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Who’s News for April 19, 2024

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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina, a waterfront resort located on 342 acres of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, debuted pickleball activities and tournaments for group guests. The property now offers the paddle sport phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation, to provide a fun and competitive teambuilding activity or event. Additionally, the resort has added “The Cove” golf simulator experience providing year-round competitive play for guests. 

Rio Perdido, the esteemed eco-luxury boutique hotel tucked away in the vibrantly lush and biodiverse tropical dry forest in the Guanacaste Province of western Costa Rica, has opened the new West Bungalows. Now open for summer reservations, these eight meticulously crafted units represent the epitome of sustainable luxury, opening August 1, 2024. The flagship West Bungalows boast a sophisticated yet understated layout, featuring a spacious roofed area of nearly 950 square feet. Guests will be greeted by a 170-square-foot open-air entrance terrace adorned with a hammock, table, and chairs, offering a serene spot for private dining or meditation and expansive sunset views amidst the lush forest backdrop. The West Bungalows project has been three years in the making, culminating in a harmonious blend of contemporary elegance and environmentally conscious design to accommodate up to four guests.  

People on the Move

The Pensacola Beach Resort, located along the 800 ft. of snow-white sand beaches in the Florida Panhandle, has appointed Misty Pacheco to director of sales. Pacheco has assumed the position immediately and has already started managing sales for the property, soliciting new business opportunities for the 161-room resort. Pacheco has over 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including director of catering and convention services at The Hilton Pensacola Beach & Holiday Inn Resort. In her new role, Pacheo will work with the hotel team to secure and host various events at the property's recently renovated 1,200 square feet of event space. 

Products on the Market

GlobalMeet, the leader in virtual event technology, announced new innovative artificial intelligence capabilities for its best-in-class webcasting platform. Powered by AI, GlobalMeet’s Live Studio for presenters now dynamically adjusts face framing in real time to deliver more natural interactions and engaging meeting and event experiences. GlobalMeet’s new AI capabilities work seamlessly with any camera-enabled device to make virtual event interactions more intuitive and intelligent. The freshly integrated artificial intelligence capabilities coincide with the addition of several updates to GlobalMeet’s video bridge to streamline the presenter's journey and optimize operations, creating a sleeker environment for smoother navigation. 

Hot off the Press

Golden Triangle Ventures, Inc. (GTV) announced that Lavish Entertainment (or “Lavish”), a wholly owned subsidiary of GTV, has completed a full acquisition of ABI Create (ABI), a premier event management and production firm. Founded in 2015 by Marco Antonio Moreno (recently appointed as the new President and COO of Lavish Entertainment), ABI Create has delivered high-quality productions for a range of large-scale installations at major music festivals, sporting events, and conventions across the United States. Notable projects include collaborations with the NFL Super Bowl, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Burning Man, and many more. This acquisition will transition ABI Create into a wholly owned subsidiary of Lavish Entertainment and bolster its position in the entertainment industry through ABI’s longstanding and exceptional reputation, as well as its proven track record of executing high-level projects. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, ABI’s comprehensive suite of services includes event organization, management, production, logistics, site planning, permitting, construction, contracting, custom design and fabrication. 

The Las Vegas resort community united to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) with a marquee takeover showcasing the value of meetings and conventions to Southern Nevada. Marquees featured the GMID logo and campaign hashtag, #MeetingsMatter. Several Las Vegas resorts also featured blue exterior lighting to mark the initiative conceived by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), the premier advocacy association for the travel industry. Meetings provide undeniable value to Southern Nevada and GMID is an opportunity to thank the various organizations in our community that bring these events to fruition. In 2023, Las Vegas welcomed nearly 6 million business travelers, many of whom added a leisure trip before or after a meeting or convention. 

As Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine continues, Zinteco Productions, a cornerstone in Ukraine's entertainment production community for over 25 years, needs help. The ongoing conflict has brought the Ukrainian entertainment industry, like all normal life, to a standstill, and Zinteco’s operations have been severely impacted. TMB has collaborated with Main Light LLC to make some of Zinteco’s Solaris Flare Q+ fixtures available to cross-rent in the U.S. market. 100% of the rental revenue generated will pass on to Zinteco, whose principals, good friends of TMB for many years, still live in Kyiv and whose time is now 100% devoted to supporting Ukrainian refugees and defense efforts. 


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