Boston Articles Recent Articles - Member Press Releases & Awards Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:54:36 GMT Hawthorne Hotel Wins 2015 Historic Hotels of America Award of Excellence The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Historic Hotels of America Award of Excellence, among a total of 200 nominees that vied for various awards. Within the Best City Center Historic Hotel Award category, it included exceptional hotels such as the Brown Hotel in Kentucky, The Lord Baltimore Hotel in Maryland, the Omni Parker House in Boston, the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa and the New York Plaza Hotel. The Hawthorne Hotel is the only New England hotel to have won an award this year. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Hotels of America will accept only member hotels that have been designated by the U.S. secretary of the interior as a National Historic Landmark or that are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The hotels also have to be recognized as having historic significance and be at least 50 years old.The National Trust founded the group with 32 charter members in 1989, and it now has more than 260 historic hotel members in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Please view the entire list of 2015 Award Winners.   Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 GMT Boston Children's Museum wins 4 star rating from Charity Boston Children's Museum's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that Boston Children's Museum has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity's overall rating, reveal which charities have "best practices" that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders. "Boston Children's Museum's coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities," according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. "Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars - a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Boston Children's Museum's supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating." "We place a high priority on accountability and transparency. It's critical that donors trust we're using our funding wisely so that it has optimal impact," said Carole Charnow, President and CEO. "It's gratifying to be recognized for sound stewardship of these resources." Boston Children's Museum's rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on More-detailed information about Boston Children's Museum's rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT RAPHAEL OLIVER, TOH/SKYWALK GM, PROMOTED TO VP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT John Quagliata, President, C.E.O. of Select Restaurants, Inc., owner and operator of Boston's famed Top of the Hub Restaurant, cocktail lounge, and banquet facilities as well as the Skywalk Observatory, today announced the promotion of long-time General Manager Raphael Oliver to Vice President, Business Development for the parent company. Soaring 52 floors above Boston's Back Bay, Top of the Hub is perched atop the Prudential Tower with the Skywalk Observatory located directly below on the 50th floor."As general manager of our Boston operations for the past 25 years, Raphael Oliver has done an outstanding job of building both solid business and a trusted reputation for Select," said Quagliata. "I'm thrilled that he has accepted the challenge to apply his considerable knowledge and talents to further build our business and expand our visibility in some of our other markets." Select operates a collection of specialty restaurant concepts with properties located in Long Beach, California; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Pennsylvania; and New Jersey.Mr. Quagliata also credited Mr. Oliver with the successful growth of corporate function business, a commitment to nightly live jazz entertainment in the highly popular lounge, and the expansion and creative development of the restaurantâ€TMs wine sales accented by the addition of two temperature controlled wine cellars holding more than 3000 bottles at any one time. Mr. Oliver commented, "I am honored to have been part of the Select team for the past 25 years and look forward to the new responsibilities with which I've been entrusted. John Quagliata has a unique vision in the restaurant industry which encourages those around him to achieve far more than they could on their own. I look forward to the many creative challenges ahead around the country, from staffing and sales to marketing and fiscal management."Prior to joining Top of the Hub, Oliver held several high-visibility positions at a number of prestigious, award-wining, five-star resorts from the Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, to the Crown Room atop San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel and The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT Langham, Boston awarded Gold Certification for Sustainability The Langham, Boston is the first hotel in North America to achieve Gold Certification with EarthCheck, the company announced today. EarthCheck is the world's leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. The Langham, Boston, a 318 room luxury hotel located in downtown Boston, received the certification for its efforts towards environmental, economic and social sustainability. The hotel joined EarthCheck in 2009 to help integrate green practices into its day-to-day operations. Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said that The Langham, Boston has a long standing commitment to sustainability, which is reflected in their continued dedication to the EarthCheck program. Moore said, "I would like to congratulate the whole team at The Langham, Boston on their Gold achievement, which recognizes 5 continuous years of independent accreditation. The hotel is a leading operator in North America and a valued member of a global group of tourism operators who dare to make a difference." Sustainability practices and equipment adopted by The Langham, Boston including the recent installation of a new chiller system and Enerlogic VEP 35 tinted windows add to a number of initiatives that have allowed the hotel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6kg CO2 -e per guest night, which is equivalent to taking 721 small cars off the road each year. EarthCheck provided The Langham, Boston with a framework for environmental and social sustainability. This included requirements specific to the hotel's management systems, such as quality, environment, occupational health and safety, risk management and corporate social reporting. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Boston Harbor Hotel wins 2015 AH&LA Award for Ongoing Special Events Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE  The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the national trade association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, awards Stars of the Industry to recognize employee and lodging property achievement in 11 categories, including Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year, Outstanding General Manager of the Year, and Technology Innovation of the Year.  The AH&LA Stars of the Industry awards program was created more than 40 years ago and while the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same - to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry.  Outstanding Special Events, Ongoing/Small Property, will be presented to the Boston Harbor Hotel. The awards will be presented at the Stars of the Industry Awards Brunch at the W, Washington, DC, on April 14 from 10:00 - 11:30am. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Lenox Boston GM Daniel Donahue wins 2015 AH&LA Award Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE  The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the national trade association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, awards Stars of the Industry to recognize employee and lodging property achievement in 11 categories, including Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year, Outstanding General Manager of the Year, and Technology Innovation of the Year.  The AH&LA Stars of the Industry awards program was created more than 40 years ago and while the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same - to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry.  Outstanding General Manager of the Year, Small Property, will be presented to Daniel Donahue, General Manager, The Lenox Hotel Boston, MA. The awards will be presented at the Stars of the Industry Awards Brunch at the W, Washington, DC, on April 14 from 10:00 - 11:30am. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Fairmont Copley Plaza Joins T+L 500: The World's Best Hotels   In Travel+Leisure's annual World's Best Awards survey, T+L readers determine the top hotels and resorts in the world. For T+L's 20th annual poll, discerning readers were asked once again to cast their votes for the hotels, destinations, and companies that define the very best in travel. The result? One of the most robusts lists to date. This year, the Fairmont Copley Plaza joins several other Massachusetts properties in earning this coveted distinction.    Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf (90.64) Eliot Hotel (90.50) Fairmont Copley Plaza (87.56) Four Seasons Hotel Boston (89.38) Hotel Commonwealth (91.39) Mandarin Oriental, Boston (92.21) XV Beacon (91.62) Chatham Bars Inn (87.60), Chatham White Elephant (93.68), Nantucket Town    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Forbes Announces 5 Star Hotels: Boston Harbor Hotel, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Boston Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4  Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, once again naming the Boston Harbor Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, and Mandarin Oriental, Boston as Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels.  115 hotels worldwide are recognized with this esteemed ranking, and 72 hotels in the United States received this distinction:   For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit   Follow Forbes Travel Guide on Twitter:, Facebook: and Instagram:   About Forbes Travel Guide: Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry's most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better- informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. is the sole online destination for Forbes Travel Guide's list of Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:200%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Enjoy Old World pampering in Plymouth Mirbeau Inn Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT PAUL J. SACCO NAMED TO NATIONAL LODGING ASSOCIATON BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CONTACT:    Christina Pappas1-617-536-0590 (Boston, MA), February 25,2014 - Paul J. Sacco, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association has been named to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) 2014 board of directors, representing the Partner State Association segment.  The new board of directors is comprised of C-level lodging executives representing the full scope of the lodging sector, including brands, owners and REITS, management companies, independents, and state associations.  A new board was selected to reflect the completely new strategic direction and membership model passed last June by a vote of association members.  Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.Paul J. Sacco is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, a statewide trade association representing and promoting the Massachusetts' lodging industry. He is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.  Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Belvedere Hotels Ltd., Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and as a Vice President for regional operations for Omni Hotels. He has also managed a number of hotels in his extensive career including Managing Director of the Omni Parker House Downtown Boston, the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and The Netherland Plaza - Cincinnati. He has been actively involved with AH&LA for a number of years, serves on the board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and has served as Chair of the Board of Historic Hotels of America."AH&LA now begins a new chapter, bringing together the entire industry under one national umbrella, focusing the association on proactive and effective advocacy, and allowing the industry to speak with one voice," said AH&LA President/CEO Katherine Lugar.  "We are thrilled that our new board is comprised of dynamic group of senior industry leaders who will lead the AH&LA's future strategic direction. I'm confident Paul will be a valuable contributor of the thought leadership and direction crucial to ensuring AH&LA and the industry are best-positioned to tackle the challenges and meet the objectives of the future."For a complete list of board members, click here, # #About the Massachusetts Lodging AssociationThe Massachusetts Lodging Association is a trade association representing and promoting the lodging industry in Massachusetts. ??The goal of the MLA is to create and implement an aggressive program to develop the business and leisure travel industry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as to create a better business environment through legislative efforts and networking with related associations.  The MLA is dedicated to providing professional education to members, recognizing excellence among members and actively participating in members' communities.  For more information on the Massachusetts Lodging Association, go to Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2014 Best Hotels U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2014 Best Hotels Washington, D.C. - Jan. 28, 2014 - U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, today released the 2014 Best Hotels rankings. For the first time, the Lodge at Sea Island in Sea Island, Ga., is the No. 1 hotel in the USA. Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic holds onto its spot as the Best Hotel in the Caribbean for the second year in a row. Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués in Acapulco jumped up four places since last year to be the No. 1 Best Hotel in Mexico, and the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal seized the top spot in the 2014 ranking of the Best Hotels in Canada.Out of the 1,693 luxury hotels across the United States evaluated for 2014, 169 scored high enough to earn a place on the list of the Best Hotels in the USA. New additions to the top five list this year are the Lodge at Sea Island and the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., which took the No. 3 spot this year after ranking 160th in 2013. The top five Best Hotels in the USA are: 1.       The Lodge at Sea Island - Sea Island, Ga.2.       The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, S.C.3.       The Allison Inn & Spa - Newberg, Ore.4.       Four Seasons Hotel Seattle - Seattle, Wash.5.       Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele - Lanai, HawaiiSee full list: Best Hotels in the USA U.S. News also analyzed 271 luxury properties in the Caribbean. Twenty-seven hotels scored high enough to be named Best Hotels in the Caribbean. The top five Best Hotels in the Caribbean are: 1.       Tortuga Bay - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic2.       Jamaica Inn - Ochos Rios, Jamaica3.       Spice Island Beach Resort - St. George's, Grenada4.       Eden Rock, St. Barths - Baie de Saint Jean, St. Barts5.       Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France - Baie des Flamands, St. BartsSee full list: Best Hotels in the CaribbeanThe 2014 Best Hotels also includes rankings of 342 hotels in Mexico and 223 hotels in Canada, along with rankings of the Best Hotels by Brand to help travelers select the best brand-backed hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  U.S. News' Best Hotels rankings are based on an unbiased methodology that includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings. "Our Best Hotels rankings are designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the right hotel," said Miriam Weiner, travel editor for U.S. News. "These properties were selected because they meet the highest standards of travel experts and guests alike when it comes to luxury amenities and quality customer service." Media Contact: Lucy Lyons,, 617-803-8966About U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans and more. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT Greenway Conservancy Names Jesse Brackenbury Executive Director Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT Boston chosen for the world tourism cities federation membership Boston chosen for the world tourism cities federation membership The World Tourism Cities Federation has chosen Boston as its fifth US city for membership. On December 5, 2013, Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of the WTCF, came to Boston to officially present Patrick Moscaritolo, President  & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and Christopher Cook, Director of the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events with membership in the World Tourism Cities Federation.The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is the first international tourism organization that focuses on cities. