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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."

Meet Connie Kopecky

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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.

Connie Kopecky was recently hired as the sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee?

Marriott and Disney Timeshares Top Redweek’s List of Top 25 Rental Resorts

Marriott and Disney resorts were in 16 of the top 25 spots in RedWeek.com’s report on the most popular timeshare rental resorts. Marriott-branded resorts won five of the top 10 spots and 11 of the top 25. Disney’s five listed resorts includes the new, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort.

Meet Meg Milligan

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.

 Meg Milligan was recently hired as the executive director of marketing for Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colo.

ILEA Announces Partnership with IBTM Events

The International Live Events Association is partnering with ibtm events as part of Reed Travel Exhibitions.

ibtm is now a part of the exclusive group of organizations within ILEA’s Global Partners program. Including Giants Enterpries, CORT and VisitScotland Business Events. ibtm will be exposed to ILEA’s 5,000 international members.

This collaboration will allow ILEA to continue its global expansion and offers up a portfolio of events such as the annual tradeshow in Barcelona.

Woodloch Pines Named One of TripAdvisor’s Best for Families in America

For the sixth year in a row, Woodloch Pines in Hawley, Pa., has been named one of the best hotels for families by TripAdvisor. It ranks 17th in the United States, according to their annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Their sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch, was listed the 22nd best hotel in America.

Guinness Store Las Vegas Announces Perfect Pint Experience

The newly renovated Guinness Store Las Vegas will teach customers the six steps to pouring a delicious pint. The Perfect Pint Experience allows guests an unforgettable experience that ends with mementos and a chance to enjoy their own pint.

The experience is meant for beer lovers who are interested in learning about Guinness’ history as wells as brushing up on their pint-pouring skills. The individual package it is $20 per person, or for groups more than 20 it’s $15 per person.

For more information about the experience or to make a reservation call 702.632.7773.

Charlie Palmer Group Announces New Leadership

Charlie Palmer Group’s Northern California properties, Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer and Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, has hired a new leadership team.

The team includes James DeLuca, general manager at Harvest Inn; Tamara De Mars, director of sales and marketing; and Parul Suri, director of revenue management and distribution. Alongside Chef Palmer, the team will work to elevate the guest experience and increase business sales at the two hotels.

JW Marriott Launches Wellness Menu

The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is taking an active approach to New Year’s resolutions with a new Wellness Break Menu, offering activities such as yoga, kickboxing and more.

The idea was inspired by a recent study of Fortune 100 companies that found employees’ overall well-being translates to improved productivity and increased likelihood of staying with their company for more than one year. The menu, which also offers light therapy and mindfulness activities, is intended to help groups increase productivity during meetings.

Convening Leaders Flocked to Austin

Earlier this month, The Professional Convention Management Association hosted their 2017 Convening Leaders Conference in Austin, Jan. 9–11.  

“We are thrilled to host convening leaders for the first time in Austin,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO , Austin CVB. “Austin has become a premier destination for meeting, conventions and leisure business and we are confident that we will see return business from the PCMA attendees.”

The conference attracted about 4,500 attendees and is estimated to bring in around $11 million in economic return.

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