Saratoga Springs named BEST City in the Capital Region! According to Times Union’s ‘Best of the Capital Region’, read more.
Global Meetings Day – April 6 To help celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau is giving each and every meeting and conference attendee meeting in Saratoga on Thursday, April 6 a personal greeting from the SCTB, a coaster with a Saratoga image inviting them to download our mobile app, ‘Discover Saratoga NY’ and an Ultimate Saratoga Map with 10% discount shopping card.
Become A Hometown Ambassador In Saratoga! A Hometown Ambassador is a person who is a resident of the Saratoga area who encourages or influences a group to hold its event in Saratoga.
April Groups: – Museum Association of NYS – Empire State Society of Association Executives – NYS Art Teachers Association – NYS Association of Veterinary Technicians – NYS Liquor Store Association – LeadingAge New York – NYS Speech Language Hearing Association – NYS Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors – NY Section American WaterWorks Association – Society for Marketing Professional Services Civil Service Employees Association
SARATOGA’S OFFICIAL MOBILE APP – Your website listing is on the app! To download, go to either Apple’s App Store or Android’s Google Play and type in the search bar “Discover Saratoga NY” OR to directly download the app, visit: www.DiscoverSaratoga.org/App
April’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series at Saratoga Springs Public Library History of the Saratoga Potato Chip! April 6, Thursday, Noon-1 PM
Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Meet the Easter bunny, Easter basket raffle. Carousel rides, fire truck, face painting, balloon characters, nail painting, story corner, carnival games and so much more!
Big changes ahead for Spa City in 2017 The year ahead could bring big changes — both physical and political — for Saratoga Springs. Hotels, community farming and more parking discussed. Here’s a look at what to expect in 2017.
LISTEN UP! Webcast Presented by Koppett and ATD Everyone from senior organizational leaders to salespeople to spouses knows that listening is a key skill necessary for understanding issues, uncovering needs, and building successful relationships. But what does it really mean to listen well? How can we grow our listening “muscles” rather than just talk about listening? How can we exercise that muscle so we notice more, understand more deeply, and engage with more curiosity? Luckily for us, improvisers have answers to these questions. Improv is the listening gym. Join us on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 1:00pm- 2:00pm for our webinar where we will: test our listening skills, distinguish “listening as a friend” from “listening as a foe,” define multidimensional listening and explore listening as a relationship-building and problem-solving tool. Be sure to join us for this interactive webcast on improv-ing your listening skills. Register here http://webcasts.td.org/webinar/2223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Complexions Spa’s Makeup and Martini Event on April 18th from 5:30-9:30 PM at their Saratoga location We’re welcoming all ladies to join us at the spa for a night of beauty, wellness, and fun raffle giveaways on April 18th. We will be offering the opportunity to learn all you need to know about maintaining a flawless, youthful complexion from our professional make-up artist, Natalie. The evening will begin with a demonstration of how to properly prep your skin before applying makeup no matter what skin type you have. We will then work in small groups with step-by-step instructions of how to achieve a fresh, polished look. With naked lip colors, smooth, perfected skin, and beautiful brows, spring is all about mastering a fresh-faced look! Space is limited! Reserve your spot today with a $25 non-refundable deposit. Those in attendance will also receive a 15% discount off any purchase made that evening. As a part of our ongoing beauty series, we’ll help you perfect the finishing touches that enhance your natural beauty! RSVP Here.
Festival for Natural Health, Wellness, Fitness, Mindfulness & Outdoors!
The Festival of Change is an outdoor festival nestled under tall pines with miles of hiking trails, carbonated mineral springs, geysers, & streams. Join thousands of guests as they connect, heal, empower & transform. www.festivalforchange.com Click here for poster
Join us on Saturday, May 6th as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame presents: The Derby Party Join us at this Kentucky themed fundraiser featuring delicious samplings of local brews and spirits, as well as signature Kentucky inspired dishes from local restaurants. While exploring the Museum and its local connection, guests will enjoy entertainment in the prestigious Hall of Fame before a live airing of the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, as an award for the most fashionable Derby attire will be presented. Also, there’s always a chance to win with our race-day inspired raffle! The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is excited to offer an authentic experience with a unique twist for the racing and foodie enthusiast. The Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and all proceeds from this year’s event support the Museum’s educational mission and allow for exciting exhibits and programs all year round. Visit: https://thederbyparty.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets, or call 518-584-0400 ext. 109!
Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt Expanding Menu Plum Dandy Yogurt has been known as the best premium Frozen Yogurt and Bubble Tea shop in the area, located on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. It’s a family business owned by Mark and Diane Jorgensen, who had a vision with a renewed focus on some health minded options while still holding on to its charm and history of being “slightly north of naughty”! There are always 8 fresh made frozen yogurt options and over 50 toppings, bubble teas, exclusive Utica Coffee hot and cold brew, delicious protein shake and smoothie options, steel-cut oats served with fresh fruit and toppings and steamed milk, fresh baked cookies, muffins and more! Plum Dandy also caters for special events such as Graduation Parties, Birthday Parties, Office Parties and Fund Raisers. Stop by Plum Dandy to check out our new look and tasty, healthy options. “Healthy has never tasted so good!”
Member-Only Website Has a New Look!
The Member-Only website has a new look! The new website was designed to provide useful destination marketing information in one convenient location. This is your one-stop shop for updating your web listing and more.!
