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Mall of America
MNM+E’s 15th annual Best of Minnesota brought 260 meeting and event professionals to Solar Arts by Chowgirls on April 6 to honor award winners and Hall of Famers. Guests indulged in fantastic food from Chowgirls Killer Catering, themed sweets from Mintahoe Catering & Events, and beer from Indeed Brewery Company. Event Lab decked out the venue with its elegant décor, which comple - mented the industrial-chic space.
On July 13-16, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosted the X Games for the first year of a two-year hosting. The X Games are expected to bring 100,000 people to Minneapolis and the Mall of America over the weekend, which will give national and international media exposure; as well as the 8,300 hospitality and tourism jobs that the X Games will bring to the city.
Sure, it’s Minneapolis that has the Super Bowl coming to U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018. But what some might overlook is the group effort that went into acquiring the national event—and Bloomington’s role in particular. “We were an intricate part of [the Super Bowl bid]; a very, very key factor,” says Bonnie Carlson, president and CEO, Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau.
AC Hotels by Marriott will open their second Minnesota property in Bloomington at Mall of America in mid-February 2017.
The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, which opened in November 2015, has been honored by Condé Nast’s Traveler magazine as the Best In The World 2016 Reader’s Choice Award.
The magazine raved about the 321-room, 21-suite hotel especially its skyway access to the Mall. Additionally, Traveler praised JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America’s restaurant, Cedar + Stone, Urban Table. The magazine highlighted the heart New American dishes and the restaurant’s extensive craft brew selection.
This past Memorial Day weekend, the Mall of America was abuzz when over 500 bloggers gathered for the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media travel industry professionals. Here, bloggers spent the weekend networking with one another, finding out how to keep their blogs relevant, and touring both the new and old gems of the Twin Cities.
Last week, I stopped at Burger Burger’s Mall of American location. The fast-casual restaurant launched a number of new menu items, including cheese curds, mac-and-cheese bites, new chicken sandwiches and more. Visiting was a must.
Upon walking in, I was shocked at how quiet it was despite being packed full of customers. A sign that the food is too good to maintain a conversation with someone while chomping down on their burgers.
Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.