Marisa Magoni, Wedding Coordinator

I am beyond thrilled to have been given the opportunity to become the next wedding coordinator at Asilomar Conference Grounds. I have loads of experience and have planned & executed over 600 weddings in Carmel & Southern California…

By Marisa Magoni

Keeping it Local

Many businesses in the Hospitality and Leisure industries are so focused on branding, engaging and growing their businesses with a new clientele that sometimes they forget about the people next door. These individuals can help grow your business. Besides, you get to provide memorable experiences to your community. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of trying to meet different prospects needs but don’t forget about the needs and wants of your community…

By Vanessa Parra

Event Planning: Menus, Tastings and More

When planning an event, be it a wedding, social event or conference, the food will always be front and center. It’s important to consider the quality of the food, food trends and sustainability and to ensure that the venue that you are going to hold your event at can meet your expectations…

By Germar Kelly

How to Improve Your Site Inspection: A Hoteliers Perspective

Planning a meeting? You’ll want to ensure an in-person site inspection and planning is essential to ensure your site inspection time is well spent. The old adage applies: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Over the years, I have read many articles about this topic, and most have been written by seasoned meeting planning professionals. The majority of those ideas from my perspective have been very relevant. However, I wanted to provide input from the hotelier’s perspective to aid the meeting planner on what would be beneficial to help us, the hotelier, help you the meeting planner…

By Tim McGill

Meeting Planning Considerations for Religious Groups & Spiritual Events

While planning a religious or spiritual group meeting can be a challenge, the personal rewards in setting the scene for a life-changing and uplifting event for the attendees are unsurpassed. The best way to get started with your planning process (before contacting a hotel or conference center) is to consider a few factors so that your chosen meeting venue will be best able to meet your, and your organizations, goals…

By Tim McGill

Denise Morton, Senior Sales Manager

I help the association, and non-profit markets plan conferences here at Asilomar Conference Grounds. My market is so varied I can be talking with a doctor about a scientific conference hang up the phone and speak with a non- profit company planning a conference for their international dance community…

By Denise Morton

The 72 Hour Plan for a Great Trade Show Experience

Recently I was asked to represent my company at a trade show in Las Vegas at 4:55 PM on a Friday because a colleague couldn’t attend. The challenge? The show started on Monday! Even with this type of short notice, this was not an opportunity that I was going to pass by! Trade shows are a great place to meet potential clients face to face and an opportunity to highlight your product to a receptive audience…

By Denise Morton

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry

Environmental pollution is not tied to one particular place on the map or business. Instead, it occurs everywhere and in all industries – including hotels. Now more than ever we must take action to prevent environmental degradation and climate change. Here are some helpful starting points for making your hotel more sustainable…

By Jill Heymsfield