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Judy Sheng Named Director of Citywide Room Blocks and Hotel
Relations for the Boston Convention Marketing Center
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Will Coordinate Site Inspections, Hotel Blocks and
Housing Issues for Meeting Planners 

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Boston, Mass., August 8, 2005 – Continuing its efforts to provide meeting planners with superior customer service, the Boston Convention Marketing Center (BCMC) announced today that Judy Sheng has been hired to the newly created position of Director of Citywide Room Blocks and Hotel Relations.  Sheng will work directly with meeting planners as liaison for their housing requirements including facilitating hotel contracts, assembling room blocks and being available for any accommodation questions that arise.  
 
As the first city to offer meeting planners this unique service enhancement, Sheng will work closely with meeting planners, the BCMC sales team and the hotel community to assemble appropriate room blocks. Responsible for developing the complete hotel package Sheng will work with planners to evaluate logistical and price point considerations, facilitate site inspections of hotel properties - and assemble hotel room blocks designed to meet the specific needs of each meeting planner.
 
“Creating this unique hotel liaison position is another example of Boston’s capabilities and commitment to providing the meeting planner with all the necessary services for hosting a flawless event in Boston,” said Janice Neavitt, director of marketing for the Boston Marriott Copley Place. “Meeting planners can expect to experience a unified and coordinated effort from the hotel community and the BCMC when hosting their event in Boston.”   
 
According to Bob Pellegrini, vice president of sales for the BCMC, “This position was developed based on feedback we received from meeting planners and the Boston hoteliers. By providing a single point of contact for their housing needs the Advantage BOSTON team is continuing to offer meeting planners superior customer service and unmatched capabilities.”
 
Sheng brings extensive hotel and meeting experience to her new position. Previously she was a sales executive with the Westin Copley Place in Boston and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in Boston and Los Angeles. 
                     
“I’m delighted to be able to act as liaison between meeting planners and the hotel community,” said Sheng.  “We’ll be offering a wide range of services – from working with planners to mapping out site inspections and locating additional rooms when the need arises, to providing ongoing support for both the meeting planner and hotel community once the room block is booked.”
 
About the BCEC 
Opened in June 2004 the BCEC is Boston’s newest exhibition facility featuring 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. The BCEC is in close proximity to 35,000 hotel rooms and is less than eight minutes away from Logan International Airport. BCEC meeting room facilities feature 160,000 square feet of space with 84 separate and fully configurable meeting rooms and flexible pre-function and registration space. There is a 62 bay loading dock, including five bays with elephant doors and 14 bays with dock levelers. The 40,020 square foot ballroom and adjacent pre-function space features spectacular views of Boston Harbor and the City skyline. A world-class destination, Boston offers an unsurpassed array of history, culture, landmarks, neighborhoods, museums, entertainment, restaurants and shopping.
 
About the Hynes 
Located in the heart of Boston's beautiful, historic and restaurant-rich Back Bay, the Hynes is one of the best mid-sized event locations and conference facilities offering 193,000 square feet of meeting space, 38 meeting rooms, and a 25,000 square foot ballroom. The Hynes is in close proximity to the new BCEC, and in the heart of Boston's most popular hotels, historical sites, and tourist attractions. Linked by dramatic sky bridges to the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the Boston Marriott Copley Place, the Westin Copley Place, the Copley Place Mall, and The Shops at Prudential Center, the Hynes is part of a “city within a city” boasting over 3,000 first-class hotel rooms, nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibition space and more than 200 shops and restaurants.
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Contact:

Bob Pellegrini
bobp@AdvantageBOSTON.com
 www.AdvantageBOSTON.com
617-954-2800.

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Also See: The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Appoints Bob Pellegrini as Vice President of Sales at the Boston Convention Marketing Center / May 2005


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