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The Rich City of Kalamazoo is Ready to Welcome You

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Take a stroll through Kalamazoo, and you’ll discover the local brews, farm-to-table restaurants and world-class cultural events of a big city, set in a charming historic town alongside a winding river. 

Beyond the Border: The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

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This property’s perks draw meetings and events to a beautiful waterside venue.  

Meet Mark McMinn

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Courtesy of Chuck Fazio

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mark McMinn was recently hired as the vice president of sales at the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Monterey, Calif.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as the vice president of sales at The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau?

Oswego and Plainfield Provides Plenty of Reasons to Pack up and Leave the City

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Last summer was a big year for Arranmore Farm and Polo Club. Since 1999, the 300-acre plot of land in Oswego was a private playing fi eld for the sport of polo. But in 2015, the Greene family opened up the land to the public for the fi rst time, o ering an on-the-lawn concert series (similar to Ravinia) and full buyouts for weddings and other special events held from May to October.  

Scottsdale, Arizona Offers a Stunning Range of New Meeting Venues & Activities

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Scottsdale, Arizona is the proverbial hop, skip and jump from California. Dozens of daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or Sacramento will get to you the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in two hours or less. From there, it’s a quick 8 miles from the airport to downtown Scottsdale and a scenic drive to the surrounding areas.

New Hilton Opening in Downtown Norfolk

Hilton Hotel’s new 21-story hotel, The Main, is opening in March 2017, in Norfolk, Va. On the corner of Granby and Main Street, right next to the Elizabeth River, the new hotel will feature the largest meeting and event spaces in Norfolk.

“The Main is a transitional moment for Norfolk, filling a void in the downtown scene offering both locals and visitors a comprehensive hospitality experience,” says Bruce Thompson, CEO, Gold Key. “We wanted to create a cultural destination in downtown Norfolk, one that excites both locals and visitors alike.”

New Hire for Visit Dana Point

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Sean Keliiholokai has been hired as the executive director for Visit Dana Point. In his role, he will be responsible for growing the local tourism industry with improevments on visitor attraction and retention, lodging offerings, and meetings and groups iniatiavies.

Keliiholokai, who started his position last month, formerly was the director of sales and marketing for the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau in California. Keliiholokai also spent time at the Hyatt Regency Orange Count, Marriott International and Disneyland Resort.

Marriott Coronado Offers Fall-Inspired Spa Treatments

Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa in California has created fall-inspired seasonal pumpkin spa treatments. The offerings include anti-aging, nourishing and smoothing agents that will leave you looking glowing and refreshed all winter long.

Specific treatments include a power peel enzyme facial with seasonal fruits; a yam and pumpkin peel facial; and a musclease warming ocean wrap and massage. These utilize a fall favorite: pumpkin, which is rich with vitamin A, C and Zinc, making it a great ingredient for beauty treatments.

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