• Karen McGuigan Celebrates 30 Years in Chicago Hotel Industry

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

Chicago native, Karen McGuigan, general manager at Hyatt Centric The Look Chicago, has just reached a milestone in her career—30 years in the Chicago hotel industry.

McGuigan began her career in January 1987, working at the front desk at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For 15 years, she worked at various Hyatt locations in the Chicago area in a number of different capacities, including director of security at Hyatt Regency Chicago. In 2014, she joined the pre-opening team for Hyatt Centric, which opened last April.

McGuigan played an integral role in the success of Hyatt Centric's first year and a half, all while battling cancer. The hotel has already held an array of events; and launched AIRE, a new rooftop space. For more information about the hotel, visit www.theloopchicago.centric.hyatt.com.

“One of the best parts of what I do is all the great relationships I have made along the way," says McGuigan. "I have worked previously with a large majority of my staff at Hyatt Centric. I am very excited to have been given this opportunity back within the Hyatt family and Interstate Hotels.”

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.  

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.