November 1-3---New York Independent System Operators---50 ppl
November 3-5---NYS Day Service Providers---300 ppl
November 1-7---New York Library Association---1,000 ppl
November 5-7---International MOMS Club---150 ppl
November 6---Uncle Sam's Boxing Club---Public Invited
November 7-9---School Administrators association of NYS---250 ppl
November 11-12---Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS---900 ppl
November 13-16---Northeast Association for Institutional Research---200 ppl
November 13-16---NYS Teachers' Retirement System---1,000 ppl
November 16-18---NYS Health Facilities Association, Inc.---175 ppl
November 17-19---The Business Council of NYS---200 ppl
November 19-21---Adirondack Sports & Fitness---Public Invited
November 29-December 1---NYS Coalition for Children's Mental Health Services---550 ppl
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The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau launched an annual program recognizes outstanding service, professionalism and stewardship within the hospitality industry in Saratoga called “Hospitality Stars of Saratoga”. This program provides an opportunity for Bureau members to be recognized, by their peers & customers alike, for going above and beyond the normal call of duty and build upon Saratoga’s reputation as providing world-class hospitality.
All Bureau members are eligible. Nominees will be grouped into categories and those will consist of lodging, restaurants, service providers/retail establishments and attractions/entertainment. Nominations will come in the form of a narrative, describing instances of an individual exceeding expectations and providing outstanding service. Nominations can be submitted at any point during the calendar year via the online form at www.discoversaratoga.org.
A committee will review nominations and select winners within each category. Nominees will be recognized each quarter in the Bureau’s Member Newsletter with the winners in each category being recognized at the Annual Meeting each March.
Sponsorships of this program will be solicited from the Bureau membership. Winners will receive a $250 Downtown Business Association (DBA) certificate, engraved plaque and Certificate acknowledging the award and signed by committee members.
To nominate an individual or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please CLICK HERE!
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"The vibrancy of Saratoga Springs downtown is due in part to the dedicated work and very pleasant staff of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau. The business seasons are expanded during the fall, winter and spring by their efforts, bringing business to our town year round, dispelling the myth that Saratoga has business only in the summer season. Whether the impact of their activities to solicit groups to the area affects a business directly or indirectly, their success at bringing so many to Saratoga adds to our area being one of the most vital upstate communities. As a small business owner, I appreciate the Bureau as a supporting organization that enhances Saratoga’s vitality."
---Mary Cae Asay, owner of Saratoga Downtowner Motel
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The Bureau is always finding new ways to communicate to our audience. One section on our website is dedicated to blogging. We use blogs as a social media strategy to help us stay in frequent contact with existing and potential customers and members.
Through our blogs, we share industry tips, comment on and discuss issues related to the industry and life in general, explain new technology emerging in the market, and much more!
To keep up with the burgeoning use of Internet marketing, the Bureau has a presence on social media websites. We are featured on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and YouTube. Angela is frequently updating these sites with useful information including upcoming events, pictures, videos, industry articles and more! So, befriend us, follow us, watch us, and read about us! Check us out... CLICK HERE!
The Bureau's Annual Thanksgiving and Hometown Ambassadors Reception!
Wednesday, November 10th
5:30-7:30 PM, $25.00/person
At Panza’s on Saratoga Lake
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, November 5th
Sign up online!
and don' forget..
December 3rd- December 9th
Go to the website for a list of participating restaurants and lodging specials during the week!www.discoversaratoga.org/restaurantweek
We are going to be bell ringers on November 23rd for the Salvation Army as a way for the Bureau to say “Thanks” to the community and give back!
We will be stationed in front of Adirondack Trust Bank, Lillian's Restaurant, Price Chopper, and Borders.
Stop and see us and make a donation! We will be around town from 10:30-12:30pm!
