Special Events

In brief for March 15, 2006

Special Events wins four nominations No, not for Oscars, but just as big a deal to us. We've snagged Maggie nominations as "Best Trade Magazine," "Best E-newsletter" (for "Eventline," what you're reading now) and two "Best Column" nods in a major publishing competition. Wish us luck at the awards dinner next month …

Hall flowers Forget beautiful ballrooms and edgy clubs, the hottest new venue for special events is the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, says the Wall Street Journal. Sitting on the edge of Tiananmen Square, the building that once housed Mao Zedong's Communist Party rallies now serves as an event site for the likes of Ford Motor Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Parking is not a problem," says a Ford planner …

Bright booking outlook The year is shaping up well for company meetings, with bookings at Houston-based Benchmark Hospitality International properties this year up 20 percent to 50 percent over 2005, the company says …

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