What's new and notable? Our top picks

Try This

Looking for a way to chill out on a hot summer's day? Why not hire your local Good Humor driver to visit the office during a meeting break? That's what our parent company, Intertec Publishing, did one recent sweltering day. Those lemon Italian ices will put a smile on anyone's face!

Need a Read?

The CIC manual has undergone a much needed revision. The CIC Manual Seventh Edition, by the Convention Industry Council, is now available. This first revision since 1994 has grown from 26 to 33 chapters, divided into six sections: education (new goal-setting and continuing education chapters); financial management (new budgeting chapter); technology (new chapters on computer applications, the Internet, Web sites, and virtual conferencing); facilities and services (new chapter on support services and facility selection); logistics (new specification guidebooks); and program (new special events and entertainment chapter).

The review chapters did justice to this time-honored resource. The Web site chapter, for example, is full of information on content planning and management, webcasting, chat rooms, listservs, and more.

To order, visit www.conventionindustry.org or contact CIC at (800) 725-8982.

New Sensation

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, debuted in March. The 261-room hotel can accommodate groups of 12 to 400. Inspired by the grand seaside lodges of the 19th century, the hotel features hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, and beamed ceilings. Located 30 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and 45 minutes from Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco, the resort has two golf courses: the Links Course, originally designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer and redesigned by Arthur Hills in 1999; and the Ocean Course, designed by Arthur Hills in 1997. More than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space is available, including a 7,100-square-foot divisible ballroom and eight additional meeting rooms.

Book Mark

For those who plan events, bizbash.com provides an unusual kind of event intelligence. Brothers David and Jonathan Adler have teamed with New York City — based event industry specialist Richard Aaron, CMP, CSEP. They envisioned a site at which planners could explore the “nooks and crannies” of New York City. Bizbashers hit the corporate (and entertainment) party circuit nightly in New York, and report back on the latest trends, vendors, resources, and more. Our favorite on the site: a bad idea file, full of events that missed the mark.