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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires New Executive Director of Tourism

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the appointment of Svetlana Yazovskikh to the position of executive director of tourism. Yazovskikh has been with PHLCVB for nine years; her most recent position was the senior international tourism manager.

“I am extremely pleased that Svetlana has accepted our offer to lead the PHLCVB’s tourism team,” says Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “Her commitment to Philadelphia and our customers is unmatched.”

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center to Convert to Hilton Hotels & Resorts

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood has announced that it will become part of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand by March 2017. This conversion will not affect guest reservations, though the property is set to undergo a multimillion dollar improvement plan.

Austin CVB, Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation Raises Money for Good Cause

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with help from the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation to raise $25,000 for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The funds were raised during Party with a Purpose, a charitable event held during the 2017 Convening Leaders Conference. It will help to provide access to health care for Austin’s low income and uninsured musicians.

This year, Austin CVB partnered with Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater and hosted the largest PWAP event in history.

Meet Joe Gaeta

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.

Joe Gaeta was recently hired as director of sales & marketing for the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as director of sales and marketing at the Grand Hyatt New York?

The Betsy-South Beach Debuts Expansion

Betsy-South Beach in Florida just revealed its expansion after a two-year renovation. The luxury hotel merged with the historic Carlton Hotel, and has a total of 130 guestrooms, two restaurants, a rooftop pool, library, 15,000square feet of meeting and events space and many other amenities.

Aloft New Orleans Downtown Will Have RoomCast Streaming System

The Aloft New Orleans Downtown has announced the launch of RoomCast, powered by Chromecast. The streaming system will allow guests to cast content from their devices to their television, all in the comfort and privacy of their own guest room.

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Announced Renovations

Denver’s longest running AAA Five-Diamond Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, will undergo renovations this month.. The remodel will include updates to the lobby and the 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space on the Plaza Level of the hotel. Renovations are slated to complete in mid-March.

The design of the hotel is inspired by Denver’s adventurous spirit and contemporary architecture, and will have a combination of rustic and contemporary aesthetics. The hotel will use neutral champagne tones with contrasting pops of color, including deep blue, purple, gold and white.

Joie de Vivre Hotels Announced New Appointments at Hotel Becket

Joie de Vivre Hotels announced new personnel appointments at Hotel Becket, the brand’s new property, which opened in South Lake Tahoe. The property named Gregg Harper general manager, while Kate Brown and Warren Martineau will lead the sales and marketing team.

Destination Colorado Recognized Industry Leaders with Peak Performer of the Year Awards

The 2016 Peak Performer of the Year award winners have finally been announced. The honors were given at Destination Colorado’s Annual Meeting in the beginning of December at EXDO Event Center in Denver.

The awards recognize members for their outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting the meetings and events industry in Colorado.

Irvine Marriott Introduces Multimillion M Club Redesign

The Irvine Marriott has opened its new M Club Lounge, a semi-private space for Premier and Gold Club Members that offers guests complimentary food and beverages, free Wi-Fi and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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