In two weeks, I’m headed to Indianapolis (where I was born and raised) for MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC18), and I can’t wait. Not only will it be nice to see Indy all decked out for the convention, but I will love seeing how the world receives my hometown.

The last time I attended the congress, it was in Vancouver, B.C. This year, organizers promise an experience unlike anything we’ve seen before. On the Saturday before the conference, I’m planning on going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the WEC Villages as they’re being constructed. The villages include the social village (which will have puppies to cuddle, so I’m pretty sure you will be able to find me spending quite a bit of time there), the experiential village, the leadership village and the innovation village. I’ll be sure to share photos for those of you who won’t be able to make it!

The educational sessions look amazing, and I’m particularly excited to hear keynote speaker Mel Robbins. I’ll be providing updates while I’m there so keep an eye on our social media. So who’s with me? If you’re going, shoot me an email at teresa.kenney@tigeroak.com.

JW Marriott Nashville recently announced an exclusive partnership with American bootmaker Lucchese. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in July, says the partnership will give guests the opportunity to explore Music City in luxurious style.

"Partnering with JW Marriott Nashville is a natural way to immerse visitors into the spirit of the city," says Lucchese President Doug Kindy.

 

Luxury guest ranch C Lazy U Ranch recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the third year in a row and simultaneously announced the appointment of Certified Level II Sommelier Elise Blann. Blann will work closely with Executive Chef Dennis Kaniger at C Lazy U to select the perfect wine for each meal. The dining program specializes in regional ranch cuisine, such as Rocky mountain trout, rosemary rack of lamb and aged western beef.

 

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center recently announced the addition of Director of Food & Beverage Saddiq Mir and Executive Chef Fabian Ludwig to its culinary team. The resort destination is set to open in late 2018 and will feature a wide variety of F&B options, including a steakhouse, a sports grill, a sushi bar, a cocktail lounge and multiple coffee and quick bite spots.