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Dream Hollywood’s Executive Management Team Appointed

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group has announced three new hospitality executives to lead Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles: Ayo Akinsete as general manager, Kendall Viola as director of sales and marketing, and Carly Skinner as manager. The team will lead the hotel through its February 2017 launch.

Destination Kohler Named One of the World’s Top 15 Wellness Retreats

The Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort-hotel, Destination Kohler and its Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin, has been named one of the best wellness retreats in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.  

The Special Event Company Announces New Hires

Five new team members have joined the ranks of The Special Event Company in Cary, N.C. These include program coordinators, Whitney Freberg, CMP, and Jayne Regan; business development managers, Lana Calloway and Monica M. Smith; and event designer, Caroline Sewell.

AEG Management Leads LA Convention Center to Millions in Reserves

Celebrating three years with the Los Angeles Convention Center on Dec. 20, AEG Management is celebrating another achievement of leading the convention center to $6.1 million in reserves and annual operating surplus. This ended in a record-breaking financial result for the LACC along with many other improvements since the partnership began in 2013.

Since the management change, the LACC increased operating profits each year and surpassing its initial goal of $2.1 million in the first five years in only three years with $6.1 million instead.

Columbia Hospitality to Now Manage Heathman Hotel

Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality has acquired the management of The Heathman Hotel. Located in Kirkland, Wash., the independent hotel and Trellis Restaurant join Columbia Hospitality’s growing portfolio of award-winning properties.

Philadelphia Conventions & Visitors Bureau Opens Office in Copenhagen

In an effort to expand globally, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen. Atlantic Link will work with tour operators to develop itineraries that incorporate Philadelphia and the landmarks the city offers.

Seattle Southside Tourism Authority Receives Prestigious Award

SportsEvents Media Group—a publication that helps sports event planners manager U.S. competitions—has named Seattle Southside Tourism Authority as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

“SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them,” says John Rezell, executive director, SportsEvents. “Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award.”

More winners will be revealed in SportsEvents January 2017 issue.

Corcoran Expositions Announces the Management of New Trade Show and Renewal of Existing Client

Corcoran Expositions, a large independent trade show organizer, will manage a new trade show for the American Dental Hygienists Association; they also have renewed the National Brownfields Training Conference.

Corcoran Expositions will arrange exhibit sales and management services for the American Dental Hygienists Association’s CLL 2017 94th Annual Session, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2018, the show will be held in Columbus, Ohio.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott Introduce Healthy Meetings

San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott have introduced “Meet Well,” a new team-building initiative that gives groups a healthier option. The initiative will include healthy banquet and coffee break menus, active meeting options, wellness topics and speakers, body-friendly seat spacing, meeting planning perks and volunteer options.

The Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown To Undergo Renovations

In early 2017, the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown will begin remodeling; it is expected to finish in early April. The multimillion-dollar revamp will include updates to the lobby and meeting spaces. The design will have a modern vintage feel while staying true to the rich history of the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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