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Call Sheet #122: What the Meeting Industry Is Talking About, M.L.K. Dedication, "The Office" Party

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #122 — Friday, 10.14.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. IMEX'S HOT TOPICS: The first IMEX America wrapped Thursday, amid an atmosphere of optimism and steadily flowing business—30,000 meetings took place during the show. The massive exhibition focusing on incentive travel, meetings, and events brought just under 2,000 exhibitors—significantly more than originally expected—representing 140 global destinations, 2,000 hosted buyers from around the world, and 1,700 non-hosted attendees.

So what were the hot topics? Here's west coast editor Alesandra Dubin's take on the five things the meeting industry is talking about right now:

(A preview: hybrid meetings, sustainability, budgets, justifying the value of meetings, and the future.)

2. NEW M.L.K. WEEKEND: The rescheduled Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial site dedication is Sunday with the Celebration Dream Gala on Saturday. The dedication and other celebratory events, originally scheduled for August, but cancelled because of Hurricane Irene, have been scaled back, changed locations, or called off because of venue and timing constraints.

Here’s a full report from BizBash contributor D. Channing Muller:

3. OBAMA'S FUND-RAISING TRIP: A second event has been added to the president's trip to Los Angeles October 24. A $38,800-per-person dinner will be held at the Hancock Park home of "Hitch" producer James Lassiter. A Latino fund-raising gala will follow at the home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Bandaras. The format of the gala features Obama taking questions from guests. The Hollywood Reporter:


From west coast editor Alesandra Dubin (relaxing post-IMEX): Did anybody catch "The Office" last night? It had some great (and downright cackle-inducing) tips for how not to impress the C.E.O. at a corporate garden party. In summary: no stunt-jumping over cars parked by the valet, and no closing ceremony involving servers wielding tiki torches.


Voting for the BizBash New York Readers' Choice Awards closes Sunday at midnight. Winners will be announced during the award presentation at the BizBash New York Expo & Awards at the Jacob Javits Convention Center October 19.

A list of the finalists:

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BOSTON: The Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting its 75th anniversary gala October 28. After cocktails at the museum, guests will take buses to a secret location for dinner.

The owners of Lolita Cocina will open a new Mexican spot, Red Lulu, in Salem this month. Boston Globe:

CHICAGO: The Museum of Science and Industry is booking holiday parties. For the season, the Rotunda will house a 45-foot tall grand tree with decor inspired by the new temporary exhibit opening today, "There’s Fun to Be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention," running through January 8, 2012. 

Jason Wagner will be sommelier at NellcĂ´te, a high-end champagne salon, slated to open in the West Loop in January. The 1,500-square-foot venue will host private functions.
“Mary Poppins” opens at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Saturday and runs through November 6. Group tickets are available.

LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said that the city saw 3.3 million visitors in August, 2.8 percent more than the same month last year. But they didn't gamble as much as fewer visitors did during the same month last year. Washington Post:

Vegas Inc: "Las Vegas has taken center stage in a bid to attract more business travelers to the United States, a key component in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s goal of increasing the percentage of foreign visitors here from 18 percent to 30 percent by 2021."

Las Vegas Sun: "Next year’s Miss Nevada USA Pageant is getting ramped up now that its new creative director, former Miss U.S.A. 2005 Shanna Moakler, is planning Las Vegas events to put it on the map and increase the number of contestants and their chances to get into the national pageant’s Top 10."

LOS ANGELES: Unicomm will bring back the Travel & Adventure Show to the Long Beach Convention Center January 14-15 with new media partners Los Angeles magazine and NBC L.A., significantly expanding promotion of the event. Market Watch:

Huffington Post has a roundup of fall festivals in town:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The DWNTWN concert series kicks off tonight in Bayfront Park's Tina Hills Pavilion, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Surfer Blood, Spam Allstars, and Ketchy Shuby will perform.

The Miami Science Museum and the Miami Mineralogical Lapidary Guild are holding the annual Gem and Mineral Show this weekend with classes, workshops, and demos for guests.

NEW YORK: Canard catered Brides magazine's V.I.P. breakfast Thursday and is catering the Bridal Market Party Saturday. Both are a part of "White Hot Style Shop."

Hornblower Cruises & Events has appointed Andreas Sappok, Tom D'Amato, and Steven Rosembloom as the executive team for the newly launched Hornblower New York.

The Real Deal reports that Ashkenazy Acquisition is opening an IHOP in the Limelight Marketplace. The restaurant will occupy the ground and second floors.

The Fader Fort by Fiat event will be held during CMJ's Music Marathon and Film Festival October 21-22 at Drive-In Studios.

Thursday night's Rockefeller Center ice skating rink opening event had to be postponed due to severe weather. The new date is October 17.

Diffa is honoring chairman of the board David Rockwell November 9 at the IAC Building. Whoopi Goldberg is mistress of ceremonies. Broadway stars Kerry Butler and Marc Shaiman, along with the Deanna Kirk Trio, will perform. A video created by Radical Media will showcase Rockwell's achievements.

ORLANDO: The Southern Women’s Show is underway through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center. Celebrity guests include "Top Chef" contestant Fabio Viviani and Stephen “Suede” Baum from "Project Runway."
The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival is Saturday at Downtown Disney West Side. More than 100 teams are expected to compete on the 500-meter course.

TORONTO: Decor and More is hosting a warehouse sale October 14-15 with 6,000 square feet of decor, furniture, bars, mirrors, glassware, and building materials.

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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