From San Diego to Sonoma County, Palm Springs to the Sierra Nevada foothills and across the California border into Las Vegas, Reno and Scottsdale, Arizona, gaming destinations abound. In California alone, there are 69 Indian casinos, 13 with hotels and other resort amenities. These destinations and properties off er a boon to planners in terms of both accessible amenities and aff ordability. Think free parking, multiple dining and entertainment options under one roof, accomplished catering and technical crews, and often room rates that beat what you’d get at a standard convention hotel.
On June 20, Meetings Professionals International revealed the winners of 2017's Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence Awards. The winners of the meeting and events industry were announced at MPI's 2017 World Education Congress in Las Vegas, and were celebrated at the MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon. The RISE Awards categories are split by community and individual achievement, with the seven awards focusing on innovation, impact and influence in the meetings and events industry, and global transferability.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Capellas was recently hired as the vice president of public relations at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as vice president of public relations?
The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.
The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.
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.
Chris Flatt, an employee at Wynn Las Vegas’s Executive Vice President of Hotel Sales and Marketing, just earned an honorable placement on the 2016 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s list of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds.
In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Dade J. Gaylord, vice president of operations, Zerista, by JackRabbit Systems, Inc.
Zerista is an event management website and mobile app that allows event organizers and attendees to manage schedules, set up meetings, generate leads and participate in games that encourage event learning, discussion and collaboration.
On Jan. 5–8 in Las Vegas, CES 2017, a global tech community conference, is expected to draw 50,000 industry professionals from more than 150 countries. The show will feature exhibits from 57 countries—up 9 percent from last year. More than 600 startups from 33 countries will be featured this year.
Boston Park Plaza has appointed Andrew Beer as their new executive chef. He will manage the hotel’s entire culinary program, including development for custom events and running the on-site restaurant, Off The Common.
IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.
The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.