Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Memphis preview

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association and Pinkowski & Co. are kicking off their annual Memphis Lodging Industry Summit ... this year is the 6th iteration of the event.

The kickoff event this evening was a grand cocktail reception and dinner at Memphis' famous Peabody Hotel. Part of the banquet festivities was a MH&LA PAC silent auction, along with a live auction at the start of dinner. The organization even brought in a genuine auctioneer, who wowed the crowd with her down-home southern charm and insanely rapid-fire auction calling.

Tomorrow's schedule looks great, with speakers including Shawn McBurney, Senior VP, Government Affairs for the AH&LA; Tom Corcoran, Chairman of AH&LA and General Chairman of FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc.; Randy Smith, CEO of Smith Travel Research; and Colin Reed, President and CEO, Gaylord Entertainment. More details on the conference will be posted here in the coming days, so please stay tuned.

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