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization formed by tourism cities and tourism-related organizations of various countries and regions of the world. The WTCF is dedicated to promoting tourism development around the world. At present, 107 world-renowned tourism cities and organizations are members of the Federation.Boston is a worldwide leader in healthcare, finance, biotechnology and education. In 2012 Boston welcomed over 1,250,000 overseas visitors and is recognized worldwide as one of America's top destinations.Boston is also home to more than 50 colleges and universities with more than 250,000 enrolled students. In 2013 more than 41,258 international students were enrolled in colleges in Boston and Massachusetts. Over the last 6 years the growth in international students attending colleges and universities in Boston and Massachusetts has risen 168%. Bureau President & CEO Patrick Moscaritolo and Christopher Cook, Director of the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events officially signed the WTCF membership documents and agreements.About World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF):World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization. Under the theme of "Tourism Makes City Life Better", the WTCF will promote coordinated economic and social development of World Tourism cities, enhance urban development, elevate the image of cities, and strengthen inter-city international exchanges through tourism.About the Great Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB):The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the primary private sector marketing and visitor service organization charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business to enhance the economy of Boston, Cambridge and the greater metropolitan area. For more information on what to do, where to stay, and what to see when visiting Boston visit  Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT Natixis Global Asset Management Presents Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Featuring Meshell Ndegeocel    Natixis Global Asset Management Presents Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, Will Calhoun Trio, Christian Scott, Robin McKelle & the Flytones and More Boston's Biggest Block Party Celebrates Jazz: The Next Generation on September 28 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship Will Be Presented at the Event BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On September 28, music lovers of all ages will gather for the 13th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival in Boston's historic South End - home to several legendary clubs during Boston's jazz heyday. The all-day, free outdoor event will offer contemporary jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts on three stages. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of the festival and will present a $5,000 scholarship to a student musician. Past Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.     "The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood on the shoulders of their predecessors, are now hopefully prepared for unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process" "The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is a landmark event in Boston that unites neighborhoods and exposes communities to exceptional musical talents in a free, family-friendly environment," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management - The Americas & Asia. At the festival, NGAM will present a $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship for the third consecutive year. "Granting the Natixis-Berklee scholarship aligns with our commitment to education and the arts. Supporting the opportunity for young musicians to enhance their talents brings us great pride and helps keep music alive for future generations." The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival - Boston's biggest block party - takes place on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston's South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public free of charge. Highlights include Meshell Ndegeocello; Will Calhoun Trio, led by the Grammy Award-winning alumnus and drummer of the band Living Colour; and Robin McKelle & the Flytones. This year, the festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Next Generation, with performances by some of the genre's most acclaimed up-and-coming alumni artists, including Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott; Mike Tucker Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and the Matt Savage Quartet featuring sax great Bobby Watson. Faculty and students also play a major role, with performances by faculty artists Lawrence "Larry" Watson & the Workforce, The Bell Affair, Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution, and Rick DiMuzio Quintet; and students including Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors featuring Adam Cruz, Jazz Revelation Records artist the Simon Moullier Quartet, Giorgi Mikadze Group, the Berklee P-Funk Ensemble and the Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Street performers Marcus Santos & Bloco AfroBrazil will perform throughout the afternoon. Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival also presents ticketed concerts during the weekend of the festival: On Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28, Gary Burton's 70th Birthday Tour stops at Scullers Jazz Club for performances at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night by the New Gary Burton Quartet featuring Julian Lage, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez. Visit for more information. On Sunday, September 29, instrumental jazz, funk, and world music collective Snarky Puppy perform at the Berklee Performance Center at 8:00 pm. Visit for more information. Berklee College of Music, for the fourth year, is the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival and its theme. In awarding the prestigious Art Works grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival as a celebration of Boston's diversity as reflected in the attendees, music, food, and crafts. An educational program about the importance of mentorship in jazz is being planned. "The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood on the shoulders of their predecessors, are now hopefully prepared for unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process," said Terri Lyne Carrington, Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, Berklee professor, and Artistic Director for the festival. "Mentoring has always been an important part of the continuance and advancement of jazz, so we are proud to recognize mentor-mentee relationships this year." The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue with activities including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals. The park also hosts KidsJam, an interactive program led by Berklee's Music Education department, introducing young children to a variety of musical activities, including singing and sound exploration, playing rhythm instruments, and creating, listening, and responding to music. The outdoor celebration also features a variety of vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world. Discover Roxbury's High Notes of Jazz Roxbury Walk is offering tours throughout the day for a nominal fee, exploring the area around the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. The site was once the epicenter of music, food, and nightlife for Boston's jazz community during the 1930s through 1950s. Tours will organize from the Discover Roxbury booth at the festival. Check for updates and a full schedule of events. NGAM is also the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival®. About Berklee College of Music Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world's first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college's national after-school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college's first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow. About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. ( ranks among the world's 15 largest asset managers.1 As a multi-affiliate company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music. 1Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011. Grammy is a trademark of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. 687419 Contacts For Berklee Inquiries: Berklee College of Music Margot Edwards, 617-747-2004 @BerkleeNews or For Natixis Global Asset Management Inquiries: NGAM Crystal Sullivan, 617-449-2126 @NatixisGlobalAM Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT Hyatt Hotels of Boston and Cambridge Receive Prestigious Pinnacle Award Hyatt Hotels of Boston take home a Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine.  Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 08, 2013 The Hyatt Boston Harbor, Hyatt Regency Boston, and Hyatt Regency Cambridge hotels have received the prestigious 2013 Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine today. For over 28 years, the Pinnacle Award has earned a reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting professionals and travel suppliers alike. Readers of Successful Meetings magazine - professionals who are decision makers for planning meetings, events, conferences, and incentive programs - voted for the winners of the Pinnacle Awards. Hotels were judged on performance in all areas of service such as guest check-in experience, food and beverage, and convention services. "It is a great honor for these Hyatt hotels to receive the 2013 Pinnacle Award. This recognition is a symbol of our associate's commitment to providing authentic hospitality and the best customer service in the city," said Kevin Kelly, Regional Vice President of Marketing and Sales. About Hyatt Boston Harbor Located on the edge of Boston Harbor, and 2 minutes from Logan Airport, Hyatt Boston Harbor offers breathtaking views of the historic city of Boston. All of the hotel's 270 elegantly appointed guestrooms offer modern furnishings, soundproof windows, Hyatt Grand Beds, iHome docking stations and stunning harbor and city views. The hotel's signature restaurant, Harborside Grill, serves farm-to-table seasonal cuisine and offers coffees, pastries and grab and go fare. Hyatt Boston Harbor offers a fully equipped 24 hour business center, StayFitTM gym and 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle services. A seven minute water taxi ride, brings guests to the center of Boston's business district. For more information please call 617-568-1234 or visit About Hyatt Regency Boston Recent ENERGY STAR recipient, Hyatt Regency Boston, is situated in the heart of the city, providing luxurious accommodations and a prime location to experience everything Boston has to offer. This 498 room, newly renovated hotel, places you within walking distance of boutique shopping, numerous theatres, lively night-life and many historic tourist attractions. With 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 5,046 square foot ballroom and adjoining terrace, Hyatt Regency Boston can accommodate events of any size or nature. Enjoy the hotel's 24-hour in-room dining, business center and extensive fitness center; featuring an indoor swimming pool, eucalyptus steam room, sauna and therapeutic massage services. Spectacular views, convenient location and unparalleled service make Hyatt Regency Boston the perfect hotel for any occasion. For more information please call 617 912 1234 or visit About Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hyatt Regency Cambridge is an architecturally stunning hotel, featuring a 16-story atrium lobby with 470 contemporary guestrooms, including 11 suites, and 25,000 square feet of function/meeting space - many with spectacular views - indoor and outdoor. The 16th floor Charles View Ballroom, with 180-degree panoramic Boston and Charles River views remains a stunning and enviable venue making special events more memorable. The New England inspired restaurant, Zephyr on the Charles, is open for your choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Market on the Charles is a convenient grab-and-go outlet serving New England inspired fresh food items, fresh fruit, Starbucks® beverages, and much more. The hotel is five miles from Logan International Airport and just minutes from Boston and Harvard Square, near major universities, hospitals and convention centers. Points of interest include nearby museums, shopping, dining, nightlife, sightseeing tours, Theatre District, Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, sports venues such as Fenway Park, TD Garden, and Gillette Stadium. For reservations or more information, call Hyatt Regency Cambridge at 617-492-1234 or visit Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT Travel + Leisure’s 2013"World's Best Awards" Rank the Boston Harbor Hotel in the Top Ten Best Hotel MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Heather Joselyn Director of Public Relations 617-856-7790/ Travel + Leisure's 2013 "World's Best Awards" Rank the Boston Harbor Hotel in the Top Ten Best Hotels in the Continental U.S. BOSTON, July 2013- The Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards (now available online) have named the Boston Harbor Hotel as one of the Top Ten Large City Hotels in the Continental US.  Ranking #9 among only 50 hotels awarded in this category, the Boston Harbor Hotel is honored to be among such a distinct and notable group of hotels across the country. The Boston Harbor Hotel is the only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Boston, and New England, to earn this esteemed ranking. "We are both humbled and inspired by this latest recognition," says Jonathan Crellin, Managing Director at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  "To be named by the readers of Travel + Leisure as one of the top ten hotels in the Continental U.S. affirms our ongoing efforts to ensure that every guest's experience is the best that it can be.  We thrive on creating memorable experiences for our guests, and our passionate team will continue to make this happen." The World's Best Awards, published annually by Travel + Leisure, are determined by the votes of discerning readers, and create a snapshot of the best travel experiences around the globe.  The results are currently available online, and will be featured in the August 2013 magazine (digital and print). ### About Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards: A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with ROI Research Inc., was made available to Travel + Leisure readers. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine and online at To protect the integrity of the data, after March 31, 2013, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally. A minimum number of responses are necessary for a candidate to be eligible for inclusion in the World's Best Awards listings. For more information, visit About the Boston Harbor Hotel: A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Boston's only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel welcomes guests arriving by land or sea.  Located on the historic Rowes Wharf Harbor, the Boston Harbor Hotel's inviting ambiance and unparalleled service provide the ideal home away from home for travelers.  Luxurious accommodations with sweeping views of Boston's cityscape or breathtaking waterfront, a contemporary spa and fitness center, world-class dining and a 34-slip marina make the Boston Harbor Hotel a destination BEYOND COMPARE.   Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT Omni Parker House team named “Sales Team of the Year” Thursday, 08 March 2012 09:29 Congratulations to the Omni Parker House team who has been named "Sales Team of the Year" for all of Omni Hotels & Resorts for 2011! They were in the spotlight at the recent Omni Sales Incentive Trip and awards gala in Cancun. Not only did they achieve the Highest Revenue Percentage Over Goal, but Omni's corporate VP's also praised the team for their collaboration, putting the success of the team over the success of each individual, local market leadership, and embodiment of Omni Sales Intensity. "This award is a testament to the team's consistent focus on producing results and making the Parker House a huge contributor to the success of Omni Hotels & Resorts," said the hotel's General Manager, John Murtha. "Service is one of the key elements of our team's success in delivering unique and memorable events, building client relationships and driving repeat business," said Dave Ritchie, Area Director of Sales & Marketing. Over the past 10 years, Omni Hotels & Resorts has consistently been ranked Top in Guest Satisfaction for Upscale Hotel Brands by J.D. Power & Associates. Congratulations to All! ~ Your Friends at The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Thu, 08 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Annouces the Public Opening Date and Inaugural Programming MEDIA CONTACTS ? Matt Montgomery Director of Marketing and Communications, 617 278 5184, ? Katherine Armstrong Layton Public Relations Director, 617 278 5107-work, 617 956 2565-cell, For Immediate Release Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Annouces the Public Opening Date and Inaugural Programming Higlights of the New Renzo Piano-Designed Wing: Thursday, January 19, 2012 May 12, 2011-Boston, MA ? The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced today that it will open its new wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, on Thursday, January 19, 2012. The public opening celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino officiating. The Museum will honor its legacy by opening the new wing in January, as Isabella Gardner originally unveiled the Museum on January 1, 1903. Among the inaugural season programming highlights announced today are exhibitions in the new Special Exhibition Gallery and historic building, as well as an expanded concert series showcasing three works commissioned in honor of the new Calderwood Performance Hall. The wing will house essential programming and visitor amenities in purpose-built spaces, enabling preservation and restoration work in the historic 1903 building. Eight months out from the opening, the new wing is almost completely clad in its exterior materials of glass, brick and patinated copper with many interior systems going into place. "The new wing will reveal the vibrant programming that has been constrained by the historic building's spaces-a true opening up of the Gardner Museum. Our opening celebration in 2012 will feature all of this programming in purpose-built spaces for the first time in the museum's history. We invite the public to join us as we celebrate the renewal of the Gardner Museum and the premiere of Renzo Piano's brilliantly designed spaces which give contemporary form to Gardner's legacy," says Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the