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Hyatt Place Washington D.C. Goes Toy Shopping for Guests

The Hyatt Place Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol is continuing their annual tradition of serving as a Toys for Tots drop-off site. This year, they are offering to go toy shopping for their guests and locals who wish to give, but don’t have the time to shop.

Guests can also give funds to the cause by having a donation added to their account upon check-in. The hotel will accept toys between now and Dec. 7.

Key West Hotels Named Trivago’s America’s Best for 2017

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.

Take a Spin at Pole Position Raceway for 23 Cents

In response to the recent gas tax increase, New Jersey’s Pole Position Raceway is offering a 23 cent race to all of the visitors to their Jersey City location on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The offer is only open to visitors that present a gas receipt as proof of a fill-up between Nov. 1 and Nov. 23.

The 80,000-square-foot facility has two quarter-mile tracks and karts that can go up to 45 MPH. They also offer V.I.P. spaces for private parties and corporate events as well as arcade games, flat screen TVs and authentic racing memorabilia.

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Expands Panama City Beach Resort

After completing a $30 million renovation, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, located in Panama City Beach, Fla., has reopened its doors.

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Finalist of BLLA Awards

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.

Visit Seattle Appoints New National Account Director

On Oct. 24, Visit Seattle appointed Charles Pinckney as the convention sales national account director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Chicago area and the international market.

Pinckney graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in international studies and two minors—one in German and another in political science. Pinckney has worked as account director, global sales North America, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and most recently as associate director of sales Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago.

New Leaders Appointed At Omni Berkshire Place

Omni Berkshire Place, located in midtown Manhattan, has named additions to its culinary leadership team. These include Douglas Solic, director of food and beverage, and Paul Fazio, executive chef. Both will work on financial, managerial and operational aspects of the hotel's culinary sector.

Solis has 20 years of experience in the New York City food and hospitality industry. After graduating from New York Restaurant School with honors, Solis has held positions at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Marriott Marquis, Rock Center Café, Gramercy Tavern and more.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Announces New Sales Manager

Sam Toscano, CMP, has recently been appointed to sales manager for 1000 Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y.

“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities, and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”

IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

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