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SEPTEMBER 2013 E-BULLETIN
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
2013 VH&RA Media Reception
Thursday, October 3

One of VH&RA's most popular events will once again take place at the Arizona Biltmore in October. The annual Media Reception offers the opportunity to network with the Valley's top local media contacts, meet local elected officials, enjoy time with your peers and sample the Valley's best hotel and resort cuisine. This is a highly anticipated event with limited availability so visit our website for more information about sponsorship, auction donations or registration.


November VH&RA Luncheon
November 13, 11:30 a.m.
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
The annual Valley Convention & Visitor's Bureau update is right around the corner and will take place at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. The speaker and registration details will be available soon, but mark your calendars now to attend for the latest in Valley-wide news on destination marketing and how your CVBs are preparing for the coming year.


Career Day
Monday, November 25
Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
This annual educational event brings together more than 200 junior and senior Maricopa County high school students to educate them about the many opportunities in the hospitality and lodging industry. The day's schedule includes sessions featuring speakers in the many different fields of our industry including Culinary, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing and Guest Services. We rely on members to serve as our industry experts to lead these sessions and also host an interactive luncheon that provides speaking and sponsorship opportunities. Member participation is strongly encouraged! We are always looking for dynamic speakers and we also do a teacher raffle and goodie bags for the kids. Please consider donating and/or participating! Contact Alena Hicks.


Holiday Mixer
December 11, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hermosa Inn
Kick off the holiday season with this fun and festive reception designed to end the year with great networking and good cheer at one of the Valley's most treasured and charming properties. Registration opening soon.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Government Per Diem Rate Freeze is Lifted
A short time ago, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released the list of federal per diem rates for FY2014, effective October 1, 2013. In nearly most markets, the rates increased over those for FY2013 and are a reflection of current market conditions. The standard continental United States (CONUS) per diem rate, which is not attached to specific destinations, was increased to $83. The complete list of federal per diem rates can be found at www.gsa.gov/perdiem.


STR 2014 Forecast Available to Members
If you were unable to attend the VHRA August Breakfast featuring a 2014 forecasting presentation by Smith Travel Research, you can still request a copy of the presentation to assist during budgeting season. This exclusive member benefit contains proprietary information and is therefore only available to members upon request. To receive a copy of the presentation, please contact VP of Membership, David Nance.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale
Ila Smith, General Manager
Rooms: 270
Phone: (602) 765-5800

JustGoConnect.com
Todd Davis, President
Email: todd@funcoachusa.com
Phone: (602) 980-3798

Moss Adams LLP
Richard Swetonic, Business Development Executive
Email: richard.swetonic@mossadams.com
Phone: (480) 444-3424

No Slip Zone, LLC
Greg Pierzchalski, Owner
Email: greg@thenoslipzone.com
Phone: (480) 456-3220

OnScren Technologies, Inc.
Jeff Stephans, VP of Sales
Email: jstephans@onscreentechnologies.com
Phone: (949) 415-4575

Phoenix Place Hotel & Suites
Nick Thompson, General Manager
Rooms: 160
Phone: (602) 604-4900

Simplex Grinnell
Jana Hart, Preventative Maintenance
Email: janhart@simplexgrinnell.com
Phone: (602) 243-6700

The Weitz Company
Eileen O'Brien, Director
Email: Eileen.obrien@weitz.com
Phone: (602) 225-0225

Vitesse Worldwide
Jeff Conly, Senior VP of Operations
Email: jeff@vitesseworldwide.com
Phone: (602) 350-5714



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Phone: (602) 375-2996  ·  Fax: (602) 604-0769