museum. Inaugural Exhibitions The inaugural exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery in the new wing presents the first American museum solo show of artist Victoria Morton (b. 1971, Scotland), who was a Gardner Museum Artist-in-Residence in 2009. The yet-to-be-titled exhibition will feature new paintings created specifically for the new gallery and the opening of the new wing. The exhibition will include a film about Morton at work in her studios in Glasgow and Urbino, as well as a live concert in the new performance hall by her band Muscles of Joy, whose members are all women artists. Following their U.S. debut at the Gardner Museum, the group will perform at Location One, New York. "Victoria often creates three-dimensional paintings that question the so-called ‘dilemma of the edge': frames, no frames, or multi-tasking frames. Visitors will see connections between Morton's work and the richness of paintings in the Gardner collection, particularly exploring the context of the unique and surprising adjacencies present in Isabella Gardner's installations," says Pieranna Cavalchini, Gardner Museum Curator of Contemporary Art. A complementary exhibition, on view in the Special Exhibition Gallery's smaller space, will celebrate the Gardner's Artist-in-Residence program, which commemorates its 20th anniversary in 2012. The exhibition will examine the history of the program through selected works by past participants, as well as works by artists who had personal ties to the Museum, such as John Singer Sargent, whom Isabella Gardner invited to paint in the museum in the winter of 1903. Another inaugural exhibition will present the work of Luisa Lambri (b. 1969, Italy), who was an Artist-in-Residence in 2008. This exhibition will be presented in a new gallery space that currently serves as the entrance vestibule to the historic building. Lambri, who travels the world photographing architectural interiors, has photographed the Gardner Museum extensively and will return to the Gardner this year to photograph the completed new wing. She is now creating an artist book of these photographs, which will be juxtaposed with the diary of Willard Sears, the architect of the historic building. The artist book will be available in the new Museum Shop. Site-Specific Installation The inaugural exhibitions will also extend outdoors, as a site-specific work by Stefano Arienti (b. 1961, Italy) will be installed on the exterior of the new wing. An installation artist who works with found images, Arienti was an Artist-in-Residence in 2004. In 2007, he presented The Asian Shore, an exhibition inspired by archival imagery of the Second Chinese Room, Isabella Gardner's private meditation space. Arienti has been invited to produce a temporary work for the façade of the new wing, where architect Renzo Piano has designed a 36-foot-high by 16-foot-wide space for changing art installations. Arienti also will produce a guest book for the Living Room orientation area, where visitors can log memories or anecdotes from their visit. Opening Music Season Among the most dramatic changes is the relocation of the Museum's music programming from the Tapestry Room to the unique, cube-shaped, intimate Calderwood Performance Hall. The Gardner Museum's celebrated music program will return in 2012 after a brief fall hiatus, offering expanded programming in the program's key areas of chamber music, new music, and jazz. The new hall is designed to showcase a diverse range of programming, from solo performances to large ensembles, as well as lectures and talks. From January through June 2012, the Sunday Concert Series will feature 18 concerts, including world premieres of three works in honor of the new hall by young composers commissioned by the Claremont Piano Trio, and a new collaboration with the New York Festival of Song. Jazz at the Gardner will continue on the third Thursday of each month, presenting globally inspired jazz performed by Berklee College of Music students. Avant Gardner, the museum's celebration of cutting-edge classical music, will offer an extended number of programs on a new evening (the first Thursday of each month), welcoming back the Composer Portraits series from Columbia University's Miller Theater, as well as Boston's own Callithumpian Consort, who will celebrate the 100th birthday of groundbreaking American composer John Cage. Landscape Residency Fellowship In 2012, the Museum will launch its first Landscape residency under the leadership of its recently named Consulting Curator of Landscape Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency. The bi-annual Gardner Residential Fellowship in Landscape Studies will recognize the work of an emerging design talent whose projects articulate the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Gardner Fellow will be selected by an international jury of leading voices in landscape architecture and will be awarded a three-month residency at the museum in the summer of 2012, living on-site in one of the Renzo Piano-designed apartments. Lectures A four-part lecture series focusing on the theme of Masterpieces will reconnect audiences with some of the Gardner Museum's most intriguing objects through public conversations that both celebrate and interrogate the concept. Addressing works of art from a Roman sarcophagus to Matisse's The Terrace, St. Tropez, scholars will explore this compelling idea across medium and culture. The new lecture series explores how influential artists and collectors have assigned celebrity to certain works of art and how ideas of a masterwork change over time. The Landscape program also will continue to present scholars and thinkers in the field through its annual four-part lecture series, the first to be organized by Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency. New Public Spaces The opening of the new wing will also introduce a truly unique visitor orientation space, called the Living Room, which will acclimate those unfamiliar with the distinctive world of the Gardner, as well as remind returning visitors of the experience ahead. Inspired by a project of the same name that was created for the museum in 2000 by Artist-in-Residence Lee Mingwei, the Living Room will have a domestic aesthetic that echoes the essence of Isabella Gardner's Palace, where personal and public spaces blend seamlessly. The space will be furnished with comfortable couches and chairs, reading tables and potted plants, creating an intimate and comfortable space for visitors who wish to linger and interact. The Living Room will be a lively space, where visitors can experience the "museum-at-work," much like in the adjacent greenhouses, classroom and education studio. Carrying on the tradition of Gardner's gracious hospitality, tea will be served in the Living Room in the afternoon. Home to the museum's School and Community Partner Programs, the Studio provides a hands-on art-making workshop to complement the teaching in the galleries. The space, previously located in the basement of the historic building, will now be part of the public experience. Across from the Studio in the public hallway, an exhibition space will be devoted to the display of works from students and the public. The first exhibition will be a photographic interpretation of School Partner Tobin Elementary School's journey from Tobin to the Gardner Museum. On the weekends during open hours, the space will be used for drop-in art-making for visitors of all ages. Preservation Update ? Tapestry Room, Lighting Project, South Façade For the first time since it opened in 1914, the 4,000-square-foot Tapestry Room is being restored to its original glory and will once again take its place as one of the nation's great tapestry halls. The restoration of this space will return the Tapestry Room to its original configuration for the first time since a temporary stage, chairs, and other modern elements were added to accommodate formal concerts in the early 1970s. While occasional smaller musical performances and talks will continue once the space is fully reinstalled, the Tapestry Room will primarily serve as a grand gallery for viewing tapestries and other works of art. Conservation treatment of the Tapestry Room will encompass cleaning, restoration, and reinstallation of many parts of the gallery-including its Mercer-tiled floors and French medieval stone fireplace, select art and furniture objects, and new lighting. The historic arrangement of furniture in the center of the gallery and other vignettes around the windows as depicted in early photographs will also be restored. The multi-year Lighting Project will be completed in time for the opening of the new wing featuring updated electrical systems, replaced or refurbished historic lighting fixtures, and the installation of a three-part shade system on gallery windows. Exterior work will restore the southern façade of the 1903 building facing the new wing with reinstalled historic windows and other architectural features. