SOURCE: Dolce Hotels and Resorts

November 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Dolce Hotels and Resorts Launches "Rebuild Your Meeting" Program for Meeting Planners in North America

Beginning November 17, Complimentary Consultation Service Is Hospitality Industry's First Program Addressing Corporate Belt-Tightening and Responsible Corporate Governance

MONTVALE, NJ--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - As both Wall Street and Main Street are reeling from the current economic crisis, companies here and abroad are recalibrating how they do business and how it can be done most cost effectively. During a time of cost-cutting and increased scrutiny on corporate spending, meeting planners are finding themselves with more pressure than ever to create meetings and events that provide significant value to skeptical stakeholders. Answering the call is industry leader Dolce Hotels and Resorts as it launches its "Rebuild Your Meeting" program and furthers its reputation as the most forward-thinking provider of specialized meetings services in the hospitality industry. It's as easy as one toll-free call to free, expert meetings advice.

Dolce's "Rebuild your Meeting" program offers complimentary consultations to meeting planners in the U.S. and Canada -- regardless of if, where and what company their meeting is currently booked at -- who are faced with the need to replan a meeting due to changes in their clients' meetings needs, such as reduced budgets or fewer attendees. Beginning November 17, meeting planners will simply call a Dolce global sales team representative at 866-940-4979. The sales team representative will guarantee to connect them within four hours to a Dolce director of sales and marketing in their area who will be able to provide CMP-certified, objective, expert advice on planning their meeting or making the most of their new event parameters.

Dolce's international team of meeting and conference planners will offer an approximately one hour consultation providing the advice, tools and ideas to allow a corporate meeting planner to "rebuild" their event to fit ever-changing needs. Meeting planners can expect to receive tips such as how to create the most productive team building events on a limited budget, how to provide quality food and beverage offerings on a tighter budget, or how to change the location of the meeting to save on airfare and other travel expenses.

"Having spent close to 30 years specializing in providing the most inspiring and productive environments for meetings, Dolce respects the difficulty of the meetings industry's current economic climate and we wanted to offer our expertise on a complimentary basis through 'Rebuild Your Meeting' as a vehicle for meeting planners to fulfill their group needs and reinforce how businesses can still be held off-site while achieving their business objectives in the most responsible manner," says chairman and managing director Andy Dolce. "The 'Rebuild Your Meeting' program is an innovative service for meeting planners that we are proud to offer as we raise the bar of service in the meetings and conference world by featuring the most creative and resourceful options."

The "Rebuild Your Meeting" service is offered at all North American Dolce properties, which are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). For more information, visit www.dolce.com.

About Dolce Hotels and Resorts: Dolce Hotels and Resorts, formerly Dolce International, is a unique global hospitality company specializing in delivering an exceptional meetings experience by providing the most hospitable environments for people to meet and learn. Whether for business or leisure, distinctive elements inspire the most productive meetings, events and celebrated experiences. Dolce integrates superior cuisine and amenities, facilities with state-of-the-art technology, and a community of passionate, intuitive associates to remain at the forefront of the hospitality industry with 23 unique properties in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Dolce's Hotel and Resort portfolio includes properties such as Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas; Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, Calif.; Dolce Chantilly in the Paris area and Dolce Sitges in the Barcelona area. The company's Conference Hotels feature properties such as IBM Palisades Center in Palisades, N.Y.; American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas and The William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Md. Every property meets International Association of Conference Centers standards and is equally lauded by organizations such as AAA, Mobil, Michelin and Meeting Professionals International. Well-suited for leisure travelers, many Dolce destinations offer spas, championship golf courses and workout facilities. Founded in 1981 by Chairman & Managing Director, Andy Dolce, the company is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and Paris, France. Majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners, Dolce has approximately 4,000 employees worldwide. Visit www.dolce.com.

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