• InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Gets Visitors Out and Exploring

     
    POSTED April 30, 2019
     

Already an iconic property in Chicago’s bustling commercial district, the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is now offering guests a new way to see the city this summer.

InterContinental guests can easily enjoy the shopping, upscale restaurants and city attractions that surround the property or hotel amenities like the InterContinental’s junior Olympic-size indoor pool, but the with the introduction of its new Summer Scavenger Hunt Package, the InterContinental team’s created a fun and stress-free challenge to get guests out and exploring 30 of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks.

“Traveling to Chicago during warm, summer months is exciting, but it can be overwhelming," says Pete Demay, general manager of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel. "With so much to do and see, it can be tough for our guests to decide which attractions are really worth experiencing. The Summer Scavenger Hunt package truly was created to take the headache out of planning your summer vacation. It’s everything you need to explore Chicago like a local.”

The family-friendly package, available now through the end of September, includes overnight accommodations, a complimentary breakfast for two children, an in-room milk and cookie treat, an adventure backpack (complete with a Lincoln the Lion plush lion teddy, coloring book, coloring pencils and travel journal), and a Chicago scratch-off scavenger hunt kit with dozens of destinations to explore. The hunt leads visitors on a self-guided sightseeing walking tour to site like The Chicago Theatre, The Rookery, the John Hancock Center and Millennium Park where guests can scratch off the icon on their map to reveal a fun fact, highlight or activity.

“With the help of Lincoln the Lion and his expertise of local destinations, guests will be able to get a taste of the city we are proud to call home. We aim to create memorable experiences for each of our guests and look forward to being part of many families’ memories for years to come,” Demay says.

More and more awareness is being brought to the issue of emotional wellness in the workplace. Hardly immune from the challenges of stress and burnout, the hospitality industries have some of the highest rates of work-related mental health issues.

 

Staffing issues remain a key concern in the hotel industry. In a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), 87% of respondents reported that they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so.

As bad as these numbers are, they’re actually an improvement.  Back in May when the same questions were posed, 97% of AHLA members said they were short staffed, 49% severely so.  Then as now, the most critical staffing need is housekeeping, 43% ranking it as their biggest challenge in the recent September survey, 58% in May.  

 

Conference center concludes largest humanitarian mission to date.

The National Conference Center, a 265,000-square-foot meeting and conference facility in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Dulles International Airport, completed its contract with the U.S. government supporting the second phase of the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) mission. In March 2022, The National Conference Center (NCC) began performing a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense providing lodging and food to Afghan allies looking to resettle and start new lives in the United States.