western region” says Wallace. “We want to make sure we provide them with everything they need – all with one phone call. Our clients have come to rely upon us for all their meeting needs and we want to continue to keep ahead of the demand.”
Tom Bolman, Executive Vice President of the Independent Association of Conferences & Conventions notes that the conference center concept is one of the few trends that started in the east and migrated west – slowly. “About ten years ago, there were only two IACC conference centers in California, today there are 13 with more in development. There is great pent-up interest in expanding the conference center concept in the west and educating the meeting planning community on the features and benefits of IACC and the conference center concept.”
The award-winning EMCVenues website (www.emcvenues.com) currently features summer-long promotion about the 1849 Gold Rush and the 21st century version of the conference center gold rush. The site includes details about its conference centers in the west along with a historic graphics, narrative, quizzes and even prizes.
The current list of EMCVenues conference facilities in the west includes:
Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Portland, OR
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center, Tempe
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
Pacific Palms Conference Resort, Industry Hills/Los Angeles
Villa Graziado Executive Center, Pepperdine University, Malibu
JPMorgan Chase Conference Center at Mission Street, San Francisco
Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meetings Center, Berkeley Marina, San Francisco
San Ramon Valley Conference Center, San Ramon, San Francisco
Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley
Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, Denver, Englewood
Qwest Conference Center, Denver, Lakewood
For details about the EMCVenues Goes West promotion and for a complete listing of all properties represented by EMCVenues visit the award-winning website at