May

2017 To Be the Year of Public Art in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have named 2017 as the "Year of Public Art", and some of Chicago's hottest hotels will be housing living, breathing art installations. Chicago's reputation as a host of cultural and artistic inclusivity has inspired hotels to showcase art in their spaces for the rest of the year. Some of the hotels that will be hosting art pieces are the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel; The Blackstone, Autograph Collection; and Thompson Chicago.

Bubbles and Plant-Based Cuisine in Venice, Courtesy of Matthew Kenney & Moët

May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces New Executive Director

Mary Zucchero is now Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new executive director. Replacing Barb Barden, who retires after two decades of service, Zucchero will oversee the county's marketing operations and mission to promote the area's restaurants, shops and destinations to visitors beginning May 22.

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts New Programs

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.

Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.

Monterey County Invests Millions Into Renovations

Monterey County, known for its scenery and landscapes, will reveal a new Monterey Conference Center in 2017 that underwent a more than $60 million renovation.

But it wasn’t just the convention center that received a revamp other renovations and remodels took place in the region, giving visitors refreshed options in the area.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Reveals New Promotion

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in southwest Florida will offer “Perks Are In Full Swing Group Promotion” in celebration of its revamped golf course. Available for new program bookings slated for May 21–Oct. 31, 2017, the promotion offers perks for groups that have booked at least 15 rooms on peak nights, with a minimum of two on Sunday–Thursday.

The promotion is available for the two peak nights on any night from Aug. 12–Sept. 9, 2017. To take advantage of the promotion, contract must be signed by April 30, 2017.

Ski Towns Not Just for Skier Groups Anymore

Living in the mountains, it’s not too uncommon to see snowcapped peaks when you wake up in the morning in fall. Footage of ski areas receiving snow has ramped up, and in my home state of Colorado, Arapahoe Basin opened on Oct. 21. Personally, I hope to get a few more hikes and tennis matches in before snapping on skis again, but I’m always ready when there is enough of the white stuff.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Rachel Strong Receives Award

Rachel Strong, a member of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s group sales team, was named Hotel Site Experience Sales Person of the Year by the San Diego Tourism Authority. SDTA is a non-profit organization with the goal of presenting San Diego as a prime location for meetings and vacations. Strong received the honor at SDTA’s 2016 Sales and Marketing Workshop on Sept. 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

Students: Apply Now for Hospitality Scholarship

Furthering and sustaining the hospitality industry is dependent on the students working to get into the field today. Without them, the future is shaky.

To help these students gain the education they need to truly succeed, the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Foundation created a partnership to award scholarships for education in the hospitality industry and promote its value.

PRLA and PATT to host joint Tourism Summit

The Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association have joined forces to host a 2016 Tourism Summit at the Skytop Lodge in the Poconos, Pa.

This partnership allows both organization to amp up energy, present enlightening educational sessions and provide vital networking opportunities.

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