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Columbia Hospitality to Now Manage Heathman Hotel

Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality has acquired the management of The Heathman Hotel. Located in Kirkland, Wash., the independent hotel and Trellis Restaurant join Columbia Hospitality’s growing portfolio of award-winning properties.

Philadelphia Conventions & Visitors Bureau Opens Office in Copenhagen

In an effort to expand globally, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen. Atlantic Link will work with tour operators to develop itineraries that incorporate Philadelphia and the landmarks the city offers.

Hotel Chaco to Open its Doors

Hotel Chaco, a modern luxury hotel inspired by the ancient civilization of Chaco Canyon, is set to open in Old Town Albuquerque in April, 2017. The property, which was designed by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, broke ground in August 2016 and the exterior is slated for completion this month.

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

MetroConnections Director of Tour Guide Services Given NCA Award

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Tracy DeJong, director of tour guide services for metroConnections, has been honored with the 2016 National Concierge Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award. DeJong is also a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the NCA. Previously, she was co-chair of the fundraising committee for NCA’s Minnesota Chapter.

“Tracy DeJong is a public relations asset,” says David Graves, president and CEO, metroConnections. “She works hard at getting out into the industry and showcasing metroConnections. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Is Undergoing Major Transformations

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort—managed by The Bricton Group—has revealed their $22 million renovation plans. The renovations are set to begin in December 2016 and for completion in the second half of 2017.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to Open Lodge at The Summit

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open a Sky House summit lodge on Dec. 16. The two-story lodge will offer a range of amenities, including a restaurant and full-service bar.

Located on the summit of Schweitzer Mountain, the Sky House will be open year-round and offers panoramic views of the Selkirk Mountains, Lake Pend Oreille and the resort. The 9,000-square-foot lodge was designed by architect Tim Boden and engineered by Dave Thompson.

Buster Expands and Hires New Leader

Buster allows people to book a ride with buses, vans, or limos, like never before. With a total of $3.8 million in funds, $1.1 million raised from investors like General Catalyst, Allen & Company and Priceline, Buster is undergoing some major growth. The company will now expand and enhance their experience by spreading to more cities and making important new hires.

Joining the Buster team is Harald Kruse as CEO. Kruse has experience with online businesses, like Priceline.com and will help with growth at Buster.

Canopy by Hilton Prepares To Open In Chicago

A new 223-room lifestyle hotel, Canopy by Hilton in Chicago, will open in fall 2018 on S. LaSalle Street and W. Adams Street, in the Chicago Loop area.

Overland Park Convention Center Has Certified Meeting Planners On Staff

Six Overland Park Convention Center staff members in Kansas have become Certified Meeting Planners.

“This is a monumental achievement for any individual in our industry,” says Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center. “With approximately 140,000 sq. ft. of space, our building is a lot smaller than most big convention centers and with that comes a smaller staff, however we are fortunate enough to have added yet another talented and dedicated CMP to our team.”

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