On Sept. 3, Tuscon, Ariz.-based The Windsor Consulting Group launches RFP-Direct, a new free Internet-based service for meeting and event planners. Planners can use RFP-Direct, accessible through the company's Web site, to send requests for proposals directly to hotel representation companies. The site also allows planners and travel agents to request information directly from suppliers, with no built-in third-party commissions. The Windsor Consulting Group, 5855 N. Kolb Road, Suite 8211, Tucson, AZ 85750; 520/577-0973; www.meetingalliance.com.
Cingular Wireless has announced that Velocity Sports & Entertainment, a Westport, Conn.-based sports marketing agency, has joined its team. Velocity will work with Cingular's national sponsorships team and field sponsorship managers to leverage the wireless communication company's relationships with professional sports teams. Cingular Wireless, Glenridge Highlands Two, 5565 Glenridge Connector, Suite 1401, Atlanta, GA 30342; 866/246-4852; www.cingular.com. Velocity Sports & Entertainment, 2 Railroad Place, Westport, CT 06880; 203/291-4500; www.teamvelocity.com.
The Orpheum Theatre has announced its re-opening following a multi-million-dollar renovation. The 2,000-seat theater, including its three lobby areas with accommodations for 600 people, is available as a special event location and features bronze and crystal chandeliers and solid brass doors. The venue's outdoor parking area can accommodate tented parties. The Orpheum Theatre, P.O. Box 55047, Los Angeles, CA 90055; 213/749-5171; www.laorpheum.com.
Inflatables manufacturers Air Dimensional Design and Tubeworks have reached a resolution over a patent that AirDD received for Dynamic Inflatable technology. According to AirDD, Tubeworks will alter its products in order to avoid patent infringement. Air Dimensional Design, 14141 Covello St., Bldg. 1, Van Nuys, CA 91405; 818/988-9901; www.airdd.com. Tubeworks, 5320 Derry Ave., Suite L, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 800/962-2556, 818/879-2386; www.tubeworks.com.
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