February 12-14---Dance Flurry---4,000ppl
February 14-15---Empire State Baptist Congress---2,000ppl
March 7-10---New York State Reading Association---800ppl
Green Conscience Home & Garden
KD's Fish Fry
Sabina's Wood Fired Restaurant
Saratoga Hospital Foundation
Scott Varley Group Real Estate
Seven Horse Pub
Springwater Inn Restaurant
"Thank you Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. While the track brings customers into my shop two months a year, you are doing it each and every month. I especially love the fact that the same conventions come back year after year. I can't tell you how many times a conventioneer has come into my shop and said, "I was in last year and brought my dog home some goodies and I'm back again this year." Keep doing what you're doing!!!"
---Melanie Dallas, Owner
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4 double cut Lamb Loin Chops
3 Granny Smith Apples
½ medium red onion
1 pinch fresh mint
½ cup sugar
½ cup cider vinegar
Grill Lamb to desired doneness, set aside to rest.
Place sugar & vinegar into sauce pan, bring to a boil
Add diced apples, onions, & mint
Cook over medium heat about 5min until tender
Serve at room temp with Lamb
Send in your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org! or fax it to 584-2969.
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“What If I Could?”
Happy February! I recently had the privilege of attending ACOM (The Association of Convention Operations Managers) Annual Convention and one day of the PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). Our opening speaker at ACOM was Mike Rayburn who incorporated his music into a session that was very enlightening.
“What If I Could?” Wow – what a statement – we could all do so much with this. As the conference was geared towards Convention Service Directors from around the country this is quite a statement. In today’s challenging economic times everyone is looking for something extra to be provided for them. Instead of saying “NO” – let’s think about this. “What If I Could?” The power behind those four little words could make the difference in securing a group/sale, etc. – or losing them to another city for what? It could just be something very trivial – but would mean so much more to a group if we could just reach out and extend ourselves just a little.
“What If I Could?” – Please take a moment to think about it – and then envision the possibilities!
---Kathy Denkenberger, Interim President
February 12-14 at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton
What Is The Flurry Festival?
The best winter weekend ever for Dancers & Music Lovers of all Ages!
Over 600 performers in eight venues. Over 200 events for all ages! Visit www.danceflurry.org/festival for more info!
SAVE THE DATE!!
Save the Date for the Bureau's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th at
The Hall of Springs.
More details to follow!
Also, the Bureau's Annual Golf Tournament is on Wednesday, May 19th
We continue to focus on our Albany based clients and prospects in an effort to stay ‘top-of-mind’ with meeting and event planners. Marie and Heather have had several call days with partners and continue to plan out sales strategies for areas such as New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Connecticut and western NY.
Marie and Kathy D traveled to Boston to participate in the NESAE (New England Society of Association Executives) Annual Conference and Expo. This was a fabulous opportunity for Saratoga to gain strong exposure to prospective New England clients. The conference boasted record attendees and was a great way to showcase the expansion of our City Center. They will be working to follow up with a number of good connections we were able to make during the networking sessions at the show. Marie also hosted a National Association for a preliminary site visit this month. Though her time was limited to a quick tour, the client was so impressed with Saratoga and the hotel properties she visited that she plans to come back and cover some more ground in the spring! This would be a citywide group with nearly 2000 attendees and 1800 room nights!
While Marie and Kathy were on the road, Heather focused on finding new business and reviving some dormant accounts. She has had great success identifying untapped businesses in the Capital District and beyond, and is working to get Saratoga information into as many meeting planners’ hands as possible. Appointments are being made and new business is sure to follow.
Looking ahead to February Marie will hit the road for the DMAI Destinations Showcase in DC. We are excited to market our fabulous destination to the large number of National Associations housed in the DC region. Heather and several hotel partners will be traveling to Connecticut for a Westfield MPI chapter meeting and sales calls to the Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT markets.
Dress up your dog for a night out on the town. Come and enjoy Sloppy Kisses first event of 2010...an indoor YAPPY HOUR. On Thursday, February 4th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, join us at Putnam Den (63a Putnam Street - Saratoga) for a night of drinks, games and doggie fun. Tickets are $10pp (available at both Sloppy Kisses locations - Downtown Saratoga and Clifton Park Center). Tickets are $15pp at the door. DOGS ARE FREE. Proceeds from the event benefit the Dog-Friendly Downtown Initiative. Visit www.sloppykissesofsaratoga.com
The Universal Preservation Hall is featuring an exclusive in-home Valentine's dinner to benefit Universal Preservation Hall prepared by the Capital Region's highest rated chef, Jeremy Kane of Classé Catering. The exquisite five course gourmet menu will be packaged and delivered to your home, complete with reheat instructions, on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 between 4:00 - 8:00 PM. The cost is $75 per person all-inclusive and reservations are being taken now until February 12th by calling Leanne at (518) 690-0293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For menu, please visit www.UniversalPreservationHall.org.
Image Photo & Events closed their photo lab on Putnam Street in December. Owners are now renovating a space at 42 Eureka Avenue and opening a new portrait studio. Instead of offering photo lab services, Image Photo will focus on portraits, wedding and special occasion photography. Hoping to open in February, hours will be by appointment only. Visit www.imagephotoevents.com
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