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Who's News in Special Events for February 10, 2022

Special events business news

Products on the Market

The latest acoustic innovation from Staging Concepts, a leading provider of portable staging solutions and equipment, is proof that big things come in smaller packages. Offering great value and acoustic performance, the new Caprice™ Folding Acoustical Shell Tower is strategically engineered to fit within a standard doorway for convenient transport and easy placement in lower height storage areas. Previewed at the LDI Show in late 2021, Caprice is now widely available for performance venues of all kinds. Designed with student operators in mind, Caprice is easy and safe to manipulate thanks to a pivoting T-handle control bar and integrated gas spring assistance that engages when folding the unit. As the tower begins to fold down, the gas spring activates to stop the movement and allow for operator clearance before slowly completing its descent. Built with all-aluminum frames, Caprice towers are considerably lighter weight than conventional steel options. Each tower is also equipped with four swivel casters for ease of movement and positioning. 

Venue News  

Winner of consecutive Boutique Hotel Awards in 2017 and 2018 boutique, Raiwasa Private Resort in Fiji (“looking out to sea” in Fijian) has in a few short years emerged as one of the most exclusive and luxurious hideaways in  the world. An increasingly coveted destination for couples, business leaders and celebrities alike (Paul Simon considered his stay there “one of our best vacations ever”), Raiwasa is a private resort highlighted by a luxury villa that’s available for exclusive use and blessed with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the South Pacific’s Somosomo Straight. 

Visit Detroit today announced nearly 100 new meetings and sporting events worth more than $200 million headed to the region this year and beyond, and unveiled a national marketing campaign to highlight the Detroit wins. The “Detroit Wins” campaign unveiled at Visit Detroit’s Annual Partnership Meeting highlights all of the new meetings and sports booked during the COVID-19 pandemic and will consist of advertising in high-profile publications such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, beginning this week. It will be supported by public relations efforts and more announcements of business that is expected to be finalized throughout the year.  The Detroit Wins video introducing the campaign may be found here.  

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa has been named the number one hotel in Arizona by the editors of U.S. News & World Report in their Best Hotels list, revealed today. The 2022 ranking—the twelfth annual by the prestigious national news team—also placed Sanctuary among the top hotels in the United States. Thousands of hotels were researched for this year’s ranking, and the U.S. News & World Report editorial team employed dozens of data points and an unbiased approach to calculate the 2022 list. In total, more than 35,000 luxury properties across 400-plus destinations in the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean were evaluated. The editors’ methodology considered a hotel’s star rating, expert and guest sentiment collected through distinguished travel publications, and TripAdvisor user scores.  

AREA15, Las Vegas’ immersive art, events and entertainment district announces the launch of “LIFTOFF” – a panoramic skyline experience. Manufactured by Aerophile, the world leader in balloon flight, LIFTOFF represents the first of its kind built in the United States. The monumental new attraction debuted at an invitation-only event where live performers, pyrotechnic displays and original music compositions by Dale Fleischman entertained guests. Inspired by aeronauts and aviators seeking the exhilaration of flight and vistas only high-altitude vantage points offer, the imbibe-and-ride experience begins at the base of the attraction’s triple-helix tower in the LIFTOFF Lounge, a full-service bar. There, “Gilly,” a 21-foot-long and 16-foot-high original steel sculpture by Las Vegas artist Orion Fredericks, greets guests. Before boarding, riders can choose from a selection of beer, wine and cocktails, as well as alcohol-free options, which they may enjoy aboard the ride. They will then be strapped into LIFTOFF’s 16-seat gondola before ascending to the 130-foot summit for a 360-degree panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.   

Hot Off the Presses

Event Source, a special event rental supply company and holding company of Panache Events announce Panache Events acquired Floridabased So Cool Events. Event Source, established in 1979 with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, is a family-owned firm operated by two generations of the Bibbo family. Their service-oriented team focuses on exceptional rental products for the most prominent events with operations in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Their complete product lines are available at,, and 

People on the Move

 The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel recently announced two executive leadership additions to the luxury hotel team with Cole Wallace being named hotel manager and the promotion of chef Ryan Conn to executive sous chef. Wallace joins The Roosevelt New Orleans with over 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In his new role as hotel manager at The Roosevelt, Wallace oversees all operating departments, including the rooms division, engineering, and food and beverage operations. He says all his efforts aim to deliver a seamless luxury guest experience, and he emphasizes positive energy both with leading team members and with guests. Most recently, he was the regional vice-president for NEXCOM, Navy Lodge Program, assisting with the management of nine hotels in the southern United States. He has also held various roles with Marriott including the director of operations at the JW Marriott in New Orleans, director of room operations at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and director of services at JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.  

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