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • 280 The Fenway Boston MA 02115 617 566 1401 • Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo with an interior courtyard garden, the Gardner Museum houses a collection of fine art spanning 30 centuries and featuring works by Titian, Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Sargent, as well as changing contemporary and historic exhibitions, classical concerts, lectures, and special events. The museum will open its new wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, on January 19, 2012.   Building on a Legacy Website ?   ### Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT The Fairmont Copley Plaza Announces more than $ 20 Million Restoration Contact: Suzanne Wenz The Fairmont Copley Plaza (617) 867-8574 The Fairmont Copley Plaza Announces more than $ 20 Million Restoration Fitness Center and Guestrooms Projects To Begin in 2011 in Preparation for Centennial Celebration in 2012 Boston, Massachusetts, March 4, 2011 - The Fairmont Copley Plaza, in preparation for the property's centennial celebration in 2012, announces a comprehensive restoration project totaling more than $20 million. For nearly a century, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has been a landmark in Copley Square and one of the premier social and corporate meeting locations in Boston. The restoration will include enhancements to the hotel's 383 guestrooms and Fairmont Gold Lounge, including new furniture, fixtures and equipment. Parker Torres, a Massachusetts-based international interior design and architectural firm specializing in hospitality design, will manage the project. The firm will incorporate the marble colors and hues of the public space into the guestrooms bringing elegant plum and blue color schemes into the guestrooms and suites. The effect in the guestrooms and corridors will be a design palette of quiet sophistication that leverages the hotel's rich history and Back Bay location while meeting the needs of today's sophisticated traveler. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will also be adding a new state-of-the-art fitness center on the roof of the building, which will include 2,400 square feet for machines and free weights, as well as a more than 700 square foot outdoor deck perfect for relaxing before or after a workout. The fitness center is scheduled to debut in August of 2011. The hotel's signature function space and elegant lobby will receive some enhancements as well. The project also includes upgrades to mechanical and electrical infrastructure, as well as heating ventilation & air-conditioning improvements, including a new sidewalk on the St. James Avenue façade of the building. "The projects currently underway and planned for The Fairmont Copley Plaza are exciting and will enhance the hotel's preeminent position in the marketplace," said Paul S. Tormey, regional vice president and general manager. "With our 100 year anniversary approaching, the timing is perfect. This investment in the hotel will ensure that The Fairmont Copley Plaza will shine more brightly than ever as we begin our next century of service." This restoration program will be thoughtfully phased to ensure that the hotel operation is not interrupted. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will remain open throughout the renovation. The guestroom part of the project will begin in the fourth quarter of 2011, and the hotel anticipates completion by the celebration on its centennial in summer 2012. The Fairmont Copley Plaza is owned by Texas-based FelCor Lodging Trust (NYSE: FCH), which owns interests in 82 properties with approximately 23,000 rooms in in the US and Canada. Parker/Torres Interior Design, whose past design projects have included The Willard in Washington, D.C., The St. Regis in New York, The Bentley in London and The Waldorf=Astoria. Colliers Meredith & Grew is the Project Manager and Suffolk Construction General Contractor for the first phase of work at the hotel. The project will employ over 200 construction trades people. Since its prestigious opening in 1912, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has stood as a landmark and symbol of Boston's tradition of culture, history, elegance and hospitality. Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, architect of The Copley Plaza's sister hotel, The Plaza in New York, as well as The Willard in Washington D.C. and The Dakota apartment building in New York, the palatial quality and opulent décor create the feeling of a bygone era and of life lived on a grand scale. The Fairmont Copley Plaza is at the heart of Boston - it remains a timeless haven where luxury and gracious service are a way of life. For more information, please visit or call (800) 441-1414. =30= Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London's The Savoy, New York's The Plaza, and Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel. With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit # # # Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT Boston Children's Museum ranked #4 by parents magazine Media Contact: Jo-Anne Baxter, Tel: 617.426.6500 x246 Email: Boston Children's Museum ranked #4 by parents magazine Parents magazine names 10 best children's museums in the nation (Boston, MA) February 9, 2011-Parents magazine recently announced Boston Children's Museum (BCM) the No. 4 children's museum in the nation! The magazine revealed the exclusive findings from its 10 Best Children's Museums survey. "We are honored Boston Children's Museum has been recognized by Parents magazine as one of the top early museum experiences for children," said Carole Charnow, BCM President & CEO. "Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious. We encourage imaginative and creative exploration that leads to new insight and discovery and, of course, fun!" said Charnow. Parents researched children's museums across the U.S. to identify those with clever educational exhibits, mommy-and-me outings and festivals, healthy places for lunch, nursing areas, family restrooms and stroller parking. Parents then worked with the 300-plus members of the Association of Children's Museums and eliminated those museums without a lot for kids under 3. Then, the magazine asked the remaining museums questions to help decide the leaders. After tallying the scores, Parents went to local moms to ask for insider tips. According to the Parents survey, the ten Best Children's Museums are: The Children's Museum of Houston The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia Boston Children's Museum Madison Children's Museum Kohl Children's Museum Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Children's Museum of Phoenix National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY Minnesota Children's Museum Boston Children's Museum pioneered the development of child-centered, interactive exhibitions, a model now used throughout the world to engage learners of all ages and all levels of knowledge and ability. For more information about all ten museums, go to About Parents: Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America's #1 family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents. Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of nearly 16 million readers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. Parents can be found online at About Boston Children's Museum Boston Children's Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children's Museum incorporates two strategies - engaging families and building communities - to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids. More information about Boston Children's Museum can be found at Hours and Admission The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $12, children (1-15) and senior citizens, $12; children under 12 months and Museum members are always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.   # # # Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:00:00 GMT Royal Sonesta Hotel Announces $6 Million Guest Room Renovation Media Contact: Lorie Juliano, Corporate Director of Communication, Tel: 617.421.5429 Email: Royal Sonesta Hotel Announces $6 Million Guest Room Renovation BOSTON November 2010- 200 guest rooms at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston will be reinvented during the first quarter as the East Tower half of the building is renovated embracing a metro style. The rooms will be crafted to give a more residential feel, with multi-functional furnishings and a modern palate. The $6 million renovation will include upgrading the building control system to incorporate lighting; recreating the way the bath and room interrelate and will give a nod to the hotel's 1960's origins. When a guest arrives at the front desk, the property management system will set a "welcome scene" for your guest room. The HVAC system will begin warming or cooling the room; and the lighting will be warm and inviting as if the room is expecting you. If you leave your guest room, when you return the lighting will remember your last setting and turn on as you enter. The bathroom and bedroom have a much more residential feel, with LED motion sensor lighting under the bed and on the floor in the bath. There is ambient lighting behind the headboard which is almost a paneled wall above the bed. There are sconces throughout the room along with task lighting at the bed, makeup mirror and desk. Several custom designed case pieces offer comfort and storage. For instance; the luggage bench is upholstered and offers additional seating and storage, the armoire offers storage for the mini-bar, wall safe and coffeemaker. The bedside tables offer pull out shelves for more horizontal space in the room. The marble bathrooms offer a towel shelf and two glass shelves for guest amenities. The tub features a shelf and the surround showers (1/3 of the rooms) offer an over-sized bench. Surface mounted sliding doors offer more room in both the bath and guest room as there is no "swing" space for traditional doors. The rooms feature a dark accent wall circa 1960, with crown molding and wood wall base installed to match the design of the 200 guest rooms in the West Tower. The inspiration for the design was an updated classy mid-century look. There are textures and color but not pattern. Metallic threads are repeated in the bed skirt and scarf. King pillows and bolsters continue the rich feel of the bed. The model guest room image is available here. "The idea was to maximize the comfort and space available in a city hotel," said designer Monica Schlick of Quantics. "The room has a sense of serenity, simplicity and ease of mind that will really resonate with its guests." Located on the Cambridge side of Boston, the AAA 4-diamond 400-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston is situated on the banks of the Charles River, overlooking the spectacular Boston skyline. Guest amenities include 24-hour Health Club, atrium-style swimming pool, in-room movies and video games, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, and complimentary hotel shuttle service to shopping and points of interest in Boston and Cambridge. The hotel recently introduced ArtBar, a warm, intimate retreat for food and art lovers - featuring innovative seasonal American cuisine designed for discovery and for sharing, communal tables and seasonal outdoor patio. The hotel is also home to Restaurant dante - where owner/chef Dante DeMagistris presents fresh and creative cuisine with modern Italian influences. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall with over 120 shops including Gap, Banana Republic, Macy's and the Apple Store, and next door to the Museum of Science. Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts and cruise ships. Every property reflects the energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally-inspired and artfully-presented cuisine, luxurious accommodations and passionate personal service create an authentic and memorable guest experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Sint Maarten (2), Brazil, Chile (3), Colombia (2), Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Opening soon in: Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia; Miami, FL; and San Carlos, Mexico. Visit,, or call 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada. *High resolution images are available at for all Sonesta hotels. # # # Thu, 10 Feb 2011 07:00:00 GMT Westin Copley's $18M Renovation Boosts Hotel's Green Efforts Media Contact: Stacy Shreffler, Media Relations, Tel: 617-867-8203 Email: Boston Images for Media: BostonUSA Image Library Westin Copley's $18M Renovation Boosts Hotel's Green Efforts BOSTON, MA - In the early stages of an $18 million renovation project, one that will see a complete guestroom and corridor redesign, the 38-story, 803-room Westin Copley Place in Boston is preparing to add to its long list of environmental achievements. In 2010, the property earned Green Key and Green Seal certification, an Energy Star rating, and significantly reduced its energy consumption, water consumption and waste sent to landfill. The hotel's green team, which deserves much of the credit for the accomplishments, is led by Jeff Hanulec, director of engineering, an industry veteran constantly on the lookout for ways to improve operational efficiencies. Hanulec, who has been at the Westin Copley Place since 2007, recently provided Green Lodging News with charts documenting electricity, gas, steam (the hotel purchases high pressure steam from the city of Boston) and water consumption between January 2006 and November 2010. While consumption has varied each month because of occupancy changes, one can easily see dramatic improvements over time. In November 2006, for example, the hotel spent $198,566 on electricity; in November 2010 it spent just $104,373. In November 2006, gas costs were $33,177; in November 2010 those costs were $14,658. In November 2006, the hotel spent $36,694 on steam; in November 2010 it spent $19,740. In November 2006 water and sewer charges were $69,447; in November 2010 those charges amounted to $39,463. Total utility costs in November 2006 were $337,883; in November 2010 they dropped to $178,235 -- approaching a 50 percent reduction during a time when utility costs were rising. There are many investments and process changes that have resulted in the cost savings. Guestroom heating and cooling is controlled thanks to a guestroom energy management system, condensate from the high pressure steam purchased from the city of Boston is used to heat the hotel's loading dock area, new boiler controls have improved combustion efficiency by 6 percent, variable speed drives are used on electric motors, and mecho shades in guestrooms reduce solar heat gain in the summer. Lighting Upgrades Help In terms of lighting, the hotel, as part of its renovation, is adding LED lighting to headboards in guestrooms and corridor lighting has been upgraded to super T-8s. At the end of 2009, kitchens were upgraded to two-bulb fixtures from four-bulb fixtures without losing any light output. Compact fluorescent lights have replaced incandescent lights where possible and motion sensors and timers are used in linen closets. "We are looking at LED lighting for our lobby -- going from 65-watt bulbs to 13-watt," Hanulec says. In the kitchens variable-speed hood controllers help to save energy, water cooled ice machines and refrigerators have been upgraded to air cooled, and an efficient ware washing system reduces re-wash of a rack by 10 percent, reducing electricity consumption by nearly 15,000 kWh annually. As part of the renovation, all 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets are being replaced with high efficiency 1.1 gpf models. Hanulec says he tested four different toilets in four different rooms -- including two dual flush toilets -- and opted for the standard 1.1 gpf. "People did not understand the button [for the dual flush]," Hanulec says. To further reduce water consumption on the property, guestroom bathrooms that previously had two showerheads are getting one 2.5 gallon per minute fixture. Pre-rinse spray valves are used in the kitchen, aerators are used in the kitchen and guestrooms, and six waterless urinals are on property. Renovation Waste Recycled All of the waste currently being generated through the renovation is being recycled. The porcelain from the old toilets will end up in asphalt, Hanulec says. As of mid-December, the hotel had prevented 129 tons of materials from going to the landfill through recycling. That is an increase of 29 percent from 2009. The Westin Copley Place now uses single-stream recycling. Cardboard, plastic, metals, light bulbs, batteries, computer equipment, pallets, ballasts and other items are all recycled. A food waste decomposition system is eliminating up to 10 tons of food waste each month and fryer oil is sent off site where it is recycled into bio-fuel. The Westin Copley Place's laundry is done off site but two programs help the hotel reduce its laundry-related impact: a towel and linen program, and a Make a Green Choice program which allows guests to opt out of housekeeping entirely in exchange for loyalty points or a food voucher. Hanulec says about 5 percent to 9 percent of guests participate in Make a Green Choice. To help improve air quality and guest and staff safety at the 100 percent nonsmoking hotel, all cleaning chemicals are being changed over to Green Seal approved products. As mentioned, the hotel's green team, led by Hanulec, has been instrumental in leading and carrying out green initiatives. The green team meets every four to six weeks with most departments represented. Between meetings, the team corresponds frequently by e-mail. Renovation of the Westin Copley Place -- its fourth since its establishment in 1983, is scheduled to be completed by mid-April. # # # Thu, 10 Feb 2011 07:00:00 GMT Visionary Cape Cod Hotel Owners Select Beaumont Solar to Implement Revolutionary Solar Technology at January 17, 2011 (Hyannis, MA)Jan Daale and Peter Martino, the visionary owners of The Heritage House Hotel and CHAUNCY's Bar & Grille, are about to achieve two milestones on Cape Cod; leadership in lodging on the Cape by being the first Hotel to power with solar electricity, and by demonstrating clear vision by deploying a new, revolutionary form of solar