News for the Hospitality Executive
(Leesburg, VA ) – March 2011 – Eric Whitson, Director of Sales & Marketing at The National Conference Center announced the introduction of a QR-Coded Green Tour of the 917-room conference center that features more than 265,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space.
QR Codes (Quick Response) are two-dimensional barcodes (datamatrix) designed to decode content at high speed. Consistent with the property’s environmental initiatives including using significantly less paper, QR Codes bring data (such as URLs) to Smart Phone users quickly and efficiently. According to Sarah Vining of NCC’s marketing department, guests can download an appropriate QR application for their smart phones, such as the universally compatible ScanLife app,
The 12-stop multi-media green tour will include green transportation efforts, green history, eco-friendly restrooms, as well as the business center, sustainable initiatives in the kitchen, and green meetings. Each stop will features a posted QR Code that provides relevant information about the property’s green initiatives.
The Green Tour will be introduced at the 30th annual conference of The International Association of Conference Centers hosted by The National Conference Center later this month.
#1 on the Green Tour
The National Conference Centers is one of only nine facilities in Virginia to be certified Silver by the Green Seal Standards for Hotel & Lodging Properties - Silver (GS-33, 2008). There are only 95 hotels and lodging properties in the United States that are certified Silver according to the Green Seal website. The National Conference Center has also signed the Code of Sustainability established by International Association of Conference Centers, and maintains a Gold Tier rating from IACC.
More about The National Conference Center
Just 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, The National Conference Center, operated by ARAMARK Conference Centers, features a secure, distraction-free setting with self-contained buildings surrounded by 100 scenic acres in Leesburg, Virginia. One of the largest conference centers in the United States, the entire facility was purpose designed to accommodate larger meetings and conferences that concentrate on training.
Each of the 250 meeting rooms – representing 265,000 square feet of flexible meeting space -- features high-speed Internet access, individual climate control, advanced conference technology, and sophisticated presentation technology with on-site audio/visual and IT support. The 917-room facility (including 78 suites) can accommodate meetings and events up to 1,800 people. Dining options include the popular Black Olive Sports Bar, and the 800-seat dining facility which features a wide variety of healthful buffet selections as well as specialty selections. Recreational options include a fully equipped fitness center along with volleyball, basketball, racquetball, tennis, and more.
A fully staffed Business Center is conveniently located to provide administrative support service throughout the course of each meeting and a professional conference support team is available. Free onsite parking is provided.
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com.
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