PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Darcy Bowman Rose, CMP, executive director of Rendezvous and a founding member of TM's editorial advisory board, received the Meeting Planner of the Year 2000 award from the San Diego chapter of Meeting Professionals International. Rendezvous is a meeting and event management company based in San Diego.
John Fuhr, most recently eastern sales director for the Washington, D.C., office of the Anaheim/Orange County Convention and Visitor Bureau, has joined cvent.com as business development manager. Fuhr will develop partnerships with key event planning and supplier organizations for the Web-based event planning and e-application service provider.
The Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel), the Washington, D.C.-based industry association of competitive telecommunications providers and their suppliers, has announced the appointment of Patricia A. Langfeld to the newly created position of vice president, marketing and development. Prior to joining CompTel in July, Langfeld was director of meetings & exhibits for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (formerly the National Association of Life Underwriters) for two years.
Nth Degree, an event management company headquartered in Stone Mountain, Ga., has earned several prestigious awards for exhibit design: a SEGD Award from the Society of Environmental Graphic Design; an Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Design Society of America (ISDA); and two Pro-Comm Awards from the Business Marketing Association. The SEGD Award was awarded for an exhibit that Nth Degree designed, produced, and managed for Silicon Graphics at the Geneva Telecom Show (pictured above), held once every four years.
There's No Business Like Snow Business Tucked away in a town with an almost unpronounceable name (Jukkasjarvi), some 125 miles north of the Artic Circle in Sweden, is a hotel that's so cool it's hot. Made from scratch each year out of ice from the nearby Torne River, the Ice Hotel may be the plushest igloo ever made. The structure, the rooms, even some of the furniture is sculpted from ice. All the hotel's buildings, including its conference facilities for up to 120 people, are connected to Spectrum24, a wireless network from Symbol Technologies. Guests can check in with wireless PDAs; and when they sip their vodka from glasses made of ice in the Absolut Ice Bar, their orders will be stored in PDAs equipped with bar-code and credit-card readers. If your group wants face time instead of e-mail, they can phone home from Symbol's IP-telephone and wireless Webcam. And the hotel will never need to renovate: The whole thing is liquidated by the spring melt-off, only to be resculpted when the snow flies again.
If you don't want to go all the way to Sweden to live in the lapland of luxury, you may be in luck. Plans are in the works for another ice hotel, the Hotel de Glace, to be built in the Quebec region of Canada, opening January 1; and another in the western part of North America in three to five years. The Quebec hotel plans to start small, with accommodations for just 22 people in 2001, but will grow to 50 rooms in 2002, and go on from there. Visit www.icehotel.com.