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JW Marriott Nashville Preparing for Bleisure Travelers

JW Marriott Nashville is looking ahead to its opening in 2018 and focusing on attracting the ever-growing bleisure class of travelers: business travelers who extend their work trips for leisure traveling.

SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International have come together to offer a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The crossover between both industries and memberships sparked the idea for the event, taking place Jan. 12–14, 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Italy—a hotel in the heart of Rome.

AEG Live Partners with The Bowery Presents

AEG Live, a live music company has announced that it has acquired a stake in The Bowery Presents—a concert promotion company. This new partnership will expand both companies’ presence along the East Coast by adding more venues and being the premier promoter in New York City.

“The Bowery Presents and AEG Live share a passion and commitment to delivering the best music experiences to fans,” says Jay Marciano, chairman and CEO, AEG Live. “We look forward to working closely with them to further grow The Bowery Presents brand.”

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Reveals Meeting Trends for 2017

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has released the results of their survey to 64 of their properties.

“Across the board, 2017 booked business is up and the group trends we are seeing are centered around experiences and health,” says Bree Brostko, managing director. “Meeting planners are looking to break off from the traditional board room conferences and offerings and get outside, experience the destination and truly get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.”

New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Schaumburg

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Chicago Schaumburg is the most recent hotel to join the Hampton by Hilton brand. Located at 891 Plaza Drive, the hotel is owned and managed by Superhost Enterprise LLC.

The 107-room hotel is in the center of Schaumburg’s business district and in walking distance of Woodfield Mall and the Schaumburg Convention Center. They offer a range of amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, a 594-square-foot meeting space that holds 24 people and a business center.

Number Six

I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S.  It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.

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