Using the new Member-Only website, you will be able to:
View the Convention Calendar in real time
View your benefits summary including Service Requests and Referrals
Pay your membership dues online!
See important bulletins from the SCTB
A Post Board that provides the opportunity to network with other members to share offers
Add Photos and Video and Add Social Media links to your website listing
Edit Contacts and Add Amenities to your website listing
Happy Spring! Your Saratoga sales team wrapped up March with several exciting regional shows which has set the pace for the rest of the year.
Vanessa and Nancy participated in these regional networking and show opportunities: – DMAI Destination Showcase; Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. This event welcomed over 330 association and corporate planners from the DC, Maryland and the Virginia region and promoted 150 destinations. – NYSAE Meet NY; Marriott Marquis, New York City. This event hosted about 200 planners – primarily association – as well as corporate and third party planners. This show was hosted by about 60 hotels and destinations from across the country. – NECVB Reps welcome luncheon; R Lounge @ The Renaissance Times Square Hotel, New York City. This unique group is a smaller organization representing CVBs with destinations primarily here in the northeast (Northeast CVB Reps). This event was held in conjunction with NYSAE MeetNY as an invite-only networking lunch prior to the main NYSAE event (happening across the street). Thanks to our Kayla – our office managed the invite list and RSVP process which provided us with an invite list of over 330 NYC planners! Our 15 participating NECVB Reps destinations ultimately hosted about 45 planners for this very successful presentation and lunch program.
And the road shows continue for your sales team this Spring: – MPI Westfield MeetNow 2017; April 5th – MPI NENY MPI NENY Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID); April 6th – MPI CRV New England Business Forum; April 10th – MPI NENY Leadership Retreat; April 17th-18th – HelmsBriscoe Annual Business Conference; April 18th-20th – NYSAE Annual Meeting; May 17th
As communications continue to be more technology driven, the importance of networking and fact-to-face meetings is reinforced. We look forward to celebrating this mission along with our local MPI chapter on Global Meetings Industry Day and all year long! The Saratoga sales team will continue its tradition of hitting the road to meet up with qualified planners on sales calls as well as through participation at unique networking opportunities. We’re always looking for new events and the chance to represent Saratoga in full force so please share if you have ideas or find any interesting opportunities.
Heather recently attended both the Heartland Travel Show and the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Annual Symposium. The Heartland Travel show focuses on the group tour and travel industry form the “Heartland” states, and Heather met with 26 group tour operators. The NASC show brings sporting event owners and governing bodies together and Heather met with 17 different events during the 3 day conference. Both shows allowed us to meet with new contacts and companies and represent new opportunities for our city and county.
SAVE THE DATE! Tie the Knot in ‘Toga Wedding Event is March 3, 2018! We are excited for the return of this event and the opportunity showcase Saratoga weddings. We look forward to the participation of our valuable partners in continuing the success of this event. Stay tuned for more details!
VISITOR CENTER UPDATES
The Visitor Center is kicking off the Spring season with some great programs and events! Our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is in full swing – join us at the Saratoga Springs Library on April 6 for “The History of the Saratoga Chip” with speaker Alan Richer, on May 11 for “The Burning of The Piping Rock: The True Story Behind the Novel” with speaker Joe Cutshall-King, and the June 8 for “Saratoga Mineral Baths – Not Just for Saturday Nights” with speaker Charlie Kuenzel. All of these programs start at 12:00PM and are free and open to the public. We are also in full planning mode for our Summer Concert Series, and the schedule will be available soon on the Visitor Center website – continue to check back for the entertainment options available to your Summer groups and guests. You will also be seeing our brochure subscription information coming to you in the coming week. Our brochure membership season runs from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Please contact Heather or Nancy Dix at the Visitor Center if you need additional information.
Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau’s Annual Meeting & Dinner Recap On Wednesday, March 15, the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau held their 32nd Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Saratoga Springs City Center. In addition to highlighting the successes of 2016 and their initiatives for 2017, the Bureau welcomed new members of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A crowd of over 165 members, government officials and past chairs attended! Read more.More photos.
Saratoga National Golf Course tentative opening schedule is April 7th for Tee Times please call: 518.583.4653 ext: 1 or visit the website at www.golfsaratoga.com Administrative Day – Stay tuned to our promotions pages regarding special features for your admins!
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs was recently ranked #2 out of 234 Embassy Suites in the world for 2016! Embassy Suites brand recently held an awards banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada and our Director of Sales Michael Spilman was awarded the Embassy Suites’ Director of Sales Merit Award for 2016. Michael is ranked in the top three DOS’ in the Embassy Brand. The Embassy Suites is thrilled to welcome 2 new members into their Sales Department! We are very excited to have Shelly Lindsey join our team as our Catering Sales Manager. Shelly worked previously at the Gideon Putnam as their Conference Service Manager and previously to the Gideon she worked at the Saratoga Hilton in Sales. She will be detailing all conferences being held in the Hotel and booking all social events. Shelly has certainly hit the ground running! Rebekah Foster joins our team as a Sales Manager. Rebekah has many years of experience working in Sales. She previously worked for fourteen years at Longfellow’s working in the Special Events Department and most recently working with the Daily Gazette as an Event Manager. She will be responsible for all Government, Corporate and SMERF Groups. Welcome to the team Shelly and Rebekah! Call now to book your next conference that your colleagues will be taking about for days to come or to schedule a site tour with Michael, Shelly or Rebekah 518-290-9090.