Monday, December 8, 2014

Renaissance Lodge Completes Meeting Space Renovation


The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa Completes Meeting Space Renovation with Focus on Sustainable Initiatives
Resort in Sonoma creates the ultimate meeting venue in California Wine Country

Sonoma, CA (December 8, 2014) The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa recently completed a $370,000 renovation of its meeting space, providing the largest and most sophisticated, eco-friendly conference venues in California Wine Country. The thoughtful blending of new sleek contemporary furnishings with the sophistication and charm of Sonoma Wine country creates a warm, inviting yet refined meeting environment with 23,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor function space. 

The resort features 11 bright and airy Sonoma wine country conference rooms all showcasing new flooring, lighting and wall treatments and each with its own personality and functionality.  Among the new offerings:

The Sonoma Ballroom, at 3,080 sq. ft., is the largest meeting space in the Valley.  Divided into three sections, the Ballroom accommodates up to 400 people for receptions and 252 for banquets.  This sophisticated setting, rich in textures and colors, also offers a dance floor.

The Stone Building features a grand fireplace and high-beamed ceiling, in addition to an in-room bar that can seat 170 guests for dinner and dancing. This venue is perfect for corporate luncheons or receptions with doors leading out to sweeping lawns and gardens and combined square footage of 8,704.

The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa supports Marriott’s Green Initiative commitment and carries the Green Leader designation from TripAdvisor.  To further these goals, the renovation program also included:

·   Installation of a 7,000 sq. ft., eco-friendly artificial lawn for outdoor social events, designed by San Francisco Company Heavenly Greens. This installation results in the savings of 15,000 gallons of water for irrigation annually along with erosion reduction and improved drainage capabilities.
  • All of the meeting space has been converted to linen-less furniture, reducing over 300,000 gallons of water and 500 lbs of detergent per year.
  • LED lighting has been installed in meeting rooms and public spaces, saving 36,000 kilowatts of electricity annually.
  • New meeting space decor includes ergonomic chairs and the use of recycled  and upcycled materials in other furnishings.
  • Reducing the quantity of vinyl wall coverings in lieu of more sustainable hard surfaces and painted walls. 
“We are delighted to be able to showcase our recent renovations and ongoing work in the field of green initiatives,” says General Manager Suzy Hart. “We remain deeply committed to eco-commerce while providing a stellar wine country experience for all of our guests.”

The meeting renovation has completed Phase one of a two-tiered renovation plan for the resort.  Phase two, which will apply to guest rooms, is expected to be completed in spring 2015.

About The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa Showcasing the incredible beauty of the Sonoma Valley, The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa expertly combines authentically artisan surroundings with contemporary facilities to create a haven of casual sophistication. A total of 182 guest rooms and suites, multiple dining and entertainment options (including award-winning Carneros Bistro and The Spa at Renaissance Sonoma), provide a great base from which to explore and discover California’s most popular wine country.

The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, a member of the Marriott group, (707) 935-6600, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476.

About Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM at more than 160+ locations worldwide.   Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups and experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.   At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working; you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit
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Friday, December 5, 2014

10th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show Set

Nation’s Largest Travel Show Will Feature Roster of Celebrity Expert Travel Speakers Including Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer,
Peter Greenberg
and Phil Keoghan
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Tens of thousands of travel enthusiasts will once again be inspired by the sights, sounds and culture of faraway destinations from across the globe as the nation’s largest consumer travel show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center on February 21 and 22.

Strategically located between L.A. and Orange County, the 10th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show will feature a greatly expanded show floor, new features and speakers and a plethora of first time exhibitors.  Over 3,000 local travel experts from around the planet will man the exhibits to meet one-to-one with Angelinos looking for their next vacation – be it a weekend getaway, or an exotic international adventure. Over 30,000 travelers are expected to attend throughout the weekend.

Named one of Southern California’s top trade shows by BizBash, the event will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies and countries representing some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, tour offerings  and travel experiences. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show promises a weekend of discovery and inspiration to help travelers “dream it, plan it and book it”.  Event attendees will be able to shop exclusive travel deals, attend travel seminars on three educational stages and meet prominent travel experts.

“Southern Californians have an appetite for travel and adventure, and this show is a great way to experience the world over one weekend through the eyes of well-traveled speakers and experts from around the globe,” stated Unicomm CEO John Golicz. “It’s like walking through the world’s best travel guide.”

New for 2015, will be the introduction of the Savvy Traveler Stage, where visitors can learn the how-to tips on traveling smarter and hassle-free. The Savvy Traveler Stage will showcase the latest travel technology, provide travel safety information and teach handy travel skills. Also new this year, the Travel Product Pavilion will feature the newest and best must-have travel products and gadgets.

The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show will also feature the largest group of celebrity travel personalities EVER assembled for a consumer show of this kind. Speakers include The Amazing Race Host, Phil Keoghan; travel icon and television personality, Peter Greenberg; Travel Channel hosts, Samantha Brown and Josh Gates; award-winning television personality and author, Rick Steves; Host of the PBS series Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope®, Joseph Rosendo; and Editorial Director of the iconic Frommer Guides, Pauline Frommer, among many others.

Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of interactive, family-friendly activities including a rock climbing wall, a scuba pool, the Taste of Travel Stage - a culinary demonstration stage - and the Global Beats Stage, featuring cultural performances from around the world.

At the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, attendees will find thousands of destination experts to help plan and customize vacations and give inside knowledge to help attendees travel like pros. Exhibitors will be available to give attendees details about travel and tours to destinations from around the world including Costa Rica, Europe, India, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Hawaii, Africa, Turkey, Thailand, and Alaska - all offering exclusive specials and trip giveaways.

The event’s national TV media sponsor is Travel Channel.  Supporting sponsors include Rick Steves’ Europe; Taiwan Tourism Bureau; Indonesia; and Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.  Contributing sponsors are Japan National Tourism Organization and Thailand.   Other event sponsors include Sunset Magazine, AFAR magazine, Jetset Extra, and Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel.

”As the only Travel Show in the greater Los Angeles metroplex, we are excited by this year’s massive show floor,” stated Golicz.  “Due to the rapid growth of attendees the last few years, we have seen over 100 new exhibitors join this event.  We have increased theater capacities, expand aisles to accommodate the crowds, and we even have a dive pool where adventurers 10 and older can try scuba diving with a dive master.  It’s a great show for families!”

This year, the show has attracted an array of new exhibitors such as Sintra-Portugal Tourism, Collette Vacations, Tokyo Tourism, Cambodia Tourism, David McGuiffin’s Exploring Europe, and many more.

The 2015 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowTM will take place February 21 and 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.  Tickets are available now online for $11 for one day or $17 for two days (use promo code: LAPR). Children 16 and under are free.  At the door, tickets will be available, cash only, for $16 for one day and $25 for two days. For tickets and information please visit, email or call (203)878-2577.