Sales and Services Update
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It’s been another active month with the Bureau’s ongoing sales efforts! Marie has been working closely with Capital Region clients including call days in and around the Albany market each week. With the expansion of our City Center nearly complete we are making every effort to stay ‘top of mind’ with meeting professionals. Saratoga was invited to bid on the 2013 Lions of NYS & Bermuda Convention this month in Binghamton. Marie presented a comprehensive proposal including our City Center, Saratoga Hilton and several other hotel properties as part of this city wide opportunity. Additionally, Marie travelled to Morristown New Jersey for sales calls as and the PCMA educational and networking event. This was a well attended event by both suppliers and meeting professionals that offered a great deal of face time for meeting and greeting prospective clients. Marie made several new contacts and will be pursuing appointments with them in an effort to attract their group business to Saratoga. November plans include hosting upcoming site visits as well as sales call days in the New England area, New York City and our own Capital Region.
On October 18th, Heather McElhiney and hotel partners traveled Charlotte, NC to attend TEAMS 2010, a well known and respected sports event marketing event. Heather and hotel partners spent the week networking with event organizers, holding targeted appointments with about 25 organizers, and attending various conference functions, including a community service project. We met with groups like USA Gymnastics , the sole national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States as designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee, to Adrenalin Sports Management, a sports management company that organizing 5K and marathon races throughout the country, such as the Santa Shuffle in Chicago. We met with organizers of Senior Softball Tournaments, BMX bike races, year round Dualathons and Triathlons, Bike races and Charity Events, and even an event called “Tough Mudder” – an extreme mud-run endurance road race. All of these events bring with them hundreds of athletes, fans and spectators who will need to shop, eat and sleep here in Saratoga. We are very excited about the connections we made while in Charlotte, the RFP’s we have received and the future business opportunities this conference has afforded our area!
Group Tour Market
In addition to keeping our operators regularly updated, we will be working on putting together packages to sell to the market and would like to include all of you. Both for our newsletter and for our trade shows and sales calls, we need to know what is happening at your place of business. We need information on your upcoming exhibits, your “hot rate” deals, your special events – any information or event that you would like the group tour market to know about and participate in! In order to successfully sell a tour, operators generally need to know about an event 6 months prior, but prefer 9 to 12 months lead time. We will be happy to include any “last minute deals” – 3 months or less lead time – but we will find the most success with ample lead time. Newsletters will be sent on a monthly basis and we will need regular updates from our members to make it successful.
Please send all information you would like included in this newsletter, as well as questions or comments , to Heather McElhiney. All items should be sent to at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!!
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Panera Bread has recently rebranded its Catering to reflect the new name of Panera Catering. You will see updates in otheir logo and packaging in the coming months. To preview the menu and learn about delivery options visit www.paneracatering.com. Come visit a local Panera Bread to receive your complimentary MyPanera Rewards Card. It is the card that is full of surprises and it is absolutely free!
AMA Entertainment is now Capital Disc Jockeys! Started by DJ Tim Wedeman with anew mission to provide the latest in DJ entertainment innovations. Armed with state-of-the-art equipment and an enormous library of all digital music, Capital Disc Jockeys is ready to make your next event a huge success. Call them today at 518-372-7121 to schedule a personal consultation.
The inaugural event will be a lunch sponsored by the Friends of Lake George Opera, followed by presentations on the history of the Opera. This distinctive program will take place on Saturday, November 6th at the Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park. Lunch begins at 1:00pm with the presentations immediately following. The cost is $20 per person. www.lakegeorgeopera.org.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway is bringing back The Holiday Office Celebration hosted in Vapor Night Club on Friday, December 3. For just $35.00 per person, your office staff can mix and mingle on the upper level of Vapor while enjoying great food and live jingles. Guests will enjoy live music from TS Ensemble starting at 9pm in addition to three hours of festive food including passed hors d’oeuvres, a variety of food stations, and a host of holiday desserts.
The Lodge, Fortunes Restaurant and The Garden Buffet are also available for holiday parties. Select dates still available. Reserve today by contacting Colleen Carlson at 518-581-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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