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Woodside Hotels to Manage Two New Properties

California-based Woodside Hotels will take over the management of Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Indian Springs Calistoga. As California’s leading operator of independent upscale hotels, restaurants and spas, Woodside will grow the management portfolio of premier Northern California properties with these new additions.

Hiring Announcements for DMCVB

The DMCVB is taking on Dave Beachnau as senior vice president of sales, marketing and sports, and has promoted Kris Smith to director of the Detroit Sports Commission.

"The knowledge and expertise that Dave has contributed to the DMCVB is invaluable, and we look forward to what he will accomplish in his new role," says Larry Alexander, president and CEO. "In his short time with the DSC, Kris has helped increase our profile within the national governing bodies of the Olympic movement, as well as created local awareness of the DSC."

Anaheim Marriott Reveals Solar System

The Anaheim Marriott, which recently made a major investment in renewable energy, just activated a solar system in three portions of its hotel roof that currently fuels about one-third of the property’s 1,030 guest rooms.

The installation at Anaheim Marriott was implemented in partnership with SoCore Energy. The new system features 1,805 solar modules and is projected to produce 880,000 kilowatt hours of power per year. By having this new energy source, it reduces the hotel’s energy consumption equal to the elimination of a year’s greenhouse gas emissions from 131 vehicles.

ADMEI Awards Revealed

On January 21, the annual Associate of Destination Management Executives International Achievement Awards Gala took place in Barcelona, Spain, with Corinthian Events, Destination Nashville, Spaintacular, and The Destination Manager receiving numerous awards. The three US-based DMCs took home all three categories in Achievement, Excellenc, and Recognition. Robert Lee of Spaintacular won the Joanne O’Connor President’s Award for exhibiting over the top professional skills and enthusiasm.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Named No. 1 Best Hotel in California

The U.S. News & World Report has named Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa the No. 1 Best Hotel in California. They were also listed as one of the top ten hotels in the U.S.

"The award-winning hotels on the U.S. News Best Hotels rankings meet the standards of both everyday travelers and industry experts in offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities," says Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.

The rankings rely on luxury hotel and resort industry awards as well as expert and guest reviews to determine the list.

Speakeasy Announces New Menu in Northeast Minneapolis

Stem, a speakeasy located in Northeast Minneapolis, has introduced a new menu that will include small lot wines, craft cocktails, artisan beer and appetizers.

“The neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis is known for its beer,” says Ivy Taheri, owner. “We wanted a place where people can socialize and be comfortable in an upbeat atmosphere. We can’t wait to surprise our guests with unique wines from around the world, craft cocktail creations and fun events to suit everyone’s needs.”

Omni Hotels & Resorts Appoints New Executive Leadership

Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed top leadership positions for the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. Ramon Reyes will be the general manager and Jennifer Mayo will serve as director of sales and marketing.

The Hotel at Oberlin Offers Sustainable Meetings

One of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world, The Hotel at Oberlin in Ohio, offers sustainable meetings and environmental team building exercises. They’ve partnered with Common Ground—The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal, for team-building workshops.

Common Ground is located 30 acres in of the Vermilion River Valley near Oberlin, and offers trained guides, zip lining, two spiral staircases, three aerial bridges and 13 tree platforms. Their activities include a two-and-half-hour Canopy Tour that finishes off with an 850-foot zip line over the Vermilion River.

LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion

The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Begins Renovation

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is starting their multi-year renovation of the entire property. It will include a complete refurbishment and modernization of its 80 guest rooms. While the rooms are renovated, their offering special rates through April 2017.

“If you haven’t stayed in one of the homes in The Galena Territory, they’re a great base for all the activities we have going on this winter,” says Thomas Ruhs, general manager. “Cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating on the pond are just a few of the things you can do including golf since the weather has been warmer."

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