• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Receives Five Star Rating

    POSTED February 23, 2018

The Forbes Travel Guide announced the celebration of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain for its fourth consecutive Forbes Five Star award this year. The rating is determined annually by anonymous inspection of 900 stringent criteria that measures all hotel services and facilities. In 2018, there are 199 Forbes Five-Star hotels and resorts worldwide, with The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain among only two Forbes Five Star properties in all of Arizona.

“This 2018 award goes to the remarkable, service-focused ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain,” said Liam Doyle, resort general manager and area general manager, Arizona & Southern California, for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our team is deeply committed to creating unparalleled memories and experiences for our guests, and we are truly grateful for all that they do.”

Being able to obtain a Five Star recognition from Forbes Travel Guide has become very competitive as the organization now rates properties in 50 countries throughout the USA, South American, Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia-Pacific. “We are pleased to honor the 2018 Star Rating recipients – an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrate a strong culture of service in an online environment of confusion and clutter,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, chief executive officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “These properties … achieve an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as individual hotel experience.”

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.


The Meetings Industry Council (MIC) hosted 1,210 attendees at the Colorado Convention Center for the 18th Annual MIC Conference & Trade Show on March 13 and 14, 2018.

The first day of the conference included a deep dive risk management workshop for meeting professionals facilitated by Brenda Rivers from Andavo Meetings.

There was also an educational session on creating authentic, memorable and impactful event experiences, moderated by Greg Bogue, vice president of experience design from Maritz Global Events.


The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA) Board of Directors approved a four-year operating agreement for SMG, a worldwide design-consulting, construction and management company, to operate Reno-Sparks’ four major convention and entertainment facilities.