On June 3, 2017, City National Bank presented the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce's 95th Annual Gala at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Wayne Pathman, the Chamber Chairman of Board, and Kelly Blanco from NBC 6 co-hosted the 900 guests at the Magical Affair-themed gala, organized by Jessica Fuentes Victor of Café Avanti, Jeff Greene of 84 West Studios and Leila Chang of Ideal Lifestyle Concierge.
Kohler Co. has announced the appointment of Doug Stringer as head chef of The Immigrant Restaurant, located at The American Club resort-hotel at Destination Kohler.
Stringer joined Kohler Co. in 2015 as sous chef of Riverbend, where he oversaw all facets of kitchen operations, purchasing, food cost management, staffing, menu design, and overall leadership. He has over seven years of fine dining and hospitality experience. In his new role, he will oversee the development and creation of culinary programs.
Four chefs representing the United States and Canada from IACC-member properties recently competed in the IACC Americas Chapter Cook-Off at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmingon, Del. There was also a Junior Chef category in which IACC conference venue chefs under the age of 26 competed.
The chefs were given basic pantry items and a mystery basket of proteins with 30 minutes to prepare and present their dishes to judges from the local area.
Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, revealed the winners of its annual awards at the 2017 Meet Minneapolis Annual Meeting on March 2 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More than 530 partners, elected officials and other guests attended the event. Meet Minneapolis highlighted a milestone year for hospitality in Minneapolis and unveiled the city’s first-ever tourism master plan, Destination Transformation 2030.
Samson Desta, a room service attendant for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, was awarded the Hospitality Hero award by Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association. The award is given out quarterly to members of the Minneapolis hospitality community who are nominated by their colleagues.
“Desta embodies authentic hospitality and is a great ambassador for Hyatt and for Minneapolis," says Vince Vito, director of sales and marketing.
Global DMC Partners has announced that five of their members—BBC Destination Management, Corinthian Events, Destination Nashville, Spaintacular and The Destination Manager—are among the finalists for the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Achievement Awards. The five DMCs were nominated for awards in 11 out of 20 categories.
2017 Achievement Award Finalists
Best Innovative Events under $50,000
· A Southern Dinner – “En Famille” - BBC Destination Management, A Global DMC Partner
Visit Vacaville in California has been awarded the Gold Adrian Award for Website Design from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. After a huge rebranding project in 2015, they partnered with Tempest Interactive Media to create a new digital marketing platform.
Condé Nast Traveler just released the 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards results, and The Scarlet Huntington was at the top of the list for hotels in San Francisco.
The Scarlet Huntington, part of the Grace International hospitality group, incorporates historical and modern features throughout the property and provides amazing views of downtown San Francisco.
Based on guest reviews, Trivago.com has named two Key West hotels one of America’s Best for 2017. The winning hotels, Marquesa Hotel placed third in the 4-star category and Almond Tree Inn placed sixth in its 3-star category. The rankings are based on 175 million traveler ratings.
The awards recognize the 40 best properties in the United States divided in four categories: 5-Star, 4-Star, 3-Star and Alternative Accommodation categories.
On Oct. 25, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association revealed the BLLA awards at the Gala & Awards Dinner Celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa was named the runner-up for Boutique Hotel of the Year.