technology, also a first on Cape Cod. Beaumont Solar, New Bedford, Ma will install 464 patented Solyndra 200 series solar panels on the roof of the building at the Main Street, Hyannis hotel and restaurant. These US manufactured panels are formed by a series of thin tubes to achieve production over a 360-degree photovoltaic (PV) module surface. It's ground-breaking solar technology designed for the highest kilowatt hour production, ease of installation through non-penetration and superior sustainability with respect to wind-zones, snow and soil performance. "At Beaumont Solar we always strive to implement the best technology which yields the highest performance. With energy yield of 99% of optimum, non- ballasted, non penetration, 130 mph wind rating, and self tracking we feel Solyndra technology is superior. We applaud the Heritage House Hotel for having the vision to lead by being the first Hotel on Cape Cod to implement this solution by selecting Beaumont Solar and Solyndra." said Phillip Cavallo, President and CEO of Beaumont Solar Company. Installation of the 92.8kW solar system will begin by laying down a white roof or "cool" roof, which when used in combination with the cylindrical design of Solyndra panels, allows a PV system to absorb not only direct and diffused sunlight, but reflective sunlight from the underneath. This reflecting of the sun off of the roof "cools" the roof at the same time for the added bonus of energy conservation. This enables the Heritage House Hotel to conserve energy while producing energy. "We are very pleased to be making an investment in the local Main Street Waterfront District of Hyannis, while being responsible environmentally as we move forward in our process of becoming a green hotel," said owners Jan Daale and Peter Martino. The 92.8 kW system will produce 110,103kWhr/yr of electricity. This production will annually offset some 144,734 pounds of carbon dioxide, equal to nearly 7,400 gallons of gasoline each year (about 153 barrels of oil), or the electricity used by 20 households per year. There will be a monitoring station set up in the lobby of the Heritage House Hotel so guests can view real-time energy production of the system as it happens. For more information on this unique and innovative property, please contact Peter Martino, co-owner of the Heritage House Hotel and CHAUNCY's Bar & Grille at or (508) 775-7000. Additional information can be obtained through Frank Carotenuto, Cape Cod Regional Manager for Beaumont Solar at or (508) 245-5952. About The Heritage House Hotel and CHAUNCY's Bar & Grille The 143 room Heritage House Hotel and 152 seat CHAUNCY'S Bar & Grille have been the anchor on the east end of Main Street in Hyannis since 1968. The current owners have spent millions of dollars in upgrades and refurbishment of the property since they purchased it in 1999. The Hotel is a AAA Three Diamond Hotel which runs full service seasonally and Functions, Weddings, and Meetings on a year-round basis. We are currently in the middle of our winter renovation projects whose completions will be right about the same time as the Re-Opening on March 25, 2011. About Beaumont Solar Company The Beaumont Solar Company, based in New Bedford, MA, has been developing with renewable energy projects for the past five years - we are a full service company with our base roots in sign design, manufacturing, and installation. Unlike other solar companies, Beaumont Solar has large facilities, infrastructure, core project management competency, capital equipment, trained staff, and discipline which makes the company uniquely suited for all types of solar system implementations. We are currently offering large scale commercial and smaller scale residential solar solutions, in both solar PV and solar thermal.   ### Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:00:00 GMT HYATT REGENCY BOSTON EARNS EPA’s ENERGY STAR® FOR SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONTACT: Laura Picken Hyatt Regency Boston 617-422-5552 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HYATT REGENCY BOSTON EARNS EPA's ENERGY STAR® FOR SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY BOSTON, MA (June 21, 2010) - Hyatt Regency Boston has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. "Hyatt Regency Boston is pleased to accept the EPA's ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Hyatt General Manager Philip Stamm. "Through this achievement, we are proud to have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs." The EPA reports that, commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR rating use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Hyatt Regency Boston improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. "Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR." To earn the ENERGY STAR, Hyatt Regency Boston took the following actions: Converted from incandescent lighting to fluorescent and LED lighting;\ Installed motion detector light switches in all hotel storage and offices; \ Added passive infrared, motion detector thermostats in all guest rooms to control room temperature based on room occupancy and guest preference; Installed CO2 sensors to optimize the amount of outside air used in building and to bring in fresh air when needed to take advantage of free cooling for much of the year; Improved and replaced heating and cooling systems, including purchasing an energy-saving chilled water plant, energy efficient motors and variable speed drives throughout the facility. Programmed all mechanical equipment with time schedules; Rooftop exhaust fans controlled by an energy management system: Changed heating system to plate and frame two pipe heat exchanger to limit electric heat; Added variable frequency drives to our domestic water pump station; Based on data collected monthly by Dunamis Energy Consultants and submitted to the EPA, Hyatt Regency Boston has reduced its electricity usage by a remarkable 42% over the years; having initially started at 12.3 million kilowatts of usage per year and making vast improvements to reach 7.1 million kilowatts. Hyatt Regency Boston is the first and only hotel in the Greater Boston area to receive the 2010 ENERGY STAR certification. Dan Ruben, Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism, said, "Hyatt Regency Boston is a model for reducing energy use and carbon pollution. They cut energy use by a greater extent than any hotel that I have encountered in person or in the green hotel literature. It impresses me that they willingly share their strategy with other hotels. They have made terrific presentations at workshops for hoteliers from Greater Boston and from all of the northeast states." Hyatt Regency Boston's Director of Engineering, Brian Gorski, has spearheaded the efforts in attaining this prestigious award. Additionally, he has formed an onsite "Green Team" comprised of employees and managers from each department. The committee meets on a regular basis to research green initiatives, encourage guest participation and communicate green messages to guests and employees. This team is essential in promoting employee accountability and encouraging teamwork regarding Hyatt Regency Boston's green way of life. In conjunction with the energy reducing efforts, Hyatt Regency Boston takes pride in many other green efforts, such as: composting food in the hotel kitchens to become fertilizer for growing organic foods, relaying hotel information via e-mail instead of paper distribution, recycling papers, plastics, glass, light bulbs, electronic parts, batteries and much more. EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses. ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles. For more information about Hyatt Regency Boston visit For more information about ENERGY STAR visit About Hyatt Regency Boston Hyatt Regency Boston, situated in the heart of the city, provides luxurious accommodations and a prime location to experience everything Boston has to offer. This 498 room, newly renovated hotel places you within walking distance to boutique shopping, numerous theatres, lively nightlife and many historic tourist attractions. Enjoy the hotel's extensive, 24-hour fitness center featuring an indoor swimming pool, eucalyptus steam room, sauna and therapeutic massage services. Spectacular views, convenient location and unparalleled service make Hyatt Regency Boston the perfect hotel for any occasion.   ### Tue, 17 Aug 2010 07:00:00 GMT Ruma's Fruit & Gift Basket World *Winner!* Northeastern University Center for Family Business Massac Ruma's Fruit & Gift Basket World *Winner!* Northeastern University Center for Family Business Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Award 2010 We thank you, our customers, for your continued support of our business. It has been our pleasure to bring you the highest quality products and customer service for 110 years and four generations!   Ruma's Fruit & Gift Basket World- Since 1900 210 Beacham Street Everett, MA 02149 617-389-8090 1-800-252-8282 Send an Impressive Gift Today! We ship nationwide! Tue, 01 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT