The Center of Excellence for the Division of Community Development will host the 3rd Annual Broadband Conference, Thursday, April 16, 2009 from 8 am to 3 pm at the David H. Swinton Center on the campus of Benedict College.
The theme for this conference is “Broadband on
Panelists will discuss the importance that technology plays in education, community, and economic development and recommend steps that can be taken to ensure that cities and towns all over
“Benedict has been a leader in smart, green, and sustainable approaches to community development,” says Dr. Jabari Simama, the college’s vice president for community development and conference director. “Our new broadband technology center on
The conference registration fee is $75 and scholarships are available to qualifying individuals. For more information of the conference and to register call 803-705-4351 or log on to www.benedict.edu/community.html
The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is pleased to announce low cost carrier Allegiant Air will begin service to a second destination from
Allegiant Air began flights between
Reservations may be made through the company’s website at http://www.allegiantair.com or with the airline’s
Ric Luber, president/CEO of the MACST stated, “The addition of
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Brand’s Annual Conference Pays Tribute to Exceptional Service
Columbia, SC – March 2, 2009 – Homewood Suites by HiltonÒ, the international brand of all-suite, residential-style hotels, announced the list of team members and hotels honored with awards at the brand’s 20th annual conference in San Diego, Calif. last week. Ninety hotels were recognized in 12 different categories among the brand’s more than 260 hotels for their exemplary customer service, adherence to Homewood Suites values, and leadership within the industry. Homewood Suites by Hilton of Columbia was awarded Complimentary Services Team of the Year, Reservation Team of the Year, and Consistency in Delivery award for 8 “Outstanding” grades for quality assurance evaluations in a row. Last year, this same hotel won Front Desk Team of the Year as well as General Manager of the Year.
The entire staff works diligently to provide friendly and efficient customer service, clean comfortable surroundings, and high-quality accommodations. Our complimentary services staff, lead by Cry Leggett, continues to exceed our customer’s expectations. Her friendly leadership has directed her team to always listen for opportunities to serve our guests.
“In this down economy, top-notch customer service, targeted sales strategies and efficient hotel operations become even more important to the success of our individual hotels and our brand as a whole,” said
The brand’s annual conference gives general managers and sales directors the opportunity to participate in a variety of intensive training programs, including sessions on revenue management, food and beverage, and sales/marketing. Additionally, networking breaks and other team-building activities help to unify the brand voice and allow for individuals to share ideas, express best practices, and learn about unique programs.
the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Brantley Butler as a new Sales Manager. Simons’ major responsibility will include marketing to the medical, scientific, and engineering markets to host their conventions and events in
Only a year and a half after its grand opening, the Hilton®
According to the Hilton® Brand-Americas Voice of the Customer Survey, the Hilton® Columbia Center received the top ranking as #1 for overall guest services and amenities. Guests are asked to participate in the Voice of the Customer Survey by providing feedback on overall service, plans to return, and if problems occurred during their stay.
Located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, located within the Hilton®
Barbrey was incredibly instrumental in
President/CEO for the MACST, Ric Luber, states, “Kelly is an exceptionally smart and sharp professional. She embodies the characteristics of a true leader and has gotten all those under her administration pumped up and aggressive in competing within our industry. She did a fantastic job with spear-heading the efforts of our new marketing campaign and she is just a joy to work with and her creativity is top-notch. We are very proud of her work and accomplishments.”
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The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is developing a marketing campaign to attract more conventions and visitors to Columbia. A slogan is only a portion of what this campaign will include. The campaign is a comprehensive marketing process that begins with branding and will be carried through with advertising and direct marketing. The campaign will be designed to strategically target the meeting planners, sports event planners and leisure travelers determined by the Authority to be candidates for the many amenities and products Columbia's tourism community has to offer.
Our efforts are being funded by accommodations taxes generated and paid for by visitors who have come to our city. Accommodations taxes are collected for the purpose of funding tourism, which generates $1 billion in economic impact for the Columbia region each year. The travel and tourism industry saves the average local taxpaying family an estimated $690 a year in taxes. Our goal in conducting this new campaign is to increase this economic impact to our region.
We value your opinions and welcome your comments and feedback as we move through this process. Please fill out our online comment form if you wish to share your thoughts with us, or you may email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Branding" in the subject line.