Garden City, N.Y. — based Avis Rent A Car Inc. has launched a Web site for meetings business. Among the services: Planners can request a customized page to provide event information to attendees and allow them to make reservations at the event's discounted rate.Visit www.avis.com/meetings.
Marriott/Bulgari Lux Brand
Marriott is launching Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, a joint venture with Italian jeweler Bulgari SpA. The luxury portfolio will start with up to seven hotels in prime locations around the world. Sites under consideration include London, Rome, Paris, New York, Miami, and Southern California. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts and Marriott's existing luxury brand, Ritz-Carlton, will be headed by William R. Tiefel, vice chairman of Marriott International.
St. Louis — based “presence marketing agency” MC2 has acquired Eventsource, a corporate meetings and event production company from its home town. Eventsource president Bill Decker joins MC2 as group president meetings and events.
The 9th Annual AsiaPacific Incentives & Meeting Expo took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia in February. AIME, the third-largest meeting event in the world, was organized for the first time this year by Reed Travel Exhibitions. Exhibitions included product and services from 62 countries. Next year, AIME will take place February 19-20 in Melbourne. For information about the hosted buyers program, visit www.aime.com.au.
GEP Plus One
Global Events Partners (www.globaleventspartners.com), a consortium of 40 international and domestic destination management companies, has added The Event Network Inc., a Washingon, D.C. area — based .
Regal No More
Millennium Hotels and Resorts renamed its Regal hotel properties Millennium in early April. Millennium Hotels and Resorts, which acquired Regal in 1999, is the North American unit of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc.