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Hotel at Auburn University Welcomes Tim Aylsworth as New DoSM

AUBURN, AL - October 11, 2010 - The Hotel at Auburn University is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Aylsworth as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Aylsworth's extensive hospitality background includes experience with both nationally renowned hotel brands and destination marketing organizations.

"We are very pleased to welcome Tim Aylsworth to our team," said Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director of The Hotel at Auburn University. "His experience working at upscale properties ensures that he will bring a wealth of knowledge, hospitality, and exceptional customer service to our guests and group clientele here in Auburn."

Before joining The Hotel at Auburn University, Aylsworth served as the Vice President of Sales for the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau in Newport Beach, California. Aylsworth also spent three years working with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center and at the Hyatt West Hollywood in California. He also served as the Associate Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort Spa and Casino in Nevada.

"I am delighted to return to Alabama. Having grown up in Huntsville, it is exciting to be back in my home state," said Aylsworth. "I am particularly proud to be joining such a great team of individuals at Auburn's flagship hotel."

About The Hotel at Auburn
Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, AL, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions. Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel's 236 newly renovated guestrooms and suites offer true Southern hospitality in an ideal setting. For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, located inside the hotel. An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch, and offers take-out service. Ariccia features an espresso bar, unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events.

Located next to Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, Piccolo is Auburn's newest gathering place for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts. The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne. Live jazz performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays (except on home football game weekends). The property is managed by the Atlanta-based West Paces Hotel Group. For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit www.auhcc.com.

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review


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Hotel Group Meetings: There is Good News
The good news for those hotels that host Group Meetings and Conferences is that there is good news. The effects of the Great Recession have mostly worn off and corporations are now investing again in training and development, which translates into a robust booking pace. And though demand is strong, there are new developments within this sector that must be addressed in order to effectively compete, and to meet the expectations of conference attendees. First, and perhaps foremost, is wireless communications. According to a recent survey, the average participant arrives at a conference with three mobile devices in tow so it is imperative that a WiFi network be free, fast and reliable. And though this is the #1 issue for planning professionals in the meetings business today, there are numerous other concerns. There is a growing trend to incorporate out-of-the-ordinary occasions into the Group Meeting experience. Some examples of this might include partnering with local venues such as wineries; natural and historic wonders; intriguing adventure resources; and unique off-site reception and dinner venues - all of which might be a factor in deciding where to locate for a conference. Team-building activities are also making a resurgence. Some groups are looking for unusual ways to motivate, inspire, and build camaraderie, which might include a volunteerism initiative, like building bikes for kids in the local community. Of course, food and beverage options are also important and like the trend in hotel restaurants, planners want a variety of healthy choices to be available for meal menus and refreshment breaks. They are looking for food and beverages that will “perk up” their participants, not lull them into lethargy. The September Hotel Business Review will examine what some hotels are doing to facilitate this segment of their business in order to meet the expectations of group planners and attendees.